The Sydney Morning Herald Julia Medew July 31, 2014
Customs officers are looking out for sick people in Australian airports who could be carrying Ebola as fear mounts about the world’s largest outbreak of the deadly disease.
A spokeswoman for the federal government said while the chance of Ebola coming to Australia was ‘‘very low’’, all border protection agencies had been told to look out for the possibility of it when identifying sick people entering Australian ports.
GPs and other clinicians have also been briefed to stay vigilant when meeting people who show symptoms after recent travel.
The Conversation 30 July 2014
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a tiny, spiky package of fat, proteins and genes that was first found in a dying man in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Since then, we have learnt a little more about the virus. We know that nearly 90% of infections have originated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is lethal in about a third of known cases, most of whom are older males, often with one or more pre-existing diseases of the heart, lung or kidney. So far it has claimed nearly 300 lives.
ABC News 31 July 2014
Liberia has quarantined communities and closed schools in the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government trying to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.
Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the measures as part of an action plan that included placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.
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ABC News July 29, 2014
A hospital in Nigeria where a man died of Ebola virus in the country’s first case of the highly infectious disease has been shut down and quarantined.
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BioPrepWatch Bryan Cohen 25 July 2014
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) said on Monday that microbiologists must take all steps possible to guarantee safety for themselves, their coworkers and the broader public from pathogenic microorganisms.
View ASM Statement on Recent Biosafety Lapses
BioPrepWatch Paul Tinder 24 July 2014
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Monday that enhanced efforts are needed to increase awareness among West African communities about potential Ebola infection risks from certain wildlife species.
The Conversation Raina MacIntyre 25 July 2014
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS Co-V) emerged in 2012 and has caused ongoing illness in the Middle East and more than 280 deaths.
The public health response to MERS-CoV has been modelled on SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), a related virus which caused a pandemic more than ten years ago.
But the features of MERS-Cov are very different, as I outline in a new study, published today in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions.
Link to journal article in Environment Systems and Decisions
News.com.au Laura Chalmers July 24, 2014
THE infant boy at the centre of a breast milk mix-up at Logan Hospital has been cleared of cross-infection.
The hospital has implemented new breast milk handling procedures in response to the incident and will no longer store breast milk in birthing suites.