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  • #16
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    Health denies entry of international organizations for the connector to detect the "Ebola"

    Date: 04/01/2015 15:07

    Information / special / ..

    denied the Ministry of Health, Sunday, entry of international organizations to Nineveh province to detect the presence of an epidemic, "Ebola" killer there, also denied the existence of injuries or suspected cases in Mosul.

    He said ministry spokesman Ahmed Rudaini Agency / information /, The "The ministry is in the process of preparing to bring machines and mechanisms for the detection of Ebola disease in the coming days will arrive in Iraq," denying "the existence of medical possibility in Mosul that can diagnose Ebola there."

    He added that "our own sources there in the hospital denies the existence of Ebola in Mosul, asking," How diagnosed with the disease there if you do not have the equipment and mechanisms? ".

    He denied Rudaini the presence of suspected cases in Mosul, "explaining that" talking about entering organizations universal connector Health to search for Ebola is unrealistic and we Nnfah, strange to say, "How organizations to enter the center of criminal gangs do not unforgiving anyone ?, this is unrealistic, "a 25 .anthy

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    • #17
      I fear ISIS just executed five people for no reason....

      http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/04012015

      ISIS cracks down on five confirmed Ebola cases among fighters: official

      [snip]

      BAGHDAD, Iraq ? The Islamic State (ISIS) incinerated the corpses of five militants who were suspected of contracting Ebola, an Iraqi health official indicated.

      Faisal Ghazi, member of the Health Committee in Iraq?s council of ministries, said the five were incinerated in Mosul, the ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

      ?The Islamic State organization incinerated five militants infected with Ebola to prevent further spread of the disease in Mosul,? he said.

      ?ISIS had proof that these militants were infected with Ebola,? he added, without giving details of whether the fighters died of the disease or were killed and incinerated by the group.

      The UN?s World Health Organization (WHO) had been investigating cases of Ebola in Mosul, following reports that some militants with Ebola symptoms had reported to a hospital in the city.

      ISIS volunteers have poured into Iraq and Syria from around the world, including countries in Africa.
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      I am not familiar with this source. ProMED carried this report as well, noting:

      [It is unfortunate that there is no information on how these 5 individuals were confirmed to have Ebola so that there would be more confidence in the report. If true, there are serious implications for the region. - Mod.LK]

      [It is highly unlikely that ISIS had access to a qualified Ebola diagnostic lab. Rudaw is "a Kurdish media network funded and supported by Rudaw Company. The network aims to impart news and information about Kurdistan and the Middle East in a professional manner. Those interested in Kurdistan and the Kurdish cause can follow the latest developments in the region in both Kurdish and English through Rudaw's multiple platforms." - Mod.JW]


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      • #18
        From: WorldHealthOrganizationNews@who.int
        To: undisclosed-recipients@null, null@null
        Subject: WHO statement: NO EBOLA CASES DETECTED IN IRAQ
        Date: Jan 6, 2015 7:50 AM
        NO EBOLA CASES DETECTED IN IRAQ


        Baghdad, Iraq (05 January, 2015) - The Ministry of Health in Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), confirms that there is no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Iraq as of January 5th 2015.

        On 31 December, 2014, Al-Sabah newspaper, Shafaq news agency and Rudaw online newspaper reported a rumor of EVD cases in Mosul, Ninewa governorate. The news was also relayed through other media agencies in and outside of Iraq.

        Following this rumor, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization investigated the allegations through existing surveillance networks, as well as through contacts with health authorities and medical sources in Ibn Sina Hospital in Mosul. All sources contacted have negated the existence of any suspected cases of Ebola. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization further confirmed that the laboratory facilities in Mosul do not have the necessary capabilities to diagnose and confirm the Ebola Virus.

        The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization remain vigilant and have scaled up surveillance efforts to ensure early detection and safe management of any eventual suspected EVD cases in the country. All necessary precautionary measures are being taken to ensure that effective preventive programmes are in place and that the people of Iraq are provided with all affordable support in case any EVD case is detected. The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health have taken the following actions:
        • Assessments of international entry points have been conducted jointly between the Ministry of Health, WHO experts and Health Cluster partners. It included international crossings and entry points like the International airports and ports.
        • The Ministry of Health together with WHO are finalizing the implementation of the assessment mission?s recommendations with a focus on strengthening the EBV preparedness and readiness measures.
        • The surveillance efforts have been scaled up at all health facilities to ensure that any imported or suspected cases are promptly detected.
        • A contingency and response plan is currently under development.
        • Instructions have been issued to all governorate Directorates of Health (DOH) to be vigilant at points of entry.
        • Regular information exchange between WHO and MOH on the status of the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and in other affected countries is on-going.
        • Recommendations were made to DOHs and other health authorities to reactivate taskforces at the Governorate levels for any eventualities.
        • Communication materials and awareness raising messages were developed, and will be disseminated to all local media outlets and channels.
        Facts about EBOLA
        • Ebola virus disease; also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, or Ebola, is a disease of humans and other primates caused by Ebola virus. It is a highly infectious disease which presents with extremely high fever and bleeding tendencies. It is very infectious; and can be fatal within a short time but can easily be prevented.
        • Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after someone contracts the virus. It presents with extremely high fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headache. Usually followed by vomiting, diarrhea and rash, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Some people may bleed both internally and externally.
        • Ebola can kill between 25 percent and 90 percent of those infected with the virus, averaging out at 50 percent. This is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss, and typically follows six to sixteen days after symptoms appear.
        • Ebola virus disease spreads by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, saliva and sweat of an infected human or animals, and with a recently contaminated item or surface. Ebola does not spread through air between primates and humans. Semen or breast milk of a person infected with Ebola virus disease may still carry the virus for several weeks to months even after recovery.
        • Other diseases such as malaria, cholera, typhoid fever, meningitis and other viral hemorrhagic fevers may have symptoms that resemble those of Ebola virus disease. Blood samples to confirm the diagnosis of the disease.
        • There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although a number of potential treatments are being studied. Efforts to help those who are infected are supportive; mainly through oral rehydration therapy (drinking slightly sweetened and salty water) or giving intravenous fluids and treating symptoms.
        • The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, which is centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. As of 31 December 2014, this outbreak has 20,416 reported cases resulting in 8,004 deaths.
        For more information, please contact:

        Dr. Ziad Tariq Ali
        Ministry of Health - Iraq
        Mobile: +964 7809285820
        Email: drziadtariq@yahoo.com

        Dr. Bisalinkumi, Ezechiel
        World Health Organization - Iraq
        Mobile: +964 7809161459
        Email: bisalinkumie@who.int

        Dr Ahmed ZOUITEN
        World Health Organization - Iraq
        Mobile: +9641010452
        Email: zouitena@who.int

        Ms Pauline Ajello
        World Health Organization - Iraq
        Mobile: +9647809288618
        Email: ajellopa@who.int

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        • #19
          It was pretty clear all along that the reports of Ebola in Mosul were incorrect. What is not clear from any of the reports is the true situation. I can think of three, perhaps equally likely possibilities at this point:

          1. The report is a complete fabrication, perhaps for military or political purposes.

          2. Several people died of an undiagnosed illness, and the local media jumped on Ebola as a possible diagnosis to bring attention. If so, they still haven't succeeded in identifying that illness, that could range from anything to malaria to another hemorrhagic fever to MERS to even H1N1 or H5N1.

          3. ISIS executed several foreigners based on some wild suspicion that they might be carrying Ebola.

          None of the articles have done anything to exclude any of these possibilities. The WHO article denies Ebola cases. It doesn't deny the entire incident.

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