Thursday, October 16, 2014

#Ebola WhatsApp

BBC has launched an Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in West Africa.

The service will provide audio, text message alerts and images to help people get the latest public health information to combat the spread of Ebola in the region.

Content will be released 3x each day, in English and French.

To subscribe, send 'JOIN' via WhatsApp to +44 7702 348 651

To unsubscribe, send 'STOP' via WhatsApp to the same number.

One the major "chat apps" in use in Africa, WhatsApp is being used as a means of reaching people in the region directly via their mobile phones.

Ebola: A Poem for the Living - United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iheed have collaborated to produce an animated video for use in West Africa that helps dispel myths about how Ebola is spread and promotes prevention of the disease.

 
Ebola: A Poem for the Living (English) from United Methodist Communications on Vimeo.



Dr. Meryl Nass writes at the Anthrax Vaccine blog. ::: "Testing people at airports is rather meaningless since someone could be infected with Ebola and not show symptoms, like increased temperature, for three weeks. Thomas Eric Duncan didn't show symptoms when he came to the U.S. from Liberia. Clearly the CDC was wrong to allow nurse Amber Vinson to fly on a commercial flight. Unfortunately, these are just the most obvious and most recent of the problems of the CDC responses to the Ebola outbreak."

    See Nass' recent blog entry, "Current clinical thoughts on Ebola," which raises ten critical points. The first is: "Even the best containment gear, combined with a diluted bleach solution to spray down workers as layers are removed, and a buddy system that requires another healthcare professional to watch how healthcare workers take off their personal protective equipment, is not perfect. Medecins Sans Frontieres / aka Doctors Without Borders / aka MSF workers used the best equipment and methods we know, still 16 MSF staff became infected with Ebola, and nine of them have died." Her most recent entry is: "Aerosolization tests of Ebola in Animals at USAMRIID [U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases] confirms disease can spread via air." 

Also, see Oct. 7 piece by David Willman of the Los Angeles Times, who won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the anthrax attacks of 2001, which were found to originate in a U.S. government lab: "Some Ebola experts worry virus may spread more easily than assumed." Also, see Oct. 8 editorial from the Times: "Effort to prevent panic over Ebola went too far."



NYT THURSDAY: EBOLA ANXIETY GROWS...
WASH POST: Threat of virus might interfere with commerce, daily routines...
Death toll to hit 4500...
UN warns of global famine...
White House ignored CDC's Ebola advice...
NIGHTMARE: NEW PATIENT FLEW DAY BEFORE...
Knowingly Traveled With 'Low-Grade Fever'...

Called CDC before boarding flight...
Airport worker ordered to remove mask, gloves...
PLANE MADE 5 FLIGHTS BEFORE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE...
MYSTERY: Who Is The Man Without Protective Gear Escorting Ebola Patient Onto CDC Plane?
Airline Stocks Nosedive...
Passenger Wears HAZMAT To Dulles Airport...
Panic Hits TV News Divisions...
CDC says missed opportunities to contain...
Nurses outraged: 'There was no protocol, there was no system'...
Obama cancels fundraising trip...
'Confident we can prevent serious outbreak'...
Calls for medical 'SWAT team'...
COULTER: We'll Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is -- After Election!
SAVAGE: 'If you like your Ebola, you can keep your Ebola'...


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