“The outbreak of Ebola, in Africa and in the United States, is a stark reminder of the clear and present danger that infection represents in all our lives, and we need reminding. Despite all of our medical advances, more familiar infections still take tens of thousands of American lives each year – and too often these deaths are avoidable.”
– What will it take to reduce infections in hospitals? (via oupacademic)
I remember going to an infectious disease lecture some time ago and hearing the specialist paint a grim portrait of the future: the rapid resistance bacteria is developing against our weaponry will make antibiotics obsolete in the next fifty years. Unless we do something about it, we will be propelled back into the dark ages.
This article is a good snapshot of where we stand now in the search for novel therapies.
Resources for Responding to the Ebola Outbreak
Two of the nation’s academic medical centers, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), are on the front lines of treating patients afflicted with the Ebola virus. Many more of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals also are prepared to play an essential role in managing, treating, and preventing the spread of this disease. As medical schools and teaching hospitals, these institutions combine the latest medical knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities, and medical research discoveries to care for their patients.
This page contains resources from medical schools and teaching hospitals about treating the Ebola virus, as well as information about AAMC efforts to help coordinate the national response.
Learn more at www.aamc.org/ebola.
- We are at Day 22 / 21 for the standard Ebola incubation period. None of the original contact list in Dallas have become positive. This is very strong evidence that, contrary to hyperbole being sold by “Ebola experts”, the virus is not transmitted efficiently nor is aersolized. We note the virus that arrived in Dallas is the most highly mutated Ebola Zaire strain ever documented. And yet, no pandemic. And yet, not even an outbreak among the original contacts.
- The two infected nurses represents accidental protocol breach under conditions associated with maximal risk- the handling of high volume, highly infectious fluids. While there have been concerns that some of the additional healthcare workers (~76 in total) may have been infected, we have not seen this yet. This represents a new incubation period to monitor, where we are at Day 10 / 21. We are about to depart the “sweet spot” of Ebola incubation, which is 7-10 days.
Deep breaths, everyone. Wave 1 is done, and Wave 2 is almost over.
And of course more Ebola cases may still arrive in the US, but hopefully the lessons learned in the first couple US cases will transform and improve the responses to those new events.
Can you not?
AHG, I fucked this up!
omfg I’ve seen the high school musical post about 15 times and I’ve never understood why it had so many notes. Now I finally understand
WHY WOULD YOU NOT REBLOG BOTH PARTS DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK ME TO FIND THIS?!?!?!
We all know the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.” We always are able to see things clearer when we are far removed and safely present in the future. As a nurse who is 25 days away from losing her floor job in telemetry—let me tell you, my vision is crystal clear.
My back will not be better in 25…