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Highly Contagious COVID Strain Detected in England Came from Florida

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CDC data shows a fifth of all US cases of the more highly contagious and more deadly B.1.1.7 Covid strain first detected in the south of England have come from the Sunshine State.

In total 690 cases have been recorded, dwarfing much of the rest of the US where 44 of all 50 states have recorded fewer than 100.

First Confirmed Case of Ebola in the U.S.

Federal health officials have confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.

Ebola man hospitalized texasAccording to source…On Sunday, an  unidentified critically ill male was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.   He was placed in isolation.

First Ebola Case Confirmed in Dallas

 Tom Frieden, the CDC Director reported that the  man traveled from Liberia, pictured left, to September 19 and arrived in the United States on the next day, without showing symptoms of the deadly virus, CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters.

The patient, Frieden said, started to show signs of the virus September 24 and then ‘sought care’ on the 26th, and two days later the patient was admitted to the hospital and isolated.

The hospital reportedly gave the man antibiotics but he returned critically ill two days later. Texas Health Presbyterian is reportedly internally investigating the misdiagnosis.

Doctor Infected With Ebola Is Now in Atlanta Hospital

Dr. Kent Brantley, a Samaritan’s Purse Physician and one of two American doctors infected with Ebola virus landed in the United States today and was transported to an Atlanta hospital where he he will undergo treatment.

Dr. Kent Brantley arrives to the United StatesThis is the first time anyone infected with the deadly virus has been brought into the country.

The plane carrying Kent Brantley arrived late Saturday morning at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., He was then taken by ambulance to a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.

A second American infected with the virus, Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker, is expected to arrive in the U.S. within a few days. Her treatment protocol will be the same as that which Dr. Brantley will undergo.

Brantly and Writebol were serving in Liberia as medical missionaries when they became infected with the virus.

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Doctors are confident the two can be treated without putting the public in danger.

Emory University Hospital is located just down the hill from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It is  one of only four medical facilities in the country that  capable of handling high-risk patients infected with serious, infectious diseases.

Dr. Kent Brantley, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through our post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the U.S. before he started showing any signs of illness.

Nancy Writebol works with SIM, which manages ELWA Hospital. SIM and Samaritan’s Purse have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March. She had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward of the Case Management Center at the hospital. She is married with two children.

Key facts about the Ebola Virus:

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD),  outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD),  outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

Flu Epidemic Hits United States Hard…What You Should Know

The Flu infections epidemic has hit 41 states in the U.S.  hard this year. 

Thus far  2,257 people have been hospitalized and according ‘ Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expects the count to rise.

An estimated three-fourths of those with symptoms say the were not vaccinated

The H3N2 strain is dominant this year, and it can cause more serious illnesses. 

Flu seasons vary widely in severity with some year’s totaling up to 200,000 hospitalized and between 3,000 to 49,000 dead.

About 127 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed this year from the 15 million doses produced for this season.

Resources:  FluHotline 24/7 ™

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 Web MD…Myths about the Flu

  • The flu vaccine can give you the flu.

This is the flu myth most likely to drive experts bonkers. “There is simply no way that the flu vaccine can give you the flu,” says Hay. “It’s impossible.”

Why? For one, injected flu vaccines only contain dead virus, and a dead virus is, well, dead: it can’t infect you. There is one type of live virus flu vaccine, the nasal vaccine, FluMist. But in this case, the virus is specially engineered to remove the parts of the virus that make people sick.

Despite the scientific impossibility of getting the flu from the flu vaccines, this widespread flu myth won’t die. Experts suspect two reasons for its persistence.  One, people mistake the side effects of the vaccine for flu. While side effects to the vaccine these days tend to be a sore arm, in the past, side effects often felt like mild symptoms of the flu. Two, flu season coincides with a time of year when bugs causing colds and other respiratory illnesses are in the air.  Many people get the vaccine and then, within a few days, get sick with an unrelated cold virus. However, they blame the innocent flu vaccine, rather than their co-worker with a runny nose and cough.

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