Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Cancer Free

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free after completing a grueling course of chemotherapy and radiation to treat metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the jaw that had spread to his sinuses.

Kelly first had surgery on his jaw in June of 2013. Although his physicians were hopeful that they had eradicated the disease, he experienced severe head pain in March, 2014, leading to the discovery that the cancer had spread to his sinus.

Kent Brantly, MD, Leaving Hospital Today

Kent Brantly, MD, is leaving Emory University Hospital today, cured from Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever he contracted in Liberia.

Ebola is marked by initial symptoms such as fever, muscle pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It then progresses to organ system failure including the cardiac, renal, liver, and pulmonary systems. In some patients, uncontrolled hemorrhage occurs from the skin, eyes, mouth, and rectum.

Experimental Drug Shown to Be Effective in Marburg Virus Disease Similar to Ebola

Reports published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine have shown that an experimental drug being manufactured by Tekmira pharmaceuticals was very effective in halting the disease process of the Marburg virus in monkeys.

Marburg virus is an RNA virus very similar to Ebola that causes a hemorrhagic illness that is almost always fatal. Thomas W. Geisbert and colleagues have shown that a drug using RNA interference was able to save all monkeys infected with Marburg virus while none of the monkeys who did not receive the drug survived.

Ebola Animal Vector Likely Bats

Ebola animal vector is likely bats, according to the most recent thinking from disease ecologists. This would explain how the Ebola Zaire strain of the disease disease, which before the current outbreak, was unknown in West Africa, migrated from the Congo, almost 2500 miles away.

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Myanmar and Vietnam Testing Patients for Ebola

Myanmar and Vietnam are holding several patients in isolation after testing them for the presence of the Ebola virus.

Reportedly, patients arrived from Nigeria and developed fevers. Myanmar has only the most rudimentary healthcare system and likely would have resources quickly depleted if there a significant number of patients developed the disease.

California Patient Being Tested for Ebola

Officials at the South Sacramento Medical Center are being tight-lipped about a patient being tested for Ebola virus infection.

The California patient is not being identified by gender or age and Kaiser Permanente officials are only saying that the patient may have been exposed to Ebola virus and every precaution is being taken to insure the safety of the hospital caregivers and community.

Ebola Patients at Emory No Longer Contagious

In a report from Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ebola patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are recovering so well from Ebola that they are now considered to be immune and no longer able to transmit the disease to another person.

Air France Flight Attendants Refusing to Fly to West Africa

Some flight attendants working for Air France are refusing assignments and calling for a suspension of flights to the West African nations of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

British Airways and Emirates have already curtailed flights to the region, but Air France is notable as it is the largest European carrier to West Africa.

Air France Air France Flight Attendants Refusing to Fly to West Africa

Employment rules covering the flight attendants allow for refusal of assignments if the person feels their health is in immediate or grave danger.

Sophie Gorins of the Air France flight staff union SNGAF comments.

Please also see Ebola Expert Never Told of Experimental Drug Before His Death

Ebola Expert Never Told of Experimental Drug Before His Death

Ebola expert Dr. Sheik Umar Khan was never told by his physicians that a dose of an experimental drug that likely saved two Americans was at his bedside and available for use.

One dose of ZMAPP happened to be in Sierra Leone when Dr. Khan fell ill. There was a wide-ranging discussion between the World Health Organization and his bedside doctors concerning the ethics of trying a drug never before tested in humans.

Despite disagreement as to the proper course, the bedside physicians decided against even discussing the possibility of its use with Dr. Khan, who worsened and died 48 hours later.

The day after Dr. Khan’s physicians passed on using the drug as too dangerous, it was sent to Liberia where both Americans asked to receive it and readily signed a consent form.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol both immediately improved after the drug was administered and are expected to make full recoveries.

Please also see Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola?

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