Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box have been discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say. The virus, believed dead, was located in six freeze-dried and sealed vials, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is said to be the first time unaccounted-for smallpox has been discovered in the US. The disease was officially declared eradicated in the 1980s. “The vials appear to date from the 1950s. Upon discovery, the vials were immediately secured in...
A U.S. citizen in Ghana is being tested for Ebola after he fell ill following a trip to two countries in the region battling the disease, a senior government official said on Monday. “He is an American and records showed that he had been to Guinea and Sierra Leone in the past few weeks,” a senior health ministry official told Reuters. Test results are expected later on Monday. The Ministry of Health said in a statement a patient, who has not been named, was in quarantine at Nyaho clinic in Accra and tests were being conducted at Noguchi...
The first confirmed case of a deadly virus from the Middle East has surfaced in the United States, brought here from Saudi Arabia by an unnamed health-care provider who is hospitalized in Indiana for treatment of the respiratory ailment, health officials reported Friday. The unnamed person, who had been providing health care in a Riyadh facility and probably picked up the virus there, is in stable condition but requires oxygen to help with the symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a virulent and relatively new condition first reported in...
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said. The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries. Nineteen suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone tested negative for the virus, it said. In a statement on its website, WHO said Guinea has reported a total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola, including 136 deaths. Liberia has reported 34 cases, including six deaths. Ebola is one of the...
A French research institute working on various deadly viruses, including SARS, has apparently misplaced thousands of tubes and no one is quite sure where they went. A routine inventory check at Paris’ Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. … It is not clear how the tubes disappeared from one of the institute’s safest laboratories. Management were made aware of the loss in January,...
Editor’s Note: There are now mainstream media outlets reporting this is not the ebola virus. While we tend to take some information with a grain of salt, it is important to consider the facts in any case in order to make an educated decision. We will let you decide what you deem to be true or untrue in this situation. CONAKRY, Guinea — Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 50 people in Guinea have tested positive for the Ebola virus, government officials said Sunday, marking the first time an outbreak...
Canadian health officials have admitted they are confused over how a fit and healthy 20 year old hospital worker has died of H5N1.