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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. A common symptom is uncontrolled bleeding. The disease may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected but it is not naturally transmitted through the air. (Edited from WHO)1. On July 31 2014, WHO (World Health Organiazation) reported the death toll has reached 826 from 1440 cases.
2. The 2014 Ebola Outbreak or deadly viral hemorrhagic major outbreak started in West Africa. The countries with infected include Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
3. An American doctor (pictured above) infected with Ebola flew from Liberia to Georgia on Saturday. He is the first patient with the deadly virus to be treated on U.S. soil. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Brantly, 33, and fellow missionary Nancy Writebol will be treated in an isolation unit. They belong to the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. Brantly's wife, Amber said, "I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S.," in statement. "I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital." Brantly's wife visited with him from behind a glass wall for about 45 minutes. Brantly became sick while caring for Ebola patients in Liberia.
4. There is no FDA-approved treatment for Ebola." Care for the infected includes tracking a patient's symptoms, vital signs and organ function and taking measures, such as blood transfusions and dialysis, to keep patients stable.
5. An experimental serum was given to Nancy Writebol (pictured) this week. There's no vaccine, though one is in experimental stage. There's no standard treatment for the disease; doctors try to support organ functions and keep up bodily fluids such as blood and water long enough for the body to fight off the infection.
History - There have been 27 Outbreaks in different parts of Africa and a few in labs in Russia and the UK. The 1st outbreak occurred in Sudan. The 2014 Outbreak is the largest on record. The percentage of deaths associated with the infected is 90%.
Pope Francis “This is no magic trick, but a ‘sign’ – a sign that invites us to have faith in God...." Angelu
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered beneath a dreary, drizzly early August sky in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday, the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, on which the account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:13-21) is proclaimed. It was on the Lord Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand that the Holy Father focused his remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion at midday. Pope Francis chose three specific lessons from the episode: compassion; sharing; thanksgiving – a foreshadowing of the great Sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. “Christ” said Pope Francis, “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him [to the place hard by the Sea of Galilee, to which he had repaired with the disciples], and would not – so to speak - ‘leave Him in peace’. Rather, He feels compassion, because He knows that they do not seek Him out of [mere] curiosity, but out of need.” Pope Francis went on to say that the many healings Christ performed were the sign of His compassion. “Jesus,” said the Holy Father, “teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own. Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.” Turning to the lesson of sharing, Pope Francis contrasted the reaction of the disciples when faced with the needy multitude, with that of Jesus. The disciples would have sent the people away hungry, while Christ tells them to feed the gathered crowd. “Two different reactions,” said Pope Francis, “which reflect two opposing logics: the disciples are thinking according to the world, for which everyone has to take care of himself; Jesus thinks according to the logic of God, which is that of sharing,” and so the people were fed, and fed abundantly. The Holy Father went on to say, “This is no magic trick, but a ‘sign’ – a sign that invites us to have faith in God, the provident Father, who will not force us to go without ‘our daily bread’, if we know how to share it as brothers and sisters.” The third and final message, regarding the Eucharist, can be seen in Jesus’ recitation of the blessing before breaking the bread and distributing it to the crowd. “It is,” he said, “the same act that Jesus will make at the Last Supper, when He will establish the perpetual memorial of His redeeming sacrifice,” a memorial that is not mere earthly bread, but the bread of eternal life, Christ’s gift of His very self, as He offers Himself to the Father out of love for us. Pope Francis concluded with an invocation of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence, that she might accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage and assist us as we strive to meet the needs of those we encounter along the way in a spirit of fraternity.