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Tekmira Stops Testing of Ebola Drug in Sierra Leone

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-drug-doesnt-help-company-stops-testing-n378756

A Canadian company testing an experimental drug against Ebola has closed down the trial and concluded they cannot say whether the drug helped anyone.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation had been testing the drug in patients in Sierra Leone, but said it was clear the drug wasn’t showing any benefit to patients. The testing was scheduled to end anyway.

“The Phase II clinical trial of TKM-Ebola-Guinea has reached a predefined statistical endpoint and enrollment has been closed,” the company said in a statement.

No one could say which treatment worked because none of the therapies were given in a controlled clinical trial — one set up to show whether patients did better with the treatment than without it

The drug uses bits of genetic material called small interfering RNAs, or siRNAs for short.

Viruses kill cells by invading them and taking over their machinery to force them to pump out copy after copy of virus. This drug doesn’t prevent infection, but stops the virus from replicating by attaching to its RNA.

Geisbert says it should be a successful approach. He’s afraid other companies testing drugs against Ebola will be scared away from moving forward

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 17 June 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-17-june-2015
There were 24 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 14 June, compared with 27 cases the previous week.

Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3245** 35 2025
Probable 419 * 419
Suspected 12 *
Total 3674** 35 2444 (66.5%)
Liberia§ Confirmed 3151 0
Probable 1879 *
Suspected 5636 *
Total 10 666 0 4806 (45.1%)
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8649 41 3553
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 4029 * 158
Total 12 965 41 3919 (30.2%)
Total Confirmed 15 045 76
Probable 2585 *
Suspected 9675 *
Total 27 305 76 11 169 (40.1%)

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 20 May 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/en/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-20-may-2015
WHO Sitrep 20May2015
“The week to 17 May saw the highest weekly total of confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) for over a month, with 35 cases reported from Guinea and Sierra Leone. This is a substantial increase compared with 9 cases reported the previous week”.

Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3201 43 1988
Probable 419 * 419
Suspected 15 *
Total 3635 43 2407
Liberia§ Confirmed 3151 0
Probable 1879 *
Suspected 5636 *
Total 10 666 0 4806
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8605 19 3541
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 3740 * 158
Total 12 632 19 3907
Total Confirmed 14 957 62
Probable 2585 *
Suspected 9391 *
Total 26 933 62 11 120

Note: Officially, Liberia is still Ebola free.

WHO – The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2015/liberia-ends-ebola/en/
WHO statement
9 May 2015

Today, 9 May 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015. The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.

Interruption of transmission is a monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest, and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976. At the peak of transmission, which occurred during August and September 2014, the country was reporting from 300 to 400 new cases every week.

Note: We await Ebola’s eradication in Sierra Leone and Guinea to finally assess the full impact of Ebola on this region of West Africa and the extent it has provided cover for Anglo-saxon corporate interests.

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 6 May 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/en/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-6-may-2015
sitrep-2015-05-09-cases-graph

  • A total of 18 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was reported in the week to 3 May
Country Case definition Cumulative cases Cases in past 21 days Cumulative deaths
Guinea Confirmed 3167 50 1971
Probable 415 * 415
Suspected 7 *
Total 3589 50 2386
Liberia Confirmed 3151 0
Probable 1879 *
Suspected 5534 *
Total 10 564 0 4716
Sierra Leone Confirmed 8595 32 3537
Probable 287 * 208
Suspected 3558 * 158
Total 12 440 32 3903
Total Confirmed 14 913 83
Probable 2581 *
Suspected 9099 *
Total 26 593 82 11 005

Ebola Situation Report – 8 April 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-8-april-2015

  • A total of 30 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 5 April. This is the lowest weekly total since the third week of May 2014. Case incidence in Guinea decreased to 21, compared with 57 confirmed cases the previous week. Liberia reported no confirmed cases. Sierra Leone reported a fifth consecutive weekly decrease from 25 confirmed cases in the week to 29 March to 9 in the week to 5 April.
  • In the context of falling case incidence and a receding zone of transmission, treatment capacity exceeds demand in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Accordingly, and with technical guidance from WHO, national authorities in both countries have begun to implement plans for the phased safe decommissioning of surplus facilities. Each country will retain a core capacity of high-quality Ebola treatment centres, strategically located to ensure complete geographic coverage, with additional rapid-response capacity held in reserve.
  • The last confirmed case in Liberia died on 27 March. Investigations are ongoing to establish the origin of infection. A total of 332 contacts associated with the case are being monitored. Heightened vigilance is being maintained throughout the country. In the week to 29 March, 310 laboratory samples were tested for EVD, with no confirmed cases.

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/israeli-fighter-jets-join-saudi-arabia-in-war-on-yemen/

Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday. “This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — backed by the US have declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued earlier Thursday. US President Barack Obama authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the military operations, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said late Wednesday night.

The Saudi aggression has received growing international condemnation as it is pushing the region and the world into an unprecedented fast-growing war as its ISIL mercenaries are on the brink of complete annihilation in Iraq and Syria.

Note: We see exposed the nexus of interests – US, Zionist Israel, Saudi Arabia, ISIS/ISIL, Turkey and other vassal Arab states.

Activist Post – US Stationing Marines In Ghana On Eve Of Nigerian Elections

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/03/report-us-stationing-marines-in-ghana.html

According to a report by Nigerian Watch, a UK-based magazine for Nigerian communities, hundreds of US Marines are now being stationed in Ghana as the Nigerian elections begin to take place. The Marines are allegedly being stationed in Ghana so as to be available to remove American personnel from Nigeria if the elections result in violence, a possibility that some analysts are expecting. Nigerian Watch reports that “that there may be post-election violence, especially after the results are announced as neither the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is likely to accept defeat.” … The source also allegedly stated that “There are well over 200 marines and they are camped at the airport. The helicopters are believed to be meant for the quick evacuation of Americans in Nigeria in the event of violence.” … Not only are Boko Haram’s connections to ISIS (and hence US intelligence) well-documented, but the terrorists groups’ own military interests in terms of territory and destabilization are conveniently the same as those of the US and AFRICOM whenever one views it on the map. Taken into consideration the geopolitical and geostrategic interests of these locations – particularly between the US and China – and one can easily begin to see the role that Boko Haram plays in the battle between two major powers over natural resources, investment, and influence. Whatever the true nature of the military troop placement may be (assuming Nigerian Watch’s sources are correct), given the track record of the US geopolitical movements in recent years, it is undoubtedly a development to watch closely.

Note: AFRICOM has a presence in Liberia due to Ebola infections in West Africa.
http://www.nigerianwatch.com/news/6677-us-sends-battalion-of-marines-to-ghana-in-anticipation-of-post-election-trouble-in-nigeria

BBC – British medic declared free of Ebola

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32088310

A UK military medic who has been discharged from hospital after being declared free of Ebola said it was thanks to medics that she is alive.
Cpl Anna Cross was the first person in the world to be given the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77, her doctors said.
Cpl Cross, aged 25, from Cambridge, caught the virus while working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone.
During her illness she lost 22lb (10kg) and spent 14 days being treated at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

They described the drug she was given as a close relative of the medicine ZMapp – which British nurse William Pooley received when he was treated for Ebola

Experts at the Royal Free said MIL 77 was made in China and that a limited supply was available, should anyone need it.

Prof Jonathan Ball, a virus expert at the University of Nottingham, said: “This is fantastic news that another individual admitted to the Royal Free has recovered from Ebola.
“She was given an experimental drug, but it is impossible to say whether or not this directly contributed to her clearing the virus.
“In order to know whether a drug does work we need experimental trials and thankfully trials of various drugs are underway in West Africa, where Ebola virus is still doggedly clinging on.”
Ebola has claimed more than 10,000 lives across the worst-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the past 12 months.

WHO – Ebola Situation Report – 25 March 2015

http://apps.who.int/ebola/current-situation/ebola-situation-report-25-march-2015

  • A total of 79 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 22 March: the lowest weekly total in 2015. There were 45 new confirmed cases reported from Guinea. Having reported no cases for 3 consecutive weeks, a new confirmed case was reported from Liberia on 20 March. Sierra Leone reported 33 new confirmed cases in the week to 22 March.
  • Investigations into the origin of the newly reported case in Liberia are ongoing…
  • There was 1 new health worker infection in the week to 22 March, reported from Conakry, Guinea…

WHO Full Situation Report