Bog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency and occurrence prior to giving birth. End of note.
Ebola is a pestilence.
WHO official: Congo’s Ebola on “precipice” to spread further
Public health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are scrambling to contain the Ebola outbreak, as neighboring countries of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda bolster their readiness in case the hemorrhagic virus spreads past their border.
What’s new: Xinhua reported there were 3 people suspected of being infected in Uganda, one of whom died — however, Uganda’s health ministry and the World Health Organization say there are no confirmed Ebola cases there. Meanwhile, in DRC, the number of suspected deaths has crept up to 44 (as of Aug. 15) and the growing rate of suspected infections now includes 11 health care workers.
“We are on an epidemiological precipice. We have a critical, time-limited window of opportunity to prevent the #DRC #Ebola outbreak from taking hold in areas that are much more difficult to access because of insecurity. There is not a minute to lose.”
— Peter Salama, deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, WHO, tweeted earlier this week
Concerns about conflict zones: One of the big concerns is that one of the affected areas is in a conflict region, which is dangerous for health care workers and is near the border of Uganda.
Peter Salama, a top World Health Organization official, told STAT News:
“That’s really the worst-case scenario: That we can’t get in quickly enough to an alert [of possible cases] or we just have a blind spot because of security. And then an outbreak really begins to take hold in those blind spots and becomes a multicountry regional outbreak.”
However, a DRC Health Ministry spokesperson tells Axios that while this is definitely a concern…
“At the moment, health officials have been able to enter afflicted areas relatively freely as the the epicenter of the outbreak is not in an actual red zone. Most fightings happen outside the areas where our teams are deployed. However, we are closely working with the national army and MONUSCO to guarantee the security of our health workers and the affected population.”
Meanwhile, the DRC is continuing its vaccination, treatment and education program. The spokesperson tells Axios:
They are distributing the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment and are waiting for DRC’s ethics committee to approve 5 other experimental treatments including ZMapp.
“All the treatments except ZMapp have already been sent to the affected area ready to be used as soon as the ethics committee gives its approval.”
They also are administering the experimental rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine using the ring method (vaccinating the people who were thought to have been exposed to an infected person). There’s no current plan to also offer any other experimental vaccine, such as the Ad26.ZEBOV vaccine with a MVA‐BN‐Filo boost.
“The vaccination was quickly accepted by the population. Everyone wants to be vaccinated. Our main challenge is to make people understand that this is not a mass vaccination campaign but a targeted, ring vaccination.”
They are concerned about health care workers, and have deployed national teams in the field to train local health staff on all infection prevention and control measures.
“Beyond this outbreak, an important part of our resilience plan for all the regions where Ebola is a risk is to increase the sensitization and training of local health workers.”
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