Tagged: ebola

Naturopathy vs Science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 03, 2014

Today Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper ran a piece of (in my opinion..) misleading propaganda they passed of as a cartoon which can be summed up as naturopathy vs science. I assume it is in response to the bad press that homeopathy received last week after Green Party MP Steffan Browning signed a petition calling for … Read More

New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 31, 2014

(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Read More

Homeopathy not the solution for Ebola (or anything else) - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 30, 2014

A petition calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to “test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the (Ebola) outbreaks” is unlikely to gain much traction, given that the WHO, in August 2009, made statements indicating that homeopathy was not an effective treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea or HIV infection. Unfortunately, Green MP Steffan … Read More

Amazing new cure for Ebola - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Oct 06, 2014

  Stop press! Thai scientists claim to have a treatment against ebola that is more effective that any other treatment! Is this possible? “Researchers at Siriraj Hospital claimed that the new antibody is “more effective” than those that now exist.” This is an astounding claim, especially as they haven’t actually tested it in animals or humans. What is … Read More

Ebola in USA no reason for panic - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 01, 2014

In a press conference earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the US has diagnosed its first case of Ebola, in a man who travelled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, on the 20th of September. The man was asymptomatic while in transit and only developed symptoms around the 24th of September. He sought medical help … Read More

Monday Micro II – lockdowns, manslaughter and murder - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa continues. According to the CDC’s website, as of the 14th September the number of reported cases was up to 5,347 including 2,630 deaths. The virus is now in five countries. Here’s the latest: Guinea (942 cases/601 deaths) A team of health care workers, journalists and local officials have been reported … Read More

Ebola outbreak – updates and links - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 03, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak worsens, the WHO has announced a US$100 million response plan to help bring the outbreak under control by scaling up control measures and helping neighbouring at-risk countries prepare for any cases. According to the latest WHO update, between 24 and 27 July, a total of 122 new cases of Ebola and 57 … Read More

Not quite Monday Micro – which nasty microbes would you rank in the top 10? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

On Monday I was asked to go on the radio and comment on an article that appeared in the NZ Herald (syndicated from The Independent) entitled “What’s the world’s biggest health risk?”. The article lists an infectious diseases ‘Top Ten’ which looks like this: 1. Ebola – as of 23 July 2014, there … Read More

Monday Micro – west African Ebola outbreak now the deadliest in history - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jul 21, 2014

The Ebola outbreak that likely started in December 2013 with the death of a 2 year old child in Guéckédou, Guinea, has become the deadliest in history. The most recent report, almost a week old now, from the World Health Organisation puts the number of cases at 964 with 603 deaths. The outbreak has … Read More

Monday Micro II – update on Ebola and MERS - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2014

A quickie to point to a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine which summarises the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Guinea (1). Sequencing of the virus from several patients points to a new strain of Ebola Zaire, related but distinct from the strains which have caused previous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Conga and Gabon. Read More