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Liberia’s Last Ebola Patient Released from Treatment

After 16 days in a Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, the last remaining Liberian patient was released on March 5, 2015. Her name is Beatrice Yardolo, a 58-year-old woman who contracted the virus after three of her children had died from Ebola earlier this year. The family caught it from Beatrice’s son, who was…
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Sierra Leone Suffers Ebola Setback

The battle against the largest Ebola outbreak in history suffered a setback in Sierra Leone in early February when infected fishermen came ashore and spread the virus, according to a Feb. 28 New York Times report. The fishermen went to port after Sierra Leone saw dramatic decreases in its number of reported Ebola cases. The…
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Protecting Our Communities with Better Emergency Preparedness

Disaster of any size can have extreme effects on civil and economic stability. The loss of life and cost to treat victims and repair any damage to commercial business can extend for months and even longer, depending on the severity of the disaster’s result. It is critical that state and local agencies formulate plans for…
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Measles: US Outbreak Grows; Toddler Dies in Germany

The measles outbreak in the United States continues to grow. Thirteen new cases were confirmed in the last week, bringing the total number of U.S. cases to 154 across 17 states and the District of Columbia. A measles outbreak in Germany claimed its first victim this week with the death of an 18-month-old toddler at…
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Common Problems in Disaster Response Efforts

Reported natural disasters have been on the rise – almost year over year – since the mid-1940s. This increase in occurrence and reports requires the development and innovation of best practices, processes and programs for effective disaster response. Unfortunately, many governments and agencies are ill equipped to provide the support needed to help a community…
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Measles Outbreak Continues to Spread in US

With 20 new cases confirmed in the last week, the measles outbreak continues to spread in the United States. Now, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are saying the U.S. is experiencing two measles outbreaks plus several additional cases not linked to the outbreaks. On Feb. 17, the CDC reported that there…
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BLU-MED Deployable Hospitals for Flu Outbreak ER Overflow

South Carolina’s Spartanburg Regional Medical Center is battling a flu outbreak that’s clogged emergency rooms throughout the state with equipment from BLU-MED Response Systems®. “We are like all of the hospitals in (this region), full to all of our adult capacity,” Spartanburg Regional Chief Medical Officer Chris Lombardozzi told FOX Carolina. “It has been a…
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Ebola News: US Withdrawing Troops

President Barack Obama said all but 100 U.S. troops would withdraw from the battle against Ebola in Liberia by the end of April. At the peak of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, there were 2,800 troops in the West African nation. About 1,500 troops have already returned from West Africa and have completed or…
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Winter Storms Emphasize the Critical Need for Disaster Preparedness

The barrage of snow, wind and flooding bombarding the northeastern United States over the past couple of weeks has underscored the need for effective disaster preparedness. Parts of New England have been submerged beneath a couple feet of snow – more than 64 inches has fallen in Boston since January 27th. As of late last…
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Reported Cases Increase in Ebola Outbreak

After weeks of decreases in reported Ebola cases in West Africa, the three countries hardest hit by the outbreak saw increases in infections. Health officials tallied a combined 124 new cases of the potentially deadly virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The latest figures represent an increase of 55 new cases over the previous…
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Ebola Outbreak Stresses Need for Improved Healthcare Systems

As the Ebola outbreak has clearly shown, better health care systems are vital. For improved medical emergency response in this and future outbreaks, we must invest in corrections and enhancements to health care systems worldwide. WHO reports persistent difficulty tracking the spread of Ebola. Health officials cannot confirm how all new patients are infected, continued…
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BLU-MED Response Systems are Uniquely Equipped to Fully Support Disaster Relief

During the outbreaks of the Ebola virus, disaster relief for the hurricane in New England, and numerous other medical emergencies, BLU-MED Response Systems® have been proven in critical support. The systems are equipped in all areas to support disaster relief efforts to the fullest extent of the need. The floor plans and equipment packages offered…
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Rapidly Deployable Emergency Response Treatment Centers

BLU-MED Response Systems® is constantly innovating the engineering and design of our medical emergency and disaster response systems, all of which can be set up and operational within 72 hours from the moment you place an order. Two turnkey trailer-mounted products — the XP® Medical Response Package and the RapidSurge™ System — stand out for…
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UN Ebola Chief asks for $1B More

David Nabarro, the head of the United Nations’ efforts to stop the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak, said UN agencies need another $1 billion to continue their battle against the potentially deadly viral infection. Nabarro said an overall total of $4 billion would allow relief agencies to continue their work in the hardest-hit West African nations of…
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Disaster Response Systems Equipped for Extreme Weather

National news and FEMA’s emergency information updates have been busy with reports of flooding and winter storm disasters across the country. Melting snow and winter storms have caused severe flooding in areas of Western Washington. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced the availability of federal disaster aid for the state of Mississippi for…
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Preparing Your State Agency for Disaster Response

Local and State agency preparedness for natural and terrorist disasters is key to the survival and quick recovery of communities and economies. When these agencies have effective disaster response programs and measures in place, they can ensure the long-term sustainability and safety of these communities. In preparing your state agency or local government for effective…
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WHO: Ebola rates level in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the rate of Ebola infections might be slowing in Sierra Leone, according to a Jan. 7 report from Reuters. Although the pace of new infections may be slowing, there were still about 250 new confirmed cases reported in Sierra Leone in the last week. ‘There are signs that case…
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Disaster Relief Anywhere in the World Within 72 Hours

When disaster strikes, few things are more important than the ability to provide rapid, effective response. For more than a decade, BLU-MED Response Systems® has provided turnkey, rapidly deployable, full-service disaster medical facilities. When medical emergencies, natural disasters, biological catastrophes or other crises develop, BLU-MED systems can be built and ready for use within 72…
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UPDATE: MERS CoV in Saudi Arabia

While the fight against Ebola continues in West Africa – particularly in Guinea and Sierra Leone – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) is affecting Saudi Arabia and surrounding countries. MERS CoV usually develops into a severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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11th Sierra Leone Doctor Dies; Fire Destroys Ebola Supplies

One of Sierra Leone’s most senior doctors died less than one week after contracting Ebola, a health official told the Associated Press. In neighboring Guinea, a fire engulfed a warehouse, destroying a medicine crucial to fighting Ebola in West Africa. Dr. Victor Willoughby, 67, died Thursday, according to a Dec. 18 article by Clarence Roy-Macauley…
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