Ebola & Afghanistan Insider Attack

Updated – Major General Harold Greene was killed in Tuesday’s shooting during a visit to a training academy in the capital city of Kabul.  Greene was leading the effort to train soldiers in Afghanistan, according to CNN.com.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Major General Harold Greene’s family and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic event that took place in Afghanistan,” Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said in a condolence statement.  

A Pentagon official confirmed a U.S, general was killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan. “That investigation is getting underway. We believe the assailant was an Afghan soldier.” said Rear Admiral John Kirby at a Pentagon news conference this afternoon on CNN. The uniformed gunman was believed to be  a member of the Afghan National Security Forces. Up to 15 soldiers, including American and Coalition soliders, a German and Afghan general also were wounded.  Kirby said the shooter was killed during the attack.

“It’s one of the highest ranking deaths since 911, ” he said in reference to the American general’s death and war in Afghanistan. Kirby said the tragedy would not change the military relationship between the United States and Afghanistan forces.

Ebola Outbreak Update

Nancy Writebol, the second Ebola patient,  arrived this afternoon at an Atlanta Hospital under the same protocol and conditions as Dr. Kent Brantly two days earlier.  Local television station aerial video showed Writebol  lying on a gurney and rolled into Emory University Hospital.  Writebol and the 2 medics with her were wearing protective bio defense space suits.  Writebol and Dr. Brantly were given doses of the experimental ZMapp for treatment and will be in the same isolation unit at the hospital. When Brantly arrived Sunday, he was able to walk from the ambulance to inside the hospital.

Both are missionaries and became infected with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia.

The Ebola virus is infectious and makes people very ill, but is not contagious, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.  The CDC says Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the body or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects such as contaminated needles.  Ebola is not transmitted by air, food or water.

The CDC list of  symptoms are fever, headaches, joint and muscle aches, weakness, coughing, diarrhea, vomitting, stomach pain, loss of appetite and abnormal bleeding. The symptoms show up 2-21 days after exposure, but more commonly 8-10 days after exposure.

The current Ebola outbreak is centered mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierre Leone in West Africa. The CDC says it poses no significant risk to  public health in the United States. The CDC is sending 50 more workers to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Some airline flightst from West Africa also have been suspended because of health concerns, CNN reports.

For more about the Ebola virus, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html

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