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This is the first time that such a virus has been identified in Guinea. This particular strain of the virus is initially contracted via contact with contaminated rodent feces and is then spread among humans through bodily fluids, such as sweat, saliva and blood.
Symptoms include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and, in some cases, bleeding.
Health officials have confirmed that Ebola, which the World Health Organization has identified as one of the most virulent diseases today, has been found in virus samples taken from the stricken in Guinea. The area affected is in the southern portion of the country; the capital, Conakry, and reportedly across the border into Sierra Leone.
Thanks for all the interesting views and comments, has made for good reading with my morning coffee!
I just came across this, not being from the States I never really read NBC so forgive me if this isn't a very good source!
This comment scared me slightly:
"But you have to understand that not all the cases are necessarily due to Ebola fever. Some will have other origins, including a form of severe dysentery,"
To me that makes it sound like a cocktail of fun all being mixed together!
Wouldn't we have a higher risk of mutations and new strains of the virus?
So if there are multiple diseases all mixing together within a host isn't this really bad!?
www.nbcnews.com...edit on 23-3-2014 by Bishbop09 because: Stupid iPhone typos!
Is this the disease you can pick up from just walking through a jungle/forest?edit on 22-3-2014 by gardener because: (no reason given)
Here ya go
World Health Organization
Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found dead or ill in the rainforest
Thanks. Does anyone recall the name of the disease (think its a virus, but might be a bacteria or bacteriophage) that remains dormant in soil for DECADES and then when someone comes into contact with as little as a speck of dirt in the jungle, they contract this disease - without direct contact with infected anmals' fluids whatsoever - and then can spread it to other humans contageously??
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I've traveled to Central Africa three times and yes, you missed a wonderful opportunity. However, I understand anyone not wanting to travel there based on health concerns. Although most viruses (not diseases) are pretty much isolated to a very specific region...anything is possible. Besides, there's probably more yucky stuff lurking in your kitchen than in Africa that can harm you. Especially if you prepare raw meats.
I learned a lot!!! I would go back today if I could. You could go into a restroom at your local restaurant, wash your hands then touch the faucet AGAIN bare handed to turn it off and catch a host of viruses. Nothing anywhere is safe unless you take some serious precautions. I'm a germaphobe so to speak, so I tend to over do it when I'm in public places.
I get dirty looks everytime I open a bathroom door with a napkin, but who cares. Gotta' live life my way 😊👍edit on 3/23/14 by ThePublicEnemyNo1 because: Can't spell this evening...sorry
Ebola is actually its own worst enemy. It kills too quickly, and while it's highly infectious, it's limited to infecting through body fluid contact. Infections tend to flare up, be devastating, but they burn out too quickly to turn into worldwide killers.
If one of two things happened to Ebola, it would be a real problem: 1.) The infection became a much slower killer giving victims much more time to travel and potentially infect others before they became incapacitated and/or dead. 2.) It mutated to become airborn so that could be spread like the common cold or flu.
Just seen this updated 25 minuets ago, it's now spread to the capital.
Ok now I'm starting to worry just a little!