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Conakry (AFP) - An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday.
"At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry," UNICEF said in a statement emailed to AFP.
This is one of the scariest diseases I know of. No real treatment, just tough it out and survive or die, and most die.edit on 24/3/2014 by Gemwolf because: Fixed link
Maybe it's mutated to be a slow killer...if that's the case, we are all in deep doo doo...Nasty bug...very nasty bug.edit on 24-3-2014 by Soloprotocol because: (no reason given)
If it transmits faster than it kills, then we have a problem, but if it kills faster than it transmits , they should be able to quarantine it and possibly let it die out before it starts to mutate.. ..
Let's hope anyway
I read the thread mentioning this new outbreak in the area not too long ago.
Im wondering how something like this has spread so rapidly.
The Ebola virus isn't really a fast travelling virus, since it has to be spread via body to body (fluid) contact. It also generally kills the host faster than it can travel to another host.
Im hoping it's like the outbreaks that occurred in the 1990's, since those were generally spread via un sterilized medical equipment. This can easily be contained if those same factors are current to whatever strain this Ebola virus is.
However, if this strain has mutated, then we have other concerns.
(Worst could be airborne infection, but that's extremely unlikely, and I mean very unlikely.....but nature does do crazy things sometimes)