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originally posted by: nixie_nox
a reply to: soficrow
It is being dismissed because it is not an issue.
...yes it has up to a 90% mortality rate,
.....It is not that big of a deal except for those poor souls in small village Africa, that have it.
originally posted by: pl3bscheese
a reply to: soficrow
If it doesn't become a pandemic, how could it be a global crisis? Guess I'm not following you here.
...As the human population grows, the climate warms, and (as) millions travel the world for business or pleasure, we will have to factor in some inevitable new costs for dealing with new diseases: commitment of medical research and resources, surveillance at airports and border crossings. Governments will stand or fall by their ability to deal with sudden health threats. Millions of lives will be ended or shortened or simply made miserable by new diseases.... Most of the victims will be poor people in poor countries.
Charles Dickens knew when he wrote Bleak House in the 1850s that the diseases of the poor are no respecters of the rich. And today's diseases travel fast and far.
...It's possible someone could travel to Canada, for example, and then become sick and contagious, but it's likely the risk would be quickly contained.
"Because we take common sense measures when we see someone who is ill — we keep our distance, we try not to touch them, we avoid contact — even before anybody knows what was wrong with that particular person, they would probably take these common sense approaches to avoid contact with them," explains Jagatic.
Compared to West Africa, Canada's "health infrastructure is so well built up that we would be able to prevent the spread if somebody were to come into the country contaminated," he says.
It would be nice if industry had a conscience, and didn't create practices and implement policy based on short term profits for shareholders. If you wanted to end this, I'd look to reform corporate law. Unfortunately, I don't think there's enough people with the intellectual acumen to make the necessary changes.
The Most Worrying Thing About The West Africa Ebola Outbreak Is It Should Have Been Contained By Now
“…normally (Ebola) is horrifically virulent but burns itself out very quickly….
“Once the incubation period has passed and the infection has burnt itself out then that’s the end of the outbreak.”
But with this outbreak, that hasn’t happened.
More than 779 cases of Ebola and over 481 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since March, according to the World Health Organisation.
The deadly disease has appeared in cities as well as rural and border areas. Its mortality rate, at 60%, is lower than previous Ebola outbreaks which have killed as much as 90% of people infected.
[url=http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/we-are-making-ebola-worse] We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests
E bola outbreak sweeps hot spots
...The haemorrhagic fever sweeping through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has left up to 539 people dead, according to the latest WHO figures.
...Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières said last week the outbreak was “out of control”, with more than 60 hot spots.
People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.
The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.
...To fit its movie role, a novel pathogen would need several characteristics -- it would have to be easily transmissible and eventually lethal but with a long incubation period in which the victim was asymptomatic but able to infect many people.
Deepening Ebola crisis blamed on ‘gross misjudgment’
There has been “a gross misjudgment across the board in gauging the severity and scale of damage the current Ebola outbreak can unleash,” the aid group Plan International warned earlier this month.
“There are no cases from outside Africa to date. The threat of it spreading though is very much there,” said Dr. Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for the aid group.
…Doctors Without Borders says it fears the number of patients now being treated in Sierra Leone could be “just the tip of the iceberg.” Nearly 40 were reported in a single village in the country’s east.
“We’re under massive time pressure: The longer it takes to find and follow up with people who have come in contact with sick people, the more difficult it will be to control the outbreak,” said Anja Wolz, emergency coordinator for the group, also referred to by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres.
This Ebola virus is a new strain and did not spread to West Africa from previous outbreaks in Uganda and Congo, researchers say. ….
….WHO health officials are hopeful they will be able to get the situation under control in the next several weeks.
….Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment. “….saying that it’s out of control makes it sound like there are no solutions. This is a virus for which there are very clear solutions.”
In Sierra Leone, people are accusing doctors of administering lethal injections to the Ebola patients or removing vital organs for sale in European markets. As a result, doctors and nurses in the hospitals have been attacked and many nurses are not wearing their uniforms on the way to work for fear of being attacked in the streets. (IPS)
....That's just crazy
attacking those that help you, because you feel they are hurting you
Seems a global theme these days
originally posted by: PurpleDog UK
I'm still wondering about insect bites and possible transmission of diseases…
....The main point is how long a virus or bacterium can survive outside the human body or a host body…..
Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness. ....Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness...
Georgia Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, a longtime physician, wrote a letter last week to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about his fear that the (Mexican immigrant) children might introduce Americans to the deadly Ebola virus.
....They (Mexican immigrant children) are bringing in dangerous diseases—including swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis— and occupying our military bases as shelters.
Cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa continue surfacing at a steady clip, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 18 new illnesses and 11 new deaths over 2 days.
The new figures expand what is by far the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history to 982 cases and 613 deaths. Both numbers are more than twice the size of any previous EVD outbreak. An outbreak in Uganda in 2000 sickened 425 people, and one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976 killed 280.
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 23 July 2014
….As of 20 July 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the three countries stands at 1 093, including 660 deaths. The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows: Guinea, 415 cases (304 confirmed, 98 probable, and 13 suspected) and 314 deaths (204 confirmed, 98 probable, and 12 suspected); Liberia, 224 cases (77 confirmed, 68 probable, and 79 suspected) and 127 deaths (56 confirmed, 44 probable, and 27 suspected); and Sierra Leone, 454 cases (405 confirmed, 35 probable, and 14 suspected) and 219 deaths (182 confirmed, 32 probable, and 5 suspected).