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Ebola Epidemic Could Become Global Crisis

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posted on Aug, 1 2014 @ 03:28 PM
In March, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was saying the epidemic was out of control. Nothing much has changed. WHO is finally on board and agrees there's a problem, but says it's the affected countries who are tapped. [Really, the deficits are international too.] Today,

….on Friday (August 1, 2014), the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) described the outbreak as "out of control" and said that the current response has been "entirely insufficient."


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posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 12:47 AM
a reply to: soficrow

the death toll has officially risen to 729 with a total of over 1300 so far and i suspect this number will climb much much higher

also what i think is stupid, is the US is insisting that the two american be brought back to the US so they can have a so called better chance of beating a virus that is pretty much incurable . stupid , stupid, stupid...
ID be surprised if they even live though the trip

posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 07:42 AM

So, what exactly are the complex implications of this 'alleged' US patent on Ebola?

posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 09:35 AM
a reply to: alysha.angel

Yesp - but those numbers are only up to Wednesday - and only include those who received medical attention. Lots and lots didn't.

FYI - "The US" is not who is insisting Brantly and Whithall (?) be brought back - it's the charities they worked for (Samaritan's Purse and SIM) who pressured and negotiated with the gov to have them brought home. ....Bravo for them I say - No man left behind.

Also - This strain has a 40% survival rate (60% death rate) - and even though Ebola is "medically incurable," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have had huge success - brought the survival rate up to 75% in one area at least (dropping the death rate down to 25%). Here's a good article with solid facts:

Is It Safe to Bring Ebola Victims to the U.S.?

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posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 09:43 AM
a reply to: Elliot

It's a patent application - not a patent. Huge difference. BUT...

as a poster noted, "Patenting sounds like profiteering. But all labs that discover viruses routinely patent the sequences they work to uncover, and their prospective applications. Osterhaus says this is needed for the discovery to be used for public health.

"If we don't patent it, no company will develop vaccines or diagnostic tests with it, because they won't be able to acquire clear ownership," he says. Commercial companies are the major source of tests and vaccines in most countries."

imho - the system is fubarred.

posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 09:57 AM
Airline travelers are not being screened for Ebola

World and U.S. health officials urge airline crews to isolate passengers who show symptoms of the Ebola virus if they have recently traveled to West African countries suffering an outbreak of the deadly disease.

But the World Health Organization isn't recommending screening airline passengers leaving the region of Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Screening is costly and detected few cases after an outbreak in 2003 of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that began in China.

Sick people are urged not to travel. Because Ebola's incubation period is two to 21 days and early symptoms aren't specific, using thermal scanners to detect fevers is costly, unlikely to detect anyone infected with Ebola "and is not encouraged," according to the WHO.


posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 10:13 AM
a reply to: MrLimpet

That's because there no point -and no test- if they're not having symptoms.

posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 10:26 AM
a reply to: soficrow
Well it will be interesting to see if some company suddenly pulls a vaccine from its 'armpit' in the next few weeks.

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posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 10:42 AM
a reply to: Elliot

Your reference was for a patent application for Bundibugyo Ebola (EboBun). The research in Kenema, Sierra Leone and Nigeria was on Lassa Fever and apparently, Zaire Ebola. Watch for products from:

* Corgenix Medical Corp.
* BioFactura Inc., "The BioDefense, BioManufacturing, BioPharmaceutical Development Company."
* Autoimmune Technologies

...or Tulane University. 'Course it all could be buried at Fort Dettrick by now.

posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 10:02 PM
Just want to thank you for your efforts and following this issue.
This is where I come for Ebola updates.


posted on Aug, 2 2014 @ 11:06 PM
a reply to: Xcouncil=wisdom

Thank you. I must admit I've slacked off. ....I'll be back after a bit of a break. In the meantime, there are a lot of great new threads and info out there.
to all our hard-working members!

posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 09:16 PM
As I mentioned somewhere before, I think the real death toll is in the 10's of thousands. We are NOT getting the real story from the media.... Whatever is happening in West Africa it is much worse than we know.

….following the death of a Liberian of Ebola in Lagos last week, Nigerians have called for foreign assistance to check the disease from spreading.

Ebola test carried out after air passenger death in UK

The Department for Health said the test on the elderly woman, who landed at Gatwick Airport, came back negative on Sunday afternoon.

Monrovia's overcrowded and understaffed Elwa Hospital has had to turn away Ebola cases this week….

NOTE: A commonplace occurrence since the epidemic began.

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posted on Aug, 4 2014 @ 10:55 AM
Ok. Didn't want to start another thread on this but this just came in.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Monday that the second person with Ebola is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died of Ebola in late July.

Sawyer, who was traveling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.

Nigeria is the fourth country to report Ebola cases and at least 728 other people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

- See more at:

NOW, I'm wondering where this Doctor has been over the last 4 days??

posted on Aug, 4 2014 @ 02:53 PM
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

Thanks. S&

posted on Aug, 6 2014 @ 09:16 AM
Nigeria reports 9 cases now - not even near the tip of the iceberg, imho.

Geneva: The death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 932 after 45 patients died from 2 August to 4 August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. The number of suspected, probable or confirmed cases rose by 108 over the same period to a total of 1,711. Most of the new cases were in Liberia while the number of cases in Nigeria climbed from 4 to 9, including one previous death.

posted on Aug, 8 2014 @ 04:14 PM
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

Posting this here in case you missed it.

I call bs on the whole "Blame Sawyer" strategy. The US consortium [VHFC] was experimenting with viral hemorrhagic fevers in Nigeria at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and the University of Lagos - not just Kenema Hospital at the epicenter in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The really cool thing? No ethics review or oversight. And in case you missed it, check out the acknowledged epicenter in the map below - and note the big blue "H" denoting hospital. Oh yeah, and check out these threads: US Biological Warfare Researchers in the Ebola Zone, and EBOLA: Clearing the Path for US Corporate Investments in Africa?.

Molecular Diagnostics for Lassa Fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Nigeria: Lessons Learnt from Two Years of Laboratory Operation

…….Only the laboratory at the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which has become operational since 2004 (after civil war forced its closure in 1993), is able to perform Lassa fever testing for patients [30]. In Nigeria, the situation improved with the implementation of Lassa virus PCR testing at a research laboratory of the University of Lagos ….

…….The diagnostic and research laboratory was built in 2008 and started operation in September 2008.

……..The study was classified as a service evaluation and granted exemption from ethical review by the Research and Ethics Committee of ISTH. …….Service evaluation is exempt from ethical review according to the National Code of Health Research Ethics, National Health Research Ethics Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.

April 1, 2014

posted on Aug, 8 2014 @ 07:01 PM


posted on Aug, 8 2014 @ 11:02 PM
a reply to: JG1993

Interesting both those patients had been to Nigeria - supposedly not yet an epicenter. ...Wonder about all the mining staff who bailed back in April...

posted on Aug, 9 2014 @ 09:27 AM
Posted on another thread by TXTriker:

Tons of oil workers are passing through Nigeria. We have quite a few friends that work over there. They do work offshore but they have to get into the country first and they come home through the airports.

....Here's the real problem - NOT a couple of missionaries brought home under strict isolation and medical supervision.

posted on Aug, 12 2014 @ 09:33 AM
Well, WHEW! The UN just ruled it's okay to use West African Ebola victims as guinea pigs for new drug treatments. So by the time it gets to the "civilized" world, we'll be covered. ....Anyone else think the West Africans were manipulated into demanding whatever help might help?

U.N.: It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines

The World Health Organization declared Tuesday that it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met.

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