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Ebola Epidemic Could Become Global Crisis

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posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 09:35 AM
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a reply to: soficrow

Exactly what many of us Sane people have been saying.

If we wait for vaccines and new drugs to arrive to end the Ebola epidemic, instead of taking major action now, we risk the disease’s reaching from West Africa to our own backyards.

West Africa needs to be closed down.
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posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 09:37 AM
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a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

yes and I read earlier that some specialists are using those that have survived ebola for research to find a vaccine.

question is... why have some of survived? These people could provide scientists with the answer.



posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 09:39 AM
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a reply to: Thurisaz

Well, I hope so because it is getting worse.

they need to close it down now, not wait any longer. So what, if some Corps have Money in the Region. What is more important??

Oh. I forgot... to those Corps, nothing is more important.



posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 10:07 AM
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originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
a reply to: soficrow

West Africa needs to be closed down.


Quarantine doesn't work - it especially does not work with animal-borne diseases. Take another look at the maps.

We can't quarantine Africa or even just West Africa - there always will be global corporations after the resources - diamonds, gold, iron ore, bauxite, you name it. And even if public air travel is stopped, there's nothing saying private jets won't continue to fly in and out to check on corporate interests.

So people say we need to just let it "burn itself out" in West Africa. Right. Let it spread, mutate and evolve, and infect animals with the new airborne strain. Then what? Napalm Africa to kill all the infected animals - and now-immune humans?

....Military strategies do not work for biological situations.



posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 12:08 PM
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a reply to: soficrow

Well at least banning flights to the infected areas would at least cut that route out... then if it still somehow manages to get out of Africa, it will be a different approach but would take much longer by which time we may have enough of a cure to sort it.



posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 04:51 PM
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Travellers told to produce Ebola certificate


Some European and Middle East countries have placed a quiet ‘ban’ on people arriving from sub-Saharan and West Africa, requesting an Ebola clearance certificate. According to documents seen by The Standard on Saturday, individuals from these countries travelling to Germany, Netherlands and Dubai were asked for an Ebola clearance certificate as a travel requirement.


Expect to see things like this more and more



posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 05:41 PM
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a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

Blocking traffic just blocks help - it won't contain Ebola. Worse, it will leave the virus free to mutate.


The death toll has risen to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases... the figures could be an underestimate.

….Michael Osterholm ...the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota .…raised a possibility that he said virologists are loath to discuss openly but consider behind closed doors: the prospect that the Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air.

….The key to containing the outbreak, Osterholm stressed, is to beef up efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

…."If we wait for vaccines and new drugs to arrive to end the Ebola epidemic, instead of taking major action now, we risk the disease's reaching from West Africa to our own backyards,"….

…."Ebola cannot be ignored in the hope it will burn itself out
," Peter Piot, one of the scientists who first identified the Ebola virus in 1976, and his colleague Adam Kucharski, Piot, now director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said in their editorial.







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posted on Sep, 12 2014 @ 10:22 PM
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omg just read this:

Ebola outbreak: Britain to trial experimental vaccine on first human volunteer next week


Britain is edging closer to trialling a vaccine to fight the deadly Ebola virus, with the first human volunteer to be injected with the shot next week.

The British trial is part of a series of safety tests of potential vaccines aimed at preventing infection with the virus, which has already killed more than 2,400 people in West Africa.

The trial will ultimately involve 60 people, and will be led by Professor Adrian Hill from Oxford University.


big pharma is at it again...

lets all rush off and get a vaccine. [/sarcasm]

Christ Almighty!!!




edit on CDT10uFri, 12 Sep 2014 22:23:17 -05002317pm254 by Thurisaz because: fix formatting



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 01:56 AM
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An interesting article came out in the New York Times on Friday:

SOURCE: New York Times - U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

A group of epidemiologists funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has projected that the Ebola outbreak is likely to last 12 to 18 more months and infect hundreds of thousands of people. They basically say the WHO statements about the outbreak lasting 6 to 9 months and infecting up to 20,000 people are based on wishful thinking:



Dr. Vespignani said that the W.H.O. figures would be reasonable if there were an effective campaign to stop the epidemic now, but that there is not.


The article goes on to say:



Alessandro Vespignani, a professor of computational sciences at Northeastern University who has been involved in the computer modeling of Ebola’s spread, said that if the case count reaches hundreds of thousands, “there will be little we can do.”



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 04:47 AM
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What happens when/if all the Doctors and Nurses die from Treating these patients??

I'm just wondering what would happen then because there would be no Staff in the Hospitals over there??

On another note, Staff are Striking in a Sierra Leone Hospital because of no pay!

Staff at an overcrowded Ebola ward at a major hospital in Sierra Leone have gone on strike over claims that the government is refusing to pay them.

Around 80 workers blocked Kenema Government Hospital’s entrance on Friday, bringing operations at the Ebola treatment ward to a standstill.

This is the latest in a series of strikes at the same hospital by staff protesting poor working conditions, low salaries, and infection rates among colleagues.


www.maltatoday.com.mt...



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 08:13 AM
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a reply to: ikonoklast

Have you seen the projections in Eurosurveillance? ...and it looks like the WHO knows help is NOT on the way -or at least won't get there in time- Chan finally admitted that the "20,000" estimate could change.



…..control could be attained by preventing over half of the secondary transmissions per primary case. ….In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.


Ebola Outpaces Global Response, W.H.O. Says

A month after declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a global health emergency, the World Health Organization warned on Friday that the disease is still outpacing the international response to contain it.

….So far, 4,784 Ebola cases have been reported and more than 2,400 people have died in the outbreak, which is concentrated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Ms. Chan said on Friday, citing the latest data available. But she made clear the figures were “an underestimate.”

….Releasing a road map to guide the international response to the crisis two weeks ago, the health organization said some 20,000 people could ultimately be affected, but Ms. Chan said Friday that the estimate could change as the epidemic evolves.



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 10:19 AM
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originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: ikonoklast

Have you seen the projections in Eurosurveillance?


Yes, it's an interesting article, thanks. I did a comparison graph of the projections from Eurosurveillance and my projections over in the charts thread:



Here you go. The high/low range projected by the article in Eurosurveillance is between the red lines. The high/low range projected in my most recent update of chart 4B (my latest projections) is between the blue lines.

Click to view full-size.


ATS Post: Comparison of Eurosurveillance article projections and my projections



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 04:05 PM
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But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.
"It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I can't imagine anything in my career -- and this includes HIV -- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus."


I just feel like they are planting the seeds for the big announcement "guess what folks, it's airborne."




Every time a new person gets Ebola, the virus gets another chance to mutate and develop new capabilities. Osterholm calls it "genetic roulette."





Even without becoming airborne, the virus has overwhelmed efforts to stop it.


www.cnn.com...



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 05:56 PM
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originally posted by: quirkygirl



But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.
"It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I can't imagine anything in my career -- and this includes HIV -- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus."


I just feel like they are planting the seeds for the big announcement "guess what folks, it's airborne."



Not really. They're desperate and they're playing their last best card - "If you really want to protect yourselves, help us stop it from spreading and mutating into an airborne strain." ...They're pretty much down to begging now. So when Ebola goes airborne and hits the US - remember you knew what the stakes were.



posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 10:48 AM
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Ebola scare: Doctors desert patients at Achimota Hospital

Interestingly the person was a Nigerian.

We might have to add Ghana to the list of country's



posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 11:00 AM
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originally posted by: soficrow

originally posted by: quirkygirl



But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.
"It's the single greatest concern I've ever had in my 40-year public health career," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I can't imagine anything in my career -- and this includes HIV -- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus."




I just feel like they are planting the seeds for the big announcement "guess what folks, it's airborne."



Not really. They're desperate and they're playing their last best card - "If you really want to protect yourselves, help us stop it from spreading and mutating into an airborne strain." ...They're pretty much down to begging now. So when Ebola goes airborne and hits the US - remember you knew what the stakes were.









Could be dead from old age by the time ebola goes airborne.



posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 01:41 PM
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a reply to: joho99

If Ebola, looks like the patients in the Hospital will get it then. At least some of them but if they don't leave the Hospital, it shouldn't get any further, then again, the Nigerian got to the Hospital somehow.

Oh, dear.

Hopefully its just 'Malaria'



posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 01:55 PM
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a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist

Lets hope it is malaria.

But if not then the question needs to be asked had he been traveling from Nigeria



posted on Sep, 14 2014 @ 02:52 PM
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a reply to: clenz

True. Then again, Ebola could go airborne any day now. Hate to see decision-makers gamble with public health is all.



posted on Sep, 15 2014 @ 02:24 PM
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originally posted by: joho99
Ebola scare: Doctors desert patients at Achimota Hospital

Interestingly the person was a Nigerian.

We might have to add Ghana to the list of country's


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