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A hazmat team was responding with the Department of Health to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Braintree for a patient showing signs of illness Sunday.
....I am no longer convinced Ebola will be controlled better outside Africa.
In the last week and a half, we have seen American authorities go in contaminated apartments and drive quarantined families in their family car, all with no protective gear, and then brag about still wearing the same shirt to a press conference and around their family. We've seen health authorities tell quarantined people they could go back to work as medical workers before the up to 21-day incubation period is up. We've seen unprotected workers power wash up Ebola vomit as people stand around watching, potentially breathing in aerosolized Ebola.
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: ikonoklast
Worst case scenario, we have til next September before the whole world is exposed/infected?
originally posted by: stirling
Ebola and its relatives kill its hosts almost too fast to sustain a full fledged outbreak pandemic....
...no, it doesn't kill fast enough to limit the spread
Among the issues expected to be addressed are ways to improve the response to Ebola and possible treatments and vaccines.
The number of cases seemed to be doubling every 20 days, which led to the estimate that by January 2015 the number of cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could grow to 1.4 million. After January 2015 if that level of growth continued the number of cases could grow to 100 million by June 2015, 1 billion (1000 million) by August 2015, and to the rest of population before 2016. For comparison there are about 1 billion people in all of Africa.
Hypothetically speaking, if the Ebola outbreak continued to spread at that same pace, which it won’t, the number of cases would surpass 1 million by January, 100 million by June, and 1 billion by August, before infecting the entire world population sometime next fall.
originally posted by: Olivine
The current speaker (I believe his name is Dr. Micheal T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota
Read more: www.politico.com... ).
He just said he feels we have a lot of "unexpecteds" to come. He and his team just reviewed over 900 papers on the transmission of ebola, and that today, he is certain he knows less now, then he did 6 months ago!!
His talk is about transmission.
He recommends telling the public, "we don't know"...instead the current line of "it can't be transmitted, blah blah blah. He thinks the most recent communications to the public from authorites are from a place of hubris.
Refreshingly honest comments!
ETA: Here is a link to a paper he wrote September 30th for Politico
Published: October 10, 2014, 12:00 am
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) on Wednesday launched the Ebola Communication Network (ECN), an online collection of Ebola resources, materials and tools from and for the global health community.
As global health experts continue to grapple with the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, HC3’s funding agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other partners – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) – asked HC3 to quickly develop an organized online portal to house Ebola-related social and behavior change communication (SBCC) materials, as well as other resources and tools.
“The Ebola Communication Network provides the global health community with a well-organized, curated collection of the most relevant documents, materials, tools and resources to help fight Ebola using social and behavior change communication,” said Susan Krenn, Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP), where HC3 is based in Baltimore. “We know SBCC will play a key role in containing the Ebola virus because people need to know how to prevent it, how to recognize signs and symptoms, how to care for loved ones safely and how to seek health care.”
ECN (www.ebolacommunicationnetwork.org) is populated with more than 120 resources, including not only SBCC materials like posters, brochures and infographics, but also Demographic and Health Surveys of affected regions, customized maps and peer-reviewed journal articles. The site is responsive to mobile devices and optimized for low bandwidth situations. It includes an RSS feed of Ebola-related news that is updated in real time.
It’s easily searchable; ECN’s faceted search allows users to find materials based on language, type (e.g., public service announcements, posters, and fact sheets), topic (e.g., prevention, treatment, safe burial practices), audience (e.g., community health workers, governments, health care providers) and any other facets deemed necessary. Users can also upload their own materials, which are posted after a brief review process.
ECN continues to expand as new resources are added each day. Because it is built on an open-source platform, ECN can be enhanced with a host of new features as the crisis unfolds.