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Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since its initial recognition in 1976.
The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was first recognized. The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses called the Filoviridae. Three of the four species of Ebola virus identified so far have caused disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, and Ebola-Ivory Coast. The fourth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.
France has called for extra “vigilance” among domestic medical services following an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in former French colony Guinea.
Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine said no cases had been reported in France, but warned that because of the numbers of travelers arriving from the West African country, she had put medical services “on alert” for any suspected cases in France.
With a fatality rate of 90%, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned that Guinea is facing an unprecedented epidemic of Ebola that would test the weak health systems across West Africa.
Talk has it that any "suspected" cases of people who are travelling by air will be instantly place into quarantine on the plane and that also a couple of hospitals in France have been chosen to deal with an eventual outbreak.
Sadly it looks as if the boundry police are going to also have to come up with much stricter methods in stopping illegal immigration into the country...
France's DGS public health authority placed hospitals and emergency services on alert, a spokeswoman said.
Further instructions were sent to health authorities in the larger Paris region regarding passengers arriving at the Charles de Gaulle international airport, though no measures had yet been taken to restrict travel.
scary, I always assumed we received shots as kids for this sort of thing..
my friend at lunch today told me a story!
her friend was recently in Bali, met a young girl whom they took a liking too, young orphan girl!
when they came home, they paid for her to come to Australia for English Classes for 5 weeks.
the day she landed, she got terribly sick and started coughing up blood!
she's now in quarantine, still extremely sick!
might try and find out if that young girl was indeed Balinese!
Call me crazy, but why am I having difficulty trusting the Nigerian Minister of Information?
From your previous post, a couple of pages back, & sourced @ www.ibtimes.com... :
Senegal has closed its border with the country, and Nigeria was gripped by fear of contamination when some of the country’s leading media outlets reported that a 15-year-old woman died of the disease in the country’s Edo State last week.
The Nigerian Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, stated Wednesday that the woman actually died of dengue fever, squelching fears that Ebola had spread to Africa’s most populous nation.
"Nigeria is prepared right now to curtail any outbreak particularly given reports that few counties (sic) on the West Coast like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have reported cases of Ebola fever and given our proximity to these countries Nigeria is ready, the [Health Ministry] has every precaution including getting with vaccines and medicines to ensure that should there be any incidence in Nigeria, everything would be dealt with precision,” Maku said, according to Nigerian newspaper This Day.
Nelson Dafe, a journalist at Nigeria's News Express newspaper, said via online chat that many of his fellow Nigerians are not concerned about the Ebola outbreak.
"Here in Benin City in the mid-west of southern Nigeria, people are not talking about it. I doubt if they are even aware about the outbreak of the disease," he wrote.
1. Hold Up, Wait A Minute! See bolded text above; Does Nigeria have some special Ebola vaccines & medicines that I'm not privy to???
2. WT? The tone of the Nigerian sources in the article implies that they don't want citizens to be aware of an Ebola outbreak...or try to minimize awareness/education...to prevent panic?
3. This is a thread (excellent, by the way) about how Ebola "Could Become Global"...Well, I truly hope Nigeria is being truthful about the matter of NO cases & that cases don't spread to Côte d'Ivoire as both countries have national teams playing in the World Cup in Brasil in less than 70 days... (Sourced @ www.fifa.com...).
It does, but this one isn't a good one to use unless they really want to panic people.