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At the same time, MSF said, a lack of understanding has meant people continue to prepare corpses and attend funerals of Ebola victims, leaving them vulnerable to the disease, transmitted by touching victims or through bodily fluids.
Civil society groups, governments and religious authorities have also failed to acknowledge the scale of the epidemic and as a result few prominent figures are promoting the fight against the disease, the statement said. "The epidemic is out of control," said Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. "With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas."
"Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa," said Janssens, urging WHO, affected countries and their neighbours to deploy more resources especially trained medical staff.
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: dollukka
Again, the unnecessary human habit of meat-eating creates destruction and illness. The cause of so much disease and trauma, eating the bodies of other animals filters their benign germs and viruses into the human genome, paving the way for such things as Ebola to take hold, spread, and destroy.
There is now hope: on Monday researchers announced that an experimental Ebola vaccine for chimps is safe and induces a strong immune response. The vaccine, based on a surface protein from the Ebola virus, had already been shown to protect monkeys.
Major challenges faced by all partners in the efforts to control the outbreak include its wide geographic spread, weak health-care infrastructures, and community mistrust and resistance.
originally posted by: ketsuko
....As harsh as it sounds, disease is a part of living in harmony with our environment, even diseases as horrible as ebola.
You can no more avoid disease entirely than you can construct the perfect Utopian lifestyle by trying to force everyone to live in a way that is unnatural to the species. If you don't believe me, do a little check into our dentition versus the dentition of other true herbivores. We are supposed to use both plant and animal sources in our diets. We're supposed to eat whatever we can. ....