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Passengers are being tested for Ebola in Hong Kong and the UK
Fears over West Africa’s Ebola outbreak have gone global following the death of a man in Lagos last week, as health authorities in Hong Kong and Birmingham, England, have quarantined passengers showing possible symptoms of the disease.
In Hong Kong, the state-run China Daily reported that a woman who recently returned from Africa with “symptoms similar to the Ebola virus”—which at the early stages include headache, fever, and stomach pain—is in a hospital isolation ward while she undergoes testing. Symptoms can take up to three weeks to materialize; the virus has a mortality rate of up to 90%.
In Birmingham, a man who arrived on a flight from Nigeria has also been taken to a hospital isolation unit after complaining of “feeling feverish.” The UK government is holding an emergency meeting on how to address the “new and emerging threat” of Ebola later today.
Ebola virus infections can be diagnosed definitively in a laboratory through several types of tests:
antibody-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
antigen detection tests
serum neutralization test
reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay
virus isolation by cell culture.
Samples from patients are an extreme biohazard risk; testing should be conducted under maximum biological containment conditions.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: andy06shake
"A better solution may be to screen for the virus before boarding any flight to another area."
The best solution would be to cancel any and all air traffic into and out of the affected countries until such time as the areas are declared disease free.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: loam
To be perfectly honest I imagine should they come across anybody entering the United Kingdom or any other nation for that matter that is testing for Ebola, and the test proves positive then unfortunately the infected people or person should be returned to their place of origin.
If this virus was ever to gain a foothold in a small nation with a large enough population density it could quite possibly be an end of days scenario for rather a large percentage of said population.
You have to be cruel to be kind regarding this particular viral monstrosity considering the mortality rate. And the only effective way we have of containing such a virus is by isolating the infected and letting the virus run its course short of a vaccine or antidote being invented/released.