posted on Jul, 30 2014 @ 04:00 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: soficrow
And what part of "Africa is the perfect environment for Ebola" is not registering? It has a serious lack of healthcare, it's hot and dry so if the
virus is airborne it can live longer, the people are generally malnourished in a lot of areas, so they don't have good immune systems to help fight
it off, etc.
Ebola will never race around the planet like the Spanish Flu did, or like Smallpox could. But in Africa it has found the perfect
So you're saying that wiping out West Africa's population is not a "real" epidemic threat? That only world-wide pandemics are worthy of anyone's
1. Ebola flourishes in the jungle - it's hot and wet (not dry), and "lives" for a good while without a host in those conditions. However, as
viruses are not alive, just as prions are not alive, so like prions, they don't really die - and probably are sequestered in the soil until
deforestation for economic development at which point allhellbreaksloose.
2. As far as "healthcare" goes, there's no treatment, vaccine or anything and the proven best way to stop Ebola outbreaks is to close
3. If you're thinking hospitals in the US and other developed nations have a better track record containing contagion you might want to consider the
number of "hospital-acquired" infections that have been created accidentally in hospitals to become "community-acquired" nightmares. For
4. Environments change and so do viruses, microbes and fungi - as we speak, many "tropical" viruses are moving into North America. You may recall
one of the first - West Nile? Now we have more. Who's to say Ebola can't adapt to our climate? ...and not that much is known about the little bugger
anyway except that it only has about 9 genes and a pretty awesome transformer protein cum prion.
5. The bushmeat trade is international and worth billions - can you imagine paying $10,000 a plate for the gastronomic privilege of getting infected
with Ebola? lol