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Dr Johnson, 28, is working in Freetown as part of the King's Health Partners scheme. The initiative is a partnership between Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Trusts as well as King's College London. He added: 'What shocking is how healthy the patients look before they die and how quickly they decline. 'A number of the Ebola patients I've seen look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths.'
INFECTIOUS DOSE: 1 - 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans (21).
MODE OF TRANSMISSION: In an outbreak, it is hypothesized that the first patient becomes infected as a result of contact with an infected animal (15). Person-to-person transmission occurs via close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids during the late stages of infection or after death (1,2, 15, 27). Nosocomial infections can occur through contact with infected body fluids due to the reuse of unsterilized syringes, needles, or other medical equipment contaminated with these fluids (1, 2). Humans may be infected by handling sick or dead non-human primates and are also at risk when handling the bodies of deceased humans in preparation for funerals, suggesting possible transmission through aerosol droplets (2, 6, 28). In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated (1, 6, 13). The importance of this route of transmission is not clear. Poor hygienic conditions can aid the spread of the virus (6).
Main Entry: aero·sol
Pronunciation: ˈer-ə-ˌsäl, -ˌsȯl
Etymology: aer- + sol
1 : a suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in gas ;also plural : the fine particles of an aerosol
The virions enter cells by endocytosis and replication takes place in the cytoplasm. During the phase of acute fever, the filoviruses can be isolated from the blood. These viruses grow easily in Vero cells.
The viral particles have a molecular weight of 3−6 ×108 and a sedimentation coefficient of 13.000 to 14.000. Infectivity is stable at room temperature. The viruses are inactivated by UV, Gamma irradiation, 1％ formaldehyde, beta propiolactone and brief exposure to phenol desinfectants and lipid solvents8.
It appears that people who have had Ebola, live, and get “better” (i.e., their symptoms go away) can still carry Ebola for a period of time, and in this state, they can still transmit it. What has probably happened is their immune system has started to fight the virus enough that it is attenuated in its effects, but it isn’t’ entirely gone yet.
originally posted by: kruphix
Why does it seem like those of you in the thread that are the most worried/paranoid (doom porning) about this, almost seem like you WANT this to spread and be an epidemic?
I swear, it seems like some people have so little in life that they want to see a huge catastrophe just to make their life a little more interesting.
The Ebola patients that have come for treatment are being handled very carefully...stop hoping and praying for an outbreak just so you have something to talk about.
originally posted by: marg6043
a reply to: kruphix
When you have an infectious disease introduced into our nation's soil for the first time in history and not by accidental means, you should be aware, very aware and at the same time you should be vigilant of the agenda behind the whole case.
Been prepared, doing research and reading as much information as you can is not been paranoid, is just exercising caution and been smart about it, specially when is not cure and the infection is fast and fatal.
originally posted by: Hellas
a reply to: Krakatoa
Yet again, religion makes a bad situation even worse! From the OP's content, is this line
Local religious leaders are preaching against health workers, saying it is them spreading the disease.
What does that have anything to do with religion??? Because its preachers who claim that they are spreading the disease??
What a fail attempt