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A German hospital has agreed to treat Ebola patients amid widespread fears of a possible outbreak of the deadly disease in Europe. Over 670 people have already been killed by the disease in West Africa with doctors struggling to control the epidemic.
A German hospital in Hamburg agreed to accept patients following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reports. Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours.
originally posted by: TrueBrit.. Now THAT would be a bad scenario. A mutated rabies Ebola hybrid disease!
originally posted by: Wookiep
This does make one wonder if the media is downplaying this whole thing in an effort to not panic the population...
They say it can only be transmitted via bodily fluids, yet I keep reading everywhere that just touching a door knob can do the trick. I guess we're about to find out.
originally posted by: Aqualung2012
a reply to: MrCynic
I can't help but feel like we've just "stepped into the stadium" so to speak. Every arena of human-nastiness is running full bore, and all the signs point to game over...
I want to say Horsemen, but I'm not going to say Horsemen...
* Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
* EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
* EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
* The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
* Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
* Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.