Saudi Arabia is testing a man for suspected Ebola infection after he returned recently from a business trip to Sierra Leone, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. It said the man, a Saudi in his 40s, was at a hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after showing “symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever,” which resemble symptoms of the Ebola virus. The ministry said it had taken precautionary measures, including isolating the patient at a specialist hospital and had sent blood samples to an international laboratory in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) for further checks.
The official Ebola death toll jumped from 729 to 887 on Monday as Liberia confirmed dozens of new cases, but the doctor told us he believes the real number is at least 50 percent higher. He put this down to the fact that people are scared to report Ebola cases, and have instead been hiding sick relatives and burying the still-contagious bodies of the dead in secret. Traditions in parts of West Africa involve touching bodies before burial — potentially putting unknown numbers of family and community members at risk. The Liberian government has ordered that the corpses of all Ebola victims be cremated. The international non-profit group Doctors Without Borders has issued a statement saying it is over-stretched and under-staffed on the ground in the region, and its workers still don’t have a full grasp on all the infected areas. The implication in that statement is that the disease could be quietly spreading in parts of Liberia and neighboring nations where victims’ families have not yet come forward.
originally posted by: Bilk22
a reply to: Rezlooper
Read somewhere there could already be tens of thousands of infected people. It's reported on CNN that 6 more people entered Mt. Sinai with symptoms, but more info is not being released.
This Ebola outbreak along with the infiltration of many multinational illegals, will certainly effect the economy as many, like myself, will avoid eating out and visiting public places. The majority of food handlers are immigrants. The risks are there. The world is spinning off it's axis and our great leadership is off on vacation and playing golf.
originally posted by: SunnyRunner360
a reply to: Rezlooper
Right now, everyone is on high alert and everyone is afraid. We are going to hear a ton of stories about countries testing people who have returned from the area of infection and present symptoms but it is highly unlikely that any of these cases will turn out to be Ebola... for now. I do, however, agree that this is far worse than they are telling us. Given the number of healthcare workers that have been infected (according to Reuters that number is over 100), I believe a mutation has occurred that either makes the illness far more virulent or airborne. In reading comments to an article on ZeroHedge yesterday, a man whose wife is a medical professional and has worked in Sierra Leon indicated his wife believes it is airborne. That's absolutely frightening and it can easily reach foreign shores if it has not already.
originally posted by: SonOfTheLawOfOne
Has anyone else considered why a Saudi Arabian man went to Sierra Leone knowing what is happening there?
Perhaps it wasn't that he simply went there, but rather that he was sent there?
Terrorists NEVER get their hands on biological weapons... this is easy pickings for them.
If they really want to wreak havoc, all they have to do is send a squad of guys down there who already would blow themselves up for their belief, and instead, infect themselves and start making their way all over the world, making sure to cough inside of crowded airports and planes and sneeze all over people, and never wash their sweaty hands.
And you call yourselves conspiracy theorists?
originally posted by: Thefarmer
British airways have suspended flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia
That's what sky news is saying
RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said.
Concerns about the spread of the deadly virus escalated with Saudi Arabia reporting that a man died, apparently of the virus, after a trip to Sierra Leone, and Nigeria reported that a nurse died after treating someone believed to have contracted Ebola in Liberia.
The Saudi man died Wednesday at a specialized hospital in Jeddah, the Saudi Ministry of Health said.
He had been in intensive care since late Monday "after exhibiting symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever following a business trip to Sierra Leone," the ministry said in a statement.
August 07, 2014
Saudi Arabia: Second Ebola case denied
Via Arab News: 2nd Ebola case denied. This sounds like an indirect confirmation of the first case. The KSA MOH has still not published an explicit confirmation. The full report:
The Health Ministry denied Thursday the appearance of another Ebola virus fever case in Jeddah and urged the media not to publish such reports without confirmation.
“We will inform the public about the development of the new killer virus in full transparency and have taken measures to protect citizens and residents from such infectious diseases,” the ministry said.
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz Al-Zahrani, the brother of the man who died of Ebola on Wednesday, blamed the negligence of medical staff at a private hospital in the city for the death.
“They delayed identifying Ibrahim’s disease, resulting in his demise,” he said.
He ruled out suggestions that Ibrahim had taken medicines that complicated his disease.
He said Ibrahim had stayed two days at a private hospital north of Jeddah before he was transferred to King Fahd Hospital.
He requested the ministry to conduct medical tests on all the members of Ibrahim’s family to make sure they are free from the disease.