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29% of Earth is land mass. Of that 29% humans occupy less than 1% of that area. Of the remaining 28% about 40% is pure wilderness. 14% is true desert and 15% has desert like characteristics. 9% is Antarctica. Most of the remaining 22% are agricultural areas. There may be other areas with a human footprint of some kind.
A pregnant woman who went for her usual check up at the First Consultant Hospital Obalande – same hospital that Patrick Sawyer was admitted – tested positive of the virus on Friday. She got infected after being treated by the same nurse, Obi Justina Ejelonu, who attended to the Liberian carrier, Patrick Sawyer.
Recall that two nurses came in direct contact with Mr. Sawyer and one of them died last week – the other nurse, Justina is still alive. The pregnant woman has since been quarantined at the mainland hospital where there is an isolation emergency centre for Ebola virus victims.
Epidemiological modelling based on the data from previous EBOV outbreaks has produced a basic reproduction number (R0) of 2.7 with a 95% confidence range of 1.9 to 4.1 (Legrand et al., 2007). This R0 is comparable to influenza (Mills et al., 2004) and would seem to be comfortably within the range required to generate an EVD pandemic. In answer to the question of why this has not already occurred in human history, perhaps the most persuasive response is that EVD very fortunately only emerged into human populations around the time of its discovery in the mid-1970s (Walsh et al., 2005), by which time we were fairly equipped to deal with it in remote low population density settings. Whether we can contain it within a large city, should the necessity to do so arise, remains to be seen.
originally posted by: AutumnWitch657
I searched and searched for any cases that resulted from the team that treated Stewart and they all said that they were quarantined as soon as it was known that Stewart had Ebola. There is a second nurse that has been confirmed to have it. She treated Stewart and has been in quarantine since then. I'm seriously doubting the pregnant woman story but will keep looking for it.
Thank you for your condolences. a reply to: jadedANDcynical
Gentlemen, I come to you with my head bowed in tears and agony.
Last December as we (Igboville/ONF) were organizing Igboville Enyimba free medical services for Aba, one young nurse whose picture is attached, Obi Justina Ejelonu, volunteered and joined us to make it a success. She was previously working at Otunba tunwase national pediatric centre Ijebu Ode in Ogun state and a graduate of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki. Earlier this year, she relocated to Lagos to work at First Consultant Hospital Obalande.