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originally posted by: guitarplayer
originally posted by: Elton
I know it's scary, but I'd rather the government make preparations now and not wait.
They may have to take some drastic action to contain a local outbreak.
Then why are we sending uninffected personnel to that area that will be coming back home. That can infect the general population. Ever hear of Typhoid Mary?
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Major pharmaceutical companies have shown little interest in developing effective treatments for diseases such as this (ebola). There’s no incentive for the commercial risks of research and companies naturally prefer to focus on diseases that can sustain large markets of wealthy regular users.
Vast quantities of drugs and vaccines have been stockpiled by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). BARDA and the US military medical services have also partnered with hundreds of small biotechnology companies to develop medical countermeasures against pathogens that could potentially be used for bio-terrorism.
As well as ZMapp, BARDA is funding three other companies in the early stages of developing different countermeasures against Ebola virus disease.
The pursuit of effective drugs against Ebola virus disease is arguably part of a larger shift in the governance of infectious disease and other public health risk from prevention to preparedness
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: Metallicus
What a nice piece of fear mongering. The EO that was signed regarding quarantines specified respiratory infections. Ebola does not manifest as a respiratory infection.