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Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.
Ebola's Frightening Symptoms
Once a patient is infected with Ebola, the incubation period is 4 to 16 days. The onset of disease is sudden, with fever, chills, headache, anorexia, and muscle pain. As the disease progresses, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, stomach pain, and diarrhea are common. Most patients develop severe hemorrhages, usually between days five and seven. Bleeding occurs from multiple sites, including the digestive tract, lungs, and gums. Death occurs within 7 to 16 days.
Read more: Rare and Deadly Diseases: Ebola: Africa's Bloody Disease | Infoplease.com www.infoplease.com...
originally posted by: drwill
a reply to: WhiteAlice
It's a personal and global tragedy, one that could have been contained...that compounds the tragedy imho.
This is part of a post I made on a forum. Please read carefully and consider the timeline. If you can't or won't investigate this I will go to CNN.
I watched Jake Tapper on CNN yesterday, kinda a news junkie, and their reporter in Liberia came on, went to a hospital where the woman Thomas Duncan supposedly was helping was turned away. I thought I distinctly heard the word Malaria and died of Ebola. Did she have Malaria and thought this was the problem? They have death listed as Ebola. She was turned away from two hospitals prior to being returned home and died during the night. This man helped her 4 days before going to the US.
They went to two hospitals who turned her away, so it seems to me she was not tested for Ebola. Day 3 before Duncan left for the US, she dies. Therefore, any tests would have to be post mortum. This was a poor section of Liberia. Do you honestly think the news got back to the community within the next couple of days before he left? It took 2 days to get the results here in the US with just one patient being tested and a nationwide tv and internet. Liberia are testing hundreds of patients daily and a post mortum case would be on the back burner.
Then we are supposed to believe he came here knowingly and exposed his girlfriend which I understand from other reports he planned to marry.
Just a little critical thinking could figure this out...or a news junkie.
I have tried to find the section on Jake Tapper yesterday without success. Also, tried to find their Liberian reporter without success. If anyone else could do it, it will be much appreciated.
In the meantime, besides the stigma of bringing Ebola to the US, he is being accused of lying at the airport. This after a report he may have come here knowing he had Ebola and only came for treatment. He got his visa two weeks before he came. He hadn't seen his family in 9 years. A week after getting his Visa, he told his family he got a ticket and would be there in about a week.
hanks, full name, retired infection control nurse
originally posted by: WhiteAlice
It truly is. It's absolutely heartbreaking to consider that in the places where this form of Ebola is running rampant, they're having to send people back home to possibly (probably) infect their loved ones.