posted on Aug, 1 2012 @ 06:23 PM
Some on here are expertly downplaying the significance of an Ebola outbreak. To their peril. It rears its ugly head in Africa from time to time and is
always a crowd pleaser. "18 dead" is an initial indicator that the disease has found its way in to the human meat chain. Of course not much further
news comes out of an area where people are reported dying because only idiots and well dressed investigators are allowed in.
Without more information on which strain of Ebola it is, how many have died over time, and how many more are infected and where are they now, then it
is difficult to make a determination about the seriousness of any "outbreak".
A real good book on it is called The Hot Zone
. Any who want to find out about the history and
characteristics of Ebola can get a synopsis and buy the book online. It is a fascinating account of all the outbreaks of the various strains and a
breakdown of the threat of one of the most dangerous diseases in "Nature's Arsenal". I read it from cover to cover without stopping. Conspiracy
theorists and doom and gloomers should love it because it is real
and really scary
Couple of hi points:
Once infected, a sick person will seek medical help which effectively shuts down the hospital they go to for quarantine, thus limiting medical aid for
other cases in the area.
Air borne projectile blood vomit and bile are verrry contagious. As a person is dying they ooze infected blood from every orifice on their body...
even skin pores. Euphemistically referred to as "crash and bleed out" the term refers to the last act of a dying victim and the way the virus seeks
to find fresh victims. Anyone cleaning up that mess better be well suited and masked to prevent touching any of the "hot virus" infected liquid. It
can get in thru the mouth, the eyes, the nose and any cuts.
If all the cases are in a locally confined area, such as a small village the elders have a unique solution to the problem. As soon as the agent is
detected, they notify surrounding villages, fell trees across any roads leading to and from and put all the infected people in a central hut. The
survivors emerge after the disease has run its course (some symptoms are horrendous; male testicles swell to the size of lemons and turn blue), then
the remaining hut and bodies are burned to prevent spreading of the contagion. This old remedy has prevented numerous little "Hot Zones" from
spreading into a wider world (so far).
But read all this and much scary more in the book for yourself.