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Originally posted by xXxinfidelxXx
unless it mutated in a significant fashion (the engineered kind),
A friend of mine just told me that it's awfully similar to a Tom Clancy Book. Rainbow Six
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that they had arrested author Tom Clancy, due to his "clear knowledge of terrorist motivations and methods of operation." Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge stated that "Mr. Clancy is clearly not telling all he knows. He has written many books which bear a striking resemblance to the events of 9/11. For years, he has been able to hide behind the excuse of being an author of fiction. But thanks to our diligent actions, he will not able to hide behind this excuse any longer."
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by tothetenthpower
Ebola is passed through fluids, not air. So it is a little harder to pass than say the flu. It is not a very aggressive illness.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by nixie_nox
What if he died and his body ended up in a water supply?
Not really likely, but could the virus transmit that way?
Originally posted by blueorder
Humour me here, how does the "first" person catch it, ie the first person in an outbreak?
Understanding the dynamics of Ebola epidemics
The typical natural history of the disease begins with an average incubation period of 1–2 weeks. Patients present most frequently with fever, asthenia, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, sore throat, dysphagia, and conjunctivitis. One week after the onset of symptoms a rash often appears followed by haemorrhagic complications, leading to death after an average of 10 days in 50–90% of infections...Ebola is unlikely be transmitted during the incubation period and transmissibility increases with duration of disease and direct contact with infected individuals during the late stages of illness
External link to fomite definition added by this poster.
Transmission through contaminated fomites is apparently possible. In fact, the association found for having slept on the same mat or having shared meals with a sick person or with funeral participants remained after controlling for direct contact.
Thanks for the update. I can see that earlier reports of 300 cases were really just three hundred people that someone exposed had contact with. The chain of transmission is a hard thing to chase down. First you have to find the "escapee" and then question them about every place they went and all the people they talked too or had close contact with.
Also If potential cases are reported a sample or swab needs to be secured for culture to determine if they have Ebola. A lot of initial symptoms of Ebola are similar to other maladies like the flu or common cold. The culture takes some time to develop or incubate in a petri dish and then checked against "knowns".
Simple hospitals in remote locations don't always have the facilities to do this. I may be out of date on how they test for Ebola nowadays, but this can take days in an accredited lab with samples on hand (like the CDC). They have this freezer in their basement that contains every contagion known to man for just this reason. God, what a frozen cocktail.
Yum. I'll have my shaken, not stirred.
God, what a frozen cocktail.