reply to post by Corruption Exposed
What I know about Ebola mainly boils down to a couple of research papers I did in college about 10 years ago, so it's a bit dated, but here's the
basics I recall:
There are two strains of Ebola. One is more deadly - like a 90% fatality rate, but typically doesn't spread far. The reason it doesn't spread far is
because onset of symptoms is so fast and so furious that before one gets a chance to travel far (if "one" is a non-mobile native in Africa, that
is), the person is bedridden, amd quickly on his or her way out.
The other strain is about 50% fatal, and a bit slower-acting. As a result, it spreads more readily. "Patient Zero" can interact with more
individuals, possibly even going to the next town before feeling ill. Lower fatality rate, longer incubation and opportunity to spread.
What I know about treatment is this: first off, Ebola outbreaks have mostly occured in areas of Africa without the best medical care, and without
necessarily having proper biohazard facilities. It is thought that if an outbreak were to occur in a more medically-modernized and equipped area, the
fatality rate could be sigbificantly lower. Unfortunately, it would likely also affect thousands, or tens/hundreds of thousands, potentially grossly
overwhelming sufficiently equipped facilities.
As to what treatment consists of...the best treatment regimen for Ebola is fluids and cooling. That's right, ice baths and IVs. The human body simply
needs to be given the time it needs to fight off the virus. There's no anti-Ebola pill, you can't filter it out of the blood through dialysis. You
simply need aid in giving the body time for an adequate immune response. Cooling the body temp and keeping hydrated is how you do this. Even then, a
robust immune system is one's only hope, even with the medical assist.
Some day, Ebola is going to arrive on an intercontinental flight. Letbus hope when it does, itt is caught while it can still be contained. I hope
precautions are taken, but even precautions are only going to reduce, bit eliminate that one chance "whoopsie."
My last thought...we always think about how terrible a world-wide outbreak would be. I'd like for anyone whose interest this topic catches, including
myself, to think of the people in an effected area, and the terror they must be facing. Hope/pray/whatever for them to be safe, and remain strong in
the face of terrifying adversity.