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Originally posted by BBobb
This is a truly terrible disease. I remember reading a book about it from Robin Cook that I believe was called Hot Zone...and I found it truly terrifying. It ravages the body and the final death result is essentially a liquifying of the organs, and as the person dies blood and matter evacuates itself from every opening in the body. Terrible. Fortunately, as someone above mentioned, it works so quickly that it burns itself out. This is the problem with diseases like AIDS, the damned incubation period and asymptomatic lulls are so lengthy that it allows for years of transferrence. Diseases that hit like a sledgehammer, such as Ebola, are actually "better" (I hope you all understand what I mean when I say that), in as much as they produce symptoms and death very quickly, thereby limiting the pathogens ability to spread amongst the populace.
May God bless and care for those who suffer this terrible demise. It is survivable, but has something in the order of 90% mortality, maybe more. I could wiki it, but hey, I'm drinking coffee in the morning watching my soap opera (Supernatural...yes, I'm a huge nerd, I am after all on ATS)...so I'll leave it to another. Peace all...