Ebola Outbreak 2014
There is no evidence this virus is spread by respiratory aerosols ala Ebola Reston. I am not losing sleep over this one for the US, however, I am deeply saddened and fearful for the people of Africa and those brave souls trying to help control this epidemic.
The US health care system is better staffed and equipped than W Africa. We have the personnel and resources to interrupt disease transmission. And yes, if you have been in high risk contact with an Ebola patient, you should be quarantined. That is how we keep it from spreading. It is not a plot to steal people's rights, it is a tried and true method, based on the biology of the virus: to keep those who are potentially infected from infecting others. Quarantine interrupts disease transmission.
W Africa is in such trouble because those incubating the virus fled quarantine or were undetected during disease surveillance efforts. That is how epidemics gain momentum. As previously noted, the incubation period is long, the illness initially nonspecific and the infection easy to spread once infected body fluids start flowing.
The reason that personal protective measures such as gowns, gloves, goggles, etc are not 100% effective is that material defects and human error occur.
The people working to help get this outbreak under control are international heroes.
Any thoughts on how Ebola spreading to Nigeria might effect oil production?
I hesitated to post this. It is fairly descriptive and the words are graphic. But real in terms of what caring for these people is about.
I think it is reprehensible that the Feds are using this epidemic to expand their powers to quarantine and hold people against their will. The idea of mass quarantine however is unrealistic, more likely we will be kept in our homes….if it becomes more widespread. Hopefully it won't. I think those who choose to be at the front lines of this are beyond heroic.
Please pass over this if you are not in the mood.
from ZeroHedge, a news roundup: and the site has a large infographic.
Here are the latest news on the worst Ebola epidemic in history.
- Ebola death toll rises to 826 as outbreak spins out of control
- Second American with Ebola to return Tuesday
- Doctor in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos tests positive for Ebola after treating country's first case
- Ebola threatens to erase Liberia’s progress since civil war
- U.K. is holding regular meetings on Ebola
- WHO sees “extremely small” Ebola risk outside West Africa
- U.S. Ebola patient improving amid calls for help in Africa
- Ebola test carried out after U.K. air passenger death
- Official response hampered by worries in Liberia capital
- Ebola crisis alters agenda for African summit in Washington
- Guinea villagers keep eating fruit bats
The Lagos doctor who treated American Patrick Sawyer (who died from Ebola in late July) has been confirmed as infected by the deadly virus by Nigerian authorities. This is Nigeria's second confirmed case of Ebola but what is most concerning is the fact that the doctor's infection suggests contagion is less well-contained that authorities have claimed – especially in light of the fact that they did not quarantine Sawyer's fellow passengers. Nigeria is now the fourth nation to report Ebola cases, as Sierra Leone and Liberia are deploying hundreds of troops under an emergency plan to "contain" the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/04/2014 – 15:58
….my sincerest apologies. Thank you SandPuppy for PM'ing me to alert me that I forgot the link.
If I didn't know better (spoiler alert, I don't), I'd be tempted to think this was airborne transmission.
You can kind of hum it to the tune of the "ricola" commercial from a few years back…gives it an edge.
The drug being credited with potentially saving the lives of two American missionaries infected with the deadly Ebola virus was produced at a facility in Owensboro.
The serum wasn't manufactured but grown, in a greenhouse full of genetically modified tobacco plants.