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Ebola Outbreak 2014

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  • Sat, Aug 02, 2014 - 03:50am

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    Taz Alloway

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    I am not worried

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.

  • Sun, Aug 03, 2014 - 09:45am

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    jgritter

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    Chris et al

Any thoughts on how Ebola spreading to Nigeria might effect oil production?

John G.

  • Sun, Aug 03, 2014 - 01:06pm

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    VeganDB12

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    a day in an ebola unit-doctors without borders

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. 

 

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 04:55pm

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    from ZeroHedge, a news roundup

from ZeroHedge, a news roundup: and the site has a large infographic.

Here are the latest news on the worst Ebola epidemic in history.

 

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 04:57pm

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    Nigerian Doctor Who Treated American Dead From Ebola, Contracts

Nigerian Doctor Who Treated American Dead From Ebola, Contracts Virus; Troops Deployed In Liberia

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.

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 08:00pm

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    rjs

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    experimental Ebola drug seems to be working

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 09:01pm

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    New York Hospital Testing Sick Patient For Ebola,

New York Hospital Testing Sick Patient For Ebola, ABC Reports

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 09:09pm

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    VeganDB12

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    Doctors without Borders Link

….my sincerest apologies. Thank you SandPuppy for PM'ing me to alert me that I forgot the link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/eyewitness-a-day-at-an-ebola-treatment-unit-9644674.html

  • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 09:15pm

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    Time2help

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    Eeeeeeeeebolaaaaaaaaaa

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.

  • Tue, Aug 05, 2014 - 12:56am

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    Some good news

Drug given to American Ebola patients produced at Kentucky facility using tobacco plants

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.

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