Skip to comments.Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel
Posted on 07/26/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.
The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases.
Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man's flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola could possibly have spread to a fifth country.
Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won't travel by airplane, according to Dr. Lance Plyler, who heads Ebola medical efforts in Liberia for aid organization Samaritan's Purse.
"Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid," he said.
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Obama will not be able to keep his hands off this.
Just think. When Ebola makes it to America, we won’t have to worry about “global warming”, “immigration reform” and Hillary getting elected. It’s coming and it’s going to be ugly.
And just think, the Obama admin believes it is “racist” to screen for disease in immigrants, legal or otherwise.
You can inspect all you want, the incubation period is up to 21 days. Some one can be infected and asymptomatic for weeks.....
YAY!!! A new group to import to the southern border.
The disease is spread by contact with infected blood or bodily fluids. The person who died in Lagos worked in ebola research and, IIRC, in a hospital, so he got probably got it there.
It can also be transmitted through eating infected meats (but we don’t eat monkey meat) and through sexual contact with an infected person...in other words, like AIDS.
It’s not airborne, although it is more infectious than AIDS, which required a heavier exposure to bodily fluids (a transfusion, sex, etc.). However, I gather you can get ebola from contact with some item that the infected person has touched.
So wash your hands regularly and don’t touch your face! Your mother probably always told you that anyway.
kind of misleading title.
it can be spread by infected folks via airplane travel, it doesn’t say it’s airborne transmission. fluids, and of course particulates in sneezes and coughs. surfaces that have it touched.
Is this also part of ‘the plan’? I heard elsewhere that FEMA is preparing for 200 million deaths. This sounds potentially like it could get mighty serious; maybe this is what FEMA is talking about.
Ridiculous headline. Who ever maintained that flying in airplanes kills the virus?
Yup. And water is wet. Fish swim too.
Missing you on a story like this. Hope you’re enjoying a nice, long vacation.
Seriously, it’s time to quarantine several countries because of this. The next stop from Africa is Europe, then North America. I can do without it.
We can all be glad that getting sick with Ebola requires contact with infected bodily fluids, and is not aerially transmissible.
The Reston strain of Ebola was spread through the air, but it only infected (and killed) monkeys.
“However, I gather you can get ebola from contact with some item that the infected person has touched.”
And don’t eat at restaurants.
And don’t buy food sitting on the grocery store shelf that someone else might have handled.
And don’t touch the door knob.
I do wash my hands often, and not to touch your face, etc. and that has passed down to some of my kids. But even so - it would be really hard to keep from getting infected I think if it gets full blown. I work at hazardous waste sites sometimes, but always glad they aren’t the REAL bad ones. It is very difficult to keep everything clean.
I not sure that's true. From this article:
The man hospitalized in Lagos was a 40-year-old Liberian working for a West African organization in Monrovia, Liberia, according to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
He arrived at Lagos airport on Sunday and was isolated in a local hospital after showing symptoms associated with the virus.He told officials that he had no direct contact with anyone with the virus nor attended the burial of anyone who died of Ebola.
Ebola typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% thanks to early treatment.
Hurry! Instead of 282 million dead we'll only have 188 dead in the USA (if we all get early enough treatment)!
The one I’m thinking of might have been a different person...he had worked with either the virus or the patients, was very careful, but unfortunately got it and died after a few days in the hospital in Lagos.
Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.
The purpose of the Bring Out Your Dead ping list (formerly the Ebola ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.
So far the false positive rate is 100%.
At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the Bring Out Your Dead threads will miss the beginning entirely.
*sigh* Such is life, and death...
I am hoping that Nancy Pelosi will be there to greet these infected people and to spend some quality time with them laughing and hugging as they sneeze on her.