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African Woman Dies Of Ebola After Flight To London
Mirror - UK ^

Posted on 05/21/2006 3:13:29 PM PDT by traumer

KILLER BUG AIR SCARE

A WOMAN who arrived in London on a flight from Africa yesterday is reported to have died from the deadly and contagious ebola virus.

Panic has spread among cabin crew and hospital staff after the death of the 38-year-old Briton.

The unnamed woman is understood to work at an embassy in the African kingdom of Lesotho.

Before boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow she visited a doctor complaining of flu-like symptoms.

She was allowed to fly, but during Flight VS602 to the UK she suffered a violent fit which left her unconscious.

Cabin crew and passengers rushed to her aid but towards the end of the flight she began to vomiting.

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When the Airbus A340-600, carrying 267 passengers and crew, touchdown at Heathrow she was rushed to nearby Hillingdon Hospital, West London.

Her symptoms matched those of the viral haemorraghing fever, ebola. The results of a post mortem are awaited.

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew who came into contact with the woman have been told to monitor their health. One said: "We are now terrified what we may have caught."

Deadly ebola is often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africa; ebola; lesotho; outbreak; virginatlantic
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1 posted on 05/21/2006 3:13:31 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer
Virgin Atlantic cabin crew who came into contact with the woman have been told to monitor their health.

I'm not one to get excited about these things but in the case of something like ebola, I think they should do more than simply monitor their own health.
2 posted on 05/21/2006 3:15:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: traumer

Now there's something scarier than "Snakes On A Plane" (upcoming movie).
Because it's real and could kill you.


3 posted on 05/21/2006 3:17:05 PM PDT by VOA
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To: traumer
Virgin Atlantic cabin crew who came into contact with the woman have been told to monitor their health.

Jeez, I hope that they have been quarantined.

4 posted on 05/21/2006 3:17:09 PM PDT by SIDENET (Gonna shake it, gonna break it, let's forget it better still)
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To: traumer


"US health officials stressed that there is no reason to restrict flights from other countries over health concerns" Back to our regularly scheduled program.


5 posted on 05/21/2006 3:17:13 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: traumer

Vector Bump.


6 posted on 05/21/2006 3:17:43 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cripplecreek
pestilence alert.

is that stuff contagious?

7 posted on 05/21/2006 3:18:10 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the Twin Towers were dedicated to "world peace." Islam destroyed them. Meditate.)
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To: blam; BearWash; Judith Anne; redgolum; LucyT; Mother Abigail; little jeremiah; Domestic Church

interesting article ping


8 posted on 05/21/2006 3:18:42 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: traumer; Cindy; backhoe

Ping


9 posted on 05/21/2006 3:18:56 PM PDT by fanfan (I mean, I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: traumer
When the Airbus A340-600, carrying 267 passengers and crew, touchdown
at Heathrow she was rushed to nearby Hillingdon Hospital, West London.


There's one Airbus that should be either hermetically sealed and
dropped into the Mariannas Trench.

Or burned to the ground in the sands of Syria.
10 posted on 05/21/2006 3:19:06 PM PDT by VOA
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To: cripplecreek

What should they do besides quarrantine themselves? It is a very short time before the person starts belleding out every orifice. No cures, no treatment.

I guess knowing I was going to croak in a couple days, I'd write a couple good-byes and drink heavily. Not much else you can do.


11 posted on 05/21/2006 3:20:42 PM PDT by Toby06 (tagline suspended for the race.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Contagious???

You might say that.

This could be a bad beginning.


12 posted on 05/21/2006 3:20:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
is that stuff contagious?

Very.

This could be bad.

13 posted on 05/21/2006 3:21:13 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: tet68

GMTA!


14 posted on 05/21/2006 3:21:55 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Smokin' Joe; EBH; Dog Gone

Interesting article ping


15 posted on 05/21/2006 3:22:06 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: All
Ebola isn't an airborne virus so the odds of it spreading are very slim. There is definitely no chance of it becoming a pandemic.
16 posted on 05/21/2006 3:22:23 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Real Leaders Base Their Decisions on Their Convictions. Wannabes Base Decisions on the Latest Poll.)
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To: Toby06; cripplecreek
It is a very short time before the person starts belleding out every orifice.

I can't imagine an Ebola victim being in ANY shape to be able to fly, much less get to the airport. Something doesn't add up here.......
17 posted on 05/21/2006 3:22:45 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: VOA

Seriously - what will it take to desinfect it??

Barrels of chlorine ??


18 posted on 05/21/2006 3:23:23 PM PDT by traumer
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Anyone read the book "Outbreak"?

This could get ugly if this is one of the real contagious strains. Not all are. Immediately, anyway.


19 posted on 05/21/2006 3:23:38 PM PDT by Toby06 (tagline suspended for the race.)
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To: Drew68; the invisib1e hand
This could be bad.

Ebola is contagious, but it's a blood/fluid borne virus. The virus itself doesn't react very well to UV lighting (the Sun for example kills it in a matter of seconds)......
20 posted on 05/21/2006 3:23:55 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Very contagious and not well understood.

In the case of ebola, the kill rate is sometimes in the 90% range which helps to prevent it's spread because it kills entire villages in Africa before it spreads much.


21 posted on 05/21/2006 3:24:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: traumer
Just the cabin crew? What about the person sitting next to her or just adjacent? I guess you have to actually touch her blood to get it.
22 posted on 05/21/2006 3:25:33 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: MikefromOhio

The progression is very rapid, like less than 48 hours from first symptoms to mopping up 15 liters of blood and other juices. Seems quite plausible to me.


23 posted on 05/21/2006 3:25:47 PM PDT by Toby06 (tagline suspended for the race.)
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To: WestCoastGal; MamaDearest; Cindy; Velveeta

Scary ping.


24 posted on 05/21/2006 3:26:29 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Toby06

Belleding out every orifice? Sounds series.


25 posted on 05/21/2006 3:26:49 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: jeremiah
US health officials stressed that there is no reason to restrict flights from other countries over health concerns" Back to our regularly scheduled program.

But has the FBI ruled out terrorism yet? BTW this is the second thread this week that sounds like a Tom Clancy novel.

26 posted on 05/21/2006 3:26:55 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm not one to get excited about these things but in the case of something like ebola, I think they should do more than simply monitor their own health.

Really bad reporting. There is no clue about whether, medically, anything beyond "monitoring one's own health" is possible, or effective ...

27 posted on 05/21/2006 3:27:16 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: traumer

"Virgin Atlantic cabin crew who came into contact with the woman have been told to monitor their health."

Excellent, let them march around in the general population for a while until they develop the proper symptoms.


28 posted on 05/21/2006 3:27:48 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: traumer

God have mercy.... Not one of those passengers should be walking in public.


29 posted on 05/21/2006 3:27:53 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: Toby06

It's fast, but I don't think it's quite THAT fast....


"The incubation period for Ebola HF ranges from 2 to 21 days. The onset of illness is abrupt and is characterized by fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. A rash, red eyes, hiccups and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.

Researchers do not understand why some people are able to recover from Ebola HF and others are not. However, it is known that patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death."

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/ebola/qa.htm


30 posted on 05/21/2006 3:27:57 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: MikefromOhio
Ebola is contagious, but it's a blood/fluid borne virus.

So she's vomiting on the plane (let's hope she hit the air sick bag), and has a fit that left her unconcious. She was probably burning with fever (read sweating) . . . .plenty of fluid to go around in an enclosed environment.

31 posted on 05/21/2006 3:28:02 PM PDT by WIladyconservative
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To: neodad
BTW this is the second thread this week that sounds like a Tom Clancy novel.

I'm reading Executive Orders right now actually....
32 posted on 05/21/2006 3:28:32 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: WIladyconservative

yes that is a problem.

I don't know about the sweating being catagious or not, but it would be a good guess to NOT mess with it.

That plane should NEVER fly again.


33 posted on 05/21/2006 3:29:22 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

I guess the crew and passengers are on their own.

God help us when something starts that is highly contagious and we are too PC to quarantine first and then ask questions and test to see what is going on.


34 posted on 05/21/2006 3:29:26 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Jr "I just go. I would feel awful if I got beat by who rode around to get the inversion~Win it baby!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Ebola is not air borne(so far) but it is deadly contagious if you come in contact with the blood or vomit of the victim.


35 posted on 05/21/2006 3:29:45 PM PDT by calex59 (No country can survive multiculturalism. Dual cultures don't mix, history has taught us that!)
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To: traumer

We need to isolate the British and burn down their villages along with the french and belgiums.


36 posted on 05/21/2006 3:30:12 PM PDT by Porterville (Do Not Betray The President During A Time Of War-- Unless You Are A Traitor)
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To: MikefromOhio

it is known that patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death."

Now THAT is understatement.


37 posted on 05/21/2006 3:30:32 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: traumer
Cabin crew and passengers rushed to her aid but towards the end of the flight she began to vomiting.

Since it's only being "reported" and only that her symptoms "matched" ebola, it very well may not be ebola. Here's hoping the diagnosis was rumored and wrong.
38 posted on 05/21/2006 3:31:15 PM PDT by kenth
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To: MikefromOhio

Did you see this thread about the Chinese computers?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1635442/posts


39 posted on 05/21/2006 3:31:24 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: VOA
There's one Airbus that should be either hermetically sealed and dropped into the Mariannas Trench. Or burned to the ground in the sands of Syria.

Nope, just spray the inside of it with bleach and the problem will be solved, outside of the body ebola is easy to kill.

40 posted on 05/21/2006 3:31:56 PM PDT by calex59 (No country can survive multiculturalism. Dual cultures don't mix, history has taught us that!)
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To: MikefromOhio
(the Sun for example kills it in a matter of seconds)......

The sun could kill me in a matter of seconds too.....

;-)

41 posted on 05/21/2006 3:31:58 PM PDT by fanfan (I mean, I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: traumer
I hate it when bad Tom Clancy novels come true.
42 posted on 05/21/2006 3:32:21 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Faster than a speeding building; able to leap tall bullets at a single bound!)
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To: traumer

If the passenger had just been to the doctor with flu-like symptoms the day before, it's doubtful her death a couple of days later was caused by ebola. It takes several days to a week for the 'bleeding-out' to manifest itself, and it doesn't sound like that much time had elapsed.


43 posted on 05/21/2006 3:32:23 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: tet68; Toby06
isn't it?

Here is a table of the outbreaks that CDC is listing
44 posted on 05/21/2006 3:32:26 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: fanfan

I'm 95+% Irish (and if it isn't Irish, it's Scottish), I'm damn near translucent :)


45 posted on 05/21/2006 3:33:07 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: WestCoastGal

"God help us when something starts that is highly contagious and we are too PC to quarantine first and then ask questions and test to see what is going on."

We've seen with AIDS what PC mixed with a contagion can bring. A virus somewhere between ebola and HIV, deadly with a medium incubation time, and a population too politically correct to deal with it honestly would be a catastrophe.


46 posted on 05/21/2006 3:34:54 PM PDT by kenth
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To: traumer

Ebola victims should be treated in Washington D.C. hospitals and hospices, with daily tours of the facilities for members of congress. Might cure the immigration mess.


47 posted on 05/21/2006 3:35:17 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: neodad

Yeah I was on a similar one.

Chances are some contracting officer who didn't know that Lenovos were made in China bought them.

The GS types who generally make such purchases generally DON'T check everything out like that.

It is a problem, I hope they correct it, but it probably isn't the first time it's happened.

The network those are on is NOT classified (it's call the NIPRNET) and there won't be any chance of the Chinese hacking into the secured networks via those computers anyway (the networks aren't connected in ANY physical way).


48 posted on 05/21/2006 3:35:18 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Woohoo!! I'm on A List!!! yay!!!!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Read "The Hot Zone", by Richard Preston. It's a long book, but reads like a newspaper article. I finished it in two days of easy reading.

Not many books will give you a nightmare or two... this one will. Well worth reading!!!


49 posted on 05/21/2006 3:35:23 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: the invisib1e hand
Through bodily fluids. No airborne transmission.

Also extremely rare thankfully.

A couple of odd things in this story.

The results of a post mortem are awaited. Yet it is announced that she did died of Ebola rather then "may have died".

And she is identified in the headline as an African and in the story as a Briton who worked in the Embassy in Lesotho.

Lastly she was stationed in Lesotho. That is half a continent away from Unganda and the Congo where Ebola outbreaks happen.

I have never heard of a case in Lesotho. It may have happened but I have never heard of it.

50 posted on 05/21/2006 3:35:26 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Every lady in this land hath 20 nails on each hand five and twenty on hand and feet)
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