Skip to comments.Guinea deaths: Ebola blamed for deadly fever outbreak
Posted on 03/22/2014 6:49:30 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The Ebola virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever now believed to have killed nearly 60 people in southern Guinea, government officials say.
Scores of cases have been recorded since the outbreak began early last month.
There is no known cure or vaccine for the highly contagious Ebola virus.
It is spread by close personal contact with people who are infected and kills between 25% and 90% of victims.
Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.
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Those poor people! Yecch.
The good thing is that it kills the victims quickly before they can spread it too far. The bad thing is that it kills the victims quickly before a rapid diagnosis can be made.
The question is, are these Ebola virus outbreaks being caused by the same thing as Kuru?
No, those are completely different diseases. Ebola is caused by a virus. Kuru is caused by a prion, and is similar to mad cow disease.
No. Completely different.
If Ebola had a long incubation period while still being transmittable would be the perfect doomsday weapon.
If it did, and I assure it doesn’t, all it would take to spread it would be close personal contact through a bus, train, or plane into a populated area such as NYC and American cities would be wiped out in a week. It’s the same HZiV crap, Legionairres etc. CDC - Eat Me!
You just wonder what’s been eating them ....
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The most likely reservoir is migratory fruit bats, who spread it through guano and being eaten (considered a delicacy).
That's why Ebola and Marburg showed up in rainy weather, near caves and mines, or was contracted by people out hunting, if not contracted from other victims. The hit-or-miss nature of being infected by the migratory bats was why the outbreaks were scattered and seemingly unrelated.
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Some of the villages involved in the outbreaks are (or were) more densely populated than any American City and yet fewer than 100 people have died. The transmissibility and morbidity aren't that high. Most likely, merely riding in a subway car with an infected individual isn't going to result in transmission, but I sure wouldn't want to take my chances.
Most of the Ebola outbreaks, I have learned, comes from the eating of infected “bushmeat.” Such meat from wild animals is poached and brought into the cities to be passed off as pork or beef. Kuru is also caused by eating meat. In the case of Kuru, the meat is other human beings. Most likely, the humans are Christians being sacrificed to Allah.
We are fortunate to live in these time in the United States where I can be certain the BBQ’d pork ribs I ate tonight were from pork.
oh? you can?
LOL! I can see I have opened myself up.
I confess. That BBQ I had tonight was some road kill I found coming home from work last night.
I don’t know what it is but words have not come out the way they should and I have been going in circles all night.
I’m getting hungry for some of that left over meat just talking about it . . .
True, the bushmeat (primates hunted for food) was infected. The monkeys and chimps so infected likely caught the virus from eating fruit the bats had ‘dropped’ on. It turns out the bats are considered a delicacy, too.
BTW, Mother Abigail, a FReeper has been credited with figuring this out.
Oh how the world health organization would love this in an American populated city.
Lest we forget, the lizard expert Dr. Eric Pianka, in a speech before the Texas Academy of Science, opined that it would be a *good* thing were 90% of humanity to be killed off with some form of pulmonary ebola.
He received a standing ovation. From an audience some of whom might eventually have the technological acumen to bring to life Pianka’s apocalypse.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about radical environmentalists. (I would like to also note that Pianka was a *poor* scientist, knew little or nothing about epidemiology or virology, and was embraced by leftist academia solely because of his leftist radicalism. He currently resides in Hell, because I doubt that heavenly grace would extend to those who would wipe out mankind. Good riddance to bad rubbish.)
No, because you have to eat infected people to get Kuru.
> We are fortunate to live in these time in the
> United States where I can be certain the BBQd
> pork ribs I ate tonight were from pork.
That provides limited assurance, unless you also have country of origin on the meat. From the wiki article on ebola:
“Since the initial outbreak in Reston, Virginia, it has since been found in non-human primates in Pennsylvania, Texas and Siena, Italy. In each case, the affected animals had been imported from a facility in the Philippines, where the virus has also infected pigs.”
If the meat is from China, all bets are off.
I have no idea if typical cooking kills this virus.
I take it you won't be lining up to try a sample of Walker, the beer Dock Street Brewing Company will offer for the March 30 season finale of The Walking Dead.
It's made with roasted goat brainzzzzzzzz.
Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone was all I cared to read about ebola vitus, Marbug virtus, and Reston virus. Terrifying, that and Kitum cave.
You would be correct, I will not try the Walker.
The Muslims are selling the infected people as meat.
...and infected meat as people. What a deal.