Skip to comments.Canada has possible Ebola case: health officials
Posted on 03/24/2014 7:34:41 PM PDT by tcrlaf
A man returning to Canada from Liberia is seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, health officials have said.
The man has been placed in solitary confinement pending the expected results on Tuesday of tests on his condition. His family are in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, the local health ministry said in a statement.
"A diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. Measures have been taken to isolate the patient to ensure the illness is not transmitted," the ministry said.
Public health officials earlier sought to contain people's concerns, saying the risk to the public was low and noting that an investigation into the case's circumstances was under way.
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Sucks to be them.
File this under the “what did you think would happen” file.
Captain Trips is on the way...
To quote a yahoo comment on this article:
I pity the person who sat next to this man on the airplane.
Or, the stewardess who touched his hand while serving a drink.
Or, the person checking the man’s passport.
Or, the people handling the luggage.
Or, the person that was standing too close when the man coughed.
Or, the individual who sat on the toilet right after this person.
Or, the relative and/or friend who gave the man a hug as a greeting.
Or, the person who cleaned the man’s plate at a restaurant.
You get the point....
This can be dangerous, very, very dangerous
Or anyone who had any contact with any of those people, or their families, or their friends.
Devastating ebola epidemic reaches crowded African capital
An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea’s southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Sunday.
“At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry,” UNICEF said in a statement emailed to AFP.
Conakry is a city of TWO MILLION PEOPLE, folks. Most of whom live in near-abject poverty, a breeding ground for mass epidemic.
I doubt he has ebola unless he was up in “that” region.
If he was in Monrovia, and has been for the last 10 days, then most of Monrovia would be dead.
Just like S
We are SARS went straight to Toronto from China.
Where is WHO that useless freaking UN org? Forget the CDC, they are in their new meditation rooms in Atlanta learning about global warming from East Anglia
U and Michael Mann’s hockey stick.
We are so screwed.
Nothing to see here.
The US Congress demands the US borders remain open
to allow these infections, and other diseases,
to enter because ONLY the EXEMPT, and their families
and staff, and mistresses, are able to get real healthcare.
Here we go.
Sorry! I got so pissed off!
I meant to say that this is just like SARS..only way more deadly!
Lock the freakin’ country down!
Don’ fear the reaper, eh?
Thanks for the ping!
Let me tell you. If you get on an airplane without a mask and hand sanitizer , you will die with what ever is on that plane. I am convinced that the statistics on stewardi is unbelievable in early death. DON”T get in that death tube. You are NUTS if you do!!
I know this is not NASCAR news but the info needs to be passed on.
You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!
Finally, a problem we can solve by sending Obama.
In two to twenty one days we’ll know if anyone came into contact with his body fluids. Ebola is a pretty wretched disease. If I were a cautious and diligent public health person, I’d begin isolation of those that flew with him from Africa.
He flew back, right? How many people were on the plane with him... any idea?
OR ANY OF THE PEOPLE THOSE PEOPLE KNOW...
“I doubt he has ebola unless he was up in that region. If he was in Monrovia, and has been for the last 10 days, then most of Monrovia would be dead.
Ebola outbreak in Guinea may spread to Liberia
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is believed to have killed at least 59 people in Guinea and may already have spread to neighboring Liberia, health officials said Monday.
Health workers in Guinea are trying to contain the spread of the disease which causes severe internal bleeding. In neighboring Liberia, health officials said they are investigating five deaths after a group of people crossed the border from Guinea in search of medical treatment.
I don’t expect Ebola to get much traction in a civilized country.
We need to stop the flights while we still can...
“How many people were on the plane with him... any idea?”
Canada doesn’t seem to be releasing that info. Probably don’t want to create a world-wide panic.
“We need to stop the flights while we still can...”
You would think so, but this isn’t the movies.
Real life economic and political consequences from doing that, that NO politician wants to be responsible for.
Glad it happened in a place with outstanding health care.
Tom Clancy wrote about this in a couple of novels. Executive Orders and Rainbow six.
What about all the people who flew with him. :(
There is a higher probability that a “friend” gave him some gator bile right there in Monrovia.
Instead of sweating it out in shack along an open sewer where kids play...the infected will be in hospital.
That's the difference.
Yeah, those unfortunate enough to get it will likely die a horrible death, but it's not AS likely to spread in a civilized country.
Relax. The nice thing about Ebola is that it kills nearly everyone that gets it, and there’s a very short gestation period, right?
If it did escape where it’s at, a week of lockdown and it’s gone.
A simple strain of flu is much more dangerous.
Super simplified, but there you have it.
And what about all the other passengers on his flight back?????
Is Ebola that transmittable? I thought Ebola could only be spread through the blood. Or perhaps, yes, mucus, but realistically, I sincerely hope it isn’t that easily spread.
“Ebola viruses are highly infectious as well as contagious.
As an outbreak of ebola progresses, bodily fluids from diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding represent a hazard. Due to lack of proper equipment and hygienic practices, large-scale epidemics occur mostly in poor, isolated areas without modern hospitals or well-educated medical staff. Many areas where the infectious reservoir exists have just these characteristics. In such environments, all that can be done is to immediately cease all needle-sharing or use without adequate sterilization procedures, isolate patients, and observe strict barrier nursing procedures with the use of a medical-rated disposable face mask, gloves, goggles, and a gown at all times, strictly enforced for all medical personnel and visitors. The aim of all of these techniques is to avoid any persons contact with the blood or secretions of any patient, including those who are deceased.”
Open borders/amnesty folkes are risking epidemics like that here.
Dio, you need to consider the wisdom of the sage Dubya:
“Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande”
Ebola is just another of those family values.
I KNOW! Lets give all those here amnesty, and start an open immigration policy. That way all the thousands who are infected can come here where medical care is better.
Or ..... used to be better.
It will happen. Brought to you by the GOPe and Obama working together.
Last fall I rode in the shuttle bus from my home to the airport. The driver, from some country on the Dark Continent had a deep, wet, throaty cough. I thought “I hope they don’t make this into the beginning of a documentary movie some day.”
Fortunately, though not as fortunate for the sufferers, Ebola is so virulent its outbreaks usually surface very rapidly. Though truly horrible, it has little latency and so comes up quickly on public health radars and is contained. And there are more basic reasons why the sheer speed and horror of this hemorrhagic strain actually work against its becoming more widespread. It usually decimates a village too rapidly to get beyond the county, so to speak.
Of course, there are aircraft, now, so I was waiting for the latest outbreak to make it across the Atlantic. It sure didn't take very long.
I think you are too optimistic.
One of the reasons Ebola has been contained in the past was it tended to emerge in rural areas in Africa, where there’s not a lot of mobility and travel. It is very lethal, so it tends to burn out before it has a chance to spread under those circumstances. Imagine trying to contain it after someone on an international flight to Ohare is sick, and manages to infect some passengers. They will quickly disperse across the US and the world. In the US the high mobility will make containment a problem. If an outbreak were identified in Chicago people would be fleeing by plane, car, bus and train. People who were ill would swamp the ERs and it would quickly spread from there. Trust me, our hospitals are NOT set up to deal with a large number of highly contagious, critically I’ll patients. The incubation period is 2 days to 3 weeks, and initial symptoms are non specific, muscle aches, fever, nausea vomiting etc. patients can become infectious within 2 days of becoming symptomatic, although more typical 4-5 days. A LOT of people can be exposed before we have clue that this isn’t just a run of the virus we are dealing with.....
I don’t think the CDC or the Surgeon General are as confidant as you are about limiting spread. I was part of the medical emergency response system after 911 and the scenarios for smallpox ( admittedly spreads airborn) were terrifying. Don’t see Ebola as that much different .