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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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 .
Great, just great.
Apparenlty the Conakry illness is not Ebola:
“Tests on the suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea’s capital Conakry are negative, health officials say.”
I get my updates from the “International Society of Infectious Disease” website and this is so far the latest update.
Which is smart of Canada since all it takes is one leak to the press and it’ll be all over the United States.
Well, this is in God’s hands and there’s never a better place to be, right?
I sincerely hope “The Stand” does not become real.
Yeah, God helps those who help themselves....
Sometimes, it's better the devil you know.
I don’t think poverty has an impact, per se, on Ebola. It seems to be a case of mass contact that’s the problem, like TB, but worse.
For those of you who don’t remember ‘Mother Abigail’ here at FR; she appeared to be a retired CDC scientist who investigated Ebola, and some of her thoughts about the potential for pandemic would curl your hair:
I hope that she was wrong. But her articles sure seem to make sense.
The people rarely listened to the prophets in the Bible either.
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