“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.”
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.”
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.”