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Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic
ABC/YAHOO ^ | 3-31-14 | By ABC News 4 hours ago

Posted on 03/31/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT by dynachrome

Conakry (AFP) - Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic" as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion.

Guinea's health ministry this year has reported 122 "suspicious cases" of viral haemorrhagic fever, including 78 deaths, with 22 of the samples taken from patients testing positive for the highly contagious tropical pathogen.

"We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry," Mariano Lugli, the organisation's coordinator in the Guinean capital, said in a statement.

The group, known by its French initials MSF, said that by the end of the week it would have around 60 international field workers with experience in working on haemorrhagic fever divided between Conakry and the south-east of the country.

"MSF has intervened in almost all reported Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but they were much more geographically contained and involved more remote locations," Lugli said.

"This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organisations working to control the epidemic."

The World Health Organization (WHO) and local health authorities have announced two Ebola cases among seven samples tested from Liberia's northern Foya district, confirming for the first time the spread of the virus across international borders.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; bringoutyourdead; ebola; epidemic; liberia
The vacation spot of the world over there/s
1 posted on 03/31/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Captain Trips Holiday Ping


2 posted on 03/31/2014 5:25:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dynachrome
confirming for the first time the spread of the virus across international borders.

Roads aren't always a good thing.
3 posted on 03/31/2014 5:26:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Or air travel.

With air travel, contagious diseases can travel around the planet in several hours.


4 posted on 03/31/2014 5:27:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dynachrome

Will the rest of the world take steps now to isolate this outbreak,or do we wait until cases develop in Europe or here?


5 posted on 03/31/2014 5:29:23 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: dynachrome

How long before Liberian or other African Patient Zero gets off a plane in New York City, and we have an American Ebola epidemic?


6 posted on 03/31/2014 5:30:04 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: dynachrome

Halt all travel to or from the place NOW

that would be a responsible action


7 posted on 03/31/2014 5:30:15 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Fortunately I’m pretty much a hermit.


8 posted on 03/31/2014 5:30:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Farmer Dean

This is Hugh and Series!!!!

Can pose one queue up the “Oh Nooooo” gif?


9 posted on 03/31/2014 5:31:39 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: dynachrome

Be a shame if if it spread to the middle east.


10 posted on 03/31/2014 5:32:17 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: cripplecreek

“Roads aren’t always a good thing.”

If I remember right what keeps Ebola from becoming a real problem is that it kills people so quickly they don’t really have time to flee. This is a case, an odd one where if a disease became slightly less virulent and took a bit longer for those infected to show symptoms it would actually be worse.

If that has happened here look out!


11 posted on 03/31/2014 5:32:19 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: dynachrome
Not to minimize any deserved seriousness, but isn't ..

dozens in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic"

.. just a tad prematurely hyperbolic ?

or perhaps, premature and/or hyperbolic .. whatevah

12 posted on 03/31/2014 5:33:38 PM PDT by tomkat (can hear the whirlwind comin')
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To: Farmer Dean

I’m sure restrictions are already in place for travelers from West Africa.

Airborne Ebola here would kill millions. Sounds like the uber nasty T virus out of “Resident Evil” that transformed the earth into a world of the walking dead.

Where’s Mila Jovovich’s Alice when you really need her? ;-)


13 posted on 03/31/2014 5:34:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: cripplecreek

I hear you.


14 posted on 03/31/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dynachrome; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; ...
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

The purpose of the “Bring Out Your Dead” ping list (formerly the “Ebola” ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.

So far the false positive rate is 100%.

At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the “Bring Out Your Dead” threads will miss the beginning entirely.

*sigh* Such is life, and death...

15 posted on 03/31/2014 6:05:19 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: dynachrome
The spread from Guinea to Liberia, which has taken weeks, is not exactly sweeping the globe. The average African travels little and not far from home. It just sounds ominous because the germ passed some imaginary line on a map.
16 posted on 03/31/2014 6:07:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cripplecreek
Roads aren't always a good thing.

Bats are believed to be the primary disease vector. Obviously they don't need roads.

17 posted on 03/31/2014 6:14:08 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: goldstategop

Hasn’t the U.S. already succumbed to the ‘T’ virus ... the walking dead also known as Demonrats!


18 posted on 03/31/2014 6:33:02 PM PDT by galtman (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Bats are believed to be the primary disease vector.

So then it's definitely airborne.
19 posted on 03/31/2014 6:52:39 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: dynachrome

What are viral hemorrhagic fevers?

Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) refer to a group of illnesses that are caused by several distinct families of viruses.
In general, the term “viral hemorrhagic fever” is used to describe a severe multisystem syndrome (multisystem in that multiple organ systems in the body are affected).

Characteristically, the overall vascular system is damaged, and the body’s ability to regulate itself is impaired. These symptoms are often accompanied by hemorrhage (bleeding); however, the bleeding is itself rarely life-threatening.
Some types of hemorrhagic fever viruses can cause relatively mild illnesses, but many of these viruses cause severe, life-threatening disease.

While no country has yet experienced the effects of a severe Ebola outbreak, in some extreme instances, particularly in equatorial African nations, victims of VHF have risen from their graves and walked the earth, preying on the living and infecting anyone in their paths with the chasing and biting and hurting and weird squealing noises they make.
Yep, it’s the Dawn of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Sufferers. We’re doomed.


20 posted on 03/31/2014 7:01:29 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: goldstategop

Quarantine ‘em and bath ‘em in napalm. Just to be sure.


21 posted on 03/31/2014 7:03:51 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: dynachrome
All this epidemic needs to spread rapidly are bath houses and gays. Are Boxer, Feinstein, and Reid going to orchestrate this one?
22 posted on 03/31/2014 8:01:43 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 2111USMC

burn baby burn


23 posted on 03/31/2014 8:11:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: dynachrome

Ebola Jihad. Coming soon to a mall, theater, restaurant, and or church near you!


24 posted on 04/01/2014 12:27:48 AM PDT by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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