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West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO
AFP ^ | 4/9/14 | Jonathan Fowler

Posted on 04/09/2014 9:40:30 AM PDT by null and void

West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.

"We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before," said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic.

The most severe strains have had a 90 percent fatality rate, and there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.

According to fresh WHO figures released Tuesday, there have been 157 suspected cases in Guinea, 101 of them fatal. Of those, 67 have been confirmed as Ebola victims by laboratory tests.

Twenty of the cases have been in the capital Conakry, a sprawling port city on Guinea's Atlantic coast and home to up between 1.5 million and two million people.

The WHO has not recommended any trade and travel restrictions for Guinea.

Guinea Forestiere, the southern hotbed.

"Clearly in Guinea Forestiere the outbreak is not over. This is the epicentre of the outbreak, and as long as this is not controlled there, there may be cases being exported from Guinea Forestiere in the rest of the country and likely in other countries," he added.

The chances of survival increase if patients are kept hydrated and treated for secondary infections.

The virus can be transmitted to humans who handle sick or dead wild animals -- believed to be its original source -- and between humans through direct contact with another's blood, faeces or sweat.

Sexual contact, or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses, can also lead to infection.

"We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak for another two, three, four months," said Fukuda.

(Excerpt) Read more at afp.com ...


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Challenging. There's a word.
1 posted on 04/09/2014 9:40:30 AM PDT by null and void
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To: neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; ...
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...

2 posted on 04/09/2014 9:41:09 AM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: null and void

The US accepts 30,000 refugees from there yearly. Imagine this loose on an international flight. They recirculate the air so everybody would be exposed by the time it reached the states. Then, they’d get on airplanes bound for every city in the US. In hours we could experience the next pandemic.


3 posted on 04/09/2014 9:46:29 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping! (Thanks, nully!)


4 posted on 04/09/2014 9:48:55 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: null and void
"According to fresh WHO figures released Tuesday,"

Maybe it's just me, but "fresh" seems like an odd word choice when reporting on ebola.
5 posted on 04/09/2014 9:51:13 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: null and void

We should IMMEDIATELY send Obama over there to help out!


6 posted on 04/09/2014 9:53:39 AM PDT by jrg
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To: null and void
Challenging. There's a word.

"Death is a primitive concept; I prefer to think of them as battling evil, in another dimension!"

7 posted on 04/09/2014 9:53:58 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: pax_et_bonum

LOL


8 posted on 04/09/2014 9:54:56 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Gen.Blather
Imagine this loose on an international flight. They recirculate the air so everybody would be exposed by the time it reached the states.

Supposedly, the Ebola virus is not airborne, so re-circulated air would not by itself be dangerous. Nonetheless, I wouldn't want to share a lavatory or a middle seat with anyone suspected of harboring such a virus.

A recent caveat--there was talk that maybe this latest strain DID mutate into an airborne virus. THAT would be scary.

9 posted on 04/09/2014 9:57:25 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: null and void
West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

Translation: We want more money.

10 posted on 04/09/2014 10:06:52 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: null and void

100 deaths from Ebola is food for the tabloids, but mumps, measles, whooping cough, malaria will kill far more people each year.


11 posted on 04/09/2014 10:07:18 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


12 posted on 04/09/2014 10:08:38 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: null and void

Hot chocolate and raw onions is the recommended cure in Guinea


13 posted on 04/09/2014 10:08:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: null and void

Wouldn’t it make sense to stop flights to and from the area?


14 posted on 04/09/2014 10:09:41 AM PDT by grania
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To: null and void
Sexual contact, or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses, can also lead to infection.

What about sexual contact with contaminated corpses?

15 posted on 04/09/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Halal for 12 hours...


16 posted on 04/09/2014 10:14:27 AM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: grania
Wouldn’t it make sense to stop flights to and from the area?

Nonsense!!!

"The WHO has not recommended any trade and travel restrictions for Guinea."

17 posted on 04/09/2014 10:17:01 AM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: Lou L
Supposedly, the Ebola virus is not airborne, so re-circulated air would not by itself be dangerous.

I've read that Ebola can be transmitted via air, although you would be in danger only in very close proximity. On an aircraft, the recirculated air is clean. Only half is recirculated, and is done through HEPA filters that remove bacteria, fungi and viruses.

18 posted on 04/09/2014 10:19:53 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: roadcat

HEPA filters are not fine enough to remove viruses.

And we are assuming that all airlines maintain their filtration systems...


19 posted on 04/09/2014 10:25:12 AM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: null and void

True HEPA filters with microbial efficiency of >99.999%

http://www.pall.com/main/aerospace-defense-marine/how-cabin-air-systems-work.page


20 posted on 04/09/2014 10:33:21 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: null and void

The good thing is that since this happens in Africa from time to time I’m sure they’ve made plans for it. They’ve trained people and set up facilities. They won’t be turning to the United States and other Western countries, right?


21 posted on 04/09/2014 11:00:50 AM PDT by GOPJ (When fascism comes it will come..with promises of a better world.The jackboots come later..-Shapiro)
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To: Gen.Blather

It would be “Pandelerium”! as my late friend the
Chief of police would say


22 posted on 04/09/2014 11:12:57 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


23 posted on 04/09/2014 11:17:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: tet68

“It would be “Pandelerium”! as my late friend the
Chief of police would say”

Or, possibly, Panarrhea because some degree of loose bowels will be included in the symptoms. Even if it’s just from, “I’ve got WHAT?!”


24 posted on 04/09/2014 11:21:38 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

Believe me, that would be enough.
This stuff scares the heck out of me.
Global warming? Poof.
Rampant deadly plague with no cure and a high
mortality rate? Yep, nature’s answer to
over population, probably a war besides.


25 posted on 04/09/2014 11:29:22 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: null and void

Cauterize the effected area with a limited nuclear strike. End of story.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 11:46:21 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: DickBrannigan

Wasn’t there a movie like that?


27 posted on 04/09/2014 11:57:44 AM PDT by Pit1 (Obama is the big pile in the road.)
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To: Pit1
Wasn’t there a movie like that?

Yes, there was. In "Outbreak," they used a fuel-air explosive to wipe out an entire African village.

28 posted on 04/09/2014 12:12:05 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: bigheadfred

:-)


29 posted on 04/09/2014 1:25:14 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Lou L; Smokin' Joe
back in the days, villages just imposed quarantines, no on in (or out, sometimes) one chief is quoted as sayin " I do not fear much, but I do fear smallpox" Bowen's Return to Laughter Nukes ... not trying to be funny, but they sound like overkill
30 posted on 04/09/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: cycjec

Quarantine sounds like the more sane alternative to me, provided it can be kept. Of course, there is a good chance those who violate it will bring something with them. If they could be isolated from ‘outside’ and from inside the village, at least until it was determined they were clean, that might be a better option than just sealing the healthy in with the sick. However, that takes a lot of manpower, cooperation, and logistics to keep any size of population isolated for a couple of weeks (think shelter, food, water, sanitation).


31 posted on 04/09/2014 5:13:07 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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