Skip to comments.Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak
Posted on 07/02/2014 6:30:00 PM PDT by dynachrome
West African states lack the resources to battle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday.
The outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). snipJeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust, an influential global health charity, said people at high risk should also be offered experimental medicines, despite the drugs not having been fully tested.
"We have more than 450 deaths so far, and not a single individual has been offered anything beyond tepid sponging and 'we'll bury you nicely'," Farrar told Reuters in an interview. "It's just unacceptable."
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Bring out yer ebola dead ping.
I see no contradiction.
What I find bizarre is that we withhold medicine from dying people because -- "Who knows? It might make them sick!"
Is this something we can blame on George W. Bush
Hope they are not loading the bodies onto MAL 370....
Hmm, did they let the virus loose in order for the US to write them a check?
One positive note even amongst something so tragic.
Obama couldn’t arrange to have them placed on top of railway cars and offloaded on to our side of the border.
nukem from orbit
Oh, my. Where did you say you got your shot for that?
I firmly agree with you and Farrar. Holding these drugs back is cruel and show an incredible level of unnecessary protections for the drug industry. If it’s not going to work, how better to find out.
Yes I remember that now.
Perhaps a Malthusian wringer.
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...
Until you can guarantee immunity from liability, I do not blame the pharmas one iota!
If the airports in these countries are still open, THEY’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT!
LOL, caught me...
Just received my copy of Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone”. I will finish reading it this time. Tried reading it in 1994 but it scared me so much, I put it down and never went back. The descriptions of the disease and what it does to the human body is truly terrifying.
Yes, I fear you are correct. Progressives’ WWI dreams all over again....
From then the spread of Nationalism, to now, Progressivism. Same thing as old style
Communism of the Soviet Union. AKA, Stalinism-Bolshevism, as they worship both as a religion.
The problems and frustration of bringing WW1 to American shores is our Constitution and pond.
The one very document holding back the tyrants is one damn piece of paper.
Liberals have never wanted a Utopia, it's a smoke screen, a lie to achieve
their totalitarian goal of destroying Freedom. They also believe that
they will be spared.
There were people back then who identified themselves as progressives. And some of them absolutely wanted WWI and believed it was necessary to “cleanse” the world.
Of course, among the men who died needlessly were many brave and valiant men, the flower of American and British manhood.
The vile manipulators calling for conflict were not the ones who suffered in those trenches.
I see the same sort of micreants now shouting from the rooftops for war, but neither they nor their sons nor grandsons will not be the ones who lay down their lives.
If I did not have my religious faith, I would be so despondent right now.