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A Leading Ebola Doctor Just Contracted The Virus
BI - Reuters ^ | 7-23-2014 | Reuters

Posted on 07/23/2014 9:55:04 AM PDT by blam

Reuters
July 23, 2014

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.

Health minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives".

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; disease; ebola; pandemic
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1 posted on 07/23/2014 9:55:04 AM PDT by blam
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To: dynachrome; Smokin' Joe
Ebola Virus Death Toll Up to 603; Ivory Coast Closes Border to Refugees
2 posted on 07/23/2014 9:56:21 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

Brave man.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 9:56:39 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: blam
Health minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives".

National hero, probably. But the health minister can do nothing to ensure he survives except pray.

4 posted on 07/23/2014 9:57:36 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: blam

So how did he contract it? Was he careless or is there a infect method he didnt know about.


5 posted on 07/23/2014 9:58:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: blam

6 posted on 07/23/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: blam

You’ve gotta give the man credit...he doesn’t lead from behind like so many leaders do.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 9:58:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: blam

Sounds like the disease a community organizer for change could find quite useful. Sort of like blankets with smallpox infection secretions to natives.


8 posted on 07/23/2014 9:59:01 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blam

We need to bring those poor infected people here where we can care for them. To do otherwise would be racist and xenophobic.

(I’m practicing to be a Democrat.)


9 posted on 07/23/2014 10:00:04 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...and if you are so inclined, your prayers for a brave man. He has mine.


10 posted on 07/23/2014 10:01:05 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: 17th Miss Regt

They can pump him full of fluids and coagulants to control the haemorrhaging to give his body time to fight the virus, its not a guarantee that he’ll pull through, but that would give him a better chance than doing nothing.


11 posted on 07/23/2014 10:02:32 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: driftdiver
So how did he contract it? Was he careless or is there a infect method he didn't know about.

It's my understand that the disease is so virulent that it routinely affects doctors and nurses who treat victims.Being somewhat familiar with medical services in that part of the world I'd say it's quite likely that hospitals there lack the resources to carry out standard infection control measures...which surely could explain why medical people contract it.

12 posted on 07/23/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping,and I agree. God bless him.

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13 posted on 07/23/2014 10:03:48 AM PDT by Mears
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To: blackdog

This has proven to be fabricated.....

..Yes, the Indians got smallpox, but it was acquired from human contact with Europeans arriving in country


14 posted on 07/23/2014 10:04:02 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Gay State Conservative

I asked because some people around here claim the threat is overstated and Ebola is difficult to catch.

Must not be too difficult to catch, which means they had better get this under control before it spreads to high population areas.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 10:06:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
It's my understand that the disease is so virulent that it routinely affects doctors and nurses who treat victims

Ebola as it's known today is virulent, but it's only passed through an exchange of bodily fluids with the victim. If a healthcare professional is treating people with hemorrhagic fever symptoms in this region and they don't take proper procedures to protect themselves, I'd question how much they really know about the disease.

If the doctors or nurses took those precautions, and were still infected, the disease may be spreading through another vector.

16 posted on 07/23/2014 10:08:10 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Smokin' Joe

Prayers for him and all the brave souls comforting those stricken with this plague.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 10:08:16 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Guenevere

A British (not American) officer suggested the smallpox blanket idea in a letter to another officer. There is no record of it ever being carried out.

BTW, Ebola is such a tremendously virulent disease that outbreaks tend to “burn themselves out.” It kills so efficiently that it prevents itself from spreading farther.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 10:08:59 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: driftdiver
Must not be too difficult to catch, which means they had better get this under control before it spreads to high population areas.

If I was still at the hospital where I worked for years I could ask a friend there who's a Infectious Disease specialist I knew him since he was a intern).An especially virulent virus is one possible explanation...poor infection control/sanitation practices is another,IMO.

19 posted on 07/23/2014 10:12:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: blam

Ebola is spread by bat poop, eating various animals (bat, pig), and person-to-person contact, including just kissing and other sexual contact.

A person’s fluids remains infectious for months after being “cured” of the disease.

It could be put in an aerosol very easily.

Only a matter of time, I suppose.

On the bright side, vaccines look promising. It’s not an overly complex virus.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: driftdiver

It’s extremely easy to catch.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 10:14:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: blackdog

Sounds like the disease a community organizer for change could find quite useful. Sort of like blankets with smallpox infection secretions to natives.


The infection path so far with this Ebola outbreak has been high atypical.

There is strong epidemiological evidence to suggest that the Ebola virus is being spread intentionally in this outbreak.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 10:16:57 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Sherman Logan

It burns it self out because it usually originate in remote areas and it kills faster then people can walk out.

This outbreak is in semi-populates areas with transportation available.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 10:19:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: blam

That’s a real hero


24 posted on 07/23/2014 10:20:45 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: blam

This is scary!


25 posted on 07/23/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: blam
Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Only a matter of time before it shows up in Central America.

26 posted on 07/23/2014 10:23:19 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

It’s not airborne?


27 posted on 07/23/2014 10:23:46 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: rdcbn

I wonder how much of this is coming across our southern border with the ‘children’


28 posted on 07/23/2014 10:25:27 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: blam

Just hope that none of those illegals, pouring over our border, carries that disease.


29 posted on 07/23/2014 10:27:13 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: blam; appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


30 posted on 07/23/2014 10:29:17 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Indeed

Prayers up for his recovery


31 posted on 07/23/2014 10:33:54 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: driftdiver

He was compassionate, that’s for sure...


32 posted on 07/23/2014 10:38:53 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Gay State Conservative
The doctor is an expeirienced virologist who did the best he could , under the circustances .
Also noted in another article that three of his nurses also contracted the disease , and died .
When this ebola outbreak first occurred, there was some conjecture that it could also possibly be transmitted airborne - but have seen no recent affirmation.
With only 10% survival rate , it would certainly cause panic; that is why some countries are closing their borders, attempting to contain the disease .
33 posted on 07/23/2014 10:43:26 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: blam

What a shame. Prayers for this brave man. They need him - not many people would be willing to do what he does.


34 posted on 07/23/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: blam

We tend to forget that public health workers often put their life on the line. They are the foot Soldiers in a war of disease vs. us.

My daughter is a budding epidemiologist and was excited to hear of a position in Lesotho doing research on drug resistant TB. I hope whatever she does she stays safe.


35 posted on 07/23/2014 11:04:31 AM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: SMARTY
It’s not airborne?

There are variants of the Ebola virus which are known to be airborne.

This was discovered in a US Government laboratory in Reston, VA when lab animals succumbed to the virus under conditions which precluded any other form of transmission.

Several researchers tested positive for Ebola exposure, although they did not develop the disease. The Government had to close the affected buildings for decontamination.

I am not sure if they ever reopened the buildings.

36 posted on 07/23/2014 11:24:00 AM PDT by flamberge (What next?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Bump!


37 posted on 07/23/2014 11:44:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Only a matter of time before it shows up in Central America.

There has already been one case that showed up in Canada. The patient had travelled from West Africa to Toronto and then became ill.

The patient was immediately quarantined and there has been no further public information on the outcome. If the Canadian authorities started any contact tracing, they have been extremely quiet about it.

Up to 40 illegal immigrants from Africa were reportedly quarantined in Italy with suspected Ebola infection. The Italian Government declared the matter a national security issue and has censored all further information on the incident.

The reported number of Ebola deaths in West African countries varies widely and is unreliable - except that it is likely higher than any Government official will admit.

38 posted on 07/23/2014 11:45:15 AM PDT by flamberge (What next?)
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To: Lou L; driftdiver; SMARTY

The great fear is that the virus will mutate and, at some point, become airborne. Up until now, the virus has apparently been transmitted only through direct contact.

The notable exception is the Reston, Va. case a few years ago in which workers caring for infected animals contracted the disease through the air. As I recall, none got ill, although at least one tested positive for antibodies.

So there are both species-to-species and transmissability issues, as well as the virus’s ability to adapt and mutate.

As someone else noted, most strains of Ebola are so virulant that they kill quickly. That is both terrible and, from a containment standpoint, desirable. When the incubation and fatality rates drop so that the infected can travel and transmit, the world will be in deep trouble.

Perhaps I should say in more deep trouble, as if we don’t already have enough.


39 posted on 07/23/2014 12:14:09 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Lou L

You can’t effectively treat patients and behave like they’re level 4 bio hazards at the same time. This leads to medical professionals in plague zones getting sick.


40 posted on 07/23/2014 12:19:54 PM PDT by discostu (Villains always blink their eyes.)
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To: SMARTY

“It’s not airborne?”

If someone sneezed/coughed on you and it hits your eyes or hand you touch your mouth . . . toast.

Or touch a surface after someone failed to wipe properly . . .


41 posted on 07/23/2014 12:59:52 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: discostu
You can’t effectively treat patients and behave like they’re level 4 bio hazards at the same time.

But these patients ARE Level 4 bio-hazards. How many top doctors investigating this disease can we afford to potentially lose? While I'm not a doctor, I think you can offer effective treatment but at the same time, protect yourself.

42 posted on 07/23/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Lou L

They are, but doctors and nurses didn’t get into that line of work to lock people up behind 2 layers of barrier and watch them die. They want to help people, and helping people means interacting with people, which means violating level 4 protocols (especially in the 3rd world where such protocols are basically impossible to setup in the first place). It’s the risk they knowingly signed up for, if they weren’t willing to take it they’d have stayed in a safer section of medicine. It sucks that they periodically get the diseases they fight and die from them, but like the man said “this is the life they have chosen”.


43 posted on 07/23/2014 1:35:01 PM PDT by discostu (Villains always blink their eyes.)
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To: blam; null and void

Not a good sign. The doctor had probably been treating many more patients than during a common (if there is such a thing) outbreak.

A “bring out yer dead” ping, also.


44 posted on 07/23/2014 1:45:52 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: blam

Generally this starts in the jungle then moves into one city. This time it started in three cities... That’s just NOT how it happens naturally.

Illegals are being flown around the county without medical checks... the obviously sick are being taken to undisclosed locations.

Homeland has enough bullets to kill everyone in the United States several times over.


45 posted on 07/23/2014 4:52:36 PM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: blam; SmokingJoe; Liz
Generally Ebola starts in the jungle then moves into one close-by city. This time it started in three cities simultaneously... That's NOT natural.

Illegal children are being flown around the county without medical checks... the obviously sick are being taken to undisclosed locations.

Homeland has enough bullets to kill everyone in the United States several times over. People who normally protect our borders are busy babysitting...

46 posted on 07/23/2014 4:56:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: blam; 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...

47 posted on 07/23/2014 7:04:58 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: driftdiver
So how did he contract it? Was he careless...

The man was a professional. He was hoping to protect others from dying.

That's right. Blame the victim. Have you ever done anything like that?

It's posts like this that send me over to Legal insurrection and conservative treehouse

48 posted on 07/23/2014 7:12:44 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

What are you on your period or something?

Of course he was helping people. It’s kind da important to figure out how this expert got it. Ya know just in case there’s something new.


49 posted on 07/23/2014 7:21:37 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I join in prayer for this brave man!


50 posted on 07/23/2014 7:24:42 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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