Skip to comments.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak (more details)
Posted on 07/28/2014 3:02:10 AM PDT by Wage Slave
Seven hundred are dead in West Africa, victims of an out-of-control outbreakand now two American health-care workers there have contracted the disease, says a colleague.
At least two Americans are now infected with the Ebola virus, part of an out of control outbreak that the World Health Organization is calling the worst on record.
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"Writebol was in charge of the decontamination wash-down station that was used in the ELWA center, now a 20-bed unit in Monrovia dedicated to treating Ebola patients. According to Isaacs, her exposure may have occurred when a local worker in the unit contracted the disease but continued to work; this individual, whose name was not disclosed, died of Ebola over the weekend."
Well, ain’t that just grand! Here’s betting that the MSM (but not FOX) will even mention this. Has there ever been Ebola outbreak in the states before? What other things do these kids have that can kill us all? Jee whiz.
There was an outbreak confined to monkeys in Reston Virginia. That one was airborne but did not infect humans. At least that’s the only outbreak that we have knowledge of.
Move 'em on, head 'em up
Head 'em up, move 'em on
Move 'em on, head 'em up
The two Americans with ebola are in Africa, just fyi.
Question: Does Ebola eventually “burn itself out” over time as the infection spreads? Does it become less virulent? I thought I had read that somewhere but I’m no epidemiologist.
This strain is known as Zaire and is the most virulent.
contagious from 3 to 21 days. very high mortality and very contagious and VERY easy to hop the ocean and spread here (one 10hr plane trip)
especially as we invite every diseased ridden moocher on the planet
when kids start dying from these diseases... THAT’S when the people will rise up and demand the blood of those that set it in motion. we just have to insure they remember this was orchestrated by 0bama and crew
This outbreak is odd. It seems to have happened near to or even inside urban areas. This is not the way Ebola has spread before in Africa.
This is almost like a trial run in Africa before purposefully turning it loose elsewhere, say in Europe, or the USA.
Thank you for the info and the chart.
Infections burn themselves out when they can't spread effectively anymore.
So, if it has a high fatality rate, it runs out of victims and dies out, at least temporarily.
If the weather changes and gets colder (assuming that is a risk factor) or people are able to stop new infections by stopping whatever behavior put them at risk, or if they find a vaccine, it may die out, at least temporarily.
If people are able to slows the spread in any way, it may die out, at least temporarily.
In this specific case, this strain of Ebola is slightly less likely to kill victims than other/previous strains. Some strains/instances have had a 90% fatality rate. This time, is reported to be closer to 60% or so.
This is bad, from the standpoint of how long the period of ongoing infection can last. If it quickly killed more people, those people would be less able to spread it.
Additionally, this time, it isn't just in rural areas. It is in large, heavily populated cities. This is bad for obvious reasons - more people, closer together, easier routes of infection.
I have read that some previous Ebola infections have died out around October, due to cooler weather. October is a long way away.
I would very much like to see a ban on travel out of the area until the infection has stopped. Why this hasn't happened, I can only guess.
Reston DID infect humans, but it was asymptomatic in humans. It killed monkeys, but was harmless to humans.
It was airborne and humans DID get it.
I am getting increasingly concerned that we may be seeing at least partial airborne transmission.
very frightening to see how good their precautions were, and they still got sick. one article said three nurses have died as well.
And don’t believe those facts haven’t been lost on our adversaries around the world; find a few dozen people who have been exposed to the disease, and set them up with fake passports, visas, etc. All of the world’s major intelligence services have forgery units that can produce phony travel documents; money could be supplied through various cut-out “charity” organizations. Option two is getting them to the southern border and let them walk across—Barry will give them free transportation to the destination of their choice.
If they go the “airport route,” their handlers could arrange flights into JFK, O’Hare, Hartsfield, LAX. Breeze through customs and they’ll be start circulating in urban areas in a matter of hours after arrival. The pandemic will begin less than three weeks later and there will be very little we can do about it—except bury the dead.
2 people in Lagos have been hospitalized. 21 million population!!
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...
I wonder what the real number of ill/dead is. Not saying that authorities are lying - they simply don't know. They can't know.
When there is a death from Ebola in a clinic or hospital, the family cannot have the body for burial due to the contagious nature of the corpse. This understandably upsets the families greatly.
So, people are often not bringing their loved ones in when they are ill, and are handling the burials in secret. The bodies are in turn infecting others. Anyone who says they know the number of dead can't really know.
Workers and officials, blamed by panicked populations for spreading the virus, have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes, their vehicles sometimes surrounded by hostile mobs. Log barriers across narrow dirt roads block medical teams from reaching villages where the virus is suspected. Sick and dead villagers, cut off from help, are infecting others.
it’s amazing how few understand how it works
Thanks for the correction. I read the book years ago. Scary.
I spent 7 months in Mexico, part of last year and part of this year. I saw a couple of storefront businesses selling fake US identification.
They had signs up and everything....just blatantly selling it.
From what I’ve heard usually ebola starts in the Jungle from an unidentified source... caves? bats? spiders? Then moves to a village. It has a ninety percent fatality rate.
This outbreak was different. It started around the same time in three different cities and has a 60 percent fatality rate. It might be a variation on the original... a mutation. Or maybe these early reports were wrong...
btw, it might already be too late to stop it from getting here
the doctor’s wife came home within the last week... just before he started showing symptoms.
which means... they were together while he was contagious.
have no fear, they are not under quarantine....
The photo in the linked article shows the American physician (Dr. Brantley), wearing full protective gear while treating Ebola patients last year. Either he got careless (highly unlikely); his protective gear failed, or the outbreak is much more widespread and Brantley was exposed in a location that was presumed safe.
Medical quarantines are one of the most effective—and cheapest—public health tools. But today are are rarely used, to avoid offending a particular group or interrupting international travel.
“... or Brantley was exposed in a location that was presumed safe.”
That would go along with the account of the doctor in post 1 that contracted it from a collegue that was not as careful as she was within the “hot” zone.
Funny you should ask whether there has been an Ebola outbreak before in the US.
In Reston, VA, a lab full of monkeys came down with an unbelieveably aggressive strain of Ebola and died within about 5 days. The strain was labeled ‘Ebola Reston’, and it scared the crap out of the CDC. It was a strain that only affected primates, and it was an airborne version of the virus.
I can’t remember the year, but it was a big deal, and it stayed very much out of the press.
If you google Ebola Reston, you’ll likely find something about it.
There hasn’t been a human outbreak in the US yet.
What kids? What Ebola outbreak in the US?
The CDC advised that crew members on a flight with a passenger or crew member who is ill with fever, jaundice, or bleeding and has been traveling from or has recently been in an area at risk for the disease should follow these precautions:
Keep the sick person separated from others as much as possible.
Provide the sick person with a surgical mask (if the sick person can tolerate wearing one) to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.
Give tissues to a sick person who cannot tolerate a mask.
Provide a plastic bag for disposing of used tissues.
Wear impermeable disposable gloves for direct contact with blood or other body fluids.