Skip to comments.Ebola has spread across the globe: ...officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim
Posted on 07/30/2014 12:20:42 PM PDT by EBH
Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are 'justified' an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer.
The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting 'anyone on the same plane'.
It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Iyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia.
The 'Nollywood' star posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a business trip to Monrovia in Liberia - where at least 600 people have already died from the disease.
The death toll for this, the worst outbreak recorded since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, stands at 672, while more than 1,200 people have been infected.
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It comes as health campaigners today called for U.S. authorities to speed up their approval of a new drug hoped to be the first cure for the deadly Ebola virus.
They are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States to fast-track their authorisation of the TKM-Ebola drug.
The petition, created on change.org, states: 'One of the most promising is TKM-Ebola manufactured by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals.
'This drug has been shown to be highly effective in killing the virus in primates and Phase 1 clinical trials to assess its safety in humans were started earlier this year.'
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This has the potential to get very, very ugly.
I caught a little bit about this on CNN (I think that was the channel, I was basically surfing) in which the reporter gave numbers of affected and dead from the disease. His/her numbers were more than twice given in this article. I do remember the statement was made that over 2,000 had died.
While I have great sympathy for all those affected, I have to ask....................................................is that moochelle or hitlary ugly?
It’s beyond ugly.It political correctness killing people.
Most of the numbers you will see or hear are going to be wrong. Those of us here on FR who follow these things have noted most often the governments downplay the numbers or give conflicting information.
Generally it is much worse than what they are telling you.
You were saying something about 30,000?
Something ‘happened’ in 2013 to put Ebola into turbo-high gear. I do not believe this is an accident. Ebola was on it’s way out just two years back, now look as it approaches a full scale pandemic. For now, all we can do is pratice UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS, the same thing you do to guard against the spread of MRSA and other ugly bugs; #1. Do not overuse anti-bacterial soap.#2. Do wash your face arms and hands after encountering a person with this disease. #3. While at ‘adult play’ use protection, as one should be doing anyway to guard against Gonnorhea and others. #4. Wear Gloves while cleaning up any bodily fluids not your own. This is getting serious.
The EXEMPT Princes:
"Let's leave the border open AND give Obama more money to
find, escort and bring more incurable diseases in."
Ever read “The Hot Zone”? (Richard Preston). I read it back in the 90s. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I’m not looking forward to this.
The sky is falling
Better cash in on that Nigerian Trust fund money, before all the wire-transfer bankers croak!
Human-to-human transmission occurs via direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person.
Hmmm......I wonder which “lifestyle” community is most likely to be the vector here in the states.
Opening lines from the Hot Zone explain it has a 2-24 day incubation period and is active on surfaces for up to 10 days.
For those not as familiar with Ebola and potentials...this is a definite read as it is based on a true story.
The Hot Zone free .pdf download:
As long as they bring fulminating Ebola victims to testify before Congress and be interviewed by media people.
But Weyland-Yutani just wanted to study the alien.
It also lives on surfaces for several days.
How about declaring them economic refugees and give them jobs as border guards?
Bodily fluids include semen, blood, sweat, vomit, sneezes, coughs ( they spray fluid as an aerosol), feces and it can live for 5 days at room temperature as a dried spec on a hard surface.
Neither am I but I find a little levity, at least for me, helps dealing with situations like this. It does not mean I lack awareness of the ability of a disease to spread like wildfire across the globe with our fast mass transit abilities.
Jim Iyke’s reaction to flee the area is very natural, but people fleeing the area is exactly what will spread the disease.
Here’s a preview of a possible future - the fun starts at 30 seconds.
Yeah, I was thinking they might come here and claim asylum, it being so dangerous there.
Obamagumbe would promise to deport them, after settling them next door to you.
Man, the ignorance out there is amazing.
LGBT would be my first guess, followed by day-care workers.
“Skilled” nursing facilities will be decimated, too.
I’ve seen their protocols.
Employees and residents will pass along the virus, along with anyone dumb enough to visit.
This will be a share & share alike thing. Enough to make ObamaCare suddenly affordable, or unneccessary...
According to the Canadian Health Dept it can survive for days dried up on a table. Takes 5 minutes of boiling to kill it. Disinfectants do also work. A few as 1 organism can result in an infection.
Went through all of this horror during the very beginning of the AIDs crisis in NYC when nobody knew what was going on. In retrospect, there was not much to worry about but who knew in the early 80s?
I do think this needs to be watched, but the coverage is becoming somewhat hysterical IMO.
How many times over the last five years have we been led to believe massive portions of human populations were going to be lost due to some disease or another?
You’ve just given me a homework assignment. Now, I’m curious as to what Weyland-Yutani means. Hmmm, says here Weyland -Yutani, a large FICTITIOUS conglomerate aka ‘The Company” is involved in Weapons Research and Development. Very interesting and quite elaborate in it’s detail.
SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.
Public Health Agency of Canada
You beat me to it!
I have a project starting in a large public hospital. Very large immigrant population. This has me scared.
There has never been a cure for a virus.
I am a germaphobe yet recently caught an airborne virus that knocked me down for 10 days. I took a friend’s husband to the doctor and came down sick 2 and a half days later and ended up in urgent care.
Be careful out there.
I’m sure the Canadian equivalent of the CDC is ignorant.
Why don’t you email them and explain their mistakes?
The "Hot Zone" is a complete work of fiction and you would do well to understand that the author takes some enormous liberties with how the virus spreads and the effects it has on the victims.
I suggest anyone interested in these things to read "[Level 4] Virus Hunters of the CDC". It is a far more accurate account of Ebola and many other deadly virus's such as Lassa, Hanta, and so forth.
This does not give me great confidence ..........
Went through all of this horror during the very beginning of the AIDs crisis in NYC when nobody knew what was going on. In retrospect, there was not much to worry about but who knew in the early 80s?Actually, even back then people knew what to do: For example, shut down homosexual bathhouses. But of course, that was out of the question because that would be “homophobic.”
Today, they ought to put anyone coming out of Africa on quarantine for a few weeks, but that is not going to happen, either, probably because it would be “racist.”
It also says ultra violet radiation kills it. Instantly. It would have to be a ton of live virus in liquid to live for that long. Dried is simply not proven to cause infection. Even if spores were still alive in dried form out somewhere in the public (always in the dark mind you) whoever came in contact with it would STILL need to absorb it into their blood stream. It’s infectious not contagious.
The vaccine sounds promising, but tens of thousands may die waiting for the test results and for the manufacturer to produce enough doses.
Here’s are a few ideas that don’t require drugs (or waiting). First, indefinitely suspend all air service between the affected areas and destinations in the rest of the world. Secondly, place anyone arriving from those areas in medical quarrantine until it can be determined they are not carrying the disease. Third, round up anyone who has arrived from those countries in the last month or so and put them in quarrantine, too. Then, start monitoring anyone they have come in contact with since coming to the U.S. and consider quarrantining them as well.
Such measures sound draconian, but if they don’t get ahead of it now, you’ll see scenes reminiscent of the great plague in cities around the world. Centuries ago, millions died because doctors didn’t know what to do. This time around, we know how to limit the spread of the disease, but we refuse, because of political correctness.
One last thing, which I saw on another thread (but bears repeating): wonder how many people from the hot zone have crossed our southern border in recent weeks?
It says UV kills it, doesn’t say instantly. It does say the virus can live for days outside the host at room temp.
Ebola is not a spore, its a virus. All it takes is 1 single organism to contact the right place and you can catch it. Touch a table and then your eye or lips, or a cut and you can pick it up.
This is why medical staff are catching it, IMO.
That isn't known to happen with Ebola, unless the infected individual were maybe coughing from the other side of the table. The latent ambient surface mode of transmission has not been known to occur. Some day this may change; I hope not.
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