Skip to comments.Ebola: UK border staff 'unprepared' says union leader
Posted on 07/31/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Border, immigration and customs staff feel unprepared to deal with people coming to the UK with possible cases of the Ebola virus, a union leader says.
Immigration Service Union (ISU) general secretary Lucy Moreton said her members needed more information on the threat.
But the Border Force has insisted staff have been given guidance on how to identify and deal with suspected cases.
Almost 700 people have died in West Africa since the first case of Ebola was detected in February.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK government was taking the current threat to the country "very seriously".
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And a billion pounds into the union coffers will fix it!
Don't let the planes unload! Don't let the boats unload. Send them back!
I think the Liberian is most likely a Christian
100 muslim extremists, voluntarily infected with Ebola would cause far more death and disruption to America, than did 9/11.
England as well. And Europe would be an easy target...
If this thing ever hits Mexico we’re cooked!
There are a fair number of Christians in western and central Africa which,I believe,is where this is occurring.
My thought for quite awhile. Trade in the suicide vests for biological warfare. I wasn’t sure what disease would be used. Now I know.
If the UK is unprepared, it is going to come in from Europe! A lot of those flights originate in Africa...transfer in the UK or France...and then on to the United States or Canada.
With incubation times of nearly 24 days, looking for “sick” passengers is useless.
If Brits can’t deal with an Ebola epidemic they need to STOP all travel between them and African countries. Refuse entry to people who have traveled to Africa then attempted to come back through a 3rd country.
If the epidemic takes hold in modern cities with high rise buildings we won’t be able to stop it.
Note that the Telegraph has gone to live updates on this page which is updated rapidly as news comes in.
Maybe an update thread sgould be started
more from Telegraph Ebola live update:
Time: 14.17 The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after travelling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana, reports Reuters.
Time: 13.54 122 new cases were detected over the four days, according to WHO data, between July 24 and 27
Time: 13.26 The World Health Organisation has released new figures showing 729 people died with 57 in four days.
1,323 are suffering with the virus. WHO says the new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the four West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
That might not be a bad idea really.
Looks like MSF was right. It’s out of control over there. Several provinces on that map that weren’t there 3 or 4 days ago.
Again, from today's Telegraph:
Time: 12.47 The boss of one of the charities pulling its non-essential staff out mentioned earlier believes "thousands" could die, he tells the WSJ.
"This is a growing crisis of proportions that will cost, we think, thousands of lives and maybe more," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA.
"The international community has the resources and people to respond, but they need to respond."
The newspaper reported "SIM will evacuate about 60 to 70 spouses, children and other non-medical staff in the next few days, Mr. Johnson said".
Hope that these family members are quarantined on their arrival where ever that might be.
Bring Out Your Dead
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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...
This particular strain is on a different branch of the family tree of e. zaire. I wonder if it’s more transmissible somehow.
I just hope these evacuees take appropriate precautions and don’t bring it back to the West with them...
Let’s try to break that record today. Add me please.
So is the death toll>
Yeah. Too true, that.
Epidemiology dictates that strict travel and quarantine restrictions are indicated to prevent the rapid spread of this outbreak. Political correctness be damned as the consequences of inaction at this time will be horrific. Immigration and the collecting and concentrating illegal aliens are a significant part of the equation that will enable the disease to amplify if a break was to occur.
That 60% fatality rate is a lie...they are playing with the numbers.
At the very least it seems to be a hardier strain that's found it's way into a target rich environment.
I'm unclear as to what is meant by the graphics on the Telegraph map below.
What exactly does the "No active transmission " overlay on the "Confirmed and probable Ebola cases" really mean?
If you do that, watch the financial markets implode.
That is the game their in right now. The risk is a global pandemic of the Black Death part II, or a financial melt down that could send the banking industry back to the low Middle Ages.
Not a good choice either way. Looks like they chose to gamble on a pandemic.
This step, more than anything else, tells me that the bug has changed.
It is spreading more easily now.
These groups have worked with and around Ebola for decades. To flee like this is rather disturbing.
Just let ONE infected person on one of those trains transporting “kids” from Central America to the US.
I've been reading "The Hot Zone" and I can't imagine how anyone could recover of if they'd ever be the same. It seems to just pulverize your insides. How does a person recover from that?
Yeah, well I guess risking a few million lives is worth keeping the markets moving...
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.
Added, welcome aboard. Buckle up, it looks like it’s going to be a rough trip. Keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times.
OK, that statement made me even more worried.
Either the doc is mad (many doctors are ego maniacs, it self selects for such) or willfully uniformed.
From what I have read the few that recover are never the same. They have ongoing problems.
IMO he’s a whack job. Probably in love with the bugs and goes on about how perfect they are and how we should feel honored they’ve selected us as a host and what not.
Well, I was hoping he was on some special PING list with other viral scientists and totally up to date. Guess not. : )
What fun is that? I love rough rides. ; )
Sweat along saliva and mucus from sneezing combined with a 60-hr. survival time outside a host ensures it will continue to spread. When the weather cools it could spread via the invisible, off-the-books activities and trade routes such as prostitution and drug networks.