Skip to comments.Exposure of health workers weakens Africa's Ebola fight
Posted on 08/01/2014 9:52:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Jenneh became a nurse in Sierra Leone 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in one of the world's poorest countries. Now she fears for her own after three of her colleagues died of Ebola.
Health workers like Jenneh are on the frontline of the battle against the world's worst ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed 729 people in Sierra Leone, neighboring Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria so far.
With West Africa's hospitals lacking trained staff, and international aid agencies already over stretched, the rising number of deaths among healthcare staff is shaking morale and undermining efforts to control the outbreak.
More than 100 health workers have been infected by the viral disease, which has no known cure, including two American medics working for charity Samaritan's Purse. More than half of those have died, among them Sierra Leone's leading doctor in the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, a national hero....
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It’s insanity that our government has decided to bring ebola to the US....
There essentially is no cure. The only useful approach is forced quarantine and supportive care. Good supportive care is almost impossible in Africa due to lack of trained personnel, isolation equipment, fear and ignorance. Patients and their families fear quarantine and isolation viewing it as a death sentence. The disease at this junction will run its natural course. However it is very unlikely to spread to first world environments.
To be blunt, I believe that we need to stop trying to care about their cultural sensitivities and isolate them and then protect our own. Quarantine the country and keep them out, making sure that they’re not coming to the US.
Why do I feel we could be watching a real life version of THE STRAIN?
The Andromeda Strain? The Stand?
The Ebola virus has been around for a long time, for a lot longer than humans, and certainly more than 6000 years.
Don’t worry about it.
With that kind of attitude, nobody will take the precautions they need to avoid infect and it WILL not only travel to first world countries, (IOW, US) but it will spread like wildfire.
"None of us expected to have as many healthcare workers get sick as we did," said Bausch, who said 10 staff in Kenema became ill with Ebola during the three weeks he was there in July. "There were times when nurses were getting sick and I thought, 'We have to close this ward', but that's just not an option." Constant fatigue among overworked and poorly trained staff probably led to mistakes, Bausch said. He said he saw some staff not wearing protective suits or wearing them incorrectly, but even experienced professionals were at risk.
Sorry, but after conducting an Internet search, I was unable to find any medical reports corroborating your assertion. Could you please provide a hyperlink to a source for your claim?
Our luck ran out. Up until now outbreaks were in small rural communities with very limited mobility. So it was possible to isolate while it burned itself out.
This time it got loose in a couple of major African cities......
*************** When was the last time the Federal Govt did anything for you?
*************** Millions will be spent on these two numbskulls who shouldn’t be in Liberia in the first place
*************** They will be human guinea pigs. They will be dead soon
*************** CDC is bunch of politically correct freaks who salivate at the chance to bring this African killer onto US soil.
Why are we bringing people known to have Ebola into the country?
Evacuation to the U.S. ensures that the two aid workers will have access to modern medical facilities and technology that could save their lives, a White House spokesman said Thursday.
Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol both contracted Ebola while working in Liberia and are in serious condition, according to Christian aid organization Samaritans Purse. Plans are underway to transport them to the U.S. by early next week.
Will other people in the plane be in danger?
The patients won’t be flying on a regular commercial airline. They will be transported via a private medical charter plane outfitted with an isolation pod. Its a portable, tent-like structure that can prevent infected patients from exposing flight crews and other passengers to the deadly virus.
What happens after they land in the U.S.?
Emory University Hospital said it will house its two Ebola patients in a state-of-the-art isolation unit on the hospital campus. The facility, only one of four of its kind in the country, was built in collaboration with the CDC, and is separate from other patient areas.
The unit is outfitted with equipment that provides an extraordinarily high level of isolation and ensures that its doctors and staff are highly trained in treating Ebola patients, according to a statement from the hospital.
Since there is no specific treatment or cure for Ebola, the patients aren’t likely to receive any care unique to the U.S. facility. But, the hospital says, they will be under constant monitoring and receive blood and IV drips to help them combat dehydration.
I just watched that on Netflix and thought the same thing.
What if the plane crashes?
What if there is an accident involving the ground vehicle transporting on ATL surface streets?
What if one of the crew unknowingly becomes infected?
What if there is a mutation that allows easier transmission?
IMO the consequences of a mistake are too severe. This is a poor decision.
Pray for the best outcome.
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...
It's cold, calculated, murderous evil.