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Ebola scare at Namibian airport
Star Africa ^ | August 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm | APA

Posted on 08/03/2014 9:40:54 AM PDT by null and void

Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services has dispatched a team of health experts to the Hosea Kutako International Airport in the capital Windhoek after one of the passengers on a plane reportedly fell sick with the suspected Ebola virus, APA learnt Friday.An Air Namibia plane that landed at the airport 40km east of Windhoek on Friday morning from Johannesburg, South Africa, had to be quarantined after the passenger showed symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

Health ministry of officials could not be reached for comment over the incident but sources at the airport confirmed that passengers from the plane were stopped from disembarking.

The incidence came as the National Health Emergency Management Committee and other stakeholders met in the capital on Friday to discuss the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and to work out modalities how to deal with the outbreak in the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ebola
Any other sources for this story, or has the cone of silence descended?
1 posted on 08/03/2014 9:40:54 AM PDT by null and void
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To: 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...

2 posted on 08/03/2014 9:41:39 AM 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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3 posted on 08/03/2014 9:41:59 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: null and void

A 30 day world wide ground stop.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 9:43:19 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: null and void

Cone of silence...

I found an update though.

http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=16114&page_type=story_detail

At least the Africans are taking it seriously. Any idea that these passengers would have been allowed to deplane here?


5 posted on 08/03/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Eventually air crew or passenger who mingle with the local West African population will become infected, fly home before they become seriously ill and will start some endemic outbreaks in the West. It is puzzling why the US government is not suspending air travel into the endemic areas.


6 posted on 08/03/2014 9:51:37 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Black Agnes

Eventually air crew or passenger who mingle with the local West African population will become infected, fly home before they become seriously ill and will start some endemic outbreaks in the West. It is puzzling why the US government is not suspending air travel into the endemic areas.


7 posted on 08/03/2014 9:51:56 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Black Agnes

Shilongo said they realised that the Ebola alarm was false, while Air Namibia general manager of quality and safety, Raul Sosa Riera said the crew became suspicious when they realised that the passenger was coughing, had body rashes and persistent diarrhea.

Is that a normal reaction to a food allergy???


8 posted on 08/03/2014 9:54:32 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

Yes.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 9:59:43 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: allendale

I’ve noticed one thing. The African countries KNOW they don’t have the medical facilities to handle an outbreak. Even an outbreak of just one or two people. So they’re already being vigilant and shutting off travel and borders.

On the other hand, OUR medical elites are sure that OUR facilities can handle and outbreak if it comes here. So they can justify not shutting down air transit from the affected areas or persons.

The first sounds like common sense. The latter sounds like a lot of hubris.


10 posted on 08/03/2014 9:59:57 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: null and void
plane ... from Johannesburg

So, how many people did this 'infested' one come in contact with while still in Johannesburg? And how many of those got on other planes or went into the city?

IIRC, the infectious period could from 2 to 21 days. That could create a wide spread of contamination. But the CDC tells us there is nothing to worry about.
11 posted on 08/03/2014 10:07:06 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: allendale

if a passenger is a lawyer i can see them claim that their rights are being infringed upon by being forced to stay aboard. I guess any passenger might make that claim and the airline,barring instructions from the feds, would likely allow them to disembark to avoid a lawsuit.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: null and void

There was a story on Informante (leading Namibian newspaper) a couple of days ago. Guy was travelling from East Africa (not west) and was determined to have food poisoning.


13 posted on 08/03/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT by stormer
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To: null and void

still flying people in and out of ‘hot’ countries.

this won’t end well


14 posted on 08/03/2014 10:21:22 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: TomGuy

plane ... from Johannesburg
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Yes, and where had he been before Johannesburg?


15 posted on 08/03/2014 10:22:41 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: Black Agnes

The range of sophistication between countries in Africa is broad. Namibia, where I have spent a great deal of time, is pretty high on the spectrum. Yes, in certain areas there is grinding poverty and the issues associated with that, but the large cities like Windhoek, Walvis Bay, or Swapkopmund are very modern and can be quite nice.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Gadsden1st

It’s very normal for the beginning of a major viral infection...


17 posted on 08/03/2014 10:27:32 AM PDT by livius
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To: stormer

No doubt.

Africa is a big place.

I’ve just noticed from news reports that African countries are taking the possibility of infection way more seriously than our own.

We have the ‘we’ll control it if it comes here’ attitude and justify a lax immigration/travel policy that way.

Hopefully it won’t appear in the wild here.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 10:29:58 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: allendale

“It is puzzling why the US government is not suspending air travel into the endemic areas.”

Nero is in charge, and you are puzzled?


19 posted on 08/03/2014 10:32:56 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: allendale

Yes, they should stop flights to the hot zones but that would only slow it down. People these days have no regard for anyone but themselves. They’ll just rent a car and drive it across the border to the nearest international airport no matter how sick they might be.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 11:58:05 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Black Agnes

The real risk is more than Ebola, there’s also the risk of vaccine or antibiotic resistant diseases, which, while containable, will likely take a bunch of people down with them.


21 posted on 08/03/2014 12:15:05 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: wiggen

People have no rights if an emergency quarantine is declared.


22 posted on 08/03/2014 12:19:21 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

granted but who’s to say that will be the case? I don’t think the airline has that authority.


23 posted on 08/03/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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