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U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola said to be improving
Reuters ^ | 08/03/2014 | BY RICH MCKAY

Posted on 08/03/2014 10:00:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 08/03/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Dr Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old father of two young children, was able to walk, with help, from an ambulance after he was flown on Saturday to Atlanta, where he was being treated by infectious disease specialists at Emory University Hospital.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disease; ebola

1 posted on 08/03/2014 10:00:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 08/03/2014 10:01:02 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: SeekAndFind

The flight over must have done him some good because he looked good yesterday —


3 posted on 08/03/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently there are survivors of the ravages of the Ebola virus. In the world at large, there must also be some natural immunes, whose biological settings are adjusted just enough so the combination of factors that lead to death do not proceed, even though the individual may be subject to fevers and bodily distress before the progress of the disease is arrested.

Our study of the causes and propagation of diseases, while already light-years beyond what it was just fifty years ago, is only now beginning to yield on the more pernicious and aggressive of disease agents. Ebola is like the HIV that progresses to full-blown AIDS, not over a period of several years, but in DAYS, compromising the natural immune systems of the body, and causing massive organ failure once it hits tipping point.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 10:09:41 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: SeekAndFind
...it was unlikely that Brantly's wife and children, who left Liberia shortly before he began exhibiting symptoms, had contracted the disease.

Oh. OK.

5 posted on 08/03/2014 10:11:14 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Haven’t seen him, but some people (about 40-50%) do recover from this disease. I don’t think he would have been brought here if he was in really bad shape, because he couldn’t have withstood the trip.

He may remain infectious for awhile, but it looks to me as if they’re isolating him properly. Also, I haven’t heard anything about the woman who was his coworker (I believe she was a hygiene volunteer) who was also brought back. She was the one to whom he gave his dose of the experimental serum.

Interesting to see if there’s a difference in their outcomes.

Aside from that, I think there are probably conditions that exist in Africa that don’t exist here that encourage the spread of Ebola.

However, in general I’d be much more worried about Obama’s “Pan African Conference” next week. There are 10 African heads of state coming, and I think they’ll be pretty safe. But people like that always travel with a retinue that will fill an entire huge plane, so I hope there’s some monitoring going on.


6 posted on 08/03/2014 10:13:51 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius

If they can get one or both of those two that they are bringing here cured and healthy, then they might be able to develop a cure for the disease from their blood serum.

That is probably what they are thinking and hoping.


7 posted on 08/03/2014 10:18:04 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Principled

RE: Oh. OK.

Shouldn’t the CDC check them just to make sure?


8 posted on 08/03/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: Principled

Yes, good to know that, eh? Since they are out and about wherever.

Look, I very much admire people who go and help the world’s most helpless, don’t get me wrong.

But disease is no respecter of persons.


9 posted on 08/03/2014 10:20:32 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: livius

Once he becomes asymptomatic, the clock starts on his body clearing the virus. I’ve seen anywhere from 7 weeks to 60 days before all his secretions are clear of the virus. Then another clock starts. I’ve seen either 21d or 42d before the area can be declared ebola free.

So we’ll know by Thanksgiving or Christmas if Emory has dropped the ball or not.


10 posted on 08/03/2014 10:20:59 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

this’ll do wonders for the conspiracy folks


11 posted on 08/03/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t the mortality rate go down 10% with each transmission to a new host? IIRC, humans aren’t good hosts and the virus weakens each time it is passed on to a new host.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SeekAndFind

for some reason, they aren’t answering the phone. must be on vacation. it is summer, after all


13 posted on 08/03/2014 10:31:20 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: SeekAndFind

Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Hospital Director, dies at 52

“Yesterday, August 2nd, our beloved Brother and Hospital Director Patrick Nshamdze died in ELWA Hospital in Monrovia at age 52, after 23 years of religious proffession.

Br Patrick, born in Cameroon, was tested Ebola positive on July 29, after being sick for two weeks. He had been previously tested on July 18, with a negative result.

All of us who form the family of the Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God ask for your prayers for his soul.”
http://www.sjcatholichospital.com/news/

RIP Br

The takeaway here is even when you feel ill you may not test positive for ebola even though you have it.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT by Selene
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To: SeekAndFind

Brantley just got there yesterday afternoon.

He’s improving from what specific state of health? The fatigue from the long trip? Or from the effects of Ebola?

What did they do for him that less ythan 24 hrs later he’s improving.

CDC is blowing smoke.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 10:41:20 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does the body do a 100% job of clearing the virus, or does some remain in the body for ever as happens with some other virus infections?


16 posted on 08/03/2014 10:47:58 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon; Cowgirl of Justice

This site should help answer some of your questions:

http://www.webmd.com/news/20140404/faq-ebola-virus

And here:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ebola-fever-virus-infection


17 posted on 08/03/2014 10:50:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

Once he becomes asymptomatic, the clock starts on his body clearing the virus. I’ve seen anywhere from 7 weeks to 60 days before all his secretions are clear of the virus. Then another clock starts. I’ve seen either 21d or 42d before the area can be declared ebola free.

So we’ll know by Thanksgiving or Christmas if Emory has dropped the ball or not.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 10:51:44 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: alloysteel
there must also be some natural immunes, whose biological settings are adjusted just enough so the combination of factors that lead to death do not proceed, even though the individual may be subject to fevers and bodily distress before the progress of the disease is arrested.

I know this is true. A man I knew when I lived in San Francisco contracted AIDS 26 years ago. Today, he is still perfectly healthy. An anomaly. Turns out his family was from a certain area in Northern Italy that apparently produces people who don't get sick from the AIDS virus.

I have no idea whether he can or would spread it. Don't know him well enough to ask.

One would think that researchers would be very serious about testing people with natural immunity to various killer diseases.

19 posted on 08/03/2014 10:53:26 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SeekAndFind

I really hate words like “unlikely” when it comes to things like someone contracting a deadly disease.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 11:05:02 AM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: sten
this’ll do wonders for the conspiracy folks

When a government, and it's lapdog media, continually lie to the people, even about things that may be inconsequential, when does a prudent individual BELIEVE what they are saying - NEVER!

I'm afraid it has come to that point-("Not a smidgen of corruption!")

21 posted on 08/03/2014 11:11:31 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Deliver us, oh LORD, from the EVIL that has befallen our once Great GOD fearing land!)
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To: Selene
He had been previously tested on July 18, with a negative result.

So there have been false negatives. I have been concerned about this, since I heard of all these passengers allowed to go on their respective flights after exhibiting symptoms at the airport, but testing negative.

This is not very comforting. At all.

22 posted on 08/03/2014 11:23:05 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: Covenantor

Before he arrived in Atlanta, Dr. Brantley received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old that survived the virus, which apparently has worked for some patients in the past. Perhaps it is working this time as well. That is my prayer.

I wonder how Nancy is doing. Has she arrived also, or is she still in Africa? She is the one who received the experimental serum.


23 posted on 08/03/2014 11:32:23 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: sten

Obama should change his name to Alfred E Nobama (Neumann). He is the “what me worry” president!


24 posted on 08/03/2014 11:39:20 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Covenantor

What did they do for him that less ythan 24 hrs later he’s improving.

Answered prayer.


25 posted on 08/03/2014 12:03:40 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
Doesn’t the mortality rate go down 10% with each transmission to a new host? IIRC, humans aren’t good hosts and the virus weakens each time it is passed on to a new host.

This is most certainly not applicable to Ebola filovirus.

26 posted on 08/03/2014 12:12:55 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Principled

Exactly. We’re to chalk it up to mere coincidence they left one day and the next he’s sick. Reports from the family was he was fading fast but he walked to the ER across gravel that was surely cutting into his Tyvek suit. Now, after mere hours in a US hospital, he’s improving. Excuse me while I add another layer of tin foil to my hat.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 12:15:48 PM PDT by bgill
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To: ozaukeemom
I really hate words like “unlikely” when it comes to things like someone contracting a deadly disease.

"Unlikely" is a nice warm fuzzy until you're the one who contracts something with a high mortality rate.

28 posted on 08/03/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Blue Highway

actually, he’s being referred to as president ebola or barak hussein ebola


29 posted on 08/03/2014 2:26:59 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

It already has, the conspiracies and screaming panic are flying on many of these threads.


30 posted on 08/03/2014 4:41:45 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: Covenantor

Replace the fluids he was losing?

He has also received blood from one of his recovered patients, for the antibodies.

This is from a 1995 outbreak. “”By the time Robert Colebunders arrived in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo (known as Zaire at the time), on June 15 of 1995, the Ebola virus had ravaged the city of 250,000 and the neighboring area for nearly 6 months. The hospitals in the riverport town were empty; patients and healthcare workers had fled to other parts of the country for fear of contracting the deadly disease, which would ultimately affect 317 people and kill 245.””
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“”“The Americans and Scientists from the States didnt believe it could work,” says Colebunders, but the Congolese doctors did it anyway. The same blood transfusion procedure was repeated for seven others who were ill, the final group of Ebola-stricken patients in the hospital.
The results were staggering: seven of the eight survived.””


31 posted on 08/03/2014 4:53:31 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: ansel12

Thank goodness. God bless him.


32 posted on 08/03/2014 4:54:37 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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