Skip to comments.Ebola:Nigeria Health Minister confirms more cases
Posted on 08/04/2014 8:56:41 AM PDT by Raebie
Nigerias Minister of Health Professor Oyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed new cases of Ebola virus infection among Nigerians. Particularly, the minister said the doctor who treated the Liberian Patrick Sawyer who died of the virus in Lagos last week.
Sawyer suddenly took ill after arriving Lagos and was later diagnosed to have Ebola.He died later. Chukwu reportedly said out of 70 people who had contact with Sawyer, 8 have been quarantined. He added, specifically that two of those quarantined seem to have contracted the virus as they have been manifesting Ebola- like symptoms.
Also the Federal government has inaugurated an Ebola Treatment Research Team wth Professor Innocent Ujah as co-chair.Former INEC boss Professor Maurice Iwu and some officials from Centre for Disease Control are reportedly on the team.
Yet Obama despite his vaunted pen and phone continues to allow commercial flights in and out of endemic areas of west Africa.
He took 2 filghts. God knows where those passengers ended up.
I suspect if you mapped their destinations they’d look terribly similar to the CDC map of quarantine centers.
"Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish?
A few days ago I placed a library hold on the “Hot Zone” ebook about ebola. I’ve been told it is a good book about the disease even though it is fiction. But fiction based on fact.
It’s not fiction. It’s written in a fiction-like style that makes it easy to read and hard to put down.
agreed. a good but scary read.
You can download the .pdf for free.
I will add: when you finish the book you will wish it was fiction!
Who had contact with Sawyer?....What kind of contact? Sat next to him? Used the restroom, after him? Touched his belongings/glass?
Well, just tell our fearless leader. He’ll bring them all in to be put on 0bamacare for free treatment.
Dangit. beat me to the link.
If it’s as difficult to get as HIV, I find it compelling that they are looking for this many people.
Unless he managed to spew vomit on that many people.
And if it’s transmitted easily that way, imagine someone crashing out in Times Square. Or Madison Square Garden.
I'm about 1/4 of the way through, and I wish it was fiction. It really makes me think that the people who take care of these patients, the ones who know what they're getting into, are really heroes. My daughter is applying for an RN position in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of a very large, famous hospital. One that will be in the front lines if this breaks out. Scares the hell out of me. I was fairly knowledgeable about Ebola before I started reading this book, but somehow it has taken on a whole new sense of reality.
It's NOT as difficult to get as HIV. Whoever says it is is either lying or is ignorant. And there is evidence it CAN be spread without direct contact, despite the denials to that effect. Read the book.
I was being sarcastic.
I’ve read the book and many papers on ebola over the last week.
Read my posts if you like.
I’m an RN, too. I wonder if we will be drafted if there’s a large scale outbreak.
I once got a notice from the Virginia Board of Nursing informing me that I have been earmarked as a mandated first responder and requesting my contact info. That was a long time ago, though.
What’s disturbing about the book is the number of times protocol was broken by those who know better. By those who were fairly certain they were dealing with a level 4 pathogen.
And no adminstrative action was ever taken for any of these breeches of protocol.
The transmission methods is the part of this story that I am watching closely. From very reliable sources I have learned one can catch Ebola from
contact with infected animals (pigs, bats, monkeys)
contact with "droppings" of infected animals
eating any part of an infected animal
touching anything excreted (blood, sweat, urine, fetal matter) by an infected person.
any part of your skin touches any part of an infected persons skin
inhaling the droplets an infected person exhales via sneeze cough.
touching any item an infected person has recently touched.
touching a hard surface that has recently been in contact with anything wore, excreted or touched by an infected person who is dead or nearly dead from Ebola.
I am sure there are other means of Ebola spreading. It appears to me that Ebola is very contagious and could easily spread in a high density US city. I also think things are much worse then we are being told. Only 1500 infected? Only 800+ dead in West Africa? Really? I think way more.
My biggest worry is it gets into our wild pigs, bats and monkeys. Then like Africa we will be dealing with Ebola for a long long time.
Exactly, They are lying about transmission methodology.
2 of the 8 quarantined = 25% x 62 people not quarantined = 16 potential victims on the loose.
Read my reply.
I suspect this strain is more tolerant of airborne transmission than strains in the past.
I suspect, also, that it may be more tolerant of being transmitted via insect vectors. Particularly mosquitos.
“Who had contact with Sawyer?....What kind of contact? Sat next to him? Used the restroom, after him? Touched his belongings/glass?”
It looks as if these are all workers who had contact with him at the hospital (quote from abc article):
“Test samples are pending for three other people who also treated Sawyer and now have shown symptoms of Ebola...”
HIV is transmitted only through blood or semen.
Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids. This includes sweat.
Read further down.
I’ve been suspicious of the official line for several days now having spent some time in pubmed researching this particular disease.
That, and the fact that it got away from MSF. MSF has been treating this disease for over 20 years. And it appeared to ‘get away’ from western field hospitals pretty much simultaneously in mid/late May.
They really need to stop comparing this to hiv.
Hiv needs blood to blood contact. You’re not going to get it from somebody throwing up on you. Did we ever see doctors and nurses wearing full body covering dealing with hiv people? No. And if anything like that did happen in an extreme case it was to protect the patient from the caregivers germs.
That’s been my question all along.
I’ve been in an enclosed business office with someone infected with HIV. I wasn’t concerned in the least. All these western and western trained doctors have been dealing with HIV precautions their entire medical careers. And yet they’re all getting sick with this.
I’d refuse to share an enclosed office with someone who had ebola. Regardless of whether they were coughing up blood or not.
Last night the interview on Coast to Coast was pointing out that Emory is only designed for level 2. There is a level 4 in Atlanta run by the CDC. The level 4 at Emory is mock up for training purposes.
More and more to be suspicious about...
I read that he was entered a painter’s tent, which is basically meant to keep things like aerosols and such from being spread around. Not quite the same as a virus.
That said, he walked from the ambulance, so he was obviously no longer drastically ill from it and was probably no longer infectious. Some people do recover, and I would suspect that he is being examined for antibodies.
Nothing can be said about these medical troops that can describe how fearless they truly are.
I’ve read it more than once and I admit I’m glad. It made me appreciate the heroes in medicine that never get just credit.
Bring out the DDT then.
I am certain this is why he was brought to the US; he was getting along fine, handling it fine, so now he’s being heavily examined for how his antibodies managed to defeat the virus.
“That said, he walked from the ambulance, so he was obviously no longer drastically ill from it and was probably no longer infectious. “
Persons who recover from ebola can transmit the disease for up to 7 weeks after they become asymptomatic. One paper indicated this number could be as long as 60d in fact.
We won’t know until Thanksgiving or later if Emory has dropped the ball with the containment with this disease.
My sister is an RN in South Jersey, immediately after 911 she was asked to go to NY, but so few survived that they cancelled her assignment.
I read in the UK papers this morning that traveling to those region of the world is being considered a level 3, the highest possible level.