Skip to comments.Death Toll From Ebola in W. Africa Hits 887: WHO (Now Spreading in Nigeria)
Posted on 08/04/2014 2:24:08 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
The doctor who treated a man who flew to Nigeria and died of Ebola now has contracted the disease, authorities said Monday, presenting a dire challenge to Africa's most populous nation as the regional toll for the outbreak grew to 887 dead.
As Nigerian health authorities rushed to quarantine others who had been exposed to the doctor, a special plane landed in Liberia to evacuate the second American missionary who fell ill with Ebola. Nancy Writebol, 59, is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, where she will be treated at a special isolation ward.
The second confirmed case in Nigeria is a doctor who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia, said Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.
Three others who also treated Sawyer now show symptoms of Ebola and their test results are pending, he said. Authorities are trying to trace and quarantine others in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa's largest city of 21 million people.
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Really? Do we have a guarantee on that? I just don't but that all those health care workers were so careless as to allow bodily fluids of Ebola patients to come into contact with them.
The numbers will soon start to climb, in just a week or two
we will see for sure, in three weeks we will know.
Big mistake right there, especially since they are now floating around in a city of 21 million. What could go wrong?
Many of his fellow passengers continued on their international flights that departed from Murtala Muhammed airport.
There are direct flights from there to Atlana, Houston, Saint Louis and other US cities.
What the left has been saying about the US inventing AIDS and giving it to the third world...may be true about zer0 and Ebola and Western Christian countries, this could be the beginning.
i read a CDC posting that said physical contact with body/bodily fluids ... OR within 3 feet.
which implies the virus is briefly viable while in the water molecules expelled from the lungs of an infected person
a standard surgical mask would prevent contamination from that source
The surgical mask won’t protect your eyes. Any mucous membrane will do.
Airplanes are notorious for passing viruses on to passengers via their enclosed air systems.
we lose vapor through our skin and our lungs
That’s why you seem care workers wearing goggles.
Or those biohazard suits, which is also appropriate.
I guess if there is a bright side, at least it’s not an outbreak of H1N1 we’re dealing with. I’m thinking of the “Spanish Lady” who carried off somewhere between 50 to 100 million people.
Or the Black Death of the Middle Ages - that was another bad pandemic. Ebola burns itself out eventually, whereas H1N1 is a slower killer, and of course, Yersinia Pestis needs fleas to transmit the disease.
And cruise ships - more like floating norovirus labs.
I’m just a layman, but it seems to me what we’re seeing here is some recent mutation of Ebola that is somewhat less lethal, but far more contagious.
I will only note that there has been a good deal of interest and activity in Ebola and its cousins by US researchers and drug companies in the last few years:
How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of American victim - as Nigerian film star sparks outrage by fleeing Africa in a mask on first-class flight
Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya
Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is ‘justified’
He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic
Health campaigners petition U.S. drug authorities to fast-track potential cure
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declares disease is ‘very serious threat’
He will chair an emergency meeting on how to boost defences
British airlines are also on ‘red alert’ for cases of the deadly virus
Man with ‘feverish’ symptoms tested for deadly Ebola at Birmingham hospital
He had travelled into Midlands from Benin, Nigeria via France when he fell ill
Charing Cross Hospital staff also feared man had Ebola symptoms this week
No cases have been confirmed in UK but 672 people have died in West Africa
Warning issued to GPs, A&E departments and all NHS trusts across the UK
Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to the nervous system
Surgical masks do not seem to be protecting medical personnel. So it must be more virulent than they are letting on.
backstory: it was reported that Sawyer went on a bit of a rampage after given his diagnosis. A struggle to contain him in isolation could have caused breaks in the protection worn by his attending staff. So, more likely direct contamination via blood and other body fluids than airborne. I hope that those who attended Sawyer will recover.
“FrontPageAfrica has now learned that upon being told he had Ebola, Mr. Sawyer went into a rage, denying and objecting to the opinion of the medical experts. He was so adamant and difficult that he took the tubes....”
The thing about ebola is that you pretty much know if someoen has it.
Black Vomit, sloughing off the lining of the intestines and blood leaking out of every body orifice are good clues.
Read the first couple of chapters in “The Hot Zone”.
Patient, running a fever leans on counter, touches door handles, handrails, sits in chair...and contaminates all these surfaces with sweat--and a viral load.
It only takes from one to ten organisms to infect.
The next person comes along and opens the door, leans on the counter, takes a chair...and the next...and the next.
There are likely far more common contact surfaces in an urban setting than in a very rural village, and far more opportunities to spread the disease. Ebola typically burned out or was contained in rural settings once funerary practices were overcome (in which mourners made contact with the body).
I am not so certain it can be contained in urban settings because of the multitude of common contact surfaces, surfaces which people will grab, lean on, or slide their hands along with even realizing it.
In the US, think elevator buttons, handrails, shopping carts, door handles, money, ATMs...just for starters.
I pray this never gets loose on these shores.
Early symptomatic phases are not so readily apparent and mimic Malaria, for instance.
By then, the victim is shedding the virus, but the disease is not yet advanced enough that the internal organs are liquefying, the skin sloughing, or the body leaking blood from every orifice.
Nigeria also has a sideline that no one seems to be paying attention to and I don't mean the scam industry. Approx 40% of Nigeria's GDP is oil exports to the U.S. and accounts for around 10% of of the US oil supply. If the oil field workers are decimated either through disease or panic expect severe economic unrest in Nigeria and the start of shortages in the US.
“Authorities are trying to trace and quarantine others in Lagos, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city of 21 million people.”
And they all have ID, right?
ZEBOV (Zaire Ebola virus) has taken down a rather noticeable number of doctors and other medical employees.
Transmission of Ebola virus from pigs to non-human primates (Airborn)
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...