Ebola Update

President Obama has placed his crack Obamacare team in charge of protecting America from Ebola. They will start working on it just as soon as they get the web site up and fully functional.

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58 Responses to Ebola Update

  1. Tel says:

    They got the “like” button working for Twitter, so that’s most of the job done.

  2. Mike says:

    In 5 days we will know if it spreads. If it did, then the panic will start.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Interesting that it showed in Texas. Notice how details about the person (is he/she and illegal?) are being withheld.

      One commenter brought up a good point:
      “And just how do you know whether it’s the flu or ebola? The initial symptoms seem to be the same. With flu season approaching, how are doctors supposed to tell the difference?”

      The CDC also says “Symptoms appear anywhere from two to 21 days.” So that leaves plenty of time for carriers to spread the disease.

      Now add in the start of school, children’s usual disregard for the issue of not transferring ‘bodily fluids’ and the “no child allowed to stay home sick policy of US schools”….

      • Dave G says:

        We should immediately enact a 7-10 day curfew. Effective Saturday. Everybody go buy your groceries and nobody leaves home for any reason except maybe health care workers. Day 11. Everyone is checked for fever. Any sick people picked up on a bus and brought to a hospital or just brought to once central location and nuked.

        We do not have the guts to treat this disease with the seriousness it deserves. Millions will die. Mark my words.

  3. BallBounces says:

    Why punish a virus just because it’s undocumented?

  4. jlc says:

    What happened to the principle of quarantine? Why are persons traveling from these 3 countries allowed entry to the US?

    • Gail Combs says:

      What happened to the principle of quarantine?

      Quarantine went out the door with globalization and the World Trade Organization. WTO has substituted traceability for quarantine in animals, plants and other traded goods.

      When you search for “USA international travel quarantine” all you come up with is information on Pet Passports.

      • jlc says:

        Sending 3000 US troops over there to run field hospitals and nurse sick people does nothing to stop spread of disease. Quarantine, teach people how not to spread it, and let it run its course.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Sending 3000 US troops over there to run field hospitals guarantees that some of those people will bring the disease back to the USA. Disease is a great method of population control especially when you have a vaccine that protects those you want to protect.

          Remember Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren co-authored the book Ecoscience
          Zombie Time has Direct quotes from John Holdren’s Ecoscience

          ….Below you will find a series of ten short passages from Ecoscience. On the left in each case is a scanned image taken directly from the pages of the book itself; on the right is an exact transcription of each passage, with noteworthy sections highlighted. Below each quote is a short analysis by me.

          Following these short quotes, I take a “step back” and provide the full extended passages from which each of the shorter quotes were excerpted, to provide the full context.

          And at the bottom of this report, I provide untouched scans (and photos) of the full pages from which all of these passages were taken, to quash any doubts anyone might have that these are absolutely real, and to forestall any claims that the quotes were taken “out of context.”

          Ready? Brace yourself. And prepare to be shocked.

          His Co-author Paul Ehrlich, also wrote:
          http://www.amazon.com/The-Population-Bomb-Paul-Ehrlich/dp/B000EI3XOS

          and

          http://www.amazon.com/The-Population-Explosion-Paul-Ehrlich/dp/0671732943

        • geran says:

          “Never let a crisis go to waste” comes to mind….

      • emsnews says:

        The man, Mr. Duncan, helped bury a dying woman of ebola and then fled Liberia when the other man, her brother, suddenly died this last week. According to the Wilson family who were his landlords in Liberia, he was showing symptoms when he left.

        This means he was able to spread the germs when flying through London, DC and then in Dallas!

        This is a catastrophe. He spread throw up and other fluids all over the place.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Where did you find this info?

        • Gail Combs says:

          Found it.

          Why is the USA allowing those with passports from West Africa or passports that have gone through West Africa into the country? Why aren’t these people at least quarantined before being allowed contact with the general public?

  5. annieoakley says:

    The Federal Government just lies, lies and lies about everything and anything. DC is killing us.

  6. tom0mason says:

    From Joanne Nova blog http://joannenova.com.au/2014/09/time-to-talk-ebola/

    Filovirus stays in its current form, spread only through direct contact with an infected and obviously ill person, we have a chance to limit the spread. Quarantine is effective. If it goes airborne, the task becomes like preventing the flu, but without clinically tested vaccines, in a totally unprotected population, and with a 60% fatality rate. This is the nuclear option.

    The Ebola virus has several different forms, and at least in animal studies, it has “gone airborne” before. Theoretically, it’s an odds game. The more times the virus is copied — the better the odds are that the right mutation will occur. To be brutally blunt, every infected person is another incubator, providing more copies, and more chances. For this reason, and for self interest alone, the West ought to be shifting into high gear to help Africans contain this. The humanitarian reasons go without saying. But our compassion for the ghastly suffering spreading through the slums and cities of West Africa could easily save thousands, and possibly many millions of lives, theoretically including our own.

    And there is the nasty part – all viruses mutate, with this one it is known that with more infections, the more mutations, the more likely it will become an airborn infection.
    It’s not if, it’s a when situation.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Thanks for the nightmares, Tom

      Our government is really playing fast and loose with the protection of the US citizens.

      To bad there is no way, we as citizens can not take these *&^%$ to court for Tre@$0n.

      • tom0mason says:

        Sorry but they are not all my words, and yes it gives me nightmares too.
        Quarantine has prove to work on other, small scale, outbreaks, what’s so alarming about this situation is the speed of geographical coverage and lack of response from international medical and logistic services. For about 2 month the deaths have been growing and as Jo Nova’s piece says –

        “On September 9th the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five west African countries, of which at least 2,296 people had died. But even the WHO’s experts believe that is an underestimate as many people are suspected to be dying at home. By some estimates 12,000 people have been infected with Ebola so far.

        At least 160 Liberian health-care workers have contracted the disease and half of them have died. Ebola is also spreading in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and a case has been reported in Senegal.

        –The Economist

        Tragically, Liberia – which already ranks fourth-last in the world for numbers of doctors per population – has lost almost 20 doctors to Ebola. They only produce 10 doctors per year in a medical class. – ABC

        “Not to put too fine a point on it: we have a closing window of perhaps weeks now before we will not be able to manage all the cases on the ground in the way that we normally would.” — Dr Ian Norton, chief of foreign medical teams with the World Health Organisation (WHO) – ABC

        By ignoring the little outbreak we now may have a major catastrope looming.

        • Gail Combs says:

          I know it was not your words Tom, but the idea of Airborne Ebola is the stuff of nightmares especially when we have either nincompoops or traitors governing us in DC.

          On top of that we have:

          Coming soon to a school near you, 37,477 illiterate students

          Those children, who have been settled in all 50 states, would all be eligible to attend public school….

          The average immigration proceeding in the past has taken an average of more than 500 days….

          The Obama administration has blamed the influx of unaccompanied children on drug-cartel-fueled violence in the three Central American countries, while Republicans in Congress have said White House policies have led many of the children to believe they will be able to stay if they cross the border.

          ….The White House is considering additional executive actions on the border, and it is under pressure from some activists to broaden its policies deferring deportations.

          Congress failed this summer to agree to legislation to provide additional support for agencies handling the deluge of immigrants, with the House approving a $694 million bill focused on security and the Senate not moving any legislation….
          http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215059-obama-prepares-schools-for-enrollment-of-migrant-children

          Now add that to the older news stories:

          September 24, 2009 Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border –
          http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/54514
          Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the [b]Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border….

          ….the Obama administration on May 7 said the Border Patrol “plans to move several hundred Agents from the Southwest Border

          February 21, 2010
          Radical Islam makes inroads among Latin America’s Native peoples

          In 2009, Colombian authorities dismantled a network of narcotraffickers linked to Islamist terrorists. Funds derived from the narcotrafficking are believed to have been diverted to Hezbollah – an Islamist terror organization supported by Iran holding sway in areas ostensibly controlled by the Palestinian Authority. It is feared that this consortium of Latin American narcotraffickers and Islamic terror has ties to Mexico as well. While Venezuela and Iran are known to have close diplomatic, strategic, and commercial relations, it is now believed that Iranian agents are working from their nation’s embassy in Colombia where there are believed to be members of the Muslim community that support Hezbollah. Other such activities have also been detected in other Latin countries.

          The growth of Hezbollah is due to the strategic alliance reached by enemies of the United States. These are President Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Chavez of Venezuela. The latter has expressed support for the Shiite Muslims in Iran and Syria and allows them free sway in Venezuela – an important source of petroleum to the U.S. The Venezuelan government owns CITGO, a network of gasoline stations and refineries in the U.S.

          Islam has shown growth in Latin America, once a monolith of the Catholic faith. For example, the Wayuu Guajira people of Venezuela and Colombians– native Americans who live in the tropical forests – have provided numerous converts to Islam over the last decade and some of them are declared jihadis – warriors for Islam…..

          http://www.speroforum.com/a/27754/Radical-Islam-makes-inroads-among-Latin-Americas-Native-peoples

          I realize that west Africa is not the Middle East however ” Nigeria has one of the largest Muslim populations in West Africa, 50.4% of Nigeria’s population,” and a pilgrimage to Mecca is expected of devout Muslims….

          Quarantine is definitely indicated but I do not see that happening.

        • tom0mason says:

          Leaky borders are a huge problem for bring in the undesirables – both people and illness.

          It should be interesting to see what the Saudis do for the next Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. It is know as a good method of spreading disease globally (2008-2009 meningitis outbreaks, spreading of flu viruses, etc.)

          Just to keep you mind at rest Russia believes it has contained it’s H15N bird flu outbreak.
          http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2014/09/russia-reports-first-cases-of-h5n1-in-poultry-in-two-years.html

        • tom0mason says:

          Sorry about that last reply, far too many typos.

          😦

        • Gail Combs says:

          Question: When is Hajj 2014?

          Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. What are the dates for Hajj in 2014?

          Answer: Hajj is expected to fall between October 2-7, 2014.

          Note: The exact dates of Islamic holidays cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.

          http://islam.about.com/od/calendar/fl/When-is-Hajj-2014.htm

          Now isn’t that just great. The pilgrimage to Mecca is occurring NOW.

        • tom0mason says:

          Maybe it’s pre-ordained?

      • [Too] bad there is no way [. . . .]

        Pass a petition in your state (and no, I don’t mean online) for an amendment to provide for presidential recall.

        https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/poor-secret-service-protection-threatens-americas-security/#comment-432093

        Make sure you check voter registration before getting a signature, or else there will be a lot of wasted time and effort.

        When you have a large number of signatures, deliver copies of the petition to both houses of your state legislature, with the original pages to your Secretary of State. Make sure that what people are signing states that the undersigned Electors “demand” that the state approve this as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

        If I work on Florida, will you work on North Carolina?

        RTF

  7. Andy Oz says:

    How come the virus came to Texas and not Washington DC where it would do no harm? Perhaps Holder is going to Liberia as their new chief science adviser. Win-win situation.

  8. D. Self says:

    Nice to know the government is still allowing travelers from West Africa to board planes for US. By the way the head of the CDC was appointed by Obama, so guess what?, I don’t believe a darn thing he says.

    • Gail Combs says:

      They CDC has been known to lie in the recent past.

      I caught them lying to hide the fact that the USDA’s implementing the international HACCP standards has caused food borne disease in the USA to double.

      The CDC blamed the doubling to going from snail mail to e-mail. We will have to ask the IRS if the tax revenues doubled when they went from snail mail to electronic filing.

  9. dp says:

    Since it has made its debut in Texas it seems likely the imperial president will set up the first ebola rapid response team in Chicago where they can register voters who visit the clinic and also give them a free cell phone.

  10. KTM says:

    I hope everyone here has 90+ days of food storage on hand. One of the reasons that the quarantine is failing in Liberia is because people have no food and rely on the government for every morsel. When the government inevitably misses a delivery (or two or three), people that might have an active infection in their home go out looking for food and risk spreading the disease again.

    Every time this happens, it re-starts the incubation clock for the quarantine. They are requiring anyone with suspected exposure to remain quarantined for 28 days.

  11. Robertv says:

    Ebola does not need to mutate to go airborne. It just uses the flu to spread ‘bodily fluids’ .

  12. Truthseeker says:

    The frigtening thing is that these guys no longer seem crazy …

    http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/

  13. A C Osborn says:

    I wonder if all the people who travelled on that plane, or planes have been notified that this passenger has developed Ebola?
    They may have continued on to other destinations and taken the virus with them.

  14. Jim Jensen says:

    I believe that the USA Ebola scare will not last very long. If the scare mongers had eloquent spokespersons like Al Gore, then the scare could go on for quite awhile. Maybe some underemployed climate scientists could get involved.

    • rah says:

      Let us hope that it just remains nothing but a short term scare without justification here.

      • Gail Combs says:

        +1

        • rah says:

          Liberia 1983 follow up MTT (Mobile Training Team) to ensure that Liberian Army NCO school previously set up was adhering to the training standards were being maintained. Medics on their own initiative scoured the DOD medical supplies and filled a small conex with the stuff needed to set up a clinic and got it all shipped.

          With the help of the PA medical officer of the US embassy we had a pretty good clinic in operation treating family of the Liberian troops. Malarial babies, births, trauma, and all kinds of stuff. Mostly with medical supplies that had been close to their expiration and in the DOD system for disposal.

          Then one day in come a young man showing all the S&S of Hemorrhagic fever. It scared the hell out of us. Immediately went to the highest level of isolation possible in our rather primitive circumstances. Cap, gowns, mask, gloves, the whole nine yards. With our equipment we were unable to diagnose so it was arranged to send the patient to the Christian Missionary hospital. Everyone was pretty darned relieved when we remained asymptomatic over the next week and we found out it was Yellow Fever.

          You don’t know how really scary stuff like that can be until you’ve been there I guess.

        • Gail Combs says:

          rah. That is why I do not understand why in heck DC is making ZERO moves to protect this country.

          DC has no problem ordering TSA to feel-up little 3 year old girls and 85 year old grandmas in wheel chairs (American Citizens) but they go all Politically Correct when it comes to NON- AMERICANS entering our country legally and more importantly illegally who pose a very serious health hazard.

          Add in the completely idiotic Food Safety Act Obama signed and as I said DC is actively EVIL. I can think of no other word that describes the actions I have seen over the last twenty years, since Clinton.

        • mjc says:

          This is close to topping Clinton on the EVIL and NINCOMPOOPERY meters.

  15. tom0mason says:

    WHO Ebola update, October 1: 7,157 cases, 3,330 deaths
    WHO publishes its Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report, 1 October 2014.

    The key numbers for the “WAIT” (widespread and intense transmission) countries,
    as of September 28:

    Guinea: 1,157 cases; 270 in past 21 days (=23% of all cases); 710 deaths. HCWs: 67, 35 deaths.
    Liberia: 3,696 case, 1,639 in past 21 days (=44% of all cases); 1,998 deaths; HCWs: 185, 95 deaths.
    Sierra Leone: 2,304 cases, 894 in past 21 days (=39%); 622 deaths. HCWs: 114, 81 deaths.
    Totals: 7,157 cases, 2,800 in past 21 days (=39%); 3,330 deaths. HCWs: 377, 216 deaths.

    Click to access roadmapsitrep_1Oct2014_eng.pdf


    1.3MB PDF document.

    Now we just need all the flight details for everyone that left these areas and have travelled internationally.

    • Dave G says:

      These numbers are probably way understated too. Again. This is a third world country. How many are dying without even going to a doctor?

      • tom0mason says:

        They are the ‘official’ numbers i.e those counted in hospitals/clinics, and counted by that countries officials.
        So yes, 100s, probably 1000s off the mark.

  16. mjc says:

    The stupid just keeps growing…

    As an added precaution, Miles says additional health and custodial staff will be at the five schools the students attend.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EBOLA_CHILDREN_MONITORED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-10-01-13-20-13

    • Gail Combs says:

      All I have to say is READ THE FUINE MANUAL!

      What is DEPOPULATION?
      http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-05-214

      on page 31:

      “Should USDA officially confirm the presence of a disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease, the affected herd and all cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and susceptible wildlife—infected or not— within a minimum 10-kilometer zone around the infected farm would be killed.

      NEVER HEARD OF A “DEPOP TRUCK”? CHECK OUT PAGE 429 UNDER THE

      “Protocol for Euthanasia of Backyard Premises”

      Foreword

      Stamping out is a recognized and proven strategy for rapid elimination of an introduced exotic disease or other emergency livestock disease. The crucial elements of stamping out are:
      * designation of infected zones;

      * intensive disease surveillance to identify infected premises and dangerous-contact premises or villages within these zones;

      * imposition of quarantine and livestock movement restrictions;

      * immediate slaughter of all susceptible animals either on the infected and dangerous-contact premises or in the whole infected area;

      * safe disposal of their carcasses and other potentially infected materials;
      * disinfection and cleaning of infected premises;

      * maintaining these premises depopulated of susceptible animals for a suitable period.

      Stamping out is often the most cost-effective strategy. The disease eradication campaign is shorter and achieved for a lower overall cost and there is a shorter waiting period before the country can be recognized as free of the disease and resume export of livestock and animal products….

      This is a procedures manual: how to carry out important activities in a disease stamping-out campaign. It is divided into three parts:
      Destruction of animals
      Disposal procedures
      Decontamination…

      The article goes on to list several cases where Depopulation was carried out in the USA and UK. Therefore the procedures are very much in place and so is the authority AND THE WILL TO USE IT!

      So Why in Hades isn’t every one in that school/community quarantined? There is absolutely no way to actually know who was in contact with that person’s bodily fluids or more importantly if there are other unknown carriers. Is it really that much of a problem to ask everyone to stay home for a couple of weeks? To have health official check that no one in any household in the area is ill? Tio take everyone’s temperature? Ask questions?

      As the OIE would say the disease could easily be stomped out now.

      See The Crimson Sky Scenario

      What is Crimson Sky you might be asking? Crimson Sky, is a FMD scenario-planning exercise run by the U.S. government and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [NCDA&CS], Emergency Programs Division. The exercise was conducted in 2002, which data modeling showed, that a FMD exposure on five farms led to the virus spreading to 35 states in 10 days…

      Findings of the disease modeling from this exercise indicated that if 2 farms were infected, FMD would spread to 12 states within 10 days. If 5 farms are initially infected, then the disease could reach 35 states within the same period of 10 days”.

      Two other simulations also geared toward bio-terrorism risk assessment preformed by DHS and participating states are Crimson Winter and Crimson Guard. Limited information is available on these simulations….

      Ebola is not nearly as contagious as FMD but still…

      • ozspeaksup says:

        and the american method of transferring animals all over the nation to various farms at various stages especially pigs n chickens is an ideal way to spread anything.
        ie the present porcine gastro killed many many thousands of piglets.transport and now suspected contaminated FEED is considered a vector.
        truth is FMD is nasty BUT animals DO survive are immune and dont spread it
        the mass culling in UK was ADVISED AGAUNST! by the vets and the govt went ahead anyway
        killing thousands of rare irreplaceable breeds n bloodlines.

  17. Gail Combs says:

    Here is another goody from Jo Nova. Please understand Mexico has fruit bats although the USA does not. Southwestern US bats do however migrate back and forth across the border.
    JAMACIAN or MEXICAN FRUIT BAT (Artibeus jamaicensis)

    …Between 1976 and 1998, from 30,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods sampled from outbreak regions, no ”Ebolavirus” was detected apart from some genetic material found in six rodents (”Mus setulosus” and ”Praomys”) and one shrew (”Sylvisorex ollula”) collected from the Central African Republic. The virus was detected in the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees, and duikers during outbreaks in 2001 and 2003, which later became the source of human infections. However, the high mortality from infection in these species makes them unlikely as a natural reservoir. Bats were known to reside in the cotton factory in which the index cases for the 1976 and 1979 outbreaks were employed, and they have also been implicated in Marburg infections in 1975 and 1980. The absence of clinical signs in these bats is characteristic of a reservoir species. In a 2002–2003 survey of 1,030 animals which included 679 bats from Gabon and the Republic of the Congo, 13 fruit bats were found to contain ”Ebolavirus” RNA. As of 2005, three fruit bat species (”Hypsignathus monstrosus”, ”Epomops franqueti”, and ”Myonycteris torquata”) have been identified as carrying the virus while remaining asymptomatic. They are believed to be a natural host species, or reservoir, of the virus.
    http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Ebola.aspx

    • tom0mason says:

      There appears to be quite a bit of argument about what is the reservoir host of ebola. And yes fruit bats are right up there as many tested bats carry the virus during all seasons but…

      Many other animals appear to carry the virus, and there may be a few animals acting as reservoirs. Monkeys and macaques carry very similar virus, as do some rodents and seemingly without any symtoms. There may well be a bird version – who knows?
      And it also infects pigs. And pigs infections often cross mutate to/with human versions.
      The insect born infection route has not been wholey ruled out.
      http://web.stanford.edu/group/virus/filo/insects.html
      So much to learn so little time, eh?

        • Gail Combs says:

          Thanks Tom,

          I wonder just how many of those bats migrate…

        • tom0mason says:

          From the link is this –

          Interestingly, the map demonstrates a very wide potential reservoir host distribution across much of South and Southeast Asia and Oceania, which includes several additional fruit bat species in the Pteropodidae family not described above. Moreover, REBOV has been found extensively in monkeys and domestic pigs in the Philippines, though no human infections have yet been observed.

          CDC know about this route as some moneys came in to the US from the Philippines about 5 years ago and again about 2 years ago. That has caused the US to impose stricter and more expensive testing method for live imported animal from the region. That will stop illigal imports eh?

    • ozspeaksup says:

      sth america has versions of ebola lassa etc in bats, supposedly
      more than one nation has strains
      reston ebola came from the phillipines and is a non human killing version..so far:-)
      then the amazingly unusual appearance of Hendra in aus in bats they reckon
      same time Nipah appeared in asia and curiously in mid east where no pigs (blamed for asian outbreak via bats) were kept.
      nipah hendra ebola and marburg all similar

  18. Gail Combs says:

    mjc says:
    “This is close to topping Clinton on the EVIL and NINCOMPOOPERY meters.”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    And that really takes a lot of effort. I didn’t think you could find a worse Tr@!t0r than Ole’ Bill, but the DemiRats really out did themselves with OBummer.

  19. Gail Combs says:

    By Dr Alexander van Tulleken, Humanitarian medicine expert and senior fellow at Fordham University

    7:00AM BST 31 Jul 2014
    The infection spreads readily and is found in all bodily fluids so patients and the bodies of the deceased have to be isolated. The virus itself is so dangerous that it can only be researched in Biosafety Level 4 facilities, meaning that there are only a handful of laboratories worldwide that can deal with it. These labs have airlocks, isolated water supplies and staff wear positive-pressure protective suits. It is also considered “weaponiseable” by the US Department of Defense: it is a Class A Bioterrorism Agent.

    it has now made the leap, on an aeroplane, to Lagos in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous city, inside a 40 year-old Liberian civil servant, who was sick on arrival and died only a few days later. Authorities are monitoring a total of 59 people who were in contact with Sawyer, including airport contacts, the Lagos state health ministry said. The hospital where he died has been shut down and quarantined.
    [UPDATE:]

    After the first patient — a dying Liberian-American — flew into lagos on July 20, Ebola spread to 20 other people there and in a smaller city, Port Harcourt….

    ..local health workers paid 18,500 face-to-face visits to repeatedly take the temperatures of nearly 900 people who had contact with them. The last confirmed case was detected Aug.31 and virtually all contacts have passed the 21-day incubation period…
    link

    The current epidemic began in March this year in Northern Guinea and then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has now made the leap to Lagos. This outbreak is huge by Ebola standards: it has infected over 1,000 people, where as all the previous epidemics combined recorded only 2,300 infections. And in this epidemic over half of the people who have been infected have died….

    It has three problems as a virus: it kills its victims too quickly and infected people are extremely symptomatic. So unlike, for example, HIV or tuberculosis infections, where people can be contagious but asymptomatic for years, thus infecting many others, it’s easy to steer clear of people with Ebola.

    Secondly it’s actually not that contagious. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian man who brought Ebola to Lagos, doesn’t seem to have infected anyone else – despite being extremely unwell on a crowded plane.

    But we can’t afford to relax….

    This Ebola epidemic isn’t going to come to Europe but its spread and death toll is a warning that we aren’t prepared for diseases that could.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/10996512/Ebola-is-terrifying-and-proves-how-unprepared-we-are-for-epidemics.html

  20. ozspeaksup says:

    a radio report I heard said the mid east WAS banning mecca pilgrims from african areas with ebola
    however they can lie cant they?
    same as this fella probably did declaring he was healthy

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