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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue May 15, 2018 11:11 pm

Well at least there's a vaccine for it now, so hopefully this outbreak can be nipped in the bud, although it depends on whether it's safe for aid workers to enter the affected areas. This being DR Congo I don't know about that.
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Post by Doctor X » Wed May 16, 2018 4:48 am

I, for one, find it sad that so many People of Color[Tm.--Ed.] will risk getting the autisms when there are many other alternatives such as acupuncture, Reiki, prayer, Qi Gong, and Robitussin.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Witness » Fri May 18, 2018 2:25 am

The Telegraph wrote:WHO fears 'explosive increase' in new Ebola cases as outbreak moves to city

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread from the countryside to a major city of 1.2m inhabitants, prompting fears of a full blown health emergency.

A UK rapid response team, comprising doctors, nurses and other public health experts, is expected to be deployed to the region in the next 48 hours by Public Health England (PHE) as part of an international effort to contain the deadly haemorrhagic disease.

The outbreak was first reported on May 8 in the remote rural area of Bikoro in the north west of the country. Now three cases, one of which has been laboratory confirmed, have been reported in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of more than one million people, with poor sanitation and sparse healthcare facilities.

The latest official figures suggest at least 44 people have been infected and 23 have died since the outbreak started, although experts fear many more cases may have gone unreported.
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Post by shemp » Sat May 19, 2018 4:55 pm

Doctor X wrote:I, for one, find it sad that so many People of Color[Tm.--Ed.] will risk getting the autisms when there are many other alternatives such as acupuncture, Reiki, prayer, Qi Gong, and Robitussin.

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Post by Doctor X » Sat May 19, 2018 5:00 pm

Homeopathic ipecac!

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Rob Lister » Wed May 23, 2018 1:29 pm

Doctor X wrote:I, for one, find it sad that so many People of Color[Tm.--Ed.] will risk getting the autisms when there are many other alternatives such as acupuncture, Reiki, prayer, Qi Gong, and Robitussin.

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Health workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have run into an invisible but powerful hurdle — a belief system that deems the disease to be a curse or the result of evil spirits.

Some people are refusing medical care and turn instead to preachers and prayers to chase away the threat, they say.

The pastor of an evangelical church last Wednesday died several days after he “prayed” for an Ebola victim who went to him for help, a doctor said.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa ... ical-care/

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Post by sparks » Wed May 23, 2018 5:59 pm

Prayer works after all it seems. Just not the way the petitioners thought it would.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed May 23, 2018 10:14 pm

See that? Praying to the wrong God. :evil:

Or the wrong way to the right God. :notsure:
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by sparks » Thu May 24, 2018 5:21 pm

There's an app for that.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:11 am

Seems to have dropped out of the news for the most part. Here's the most recent story I could find:

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory ... d-55886179
At least 38 Ebola cases, including 14 deaths, have been confirmed in what is Congo's ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was first identified more than four decades ago. Officials have said the pace of new confirmed cases has slowed, with none in Mbandaka since May 17. Efforts are shifting to more remote areas, where most of the cases have been confirmed, to contain the outbreak.

This outbreak is a major test of an Ebola vaccine that for the first time is being used at the start of an epidemic after showing promise late in the West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.
Sounds like it is being effectively contained.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Doctor X » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:44 am

A shill for Big Pharma [Tm.--Ed.] I see, Anax.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sat May 04, 2019 5:25 am

Too bad there's not a vaccine for stupidity.

The Doctor Killed In Friday's Ebola Attack Was Dedicated — But Also Afraid
The witnesses told him that the attackers said, "Ebola doesn't exist! ... [You've] invented the disease."

That fits into a larger pattern of community distrust that has plagued Ebola responders since the outbreak was declared last August. There have been years of armed conflict in the outbreak zone. Dozens of armed groups are active in the area. And many citizens feel victimized by the government. So they're suspicious of authorities and, by extension, health workers.
If they're going to do this, they really need armed guards at all times.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Doctor X » Sat May 04, 2019 7:19 am

I would respond, "or their attackers need to die."

But it is never the Cunts who die. It is all of the innocent bystanders.

Maybe they should kill the Cunts.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Skeeve » Mon May 20, 2019 6:40 pm

Some not so good news...

UN health chief warns of ‘very high’ risk of Ebola spread
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. health agency says the risk that the Ebola virus will spread remains “very high.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking Monday at the start of the World Health Organization’s annual assembly, where issues like anti-microbial resistance, universal health care and WHO reform are among the topics up for discussion.

Ghebreyesus noted that the current Ebola outbreak, which is the second deadliest on record and has been confirmed to have taken nearly 1,100 lives, is so far contained to two provinces of eastern Congo that are wracked by violence by armed groups.

He said the outbreak was “one of the most complex health emergencies any of us have ever faced.”

Ebola Containment Efforts in DRC Threatened by Insecurity, Underfunding
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warns the Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to urban areas and across international borders because of heightened insecurity and a serious shortage of money. DR Congo Ministry of Health reports 1,739 cases of Ebola, including 1,147 deaths, which indicates a 66 percent fatality rate.

The Ebola epidemic in conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces started 40 weeks ago on August 1. What is particularly frightening about the latest situation report is that 20 percent of overall cases have occurred in just the last three weeks.
The International Red Cross Federation finds this sharp upsurge alarming. It is urging the international community to redouble its efforts to contain this deadly virus before it escalates further.

The IFRC’s Director of Health and Care, Emanuele Capobianco, says the Ebola response faces a double jeopardy of insecurity and critical underfunding. He says the security situation is complex and will require a range of responses. But he notes the funding situation could be fixed now.

“At the moment, the financial situation for many of the humanitarian organizations is quite dire," he said. "There is a real need to step up the response. Otherwise, activities will have to be scaled down and the impact on the future of the epidemic will be extremely serious.”

People who get infected with the Ebola virus have a very high risk of dying. Studies from the 2014 historic outbreak in West Africa show that between 60 and 80 percent of Ebola cases were linked to Ebola-infected bodies at traditional burials.

Capobianco says Red Cross efforts to provide communities with safe and dignified burials are meeting with increasing success.

“Up to now, there have been up to 5,000 safe and dignified burials conducted and they are conducted for, as I mentioned before, the people who died either in the community or the Ebola treatment centers of Ebola confirmed," he said. Also, for people who may be just suspected of Ebola. And, that is why the number of 5,000 is so high. That is a critical part of the work that we have done and which, at the moment is threatened by the lack of funding.”

Capobianco says the Red Cross has received less than half of the $30 million it needs to carry out its Ebola-control activities across affected parts of DR Congo, as well as preparedness efforts in neighboring Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.

He warns Red Cross operations will be forced to close within the next two weeks without additional urgent investment.
One would think this is something that should be funded....
UPDATE (anyone remember this?): Woman spread Ebola virus one year after infection, doctors say
LONDON (AP) — A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday.
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The rare possibility of Ebola spreading long after infection highlights the importance of monitoring survivors, especially with the imminent end of the most recent flare-up of the disease in Congo. That country’s latest outbreak, announced in May, has so far recorded 38 confirmed cases, including 14 deaths. It is due to be declared contained on Wednesday, which will mark 42 days, or two incubation periods, since the last case was recorded.
“The Ebola virus hides in places where it can escape the antibodies from a body’s immune system, so there is a need for vigilance,” said Dr. David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not linked to the new research.

The unusual cluster of cases in Liberia was identified after the woman’s 15-year-old son was diagnosed with Ebola in November 2015. Scientists then tested the rest of his family: the woman, her husband and their three younger sons.

The 15-year-old died a few days later. The father and an 8-year-old boy were positive for Ebola, but both recovered. The couple’s 5-year-old son wasn’t infected.

Doctors found Ebola antibodies in the mother, her breast milk and her 2-month-old baby, suggesting a previous infection and the possibility she passed on protection to her infant son through breastfeeding.

Researchers reported genetic similarities between the viruses taken from the father, the two boys and the strain circulating during the 2014-15 outbreak across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, which ultimately killed more than 11,000 people in the biggest Ebola epidemic in history.

Scientists discovered the woman had cared for her brother in July 2014, who died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms but before being tested for the disease. The woman later experienced a similar illness, but never sought care.

Several weeks after giving birth to a baby in September 2015, the woman developed problems including fatigue and breathing difficulties. Doctors say that because pregnancy lowers the body’s immune defenses, that may have allowed for the Ebola virus to re-emerge.

“The suspicious illness she had following delivery may have been a re-activation of Ebola, but we have no confirmatory tests,” said Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo, who led the Ebola response in Liberia for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the study’s lead author.

Dokubo said it was possible the woman infected her husband and two older sons with Ebola when they took care of her — the disease is normally spread through contact with an infected patient’s blood or other bodily fluids. The case report was published online Monday in the journal Lancet.

“There isn’t complete evidence to reconstruct what happened, but this is the most likely scenario,” said Lorenzo Subissi, an epidemiologist at Sciensano, a Belgian research institute, who was not part of the study.

Dokubo said such cases of Ebola re-emergence are exceptional, with only two reported instances: a Scottish nurse who developed meningitis caused by Ebola hidden in her brain and an American physician who had lingering virus in his eye. In those two cases, the virus did not spread any further.

“We don’t want there to be a sense of complacency with people thinking that just because the outbreak is over, there’s nothing more to be done,” Dokubo said. “There is a risk of viral persistence and people should seek care immediately so that we can pick up any suspicious cases right away and stop a larger outbreak.”
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Post by Skeeve » Wed May 22, 2019 12:54 am

Apologies if this has been posted before, from National Geographic.
The world's second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging.
An Ebola epidemic thundering through heavily populated provinces in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has sickened more than 110 people in the past week—despite the efforts of specialist medical teams, an effective vaccine, and new treatments that are being tested in the region.
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In this outbreak, the virus appears to be infecting an unusually high number of children and killing a large percentage of people before they’ve sought or received treatment in Ebola centers staffed by local and international aid workers. Now, teams trying to track the spread of the disease are finding fresh cases with no obvious connection to previous patients, leading some health specialists to worry that the end of this epidemic is nowhere in sight.
That also implies, they really do not know where it started...
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“I’m not at all optimistic that the epidemic will be brought under control in the near to medium term. All the data point in the direction of an extended epidemic,” says Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University, director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health Law. “With ongoing community distrust and explosive violence, and no concrete plan to overcome these obstacles, cases will increase with potential regional or global transmission.
IOW, This may turn out to be way worse than the last time...
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by sparks » Wed May 22, 2019 1:02 am

Well, fuck.

My money was on extinction level asteroid.
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Post by Doctor X » Wed May 22, 2019 1:19 am

It burns out too quickly.

Worry more about the Spanish Inquisition Flu.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed May 22, 2019 5:25 am

There's a vaccine now, so I don't think a pandemic is a concern. However, in a place like the Congo it could spread due to political instability. The vaccine only works if you can give it to people in the affected areas.
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Post by Doctor X » Wed May 22, 2019 5:47 am

And recently international efforts to vaccinate against diseases like polio and Gram's Mom means. . . .




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Post by Skeeve » Thu May 23, 2019 1:18 pm

Interestingly enough, we could have had a very nasty event, here in :freedom:!
The Hot Zone examines "the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in primates in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army veterinarian working with a secret military SWAT team put herself in mortal peril when she tried to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone_(miniseries)

For sure, embelished and dramatized...however it IS based on a case of 400 infected monkeys, brought here to the US, and what might have happened had one gotten out into the general population of Reston VA. Premiers May 27, Nat-Geo.

The following video is narated by one of the doctors who actually participated in the real event in Reston VA, and yes, there was a day care facility 50 yards away (see video at ~ 9:44).

Dr. Jaax discusses the first outbreak of Ebola and the realities of response to infectious disease.
No where near as dramatic, but fact filled...
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