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01-04-2014, 07:20 AM
Ebola outbreak in Guinea (Oh Shit!)
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/health/afr...homepage-t

Latest outbreak of Ebola Zaire in Guinea with 89 deaths and spreading.

For those who don't understand why they should be scared, please read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston and then rejoin the discussion.

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01-04-2014, 07:27 AM
RE: Ebola outbreak in Guinea (Oh Shit!)
(01-04-2014 07:20 AM)Carlo_The_Bugsmasher_Driver Wrote:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/health/afr...homepage-t

Latest outbreak of Ebola Zaire in Guinea with 89 deaths and spreading.

For those who don't understand why they should be scared, please read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston and then rejoin the discussion.

I saw that. They thought there was a case in Canada, that turns out to be a false alarm. But with air travel the way it is, it's only a matter of time until it "gets out".
http://americablog.com/2014/04/recent-eb...anada.html

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01-04-2014, 07:36 AM
RE: Ebola outbreak in Guinea (Oh Shit!)
Hot Zone-- that book scared the hell out of me. Shocking

1 flight from there to a major airport and we're all done.

wonder if we could make bombs filled with Lysol ?Consider and would it work?


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01-04-2014, 04:46 PM
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(01-04-2014 07:36 AM)Bows and Arrows Wrote:  Hot Zone-- that book scared the hell out of me. Shocking

1 flight from there to a major airport and we're all done.

wonder if we could make bombs filled with Lysol ?Consider and would it work?

Scared you? The monkey house with the Reston Virus is in my area. Gasp

Only reason we ain't all dead already is it's so lethal it burns itself out quickly. But only if it can be contained and localized. As long as no one gets on a plane.

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01-04-2014, 05:35 PM
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Well that's my stomach upset for the night...

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01-04-2014, 06:00 PM
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that's it.....lock down the airports, ports and roads in Africa....no one gets in....no one gets out. quarantine the whole damn continent.


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01-04-2014, 06:02 PM
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Theres a thought I didnt need for the evening. Thanks guys. *orders a hazmat suit*
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02-04-2014, 02:14 PM
RE: Ebola outbreak in Guinea (Oh Shit!)
This is from BBC News... Seems the press just wanted to scare everyone (as usual).

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea 'limited'
April 1, 2014 19:15

Guinea has so far found 127 suspected cases of Ebola since January
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, West Africa, remains in a "limited geographic area", the World Health Organization has said.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said it was neither an epidemic, nor unprecedented.

But medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said its spread makes it very difficult to control.

The WHO says 83 people in Guinea have died in suspected cases of Ebola, which is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its victims.

It has now spread to neighbouring Liberia, as well as Guinea's capital, Conakry, which has a population of two million people.

Liberia has recorded a total of seven suspected and confirmed cases, including four deaths.

Outbreaks of Ebola occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests, the WHO says.

'Unprecedented'

"We need to be very careful about how we characterise something which is up to now an outbreak with sporadic cases," Mr Hartl told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WHO says the epidemiology of this outbreak is the same as previous outbreaks and remains localised, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.

The organisation adds that cases in Conakry and Liberia can be traced to the south-east of Guinea where the outbreak began.

On Monday, MSF described the outbreak as "unprecedented".

"We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases," said Mariano Lugli, a co-ordinator in Guinea for the medical charity.

"This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organisations working to control the epidemic."

The outbreak of Ebola had centred around Guinea's remote south-eastern region of Nzerekore but it took the authorities six weeks to identify the disease.


Guinea has so far confirmed 122 cases of Ebola since January.

Liberia's Health Minister, Walter Gwenigale, on Monday warned people to stop having sex because the virus was spread via bodily fluids.

This was in addition to existing advice to stop shaking hands and kissing.

Sierra Leone has also reported five suspected cases, none of which have yet been confirmed, while Senegal, which also borders Guinea, has closed its land border.

Saudi Arabia suspended visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday, in a sign of the growing unease about the outbreak

The "preventive" measure came at the request of the Saudi health ministry "due to the danger of the disease and its highly contagious" nature, state news agency SPA reported.

The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

BBC 2014

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08-04-2014, 12:45 PM
RE: Ebola outbreak in Guinea (Oh Shit!)
(02-04-2014 02:14 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  This is from BBC News... Seems the press just wanted to scare everyone (as usual).

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea 'limited'
April 1, 2014 19:15

Guinea has so far found 127 suspected cases of Ebola since January
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, West Africa, remains in a "limited geographic area", the World Health Organization has said.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said it was neither an epidemic, nor unprecedented.

But medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said its spread makes it very difficult to control.

The WHO says 83 people in Guinea have died in suspected cases of Ebola, which is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its victims.

It has now spread to neighbouring Liberia, as well as Guinea's capital, Conakry, which has a population of two million people.

Liberia has recorded a total of seven suspected and confirmed cases, including four deaths.

Outbreaks of Ebola occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests, the WHO says.

'Unprecedented'

"We need to be very careful about how we characterise something which is up to now an outbreak with sporadic cases," Mr Hartl told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WHO says the epidemiology of this outbreak is the same as previous outbreaks and remains localised, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.

The organisation adds that cases in Conakry and Liberia can be traced to the south-east of Guinea where the outbreak began.

On Monday, MSF described the outbreak as "unprecedented".

"We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases," said Mariano Lugli, a co-ordinator in Guinea for the medical charity.

"This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organisations working to control the epidemic."

The outbreak of Ebola had centred around Guinea's remote south-eastern region of Nzerekore but it took the authorities six weeks to identify the disease.


Guinea has so far confirmed 122 cases of Ebola since January.

Liberia's Health Minister, Walter Gwenigale, on Monday warned people to stop having sex because the virus was spread via bodily fluids.

This was in addition to existing advice to stop shaking hands and kissing.

Sierra Leone has also reported five suspected cases, none of which have yet been confirmed, while Senegal, which also borders Guinea, has closed its land border.

Saudi Arabia suspended visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday, in a sign of the growing unease about the outbreak

The "preventive" measure came at the request of the Saudi health ministry "due to the danger of the disease and its highly contagious" nature, state news agency SPA reported.

The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

BBC 2014

The BBC is apparently singing a different tune today.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26941698


8 April 2014 Last updated at 12:54 ET

Ebola outbreak 'most challenging' as Guinea deaths pass 100
The number of people believed to have been killed by the Ebola virus in Guinea has passed 100, the UN World Health Organization says.

It was "one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever dealt with" and could take another four months to contain, the WHO said.

The virus had now killed 101 people in Guinea and 10 in Liberia, it said.

Ebola is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its victims.

Many West African states have porous borders, and people travel frequently between countries.

'High alert'

Southern Guinea is at the epicentre of the outbreak, with the first case reported last month.

The geographical spread of the outbreak is continuing to make it particularly challenging to contain - past outbreaks have involved much smaller areas.

"We fully expect to be engaged in this outbreak for the next two to three to four months before we are comfortable that we are through it," Keija Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general, said at a news briefing in Geneva, Reuters news agency reports.

The WHO said 157 suspected cases had been recorded in Guinea, including 20 in the capital, Conakry.

Sixty-seven of the cases have been confirmed as Ebola, it added.

In neighbouring Liberia, 21 cases had been reported, with five confirmed as Ebola, WHO said.

Mali had reported nine suspected cases, but medical tests done so far showed that two of them did not have Ebola, it said.

Last week, Mali said it was on high alert because of fears of an outbreak of Ebola and it would tighten border controls.

Saudi Arabia has suspended visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia, in a sign of the growing unease about the outbreak.

This is the first known outbreak in Guinea - most recent cases have been thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola.

The tropical virus leads to haemorrhagic fever, causing muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in severe cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

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13-04-2014, 09:10 PM
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(08-04-2014 12:45 PM)Carlo_The_Bugsmasher_Driver Wrote:  There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola.

Help is on the way, courtesy of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. I'm proud to share a city with these researchers, and oddly enough I feel safer with a Level 4 virology lab in the neighbourhood, so to speak. We also have some great infectious disease specialists at the local hospitals.

Can't fault Saudi Arabia one bit for suspending pilgrims' visas. They're already having problems with cases of MERS, so an outbreak of Ebola at the Hajj (with over 2 million people in close proximity) could potentially kill hundreds of thousands of people.
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