Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone has seen its first case of Ebola. An Egyptian had traveled to Freetown from Kenema when he became ill and sought treatment. It is thought, but not as yet confirmed that he made the 190 mile trip on public transport.
“The Ebola disease usually spreads to other places when suspected or confirmed cases in one community move to another, they abandon treatment centers to stay with relatives or they seek treatment outside the Ebola centers,” Said Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communications and Technology at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health. (source)
888 people have contracted the disease since February and 539 people have so far died. An emergency meeting in Ghana earlier this month discussed not only how to halt the current outbreak of Ebola, but how the disease could be prevented from escaping West Africa and spreading to other parts of the world. No firm tactics for tackling the issue have so far been made public.With 44 new cases and 21 deaths in a 48 hour period, and no travel bans in place to and from the affected areas, they need to think and think fast of how to deal with the current outbreak. If nothing is done the odds are that Ebola cases will start occurring in other parts of the world.With an incubation time of between 2 and 21 days , though most commonly 4-9 days, the disease could be in any community on the planet for a considerable time before anyone realizes it’s there. Although widely said not to be airborne at this point airborne spread did occur in 1992:
Ebola-Reston appeared in a primate research facility in Virginia, where it may have been transmitted from monkey to monkey through the air.While all Ebola virus species have displayed the ability to spread through airborne particles under research conditions, this type of spread has not been documented among humans in real-world settings. (source)
The fact that there was no direct contact between the primates seems to support the fact that Ebola-Reston at least is able to spread through the air.[...]Read the full article at: thedailysheeple.com
“We’ve noticed the people who go into your hospital don’t come out so we don’t want our family members to go in there,” he was told.While on “ground zero” of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, Canadian doctor Tim Jagatic is facing that sentiment from locals in West Africa.His team of doctors and nurses have been chased out of villages, his advice to stay away from deceased victims is brushed aside, and the survivors he’s cured of Ebola are stigmatized by their community.[...]Patients aren’t stepping forward for help. Their family members, meanwhile, are hiding them and even carrying out customary burying rituals when they’ve died. But victims are most infectious at death.“So when somebody touches that body and transfers high levels of virus from the body to themselves, makes contact with the eyes, nose or mouth, that’s how the virus is being spread,” Jagatic explained.Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is one of the most notorious viruses known to mankind and its marked by the sudden onset of intense weakness, fever, muscle pain, sore throat and headaches.Victims’ symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, multi-system organ failure, and internal and external bleeding. In its final stages, some patients bleed from their eyes, nose, ears, mouth or rectum.“There are certainly diseases that are easier to catch than Ebola, but there are very few that are as scary,” according to Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control at Toronto’s University Health Network.Source
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