The Official Ebola Thread

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The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:24 am

I suppose it is getting big enough to warrant its own thread.

Where we stand

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I say 'we' in the 'them' sense since it seems to be mostly contained at the western tip of Africa. Logos and Nigeria suddenly appeared on the map on July 24.

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It certainly isn't spreading like wildfire but it is spreading.

Here's a tracker where one can watch the progression of the outbreak on a map.

http://healthmap.org/ebola/

So. I know that most folks here have zombie contingency plans. And many elements of those plans will apply to this. So we're probably okay for now.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:41 pm

Does it have something to do with eating fruit bats?

Yeah, I've never heard of it being a problem outside of Africa. Extremely virulent and deadly if you catch it, but not extremely contagious is my understanding.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:56 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:Does it have something to do with eating fruit bats?

Yeah, I've never heard of it being a problem outside of Africa. Extremely virulent and deadly if you catch it, but not extremely contagious is my understanding.
It requires direct contact with bodily fluids. If you get it, you involuntarily create a great deal of bodily fluids. They pretty much live in each other's bodily fluids.

Still, best to at least have an unannounced Zombie Attack drill with the family. That's a good idea regardless.

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Post by shemp » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:21 pm

I blame Obama.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by corplinx » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:17 pm

THANKS EBOLA

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Post by Doctor X » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:08 pm

Rob Lister wrote:I suppose it is getting big enough to warrant its own thread.

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Nigeria dragging its feet as usual.






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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

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Post by grayman » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:55 am

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ebola." - Sarah Palin

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Post by ed » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:50 pm

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Post by Bruce » Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:55 pm

I've noticed that traffic is getting ridiculous on the highways, airports, and theme parks, even on a regular weekday in the rain.

We could use a little more Ebola here in the US.

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Post by Pyrrho » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:20 pm


A quarantine centre for suspected Ebola patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia has been attacked and looted by protesters, police say.

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Officials said blood-stained bedding looted from the centre posed a serious infection risk.

The protesters were unhappy that patients were being brought in from other parts of the capital, the assistant health minister said.

Other reports suggested the protesters believed Ebola was a hoax and wanted to force the quarantine centre to close.

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A senior police officer said blood-stained mattresses, beddings and medical equipment were taken from the centre.

"This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life", he said.
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Post by Rob Lister » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:25 pm

"This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life"
Ebola may be a stupid fix. Let's see how it goes.

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Post by Doctor X » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:51 am

One of them got away.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:17 am

Rob Lister wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:Does it have something to do with eating fruit bats?

Yeah, I've never heard of it being a problem outside of Africa. Extremely virulent and deadly if you catch it, but not extremely contagious is my understanding.
It requires direct contact with bodily fluids. If you get it, you involuntarily create a great deal of bodily fluids. They pretty much live in each other's bodily fluids.

Still, best to at least have an unannounced Zombie Attack drill with the family. That's a good idea regardless.
By the way, the fruit bat thing is not off-base:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Natural host of Ebola virus

In Africa, fruit bats, particularly species of the genera Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti and Myonycteris torquata, are considered possible natural hosts for Ebola virus. As a result, the geographic distribution of Ebolaviruses may overlap with the range of the fruit bats.
http://www.medicaldaily.com/ebola-outbr ... ars-296754
It seems that once an outbreak has occurred, health workers educate many in the area of outbreak, teaching them to avoid contact with infected others and this contains the spread and prevents future outbreaks, to a certain extent. Yet, when the Ebola virus goes into hiding, it continues to lurk in what is known as a natural reservoir, in this case, the fruit bat. In fact, recent studies have shown three species of fruit bats carried the infection in their bodies without symptoms. Since fruit bats are commonly eaten by people in central Africa, where protein is scarce, scientists believe this may be the root cause of the illness. In fact, the virus causing Marburg — a form of hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola — commonly hides within bats.
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Post by Rob Lister » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:29 pm

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(Newser) – Ebola cases in West Africa could multiply sixfold, affecting up to 20,000 as the virus "continues to accelerate," the World Health Organization said today, per Reuters. Some 1,552 people have now died out of the 3,069 cases reported—though the actual number of cases could be four times that amount, the AP reports. "More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days," the UN health agency said, noting an "unprecedented" number of health workers have been hit. The latest figures do not include cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a different strain of Ebola is wrecking havoc.
http://www.newser.com/story/193124/un-w ... cases.html

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Post by SkepticalSemite » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:40 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:Does it have something to do with eating fruit bats?

Yeah, I've never heard of it being a problem outside of Africa. Extremely virulent and deadly if you catch it, but not extremely contagious is my understanding.
Correct. Primary sources on Ebola information state that it is only spread via direct contact with bodily fluids. It wasn't made clear if large droplets could pose a risk... but here is the article anyway;
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

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Post by Rob Lister » Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:40 pm

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Senagal and Congo have decided to join the party. Sierra Leone is in quarantine lock down: everyone confined to their home.

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Post by Rob Lister » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:44 pm

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wow. Liberia is getting bad.

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Post by ed » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:40 pm

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:08 pm

ed wrote:need graphs
eh? no thanks. seems like a lot of work.