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Following First Ebola Death Nigeria "On Red Alert", Deploys Specialists To Airports For Containment

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Shortly after our report yesterday that the Liberian man suspected of carrying the Ebola virus has died while quarantined in Nigeria, the local health ministry confirmed that he was indeed the first confirmed Ebola death in the Nigerian city of Lagos, which with a population of roughly 20 million, is the largest city in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The victim, who worked for the Liberian government, collapsed at Lagos international airport after arriving on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital Lome on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian government. And now the "red alert" scramble begins in Nigeria, with a population fo 170 million, to isolate who else the deceased may have come in contact with.

Citing the health ministry AFP reports that he did not come into contact with the public in Lagos other than health workers before being isolated at the hospital, although it is not quite clear just how Nigeria made that conclusion so rapidly. Perhaps it too has seen YouTube clips confirming its own line of propaganda beyond any doubt?

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that efforts were being made to track down people the victim may have come into contact with on his journey from the Liberian capital.

"Contact tracing under way -- Liberia, Nigeria, Togo. WHO deployed staff to Nigeria to help w/ this & safe handling of remains," the global health body's African region said on its Twitter account @WHOAFRO.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu had previously said all passengers who travelled with the victim on the Togo-based carrier ASKY from Lome had been traced.

But in case this latest instance of propaganda meant to avoid a panic ends up being merely the latest lie, Nigeria is already preparing for plan B: "an emergency operations centre has been set up, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and all hospitals have been equipped to handle emergencies and suspected cases, the minister added."

And while borders have not yet been closed, health specialists have been deployed to all sea ports and international airports to identify any passengers displaying symptoms associated with Ebola.

Needless to say, while Nigeria may hope that a countrywide quarantine is possible and could well be the next step, it would merely make the resulting panic from an epidemic that has claimed nearly 700 people far worse.

In Lagos, Yewande Adeshina, the special adviser on public health to the Lagos State governor, said: "We have taken delivery of 30 personal protective equipment (sets) from the federal ministry of health and they have promised to give an additional 220 for our medical personnel to protect them from any risks... "We are also reaching out to private clinics, hospitals and health facilities in the state to promptly report any suspected case to the authorities."

 

Information Minister Labaran Maku said a radio and television public awareness campaign about Ebola has been running for several months on state media and would continue. Spread by close contact with an infected person through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and tissue, it can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea -- and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

 

Ebola's arrival in Lagos has prompted fears of its spread, since the overcrowded megacity is a regional and international transport hub and a base for many foreign multinationals with offices in Africa's largest economy.

As noted above, at this point now that the worst outcome has been confirmed it is all about containment:

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said tracing people who have been in contact with an infected person was key in both rural and urban areas, although that may prove more complicated in cities.

 

"When there is an outbreak, it is important to see whom the people have been in contact with and follow them for 21 days," he said by phone from Sierra Leone.

 

One of Britain's leading virologists said while Ebola's arrival in Lagos was "certainly not welcome", Lagos' more developed public health care infrastructure and accessible population compared to affected rural areas could work in its favour.

 

"The important thing to remember is that Ebola is not a virus that transmits easily, for example, by respiratory droplets. There has to be very close or physical contact," Professor Ian Jones told AFP in an email exchange.

 

"If this is prevented the outbreak can be stopped in its tracks. In this regard the authorities' statement that all contacts have been traced and quarantined is very reassuring," said Jones, from the University of Reading, west of London.

Indeed, "authorities' statements" that "everything is contained" are taking place with increasing regulatory in the past decade. Sadly, virtually every time they end up being a lie. Hopefully this time it's different.

In the meantime, we wonder just how the government of Sierra Leone will spin its own Ebola crisis, following the report from yesterday that an Ebola patient was broken out of hospital by her family and is now loose in the city of one million.

Finally, here is the latest summary of Ebola deaths and cases in West Africa from the WHO:

 

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Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:10 | 5007207 firstdivision
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According to Keynes, Gaza's economy is boooooming.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:26 | 5007252 Publicus
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Checkmate, humans.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:46 | 5007304 TeamDepends
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You obviously have not seen World War Z. Brad Pitt (UN) will save us.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:51 | 5007317 Fish Gone Bad
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While Brad Pitt is a fine actor, ebola does not turn people into zombies, it actually melts people into a bag of goo. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:59 | 5007338 Pure Evil
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Seriously, Nigeria has 170 million inhabitants?

That's seriously fucked up right there.

No wonder there's so many Nigerian princes with millions in a bank account needing help being extracted.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:00 | 5007340 Fish Gone Bad
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This was kinda covered in Fish Gone Bad's The Worst Flu Ever: http://www.fishgonebad.com/Stories/The_Flu/Flu0.htm

Yes, it is childish, amateurish, perhaps even stupid, but it is apparently still pretty funny.  Enjoy

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:24 | 5007386 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Far more people die on the roads in this country every year, than ebola has killed in Nigeria in a year.  IIRC, about 40,000 people a year die in highway accidents in the US.  Seems every thime there is an ebola flare up, a few hundred or a few thousand die, but its never a few million.  Maybe this time is different.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:31 | 5007408 Herd Redirectio...
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The top comment from the last Ebola thread:

"Start drinking Sterno (Inferno), Bitchez!"

I claim no credit.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:41 | 5007434 Son of Loki
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Gee, I'm not going near those emails from the Nigerian Bankers any more.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:57 | 5008193 7.62x54r
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Read the email! Help another diseased Nigerian fly to the US!

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 14:07 | 5009950 maskone909
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EBOLA: the ultimate krugmanite gdp booster. Fuck my life.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:54 | 5007475 toady
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And Lagos is the 4th largest city on earth? 40 million+? That's gotta be one steaming pile of shit.

Learn something new every day.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:03 | 5007512 DeadFred
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Just try to get your mind around being in a hazmat suit in Lagos in July. That and the idea of tracking down the contacts of a guy who collapsed in the middle of an airport... Of course these are the guys who think I'm going to wire them my account numbers so I can get those millions from my long lost relative.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:56 | 5008191 7.62x54r
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I wonder how many of them can buy plane tickets? Probably every one who has access to an internet cafe.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:27 | 5007580 Sudden Debt
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If you want to get rich in the next 2 decades, Lagos is the place to be as it's the new economic prodidgy city of the world.
Nigeria is the hub for mining transports, it has oil and there's plenty of factories being build. And they're also the most sound people of Africa.
If ever the west would crumble, lagos is a good place to restart.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:53 | 5007635 sushi
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If you want to get in on the ground floor the fast food fried fruit bat business is the place to start. Franchises are available in key western locations and fruit bat filet and nuggets are ready to ship. The best feature of this franchise opportunity is that you face no legal liabilties. After 21 days your customers never bother you again.

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:39 | 5008402 Money Squid
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"And they're also the most sound people of Africa."

If you are trying to be a comedian better look elsewhere. I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of people from African countries. Every person from Nigeria claimed advanced degrees and could not do a damn thing, except claim discrimination.

But, I do have this pile of money covered in black ink, and if you give me $10,000 cash I can buy a special chemical to clean it and I will give you half.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:26 | 5007727 Duffy Duck
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No way. Lagos State as a whole maybe has 20 million if you believe the state/regional government and maybe 10 million if you belief the central government.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagos_State

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:00 | 5007339 Fish Gone Bad
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Sun, 07/27/2014 - 01:19 | 5008978 Pheonyte
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More bad news. One of the American doctors has been infected:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/american-doctor-africa-tests-positive...

33 year old guy with a wife and kids :(

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:34 | 5009750 vegan
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... It melts people into a bag of deadly infectious goo.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:50 | 5007314 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not so fast, Quickdraw McGraw!  Look at the ratio of Death to Cases.

Bring it on... the world has WAY to many hungry mouths and useless humans.

p.s. Spare me the bleeding heart liberal crap.  If Ebola doesn't give a shit, nor your favorite Deity, then I don't either.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:04 | 5007348 Pure Evil
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You have to remember. If your favorite deity created the universe and planet Earth then its also responsible for creating all the bacteria and viruses that afflict all humans.

It's kinda like who's side is your deity on?

You or the virus?

On the one hand your god create you, and on the other he created nasty little bugs that can get you to Valhalla faster.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:36 | 5007422 Herd Redirectio...
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I just looked at the population chart for Nigeria, the last 25 years, and... Yeah.  Population explosion.

95 million to 170m (and counting) since 1990.  (a small protion will be immigration from neighboring countries)

Its the Bantu Expansion all over again.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:44 | 5007445 CrashisOptimistic
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This is what oil does.  It fuels food supply.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:01 | 5007503 Anusocracy
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Feed and Breed.

Fact of nature.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:51 | 5007466 centerline
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Same general story in most places.  Globalization's unintended consequence.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:04 | 5007349 Xandrino
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well give the good example, do us all a favor, fly to Liberia and take it up the tailpipe. Pretty please...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:42 | 5007292 tallen
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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR) have actually developed a drug that could potentially cure ebola (TKM-EBOLA), that's shown to cure 100% of non-human primates (Apes). But the FDA's put it on clinical hold. Go US!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:21 | 5007377 corporatewhore
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did they forget to make the check payable to someone? or even enclose it when they sent in the paperwork for approval?  graft does have its own honor system.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:03 | 5007672 Renewable Life
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Let the first case be discovered in DC and then count the minutes until that "hold" is reversed:)

Ohhhh and check the list of shareholders inside government, when it's reversed!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:19 | 5007717 Tall Tom
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They will be vaccinated and they will not care.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:17 | 5007709 Tall Tom
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If you are one of the elite's chosen then you will get the vaccine. But the goal is to depopulate the Planet.

 

Close the airports??? Hell no. Let's keep those borders open and have them infect us all.

 

Yeah team...We are all gonna die...(someday...of something...Why delay the process?)

 

If you are here then you can bet that you will not be getting that vaccine.

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:44 | 5007444 snodgrass
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Da Niggaz in da White House is probably bringing him to the US to get rid of whitey. He's already bringing spics in who are loaded with diseases. I guess that takes care of paying for the Medicare and Social Security of the baby boomers.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:56 | 5008320 zerocash
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President Madagascar! Close down the ports!

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:11 | 5007214 icanhasbailout
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Symptoms? But what about the incubation period?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:14 | 5007223 Decolat
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Right? By the time symptoms are displayed, it's kinda too late to stop contagion.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:24 | 5007225 GeorgeWKush
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It is not very difficult to prevent Ebola from spreading. It is not an airborne disease like TB, regular flue or swine flu, thus it only spread to physical human contact or contact with contaminated body fluids, and perhaps most importantly, a person with Ebola is not contagious during the incubation period (meaning you can’t get the disease from someone not showing symptoms). Though, the people of Guiney, Liberia and Nigeria live far away in impoverished villages and giant slums and have neither personal nor financial relations with the richer citizens of Europe, America or Asia and their emperors. That is why there is no cure to this disease, that is why no one apparently is able to restrain this newest Ebola outbreak and that is why the but of Kim Kardashian gets more attention in the MSM.

It seemingly didn’t matter to anyone in the west that a million or ten Africans had to die of HIV/aids during a period in which the medicine needed to quell the disease could be produced for a dollar a day. It won’t really matter to anyone in the west if a million or ten Africans were to die of Ebola either.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:25 | 5007251 uno
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lots of US offshore oil platform workers in Nigeria and Angola coming in contact with the locals and then coming back to US once a month or whatever is the shifts.  I saw/heard them in Amsterdam airport transferring from Africa when I came back from Tanzania, they seem to fill up the plane coming back to Atlanta.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:27 | 5007259 fonzannoon
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http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-25/deutsche-bank-hsbc-accused-o...

 

a preview of the PM red meat story of the day.

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:29 | 5007261 Anusocracy
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It didn't matter to the West that they banned DDT and as a consequence 110+ million needlessly died.

http://junksciencearchive.com/malaria_clock.html

In April 1972, after seven months of testimony, EPA Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney stated that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. ... The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. ... The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”*

Two months later, EPA head [and Environmental Defense Fund member/fundraiser] William Ruckelshaus - who had never attended a single day’s session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and who admittedly had not even read the transcript of the hearings - overturned Judge Sweeney’s decision. Ruckelshaus declared that DDT was a “potential human carcinogen” and banned it for virtually all uses.**

Since Ruckelshaus arbitrarily and capriciously banned DDT, an estimated 16,839,101,909 cases of malaria have caused immense suffering and poverty in the developing world.***

Of these largely avoidable cases, 113,663,937 people died.****

That exceeds one needless premature death every 12 seconds for more than three decades.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:36 | 5007274 max2205
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Andromida Strain anyone?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:54 | 5007330 Fish Gone Bad
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The wino in Andromeda Strain survived by drinking "Squeeze". 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:44 | 5007442 Herd Redirectio...
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I saw a clip of a scientist putting a teaspoon of DDT in his mouth.  No shit.

It is safe for humans (not for the entire food chain, granted).  It needs to be used in places with disease-carrying mosquitoes!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:00 | 5007499 Anusocracy
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The case they had against DDT was similar to Bush's case against Saddam's weapons of mass destruction - reliance on bogus or iffy information and ignoring everything else.

People will never learn.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:57 | 5007335 rwe2late
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 I can imagine you ladling spoonfuls of DDT onto children's breakfast cereal

as an "immunity booster".

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:51 | 5007457 Anusocracy
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Not sure about your point. Immunity booster?

People really really have to stop believing those in government.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/4264030/DDT-is-safe-just-ask-the-prof...

DDT is safe: just ask the professor who ate it for 40 years

Other chemicals are available, but they are generally less effective, shorter-acting and - most importantly for the Third World - more expensive. And DDT is extraordinarily safe for humans. Prof Kenneth Mellanby lectured on it for more than 40 years, and during each lecture he would eat a pinch.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:58 | 5007633 rwe2late
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Not sure YOUR point. Even if not directly harmful to humans, there are other ecological concerns, which you seem to blithely dismiss.

Even as to safety for humans, neither EPA nor Monsanto et al have proven trustworthy. Regardless what the prof allegedly did (with sugar powder?), it doesn't prove that it is safe for children and embryos.

 Ever increasing dosages of DDT and/or Round-up will not keep people disease-free and well-fed, any more than dictatorial militarism will keep people secure from violence.
 There is such a reality as blowback, whether environmental or social. Killing off the birds, amphibians, fish, and insects that eat mosquitoes in order to kill off mosquitoe-borne diseases hardly ends  problems. And even mosquitoes will respond by becoming resistant super-bugs negating all your extrapolated statistical imaginings.
 CAFO meat and Monsanto plants will breed disease, old and new. So long as people over-populate, pollute, and live in their own unhealthy CAFO conditions, the problems will persist despite the band-aids put over the latest symptoms.
 Fantasies about more and more militarized policing, hermetically sealing borders, and killing off all perceived "threats" from having other humans and life forms on the planet is a fantasy, and a diabolic one at that. Perverted phobias of illness, death,  and other humans have been nurtured and then followed with deluded promises of compartmentalized safety to be provided by ever increasing pesticides, herbicides, and homicides. 

 The mindset needs to be changed, and it will not come about easily. The popularized aversion to link and connect militarism and disease,  refugees and drug wars, displaced persons and  globalized trade, poisons and famines, environmental destruction and self-serving oligarchies ... is what needs change foremost.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:53 | 5008436 Anusocracy
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"Even if not directly harmful to humans"

Nice to see you ignored what I wrote. Your idiot beliefs are what are harmful to people. One Hundred ten+ million people died because of some assholes' beliefs and you spout some more asinine beliefs. Are another 110 million going to die from those beliefs?

Give it up, you people get everything wrong because your brain developed 200,000 years ago and hasn't been upgraded since.

From my readings there was no proof of the thinning of raptor's being caused by DDT. That also happens when they are malnourished. DDT puts a dent in the insect food chain.

But 110+ million deaths because some true believers believed DDT to be evil incarnate. That is definitely the action of subhumans.

I mean real animal-type subhumans.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 03:48 | 5009102 Things that go bump
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According to Joseph Stalin, "A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic."

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:19 | 5007716 dizzyfingers
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Anusocracy: My parents always sprayed me with it at our remote cottage, to keep off mosquitoes. I was 4 then, now 69 and in good health.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:06 | 5008458 Anusocracy
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Shit, I used to get up early to watch the B-36s come roaring over the horizon at a couple hundred feet spraying DDT.

What pisses me off are the subhumans who have no compunction about sacrificing the lives of over 100 million people for their goddamn fucking BELIEFS.

They are no more human than the worst murderers in history.

Which is not at all.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 05:55 | 5009170 elegance
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Cause there wasn't widespread resistance to organochlorines in Anopheles population worldwide after few years of spraying DDT. Love it when idiots comment on things they don't have a clue about. DDT ain't no silver bullet and never was. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:03 | 5008463 Anusocracy
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Glad you are in good health.

Outlive the bastards.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:09 | 5008481 Seek_Truth
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DDT nearly caused the extinction of all raptors because it causes paperthin egg shells. After the US banned DDT, the raptor population finally recovered, which is why we now commonly see bald eagles anbd other raptors. I recall that as a boy, they were nowhere to be seen.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:02 | 5007810 Things that go bump
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That may be so, but I saw my first snowy egret in the 1980s. I had no clue what it was, I'd never seen anything so exotic around here. Now, they're common and the blue heron is back too. I saw my first Canadian goose in the '80s and geese are a nuisance now. We have hawks. They like to lurk on street lights where they can swoop down on incautious rodents - keeping down the pests. I actually saw one make a kill last year. We have owls. My mother was worried one was going to carry away her miniature dachshund (barn owls are big buggers). We have bald eagles again by the river. I saw my first red-headed woodpecker about 6 years ago. None of those species of birds were evident when I was a kid in the '50s and '60s. I find myself skeptical regarding the judge's finding and wonder who paid him to so rule. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:33 | 5007269 corporatewhore
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I think the theory of not difficult to contain was appropriate to the disease as it has appeared in the past.  Killing 90% so rapidly that it resulted in a quick burnout.

However, this version is confirmed to have mutated.  Currently a kill rate of 60%.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:39 | 5007285 GeorgeWKush
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Mutation? Source please. After what I've heard this string of Ebola is not new, but rather one of the most aggressive and lethal strings.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:00 | 5007341 corporatewhore
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could be a question of semantics and if so I apologize.  It is new, however.

type in "new strain of ebola" into a search engine.  couldn't get it to transfer over for citation.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:50 | 5007382 GeorgeWKush
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It was initially thought to be a new strain I think, so you may have good reasons to believe that. However, my understanding is that this has now been refuted.

One source:

http://epidemic.bio.ed.ac.uk/ebolavirus_phylogeny

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:00 | 5007321 Urban Redneck
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"Not difficult to contain" is just medical quacks playing semantic games with jargon.

And to any medical quack to disagrees with me... have the intellectual honesty to demand that all the doctors and volunteers at MSF in West Africa be arrested and put on trail for gross negligence and crimes against humanity, or STFU.

If it actually was "Not difficult to contain" or "difficult to transmit" or whatever other bullshit passes for "honesty" when the conversation is no longer between 2 people both wearing white coats who actually speak the same language... then throwing everything they had at it would have contained it.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:07 | 5007354 corporatewhore
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I agree.  I also would like to find out what happened with Sierre Leone's Dr. Khan and if he was stuck by a needle, took off the gear improperly, used contaminated instruments examining the patient or just breathing the air through the respirator.  Too many health care workers are catching this to be laissez faire about it.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:08 | 5007357 GeorgeWKush
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Ebola is not really difficult to contain with the use of modern technology and proper health and communication infrastructure. Not compared to many, many other diseases at least. As I point out in my previous comment though, Ebola is allowed to spread because all the brave people currently trying to combat this disease is severely under equipped, which is a consequence of the fact that this part of the world has been raped continuously for the past couple of centuries and thus is extremely impoverished. The people living in West Africa don't get to know how Ebola spreads and the few doctors at the front line have to struggle with poor funding.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:48 | 5007452 Urban Redneck
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But it's not just the front line clinics or the uneducated, and Sheik Umar Khan isn't the only properly trained and outfitted doctor that "technology" has failed- the largest hospital in the capital city of Liberia has wards closed and staff fleeing. The PR officer who cannot deny the death of the chief medical practitioner isn't helping.

It's only in comparison to other diseases (and not necessarily similarly deadly diseases) that the relative level of difficulty in transmission is low. Ebola might be safe in a biosafety level 4 facility but there are only a few dozen in the world, and that's not the ivory tower environment where people actually contract or are treated for the disease.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:01 | 5007666 GeorgeWKush
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I honestly don't know why you are dragging in the largest hospital in Liberia into your argument (not so sure if the hospital you are referring to is the largest one in Liberia either). Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and even the largest hospitals there are not really functioning. Low on staff and low on equipment in facilities which are nowhere near to the standards of hospitals in the richer part of the world. It just demonstrates my point about Ebola spreading because of the dire economic condition in West Africa and the lack of outside help, not because it is extremely contagious. Ebola can spread through all Africa if efforts aren't stepped up, yes, it is that dangerous, but it will never ever be allowed to break out and kill more than a dozen people in countries like the for example US or Germany because it isn't as contagious as for example swine flu or TB.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 02:55 | 5009073 Urban Redneck
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You sound like disciple of the Barack Obama school of economics: if the State just throws enough money at a problem things must, by definition, improve...

Every country has a hospital where the Grand Poobah and his cronies go medical care. In Liberia that hospital is JFK. $20 million in the latest diagnostic, laboratory, operatory equipment from Jeff Immelt is not going to do shit to help with ebola (above some basic lab autoclaves for sterilization, which JFK and every hospital in the 3rd world already have). The necessary infrastructure and equipment for containing ebola and protecting healthcare workers is minimal (masks, gowns, and gloves), relatively inexpensive, and available at JFK, as opposed to at some facilities further down the food chain.

The next step up in equipment (taped hazmat suit and SCBA) might look good on TV, but it would not be called for unless ebola was a vesicant or easily and naturally aerosolized.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:34 | 5007417 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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The harsh truth of the matter. Well said.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:52 | 5007468 snodgrass
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There is no cure for AIDS moron so saying it could be cured for a dollar a day is a lie.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:38 | 5007598 Urban Redneck
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HIV is a useful comparison to ebola in regards to the nomenclature and obfuscation regarding ease of transmission.

TPTB say there we are relatively safe from HIV due to the difficulty of transmission unless fucking, sharing needles, or eating brushmeat/monkeys is involved.

For EMTs rubber gloves are all that's needed unless there are other considerations, then you step up to an N95 paper respirator and goggles.

In the more than 20 years since my first ALS certification for volunteer firefighting- there are only handful of EMTs I know who have contracted HIV, and this is despite the very high number of INSANE and VIOLENT people whose bodily fluids they come into contact with every day.

In the less than 20 weeks of this ebola outbreak- a higher number of healthcare workers has died from ebola out of a total infected population of less than 2000 people.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:09 | 5007691 GeorgeWKush
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Oh, come on. I said quell, as in repress, not cure, my bad if people didn't understand that because that is the wrong use on the word. And those antiretroviral drugs can be manufactured for a dollar a day (per person of course).

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:40 | 5007753 Tall Tom
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Do you have the money? The last that I read HIV is endemic over there in Africa. I read that upward of 50% of the population test positive for HIV.

 

A dollar a day per person? What is the population of Africa? One Billion??? That is One Half Billion per day. Now there are 365 days in a year...

 

That would amount to oh...$132 Billion per year if half are infected.

 

Can you shit $132 Billion per year?  Our yearly debt is $1 Trillion per year. That amounts to an additional 13 percent.

 

Our GDP is on track for a NEGATIVE this year. It is not going to be 2% even. Yet you want to allocate 13% to those in Africa when we cannot even feed ourselves?

 

That is the fuckin' MATH. Can't you use your head? We are already spending $1 Trillion that WE DO NOT HAVE to support our Corporate and Social Welfare programs over here.

 

Can you shit that Cash? Can the USA shit that Cash?

 

Print MOAR and dilute the value of the worthless piece of shit currency that we spend?

 

Another fucking Liberal who thinks that it the USA's job to save the fuckin' World.

 

Go back to HuffPo.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:58 | 5008055 GeorgeWKush
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Dude, you need to check your numbers before posting. There is currently 35 million people living with HIV, I believe that number was somewhat lower in 1997 when antiretrovirals first entered the market. And if someone had pulled their heads out of their asses a lot earlier that number would never have had to reach such heights.

Yes, yes, I know the government is fucked and they probably fuck you every day, but that is not the question, the question is; do you not consider a human life to be worth a dollar a day?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:01 | 5008206 Tall Tom
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Okay. You are right. According to wikipedia 23.5 Million in Africa are infected.

 

That still amounts to over $87.5 Billion per year.

 

We are still spending $1 Trillion per year that we DO NOT HAVE. That is our annual DEFICIT!!! We cannot take care of our own.

 

WE NEED TO CARE FOR OURSELVES FIRST.

 

That is LIBERAL CRAP. We cannot save them. We cannot afford it.

 

It is the FUCKING MATH. Do you not get it???

 

Money does not magically grow on trees. People must WORK for it. They must PRODUCE.

 

You need to look at this clip...We are on that Lifeboat, pal. It is overcrowded. Either some will live or EVERYBODY DIES.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVm2dbMdXRs

 

Watch the scene.

 

Then watch the Movie...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y_YQ_PPq-0

 

You need to watch that MOVIE. It is a TRUE FUCKED UP STORY. But that is REALITY!!! That is where we are at on this overcrowded Planet. There are not enough RESOURCES to support 7 Billion People!!!

 

We cannot even support those in OUR OWN Nation.

 

I know that it is harsh. It may be unjust.

 

But you have to evict the teneats that are not paying rent.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:50 | 5008309 eclectic syncretist
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Actually, money is made from paper, which is in turn made from trees, so in a sense money does grow on trees in our centrally federal reserve manipulated economy.  Your idealistic perception of our economy is not real, as we live under a regime in which supply and demand are largely and artificially manipulated using printed counterFIAT money.

The unfortunate reality is that the American perspective of 1957 is a part of history that is gone and isn't going to be coming back, and Africa may very well have a brighter future ahead of it economically than the US does.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:13 | 5008357 Tall Tom
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Fuck you. Miffed sats fuck you too.

 

Fucking currency is created electronically, asswipe. Actually I am headed to the Casino where I am going to deposit some of the currency which I used to wipe my ass into the Slot Machines because of your assholiness.

 

So fuck off...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:21 | 5008370 GeorgeWKush
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Making the HIV/aids example was just a way of demonstrating that the system is malfunctioning, as I assume no functioning society will let millions of people just die from diseases that can be prevented and contained at a relatively low cost. As I understand your reasoning you say those people could not have been saved because the relative cost was to high this time, which might have been the case (I do not agree to that, but that is another discussion entirely), but this supposedly too high cost would either way just underscore the fact that we are living in a malfunctioning world society. I hope you agree with that.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:03 | 5007510 Blue Vervain
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Though, the people of Guiney, Liberia and Nigeria live far away in impoverished villages and giant slums and have neither personal nor financial relations with the richer citizens of Europe, America or Asia and their emperors. That is why there is no cure to this disease,

 

That's not really the case. In the UK for the last decade my places of employment have had about 30%  staff from Nigeria (holding IT non-technical administrators and management roles). Many roles elsewhere are majority Nigerian (traffic enforcement, cleaners etc). Many of the houses on my street are occupied by Nigerians. THe staff I work with frequently travel back and forth between the UK and Nigeria. I think your guilt trip a little out of date.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:38 | 5007749 GeorgeWKush
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I see your point. But I don't see the reason to make a fuzz about it as none of the countries I listed are especially wealthy, even in African standards, and the majority of people (not all of course) still live on very low income in slums and poor villages.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:03 | 5007511 Blue Vervain
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Double post

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:17 | 5007227 marcusfenix
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can be up to a week before an infected person starts showing symptoms.

the implications that holds for containment are very disconcerting...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:26 | 5007254 Freddie
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So much scare mongering.  If Ebola was serious then US borders would be protected.  ZH still has plenty of fux who voted for this in 2008 and 2012.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:12 | 5007216 toady
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Anyone see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Remember the opening sequence?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:13 | 5007217 p00k1e
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It’s all fun and games ‘til the Zombie escapes. 

 

Have a lot of bullets to humanely put them down.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:42 | 5007293 uno
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this zombie escaped in Russia

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7bd_1406283173

and of course our own USA USA USA  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=485_1406284810

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:47 | 5007450 Herd Redirectio...
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krokodil.  Wow.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:17 | 5007228 GrinandBearit
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I told you guys the other day it would spread via the airport.  That's what is happening.

Too many people on this planet.  TPTB are going to get the population under control one way or another.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:26 | 5007256 Stares straight...
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Anyone thinking about this: why would someone "run" when diagnosed with the virus?

Unless you are Johnny Ebol-Appleseed.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:36 | 5007275 Urban Redneck
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They don't want to go to the FEMA camp that no one comes back from.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:12 | 5008086 Stares straight...
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Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Without medical care you can kiss your bloody diarrhea ass goodbye.

I guess my point is could it have been a cover story to spread the virus through other means with or without an actual person on the run.
But now the story has recently become that they have found this patient/victim who sought natural medicine. That story sounds plausible as native 3rd world peoples have a lot of faith (perhaps for good reason) in 3000+ year old knowledge.

So maybe not.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:22 | 5007856 Tall Tom
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GrinandBearit...

 

Watch this clip. We have a Full House and the tenants that cannot pay the rent must be evicted.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVm2dbMdXRs

 

The entire movie is a microcosm about what it is that will happen.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y_YQ_PPq-0

 

i am aghast. But it will be done as it is Human Nature.

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:19 | 5007235 Winston Churchill
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Glad we have another expert telling us that"its all contained".

Just as Benspankme,the expert economist, was so right about sub prime "being contained".

Oh shit.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:19 | 5007236 Reaper
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If they have to follow them for 21 days to find symptoms, how'll the specialist screeners at airports detect them, if the exposure was less than 21 days earlier?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:51 | 5007465 Herd Redirectio...
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You only become contagious once you start showing symptoms.

It takes a while to incubate.  Once you start showing, its well into the incubation phase.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:19 | 5007238 luckystars
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Police use tear gas to disperse crowds attacking Ebola bioweapons lab

Local people in Kenema rioted and attacked the Ebola hospital lab, funded by George Soros, Bill Gates and the Pentagon.

The mainstream media and local Sierra Leone police chief claim that a nurse who had warned locals that the lab was putting Ebola in circulation was “mentally ill”. That, though the country’s health ministry announced on its own facebook page that the lab was to be closed, Tulane University was to stop testing for Ebola, the CDC was required to deliver an official report on the lab’s activities and the CDC and WHO’s own documents state that Ebola comes from hospitals.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-25/sierra-leone-police-use-tear-gas-to-curb-ebola-related-riot.html

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:29 | 5007266 Freddie
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Africa has untold wealth. Soros, Gates, Chinese Zio gang and the NWO just need to get rid of a lot of Africans to vacuum the riches up.   The new Cecil Rhodes/Oppenheimer gang.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:20 | 5007239 Payne
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All Hamas needs to do is get some of these people into Israel, scary.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:24 | 5007246 icanhasbailout
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Oh and hey, why should Africa have all the fun? We have a loose "severe and contagious" TB patient.

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/07/24/search-on-in-stockton-for-home...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:53 | 5007326 luckystars
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I read he is an illegal from Mexico.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:13 | 5007363 Skip
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https://www.vdare.com/posts/tb-and-immigration-in-sacramento

Also what the 6x underwear "children" have brought from Central America is full of goodies:

Cabrea told Fox New host Martha MacCallum Monday that “it’s very difficult for our agents.”

“Coming off the long journey they [children] have been subjected to and then the diseases some agents are contracting,” he said. “We had one get bacterial pneumonia a couple days ago. A lot of our guys are coming down with scabies or lice from these people.”

The union leader expressed concern that diseases they have not “seen in decades” will spread throughout the U.S.

“The border patrol is trying to play catch up and we’re having a lot of diseases coming in and some we haven’t seen in decades and we are worried they will spread throughout the United States especially if they are being released and have the disease,” he said.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:25 | 5007250 Dubaibanker
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HOT NEWS...The patient in Sierra Leone has turned herself in.

Amadu Sisi, senior doctor at King Harman hospital, where the patient originally escaped from, said on Saturday that she had been turned in after seeking refuge in the house of a traditional healer.

"Because of media and police pressure they decided to give her up. Maybe they are now convinced it is Ebola," he said. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Stephen Powell)

http://www.trust.org/item/20140726160952-f3p5c/

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:37 | 5007281 Pheonyte
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I guess the witch doctor lost his mojo.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:39 | 5007430 Winston Churchill
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Would not  give her credit probably, but seriously.

I actually used a witch doctor once.She cured an infection in my foot(gas gangrene from a coral cut),

that western medicine couldn't seem to touch. Payment upfront was standard.

Same here in the US really , with a sharper focus on payment than on the results.

Also she was far cheaper.No hospital,and  only three house calls.

Don't knock it ,unless you've tried it. We have forgotten cures, and reinvented  partial cures for things,

 instead of using what they have known to work  for centuries.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:54 | 5007479 Herd Redirectio...
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I think there's certain things SOME of them know.

I like how the term witch doctor is now not PC: traditional healer!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:21 | 5007344 Dubaibanker
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I think the Govts are fumbling every bit of information to obfuscate the reality.

The patient mentioned in your link is from Bombali district, however, the one who made headlines was from Freetown. This is how I see it. Your link is dated 25th and talks of death on 24th evening. My link is today, 26 Jul, just 1 hour old. But...Who knows what is the truth? 

Another disaster is unfolding as we speak in India where 'brain fever' or Encephalitis is the latest rage...

India battles to contain "brain fever" as death toll approaches 570

To be fair...to India....570 dead does not even count in India...it is not a disaster or a worry for any PM or Health Minister to say or do anything unless it reaches 10,000 or more....they are probably happy that they have a few hundred less to worry about.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:55 | 5007641 Cthonic
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Yes you are right.  Posted it to demonstrate that persons avoiding/fleeing isolation is not an uncommon situation, as well as just how understated the official death toll may be.  In this case the confirmed carrier fleeing isolation died, and while seven of their contacts are found dead, they are not included in the statistics.

Encephalitis strikes every monsoon season, when it is impossible to control mosquitoes. Bengal is planning a vaccination campaign in one of their hardest hit areas.  There are vaccines for a couple of strains of the virus that cause Japanese encephalitis, but there are other viruses involved.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:38 | 5007280 max2205
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170 million?   There's too damn many people on earth

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:57 | 5007333 Max UK
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I seriously doubt that Nigeria has 170m people, or even 100m.

I heard somewhere that political power in Nigeria depends somewhat on the size of the constituency that you represent, and likewise for the share of power enjoyed by the regions. The possibility of exaggerating the local population stats by region or constituency, is milked and then some.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:40 | 5007288 world_debt_slave
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beam me up scotty!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:41 | 5007289 americanspirit
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Capture escaped Ebola patient.

Remove blood from said patient.

Mix blood with carrier solution and load into crop sprayng aircraft.

Spray areas where Boko Haram is known to hide.

Seal off the areas and wait a few weeks.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:47 | 5007310 atthelake
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Unintended consequences.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:42 | 5007294 SpanishGoop
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He arrived in an airplain but didn't get in contact with other people.

Private plain or somebody doesn't know how traveling by plain works.

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:45 | 5007302 atthelake
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Some articles says droplets CAN pass Ebola nd some articles say droplets CANNOT pass Ebola. When there seems to be a conflict it's, probably, safest to assume the worst.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:59 | 5007492 yellencrash
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What doesn't fit to me is how the doctor and nurses who contracted it did so when they wore protective suits. If they couldn't avoid catching it, how can it be said that it's not spreadable by respiratory droplets and how do they say it's so difficult to contract? Not sure I buy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:41 | 5007760 dizzyfingers
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atthelake: Ebola is a virus. Virus is much smaller than bacteria. If Ebola is "passed" in droplets, are those droplets of sputum? If sputum, that's bodily fluid. The claim that Ebola can't be transmitted in droplets is like saying that HIV virus can't be passed from one person to another by mosquitoes (virus is smaller than bacteria, which ARE passed by mosquitoes). Not likely; more likely said by someone in denial.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:09 | 5007955 Village-idiot
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Supposedly Ebola can be passed on in sweat.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:45 | 5007303 atthelake
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Some articles says droplets CAN pass Ebola nd some articles say droplets CANNOT pass Ebola. When there seems to be a conflict it's, probably, safest to assume the worst.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:46 | 5007308 p00k1e
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What's the first symptom and how many good days will we have ‘til out shoot’in finger falls off? 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:59 | 5007312 Millivanilli
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Too fucking late.

 

The first case in Europe or America and hysteria will take hold.

Time for some popcorn.  The made for hollywood movie is going live.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:47 | 5007315 Gringo Viejo
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What about passengers that aren't displaying symptoms yet are nonetheless infected? Reactive...not proactive. It will be a small miracle in itself, if man isn't wiped out by his own stupidity.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:07 | 5007946 Village-idiot
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Don't worry! It only kills 90% of those infected. Just make sure you've got lots of Vit.D.

Oh, and eat your vegetables.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:49 | 5007316 Skip
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And yet the USA is WIDE OPEN to millions of LEGAL immigrants from the 3rd world and visitors and ILLEGAL immigrants.
I always think that if 9-11 went down as the mainstream media and .gov say it did why wasn't the southern border locked up tighter than Dianne Feinstein's ass?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:07 | 5007356 p00k1e
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Dianne Feinstein is a man, man!  Just like Michelle and Barb and Hillary…  and those Brit-Bitches, Thatcher?  Tranny one and all! 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:14 | 5007361 atthelake
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In an epidemic, people still have to have food, drink, supplies, fuel etc. This may be a good time to stock up.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:18 | 5007370 Atomizer
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Run for the border..

1989 Taco Bell Commercial

No inflationary debasing of USD to see here. Move along lemmings. Central Banking is in a crosshair.

MDID| like a vise

/Sarc

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:25 | 5007389 marcusfenix
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this does make me wonder about the stories of illegals holed up in containment camps at the border being taken away by the CDC. apparently there have been hundreds of them sent to isolation for undisclosed communicable illnesses.

also are the Chinese officials telling the truth about the Bubonic plague outbreak? using the black plague as cover would make sense, it won't cause a panic internationally as it can be treated but is serious enough, via its historical reputation, to justify such a large scale quarantine without raising much suspicion. just imagine what impact it would have if it was discovered that this Ebola virus had already spread from Africa to Asia and possibly South America. add to that the possibility that some of those illegals crossing into the US could be infected and one thing becomes inescapably clear.

all opportunity for containment is gone. 

this would create mass panic overnight regardless of just how dangerous of a situation the Ebola virus going global may or may not really be.

nuclear war or global pandemic...

talk about picking your poison.              

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:57 | 5007486 Herd Redirectio...
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The idea was even thrown out that certain planes may have crashed, if they were 'contaminated'.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 03:12 | 5009085 lakecity55
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Dude, wake up! They evaluate which aliens are sick then send them out on planes and ground transportation to cities on their target list. The bus or aircraft is then infected, allowing further spread of diseases.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:41 | 5007429 q99x2
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Washington just ordered 100,000 west africans to come into the US through the Mexican border. They must speak Spanish to get turned over to DHS and then relocated throughout the US. Per Hagmann and Hagmann.

Personally I don't believe anything. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:51 | 5007629 Jack Burton
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Rumor has spead all across central America that children will be accepted at the border. They need only turn themselves in to an immigration official to be given food, clothes, medical care and shelter while preparations are made to relocate them to an American city. I heard on NPR yesterday that hundreds of Americans are joining forces to welcome these new arrivals. People of faith from churches are demanding the Federal Government fund programs to aid resettlement for the children.

This rumor appears to be true, children will NOT be sent home and once here, they can use the right of family unity to get their entire family a free pass into America.

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:48 | 5007455 Fuku Ben
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"health specialists have been deployed to all sea ports and international airports to identify any passengers displaying symptoms associated with Ebola"

If they're as effective as the TSA at stopping terrorists expect a global pandemic in a day or two

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:53 | 5007473 yellencrash
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What doesn't fit to me is how the doctor and nurses who contracted it did so when they wore protective suits. If they couldn't avoid catching it, how can it be said that it's not spreadable by respiratory droplets and how do they say it's so difficult to contract? Not sure I buy it.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 03:53 | 5009106 wiebern
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I've seen staff with the education, training, protective equipment, and policy and procedure that should have prevented them from becoming infected by the patient - I've seen them get: pink-eye, hand-foot-and mouth, influenza, c-diff. All spread by contact/droplet - should be easy to contain - in a controlled environment.
The most difficult aspect to control is the humans. The MD that refuses to wear eye protection while he intubates because it obstructs his view; or the nurse that cut the finger tip off her glove to better palpate the vein prior to starting an IV, or the tech that feels he Dosen't need to wash his hands because he had gloves on. Then you have patients that wait until they have coughed bloody sputum on your face and in your eyes to tell you the have hep c, or remind you they have HIV.. After you just poked yourself with their dirty needle. Or thffe family that insist they are removing your patient from this facility, and will inflict whatever violence is required to achieve.

The thought of the healthcare providers facing this outbreak with the first world challenges mentioned above along with a host of 3rd world issues - like a mob outside your facility threatening to burn it down.
+ the knowledge that failure for them to contain this outbreak will likely result in infected patients showing up in my ER in the near future.

This keeps me up at night... Not tossing in bed, but up checking my medical preps, my water and food, my security, and my plans - making sure my wife know what to do if I can't come home from work someday.

Understanding on a long enough timeline the survival rate....
Surviving something like this won't be easy, but on the other side is one hell of a mess to cleanup.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:20 | 5007561 antidisestablis...
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Surprised that ZH'ers haven't pegged this as just another liberal lie.  You know, something like  Obama's plan to institute martial law.  It's Africa, it's Obama, how much more proof do you need? Case closed. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:21 | 5007566 get-sum
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only if it get to kenya, gotta save the homeland..

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:21 | 5007565 get-sum
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if this shit spreads its gonna put a crimp in bokoharam operations.....

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:34 | 5007875 icanhasbailout
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hashtags and spokesmen hurt most

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:44 | 5007616 Jack Burton
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Jeusus Christ! Collapsed after getting off an airline flight! This is straight out of a movie script. Ask for worse case scenario and it would be an infected Ebola vicitm flying in a crowed ariliner and collapsing at a crowed air port. Ebloa is not like flu, it does not spread so easily, but still it is infectious. The health care workers and those who treated or helped him at the airport had no idea they were handeling and ebola case. Not good, this story could get very ugly for very many people. A city of 20 million!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:54 | 5007637 Fuku Ben
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You can't make this sh*t up. Oh wait, they already have in hollywood and at the pentagon.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:19 | 5007851 huggy_in_london
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Yep, The Hot Zone... read it... great book

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:45 | 5008159 luckystars
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Spainish Flu

 

"people were fine in the morning and dead by dinner. I watched out the window and saw my classmates bodies in carts being pushed down the street."

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:56 | 5007652 Fix It Again Timmy
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Wait until the terrorists start playing with Ebola  - infected people are walking level 4 biohazard labs with plenty of body fluids ready for collection - this is going to get terribly ugly....

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:06 | 5007945 Jack Burton
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I agree. If some religious nut starts playing games, and a smart one could do it, then all bets are off. Remember an old movie called "12 Monkeys", Brad Pitt was in it. A seriously deranged, but super intelligent, scientist who thought earth was being destroyed by too many humans, simply bought an airline ticket that sent him around the world and with him he opened a vial to infect each airliner he was on. Suicide, but before he got sick he infected 5 billion plus people.

We know how insane religious people can get, Ebola is a time bomb some mad fool could use for ill.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:00 | 5009668 lakecity55
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I saw that movie.

Backdoor Barry had a cameo as one of the monkeys holding a hand grenade.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:02 | 5007671 Ban KKiller
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OK...here it is. 

What large pharmalogical company benefits from the spread of Ebola? How do the banksters make money off of the misery of others? Banksteres LOVE war and they love disease as well.

Dense population areas are breeding grounds for just about any disease you care to name. Been that way since we started the city/state. 

This reminds me of seeing New Orelans for the first time in the eighties. I was looking UP at the levy. Just a matter of time...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:03 | 5007675 dizzyfingers
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"Deploys Specialists To Airports For Containment". Wow, how intelligent is that.... well, far more intelligent that USA, packing our country with folks who're carrying drug-resistant TB and other pathogens.  

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:19 | 5007715 Atomizer
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Vegans make a great scapegoat in dressed up crisis.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:22 | 5007721 Super Hans
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The interesting thing about a virus is that it can mutate and change rather quickly in order to propogate itself successfully with any given host. 

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:58 | 5009660 lakecity55
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Obamabola!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:36 | 5007751 Duffy Duck
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Regardless of what's happening in Nigeria, the scheme to fast-track hundreds of thousands of Central American immigrants and spread them around with only window-dressing attempts at disease identification/control would seem to be a deliberate effort to spread illness.

of course, maybe I'm just being a right wing racist alarmist.

 

But I don't think so. I just think that, even if you're committed, for religious or humanitarian reasons, to help tens of thousands of illegals or "asylum seekers"  [the new amnesty] you proceed more carefully, in terms of disease, weeding out gang members, etc. - you don't bus them all over the country where most of them will disappear, never to return to any farcical court to determine status.  It's a recipe for disaster, and discounting any and all words of caution as "right wing" is the height of stupidity.

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