Ebola Deaths Go Exponential; Nigeria Demands Experimental Drug From US, Saudi Death First In Arab World

Tyler Durden's picture

The official Ebola death toll is now at 932 with over 1,700 reported cases but as the WHO reports, in the last 48 hours, deaths and cases have exploded (48 and 108 respectively). As the charts below show, this epidemic is going exponential. What is perhaps most worrisome is, while playing down the threat in Nigeria (most especially Lagos - which the CDC Director is "deeply concerned" about), officials have formally asked the US for the experimental Ebola drug, which suggest things are far worse than the 3 deaths reported so far in Nigeria would suggest. Finally, as we warned yesterday, Saudi Arabia is suffering too as the main who was hospitalized yesterday with symptoms has died - the first reported casualty in the Arab world.


As The BBC reports,

It is the world's deadliest outbreak to date and has centred on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


Eight people are currently in quarantine in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, and two have died there.




The Saudi man died after showing Ebola symptoms when he returned from a business trip to Sierra Leone, the Saudi health ministry said.

The Ebola outbreak has gone exponential...





And then there is this...


Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu has sent request to director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he tells reporters in capital, Abuja.


“We have been in communication in the last 36 hours”


“We are getting reports that the experimental drug seems to be useful”

Which suggests things are far more serious in Nigeria than officials are letting on. As The BBC reports,

But it is not clear if the ZMapp drug, which has only been tested on monkeys, can be credited with their improvement.


Prof Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola in 1976, Prof David Heymann, the head of the Centre on Global Health Security, and Wellcome Trust director Prof Jeremy Farrar said there were several drugs and vaccines being studied for possible use against Ebola.


"African governments should be allowed to make informed decisions about whether or not to use these products - for example to protect and treat healthcare workers who run especially high risks of infection," they wrote in a joint statement.


The WHO, "the only body with the necessary international authority" to allow such experimental treatments, "must take on this greater leadership role", they said.

As CDC's Director warned...

As Al Arabiya reports,

A Saudi man, who was hospitalized for suspected Ebola infection, died on Wednesday.


The man, in his 40s, had returned recently to Jeddah from a business trip to Sierra Leone, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. He was admitted to hospital on Monday and showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection.


His death marks the first reported casualty of the Ebola epidemic in the Arab world and comes as an emergency World Health Organization summit was being held in Geneva to discuss measures to tackle the epidemic.

And finally - some humor from Michael Ramirez at Investors.com

Source: Ecologically Oriented blog

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Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

So what is the vector for this little replicating rascal?


fonzannoon's picture

I wonder if this NYC guys door has been blasted open yet as the masked, suited up men come  rushing in to "talk" to his family.

If this test had been negative it would have been all over the news yesterday.

Almost Solvent's picture

Tyvek & Duct Tape people! Get ahead of this now! A few months sealed in your house will be much better than frickin' Ebola!

ZerOhead's picture

That's Al Gores Global Warming chart again... I'd recognize it anywhere!



Perhaps there's a link here? Maybe a $10MM research grant?

kaiserhoff's picture

The silence from Atlanta is deafening.

Oh, shit!

gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider get Ebola go straight to Satoshi!

kliguy38's picture

no serum for you!!!  YOU AINT IN THE CLUB!!

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

I dont see what the problem is, that chart looks just like US National Debt which Krugman says is Fine, Just Fine.

ZerOhead's picture

Ladies... please...

Everything is going to be alright. They are just fucking with your mind to condition you to fear.

gh0atrider's picture

Try some high cryptose bitsyrup and never fear again!

Publicus's picture

mosquitoes will spread ebola

Rusty Shorts's picture

Stalk Eyed Fly maybe, we found a few specimens on a Fruit Bat in west Africa.

franzpick's picture

O'BOLA is doing a press conference in a few minutes to explain once again how he will NOT get to the bottom of this.

BaBaBouy's picture

""If this test had been negative it would have been all over the news yesterday.""

BIG Brother Is Waiting For A New WAR To Break Out So They Can Release The Result

With Little Fanfare ...You Know, For OUR OWN GOOD.

TheRedScourge's picture

The flu killed half a million people last year, yet the flu doesn't get plastered all over the news like this. Why not? Because the media needs a relatively NEW distraction. The real question is, what are they trying to draw attention away from?

onewayticket2's picture

NYC announcement has to come AFTER commuting hours....dont want a stampede.

erg's picture

Hmmm...it seems to spike near market crashes. This next one looks like it's going to be a doozie.

AldousHuxley's picture

and Wall Street Journal pumping up African investments with articles showcasing miracles happening there.



Elvis the Pelvis's picture

If I contract Ebola, should I still invest in gold and silver?  Just wondering.  Bitchez.

Save_America1st's picture

WATCH and LISTEN then PASS IT ON.  Excellent interview with Marine Colonel Pete Martino:  I See Something!

This is the TRUTH, "Folks"!!!


Four chan's picture

its karma for all those scam emails from nigerian princes. pay backs a bitch.

Socratic Dog's picture

The flu killed 1/2 a million?  Where'd you get that figure from.  Let me guess....an organization whose funding will be increased if we are all frightened enough?

That is an inflated figure.

Silky Johnson's picture

They keep saying it's spreading in West Africa because they're eatin the bush meat. I thought the brothers weren't particularly fond of that activity?

Urban Redneck's picture

The analogue of bushmeat in the US is free range (i.e ANYTHING without antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed).

Imagine the possibilities of using ebola to eliminate the Whole Foods snobs wholesale in the US...

wee-weed up's picture




our southern border is WIDE open!

The terrorists thank you, Obozo!

And they have voted you...

Most valuable team member!

Take a bow, bro..

You know... just like you do with...

Every dictator and potentate you meet!

So easy, even an incompetent can do it!

James_Cole's picture

The analogue of bushmeat in the US is free range (i.e ANYTHING without antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed).

Imagine the possibilities of using ebola to eliminate the Whole Foods snobs wholesale in the US...

As terrified as y'all are of this perpetual non-issue (ebola) in the west, you remain incredibly ignorant of what it actually is.  

It's done gon exponential!! I hear it's even in the water supply! Opp nopes, that's just the phosphorous from the factory farm up the street. Thank the gawds for factory farming! Fuck those whole foods snobs and their quaint attitudes about not eating toxic shit. 

tarsubil's picture

That is a bullshit number from the CDC. If someone at death's door dies with flu, flu killed them for people whose funding is based on flu deaths. Total bullshit.

How many people do you know who have suddenly died from the flu? Now cancer? Now AIDS? Some would have you believe they are all equal when they are clearly not and any non-retard could look around and see that. Now imagine 9 out of 10 people you know getting sick and 4 dying a painful bloody death. Nothing compares.

A guy asked me if Ebola was like E. coli laughing at the hysteria. I just about bloody shit my pants. Everyone of us has E. coli in our gut. Add a virulance factor carried by a plasmid and it is a pathogen but one at least pretty well known to your body. No one that gets this is ready. 90 to 55 percent die horrible and painful deaths regardless of health. If Ebola spreads, it will be the black death of our time. There is no modern comparison. This shit is real. With 8 cases in Nigeria, it is close time to panic.

James_Cole's picture

How many people do you know who have suddenly died from the flu? 

Weak immune system couple with flu can lead to pneumonia and pneumonia kills millions every year. It's actually one of the leading causes of death. Not so much outside of the poor and old, but it's a common way to go. 

Nobody on here going batshit crazy about pneumonia but i guess it's just not as exciting. 

ebear's picture

When was the last time you needed bio level 4 containment to treat flu patients?



James_Cole's picture

When was the last time you needed bio level 4 containment to treat flu patients?

^ stupid people logic

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

War Crimes in Gaza, E. Ukraine, Iraq, Syria.

SilverRhino's picture

Here's a fucking disturbing link .... 


An excerpt ... emphasis is mine.  

The woman's sister cared for her, and in doing so contracted the Ebola virus herself before her sibling died of the haemorrhagic fever it causes.

Feeling unwell and fearing a similar fate, the sister wanted to see her husband - an internal migrant worker then employed on the other side of Liberia at the Firestone rubber plantation.

She took a communal taxi via Liberia's capital Monrovia, exposing five other people to the virus who later contracted and died of the Ebola. In Monrovia, she switched to a motorcycle, riding pillion with a young man who agreed to take her to the plantation and whom health authorities were subsequently desperate to trace.

"It's an analogous situation to the man in the airplane" who flew into Lagos and died there, said Derek Gatherer of Britain's Lancaster University, an expert in viruses who has been tracking the West Africa outbreak closely.

Liberia's Ebola case count is now 329 including 156 deaths, according to latest data from the World Health Organisation - although not all are linked to the Guinea market case.


Gatherer noted that while Ebola does not spread through the air and is not considered "super infectious", cross-border human travel can easily help it on its way. "It's one of the reasons why we get this churn of infections," he said.


Is this man on drugs, riding in a taxicab KILLED FIVE PEOPLE.  That virus is AIRBORNE.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Each infected airline passenger is like a bomb going off when they arrive at their flights destination.


Paveway IV's picture

"...riding pillion with a young man..."

I never heard it described that way in America. In fact, I never heard of a pillion. Sounds like a Zimbabwe (and soon American) currency denomination: "Hey buddy, got change for a pillion?"

A pillion is a mostly British English term for a secondary pad, cushion, or seat behind the main seat or saddle on a horse, motorcycle, bicycle or moped.[1] A passenger in this seat is said to "ride pillion" or may themselves be referred to as a "pillion." The word is derived from the Scottish Gaelic for a "little rug," pillean, which is itself from the Latin pellis for "animal skin." One or more pelts would often have been used as a secondary seat on horseback; the usage has carried over to motorcycles.[Wiki]

IndyPat's picture

Here it's called "riding bitch"....

Urban Redneck's picture

The doctors' definition of "airborne" is problematic because technical aspects ignore practical reality.

Water is airborne. Yes, there is are technical differences between airborne water in the form of raindrops/roadsplash and airborne water in the form of fog. However, the bullshit spewing forth from the "medical establishment" is that if you use an umbrella, you won't get wet in a rainstorm.

That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a lot worse if the virus was truly airborne in a laboratory sense, like second hand smoke is airborne. Watch any smoker exhale and you see the smoke from each travel breath at 30-50 feet before the dissipation becomes invisible to naked eye.

California Nightmares's picture

POTRblog (of unknown cred) has an interesting take. 

How is it that in West Africa so many of the healthcare workers are becoming infected despite their elaborate precautions?

Seems likely that the act of hosing down healthcare workers with disinfectant as they exit the isolation units aerosolizes the virus. A microscopic droplet of fluid can carry far more viral particles than are needed to cause an infection. The result has been a rash of cases of "inhalation Ebola" among the staff.

If this turns out to be true, I guess we are big time fucked. 

Now, surely people will flee existing and new Ebola hotspots and many will be drawn to the USA.

Imagine some Ebola victim inadvertently or intentionally vomiting into the fountain at UN Plaza in San Fran. 

dogbreath's picture

Canada is fucked.     Just in case as <i am traveling for the summer   Its been a slice.  I though some of us would have a chance to meet in the gulag,  now it might be heaven.

robertocarlos's picture

The mosquitos are not bad in the city. 5 bites this year.

McCormick No. 9's picture


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Ebola is tropical, Canada isn't.

The Walking Dead takes place in Georgia. Were it to take place on Canada, it'd be called The Frozen Dead.

I'll bet you cheer for the Maple Laughs too.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Damn, the population of Apelanta might go from useless breeders to ululating bleeders.

Citxmech's picture

Out of all of the things to be concerned about - a deadly global pandemic is one of things worth being particularly concerned about.

sodbuster's picture

No problem, Nigeria, all I need is your account # and password.............

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You know, its funny.  You crack the history text books, and they say the Black Death killed X amount of people and Y % of the population (about 100m dead, ~40% of the populace).

And it'll say disease killed more Native Americans than war did (which killed a fair few).

And then we talk about the difficulties the Global Elite would have, trying to get the peasants to fight and kill one another...

azat501's picture

It isnot about death of innocents, it is about what killed them. If they are dying by hands of the humans and there is nothing to gain there than i dont care but if they are dying by something i cannot control than it is a problem and we need to fix this asap.

BrosephStiglitz's picture

Completely agree.  War is a little scary.  Energy?  Water? Maybe at some point in the future.

A global pandemic in the historically most interconnected world that we have ever seen?  Absolutely.  Back in '09 in my immunology prof's first lecture he tossed up a chart of historical plagues.  His exact words?

"We are historically overdue for the next big epidemic."

This ebola stuff is absolutely terrifying.  Not much else that I see in here worries me, but this stuff?  Nightmarish.

Let's not forget the facts:
- 2-3 week incubation period (let's see how far it has gone in another 21 days?)  Anyone could be a dead man walking without knowing it.
- 57% mortality rate to date.
- Already detected outside Africa (UK, US.)
- Viral so literally no antibiotic treatment.  Experimental treatments at best.
- Most likely has gone airborne, suspended in water droplets, despite what media says.

And pretty much every pathogen which comes from that part of the world has you dying a horrible, gruesome, and ghastly death.  I really don't want to go out with my internal membranes like swiss-cheese and leaking blood through all my orifices.

PS: the hockey-stick on the historical global population chart does not do much to inspire confidence either.  That shit is liable for a 30-60% downward correction over the next 20 years.  You can find that sort of boom/bust population graph in algal blooms (due to eutrophication.)  It always gets ugly one way, or another, and this time we are the algae.

Crash N. Burn's picture

"- Most likely has gone airborne, suspended in water droplets, despite what media says."


"To make matters worse, there is something very, very important that the corporate media and public health officials are not telling you regarding this crisis.

You'll notice if you read virtually any mainstream article on the topic that they make a point of insisting that Ebola is only transferred by physical contact with bodily fluids. This is not true, at all.

A study conducted in 2012 showed that Ebola was able to travel between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and were never placed in direct contact.

Though the method of transmission in the study was not officially determined, one of the scientists involved, Dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada, told BBC News that he believed that the infection was spread through large droplets that were suspended in the air.
"What we suspect is happening is large droplets; they can stay in the air, but not long; they don't go far," he explained. "But they can be absorbed in the airway, and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way.""

Ebola - What You're Not Being Told


Lost Word's picture

Government scientist caught on camera joking about creating pandemic killer virus: