WHO Urges "Exit Screening" Of All Travelers In Ebola-Infected Countries As Reported Cases Go Parabolic

Tyler Durden's picture

In its strongest-worded statement yet, the World Health Organization is urging strengthened international cooperation to stop transmission of Ebola to other countries. Most critically, WHO urges: "Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection." Falling short on banning international travel, WHO does warn non-affected countries to strengthen the capacity to detect and immediately contain new cases. Of course, in the interests of avoiding panic, they reiterate the risk of infection on a flight is low - which seems odd given that we get a cold every time we fly...

 

Full WHO Statement:

The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is believed to have begun in Guinea in December 2013. This outbreak now involves community transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and recently an ill traveller from Liberia infected a small number of people in Nigeria with whom he had direct contact.

On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005).

In order to support the global efforts to contain the spread of the disease and provide a coordinated international response for the travel and tourism sector, the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) decided to activate a Travel and Transport Task Force which will monitor the situation and provide timely information to the travel and tourism sector as well as to travellers.

The risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel is low. Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not spread by breathing air (and the airborne particles it contains) from an infected person. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animals, all unlikely exposures for the average traveller. Travellers are, in any event, advised to avoid all such contacts and routinely practice careful hygiene, like hand washing.

The risk of getting infected on an aircraft is also small as sick persons usually feel so unwell that they cannot travel and infection requires direct contact with the body fluids of the infected person.

Most infections in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are taking place in the community when family members or friends take care of someone who is ill or when funeral preparation and burial ceremonies do not follow strict infection prevention and control measures.

A second important place where transmission can occur is in clinics and other health care settings, when health care workers, patients, and other persons have unprotected contact with a person who is infected. In Nigeria, cases are related only to persons who had direct contact with a single traveller who was hospitalized upon arrival in Lagos.

It is important to note that a person who is infected is only able to spread the virus to others after the infected person has started to have symptoms. A person usually has no symptoms for two to 21 days (the “incubation period”). Symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, and in some cases, bleeding.

The risk of a traveller becoming infected with the Ebola virus during a visit to the affected countries and developing disease after returning is very low, even if the visit includes travel to areas in which cases have been reported.

If a person, including a traveller, stayed in the areas where Ebola cases have been recently reported, he/she should seek medical attention at the first sign of illness (fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, red eyes, and in some cases, bleeding). Early treatment can improve prognosis.

Strengthened international cooperation is needed, and should support action to contain the virus, stop transmission to other countries and mitigate the effects in those affected.

Affected countries are requested to conduct exit screening of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings, for unexplained febrile illness consistent with potential Ebola infection. Any person with an illness consistent with EVD should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation. There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation.

Non-affected countries need to strengthen the capacity to detect and immediately contain new cases, while avoiding measures that will create unnecessary interference with international travel or trade.

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend any ban on international travel or trade, in accordance with advice from the WHO Ebola Emergency Committee.

Travel restrictions and active screening of passengers on arrival at sea ports, airports or ground crossings in non-affected countries that do not share borders with affected countries are not currently recommended by WHO.

Worldwide, countries should provide their citizens traveling to Ebola-affected countries with accurate and relevant information on the Ebola outbreak and measures to reduce the risk of exposure.

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As we warned last week, the pace of cases reported is exploding...

Source: Ecologically Oriented blog

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LawsofPhysics's picture

Exploding?  These "folks" have not seen anything yet...

knukles's picture

LOL   Exploding...

Screening for what?  being infected with something that has yet to display any symptoms?
Whatdafugisgoinonhere?
I mean, why not just bottle the shit up and spray it from airplanes since it's not airborne....

 

er...

wait.....

what do you call an exploding ape???    a bamboom

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

A person usually has no symptoms for two to
21 days (the “incubation period”). Symptoms include fever, weakness,
muscle pain, headache
and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting,
diarrhoea, rash, and in some cases, bleeding.

Good luck quarantining all travelers with weakness,
muscle pain, or headache
for 21 days.

knukles's picture

And anybody badly hungover by that reckoning.

StackShinyStuff's picture

Running out of room on that particular graph...

Slave's picture

"while avoiding measures that will create unnecessary interference with international travel or trade."

 

They gonna blame the next numbers miss on ebola?

I think letting the virus spread even more would impact the economy in a much greater fashion than containing it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

“He open his mouth and gasps into the bag, and the vomiting goes on
endlessly. It will not stop, and he keeps bringing up liquid, long after
his stomach should have been empty. The airsickness bag fills up to
the brim with a substance known as the vomito negro, or the black vomit.
The black vomit is not really black; it is a speckled liquid of two
colors, black and red, a stew of tarry granules mixed with fresh red
arterial blood. It is hemorrhage, and it smells like a slaughterhouse.
The black vomit is loaded with virus.”

- Richard Preston, The Hot Zone

 

Plenty of cheap flight still available!!!!!

Top Lagos International Destinations

Lagos to Chicago (LOS - ORD)
Lagos to London (LOS - LHR)
Lagos to New York (LOS - JFK)
Lagos to Denver (LOS - DEN)
Lagos to Paris (LOS - CDG)
Lagos to Atlanta (LOS - ATL)
Lagos to San Francisco (LOS - SFO)
Lagos to Miami (LOS - MIA)
Lagos to Los Angeles (LOS - LAX)
Lagos to Amsterdam (LOS - AMS)

 

Once again, good luck identifying and then quarantining all travelers with weakness, muscle pain, or headache for 21 days.

mvsjcl's picture

"in the interests of avoiding panic..."

 

Hell, I'm thinking that a good dose of panic might just be in order.

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

I saw a study by BBC in London, people tend not to panic. Even when they were told there was a fire and people could see smoke.
Not even investors panic sell, thats what the robots are for.
That may be the problem, nobody panics when they should.

kaiserhoff's picture

And still, yet, another day, from Atlanta we hear...

  Crickets.

Bananamerican's picture

the World Health Organization is urging strengthened international cooperation to stop transmission of Ebola to other countries"
Translation: enough vectors have already escaped Nigeria under our watchful eye to ensure a global pandemic

http://daisyhouse.bandcamp.com/track/plague-song

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I get a strong feeling that an Ebola outbreak in the US will be used as a cover for the collapse of the economy (definitely not the CB's fault) and national martial law.

It's amazing that the economy is more important than risking a widespread pandemic, which in itself would be devastating for the economy.

Manthong's picture

It's just a good thing the PTB have transported it to the North American and European continents where it can be controlled and studied. 

Againstthelie's picture

The future of open societies: go extinct.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Who gives a shit if transmission of Ebola during air travel seems unlikely to WHO?  What happens when the infected land, get sick and must be dealt with by personnel that are not prepared?

What the fuck is wrong with these fucking people?  Don't they understand that this disease may now be transmitted in ways that even they, the mighty WHO, do not understand?

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Shit. If they start refusing all passengers having red eyes departing from California and Colorado there won't be any airlines that can stay in business there.

barre-de-rire's picture

sound is too squeezy, too much EQ to make bass low & voice bright. total lack of low med overall compression to make amalgamation on the sounds, no GLUE effect.

 

bad montors, must change. coz the biased sound still very accurate in the tweaking. very sad. talented people but monitors must be changed.

 

music deserves to be spread. nice song.

logicalman's picture

Never panic.

Scared shitless is the way to go - makes you cautious.

Panic makes people do dumb things.

drink or die's picture

I find the term "black vomit" to be racist.

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

Would you accept "arterial vomit".

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Then you must find the word "black", itself, racist. Maybe instead of calling Africans black we should call them "white challenged".

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

And then, to add to the suspense, there are the CONNECTING flights to other US and EU destinations.

I recently flew on a plane that came from Chicago, and there were several "African" looking passengers on the plane -- all of them within a few seats of me.  Boy, was I nervous, and kept a vigilant but discreet eye on a couple.  A woman who could not decide if she was hot or cold, and a guy who kept coughing.  And get this: NO one reacted in the slightest to his coughing fit.  Political Correctness will kill us.  Literally.

Anyway... if they were OK and I'm OK [cough, cough], let me tell you that I won't be flying for a while.  Come to think of it... [cough, cough]

Hey, Scotty [cough, cough] how are those damn repairs on the Transporter and Warp Drive coming along? [cough, cough]

Tall Tom's picture

You had best get Bones in a laboratory, stat.

 

Don't worry. It is not airborne...

 

/sarc

 

From...

 

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ebola-may-go-airborne

 

Transmission of the virus — which causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever in people and primates — was thought to require direct contact with body fluids from an infected animal or person. But in the new study, published online November 15 in Scientific Reports, piglets infected with Ebola passed the virus to macaques housed in the same room even though the animals never touched.

 

“The evidence that the virus got from a pig to a monkey through a respiratory route is good,” says Glenn Marsh, a molecular virologist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia. Marsh was not involved in the new study but has investigated Ebola and other viruses in pigs.

 

But we can just IGNORE THE DATA SET as it does NOT FIT OUR THEORY ABOUT TRANSMISSION because we are good scientists at WHO and we know what we are writing about. We are AUTHORITIES and you, Science Illiterates, need to trust your authorities.

 

We just ignore the principles of the Scientific Method but that need give you no cause for alarm....because...we are authorities and know when to ignore that data for expedience' sake.

 

Damn this makes me fucking sick. The politicization of Science combined with the lack of Professional Ethics is going to kill all of us.

 

 

 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

The contempt for the danger of this illness is extremely suspicious.

silverer's picture

Right.  Where's that explanation of how totally suited health care workers caught the virus?  Oops.  The Nile, a river in Egypt.  Denial.  Same thing I guess.

msmith9962's picture

I'm concerned I can get it reading his post.

Tall Tom's picture

Are my posts that infectious?

 

;- )

Urban Redneck's picture

There is no need for either genetic mutation or bioweapon engineering to make ebola airborne.

The potential role of toilets as a vector for transmission of infectious disease

Aerosol Generation by Modern Flush Toilets

Significance of Fomites in the Spread of Respiratory and Enteric Viral Disease

Aerobiology and Its Role in the Transmission of Infectious Diseases

Risk of Norovirus Transmission during Air Travel

Microbiological Hazards of Household Toilets: Droplet Production and the Fate of Residual Organisms

Potential for aerosolization of Clostridium difficile after flushing toilets: the role of toilet lids in reducing environmental contamination risk

Case Studies Exposure Potentials During Cleaning, Overhauling and Repairing of Aircraft Lavatory Tanks and Hardware

There are hundreds more... And of course the WHO is unaware of them... Margaret Chan isn't actually just doing her best Jean-Claude Juncker impersonation...

Once passengers are on an airplane it is too late. But since the spice must flow, and the Ponzi must be maintained-- the only halfway dysfunctional solution would be a massive health presence in the African airport terminals evaluating everyone who enters the terminals, not just those boarding the airplanes.

knukles's picture

And then there's just plain shitting in your seat on the plane....

http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2014/07/28/child-poops-on-airplane-seat/

... not that it matters anyhow....

Overfed's picture

Now, now, the grandparents did at least put down some newspaper first.  :-/

barre-de-rire's picture

fall come, no more signal on medias in europ, 2 cases.

 

1 ) contained, no need to speak more to afraid masse.

2) total out of control, real number are about 10k, impossible to say truth that is 10x, need to not tell masses to avoid total panic & shooting at will any coughing human at sight while crossing fingers to go back in case n°1

 

until you not see man in white with total plastic suits down the streets like in E.T,  should be ok.

Hobo Sapien's picture

Urgh - great quote HH, from a very scary book. ("I will beat you with a stick!")

Have you been following Yoichi Shimatsu over at rense.com? He's been posting some fascinating perspectives on this outbreak; part 4 just went up today. http://www.rense.com/general96/didebola.html

CloseToTheEdge's picture

Thanx! and wtf have we been doing?...

"Since it is impossible to directly destroy flagellates without potentially disastrous consequences to the environment, what can be done to knock out ebola at the source? If its reservoir is found in the figs of te ficus family, nothing can be done short of leveling the rain-forest. The reservoir microorganism is probably not inside fig tree due to the fruit’s powerful enzymes and the overwhelming presence of yeast, which crowds out flagellates from access to sugar.

If, instead, the flagellate’s host tree happens to be a relatively scarce species, it can be cut down inside ape sanctuaries and around villages. No reservoir, no trypanosomatid, no ebola, it’s that simple. Long Live the Planet of the Apes."

Hobo Sapien's picture

I like that; I really like figuring out how things work/went down - the chlorine connection is classic unintended consequences.

But there's more, as always. You should check out all the parts - they're linked in the left sidebar high up on rense.com; part 3 is:

http://www.rense.com/general96/ebobreakout.html

"The Ebola Outbreak Coincided With UN Vaccine Campaigns"

Investigative reporting, so rare these days.

The Ebola Breakout Coincided
With UN Vaccine Campaigns - See more at: http://www.rense.com/general96/ebobreakout.html#sthash.m28QJGND.dpuf The Ebola Breakout Coincided
With UN Vaccine Campaigns - See more at: http://www.rense.com/general96/ebobreakout.html#sthash.m28QJGND.dpuf
bigrooster's picture

Damn for 2k ISIS can book some Ebola dude and send him over!  That is probably as good of a deal as suicide vest.  We are SO fucked.

silverer's picture

Yes.  Good thing we've got the southern border covered!

Dr Strangemember's picture

I thought the first part of your comment was lyrics from a rap song.  

kaiserhoff's picture

Flights TO Africa will be empty soon enough.  That will shut the suckers down.

There is no leadership, only sabotage.

Tall Tom's picture

Africa will be empty soon enough...

 

So will the rest of Planet Earth as far as that is concerned.

 

Besides...They will just double the airfare FROM Africa to cover the cost of flying.

 

That will ensure it.

Dr Strangemember's picture

I'm confused here.  Is the WHO stating that blacks are 8X more susceptible to catching the Ebola bug than whites?  Is that what I read?

Matt's picture

I don't see that, what part?

Manthong's picture

That chart looks a bit like the S&P.

I wonder how long before blood is being spit out all over the place.

I know I've been bleeding out my eyes for quite a while now.

Bananamerican's picture

Coulda been worse...
You coulda been short the S&P today and bleeding somewhere else entirely

Citxmech's picture

According to the WHO:

"Between 12 and 13 August 2014, a total of 152 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 76 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone."  

-- http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_15_ebola/en/

That's a fuckton more then is represented on that chart.  Now that we're over 2k infected - the next milestone with be when we hit the the 10k level.  From there, if we don't see a dramatic decline in virulance or mortality rate, y'all better start getting your houses in order.

cougar_w's picture

" if we don't see a dramatic decline in virulance or mortality rate, y'all better start getting your houses in order."

Truth.