Ebola – how dangerous

Posted: August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

From the media we have been told ebola spreads via fluids – so do not worry.

Let’s see.

Ebola technically speaking is spreading via fluids.

The previous outbreak was in Zaire, 1976.

It killed 280 on 318 infected. 11 medical workers got killed, but, being the first case, procedures where not yet up to standard.

Fast forward to 2014.

The outbreak is at least 4 times larger (more likely much more).

1323 cases with 729 killed

the country officially involved are Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria. Much more than before. People travel more or it spreads faster.

There are several reported cases in France and US – but then dismissed as false alarms (and surely they would not tell the media if it were so – like in the movies). Specially France is a bit of a worry as the Health Department actually denied even the possibility, while other medical sources where more saying “we are testing some potential cases”. Anyway now they officially send an alert message to all French hospitals.

60 medical staffs have been killed (strangely larger number than the 1976), but they are all locals – so without access the latest protective equipment of Western nation.

Only 2 US medical staff (one of which a doctor) got infected (not killed) and they would have access to the top level protections.

 The higher number of medical staff killed is actually likely due to the fact that the ebola incubation period is 8 to 10 days and it showed up in so many different places – the doctors and nurses would not know they were dealing with ebola.

The fact that spreads so fast and also Western doctors get infected warrant some attention as there could be something else thy do not want the people to know (generally virus like ebola can mutate regularly).

So nothing to worry too much about (if you are not in Africa), but keep an eye on.

Specially because of the level of African immigration into Europe, I would not be surprised if some cases could pop up there

 

 

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