Ebola epidemic confirmed in Guinea, death toll quickly rising


Locutus
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Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, the government said on Saturday.

Cases of the disease - among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, with a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent - have been registered in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry since Feb. 9. It has never before been recorded in Guinea.

"It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon (France) confirmed the information," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters.

Six of the 12 samples sent for analysis tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Sakoba Keita, who heads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, told Reuters.

He added that health officials had registered 80 suspected cases of the disease, including 59 deaths.


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Ebola epidemic confirmed in Guinea, death toll quickly rising - World - CBC News
 
Twila
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wow, that's scarey.
 
Sal
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Read a book waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when Ebola first made it's presence known or rather when we first became aware of it. They took one individual who had been exposed and placed them on a plane to America with a stop off. This individual would have been experiencing only mild flu like symptoms upon boarding.

Omg it was terrifying.

Of course when the individual became extremely ill and went to emerg they did not know what they were dealing with. Did not know to quarantine and by now the virus just jumps and infects exponentially. It was eye opening.

It progressed in much the same way SARS actually happened so many years later.

In Africa the way they dealt with it was to segregate the ill and burn the huts and then flee deep into the jungle until it went cold.

Not really an option in the west.
 
EagleSmack
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SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Read a book waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when Ebola first made it's presence known or rather when we first became aware of it. They took one individual who had been exposed and placed them on a plane to America with a stop off. This individual would have been experiencing only mild flu like symptoms upon boarding.

Omg it was terrifying.

Of course when the individual became extremely ill and went to emerg they did not know what they were dealing with. Did not know to quarantine and by now the virus just jumps and infects exponentially. It was eye opening.

It progressed in much the same way SARS actually happened so many years later.

In Africa the way they dealt with it was to segregate the ill and burn the huts and then flee deep into the jungle until it went cold.

Not really an option in the west.

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spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, the government said on Saturday.

Cases of the disease - among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, with a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent - have been registered in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry since Feb. 9. It has never before been recorded in Guinea.

"It is indeed Ebola fever. A laboratory in Lyon (France) confirmed the information," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters.

Six of the 12 samples sent for analysis tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Sakoba Keita, who heads the epidemics prevention division at Guinea's health ministry, told Reuters.

He added that health officials had registered 80 suspected cases of the disease, including 59 deaths.


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Ebola epidemic confirmed in Guinea, death toll quickly rising - World - CBC News

the walking bled.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

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Reality... the thing nightmares are born of
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Reality... the thing nightmares are born of

Yep. Only thing different is that there's no miracle vaccine which will arrive just in time to save the world.

Tis scary.

Eating or having sex with monkeys have anything to do with this ??

Read a report from Nat Geographic a few years ago which stated an ebola breakout occurred just after members of a tribe came home with a bunch of monkeys they had killed, and which the tribe later ate.

When the outbreaks go away, one never hears of scientists busting their collective a ss valiantly searching for a cure.

just sayin
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Yep. Only thing different is that there's no miracle vaccine which will arrive just in time to save the world.

Tis scary.

yes...some people will of course have a natural immunity just like any other virus/bacteria. The thing is you don't know.

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Eating or having sex with monkeys have anything to do with this ??

Read a report from Nat Geographic a few years ago which stated an ebola breakout occurred just after members of a tribe came home with a bunch of monkeys they had killed, and which the tribe later ate.

Yes that was one theory at the time. Decades later and they still don't seem to know a whole lot more about it. Way more than they did when the first known outbreak occurred but not a lot. Some people do survive it. But basically you just bleed out everywhere. African nations are the only ones who've had it.


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When the outbreaks go away, one never hears of scientists busting their collective a ss valiantly searching for a cure.

just sayin

Yeah I think they do keep working on it, that's how they ended up with a death in the UK it was a lab accident. Wouldn't that be a bitch... But it likely isn't a priority. Ya know, until it hops the plane from Africa and ends up in some populated cities around the world. Then it will be a big priority.
 
Locutus
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At least five of the dead in Guinea have been medical officials, including the head of the regional hospital in Macenta, at the heart of the crisis, some 800 km (500 miles) from Guinea's capital Conakry.


Guinea dispatches equipment to contain outbreak of Ebola | Reuters (external - login to view)

We may have an effective and resilient plague with this one.
 
Tonington
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Hemorrhagic fever Ebola is a pretty terrifying disease, but as a pathogen it's awful. It kills just about everybody it infects, and starts with tell tale signs. You don't need to be virologist to know that if someone is bleeding from every orifice, that you should probably keep a safe distance. And that makes it a bad pathogen. You have to come into contact with infected bodily fluids. In the area of 1200 people have died from it since it's discovery. Compare that to viruses, that don't kill all their hosts, and that spread by aerosol contact, like the flu which kills hundreds of hundreds of thousands each year.
 
mentalfloss
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Something should be done, but does it really qualify as an epidemic at this point?
 
Tonington
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Outbreak, epidemic, pretty much the same thing. Especially given it's a new geographic location for the disease.
 
Nuggler
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Suspicion that deadly African Ebola virus has spread from Guinea to Liberia - World - CBC News

OY
 
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