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    And in lighter news.. Ebola !!

    Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads - NaturalNews.com

    Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads

    (NaturalNews) A global outbreak of deadly Ebola is underway and has crossed national borders. One infected victim of the horrifying disease flew on international flights, vomiting on board and exposing hundreds of people to the deadly virus which can be transmitted through airborne particles. Ebola has an 8-10 day incubation period, meaning thousands of people could be carrying it right now and spreading it across the cities of the world without even knowing it.

    Passengers in Hong Kong and the UK have already shown symptoms of the disease and are being tested, reports USA Today. (2) The Peace Corps has evacuated its volunteers from the region after two were exposed to Ebola. (3)

    "Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is 'justified'" reports the Daily Mail. (1) "He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic."
    That would put a dint in your weekend..

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    That particular news site seems to fit Chicken Little quite well..........
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    ^ At least he stopped short of mentioning dropping fuel air bombs



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    Ebola virus outbreak: live - Telegraph

    HK victim has tested negative..

    The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train, reports AFP.
    Dont know if happily would describe my feeling.

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    Talking bout Ebola & HK..Great mid 90s HK gore movie called The Ebola Syndrome.
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    Ebola was discovered in Congo by the Belgian docter Peter Piot in 1976. Later he was one of the first docters/professors to help discover and fight aids.
    He became president of UNAIDS and now is director of the London school for hygiene and tropical diseases.

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    Yikes. This is about 20 miles from my house! Bug out bags at the ready....

    Patient tested in Calif. for possible Ebola exposure - CNN.com
    A woman won The Nobel Peace Prize? Must have been a pretty good sandwich.

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    The apocalypse is coming Slam - it's coming................

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    Easy to joke.. But pandemics happen.. And this one has a 50 - 60% mortality rate and is highly contagious..

    Its very possible that its past the point of containment in Africa.. I see cases popping up in some of the mega cities like Lagos yesterday..

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    I saw a vid today which I can't find now of a 'western' looking tourist passing out on Chinese tube/train and every one on the train legging it off at the next stop. Apparently everyone was scared they had ebola lolz




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    Another American doctor contracts Ebola working in hospital in Libera as Doctors Without Borders warns world ?losing battle? against epidemic

    AN EBOLA-infected man has terrified a marketplace full of shoppers after he escaped from isolation.

    Dramatic video has emerged of a man ill with the disease escaping from his hospital quarantine in search of food while holding a big stick.

    He is quickly surrounded by medical workers in full protective clothing who bundle him into a van as a chaotic crowd watches the entire scene.
    WTF.. They cant even feed them ??

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    ^^^ it's called the pizza and pancake diet....anything that can slide under the locked door.
    A woman won The Nobel Peace Prize? Must have been a pretty good sandwich.

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    There has been reports in the news that Thailand is struggling to find shipping contractors to move rice from Thailand to Africa. If you scale that down to a local level maybe the fear is so great to supply the regions then maybe real shortages are happening ?

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    Many aid organisations say this is now getting out of control.. If this does get into the cities and follow some of the projections on rates of infection, the chances of it remaining an African only problem are slim..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    Some good news then... amongst the bad...

    BBC News - Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdown will not help, says MSF

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/op...ith-ebola.html

    The widening epidemic of Ebola in West Africa looks worse with each passing day. The outbreaks in the hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — have outstripped the ability of humanitarian groups and fragile government health systems to treat the sick and slow the spread.

    A panicky effort to quarantine a large slum in Monrovia, Liberia, using troops to keep people penned in, proved a disastrous failure that probably made things worse. A shortage of protective clothing for health care workers treating sick patients in Sierra Leone led nurses to strike last week in a desperate effort to get more help. The virus has begun to spread to other countries where there is always a danger that it could ignite a new round of outbreaks.

    Relatives of a man who died of what appeared to be Ebola waited outside their home in Monrovia while a team of workers sprayed and disinfected the area.Cuts at W.H.O. Hurt Response to Ebola Crisis.

    In separate statements last week, officials of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the medical charity Doctors Without Borders warned that the outbreak is spreading out of control. W.H.O. leaders have said the outbreak in West Africa could be stopped in six to nine months, but only if a “massive” global response, which is nowhere in sight, is carried out.

    The most shocking news of the week was how ill-prepared the W.H.O. was to organize an effective response. As Sheri Fink reported in The Times on Thursday, the agency had been weakened by harsh budget cuts in recent years and did not have the staff or ability to flood the Ebola zone. Its emergency response units have been slashed, veterans who led previous fights against Ebola have left, and scores of positions have been eliminated.

    The agency argues rather unconvincingly that it is simply a technical organization that provides advice, and that governments have the primary responsibility to take care of their people.

    The problem is that the afflicted countries had very weak health care systems to begin with, and they have disintegrated under the pressure of finding and caring for Ebola victims. The United Nations should direct the W.H.O. to take charge where governments are weak.

    In another worrisome development, the virus popped up in Nigeria, when a patient who had been infected in Liberia flew to Lagos, where he became ill and died. Health workers responded properly and began an intensive effort to track down every person he had contact with before he died. Unfortunately they missed one, who then carried the virus to another populous area nearly 400 miles away, where it killed a doctor and has put 200 people at risk. A case has also been confirmed in Senegal, brought in by a Guinean who traveled by land through the porous borders.

    Hope that a vaccine or drug could come to the rescue looked dim after an emergency meeting of more than 150 experts convened by the W.H.O. last week. A consensus was reached to test two promising experimental vaccines and several drugs or therapies for patients who are already infected, but there is scant hope any will be available in large quantities any time soon. Some of those treatments require intravenous administration, continuous cold storage and facilities able to deliver care safely, all of which will be hard to achieve in the stricken countries.

    For now, the afflicted countries will have to rely on methods that have worked in curbing much smaller outbreaks in the past — like finding and isolating sick people quickly, providing supportive care like hydration to keep them alive while their bodies mount a defense, and tracing and isolating their contacts. But these nations will have to apply these tactics on an enormous scale that will require a large amount of help from global organizations and donors.

    Given the W.H.O.’s weaknesses, the White House ought to consider whether the United States should take the lead.
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    http://news.uk.msn.com/world/700-mor...e-week#tscptmf

    Very little discussion of this.. and yet it could be a truly global issue. Pandemics are all to real and Ebola is not just like Spanish flu or other ones which still took millions.

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