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An Ebola Outbreak
: MSF and UNICEF are launching an emergency medical intervention following reports of Ebola in southern Guinea, where an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has left at least 59 people dead. This is a highly contagious and deadly disease, and hard to contain once it spreads to populated areas. (CNN http://cnn.it/...)

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  •  Ebola outbreaks are scary. If I remember correctly (2+ / 0-)

    they have around a 90% mortality rate and about a 3 day latency period - a real devastating mix if it even broke out into major transportation hubs or population centers.  

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 06:57:58 AM PDT

  •  That ebola outbreak has spread to the capital (0+ / 0-)

    it is now confirmed in Conakry.  It had been limited to small population centers in the Southern forests.

    The UN has confirmed ebola cases in Conakry, a city of just over 1M people.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:19:47 AM PDT

    •  Sorry... should have linked that (0+ / 0-)

      Didnt see the official UN release, but here is The Guardian's report of it.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:20:37 AM PDT

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      •  New Update: Conakry fever may not be Ebola (0+ / 0-)

        France's Pasteur institute is now saying that while the deaths in the Southern cities IS Ebola, the hemorrhagic fever deaths in the capital city IS NOT.

        Three people have contracted some kind of viral hemorrhagic fever in the capital and two of them are already dead.  Pasteur Institute is saying they will have an identification of the virus from tissues samples that were flown to Lyon, France within the next few hours.

        WHO is working to quarantine the Ebola outbreak within the confines of the small villages of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou.

        REMEMBER:  Conakry is the capital and  a port city on the Atlantic.  An outbreak there could potentially start to spread up or down the coast to other fishing tows and cargo ports.

        The other concern being discusses is if this were to spread to Sierra Leone where it would be so hard to coordinate and execute a containment/treatment operation.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:44:49 AM PDT

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  •  Last I recall? (0+ / 0-)

    Weren't the last cases of ebola in Angola or Congo? That's a damn long distance from Guinea. What's going on?

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