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Ravages of the Ebola outbreaks continue to mount as the Peace Corps has withdrawn volunteers from Western Africa and another Doctor, this time an American with Samaritans Purse, have become infected, turning himself in at the Lagos airport on his way back to the US. His family had return to Texas several weeks earlier. (Thanks to Catte Nappe for catching this), sending chills throughout the Western African health communities.  Peace Corps Pulls Volunteers Out of West Africa Amid Ebola Scare. His family continued home to Texas where they are being monitored for signs of Ebola Viral Diseases, aka EVD.  

Yesterday, I reported the tragic death, of Doctor Khan, Liberia's top, and only Ebola specialist. Several weeks ago, a Doctor from Uganda died from Ebola in Western Africa after coming there as a volunteer to help out in the crisis. Several dozen nurses, and other health workers have died from exposure to the virus despite taking careful precautions, following all safety protocol, and wearing the Personal Protective Equipment.

Health officials are investigating why and how these infections are occurring so often. Fear of catching Ebola has caused health care workers in some areas to flee. Also, due to misunderstanding and suspicious health care workers have been attacked by rural villagers suspecting the health care workers are spreading the disease which seems to arrive and get dramatically worse at the same time health workers appear in response to first cases.

Liberian and Siera Leone are two of the 10 poorest areas in the world and many of the field hospitals are just tents on a mud floor and have no electricity, running water, sewage, or anything but cots. Many rural western Africans have no formal schooling at all, and are accustomed to using village "witch doctors," I apologize if this seems rude, I am not trying to be insensitive to traditions, but one such doctor seems responsible for infecting nearly everyone in a village after suggesting Ebola was spread by snakes, and conducted a ritual involving group touching.

The annual per capita health care expenditure in Liberia is apparently about $8 per person per year.  
     

“The Peace Corps has enjoyed long partnerships with the government and people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and is committed to continuing volunteers’ work there,” the group’s statement reads. “A determination on when volunteers can return will be made at a later date.”

The organization currently has 102 volunteers in Guinea, 108 in Liberia, and 130 in Sierra Leone, it says. On Wednesday, CBS News reported two Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia had been quarantined after possibly being exposed to the deadly virus, though neither currently exhibits symptoms.

As of July 23, 672 people have died from Ebola during the current outbreak, which has spread between Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and other parts of West Africa. Earlier this week, a hospital in Nigeria shuttered its doors after admitting a man who had contracted and later died from the virus.

As of the WHO announcement of July 23, 672 people have died from the Ebola virus, one of the deadliest of any, usually killing 90% of those infected. For some reason, "only" 60% of those infected so far have died in this outbreak.

Airports around the world are now screening all passengers from Western African and several African airlines have canceled flights to and from the affected region.

Kent Brantly, American doctor who contracted Ebola, in grave condition

American Dr. Kent Brantly has spent months treating Ebola patients in Liberia. He is now in an isolation unit in Monrovia, Liberia. His wife and two children who just returned to Texas are being monitored to see if they may become the first to have Ebola Viral Disease, EVD in the United States.

"I'm praying fervently that God will help me survive this disease," Brantly said in an email Monday to Mcray. He also asked that prayers be extended for Nancy Writebol, an American co-worker who also has fallen ill.

Brantly "went into Ebola exhausted" from treating Ebola patients, Mcray said after speaking with him Monday. His prognosis is grave and efforts to evacuate him to Europe for treatment have been thwarted because of concerns expressed by countries he would have to fly over en route to any European destination, Mcray said.

Brantly directed the hospital's Ebola clinic, wearing full-body protective gear in the Equatorial heat for upward of three hours at a time to treat patients.


Liberia's health ministry is investigating how Brantly contracted the virus.

"We're trying to figure out what went wrong because he was always very careful," said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister in Monrovia.

Doctor Brantly's family returned to Texas where they are being monitored for signs of the infection. They would be the first Americans to have Ebola in the United States if infections develop.

I've been finishing the closing of our former house in Weston, Massachusetts and preparing to depart to our new home tomorrow morning with G and our three cats. I had to take G to urgent care today for fungus, yeast, and bacteriological infections in places that can't be mentioned.

So I've about had it with biological pathogens today. Please excuse the lack of pictures or deeper analysis as I have got to now be Doctor HoundDog and clean out infectious material that the doctors only prescribed medicines for but did not "clean out."

Are any of you old enough to remember the original Star Trek episodes when Doctor McCoy would proclaim indignantly to Captain Kirk, "Damn it Jim, I'm a Doctor not a &^ &^% engineer!"

Will any of you doubt my empathy and bedside manner if I now exclaim the worse, "Damn it people, I'm an engineer, not a gosh darn Doctor!"

But, when duty and love call, we are all doctors of the heart so I need to scrub up and also move our final mattress into the garage for our last night in our former home which we have to leave professionally cleaned. It all done except my bedroom which has been command central for this operation and now is a medical center.

As always our prayers and best wishes for recovery go out to Dr. Brant, and all Ebola victims their families, all West Africans, and all those suffering from infections with dreadful biological pathogens.

Also, as I wrote last night, our prayers, or humanist best wishes are with Dr. Khan may he rest in peace after his heroic efforts caring for Ebola patients throughout this epidemic.

I may be able to add pix and updates on Dr Brantlys and his family a few hours from now.  

5:45 PM PT: U.S. Peace Corps volunteers exposed to Ebola. Two Peace Corps volunteers have been exposed according to CBS News, so they show no sign of infection.  



A Peace Corps spokeswoman confirmed to CBS News that the two "had contact with an individual who later died of the Ebola virus."

As a result of the growing spread of the deadly, incurable virus, Peace Corps is temporarily evacuating 340 volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three worst-hit countries. ... There are at least three U.S. citizens known to have contracted the disease. Two are medical workers in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Another American citizen, Patrick Sawyer, died after flying from Liberia to Lagos in Nigeria. He had been a consultant with Liberia's finance ministry and was originally from that country.

Brantly's wife, Amber, said Wednesday he "remains very physically weak" but they "believe God will deliver" him from the deadly virus.

Amber Brantly and the couple's 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease. His host organization, Samaritan's Purse, has recalled nonessential employees from Liberia.

This is good news as the incubation delay, the time from exposure to first symptoms ranges from 2 to 21 days,



Dr. Stephan Monroe of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CBS News's Dr. Jonathan LaPook that the outbreak, which has already infected at least 1,200 people and killed nearly 700, will get worse before it gets better.

"Almost certainly those numbers are going to increase in the coming days and they probably represent an underestimate of the true number of cases because there's incomplete reporting of cases in most of the districts," he said.

6:54 PM PT: Thanks to Catte Nappe for catching error in reporting families travel. Yesterday, I had read that he and his family left Liberia and they traveled on to Texas, and incorrectly assumed they had departed together, Catte found a link indicating the family had left several weeks early. Sorry for error. .

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7:48 PM PT: One extra note now that the final cleaning crew has left and all of our possessions are on trucks on their way to Florida. Now that an American doctor has been infected, we see a burst of coverage from mainstream media. Kogs can be proud that we've been covering this story from the first reports in March, Here are some recent articles I've written about Ebola since March of this year, and you can see kogs have shown great interest even from the first cases.  

     


                                                         
Another doctor infected with Ebola, Peace Corps withdraws volunteers from Western Africa
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HoundDog 07/30/2014 19 49 -
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor, dies of EVD after caring for over 100 patients
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HoundDog 07/29/2014 82 192 4
UN Investigation of Israel should go beyond war crimes to include genocide says Micheal Ratner
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Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor, contracts virus after treating 100 patients
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Photocredit: Reuters

Hannah Goldberg of Time Magazine brings us the sad news that Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Contracts ...


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12 Liberian health workers die of Ebola, others flee posts, 539 deaths out of 888 cases
Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced a new total death count of 538 out of 888 total cases of Ebola in Western Africa. This post provides brief paragraphs from, and links to, four ...
HoundDog 07/11/2014 84 134 3
Deadliest Ebola outbreak in history happening now - June 26 WHO update 367 deaths outs of 600 cases
This post is meant as a brief update of my post of Wednesday, June 25, ...
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Ebola continues to spread in Western Africa, death toll at 337 with 528 cases
    Sylvain Cherkaoui, Cosmos,

     Courtesy of Doctors Without Borders

The World Health Organization announced the combined death toll from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra ...


HoundDog 06/18/2014 7 32 1
West African Ebola death toll rises to 193 out of 291 cases, 34 new cases in Sierra Leone
After appearing to be under control with a declining number of new cases, the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa is spreading in a ...
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W.H.O. declares international health emergency as polio spreads at alarming rate
Dan Bilefsky and Rick Gladstone, of  The New York Times , report Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares.

PARIS — Alarmed by the spread of polio to fragile ...


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350 cases of SARS-like MERS Coronavirus spreads to new countries from Saudi Arabia causes 100 deaths
Egyptian Muslim pilgrims wear masks to protect against MERS: Amr Nabil/AP Photo

Gillian Moheney from ABC News ...


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HoundDog 04/22/2014 32 37 -
Ebola outbreak is new strain 97% similar to Zaire strain, blamed for 135 deaths out of 197 cases
Reuters reports that the West African Ebola outbreak ...
HoundDog 04/18/2014 5 20 -
Ebola out in Guinea is a new strain, did not spread from previous outbreak, death toll rises to 120
The Ebola Virus in West Africa Is New Strain, Scientists Say, and the outbreak in Guinea that has killed more than ...
HoundDog 04/17/2014 6 32 -
West African Ebola death toll reaches 121, rate of new cases slows, progress on vaccine in mice
I have three articles for you tonight and for the first time since the outbreak started two bits of good news. Guineas reports that the number of new cases is falling, and our second articles ...
HoundDog 04/16/2014 9 31 -
Deadly MERS virus outbreak in Saudi Arabia kills 92 out of 228 confirmed cases  
Ellen Knickmeyer and Ahmed Al Oman report that Saudi Arabia has confirmed a surge in cases of the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, (MERS), as ...
HoundDog 04/14/2014 10 31 -
Ebola outbreak is one of most challenging ever seen, death toll tops 100, will continue for months
Terri Rupar, of The Washington Post reports that Doctors of the World Health Organization announced today ...
HoundDog 04/08/2014 13 43 -
Ebola death toll rises to 95 with 151 suspected cases
My son just told me his girlfriend's sister is in Mali with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Doctor's Without Borders,  helping treat the afflicted and contain this epidemic and he and her family ...
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The LA Times Editorial Board has taken a strong stand on the excess use of antibiotics in animal feed and on farms, after the original reporting they did last week I covered ...
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'Panic' as Ebola virus spreads across West Africa, mob attacks medical center
Different images of the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa emerge depending on which reports you read. The death toll has risen to 90.  The World Health Organization is downplaying concerns ...
HoundDog 04/06/2014 53 119 2
Ebola death toll climbs to 85 out of 137 cases, in Mali, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
Two hours ago, Matt Smith, of CNN wrote Ebola toll tops ...
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A new independent outbreak of Ebola occurring in Libera, death toll escalates.
Hi Everyone. In order to get our discussion started earlier tonight I'm going to do things a little bit differently, and post a survey of five articles without my usual pix, to get discussion started,
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West Africa on high alert as ebola epidemic spreads in unusual pattern, Sauda Arabia cancels visas
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Ebola now confirmed to have spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone from Guinea, at least 70 dead
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HoundDog 03/31/2014 33 37 -
Senegal shuts border with Guinea to stop spread of Ebola, cases now in  Libera and Sierra Leone
HoundDog 03/29/2014 59 67 1
8 cases of Ebola found in Guinea's capital of Conakry, bats confirmed as viral reservoir, 70 deaths
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HoundDog 03/28/2014 18 12 -
Bats discovered to be transmission vector in largest outbreak of Ebola in Africa in seven years 64
The BBC is reporting that scientists have finally discovered that bats are the hidden reservoir and transmission vector for spreading Ebola, as reported, in Guinea Ebola outbreak: Bat-...
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Africa's largest outbreak of Ebola in seven years now suspected of spreading  to Liberia (updated)
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  •  I just read the story on line myself I knew you'd (27+ / 0-)

    be on top of it with a diary.

    What I heard somewhere, I think on a BBC report, is MSF is predicting the disease will be killing people until at least the end of this year. That's 5 months. It's killed 700 in the first 4 months. It could kill several thousand before it ends. This is turning in to a freaking zombie apocalypse without the zombies and without the super hero to stop it.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 05:27:14 PM PDT

    •  Yes, that's my expectation as well ontheleftcoast. (18+ / 0-)

      The primary driver in an infectious outbreak like this is a "positive feedback loop which are often gauged by their "doubling time" which unless constrained by a "negative feedback loop tends to produce exponential growth with a constant doubling time.

      Which informally, in my head I'm estimating at just over a month.

      The rate of infection, which is analogous to an interest rate for compounding growth in your bank account should be declining towards zero as we raise awareness and quarantine infected patients so they can not spread the disease.  

      The number of people infected by contacts with infected persons creates the number of patients with new infections.

      The unprecedented aspect of this outbreak is it has arisen in multiple places so the containment perimeters have been breached.

      Unless constrained by behavior change we may have 700 or more new infections in the next month.

      Rural villagers in some places will  not even let health workers into the villages.

      With even top doctors an dozens of health workers becoming infected even health professionals accompanied by government troops do not want to go into remote villages so we really do not even know what is happening in some places.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

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      •  By the way, positive and negative feedback loops (9+ / 0-)

        are not the "good" ones and the "bad' ones.  These are the signs of the transfer function from the old days of control theory mathematics before computer simulation when mathematicians used analytic mathemathics

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        by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:45:29 PM PDT

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        •  This comment got cut off when cleaners downed our (4+ / 0-)
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          WIFI.

          Fortunately control theory mathematicians have not given up "analytic mathematics but with the advent of inexpensive computer resources largely have converted to computer simulation models to explore the behavior outcome implied by descriptions of complex systems in easier to understand difference equations.

          Using applied numerical methods such as Euler's routine, or Runge-Kutta 2 and 4, computer simulations can show us what patterns of behavior over time different assumptions represented in parameter  and non-linear multi-ordered differential equations will produce over time.

          Whereas using analytic math even 2nd and 3rd order non-linear differential equation can become tedious and difficult to solve (at least in the old days, computers are helping everywhere.)

          Software packages like Dynamo 3, Stella, Ithink, Powersim, Matlab, Simulink, and many others facilitate the exploration and feedback system with 100,000 plus equations.

          I worked on models of systems of this sort for a good part of may career including creating one of the first simulation models of the spread of HIV which I presented in one of the very earliest  international conferences on the spread of HIV. I'm not an epidemiologist, I was there to illustrate of such simulations models can be used to allow even non-expert mathematicians to use such simulation packages to explore policy design for complicated feedback systems.

          Sorry, to imply the age of analytic mathematics was over. I hope this cut off comment did not induce panic and distress throughout the mathematical communities which are still live and kicking.  

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          by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 08:22:34 PM PDT

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          •  I meant to include "simultaneous" multi-ordered (1+ / 0-)
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            nonlinear differently equations that are build up out of feedback loops.

            Without the recursion solving them is straightforward.

            Wow, am I out of practice even having our last hours of cleaners moving out of this house and have our WIFI network shouldn't have caused me to leave out this critical feature.

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            by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:22:06 PM PDT

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          •  much easier much faster with the tools (0+ / 0-)

            i'm debating getting mathematica

            or at least bringing up some of the open source tools.

      •  I keep thinking that for this series of diaries (1+ / 0-)
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        maybe you ought to change out your sig line :(

        •  Yes, you are right pixxar. Thanks for calling this (3+ / 0-)
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          to my attention. This almost needs the opposite. Thanks.

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          by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:23:21 PM PDT

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  •  This story is suddenly getting a lot of press here (24+ / 0-)

    in NC.  Both the doctor and the missionary have NC ties.  The Samaritan's Purse is an organization out of Boone, NC I think and the missionary and her husband are from the Charlotte area.  So suddenly almost every news outlet I've seen today has had at least some story about the outbreak.

    "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

    by stellaluna on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 05:37:55 PM PDT

  •  I have seen some comments (18+ / 0-)

    with respect to the PCV pull out on Facebook which come down to "Don't send them here!".  There is much unjustified terror with regard to Ebola.  Instead of viewing its victims as the carriers of a new Plague, we need to view them compassionately, understanding that it is a difficult disease to contract, especially under the prevailing conditions in Western medical facilities.

    Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 05:43:23 PM PDT

  •  Now that American citizens have contracted the (18+ / 0-)

    disease, now it is worthy of being put out in the 'news'.  First they try to scare the bejees out of you with the description of the disease, then they 'reassure' you that it would be difficult for it to get to the US.  Like hell, it's only 7 hours away.  As you've noted incubation is up to 3 weeks.  While we have better isolation units, the US can have cases.  But, it'll be contained much quicker.  

    Otherwise, it doesn't exist..... The poor people of Africa..... I hope that this burns itself out quicker than what MSF is saying, but they've been more right on this outbreak than anyone else.

  •  This is hidden within the rest of the recent (10+ / 0-)

    news from Gaza, the Ukraine and the nutjobs on the Hill, but is perhaps the most important story of our time.

    As has been noted often on this site, we now live in an age of dislocation. One in which the percentage of the refugee population apparently rivals that of the WWII era, Biblical times or the Homeric era. If and it is still an if, this disease spreads the few hundred miles to the refugee population in Nigeria, then all bets are off as it could readily spread throughout Africa and to the Middle East.

    The African disease control agents' estimates are that there are over 30,000 people who potentially came into contact with the original few victims (not a typo). It does not take much math to extrapolate that to real big numbers. Add to this the fact that even the Africans agree that the numbers of victims are understated by a factor of at least 10 to 100 and we have some stats that are truly worrying.

    We are at a stage where we can deal with this if we have quick action. Fortunately for us Congress will be on vacation, Obama will be back at work and executive action will suffice to handle most of what we need to do short term. But we do need to get professional teams in the region ASAP.

    And to add to the paranoia, terrorists could easily send affected people to the US and have them travel about the country while newly contagious. Boy what fun! Best to treat it now.

    And I am Kilrain of the 20th Maine. And I damn all gentlemen. Whose only worth is their father's name And the sweat of a workin' man Steve Earle - Dixieland

    by shigeru on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 05:56:58 PM PDT

    •  Yes, and sadly many hundreds of thousands of (9+ / 0-)

      Africans contract Lhasa fever each year which doesn't even make news. I've been intending to write more about this Malaria, and Dengue fever again soon.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:58:45 PM PDT

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      •  Don't forget about chikungunya (4+ / 0-)
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        gaining traction in Florida.  A place I have no desire to go for other reasons just became even less attractive!

        http://www.cdc.gov/...

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        by the dogs sockpuppet on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:50:23 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, I wrote an artilce about that last week. (2+ / 0-)
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          Please check out the update. I've also been keeping the community abreast of MERS, PDS, and several other viral related contagion.

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          by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 08:06:10 PM PDT

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    •  I don't understand why people think this is not (6+ / 0-)

      being covered. I've been reading and hearing about this Ebola outbreak for many weeks. I admit, my ears prick up at the word, but I hadn't been proactively searching online for news before this week.

      It has been covered in national news, and not just subsequent to the Americans being infected. MSF has been sounding the alarm for a long time.

      I'm not as convinced that it's so very difficult to catch when we have many medical workers including several very experienced and careful, expert physicians who've been infected. Not saying there is any reason for panic here, but it may be that transmission is easier than previous outbreaks, or than previously thought.

      I sure hope that heroic doctor and his family are ok -- and all those brave enough to stay at their posts in the face of this very scary outbreak.

      Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

      by Catskill Julie on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:07:38 PM PDT

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      •  I've been watching it for weeks.. (4+ / 0-)
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        Mostly off of Al Jazeera, I grant you, but it's been out there.

      •  physicians catching it: (2+ / 0-)
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        I heard an interview on Public Radio with a physician who had treated patients.  He said that the full-body suits they wore got up to 115 degrees inside (he put a thermometer in his suit to find out) and he was sweating buckets, sweat was in his eyes while he was trying to handle needles and IV lines and so on, etc.

        Then per another of HoundDog's stories here, taking off the protective gear is another danger point, as there is always a "last person" to un-suit, and it's exceedingly difficult to do so without touching the exterior at some point.  

        Working in that kind of heat is already a life-safety risk, so envision yourself exhausted, overheated, dehydrated, and terrified, and it's easy to see how a small but ultimately fatal mistake can be made.  

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:32:14 PM PDT

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      •  it is being covered but does not get (0+ / 0-)

        the minutes the Ukraine, Russia, Gaza, Obama lawsuit, and Katie get. That may change now that white folks are affected. I mean that in the best way possible.

        And I am Kilrain of the 20th Maine. And I damn all gentlemen. Whose only worth is their father's name And the sweat of a workin' man Steve Earle - Dixieland

        by shigeru on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 01:23:04 PM PDT

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    •  Terrorist travel: (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been howling for more than a decade about terrorists leveraging an Ebola outbreak:

      1)  Get two sets of false documents.
      2)  Using one set of docs, travel to location of Ebola outbreak, volunteer to help care for patients.
      3)  Get infected.  This is the easy part.
      4)  Using the other set of docs, travel to London, Manhattan, or Washington DC.  Don't worry about getting picked up be "fever detectors" in airports, you have almost three weeks between becoming infected and showing any signs of illness.
      5)  Ride the Underground, the Subway, or the Metro as the case may be, at peak commuter hours.
      6)  Have plenty of random contact with others while hot and sweaty.
      7)  Keep doing (6) until too sick to walk.
      8)  Go to hospital with "the flu."
      9)  When admitted to inpatient status, pick up the bedside phone, call a talk show, and announce what you've done.
      10)  Watch mass panic occur and two more waves of infection, with a total of a few thousand more fatalities.
      11)  Die in hospital and collect 72 under-age virgins.

      If this thing spreads to the Middle East, the above scenario becomes more proable.  Anyone here from LE or the IC, please bug your superiors about this.  We need to get hard-core proactive about this ASAP.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 09:17:28 PM PDT

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  •  That link is to something else entirely. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Yes, corrected. I have no idea idea. I've never (1+ / 0-)
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      even read that other one. I've been sitting on the floor while cleaners have been vacuuming around me.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:25:41 PM PDT

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  •  Oh? (10+ / 0-)
    ...an American with Samaritans Purse, have become infected, turning himself in at the Lagos airport on his way back to the US with his family, sending chills throughout the Western African health communities.  Peace Corps Pulls Volunteers Out of West Africa Amid Ebola Scare. His family continued home to Texas where they are being monitored for signs of Ebola Viral Diseases
    We are getting lots of coverage on this heroic doctor, here in the DFW area. But until this moment, the story that has been told is that his family returned for a relative's wedding, he remained in Africa, and first showed symptoms well after their departure. Thus they were at no risk themselves.  Your post is a very different story. Link?

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    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:05:06 PM PDT

  •  My stepsister's daughter has been in Sierra Leone (11+ / 0-)

    for about a month with the Peace Corps; I have been increasingly worried as the news got worse.  Even today the family had no news that she would be pulled from her posting, but I for one am so relieved to read about this.

    Thanks, HD for regular updates.

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    by weck on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:18:17 PM PDT

  •  Heartfelt prayers (8+ / 0-)

    for an end to the suffering, a vaccine and a cure.  Enormous heartfelt thanks to the medical professionals.

    And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    by noweasels on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:21:06 PM PDT

  •  Not just human pandemics to fear (4+ / 0-)

    There are dangerous and potentially catastrophic diseases that could destroy the food supplies for billions of people. The avian flu, the swine disease that kills piglets, Ug99 (wheat rust) and others are menaces because of our mass-production facilities that breed and raise millions of the same animals together. A pandemic can spread very quickly through a concentrated homogenous population.

    "Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free" - Queen Elsa

    by fourthcornerman on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 06:36:21 PM PDT

  •  Brantley is a young doctor, just barely out (5+ / 0-)
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    of training.  Many years ahead of him in medical practice if he survives.

    I heard on NPR today that at many of the airports in/near affected areas, there is no official symptom screening. The only control being exerted is by airlines refusing to fly to these places. It's only a matter of time until someone slips through on a trip off the continent.  I don't think it will turn into a huge outbreak elsewhere without the appropriate vector species, but still damn scary.

    And yeah, I'd substitute traditional healer for witch doctor...

    I want to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home to get him out of the rain that night. -Bishop G. Brewer

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 07:44:49 PM PDT

  •  Who is left (2+ / 0-)
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    fighting this terrible plague?  If I wanted to make a donation (what else can I do?) what would be the best organization to donate to?

    Light is seen through a small hole.

    by houyhnhnm on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 08:13:01 PM PDT

    •  MSF is my favorite. They are doing more than (2+ / 0-)
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      anyone else, and have turned out to have  been correct in every dispute they've had with the WHO who has to pay more attention to politics.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:27:55 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for keeping us updated with such fine (4+ / 0-)

    diaries, especially with moving and caring for a family member!  You are wonderful, and I thank you.

    On CBS, they shared this bit:

    MSF says while the virus is believed to be able to survive for some days in liquid outside an infected organism, chlorine disinfection, heat, direct sunlight, soaps and detergents can kill it.
    my emphasis

    Can it survive in standing water?  Is anyone studying the viabllity in water exposed to direct sunlight?  What I'm getting at is could a population be exposed by bathing or daily contact with a water source that became contaminated with it?  

    It's horrible enough as it is, but some ability to survive in liquids is disturbing.

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    by bkamr on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 08:33:31 PM PDT

    •  Thanks bkamr, excellent questions. You as me a few (2+ / 0-)
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      months ago, as one of the earliest people to comment in this series if cooking killed the virus and if done long enough the answer is yes.

      The way the animal to human vector occurs is with under cooked meat and cooks handling the raw meat during prep.

      Still looking for info on transmission from bat feces and urine.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:31:26 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you, HD. I hope your move is going as well (1+ / 0-)
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        as can be expected?  

        I would have thought they'd have tested for the urine and feces by now.  Though, formal research and publications are probably not the priorities at this point.

        You know what I'm concerned about ... having it become an aerosol (virus on feces or urine contaminated dust particles) or water borne situation.  Then, we wouldn't be dealing with a doubling scenario.  With food handling, there is already more than one mode of transmission.  

        I'm also concerned about other infectious diseases blooming with so many resources being tied up with Ebola and people beginning to mistrust/ not cooperate with medical/ governmental professionals.

        I have a friend and a family member in the region, and I haven't heard from either in a week or so.  I'm hoping that's because they are focused on getting home.  I know that exposure to Ebola for them is slim, but civil unrest is a always a concern.

        I hope your family member is feeling better, and thank you again for your wonderful diaries.

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        by bkamr on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 08:04:32 AM PDT

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    •  thus body-bag burial. (1+ / 0-)
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      Otherwise there are various routes for infectious fluids to make contact with moving water that finds its way to a body of water.  

      However it would have to find a species in the water, to use as a reservoir, and so far we don't know of any instances that point to fish etc. being able to carry it.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:41:54 PM PDT

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      •  Mosquitoes? As a vector. The comments (1+ / 0-)
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        about standing water made me think of them.

        Thanks HD for all the work you've put into these diaries. I hope your move goes well and that G gets better. Just enjoy the trip and take your time moving in. Enjoy your new home.

        A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

        by Gwennedd on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 02:15:59 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for your continuing coverage, (2+ / 0-)
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    depressing though it be. Sometimes it would be nice to be a theist and think prayer would help. I just hope someone figures out how these careful medical personnel are becoming infected. This definitely rates as tragedy, a word I rarely use.

  •  Thanks for all of you hard work on this (4+ / 0-)

    I can't thank you enough - it WILL make a difference.  My heart simply aches for all contracting this disease.  It is a devastatingly awful situation.

  •  I've been trying to research this outbreak (2+ / 0-)
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    and been frustrated. Do they think it was a single human infection that then spread or do they think humans have started interacting with some organism that acts as a reservoir of the virus? Does anyone have any idea what the non human host of virus even is?

    •  Fruit bats turn out to be a major reservoir and (1+ / 0-)
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      are thought now to be the primary and maybe only major reservoir animal. They carry the virus but do not get sick for reasons I do not yet understand.

      The frequently transmit it to primates, gazzelles, antelope porcipines and other game animal who then die from it.

      People can get it from theses animals either live or dead.

      Eating, and selling fruit bats is not illegal in all three states.

      Hunter are also warned not to eat fruit bitten nut dropped by bats.

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:38:42 PM PDT

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  •  i have a schoolmate from Sierra Leone (1+ / 0-)
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    when this broke i sent him an early warning

    he said the country is so poor that
    they have no resources to fight this.

    if it burns out with a few thousand dead it won't
    have much impact in a few years compared to HIV
    but if it spreads it could really cause some
    real problems.

    if it gets to 7-8 figures well, then it's the black plague.

  •  thank you hounddog (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    Your coverage of this topic has been excellent.

    My mothers parent lived at 29 Willard Rd in Weston.
    Fathers parents had a home on the south side of route 20. I don't remember their address.
    small world eh?

  •  Thank you again, HoundDog, for chronicling thes... (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you again, HoundDog, for chronicling these very important diaries for Kossacks and anyone who comes across them. You probably remember I follow your Ebola diaries (and others!) pretty closely. My thoughts go out to you and your family during your move (may it go well) and to your ill loved one. I hope all is operating smoothly in your household shortly. :)

    My heart breaks for the doctors and other health care workers who risk their lives taking care of Ebola stricken patients, only to become ill themselves. My thoughts are also with the victims and their families. The whole situation is sad and scary. May we find a cure in the very near future for all strains of this horrific virus. I'll be donating some funds to Doctors Without Borders at some point today. Take care to you all!

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