The current death total for the epidemic in Africa is 2793. This is not really a whole hell of a lot compared to lots of other diseases, but it is something to take into consideration regarding a disease that does not yet have a cure. The last African disease that started slowly and built up over time was AIDS, which has killed more than 30 million people so far, and obviously not just in Africa.
Now the death toll is 2917 with 6263 identified cases (and of course many more unidentified in remote villages). Thing are getting worse in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but appear to have stabilised in Guinea.
They have been saying there will probably be some cases in Europe, too. The hard part is always to recognise an unfamiliar disease, especially with flu season about to start soon. They can always ask travellers to spontaneously tell medical staff if they have been in any foreign countries, but some people won't do it, no matter what... Not to mention flights in totally safe countries, but during which you might find yourself sitting next to an infected person.
So true Kerouac. Case in point: the patient in Dallas was misdiagnosed and sent home with anti-biotics for 2 days!!! Several children were exposed in that interim period and goodness knows who else. Obviously, hospitals around the country (and other countries I would hope)are tightening up on their protocol but, it's so easy to slip through the cracks as we well know.
The "plot" thickens as more and more details emerge about the amount of exposure the man in Dallas had with other people. He apparently was not as forthcoming in the details he divulged to the health care community. Not that he intentionally withheld info in a careless way, but, the consequences could indeed be dire.
Right now they are tracking 100 people in the US who may have been exposed.
The media coverage of course is "going to town" on this. In this case, is that out of control or not? I don't know if I believe for it to be irresponsible. And, this is coming from one of the most cynical media critics ever.
Well, at least the experts here have said that it is only contagious from a person actually suffering from the symptoms of the disease, not just incubating it. So there are two or three safe days for casual encounters before the shit hits the fan.
When away on holiday, the news programs were reporting concerns of the ebola virus spreading globally and we were sure we would encounter some kind of screening at the Munich airport but nothing. No questions verbally or on a form. I thought flying out of an international airport there would be some measures starting to emerge.
They probably have the fever scanners set up in the arrival zone of the West African flights. No real need for them anywhere else unless a significant outbreak is confirmed on another continent. I'm sure that embarkation procedures in Africa are already quite strict.
During the bird flu crisis, I went to both Hong Kong and Vietnam and everybody went through the fever machines. Since I always feel overheated in airports anyway, I always felt certain that I would be pulled aside, but I guess I had just brain fever rather than real fever.
I too become overheated in airports (I think stress) and have frequent hot flashes normally. I wonder if we would have been let on the plane if we had departed on Monday versus Friday considering the fevers we were coping with by then? I am glad we did not have to find out.
The situation is becoming more and more alarming. Every time I listen to the a.m. news on the radio there's another story. And, I'm not blaming it on the media. If anything, my cynical nature tells me that they're not telling us everything in order to prevent massive panic and hysteria.
It seems the Spanish case was a result of inadequate precautions nearly as bad as Dallas.
The easy answer is to quarantine completely that area of West Africa where these cases originate. Easier said than done, I would make a wonderful dictator, but that is what is required in this situation. Nobody comes out, tough.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I see that the official worldwide death toll now stands at 3,879. Obviously, that's almost nothing compared to lots of other diseases but a death toll of well over 50% is what is worrisome. Not to mention future mutations, which are inevitable.
Morocco is the host of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament and has requested postponement due to the Ebola situation. The event is scheduled to take place from January 17 to February 8, which is really quite soon. However, the African Football Confederation has insisted that there is no reason to change the dates. Doesn't this remind you of the mayor in Jaws who refused to close the beach because it was the 4th of July weekend?
There will be a new meeting of the African Football Confederation on November 2-3 but (unbelievably) the purpose of the meeting will be to determine if they want to move the event to another country. First choice would be South Africa which has all of those stadiums from the World Cup.
A second health care worker who treated the patient in Dallas that died has now been diagnosed as positive for Ebola.
In other related news, there is a big hoorah about where to dispose of the dead patients belongings, personal effects. Word has it that they want to transport it to a dump site in Louisiana. I haven't heard the latest update on this since yesterday.
Casi I also just heard that after being involved in the care and treatment of the patient who passed away from Ebola, this second nurse that has been infected, took a flight to Cleveland and back.
They are stating that all staff had been advised of being restricted from commercial flights but it would be okay for staff to take a chartered flight. Now they are looking for approximately 132 passengers from the flights. I believe it is the return Frontier flight they are concerned about. They are reporting a very low possibility of anyone being infected and advise all passengers to make contact with the CDC.
This second patient is also being transferred out of Texas today.
Yes Mich, I heard that too. Very scary. And, apparently there were many breaches in the protocol at the hospital in Dallas, just a there were in Spain. (I remember when my husband worked for EMS when he first started out, there were no"'universal precaution" protocols that paramedics were instructed to follow. It was many years before these were instituted. My husband was exposed to all manner of bodily fluids and on at least one occasion was stuck with a needle. It used to scare me to death).
The patient is being transferred to Emory university in Georgia which apparently has some specialists that deal with Ebola.
Louisiana authorities have nixed the disposal of the patients ashes and personal effects being dumped here.