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Old 11-09-2018, 08:50 AM   #1
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Monday that the Ebola outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo has become so serious that international public health experts need to consider the possibility that it cannot be brought under control and instead will become entrenched.

If that happened, it would be the first time since the deadly viral disease was first identified in 1976 that an Ebola outbreak led to the persistent presence of the disease. In all previous outbreaks, most of which took place in remote areas, the disease was contained before it spread widely. The current outbreak is entering its fourth month, with nearly 300 cases, including 186 deaths.

If Ebola becomes endemic in substantial areas of North Kivu province, in northeastern Congo, “this will mean that we’ve lost the ability to trace contacts, stop transmission chains and contain the outbreak,” said Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, which hosted the briefing on Capitol Hill that featured the Ebola discussion with Redfield.

In that scenario, there would be a sustained and unpredictable spread of the deadly virus, with major implications for travel and trade, he said, noting that there are 6 million people in North Kivu. By comparison, the entire population of Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries during the West Africa Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016, is about 4.8 million.

The outbreak is taking place in a part of Congo that is an active war zone. Dozens of armed militias operate in the area, attacking government outposts and civilians, complicating the work of Ebola response teams and putting their security at risk. Violence has escalated in recent weeks, severely hampering the response. The daily rate of new Ebola cases more than doubled in early October. In addition, there is community resistance and deep mistrust of the government.

Some sick people have refused to go to treatment centers, health-care workers are still being infected, and some people are dying of Ebola or spreading the virus to new areas. An estimated 60 to 80 percent of new confirmed cases have no known epidemiological link to prior cases, making it very difficult for responders to track cases and stop transmission. In late August, the United States withdrew some of the CDC’s most seasoned Ebola experts who had been stationed in Beni, the province’s urban epicenter, because of security risks.
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Unfortunately, Houston has one of the largest trading ports in the world so if the Ebola does break out, chances are good it will spread to "my neighborhood" sooner rather than later.
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:53 PM   #2
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This is when we order a complete travel embargo from Congo. Period. There is no earthly reason not to. There is every strategic and national health reason to keep from bringing this heinous disease in to our nation. Of course the open border Dem lunatics will scream and cry about it, but to bad I say. Either that, or no one from any country with a single case of Ebola comes in without a negative blood screening fro Ebola. Period. It's just simple common sense.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:54 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by ancona View Post:
This is when we order a complete travel embargo from Congo. Period. There is no earthly reason not to. There is every strategic and national health reason to keep from bringing this heinous disease in to our nation. Of course the open border Dem lunatics will scream and cry about it, but to bad I say. Either that, or no one from any country with a single case of Ebola comes in without a negative blood screening fro Ebola. Period. It's just simple common sense.
Needs to be a wider ban IMO. I'd like to see them put a halt to all travel for at least 6 months, unless it's a matter of national security you don't get in & then you are quarantined for whatever the CDC & WHO recognize as the standard incubation period is for that crud. FFS don't do what barry did & start importing raging cases of the stuff. We dodged a bullet last time, doesn't mean we will again. It's playing with fire in a big way. I wouldn't put it past the dems that if Trump did that, they'd try & infect people so they could blame Trump, completely ignoring the fact barry did it. The MSM would certainly never remind people of that fact.
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The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed more than 200 people, is expected to last until mid-2019, a senior World Health Organization official said on Tuesday.

“It’s very hard to predict time frames in an outbreak as complicated as this with so many variables that are outside our control," WHO emergency response chief Peter Salama told reporters, "but certainly we’re planning on at least another six months before we can declare this outbreak over.”
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I'm a bit puzzled that they are estimating a time frame for the end of the outbreak when all the recent news has been that they can't contain it and there is a good chance it will become entrenched (ie. persistent). I hope the WHO is right though. 6 months is better than forever.
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Originally Posted by PMBug View Post:
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I'm a bit puzzled that they are estimating a time frame for the end of the outbreak when all the recent news has been that they can't contain it and there is a good chance it will become entrenched (ie. persistent). I hope the WHO is right though. 6 months is better than forever.
They don't want to upset the herd too much & cause a stampede.
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Congolese authorities have authorised clinical trials for four experimental Ebola treatments, which will allow researchers to collect valuable data about their effectiveness, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Health workers have already administered therapeutic treatments to more than 150 Ebola patients since August in an effort to contain the worst of Democratic Republic of Congo's 10 outbreaks of the hemorrhagic fever since 1976.

But until now doctors have decided which treatment to use on a case-by-case basis. In the clinical trial, the choice of treatment will now be randomised.
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As of last weekend, 151 patients had received one of the four drugs. Of those, 76 had recovered, 44 had died and 31 were still hospitalised -- a mortality rate of 37 percent.

By contrast, among those who had not received treatment, the mortality rate was close to 80 percent.

The ministry said that the data from the current outbreak would probably not be sufficient to make definitive conclusions about the effectiveness of the treatments and that the trials could continue during future outbreaks.
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I can't help but wonder that if they do find a vaccine or even a cure for those infected if it's just going to make an even more treatment resistant version or a whole new disease. If I recall, both ebola & aids are traced back to Africa starting in the mid to late 70's. Also the zika virus started in Africa, but that started a couple decades earlier, the 50's I think. Makes you wonder what the hell is going on over there & if some of the sci-fi or conspiracy theory movies might be a little closer to reality than one might otherwise think.
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Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

WHO's emergencies chief, Dr. Peter Salama, called it a "sad toll" as Congo's health ministry announced the number of cases has reached 426. That includes 379 confirmed cases and 47 probable ones. So far this outbreak, declared on Aug. 1, has 198 confirmed deaths, with another 47 probable ones, Congo's health ministry said.
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More than 37,000 people have received Ebola vaccinations, and Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs. And yet the risk of Ebola spreading in so-called "red zones" — areas that are virtually inaccessible because of the threat of rebel groups — is a major concern in containing this outbreak.
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This is the first time this turbulent part of northeastern Congo has had an Ebola outbreak. Congo's health ministry has carried vivid accounts of residents, spurred by rumors, who have been trying to stop safe burial practices that halt the spread of Ebola from victims to relatives and friends.

On Thursday, the ministry said a group of youths broke into a morgue, stole the body of an Ebola victim and returned it to their family.
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Wow on that last part.
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well the body obviously wasnt properly buried if it was in a morgue .......
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Well, this isn't good news...
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The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

“We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,” said John Johnson, project coordinator with Doctors Without Borders. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said.
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This is by far the largest deployment of the promising but still experimental Ebola vaccine, which is owned by Merck. The company keeps a stockpile of 300,000 doses, and preparing them takes months.

“We are extremely concerned about the size of the vaccine stockpile,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s emergencies director, told the STAT news outlet in an interview last week, saying 300,000 doses is not sufficient as urban Ebola outbreaks become more common.

Health workers, contacts of Ebola victims and their contacts have received the vaccine in a “ring vaccination” approach, but in some cases all residents of hard-to-reach communities have been offered it. The prospect of a mass vaccination in a major city like Butembo has raised concerns. Salama called the approach “extremely impractical.”
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