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Ebola in the US

Postby Ice.Maiden » 30 Sep 2014, 16:58

This's dreadful!

We soon won't dare walk past anyone in the street, let alone fly. I just hope that doctors and scientists can come up with a jab that works. :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29437070
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby Tomsk » 22 Oct 2014, 17:13

It is a worry..
let's hope it can be stopped..
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby Ice.Maiden » 22 Oct 2014, 18:23

It's not going to be easy, even with a vaccine or something that works. While this thing's rampant, borders should be closed, and no one allowed to travel or come in until it's been contained.
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby brandtrn » 24 Oct 2014, 22:18

Honestly? As many people around here are s**tting bricks about Ebola, I'm not that excited about it. So far, at least, transmission of Ebola is not airborne. Unless one comes into actual physical contact with the feces, vomit, saliva or other bodily fluids of an Ebola sufferer, one isn't very likely to get it. Put another way, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died in the US from Ebola. Scrupulous personal hygiene (i.e., wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!) and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment by health care workers should be adequate protection, at least, until the virus mutates and is capable of being transmitted by airborne means.
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby Tomsk » 25 Oct 2014, 02:41

personal hygiene is essential,
very well put..
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby Ice.Maiden » 25 Oct 2014, 18:15

Interestingly, although experts don't think that ebola's an airborne virus, there's now evidence that pigs've transferred it to monkeys when they haven't touched each other.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20341423

Very good hygiene helps, but the worry is that it MAY be possible to breathe in droplets from an infected source and then contract the disease. It's worrying, although scientists're working flat out to produce millions of vaccines by next year. These'll be largely untested for the length of time that other vaccines are, but've shown promise in combating this dreadful disease.
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby AJRC » 06 Nov 2014, 07:51

They are watching 177 people in the US who may have ebola, but only 3 confirmed cases. Lets hope it stays that way.
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Re: Ebola in the US

Postby Ice.Maiden » 06 Nov 2014, 15:44

Agreed, AJ. If it once takes hold, it'll spread like wildfire.
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