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Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 3:08 pm

If you know what Ebola does to you then you will hope and pray this is controlled ASAP.


W Africa ebola outbreak confirmed

The World Health Organisation has said that an outbreak of fever in the west African country of Gabon is ebola, the usually fatal viral disease.
A WHO spokesman said seven people had died so far.

It is the first known outbreak of the disease since 224 people died of it in Uganda last year.

Ebola spreads through human contact

The WHO spokesman, Gregory Hartl, said two teams of specialists were on their way to Gabon to help deal with the outbreak.

The specialists will try and contain the outbreak as well as investigate its source.

There have also been unconfirmed reports of a separate outbreak in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo.

A total of 28 people have died in this outbreak, although DR Congo health officials say the fever is unlikely to be Ebola, as had been earlier feared, but a similar hemorrhagic fever.

There is no known cure for Ebola and 70% of its victims bleed to death within days.

The Gabon outbreak is in the remote province of Ogooue Ivindo in the country's north-east.

Gabon was last afflicted by ebola in an outbreak in 1996-97 that killed 45 of the 60 people infected.

Remote village

The cases in DR Congo have been reported in a remote village 500 kilometres east of the capital, Kinshasa. A team of epidemiologists and doctors is on its way to carry out further tests and treat the sufferers.

The village in West Kasai province, Mbisangandu, is only accessible by an aeroplane flight, a journey by dugout canoe, and then a 15km walk through thick forest.

In another worrying development, five people in a village some 90km away are also feared to have been affected.

Dr Mapunza Mamieza, chairman of the Ministry of Health's emergency committee, said the Ebola virus could almost certainly be ruled out, and several patients had responded well to treatment from antibiotics.


The challenge now is to establish what the virus is, which means sending samples to a clinic in South Africa, isolating the affected communities, and getting treatment for the patients.

Rebels controlling the eastern half of the country are being asked to allow movement of sufferers and doctors across the frontline which runs close to the affected area.

Officials reported that the nearest hospital is in rebel hands.

Ebola was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the DR Congo.

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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 3:58 pm

I wouldn't worry. First of all this virus breaks out all the time all over parts of Africa. We are hearing about this breakout due to the world's heightened sense of paanoia about such viruses.

Second, this virus is virulent that everyone who gets dies almost immediately. In other words there is little if any incubation time associated with it. Therefore anyone contracting it in Africa would never make it far to pass it to anyone else. Also, it is transmitted through bodily fluids, like blood. And although it makes its victims bleed, it is fairly easy to contain.

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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 5:17 pm

Just hope it never develops into an airborn version. If that happens, bingo...
One good thing, survival time outside tropical (hot an humid) regions of the virus is extremely short, making it hard for it to spread far to the north.
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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 5:53 pm

Well I just hope they control it ASAP.
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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 6:34 pm

will South Africa be ok to travel to as i will be going there for X'mas
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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Mon Dec 10, 2001 7:59 pm

Actually, I think you are incorrect about Ebola. I read that in a country such as the US the fatality rate due to ebola would be lower than 40%. Apparently if you hydrate the victim quickly enough they will survive the outbreak.

Incubation is 2 to 21 days so it isn't a quick death.

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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 12:51 am

Actually ebola is serious. There are four types of ebola: ebola reston (named after a nighborhood in the DC area), ebola zaire, ebola sudan and marburg. Ebola reston only affects monkeys otherwise there would have been an outbreak amongst the human population in Washington! Ebola sudan has a fatality rate of 50%, marburg has a 25% fatality rate and ebola zaire has a 90% fatality rate! The disease can be transmitted through the air and it's a virus that mutates rapidly so there's no known cure. Hopefully the virus will be contained, otherwise theoretically 90% of the world's population could be wiped out in six weeks if the disease were to spread around the globe!

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RE: Ebola Outbreak!

Tue Dec 11, 2001 3:31 am

Just some more proof that it pays to live somewhere cold Big grin

Anyways, this happens pretty often. People are just paranoid now.

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