EBOLA OUTBREAK WEST AFRICA
Guinea Conakry EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Written by Dharma (D-Undertaker) Thandrayen
Why is this Ebola hemorrhagic fever like a Zombie Outbreak? And who cares its in Africa, it cant reach the rest of the world right? WRONG, have you not seen the 2011 movie Contagion with Gwyneth Paltrow, about the rapid spread of a disease that began in Asia? In this day and age of fast cars, planes and trains and international mail, a contamination like this can spread faster than we think! Hundreds of people travel from Guinea Conakry to the United States, Canada and Europe EVERY DAY! So think again about not being worried! Well for one, you can contact this disease by simply being in contact with a DEAD BODY, or CORPSE in medical jargon. This worm like virus attaches itself to skin tissues and then spread inside and outside your body, your bodily cavities and your bodily fluids.
Also if you have not, you should see the 1995 movie “Outbreak” with Dustin Hoffman it also delt with this subject on US soil. At this time, the Ebola Virus is not airborne, and thank goodness for that, we all are aware of SARS and H1N1 and their cousin “viruses”
This disease was first documented in the year 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C. back then called ZAIRE ). A village situated near the D.R.C. has this river called the Ebola River, from which the disease got coined with its now creepy name. Medical experts say it started by monkey to human contamination, its acquired by simply touching an infected surface or person. its that contagious and deadly also. 5 types exist:
The one presenting itself today is the most fatal, the type Zaire. The worst part is there is no anti viral cure. Antibiotics will not work. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. A previous outbreak some years back that made the news was caused in certain west african nations after eating monkeys and the handling of the meat may have spread the disease. I’ve seen Monkey meat and heads on sale out in the open street, when traveling by car from the villages to the city in Gabon. I had never seen that so I always remember it lol. The symptoms of this terrible disease are displayed normally 21 days after infection, then it goes MUCH FASTER and is ends in death. In the United States, Canada and even Western Europe The 21 day infection rate could be seriously lowered , due to the fact people living in those regions have a lot weaker immunities than those in Africa so an outbreak there could spread real fast and a lot farther than in Africa.
Also tragic is 90% of all patients will die from this Ebola infection. This is according to world health authorities. The symptoms resemble those of the flu, but get worse, and can vary at first. See below for more symptoms. You get this by being in contact with DEAD BODIES of those infected, bodily fluids of an infected animal or human. Handling animal meat that is infected. These include blood, saliva, semen, vomit, urine, or human and animal feces. As a French MSF (Doctors without Borders) doctor noted years ago, really all that is needed is more cleaning of kitchens and toilets using eau de javel (cleaning bleach) and this could have been prevented. In other words lack of hygiene. Something rampant in Africa and 3rd world nations. People in the WEST take hygiene for granted, where offices & office toilets are in general always kept clean, road washing cars sweep city streets etc. Come to Africa and see the difference. Ofcourse this differs from country to country, city to city, town to town but overall this is the case and the result are epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks that could lead to the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! I have myself lived in Africa, specifically West Africa for decades and traveled alot in Africa including in the DRC and other places, specifically to the villages, so I have seen first hand the issues people there need to deal with. Ironically some are more immune to diseases due to developing fighting agents in their skin being over exposed to garbage etc, while in the west they over wash ourselves. Germophobic fanaticism is also not advisable, you over clean yourself, you kill the good warriors in your skin oils! The latest outbreak this march 2014 started in Guinea Conakry and has now paid a visit to Liberia, and now has possibly entered Canadian borders, a man presenting Ebola type symptoms, may or may not be infected but like I said earlier, these things will travel fast. A man lost 8 members of his family in just less than a week, including his wife and children seeing his cries of agony can melt any heart. The eating of BATS, yes of Bats is being blamed for this latest outbreak. Who the hell eats bats anyway. They had this coming if I may dare say so.
Ebola detected in Guinea victims, 50 dead
Ebola outbreakCredit: File photo from July, 2012 shows officials from the World Health Organization wearing protective clothing as they prepare to enter a Ugandan hospital where an outbreak of Ebola virus started..(Isaac Kasamani/AFP/GettyImages)
Some residents in western Uganda say they are too scared to go shopping in local markets, visit churches or mosques or travel freely for fear of catching the Ebola virus, which has already killed 16 people. Some residents in western Uganda say they are too scared to go shopping in local markets, visit churches or mosques or travel freely for fear of catching the Ebola virus, which has already killed 16 people. (Edward Echwalu/Reuters)
March 2014 Last updated at 16:49 GMT
Guinea Ebola outbreak: Bat-eating banned to curb virus
A fruit bat is pictured in 2010 at the Amneville zoo in France. Fruit bats are believed to be a major carrier of the Ebola virus but do not show symptoms
Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said.
During the incubation period, which can last about 1 week (rarely up to 2 weeks) after infection, symptoms include:
Backache (low-back pain)
Late symptoms include:
Bleeding from eyes, ears, and nose
Bleeding from the mouth and rectum (gastrointestinal bleeding)
Eye swelling (conjunctivitis)
Genital swelling (labia and scrotum)
Increased feeling of pain in the skin
Rash over the entire body that often contains blood (hemorrhagic)
Roof of mouth looks red
There may be signs and symptoms of:
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Exams and Tests
Tests used to diagnose Ebola fever include:
Tests of how well the blood clots (coagulation studies)
Liver function tests
Tests to show whether someone has been exposed to the Ebola virus (virus-specific antibodies)
Here are some more tips how to detect and prevent EBOLA from the WHO.
Ebola haemorrhagic fever
Fact sheet N°103
The Ebola virus causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) outbreaks in humans.
Viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
There is no treatment or vaccine available for either people or animals.
READ MORE HERE: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Don’t panic, but prepare to take precautions.
Z.S.A Science & Medical Division
ZSA SCIENCE AND MEDICAL DIVISION