Its interesting that we don't hear that much about Ebola any more.
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So it appears that WHO has labelled the ebola outbreak in the DRC a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern". This outbreak has been quietly festering over there for about a year now. It doesn't really seem that it is spreading with the ferocity of the west africa ebola outbreak that got going in 2014. Also nowhere near the numbers of infected and dead. At last count I think they were somewhere around 2300 confirmed cases. That isn't a drop in the bucket compared to the millions that live there.
Seems to me they have kept it relatively under control, even with all of the cards stacked against them (lack of infrastructure, militia violence, corruption and the unwillingness of much of the population to seek treatment). Then one guy ends up in Goma and the designation changes.
I guess, with all things considered, I am wondering if this really is a health emergency of "international" importance. Was this designation just a way to pull more resources into the area or should we be paying closer attention to it with concerns that it could spread internationally?
Didn't we just go through this a few years a go.
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After reading this Obama said I am on it.
I really don't give a rat's rear about Ebola in DRC. I give a rat's rear about Ebola here. This brings me to NGOs who trot around the globe telling you they are there to help humanity, usually against your interest. This is especially true for my favorite NGO Doctors Without Borders. The get grants from here and there, fly to some S-hole in Africa were Ebola is raging, set up a clinic and then contract the disease themselves. And what do they do when they, those wonderful doctors and their staff, get sick? The fly back to their home countries in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ and Europe for treatment. The clinic they just set up for "natives" is not good enough for them so they fly back here, try to get through customs and medical screening, and come to the best hospitals in the country.
There is a little secret about epidemics. Public Health agencies all over the world know the secret but they don't like repeating politically incorrect words to the public so we never hear it. The secret is "Epidemic" has a reflexive response and treatment procedure: "Quarantine". Where there is an epidemic the immediate response is and should be quarantine. Every student learns this in Public Health 101.
But those heroes at Doctors Without Borders either don't know this or don't care. They would rather break quarantine and return to their home countries, spreading the disease on the way, but getting treated themselves. Personally, I have no respect for these people and think they should be tried criminally if they ever pull this stunt again. This is how people died of Ebola in the USA.
Watch the series The Hot Zone. Great mini series on Ebola and how it was found and not contained very well.
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be glad it is not airborne
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