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So we've had Ebola in 2014 and Zika this year, and there are concerns about antibiotic resistant superbugs. Not to mention things like the flu always popping up, gastrointestinal bacteria like E. Coli always posing a threat, and the sort. Why not have a dedicated thread? This goes for humans, animals, plants, and other lifeforms. 

When the next pandemic occurs, this should be the go-to thread. 

To differentiate this from the Biology & Medicine News and Discussions thread, this is mainly for discussing outbreaks of diseases and progress (or lack thereof) controlling and containing said outbreaks, as well as the rising potential existential threat posed by antibiotic resistant superbugs— not discussing the latest in anti-aging research or how a particular experimental drug causes a specific cancer to go into remission in mice.

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Ebola has killed 60 people in Guinea and is spreading into Sierra Leone, this virus is one of the most dangerous on Earth and KILLS 90% of the people it infects. Hope they get this under control as it is HIGHLY contagious.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...ising-1.2582861


Edited by Yuli Ban, 08 May 2018 - 09:57 PM.


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Is there a vaccine for this?


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I don't think so, Ev. As far as I'm aware, Ebola is the smallpox of the 21st century. Ish.


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Quarantine the shit out of that area, then.


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Wow that is scary.  


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This disease has always been among the scariest to me, even though it hasn't killed too many people.


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Ebola epidemic reaches Guinea capital, UNICEF says

Africa - Ebola epidemic reaches Guinea capital, UNICEF says - France 24

 

 

An epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea has now reached the country’s capital of Conakry, the United Nations children's agency said on Sunday.

"At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities of Macenta, Gueckedou, and Kissidougou to the capital, Conakry," UNICEF said.

Conakry, a vast, sprawling port city on Guinea's Atlantic coast, is estimated to have a population of between 1.5 and two million.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

 

If this doesn't get out of control now...I'll never again fear or threat over Ebola.



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No worries. In any Pandemic, there's always Madagascar which is somehow always evades all potential infections. Probably because they'll shut their sea sport the moment they hear of a man sneeze in Bazil. ;)

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Seems as though Liberia and Sierra Leone may already be infected

http://www.businessw...least-59-deaths



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Waiting for a update on the list of victims. The longer we go without a increase = lower chance of a big nightmare event!



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You people always fret!



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Canada investigates possible Ebola case

 

Man had recently returned from West Africa

 

http://www.cnn.com/2....html?hpt=hp_t2



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Ebola outbreak spreads to Guinea capital, Senegal shuts land border with Guinea

 

City of 2 million people, and it has an airport, all it takes is one person with ebola on a plane and this will begin to spread.

 

http://www.businessi...-conakry-2014-3



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Now over 70 dead...



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Now over 70 dead...

According to wiki 77

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up to 81  http://www.voanews.c...es/1882132.html

 

 



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Ebola outbreak could become global crisis

 

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...-warn-1.2591338



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Liberian health authorities confirm two cases of Ebola: WHO

 

http://www.reuters.c...EA2T0ON20140330  

(Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday that Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 70 people in Guinea.

The outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola, which in its more acute phase, causes vomiting, diarrhoea and external bleeding, has sent Guinea's West African neighbors scrambling to contain the spread of the disease.

 

Eleven deaths in towns in northern Sierra Leone and Liberia, which shares borders with southeastern Guinea where the outbreak was first reported, are suspected to be linked to Ebola.



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Ummm....actually I would be more worried about a low death count than a high death count.  That is from a purely selfish point of view and not meant to apply to the actual victims of the virus.

 

Reason - A high and rapid death rate translates to a low rate of transmission.  A low death rate means that it is more likely that some body will show up next door fresh off the plane with the virus in their system.


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Except this one is about a mid level one, and highly virulent meaning the victims are alive along enough to potentially infect others.







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