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    I can see your concerns but it would be a clumsy, expensive and ineffective terrorist act. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. A terrorist who becomes symptomatic would have a very short period of time to act before becoming too ill.
    Because of the incubation period of up to three weeks before a person is symptomatic an infected person could easily travel to many destinations and get sick in a crowded place. I wonder why it is that ebola isn't spread by coughing or sneezing ? It seems that body fluids like diarrhea, blood and vomit are the main culprits.


    Ebola is spreading and according to some reports is as infectious as influenza.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...dly-virus.html
    Dr Derek Gatherer of the University of Lancaster has warned of a global pandemic, claiming the virus is as infectious as flu.
    He warned each person infected with the disease could spread the virus to at least two other people, adding that the panic sparked by the death of Mr Sawyer in Lagos, is justified.
    'Anyone on the same plane could have become infected because Ebola is easy to catch,' he said.
    'It can be passed on through vomiting, diarrhoea or even from simply saliva or sweat - as well as being sexually transmitted.
    'That is why there is such alarm over Mr Sawyer because he became ill on the flight so anyone else sharing the plane could have been infected by his vomit or other bodily fluids.'
    I just read that the woman in Hong Kong tested negative for ebola.

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    It looks like a possible ebola quarantine in north carolina at an emergency room.

    http://m.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/...ng-test/ngq2K/

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by CarolF View Post
    (Dr) Sheik Umar Khan was working in the far north of Sierra Leone and heading a clinic where he reportedly treated 100 Ebola patients. ...
    America will have no difficulty in dealing with outbreaks. From your newspaper article -

    http://dailyleak.org/2014/07/epidemi...s-from-mexico/


    ...

    Chronology of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreaks
    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resourc...html#thirtytwo
    On the evening news last night a "cheerleader" doctor said that with medication and proper hydration that the survival rate is high and she didn't think that it was a big deal at all. I was skeptical. Even more so when I learned that one of the infected doctors, Sheik Umar Khan, is reported to have died yesterday.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
    Because of the incubation period of up to three weeks before a person is symptomatic an infected person could easily travel to many destinations and get sick in a crowded place.
    I think that is a given. New deadly communicable illnesses are developing all the time and international travellers do move them around the world. Western countries are on standby and ready to act.

    I'm not familiar with the term "cheerleader" doctor but I wouldn't call a fatality rate of >60% "no big deal". I'm personally find it difficult to decide which disease is the scariest - MERS which may have become airborne, Bubonic Plague, one of the worlds most deadly and we aren't practised at diagnosing cases or the newly discovered H10N8 Avian Flu with real pandemic potential.

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    I might have to wear a mask and gloves while traveling like the Japanese do.

    I recently read that Puerto Rico is now epidemic with chikungunya virus. Im not sure why 200 cases is considered epedemic.

    http://rt.com/usa/173948-chikungunya...rico-epidemic/

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    Liberia has closed the majority of its borders, is closing schools and is discussing isolating entire communities in a bid to combat the spread of the disease. Those entry points that remain open, are being used as Ebola prevention and screening centres. Countries in the region may change travel restrictions and airport procedures with little or no warning. We are being informed that medical evacuations for any potential Ebola patient will be extremely difficult to conduct.

    The Peace Corps is removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Samaritan's Purse have recalled all non-essential personnel from Liberia. It must be heart-breaking for them to have to leave their patients behind, a lack of supportive care will reduce the chance of survival of infected patients .

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    We are going to have to start calling easyrider "bad news Bill".

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    lol Tony. For some unknown reason to me I find happy news kind of boring. Like when Princess Di was married it was unbearably boring. My wife however loved the wedding.

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    Bad News Bill....

    EBOLA is coming to the USA! Hurry go get in your doomsday shelter Now. GO NOW!

    http://time.com/3067816/emory-univer...solation-unit/
    Last edited by billymach4; 07-31-2014 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Bad News Bill ...
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  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
    lol Tony. For some unknown reason to me I find happy news kind of boring. Like when Princess Di was married it was unbearably boring. My wife however loved the wedding.
    I guess you found the funeral entertaining!
    Flying at MACH4 +

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