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  1. #21
    Well I guess the crashing car being chased by paparazzi was interesting as Princes Di didn't have her security with her. The driver was intoxicated. The crash was terrible. So honestly, this was more interesting than the wedding to me. The funeral was interesting as Elton John changed "candles in the wind" for Di. Even so, it wasn't much more interesting than the wedding.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
    For some unknown reason to me I find happy news kind of boring.
    I prescribe a short stint (one month) of volunteer service in a Guinea Ebola treatment centre as a cure for Schadenfreude.

  3. #23
    ha ha, your too funny .. Carol, I get no kick out of the misfortunes of others. I never have with he exception of win versus loss on some sporting events. All Im saying is fluffy news and celebrity news does not interest me too much. I would rather have news of serious events or odd events.

    In the past week the ebola virus has spread. Philippines, China, India, Pakistan, USA, Spain, Greece, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia have all reported ebola. I bet within a month there will be outbreaks in some of these countries.

    I doubt that terrorist could actually create an ebola bomb as they would need to create a powdered version of the virus which can only happen with sophisticated laboratory equipment and a live host. However, using people as dirty bombs could work. A terrorist only needs to infect a person, like a 12 - 15 year old girl, then let her loose in a heavily populated area. Once that infected person shows symptoms and receives help the virus will spread.

    The CDC has updated their report that a person can contract ebola by being within 3 ft of an infected person or in the same room as an infected person. This is contrary to what was reported 10 days ago.

    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/case-definition.html

    1 Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., healthcare personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see Infection

  4. #24
    The CDC says that we can expect up to 500,000 ebola infected people by this next January. The ebola infection rate (roi) estimate was near 2.5% and was no where close to being contained. Using the CDC estimate, the rate of infection is way higher than 2.5%, somewhere near 5.5%. At the 2.5 roi there could be well over 3 million deaths caused by ebola in about 18 months from now. The number of deaths using the CDC numbers for roi would result in over 6 million deaths caused by ebola in the next 18 months.

    Another problem with containment is that the virus has mutated and could eventually mutate into an airborn virus like the flu. Did I mention there really isn't an ebola vaccine.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/cdc-war...-1227065489923
    EBOLA will claim 6800 new victims this month. By January, the number infected could soar to 500,000, the Centre for Disease Control warns.
    On Stanten Island is the largest group of Liberian immigrants who were flying in and out of Liberia.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
    The CDC says that we can expect up to 500,000 ebola infected people by this next January. The ebola infection rate (roi) estimate was near 2.5% and was no where close to being contained. Using the CDC estimate, the rate of infection is way higher than 2.5%, somewhere near 5.5%. At the 2.5 roi there could be well over 3 million deaths caused by ebola in about 18 months from now. The number of deaths using the CDC numbers for roi would result in over 6 million deaths caused by ebola in the next 18 months.

    Another problem with containment is that the virus has mutated and could eventually mutate into an airborn virus like the flu. Did I mention there really isn't an ebola vaccine.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/cdc-war...-1227065489923

    On Stanten Island is the largest group of Liberian immigrants who were flying in and out of Liberia.
    Mutation also means that it will likely mutate into something less toxic. That's what ends most flu pandemics.

    The big difference with Ebola is its lethality in its current form.
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    “This is a blouse and skirt. I don't know what you're talking about.”

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  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by T. R. Oglodyte View Post
    Mutation also means that it will likely mutate into something less toxic. That's what ends most flu pandemics.

    The big difference with Ebola is its lethality in its current form.
    It seems the scientific community is somewhat split on this ebola outbreak. Some argue that disease that persist in the environment will mutate into a less virulent form while others are comparing this ebola outbreak to the bubonic plague.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117310

    Ebola-Like Symptoms Cited

    In their new book Biology of Plagues: Evidence from Historical Populations, Duncan and Scott compare the signs and symptoms of the Black Death with modern-day viruses such as the Spanish flu, the West Nile virus and, most closely, Ebola.

    Medieval descriptions of the Black Death sound like the hemorrhagic fever caused by an Ebola-like virus, the authors say. Such fever strikes fast and causes blood vessels to burst underneath the skin, bringing out welts, similar to what British medical texts from the Middle Ages describe as "God's tokens."

    The liquidization of internal organs that causes excruciating pain in Ebola victims matches the descriptions of historical autopsies on plague victims, which similarly describe internal organs being dissolved along with the appearance of a black liquid, according to the authors.

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