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    Ebola Virus

    It was brought up that ISIS is planning to use the ebola virus to infect the western world. An infected person could board an airplane without any problem unless they were showing symptoms and were in an area of northern Africa. So an infected person could get by security when they land and infect others on purpose in almost anyplace in the world.

    Recently, ISIS has been killing everyone that doesn't believe what they believe. This weekend ISIS beheaded many people and piked their heads for all to witness. ISIS is an al qaeda faction.

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    Scary stuff this Ebola.
    One of the Samaritans purse doctors just contracted it too in Africa working in a relief hospital. He is being treated but how awful.

    I am glad I am retired from nursing but if this became epidemic I could see having to go back to public health again.

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    Ebola sickens and kills too quickly for it to become a useful weapon against the West. Countries with adequate money and governance implement a rapid system of isolation (quarantine) which quickly and easily stops Ebola in its tracks. That is why recent outbreaks have died out so quickly.
    Last edited by CarolF; 07-29-2014 at 04:10 AM.

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    Some of the differences of this new strain of ebola is the incubation period which can extend to over three weeks before a person develops symptoms. All a terrorist needs to do is hang out with infected people and then make it to another country without showing symptoms.

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    The infection is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions such as urine, blood, saliva or sweat. It can't be spread through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

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    idk, but if a doctor wearing protective gear caught the virus using all of the precautions it would seem that ebola has mutated to a be an aggressive virus. Ebola is now being reported by fema at the southern US border.

    On Monday, FEMA reported cases of the Ebola virus appearing along the southern borders of New Mexico and Texas. The virus could have easily traveled through Mexico to the US through infected travelers, says Dave Shilling, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Arizona.

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    (Dr) Sheik Umar Khan was working in the far north of Sierra Leone and heading a clinic where he reportedly treated 100 Ebola patients. All health workers in under-funded and poorly resourced locations are at risk. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to deal with the most recent outbreak which has a fatality rate of about 60 per cent, although the disease can kill up to 90 per cent of those who catch it.

    America will have no difficulty in dealing with outbreaks. From your newspaper article -

    In a quick response FEMA quarantined the small town of Salineno, Texas until further notice and warned that outbreaks in the US may happen again but would not be difficult to contain.
    The heading of your newspaper article is designed to promote fear, loathing and racism imo. Just imagine the backlash if the heading read "Epidemic Due To American Faith Based Health Workers? The Ebola Virus Has Spread To The US From (Sierra Leone/Liberia/Guinea) . HEALTH WORKERS BRING MORE THAN ANYONE BARGAINED FOR.

    Chronology of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreaks

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    You may be right Carol. In this article from politfact it says that there has never been a case of ebola outside of Africa.

    William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, agreed. "The congressman is misinformed," he said. "There is no Ebola in the Western Hemisphere."

    We also checked whether it was plausible for a child or adult entering the United States from Central America via Mexico to be infected with the Ebola virus. CDC scientists call it "extremely unlikely," DeNoon said.
    Even so, a virus like ebola is thought by many in the security sector to be a biological weapon of choice for extremists. Boko Harem is one such extremist muslim faction that is in the vicinity of the outbreaks in Africa. The ebola outbreak in western Africa doesn't meet the parameters of other ebola outbreaks which have always started in the jungles with indigenous populations before spreading else where. This outbreak differs as it arrived in three separate cities at the same time. So these outbreaks are unusual in this regard. It is almost as if some one planted the virus in these populations. The outbreak in west Africa is reverse of the usual way this virus is usually transmitted in that it has started in the major populations instead of the usual sparsely populated jungle.

    My point is that it would be some what easy for an infected person to travel outside of containment areas to deliberately infect other populations. Easier to do this than to bring a bomb on an airplane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easyrider View Post
    My point is that it would be some what easy for an infected person to travel outside of containment areas to deliberately infect other populations. Easier to do this than to bring a bomb on an airplane.
    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. The disease is initially characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Given the virus is transmitted via bodily fluids entering the mucous membranes or cuts, what would the terrorist do ... run around passionately kissing people in the streets?

    This article discusses the disease and answers many questions. It also talks about the global health community operations -

    CDC Telebriefing on Ebola outbreak in West Africa
    Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:30 p.m. ET

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    Why is Ebola so difficult to control in some communities?

    This article hi-lights some of the difficulties faced by governments and health workers trying to contain Ebola in West Africa.

    CONAKRY, Guinea/KENEMA, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world's deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.

    From Guinea, where the four-month-old outbreak claimed the first of more than 500 lives, to Sierra Leone, scores of patients are hiding away, believing hospitalization is a "death sentence".

    In Guinea's southeastern Forest Region some terrified villagers are shutting off their communities to medical workers, even blocking roads and downing bridges.

    Over the border in Liberia's Lofa County, health workers trying to screen two communities for the deadly disease were chased off by locals armed with cutlasses, knives and stones, according to an internal U.N. report seen by Reuters.

    In eastern Sierra Leone, police had to fire tear gas to stop relatives trying to recover bodies of Ebola victims for family burial - a serious contagion risk - amid popular suspicions the cadavers might be used for experiments or macabre rituals.

    "We are seeing a lot of mistrust, intimidation and hostility from part of the population," Marc Poncin, emergency coordinator for medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Guinea, told Reuters.

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