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Forum Post: Ebola & The Public Interest

Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 15, 2014, 6:34 p.m. EST by Ihippy (49)
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The people that run our country have shown a lack of capacity for performing the jobs they have been assigned. This is not something they can manage. This disease is transmitted by body fluids. Meaning it can be transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes, like malaria and other similarly transmitted illnesses. I'm not a big fan a chemicals on the loose but insect control is paramount until this is brought under control. Please help spread awareness about this and CALL YOUR COUNTY to get bug trucks out immediately.



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[-] 5 points by elf3 (4074) 5 years ago

Monsanto...is that you?

[-] 4 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

The Ebola cannot survive in the gut of a mosquito because it dies if it is in an environment where the ambient temperature is too low.Diseases that can be spread by insects belong to a different branch of the Microbe Kingdom.The Ebola first became known to the medical community when an outbreak occurred in 1978 at a teaching hospital in a city called Maridi,which is located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo,and Sudan.There have been many outbreaks since then,including one in Marburg,Germany and one in Reston,Virginia.All outbreaks of this illness previous to the one raging in Western African countries now,have been contained.The reason why this illness breaks out and falls back quickly is because the infected people become incapacitated and die very quickly,limiting the transmission.Another thing about the Ebola is the symptoms are dramatic and very alarming,causing a strong response from the WHO and the CDC.In past Ebola emergencies,these agencies along with NGO's in a swift and coordinated campaign,contained the outbreak and cleaned up the aftermath.The CDC doctors are famous for the work they did in the first outbreak among the nurses in Maridi-and rightfully so-they are Heroes.This time,sustained,strident appeals for help to WHO and CDC by Medecins Sans Frontiers went unanswered by the relevant authorities for MONTHS,and there was a near media blackout on this ALL summer.These outbreaks are normally rolled up in weeks.We really all should wonder why this outbreak was not dealt with the same way as ALL of the others.

[-] 2 points by Ihippy (49) 5 years ago

1976, Yambuku Zaire. Ebola is also an RNA type witch evolves very quickly and unpredictably. I bet you're an Institution kinda guy. Teacher perhaps? Don't confuse "to the best of our knowledge" with an absolute fact that you can rely on for long term calculations. 10,000+ and counting, from 3,000+ just a few week ago.

Panic is not the same as precaution and precaution does not denote panic.

But this does look a lot like panic

[-] 1 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 5 years ago

You are correct to point out the error in the date given above.It appears that the two outbreaks occurred at about the same time in 1976.So much for relying on memory.Most of the information I know about the Ebola comes from a brief account which was included in a book written by Randy Shilts(1951-1994).His description of the Maridi Hospital outbreak is vivid-and harrowimg.I can't find any earlier record of CDC doctors being deployed because of an outbreak of this disease.As for what kind of person I am.you are a bit off.Although many here consider me to be a made-up character created by Zen Dog,I am a real person.I am an Unknown Artist living quietly in a decaying Provincial Backwater.I belonged to an organization called Cats & Dogs which was active in the 1980's in Lower Manhattan.I am one of only 8 of 73 people who belonged to Cats&Dogs who is known to be still alive.Cats&Dogs was a loosely organized group of Anarchists which was deeply Subversive,but our ideas were out of step with that era.Cats&Dogs might have had a better chance had it existed now.One of the things we did in those days was hand out screeds on Wall Street and hang posters Downtown of Mussolini ans Pettacci hanging by the heels from an awning of a gas station.

[-] 1 points by JPB950 (2254) 5 years ago

Ebola can't be transmitted by insects to humans. If that were possible the infection rate in West Africa would be many times higher then it has been.

[-] 1 points by Ihippy (49) 5 years ago

lol. Ok. I'll revisit this thread soon enough.