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Liberia declares state of emergency as Ebola death toll rises to 932

Offline Jearilum Posted 08-07-2014 - 08:25 AM
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Quote:Liberia's president declared a state of emergency on Wednesday to combat the ongoing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, as the country began implementing quarantine checkpoints.

The country’s president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, said that the scale of the Ebola outbreak represents a threat to Liberia’s security.

"The government and people of Liberia require extraordinary measures for the very survival of our state and for the protection of the lives of our people," she said via statement. "I...hereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia effective as of Aug. 6, 2014 for a period of 90 days."

The World Health Organization announced that 932 people have died from the recent Ebola outbreak, as the organization begins to consider whether experimental drugs should be deployed to West Africa to help contain the situation. The WHO is to decide whether it will declare an international public health emergency in order to deal with the outbreak in the coming days.

According to Reuters, the WHO said Wednesday that 45 more people died as a result of the virus between August 2-4, raising the death toll closer to 1,000 in what is being billed as the world's worst Ebola outbreak.

The organization estimates that approximately 1,711 cases have been detected so far. Liberia was hit the hardest over the past few days, with 27 of the 45 newly tabulated deaths occurring there. Sierra Leone was home to 13 of the deaths, and Guinea had five new fatalities.

While the outbreak has primarily affected these three countries, the WHO said the number of suspected Ebola cases in Nigeria rose to nine after five more were discovered. A Nigerian nurse who was assisting with the treatment of Ebola patients in the country has reportedly passed away from the disease, while a Saudi Arabian man believed to have contracted Ebola during a trip to Sierra Leone also died Wednesday morning.

Additionally, a key hospital in Liberia – St. Joseph’s Catholic – was shut down after a Spanish priest and six others were diagnosed with the highly contagious virus. Spain is expected to transfer the priest to his native country.

Full: http://rt.com/news/178556-ebola-outbreak...emergency/
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Offline Sir Prescott Posted 08-07-2014 - 02:22 PM
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Very interesting. I wonder what the chances if it ending up in America really are? And if it does how will we fight it?
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trs4ece Posted 08-07-2014 - 03:04 PM
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I'd heard that it is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood and fecal matter. Since most first world countries tend to avoid that sort of thing anyway, there is a lower chance of it breaking out here. The greater concern is the drugs that they are wanting to use to counteract the virus. The drugs have minimal testing and groups are pushing for widespread distribution of the drug. I've seen too many films about untested cures going horribly wrong. I'm doubtful of a World War Z type outcome but they could end up creating a super bug if Ebola somehow develops an immunity to the drug and mutates. If Ebola mutates and becomes airborne, we're totally screwed.
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(08-07-2014 02:22 PM)Sir Prescott Wrote:  Very interesting. I wonder what the chances if it ending up in America really are? And if it does how will we fight it?

There have been 2 reported possible cases in US so far. The reason it spreads so bad there is poor healthcare + living environments. It could be stopped in the US. Currently, at least. Unless it mutates to spread by air, it is no major US issue.
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Offline Littlepip Posted 08-08-2014 - 02:57 AM
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Also, the culture affects the spreading. Subsaharian families tend not to show a member of theirs is affected and does not quarantine him into an hospital due to fear of others if they discover, so they hide then inside their homes.

Not so intelligent, knowing that then they will get affected too, helping the virus spread.
Such scenarios are not likely in first world countries. If that happens, goverments would spend millions on measures to stop the spreading. Liberia does not have millions to spend on contain the infection.
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Offline Criminal Posted 08-08-2014 - 04:36 AM
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Big pharmaceuticals will be ' working' on an effective treatment : said work undermanned and underfunded,; until they can assure stockholders research dollars would generate as much income as the newest baldness cure.

Which enterprising terrorist will consider : carrying a deadly virus provides them with the same 'reward' as being a walking IED.

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