Ebola deaths exceed 140 and may have spread to Italy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good afternoon:

Inquitr is reporting today that the death toll from ebola has topped 140 and the disease has spread out of west Africa and reached Italy.

Almost as bad, the Italian authorities are attempting to disappear the story to prevent widespread panic.

Not a good idea with ebola.

15 Responses to Ebola deaths exceed 140 and may have spread to Italy

    • Thanks, been around the block a few times.

      Am surprised they waited this long to ask for it. Reason may have been that Dunn refused to waive speedy trial. His refusal would have tied the judge’s hands, so to speak. His lawyers may have eventually convinced him to waive, but with less than 2 weeks to go and the jury summons already mailed out, there is a possibility the judge will deny the motion as untimely.

  1. crazy1946 says:

    Mother nature always finds a method to prevent the planet from becoming over populated. At least this time it won’t be from a war… I wonder how long before it hits the USA? Or has it already and they are afraid to tell us?

    • Not sure it has spread to Italy yet, let alone the US.

      We are awaiting confirmation.

      • crazy1946 says:

        Professor, I would not state for sure that it has reached the USA, but I question if we would be told by our government before it was too late… This is probably another CIA experiment gone awry! I guess that things that have occurred recently have caused me quite a bit of distrust in the integrity of our government…

  2. The account of Ebola in Italy is interesting, but I am hopeful that it is nothing more than a rumour – check out my latest post for my perspective!

    • I hope you’re right.

      The one point that you did not address in your article is that this strain of the virus has been described as more deadly and, if ever there were an incubator perfectly suited to spread this disease, it would be the seaport capitol of Guinea with a substantial population living in close quarters without clean water, sewage disposal and access to adequate medical care.

      Add in fear of the few medical workers and you have a potential catastrophe that may be impossible to contain.

      Hitting the panic button certainly won’t help, but neither will indifference which has been the US government response to disaster and disease in Haiti.

      Thanks for providing your perspective.

      • You are entirely correct to question my conclusion. For a start, it is indeed a new strain of the virus, albeit closely related to the previous Zaire strains seen in DRC (97% similarity, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1404505#t=article). 3% is potentially a very large difference, although I am yet to read anything that conclusively shows that it is any more virulent than any previously observed strains.

        Regardless, you are also correct to highlight that Guinea provides an ideal environment for the virus to spread around and from, and this is a major concern for control efforts. In an ideal world I would have addressed this more in my post, but in an attempt to keep it short I had to choose between addressing the rumours of Ebola in Italy, or talking about the prospects of Ebola in Guinea. Given that I am not able to shed any more light than the next man on the Guinea situation, I thought it worthwhile to address the (in my opinion) false rumours that Ebola has reached Italy as a way to highlight the importance of critically assessing your sources.

        If I were to speculate on the situation in Guinea (although this is exactly that, speculation), I would argue that as awareness is increased, the spread will be controlled much more quickly. This will be enhanced as communities begin to see people recovering with the help of the healthworkers, and trust is built up. Individuals and families will spot the symptoms much more quickly, and they’ll know to keep the sick individuals away from others. In my opinion it is the lack of previous exposure to the disease, and the resulting unawareness, that has made this outbreak different to previous outbreaks. The infrastructure in the DRC is no better, and most probably worse than that in Guinea, for example.

        However, only time will tell. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on this and see where it goes – hopefully I’m right (and not for reasons of personal satisfaction!).

        • Amen to that.

          I am also concerned about the boots-on-the-ground aspect of containment. In other words, how can the dignity as well as the health of the endangered population be respected and preserved?

          How can family relationships be maintained when a member of the family is afflicted by the disease?

          What happens to the children if the mother gets sick?

          I’m thinking about the isolation of lepers on Molokai, for example. I’d like to avoid that.

          • I’m afraid that I am no expert on the culture(s) of the people involved (far from it!), and so although I share your concerns, I cannot shed any light on how these social aspects will develop. However, I am sure that as part of the education and awareness campaigns currently being carried out in Guinea, those affected will receive advice about how best to proceed in the event that a family member or neighbour becomes infected. Hopefully this will go some way towards mitigating the social damage outside those directly caused by the disease. Beyond that, I’m afraid that my guess is as good as anyone else’s. It’s certainly something that I will be looking out for in the weeks/months to come.

          • I think this situation should be documented and analyzed to develop methods for use in future outbreaks.

          • Given your comment about the social aspect, you might find this interview on the BBC of interest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27112397

          • Another interesting article given my points about awareness:

          • masonblue says:

            Crane-Station here. Thank you vector. Great article from WHO. Can you comment on the current state of sanitary water in that area…I admit to not knowing- but for instance on the hand washing, is there clean water and soap available for people to use?

          • I’m afraid that I can’t really comment on the situation on the ground beyond what organisations such as the WHO tell us. Although I am certain that the provision of clean water and soap will be prioritised, I cannot comment on how effectively that intent will have been translated into action on the ground.

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