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World must help to contain Ebola

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 August, 2014, 3:55am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 August, 2014, 8:43am

For Hong Kong there is a chilling reminder of the 2002-03 Sars epidemic in the latest - and worst yet - outbreak of Ebola, a viral disease with a mortality rate from 60 to 90 per cent. It has now swept across borders in west Africa, killing over 700 people in four countries. As with Sars, the victims include doctors, nurses and even a hygienist responsible for detoxifying protective suits worn by visitors to Ebola isolation centres.

There the similarity ends. Unlike severe acute respiratory syndrome, Ebola is not spread readily on the air by droplets from an infected person. It is spread by contact with the blood, body fluids or even sweat of infected people. The vulnerability of health workers and the extreme mortality rate are attributed to poor health-care infrastructure such as effective isolation, and the lack of secure testing facilities for dangerous samples from suspected Ebola victims. Most worryingly, the virus has now spread from isolated rural villages to urban west Africa.

There is no room for complacency elsewhere. A Liberian official who flew to Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed at Lagos international airport and died in hospital of Ebola. As virologists have pointed out, he might have gone anywhere within an incubation period of up to 21 days. It is therefore reassuring that Hong Kong's health authorities have stepped up surveillance and prepared contingency plans in the event of the Ebola virus appearing in the city.

Having jumped the species barrier, probably from fruit bats, Ebola now spreads from human to human. There is no cure or vaccine. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, organ failure and internal and external bleeding. To bring the latest outbreak under control, Africa needs international help from government and non-government agencies, in addition to the coordinating role of the World Health Organisation and the brave dedication of doctors and nurses from Medicins Sans Frontieres and other health charities. Supplies of protective clothing like masks, gowns, gloves and goggles are urgently needed to reduce the risk to the lives of people who save lives. Local community leaders must be enlisted to support efforts to modify cultural attitudes and customs that impede proper health care, including suspicion of modern medicine and ritual washing of the bodies of the dead. Without international medical, material and financial help, there is a risk of an African humanitarian crisis with global health implications for international transport and the movement of people.

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kctony
Although Ebola doesn't spread like SARs, it is truly frightening with its fatality rate and quick symptoms. If Hong Kong could handle SARs, I think it can contain the Ebola threat handily with the vigilance of the Health Department and the HK people.
Here in Lagos, the population is calm. I don't know if they are ignorant. The second suspected case was from the same group. He helped the victim deplane and had direct contact. So I believe the case has been contained.
My worry is my own countrymen here. None, not even one I have seen, took the preventive guideline seriously. They still sneeze loud without covering their mouths in the public.
BeingRachely
Over here in Atlanta, we are getting ready to receive an American doctor coming back from West Africa with Ebola. I am hoping the American CDC and the Emory hospital have done enough preparations for this transfer. I live only a mere 15-20 minute drive away from the hospital, where his isolation unit would be.
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thank God for the wonderful healing spell power which Dr EHOHO render to my life which oracle support, i was been diagnosed with EBOLA over 5DAYs now which has lead me to unemployment and loosing my relationship with my fiance after he heard that i am suffering from the VIRUS, i tried begging him to allow me stays with him, but he still insist on letting me out of his home, until a friend of mine on Facebook from SOUTH AFRICA told me more about Dr EHOHO the great healer, that he is going to help restore and healed my diseased with his powerful healing spell, she send me of Dr EHOHO email address and i quickly contacted him, and he replied to after 30mins of my message that my disease is a bad and deadly disease, that he will solved the disease immediately only if i can accept all he requested from, i told him yes, because truly i know that " EBOLA IS A WICKED AND DEADLY DISEASE I EVER KNOWS ". so i did all he want from me and surprisingly on Friday last week Dr EHOHO called me that my problems is solved that i should hurry up to the hospital for a checkup, which i truly really did, i confirm from my doctor that i am now NEGATIVE AND NOT LONG +, I jump up and was crying heavily because truly the disease drive a lot of things away from my life, my friends, my cousin, my fiance and relatives, but now since i was confirm NEGATIVE- my lost friends and fiance has been back to me begging for forgiveness, i have forgiven them and now we are now best of friend. again i will say to D

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