WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    I hope the man in the illustration isn't wearing the respirator mask to protect himself from Ebola. The virus isn't airborne, but requires contact with fluids to spread.

    That said, the biggest obstacle that the world will face in dealing with this is the combination of fear and ignorance. It's a dangerous combination often leading people to do exactly the wrong things in a state of panic, resulting in epidemics that are far worse than they would otherwise be.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    This is a serious threat to mankind. No cure, and 60-90% fatality rate with up to 21 day incubation period.

    Many people can be exposed and not realize it and then as they travel, expose others, with each new case geometrically multiplying the number of potential carriers who need to be quarantined.

    When we are talking about a remote tribal village in Africa, where most people never travel, or go very far, that is a difficult task. When we start talking about hitting major population centers and groups where people travel across continents and oceans in a few hours, the task is almost impossible.

    Given the inability or unwillingness of our government to secure the border against millions of illegal aliens, that does not bode well for the ability or willingness to turn back planeloads of potentially infected passengers from Europe or anywhere else.

    Ebola may exceed the horrific death tolls of the great flu pandemic following WW1.

    If there are promising medicines Congress needs to give immediate approval for their production and full legal immunity for the makers, helping doctors even if it angers liability lawyers.

    Pray for those infected, their caregivers, and researchers.