A Terrifying Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is Spreading Fast

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    Mar 24, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
    http://time.com/35102/ebola-spreads-to-guinea-capital-conkary/

    There are no known treatments or vaccines for the hemorrhagic fever, which kills up to 90 percent of those who become infected

    Guinea’s capital Conakry has been hit by an Ebola epidemic that has already claimed dozens of lives in the country’s southern forests.

    “At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far,” said UNICEF in a statement to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

    There are no known treatments or vaccines for Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever that kills up to 90 percent of those who become infected, depending on the strain of the virus. The virus is spread through direct contact with blood, feces or sweat, by sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. First discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, the disease has spread in several outbreaks, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

    “This outbreak is particularly devastating because medical staff are among the first victims … hindering the response and threatening normal care in a country already lacking in medical personnel,” UNICEF said.

    The organization has sent five tons of aid to the country’s most affected regions, and has urged Guineans not to attend funerals when possible and to avoid all contact with the sick and the dead.
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    Mar 25, 2014 10:38 AM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/health/canada-possible-ebola-case/index.html

    Health officials in Canada said Monday they are looking into the case of a man who recently traveled from Liberia and is exhibiting symptoms consistent with viral hemorrhagic fevers.

    Viral hemorrhagic fevers is a generic term that refers to a number of diseases found in Africa, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and yellow fever, according to Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

    "There is no risk to the general public at all about this incident. We recognize that there's going to be a fair amount of concern, and that's why we wanted to go public with this as soon as possible and dispel some of those myths that are out there," she told reporters Monday.

    "We do not have information that it's Ebola hemorrhagic fever. All we know at this point is that we have a person who's critically ill who traveled from a country where these diseases occur," Werker said.

    An Ebola outbreak has killed at least 59 people in Guinea, which borders Liberia in West Africa.
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    Mar 25, 2014 1:43 PM GMT
    Not that this that much better, but the man is in Saskatoon of all places:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26726745

    The man had recently returned from Liberia in the west African region, currently suffering a deadly outbreak of an unidentified haemorrhagic fever.

    He is in isolation in critical condition in Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan province.

    A provincial medical official said there was no risk to the public.

    Dr Denise Werker, the province's deputy chief medical officer, declined to say how long the man had been in Africa but said he only fell ill after returning to Canada.

    She said that was in line with the profile of common deadly haemorrhagic fever viruses Lassa fever and Ebola, which have an incubation period of up to 21 days.

    She said the people most at risk were healthcare workers who do not protect themselves from contact with the patient's bodily secretions.

    "There is no risk to the general public," she said. "We recognise that there is going to be a fair amount of concern and that is why we wanted to go public with this as soon as possible."
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    Mar 25, 2014 2:13 PM GMT
    One more reason to never visit that piece of shit continent. Even their viruses are savages.
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    Mar 25, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidOne more reason to never visit that piece of shit continent. Even their viruses are savages.


    There's some amazing scenery, but also some fantastic people and unfortunately a lot of corrupt governments.
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    Mar 25, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus
    An outbreak in Guinea has killed nearly 60 people
    http://time.com/37123/ebola-outbreak/
    There have been other ebola outbreaks in Africa in the past, but this case appears to be especially contagious. “In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating,” UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr.Mohamed Ag Ayoya said in a statement.But since nearly everyone with the disease dies, it’s unlikely to infect mass numbers of people like, say, HIV.