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  •  LOL.. np (11+ / 0-)

    I use one main 27" monitor with another 22" wide screen that I turn vertically as a reading pane.

    I know the feeling.....

    Next 24 hours are going to be BIG for this story.  If those deaths in Liberia get confirmed and we start seeing deaths in Sierra Leone this should jump to the headlines very quickly.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:25:38 PM PDT

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    •  I'm really surprised its not on CNN already. I (5+ / 0-)

      was lucky enough to take some courses at the Harvard School of Public Health three decades ago in epidemiology, and Ebola was one of the pandemic case study scenario disaster exercises used to help prepare us to think about how to respond in the kind of crisis that requires airport to be shut down etc.

      If I remember correctly, the delay from contact to first symptom is two to three days, making it a potential terrorist weapon, so laboratory samples of it are highly guarded.  

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:39:01 PM PDT

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      •  2 days to 3 weeks (4+ / 0-)
        The incubation period (interval from infection to onset of symptoms) varies between 2 to 21 days.

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        by Catte Nappe on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 01:16:25 PM PDT

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        •  Even worse than I thought. The Bloomberg (7+ / 0-)

          article mentions the specific fear of bio-terrorism with this virus, so I guess we are allowed to talk about it in public, but can you imagine the impact of seeding exposed people through the major international airports with a latency period that long? Then through major cities. A total nightmare.

          By the time we realize we have a problem our ability to contain the spread is already greatly compromised.

          Additionally, we are not stockpiling sufficiently quantities of biohazard suits and other kinds of medical supplies.

          I've written here many times that emergency response scenarios predict that it is only a matter of time before the avian flu mutates to form spread airborn rather than direct contact, and would spread globally within three months.

          It's current mortality rate is 10% although biologists expect that will fall as it spreads through larger populations.

          One limiting factor is the availability of inexpensive hand pump ventilators which could save millions of lives by keeping airways open during the worst 24 hours for the most severely stricken patients. My understanding is that the combined capacity of many cities hospital grade ventilators is less than 1,500.  

          You've all seen these inexpensive hand pump ones, as most hospitals keep them around in case of emergency. I've read briefings suggesting we should be stockpiling these by the millions, however, with a profit based health system insurance companies do not see the profit margin in it.  

          It makes me really angry and sad.

          "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

          by HoundDog on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 01:39:09 PM PDT

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          •  Influenza mutations are always a threat (4+ / 0-)

            Remember, the Spanish Flu's first wave wasn't all that bad.  A little worse then normal but still only really hit the vulnerable.

            It was the mutated SECOND wave that developed the ability to trigger cytokine storms, which means the stronger your immune system the worse the effect.  99% of the second wave deaths were under 65; over half were 20-40.

            That is typically the exact OPPOSITE of how influenza works.

            And the Spanish Flu was H1N1 (Swine Flu),

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 02:54:28 PM PDT

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