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  •  Oh my goodness Onomastic, I didn't know. You and (1+ / 0-)
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    they must be sick with worry. My best wishes for all of you.

    So far both the WHO, and Doctors Without Borders say they have a good handle on this.

    Although Ebola is scary as heck because of its 90% mortality rate once you are infected, health officials understand how it is transmitted, so once they know it is spreading in a region, and which families it has afflicted they say they can contain it more easily than many other kinds of epidemic.

    So, I'll bet you relative are going to be okay. The eight cases in Conakry were from people that had visited a funeral in the remote areas that had other infections, and had touched the bodies of someone that had died from it.

    If you have a chance to talk to your relative tell them not to touch any dead people even tough that might be the traditional culture.

    Also it might be wise to avoid eating "bushmeat," or "gamemeat," especially monkeys, apes, bats, or any animals that died on their own.

    I've also read that some people who are being extra cautious have bought chlorine. (Like the Chlorox laundary bleech) to disinfect suspicious packages coming into their houses, and the bottoms of their shoes.

    I am not a doctor Onomastic so I do not know if this is helpful, but since we are friends, I feel like I should tell you everything I know in case it might help you protect your loved ones.

    Every thing I have heard about the WHO and Doctors Without Borders (The English translation of the French group) is that they are absolutely the best in the world and do and outstanding job. So I'm sure we can trust that everything that is known about what people can do to protect themselves is being shared with the local populations.

    I have never heard even one allegation of the kinds of common withholding of information common among nuclear utilities like TEPCO at Fukushima, or Three Miles Island, that I had to help my family evacuate from while utility spokespeople lied through their teeth.)

    WHO and DWB have impeccable reputations as far a I know. I will say a prayer for you and your family. (A Scientific Humanist equivalent - its too hard to explain now.) Best Wishes.

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

    by HoundDog on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 06:40:07 PM PDT

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