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  •  what a terrible epidemic (23+ / 0-)

    we should be sending humanitarian aid to help deal with this horrific crisis.

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    by louisev on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 02:06:50 PM PDT

    •  Yes, a lot more. Western Africa contains 4 of (19+ / 0-)

      the 10 poorest countries of the world. Many of these areas do not have running water, sewers, paved roads, electricity, schools, hospitals, etc. Many of the afflicted are first going to what we would call "witch doctors."

      And, now the WHO and government officials are advising the populations not to eat, hunt, handle, or sale bush meats and game which is a major source of food and commerce. Much of the region income comes from mining and sales of bush meat and game both of which are shut down.

      The WHO job is to contain the virus and treat infected populations so when they issues pronouncements for the people not to eat, handles, or sale game and bushmeat they can not offer alternative sources of income or sustenance.

      Writing and reading about this "outbreak" is becoming increasingly difficult because with only minimal common sense we can read between the lines and realize how desperate these population must becoming with little government, or any other institutions to help, or even think about alternative food sources, for the unaffected population.

      One of the enormous headlines in local Liberian newspapers last week was that Nigeria has provided a major emergency assistance donation of $3.5 million dollars. Can you imagine how sad of a piece of data this is? I can only even think about it so long before I have to shut my mind down, lest I fall into a bottomless pit of depression for these poor souls.

      And from the looks of it the situation is getting worse, and could become substantially worse before it gets better.

      A few weeks ago Doctors Without Borders announced they had reached the limits of their capacity and then considered the outbreak to be out of control. WHO responded and said it is under control.

      This was before DWB lost the Ugandan doctor to Ebola and now Dr Khan is afflicted. Who will replace these doctors? There is not a deep "bench" here waiting to rush out onto the field.

      Oh dear. What will we do?

      Experts tell us that even in the  

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 02:25:01 PM PDT

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      •  Even in the...? (2+ / 0-)
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        by cai on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 03:03:31 PM PDT

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        •  I was hoping noone noticed cai. I can't remember. (11+ / 0-)

          I've been doing five things at once, managing three other posts, listening to the news, exchanging passionate and heated conversations with my S.O. as I update here on my own health issues, as well as exchange "relationship learning opportunities" with each other about how we can improve our personalities while trying to move to Florida next week.

          So, I so that and haven't the slightest clue as to what I was about to say there. I should have added "memory problems" to my symptoms report to doctors today.

          Oh, I remember, "experts tell us even in the best case this outbreak is likely to last 2 to 4 months more."

          The way they calculate that is symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection, then 2 to 7 days to die, or then a while longer to recovery.

          So the standard is two complete cycles without any new cases before declaring the outbreak over. So even if we had no new infections from today onward in the entire 3 country region of outbreak, we'd have two more months to go.

          Although the number of new cases in Guinea is dropping and does seem under control in the areas of control. Villagers in many rural regions will no longer cooperate with health officials as rumors have spread they are spreading the disease to harvest body parts, or depopulate opposition voting areas before the next census, in a case of voter suppression that make the Republicans in the U.S. look like  youngsters on Mr. Roger's neighborhood.

          Thanks for reminding me. With memory problems like this, sheesh, I may be expiring myself, before our very eyes. I'm but a shell of my former self.  I'd better call Woody Allen to schedule a special session of of health victims support group.  

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          by HoundDog on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 03:18:22 PM PDT

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    •  Can you imagine the amount being spend here (0+ / 0-)

      compared to the trillion plus we've spent on the two wars in the last decade?

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      by HoundDog on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 08:14:44 PM PDT

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