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Ebola doesn't just kill or hurt the people who catch Ebola .
Ebola hurts and kills people who haven't caught it .

When the health care workers leave or die their patients suffer , diseases that would have been seen and taken care of go unseen and untreated . When people fear going to the clinic , fear seeing a health care provider because of fears related to Ebola , diseases that would have been seen and taken care of go unseen and untreated . Diseases that go unseen and untreated spread more than they would have if taken care of by trained health care workers .
When the transport of food and medicine is interrupted , people suffer from the lack of food and medicine .  Some may suffer greatly and or have their life's shortened by the lack of food and medicine . Some may even be forced into survival via one of the very things we suspect , bush meat .

When someone says that Ebola has killed 1000 or 1500 , I know that what they are saying is 1000 or 1500 have had the Ebola virus inside of them and have died of that , and that that number doesn't include all the others who suffered from the ripple effect .

Children with malaria not getting treated , women giving birth without trained health care workers if something goes badly , diarrhea going untreated , heart attacks hidden away , minor flesh wounds going bad , vaccines not given or delayed , etc etc etc  

The real effect of the Ebola ripple will be estimated sometime in the future after this Ebola epidemic plays out .

http://www.the-ripple-effect.info/...

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  •  Fork me ! (9+ / 0-)

    Ebola bothers me greatly , not because I fear it will come here , it bothers me because of what it is , what it is doing , the suffering and death it is causing to the people and how very damaging it is to the health care system .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 10:41:30 AM PDT

    •  You make a very good point (3+ / 0-)
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      In fact, any catastrophic illness has these kinds of ripple effects. But in a third world country what occurs as a result is so much more costly in that it cannot be contained to just one family.

      It is difficult, and seems impossible to me, to maintain hygiene standards that are necessary to contain this.

      I am not worried about the virus traveling here so much as I worry about the toll in Africa, in the places where running water and true isolation of ill people is not possible. In a disease like Ebola the chances are poor of surviving it if there isn't sufficient supportive care. IV's, good running water, flushable toilets - etc... and even then it's tough. You do need trained health care workers with disposable gowns, gloves, eyewear. Trying to clean and dry out used items is difficult at best but mostly problematic.

      It must be terrifying those poor people. The world needs to put together something to help, consult with Medecins sans Frontieres because they really know the conditions.

      Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they can never be broken Albert Camus

      by vcmvo2 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 11:14:31 AM PDT

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      •  MSF said they were over stretched (0+ / 0-)

        months ago . That they could not get to / cover new hot zones .

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15:21 PM PDT

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        •  Yes I know (0+ / 0-)

          I meant the UN or W.H.O. should ask them in an advisory capacity what is needed.

          MSF is heroic but it is beyond one or even several organizations it needs a whole lot of money and focus. I doubt very much it will be done. But it should be.

          Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they can never be broken Albert Camus

          by vcmvo2 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:20:13 PM PDT

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          •  It needs people on the ground , (0+ / 0-)

            people who know what they are doing
            and are willing to do it .

            The people who were there and were willing ,
            some are dead , some are burnt out , some are shipped out .

            To be able to do the work takes a special set of skills ,
            even having done the training isn't enough , I think a person who has gotten the training still needs a trained and experienced team watching every last detail . And then even that is not enough .

            Money will not fix the problem , supplies will not fix the problem . An unlimited amount of money and supplies isn't going to do the trick . And I don't see a bunch of qualified people moving toward the problem . I think it is going to play out as it will play out . It might play out quickly or very slowly . I fear that it will not play out quickly .

            "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

            by indycam on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:41:57 PM PDT

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            •  Send money. (0+ / 0-)

              Exactly:

              $5,000,000,000.
              What else ???

              And yes, an unlimited amount of money is the Step # 0 for getting this outbreak in any way limited.

              Keep in mind that this strain of EV passes by sweat.

              "The illiteracy of our children are appalling." #43

              by waterstreet2008 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 06:38:07 PM PDT

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