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Robert Zwilling Ebola outbreak in DRC risks spreading to towns: WHO

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/0...


message 2: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo | 56 comments Bad news. Here where we need the entire international community working on.


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Robert Zwilling Hopefully this is finally happening. It has been going on for awhile now. It has been killing quite a few health care workers in the field, prolonging it's existence.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/...

This is why I believe "if you can afford it" health care will not pay off one day. There are no borders for diseases and someday we will find this out. Right now we believe that distance, steel bars and fancy paper policies will protect us. That is only because our bluff has not been called by mother nature.

Take a look at the history of the hantavirus in the Yellowstone National Park. Usually just a few people or one is exposed, the case is documented and the person may or may not die. This time the tents kept infecting people repeatedly, nine as of Sept 6, maybe more coming as there were 20,000 people staying in those tents. Good thing it is not people to people.

You see the articles saying that you don't need to fear the hantavirus, your chances of getting it are oh so small. What these articles don't tell you is that the hantavirus started as a nasty virus first seen in the 1950's that caused temporary kidney shutdown. Not good but not horribly bad. Then one day in 1993 it was noticed that a new strain had appeared that affected the heart and was much more deadly. Why did it mutate to a more deadly form, was it just chance? The same way common food poisoning has picked up a new partner so instead of just puking for a few days you can now run the risk catching kidney disease from a simple case of food poisoning. Another case of why did it mutate to a deadlier from? Just our luck? No, not luck, just 2 billion years of successful evolution. These cases are like something out of a Lovecraft novel and they aren't going away any time soon.


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