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    West Africa ebola outbreak totally out of control: Doctors Without Borders

    The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control," according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.

    The current outbreak has caused more deaths than any other on record, said another official with the medical charity. Ebola has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization.

    International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group in Brussels, told The Associated Press on Friday.

    "The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."

    The outbreak, which began in Guinea either late last year or early this year, had appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time.

    "This is the highest outbreak on record and has the highest number of deaths, so this is unprecedented so far," said Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist with Doctors Without Borders.

    According to a World Health Organization list, the highest previous death toll was in the first recorded Ebola outbreak in Congo in 1976, when 280 deaths were reported. Because Ebola often touches remote areas and the first cases sometimes go unrecognized, it is likely that there are deaths that go uncounted, both in this outbreak and previous ones.

    The multiple locations of the current outbreak and its movement across borders make it one of the "most challenging Ebola outbreaks ever," Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, said earlier in the week.

    The outbreak shows no sign of abating and that governments and international organizations were "far from winning this battle," Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for Plan International, said Friday.

    But Janssens' description of the Ebola outbreak was even more alarming, and he warned that the governments affected had not recognized the gravity of the situation. He criticized the World Health Organization for not doing enough to prod leaders and said that it needs to bring in more experts to do the vital work of tracing all of the people who have been in contact with the sick.

    "There needs to be a real political commitment that this is a very big emergency," he said. "Otherwise, it will continue to spread, and for sure it will spread to more countries."

    The World Health Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    But Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia's deputy minister of health, said that people in the highest levels of government are working to contain the outbreak as proved by the fact that that Liberia had a long period with no new cases before this second wave.

    The governments involved and international agencies are definitely struggling to keep up with the severity of the outbreak, said Krishnan of Plan, which is providing equipment to the three affected countries and spreading information about how people can protect themselves against the disease. But he noted that the disease is striking in one of the world's poorest regions, where public health systems are already fragile.

    "The affected countries are at the bottom of the human development index," he said in an emailed statement. "Ebola is seriously crippling their capacities to respond effectively in containing the spread."

    The situation requires a more effective response, said Janssens of Doctors Without Borders. With more than 40 international staff currently on the ground and four treatment centers, Doctors Without Borders has reached its limit to respond, he said.

    "It's the first time in an Ebola epidemic where (Doctors Without Borders) teams cannot cover all the needs, at least for treatment centers," he said.

    It is unclear, for instance, if the group will be able to set up a treatment center in Liberia, like the ones it is running in in Guinea and Sierra Leone, he said. For one thing, Janssens said, the group doesn't have any more experienced people in its network to call on. As it is, some of its people have already done three tours on the ground.

    Janssens said this outbreak is particularly challenging because it began in an area where people are very mobile and has spread to even more densely populated areas, like the capitals of Guinea and Liberia. The disease typically strikes sparsely populated areas in central or eastern Africa, where it spreads less easily, he said.

    By contrast, the epicenter of this outbreak is near a major regional transport hub, the Guinean city of Gueckedou.

    He said the only way to stop the disease's spread is to persuade people to come forward when symptoms occur and to avoid touching the sick and dead.

    "There is still not a real change of behavior of the people," he said. "So a lot of sick people still remain in hiding or continue to travel. And there is still news that burial practices are remaining dangerous."

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    Holy crap !
    I wonder if there will be a tipping point, after which there will be mass meltdown ?

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    It won't be long before it escapes Arica and starts to spread like wildfire in the West. Once it reaches Europe or the US it is really going to kill people. Then the West might do something but by then it may already be too late !

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    That Ebola is nasty stuff.
    Especially, when the bug has a reputation of mutating into more potent strains - which it has done over the last human generation.

    Airborne.

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    i lived in africa long enough to know that the african governments will do bugger all
    about this latest outbreak,they wring their hands and want western aid as usual to solve the problem, they just don't get with preventative actions to curb it from
    spreading,bugger me, this is serious, containment and education is not their radar.

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    The rich & wealthy overlords probably don't consider that it will affect them personally - so simply don't care.

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    The possibility of an ebola pandemic should be of concern to everyone worldwide due to the potential to wipe out vast numbers in a very short period. It certainly gives me nightmares. Hopefully the threat can serve as a catalyst that leads to more cooperation among countries instead of the usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    The possibility of an ebola pandemic should be of concern to everyone worldwide due to the potential to wipe out vast numbers in a very short period. It certainly gives me nightmares. Hopefully the threat can serve as a catalyst that leads to more cooperation among countries instead of the usual.
    It would not be enough to help solving the population problem. So let's hope it won't happen.

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    Ebola crisis in West Africa deepens; 500+ dead
    July 14, 2014

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) Deep in the forests of southern Guinea, the first victims fell ill with high fevers. People assumed it was the perennial killer malaria and had no reason to fear touching the bodies, as is the custom in traditional funerals.

    Some desperate relatives brought their loved ones to the distant capital in search of better medical care, unknowingly spreading what ultimately was discovered to be Ebola, one of the world's most deadly diseases.

    Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose, had never before been seen in this part of West Africa where medical clinics are few and far between. The disease has turned up in at least two other countries Liberia and Sierra Leone and 539 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that is now the largest on record.

    The key to halting Ebola is isolating the sick, but fear and panic have sent some patients into hiding, complicating efforts to stop its spread. Ebola has reached the capitals of all three countries, and the World Health Organization reported 44 new cases including 21 deaths on Friday.

    There has been "a gross misjudgment across the board in gauging the severity and scale of damage the current Ebola outbreak can unleash," the aid group Plan International warned earlier this month.

    "There are no cases from outside Africa to date. The threat of it spreading though is very much there," said Dr. Unni Krishnan, head of disaster preparedness and response for the aid group.

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    Africa could probably do with a few less people.

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    The Bubonic plague in England in 1348 was caused by one sailor who arrived in June 1348, by autumn that year it had reached London and by the next year it covered the entire country.

    Let's hope Ebola is slightly less virulent.
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    534 deaths are not that many. Africa is in desperate need of population control. I hate to sound morbid but go Ebola go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    The Bubonic plague in England in 1348 was caused by one sailor who arrived in June 1348, buy autumn that year it had reached London and by the next year it covered the entire country.

    Let's hope Ebola is slightly less virulent.
    Procedures and communications and understanding of how to contain these outbreaks has advanced a lot since then.

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    Let's hope the procedures are adequate to keep up with the containment. Obviously there were no airports when the Bubonic plague hit in the 1300s, and that aspect vastly changes the containment situation.

    About controlling the population in Africa, the problem is that the more people come down with it there, the higher the probability of it getting out to other continents. The authorities are having enough difficulty as it is with maybe a thousand cases. Imagine what it would be like trying to contain a couple of million cases or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    I hate to sound morbid but go Ebola go!
    You won't be saying that when it gets on an airplane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    I hate to sound morbid but go Ebola go!
    You won't be saying that when it gets on an airplane.
    That is true and I am sure if there where faces to the suffering I would feel different. I don't want to see any human being suffer unnecessarily however it will become more so as the world becomes more and more overpopulated.

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