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Ebola

What a nasty disease.
Initially shows as flu-like symptoms — fever, headache, achy limbs, sore throat

Ebola is fatal in 90 per cent of cases and for which there is no vaccine and no known cure.
The final stages of the disease are hideously unpleasant.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/10995322/What-is-the-Ebola-virus-and-...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2709051/Is-world-s-deadliest-disease-way-Britain-Fears-ris...
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
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Fortunately, it's quite hard to catch - it requires actual physical contact - and it's easy to kill the virus before it gets a chance to act: regular soap and water will do it.  The best defense is simple washing.  Of course, that's easier said than done in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa Sad
Apparently, the man at the centre of the current outbreak had diarrhea during his various flights.  Other passengers who used the loo after him better hope they washed their hands  Shocked
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I Can see some GP's are going to be kept very busy in the coming months as people with one or more of the symptoms you describe will want reassurance they have not caught Ebola.
Not that visiting the GP will do much good if there is no cure
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The latest news is that they think they're going to be able to confine the outbreak to West Africa so unless people have just come back from the affected areas, presumably the panic shouldn't be too widespread.
One of the reasons ebola hasn't become a pandemic so far is that it is so very virulent: basically, it kills it's victims (that 90% fatality) before the vicitms have had time to spread the disease.
The worry is that, apparently what tends to happen with these sorts of disease is that they become just less virulent enough to allow their victims time to pass them on.
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I traveled through these countries for 3 months at the beginning of this year. They simply don't have the infrastructure to be able to contain an outbreak like this especially with the borders being so porous (twice I crossed into countries without realising and turned up to the border post on the wrong side!)
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The worry is the incubation period of the virus, which can be anything from 4 weeks to 2 months. From what I've read, you can be contagious during the incubation period.
The only positive thing is that the virus does not spread as easily as something like flu or measles. If it did, we would be looking at a worldwide pandemic.
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The expert I heard interviewed last night claimed we don't know the incubation period - best guess is somewhere between a few days and a couple of weeks - and we don't know if it is contagious during that time.
A disease that occurs in remote areas and kills the vast majority of it's victims in a few days is kinda hard to study  Undecided
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Ebola is Gaia just practising in preparation for her rescue mission of the earth from human over-population.
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I was trying to see where I read that but it looks like I'm wrong about the virus being contagious during the incubation period. From the CDC (http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/):
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The incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period.

I am a little surprised there are no additional controls/checks on passengers coming to the UK from infected countries. The Immigration Service Union claim the border control officials are not prepared - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28578596
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Two American doctors have been infected with Ebola and are being returned to the states Donald Trump attitude
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Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days - now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!

Not sure if this is a typical American response or someone at the top of the social scale?
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It's normal because they are American citizens (who will be given the best care) and also because the CDC want to understand the virus more (the hospital they are being taken to in Atlanta is walking distance to the CDC's HQs).
I think it will also allow the CDC to understand the best possible treatment in the event of a pandemic that spreads to the West. I would imagine the survival rate in the West will be significantly higher due to the quality of care and medicines available.
Edit: Here's a video of one of the patients arriving at the hospital - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28625309
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From Ebola to insect bites, how to dodge the dangers that will wreck your break

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2714081/Dont-drink-water-From-ebola-insect-bites-dodge-dan...
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Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
Since confirmed she didn't have Ebola...
But how terrifying for the other passengers, and just what did she die of, was she contagious ?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ebola-terror-gatwick-passenger-collapses-3977051#ixzz39N1BLY27
Border staff 'unprepared' to spot Ebola cases arriving in UK
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11002301/Border-staff-unprepared-to-spot-Ebola-cases...
According to Sky News, Immigration  Officials were unprepared, not wearing gloves etc.

Britain's two-bed Ebola virus unit:
As MP calls for fever scans at UK airports  revealed country's ONE isolation facility
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2714272/UKs-two-bed-ebola-unit-MP-calls-fever-scans-UK-airpo...


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An interesting Q&A on vaccines and new drugs to treat Ebola by the CDC - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa-experimental-treatments.html
Seems we might be not too far away from being to control it therapeutically.
I read the suspected Ebola infected patient in Saudi Arabia has unfortunately died - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28678699