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Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 2:46am On Jul 29, 2014
A really good book based on a true story about Ebola outbreak in the 80s. Now that we have an outbreak in 2014, I remembered this book and found it online. Everyone should read it. It is very chilling and full of suspense. I remember feeling a sense of fear and horror after reading the book over 10yrs ago. Warning: it is very gory in some parts.
There is a lot of detail about the symptoms, source, spread, etc. It is very informative and scientific. Everyone should read it to become aware and informed.

The Hotzone by Richard Preston

Here is the link to read the book online:

Here is the link to the reviews on Amazon

Everyone is welcome to contribute and provide updates on the outbreak
Re: Ebola Outbreak by Nobody: 6:32am On Jul 29, 2014
Also read this book a while ago. Very chilling. Once i heard about the virus outbreak i couldn't help but remember Preston's breathtaking handling of his scenes in the book.
Recommended read.

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Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 4:50am On Aug 11, 2014
Outbreaks are often traceable to a single index case where an individual has handled the carcass of a gorilla, chimpanzee, or duiker.[5] The virus then spreads person-to-person, especially within families, hospitals, and during some mortuary rituals where contact among individuals becomes more likely.[6] Before outbreaks are confirmed in areas of weak surveillance on the local or regional levels, Ebola is often mistaken for malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, influenza, or various bacterial infections which may be endemic to the region. Learning from failed responses, such as that to the 2000 Uganda outbreak, public health measures including the WHO's Global Outbreak and Response Network were instituted in areas at high risk

See the link below for a list of recorded Ebola outbreaks since 1976.
Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 4:53am On Aug 11, 2014
Ebola first emerged in Sudan and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in the mid-1970s. Since then five strains have been identified: Zaire (1976), Sudan (1976), Reston (1989) Côte d’Ivoire (1994) and Bundibugyo (2007) – each named after where they were first discovered. Reston, discovered in Virginia in the US and later in pigs in the Philippines (and antibodies in a few pig farmers) isn’t known to cause hemorrhagic fever in humans. Ebola Côte d’Ivoire was discovered after a scientist contracted the infection from an autopsy on a dead chimpanzee.


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Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 4:57am On Aug 11, 2014
Blood Plasma of Survivors Contain Antibodies for Treatment of Ebola Patients (convalescent serum transfusion)

In Monrovia, Liberia, 33-year old Dr. Kent Brantly of Forth Worth, Texas had been treating Ebola patients since June, as part of an international relief group called Samaritan’s Purse. But in mid-July, Brantly recognized that he himself was showing symptoms of Ebola. He isolated himself, and told the rest of the team of his suspicions; soon after, his diagnosis was confirmed.

Newsweek Magazine is Back In Print

On Thursday Brantly was given a shot at survival: a 14-year-old male Ebola patient who had been under Brantly’s care, and survived, donated a “unit of blood” to Brantly, according to Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor that saved his life.”
The idea—novel, though not unprecedented—is that the blood (plasma, in medical parlance) of a survivor, full of antibodies proven to be strong enough to fight off the disease (i.e., immune), when transfused into an infected body, might help that body become immune itself Though it sounds a bit like something Hollywood might have cooked up, there’s some science behind it—and an historical precedent that offers hope.
(in 1995)
The same blood transfusion procedure was repeated for seven others who were ill, the final group of Ebola-stricken patients in the hospital.
The results were staggering: seven of the eight survived.

So, why hasn’t the CDC, the WHO and the rest of the public health organizations worldwide jumped all over immune plasma infusion for Ebola? Why are we still scrambling for an Ebola treatment 20 years later?

Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 5:03am On Aug 11, 2014
A person acquires the virus through contact with the bodily fluids of someone already infected. It can take from two days to three weeks for symptoms of Ebola to appear. The disease presents itself with a fever, muscle aches and a cough before progressing to severe vomiting, diarrhea and rashes, along with kidney and liver problems. Death generally occurs as the result of either one or a combination of:dehydration, massive bleeding due to leaky blood vessels, kidney and liver failure.
Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 5:11am On Aug 11, 2014
There are several candidate treatments for Ebola:

Tekmira has an RNA interference drug in Phase 1 testing, but further testing was put on hold while the FDA was examining data about cytokine release, which could be deadly. (This is what happened in the disastrous TeGenero trial⁠, where six healthy volunteers became critically ill with multi-organ failure from cytokine release).

BioCryst’s BCX4430, a nucleoside type of drug which blocks viral reproduction⁠. It, like other drugs, is being co-developed by the government as bioterrorism protection.⁠ It is still in the animal testing phase.

Monoclonal antibodies—being developed by MAPP⁠ Biopharmaceutical, with the Public Health Agency of Canada and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, works by preventing virus from entering cells. They have shown good results in macaques infected with Ebola⁠, even when administration was delayed⁠ for up to 48 hours. One huge plus for this approach is that production –in plants—can be ramped up with drug delivered within a few weeks. This ZMAPP drug was reportedly given to the two ill American missionaries, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Dr. Brantly also initially received a transfusion from a patient he had treated.

This older treatment—transfusion of “convalescent serum” from patients who have recovered from the same illness—seems obvious. This was used successfully to treat influenza in the 1918⁠ pandemic, polio in 1934⁠, and measles, among others. Transfusions were tried in the Kikwit Ebola outbreak in 1995⁠, with apparently good results. The problem is these patients also received better supportive care, muddying the conclusions. Dr. Thomas Geisbert, an expert on Ebola virus at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, did not see the same good outcome in studies with rhesus macaques infected with Ebola, but these were small numbers. Given the long-standing successful history, the option of convalescent serum transfusion still seems worth pursuing as a potential, relatively low-tech treatment, at least in crisis situations like we have now.


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Re: Ebola Outbreak by red101(f): 7:21am On Aug 11, 2014
53 min long NOVA Documentary, "The Plague Fighters" on Ebola Outbreak in Congo (1999)

Re: Ebola Outbreak by GenBuhari(m): 4:59am On Nov 10, 2014
Its a hoax.
No such thing exist there is a huge psychological operation being perpetrated across several countries by the West to convince and panic us into willingly taking dangerous vaccines for profits for the white man.

the vaccines can kill.

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