Will you all please stop fucking calling this Ebola virus outbreak Croatoan.

Supernatural is a TV show.

Not only is it extremely embarrassing, but it’s completely insensitive too. This is a real thing that is happening in real life not just some story on your dash. So while you’re all proudly announcing yourself as a ‘cult’ and telling people to get ready for the apocalypse, people’s lives are actually in danger. GROW UP 

A message to any of Momma’s scared babies in the US:

Ebola will not infect you.

It cannot be caught through the air or through food or water.

It can only be caught if you are touching an infected person’s bodily fluids.

Even if a person has Ebola, but is not showing any symptoms, you will not catch it.

Calm down and do not fall prey to fear mongering.

Stay safe, and stay healthy!

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The Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa since it started in Guinea months ago has reached its second wave and is “totally out of control,” said an official for Doctors Without Borders.

As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 — more than any other outbreak on record. Ebola is extremely deadly and this outbreak has killed 330 people, according to the World Health Organization.

via the Huffington Post

Hey guys, if you are in any of the red or pink area (or even outside of it), please be careful today. It is forcasted to be a major outbreak day, and tornadoes are already on the ground near Tupelo, Mississippi as of 2:45 cst. Please, please keep aware of whats going on. This outbreak may continue the rest of the week and tornadoes are so unpredictable. If you hear your sirens go off, do not ignore them. Please find a safe spot to hunker down (basement, interior closet, bathtub, ect). Today is not a day to fool around with mother nature. (4/28/14)

Ebola "Over there"

We tend to think of West Africa as “over there”.  My family doesn’t.  My sister, Regan spent 2 1/2 years living in Sierra Leone, so when we heard about the outbreak in Liberia we started paying close attention.  She’s especially affected and aware because this outbreak is affecting the lives of people she knows closely, not to mention an organization she cares about (The US Peace Corps).   She told me the other day that the market was shut down in her town in hopes that this would keep outsiders from coming in and bringing Ebola to their area.  This is a big deal because the local market is a huge economic driver for many families.  While I found this interesting, she understood it on a much deeper level because she knows the names and personalities that are affected and how.

I was also touched by a news story I read about a missionary doctor currently working in Liberia.  While I was in Africa, I saw how desperate people were for health care.  Heck, I even performed a minor procedure on a small boy.  I received instructions from my wife (a Physician’s Assistant) via spotty cell phone texts.  

Imagine for a second, being a doctor who could live at the top of society in the States…. but choosing not to.  Give all that up to live in the middle of poverty in Liberia simply to help other people who are as desperate as Da-de was when I cut on his arm.  NOW imaging that you’ve done that…. and because you made this choice you contract the freaking Ebola virus.  That’s the situation that Dr. Kent Brantly finds himself in.

NOW, imagine that people in America love you and somehow come up with an “experimental serum” to send to you in hopes that they can fix you.  ”Oh great” I would probably think to myself. “I guess it’s ok to think about my own health and wellness for once”…. I would then take the serum, obviously.  We’ve learned that this is not was Dr. Brantly has done.  Another doctor is with him, Dr. Nancy Writebol.  He gave it to her because she’s also infected.  Do you understand what this means?  This man gave his life of luxury up to go serve others and live without it.  He’s then challenged with the thought of losing life itself.  And he then decides to give that away to help someone else too.  What would possess a man to be so selfless?  What would you do in his situation?  Would you ever find yourself in this situation to begin with?  

Just for a second, pretend that this isn’t happening “Over there”.  And thing about it RIGHT HERE.

Over the next few days I intend on paying very close attention to what is happening to Dr. Keith Brantly.  I also intend on paying very close attention to anything he has said, or will be saying.  I believe that at a minimum, we as individuals should personally try and figure out why Dr. Brantly is doing what he’s doing.  What is his motivation?  Is his cause moronic, or is it beyond noble?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WorldNews/ebola-stricken-american-doctor-turn-worse/story?id=24791024

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Notes from my sis after reading this:

There are also 2 Peace Corps Volunteers that have been exposed and are in quarantine because they’ve been exposed to people that had the virus.

The outbreak started in Guinea. Then expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia. It seems that you focused more on Liberia where Guinea was actually the origination.

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5 lies Hollywood taught us about Ebola and disease research 

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to worsen. Nearly 700 people have died from the virus across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, including Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor.

Fortunately, the closest many of us will ever come to understanding the spread of hemorrhagic fevers is from Hollywood. Unfortunately, most of those dramatizations propagate entertainment at the expense of reality.

The Ebola crisis doesn’t line up with Hollywood

What does Ebola actually do?
By Kelly Servick, 13 August 2014 ||  Science/AAAS | News

Behind the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa lies a species with an incredible power to overtake its host.

Zaire ebolavirus and the family of filoviruses to which it belongs owe their virulence to mechanisms that first disarm the immune response and then dismantle the vascular system.

The virus progresses so quickly that researchers have struggled to tease out the precise sequence of events, particularly in the midst of an outbreak. Much is still unknown, including the role of some of the seven proteins that the virus’s RNA makes by hijacking the machinery of host cells and the type of immune response necessary to defeat the virus before it spreads throughout the body. But researchers can test how the live virus attacks different cells in culture and can observe the disease’s progression in nonhuman primates—a nearly identical model to humans

Continue reading to find out some of the basic things we understand about how Ebola and humans interact …

IMAGE: The Ebola virus THOMAS W. GEISBERT

Enterovirus D68

EV-D68 Infections Reported

Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 for this time of the year.

Several other states are investigating clusters of children with severe respiratory illness, possibly due to enterovirus D68.

CDC is watching this situation closely and helping the states with testing of specimens.

Q: What is enterovirus D68?

A: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the United States.

Q: What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

A: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Most of the children who got very ill with EV-D68 infection in Missouri and Illinois had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
Q: How does the virus spread?

A: Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

States with Lab-confirmed EV‑D68 Infections

From mid-August to September 19, 2014, a total of 160 people in 22 states have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Learn more about states with confirmed cases.

Q: How many people have been confirmed to have EV-68 infection?

A: From mid-August to September 19, 2014, a total of 160 people in 22 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. (See States with Lab-confirmed Enterovirus D68.) The cases of EV-D68 infection were confirmed by the CDC or state public health laboratories that notified CDC.

Q: How common are EV-D68 infections in the United States?

A: EV-D68 infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. However, CDC does not know how many infections and deaths from EV-D68 occur each year in the United States. Healthcare professionals are not required to report this information to health departments. Also, CDC does not have a surveillance system that specifically collects information on EV-D68 infections. Any data that CDC receives about EV-D68 infections or outbreaks are voluntarily provided by labs to CDC’s National Enterovirus Surveillance System (NESS). This system collects limited data, focusing on circulating types of enteroviruses and parechoviruses.

Q: What time of the year are people most likely to get infected?

A: In general, the spread of enteroviruses is often quite unpredictable, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years with no particular pattern. In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall.

We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall.

Q: Who is at risk?

A: In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That’s because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68.

Among the EV-D68 cases in Missouri and Illinois, children with asthma seemed to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

(From CDC)

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