ebola outbreak


An experimental Ebola virus vaccine was 100% effective in preventing the disease after 10 days in the 5837 people who received it in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, 23 of the 4507 people who did not receive the vaccine contracted the virus in the same timeframe.
These findings, published online December 22 in the Lancet, are the final results from a phase-3 trial of a recombinant, replication-competent vesicular stomatitis virus–based candidate vaccine expressing a surface glycoprotein, dubbed rVSV-ZEBOV.

“We’ve noticed a decrease in the number of patients”

Dr. Ibrahima Sory Diallo is a Pediatrician at Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea.

Q: Where were you when you first heard of Ebola?

A: I first heard about it while on mission in Mamou.

Q: What were your first thoughts when you heard of the outbreak?

A: I had watched a documentary about Ebola in other countries so when I heard about it hitting Guinea, my first thought was that the concerned regions of the country would immediately be quarantined and access would be denied in the regions.

Q: Did Ebola change the day to day functioning of your work?

A: What mostly changed was the use of protective gloves while treating patients. We were given a greater quantity of gloves but still we need more. It’s just not enough. We also now stress the importance of handwashing and other hygiene measures to the patients. We’ve been sensitizing mothers on how to protect themselves and their families.

Q: Did you have enough people to do the job?

A: When it started we noticed that there were fewer doctors so we had to establish rounds of presence: one group of doctors was coming one week, and the other the following week and so on.

Q: What positive side effects of the epidemic have you observed?

A: There’s higher awareness among medical personnel on hygiene. You won’t see a doctor touching a patient with bare hands anymore.

Q: Has there been more or less people in the wards?

A: We’ve noticed a decrease in the number of patients since the outbreak of the disease.

Q: Do you think Ebola will have a lasting impact on Guinea?

A: Yes, I think it will last. Epidemiologists say that it’s the first time that this disease has reached a capital, and in addition many people don’t believe us when we say Ebola is real.

Q: Do you have a message for the partners?

A: We still need help, we must use more NGOs to reach the people and sensitize them. Regarding the traceability of donations, we must beware and use serious organizations so that the Ebola products will not end up on sale in the local markets.

Q: What would you say to the people of Guinea?

A: As you can see, doctors are not dying of this disease anymore, and that’s because they have understood and agreed to comply with the preventive measures. It will be the same for the whole country if the population also complies with the rules.

Please fire me. I arrived at a table to take a customer’s order just in time to see them projectile vomit onto their plate…which I then had to clean.

A long, long time ago (autumn of 2014), you may recall there was a worldwide panic over Ebola. While the threat of an outbreak in the USA was never more than an Internet meme, in West Africa, it looked like the fucking apocalypse. We spoke to Doug Woodhams, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps reserves. He happened to be in Liberia when the outbreak occurred, and found himself at its epicenter.

5 Things I Learned In The World’s Largest Ebola Outbreak

What to do when Papa Ebola comes to Town

Ebola, Ebola, Ebola. Everybody’s freaking out. Cant find a Hazmat suit on Craigslist to save your life. I’m a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry with twenty years experience. Here is some real advice on what works and what does not:

1. Keep away from infected people. Most cases are contracted when family members or health care workers care for the sick without protective personal equipment (PPE). Also by handling the dead. Ebola is fluid transfer based, NOT airborne and it AIN’T GONNA GET airborne. A village in Sierra Leone stopped new cases cold by the simple method of maintaining chairs three feet apart outside a home for visitors. That simple. You CAN get it from sweat from a symptomatic person by touch or shaking hands; don’t do that.

2. Wash your hands you filthy beggars! Soap kills Ebola. Alcohol and bleach do too. Same protocol as per cold season. Wash hands thoroughly and often, don’t touch your face; sanitize as soon as you come home and wipe down surfaces. Ebola won’t last long on surfaces without fluids but this will help with casual transfer. Again majority of cases involve intimate touching of the sick when caring for them and the messes they create.

3. General consensus is if you are not showing symptoms you cannot get someone else sick. Symptoms include 103 or higher fever, copious sweating and diarrhea, then vomiting and bleeding. Patient usually dies of fluid loss or high fever. If these can be managed recovery is about 50%. Time from when you contract the virus to onset of symptoms can be up to three weeks. Keep a thermometer handy.

4. Don’t bother gathering your own PPE. If you ever used a condom, that’s PPE. You have to actually wear it, be able to perform wearing it properly, and dispose of it after use properly. You can’t reuse a Tyvek suit any more than you can reuse a condom. Non sufficient PPE will just give you a false sense of security and lead you to mopping up poo wearing naught but gloves. Bad idea. Two nurses with all the training and resources of a hospital did not do it right. Improper PPE is like bringing a .22 single shot to a gun fight; run instead.

5. Be prepared for a bug in. Sierra Leone shut their entire country down for three days to get a lid on this. People ran out to the market, panicked and probably rubbed up on infected people. If they call an isolation period be pre positioned to not have to go for that one last item to the stores. It will be chaos. Bad situation in your city may lead to you having to bug out one night; very bad situation will find you on the wrong side of an armored quarantine line.

6. Lastly, STOP FREAKING OUT. Ebola is on a par with HIV to contract; the difference is speed and lethality, and the patient being messy. Absolute key is to simply avoid touching people you don’t know, be aware of the symptoms and don’t treat it like a boogeyman. I am much more concerned about social unrest that will stem from people looting for food and Purell and shooting people that have the flu. Remember, it’s been ‘rampant’ in third world West Africa for months and with a population of millions it only has claimed about 5,000 lives. It can be mitigated.

 (submitted by E.F.)

“Die From Ebola” - A message from the terrorists Corporate media fearmongering the ebola outbreak hoax.

Overheard in employee cafeteria:

ENGINEER 1: Someone’s gotta do something about this Ebola.
ENGINEER 2: Yeah, man. Yeah.
ENGINEER 1: Like, maybe not let people fly out of Africa.
ENGINEER 2: Yeah. You know what they should do? They should try to find a cure.
ENGINEER 1: Good idea.
ENGINEER 2: I know.