Thursday, August 7, 2014

What you need to know about Ebola in North America

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is the largest and deadliest of all time. The outbreak, which started in Guinea, has now spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, infecting 763 people and killing 468.

Much is being said, you need to know the truth. Homeopathics will not cure it, there is no cure at this point, only symptomatic treatment. There might be one, but it hasn't been tested. It is a viral disease been contracted from wild animals.

Canada and the US have protocols in place, having learned our lessons from SARS, and H1N1 and the other Superbugs. Firstly, families have been avoiding hospitals, where they are afraid of modern medicine. By the time they get to hospital, it is too late to mitigate symptoms.

The people who are contracting Ebola in Western Africa are being taken to hospitals with far fewer protocols than ours. Not only this, but many do not trust the hospitals, since people die there. They will bring home a patient who is not getting any better, that person dies at their home, where family members contract the disease. At the funeral, family members spread the disease to extended family and friends. The cycle continues.

This would not be allowed to happen in North America. We must avoid suspicion, myths and superstition to flee in the name of common sense and excellent hospital protocols.

Here is an excellent article, with a snippet below:

Ebola in Africa and the U.S.: A Curation

I base my confidence about the lack of risk to the US in part on the biological reality that Ebola is fundamentally a difficult disease to catch. Contracting it requires direct contact with the bodily fluids — blood, feces, vomit — of someone who is symptomatic with the disease. You cannot catch Ebola from someone who is incubating it but not symptomatic; and you cannot catch it from simply being in the same room as someone who has it. (If you’re going to quote back to me the infamous “airborne Ebola” paper from 2012, don’t bother. Six pigs, four monkeys, engineered lab conditions: no relevance to any real-world situation in a household or a hospital.)

Also, in case you missed it the first time: Me, here at Superbug, on the eight known times that a patient with viral hemorrhagic fever has come to the US, without the disease ever once spreading to someone else.

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