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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lilaca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 29 2014 at 4:05pm
Originally posted by talia talia wrote:

Ironic how the major pharmaceuticals haven' t jumped on trying to create a vaccine, or medicine to treat this....as long as it is black people, they don't care. Damn hypocrites, not profitable enough for them.
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This hurt me like I knew him...Cry

Ebola virus: Top Sierra Leone doctor, Sheik Umar Khan, dies of disease aged 39

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The virus that has killed more than 670 people across West Africa this year

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Tuesday 29 July 2014

The top doctor treating patients infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has died from the disease, officials have confirmed.

Dr Sheik Umar Khan had been hospitalised in quarantine since he contracted the virus last week. The virologist was credited with treating more than 100 patients at the hospital in Kenema - one of the world’s leading Ebola diagnosis facilities.

The current outbreak is the largest in history, so far killing more than 672 people across West Africa since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Nations affected include Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

Dr Khan's death on Tuesday afternoon was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr Brima Kargbo, who had previously hailed him as a "national hero" when she announced he had contracted the the disease.

"It is a big and irreparable loss to Sierra Leone as he was the only specialist the country had in viral haemorrhagic fevers," Kargbo said on Tuesday.

Dr Khan was being treated at an Ebola ward run by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, which has in recent weeks described the disease’s West African outbreak as "out of control".

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An ebola Virus. (AP)


At the time of his diagnosis, it was not immediately clear how Dr Khan became infected. While health workers are especially vulnerable to contracting the virus spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine, Reuters reporters who visited Kenema in June heard the doctor was “always meticulous with protection, wearing overalls, mask, gloves and special footwear”.

Before his diagnosis, Dr Khan told reporters: "I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life."

"Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk," he added.

The confirmation of Dr Khan's death came as two American health workers were being treated for Ebola at a hospital in neighboring Liberia.

Health workers have become increasingly frustrated by the outbreak that has killed dozens of their colleagues. Last week, dozens of nurses at the Kenema facility staged a strike after three colleagues died, BBC Newsreported.

Despite international help ranging from doctors to safety equipment, weak health systems in affected countries are struggling to contain the disease.

[​IMG]Medical prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at a treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. (Reuters)
Efforts are further hindered by the fact the disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment. The current outbreak has a fatality rate of at least 60 percent, but it can reach as high as 90 percent.

In an attempt to control the virus in Liberia, police officers have been deployed to the nation's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for symptoms. Fever, aches and sore throat are among the early signs of the disease. Only in later stages do patients sometimes experience severe internal bleeding and blood coming out of their mouth, eyes or ears.

Earlier on Tuesday, the West African airline Asky suspended flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia. Tensions in the region were heightened last Friday when 40-year-old Patrick Sawyer became the first person to die in Nigeria's coastal city of Lagos, home to 21 million people.

Sawyer was of Liberian descent, and worked for the West African nation's Finance Ministry. He had taken several flights on ASKY Airlines. His sister had died of Ebola though he maintained he had not had close physical contact with her when she was sick. At the time, Liberian authorities said they had not been requiring health checks of departing passengers in Monrovia.

At the Finance Ministry where Sawyer worked, officials announced they were temporarily shutting down operations. All employees who came into contact with Sawyer before he left for Nigeria were being placed under surveillance, it said.

"We have a presence of the police at the airport to enforce what we're doing," said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority board. "So if you have a flight and you are not complying with the rules, we will not allow you to board."

However, the WHO said travellers are unlikely to catchEbola because it is not be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

Meanwhile in Washington, a US administration official said on Monday that President Barack Obama was receiving updates and noted that US agencies had stepped up assistance to help contain the virus.

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Was this the same Ebola virus that was an epidemic outbreak back in the 70's/80's?
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Originally posted by MizzAmirah MizzAmirah wrote:

Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Originally posted by *Belle*Femme* *Belle*Femme* wrote:

I really am confused about this virus. I read on the CDC that you have to be in close intimate proximity with someone who is infected. Then I heard that people merely talking with one another can pass the virus. Then I heard its like HIV where you have to be intimate in that respect to get it. 

Its like if it came from eating bats, how did it just come to be today. People have been eating bats for a very long time and haven't had ebola. And how did ebola even get the name ebola?


I heard on the news yesterday that you can't catch it by having someone cough next to you on a plane. They said it's transmitted through blood and bodily secretions.

What do they mean by bats? Are they referring to the animal? Like Batman?


Well now studies suspect it's also airborne. 
I'm almost positive I've heard about this before........And the Band Played?????Confused
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Just doesn't seem right.

How are so many getting infected wearing FULL PPE?
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They're bringing two patients to the US as we speak. Atlanta to be exact.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TexturizedDiva Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 31 2014 at 7:09pm
Welp.  That's it.  I'm staying in.  CDC can't even keep control of their Anthrax, so why should I trust Emory (which is right across from them)?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 31 2014 at 7:28pm
The Walking Dead.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote blaquefoxx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 01 2014 at 9:10pm
Originally posted by lumii18 lumii18 wrote:

They're bringing two patients to the US as we speak. Atlanta to be exact.
This is some serious shat smh. 
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