Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Q&A: What's Behind Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak in West Africa? Woe To The Inhabitants Of The Earth! There Will Be Plagues And Infectious Diseases

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)
“The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be wide-spread). Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)
Q&A With National Geographic & W. Ian Lipkin, an expert in viral diseases and the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Previous outbreaks of Ebola have been small and localized, but this one is much broader. Why the difference?

Typically, when we have an outbreak of Ebola, a team goes in, they identify the cases, they identify people who might come into contact with the cases. And as a result of isolation, we're able to contain the outbreak and it peters out fairly rapidly. Here, it's in urban areas as opposed to rural areas. There isn't enough manpower to track all these cases and make certain we educate people, and that's what's essential.

How contagious is Ebola?

This is not a highly transmissible disease, where the number of people who can be infected by a single individual is high. You have to come into very close contact with blood, organs, or bodily fluids of infected animals, including people. If you educate people properly and isolate those who are potentially infected, it should be something you can bring under control.

Originally, this outbreak spread because of ritual burial practices that brought people into contact with fluids from dead bodies. Is that still a primary source of transmission?

It is an issue. With urbanization, you have people who are moving into urban areas who are not completely divorced from the practices they had in the rural areas. They're recent transplants and they carry with them that culture.

Is this one outbreak or have there been new introductions in the meantime?

Since the spring, it's just continued to spread. I can't tell you for certain there haven't been new point source introductions, but there seems to be no reason to think that.

What likely caused the initial infection?

What typically happens is somebody comes into contact with bush meat. Frequently, there's a harbinger of an outbreak. You [first] see deaths in great apes. When hunters handle infected chimpanzees, gorillas, or monkeys that are infected, they then become infected, chiefly through breaks in their skin or mucous membranes. They become the Trojan horse that carries the infected material back to the villages. Read More>>>>>>>

Victim of Jesus nee MELANIE CALVAT, 
Shepherdess of La Salette
"I protest highly against a different text, which people may dare publish after my death. I protest once more against the very false statements of all those who dare say and write First that I embroidered the Secret; second, against those who state that the Queen Mother did not say to transmit the Secret to all her people." Melanie 

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