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50% death rate

Postby holley on Wed May 29, 2013 7:58 pm

Middle East Coronavirus Called 'Threat To The Entire World'

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Death in UK

Postby holley on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:15 pm

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Not yet....

Postby holley on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:38 am

Coronavirus not global threat...yet:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23179570
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WHO's on........

Postby holley on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:33 am

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Ready or not......

Postby holley on Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:36 am

The Hajj is around the corner. Millions will make the required pilgrimage at a time when MERS is nascent in Saudi Arabia (which pulled in 10 billion from the event last year). Precautions are advised (wear a mask, postpone if old/sick).

A coronavirus of unknown transmission and origin with great lethality is slouching towards Bethlehem to become airborne.

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H1N1 Strikes Again

Postby holley on Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:01 pm

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Ebola

Postby holley on Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Africa is bracing against an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly ebola virus. Guinea is the country affected the worst by the viral hemorrhagic fever. Since January, 86 people have died from it, out of 137 cases.

Shutting down the body’s immune system, ebola is highly contagious, transmitted by contact with the fluids of infected people or animals.

Epidemiologist Michel Van Herp, in Guinea with the non-governmental organisation MSF (Doctors Without Borders) said: “We are facing a scale that has never been seen before, looking at the number of cases in different areas.”

Death tolls in the past have been higher than in Guinea so far, such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001 and Uganda the year before. But this time cases have been found far apart, not geographically concentrated. MSF describes ebola as one of the world’s deadliest diseases. There is no cure.
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Re: Pandemics

Postby holley on Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:07 pm

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
Fatality rate can reach 90% - but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
Incubation period is two to 21 days
There is no vaccine or cure
Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus's natural host
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Re: Pandemics

Postby holley on Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:04 pm

"Sierra Leone - one of the countries worst hit by West Africa's Ebola outbreak - has announced a four-day lockdown to try to tackle the disease.

From 18 to 21 September people will not be allowed to leave their homes, a senior official said.

The aim of the move is to allow health workers to isolate new cases to prevent the disease from spreading further.

The outbreak has killed about 2,100 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria in recent months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that health workers could be given vaccines as from November, when safety tests are completed.

More than 20 health workers have lost their lives to the virus in Sierra Leone since the start of the outbreak in March."
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Song for Ebola

Postby holley on Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:11 pm

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The death of bodywork

Postby holley on Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:18 am

If Ebola or Swine Flu become pandemic, massage therapists will go the way of chimney sweeps.
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Re: Pandemics

Postby relaxgal on Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:41 pm

IMO all these 'modern pandemics' are fakes. Manufactured in labs to keep the cash flow running for corporations. I'm a conspiracy theory freak :))))
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You are not nearly scared enough

Postby holley on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:15 am

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2 ... a_outbreak

"Let's be clear: Absolutely no drug or vaccine has been proven effective against the Ebola virus in human beings. To date, only one person -- Dr. Kent Brantly -- has apparently recovered after receiving one of the three prominent putative drugs, and there is no proof that the drug was key to his improvement. None of the potential vaccines has even undergone Phase One safety trials in humans, though at least two are scheduled to enter that stage before December of this year. And Phase One is the swiftest, easiest part of new vaccine trials -- the two stages of clinical trials aimed at proving that vaccines actually work will be difficult, if not impossible, to ethically and safely execute. If one of the vaccines is ready to be used in Africa sometime in 2015, the measure will be executed without prior evidence that it can work, which in turn will require massive public education to ensure that people who receive the vaccination do not change their behaviors in ways that might put them in contact with Ebola -- because they mistakenly believe they are immune to the virus."
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No need to panic....but we need to get going

Postby holley on Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:58 pm

"In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now's the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, "There's no need to panic ... but we need to get going."

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c'est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot."

Postby holley on Mon May 15, 2017 2:00 pm

By Jason Beaubien

"Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word."

That comment from 19th century disease fighter Louis Pasteur is not what you'd expect to see at the start of a report from some of the world's top public health officials. But the report itself has a stinging message: We're not prepared for the next coming plague or pandemic — or HIV 2.0.

That report, titled "The Neglected Dimension of Global Security," comes from a commission put together last year by the National Academy of Medicine.

The commission says future pandemics have the potential to kill millions and cause economic losses in the trillions of dollars.

"Pandemics represent a real threat to human security," says Peter Sands, the chair of the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future. "They will happen and we need to be able to contain them."

The report predicts that new diseases will emerge even faster in the 21st century than they did in the 19th.
The commission of 17 public health officials from around the globe sums it up this way: "A range of factors, including increasing population, economic globalization, environmental degradation and ever increasing human interaction around the globe are changing the dynamics of infectious disease."

Sands says the Ebola outbreak of 2014-15 was a wake-up call. It showed that the world is not prepared to deal with a rapidly spreading disease.

"The alerts were raised too slowly. Local health systems were quickly overwhelmed. The international response was slow and clumsy," he says. "We lacked many of the medical products we needed, either therapeutic or vaccination or indeed even effective diagnostics."

This report argues that the world needs to better position itself for the next pandemics.

If the world were to invest roughly $4.5 billion a year, the authors estimate economic losses of $60 billion a year from future pandemics could be avoided.

The bulk of the money would go to bolster health care systems in low- and middle-income countries. An additional $1 billion would be poured into medical research for potentially dangerous diseases.

If an outbreak like the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed more than 50 million, were to happen today, the economic damage would be in the trillions of dollars. And the psychological toll could make things worse. Sands says news of a deadly, highly contagious pathogen could prompt people all over the world to panic.

"We are much more connected not just physically but by media nowadays," he says. "Hearing about and seeing infectious disease outbreaks on TV can spread fear even more rapidly than the disease itself. That in turn can grow changes in behavior and policy which magnify the economic impact."

The commission argues that the world ignores the threat of future pandemics at its own peril. "We need to step up our game," as Sands puts it — just as Pasteur did when he invented the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax.








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Pale Rider

Postby holley on Sun May 28, 2017 4:34 pm

BY EARLY 1920, nearly two years after the end of the first world war and the first outbreak of Spanish flu, the disease had killed as many as 100m people— more than both world wars combined. Yet few would name it as the biggest disaster of the 20th century. Some call it the “forgotten flu”. Almost a century on, “Pale Rider”, a scientific and historic account of Spanish flu, addresses this collective amnesia.


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