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Around the Nightmare in 60 Days printable version
15 Oct 2014: posted by the editor - Health, International
60 Days to contain Ebola
The World Health Organisation and the United Nations have warned that if the current Ebola outbreak is not contained within the next two months, the world will face an unprecedented crisis for which no effective plan exists.
The WHO reported this week that the fatality rate from the disease has increased from around 50% to 70%. According to the World Health Organization, 4,447 people have already died because of Ebola. Nearly 9,000 cases of Ebola have been reported so far in West Africa, including the 4,447 deaths.
"The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection," said Anthony Banbury, the UN's deputy ebola coordinator.
Mr Banbury told the UN Security Council the 70% target was becoming harder to meet as new infections stack up.
"We either stop ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan," he warned.
There is contradictory evidence of Ebola being transmitted by air. A study conducted in 2012 showed that Ebola was able to travel between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and were never placed in direct contact.
Though the method of transmission in the study was not officially determined, one of the scientists involved, Dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada, told BBC News that he believed that the infection was spread through large droplets that were suspended in the air.
"What we suspect is happening is large droplets; they can stay in the air, but not long; they don't go far," he explained. "But they can be absorbed in the airway, and this is how the infection starts, and this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way."
An "airborne" virus does not need the presence of a liquid carrier to survive. Ebola however can be spread through droplets released into the air through sneezing, or coughing or through inhaling the breath of someone at close range. It has been reported that Ebola can spread through the air in three separate articles since March of 2014, here, here and here, however the corporate media has continued to misrepresent the vectors of transmission.
The CDC has admitted that the Ebola virus can travel through air,
Related link http://scgnews.com/ebola-what-youre-not-being-told
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