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« Reply #75 on: August 19, 2014, 08:34:29 pm »
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The international community has made "almost zero" response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, with western leaders more interested in protecting their own countries than helping contain the crisis that has now claimed more than 1,200 lives, a senior international aid worker said on Tuesday.

Brice de la Vigne, the operations director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said politicians in industrialised countries urgently needed to take action, or risk the outbreak spreading much further. "Globally, the response of the international community is almost zero," he told the Guardian. "Leaders in the west are talking about their own safety and doing things like closing airlines – and not helping anyone else."

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/western-leaders-ebola-outbreak-africa-medecins-sans-frontieres
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« Reply #76 on: August 19, 2014, 09:06:23 pm »
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“All entertainment centers are to be closed; All video centers are to be closed at 6:00 PM.; Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM,” she said in a nationwide address on Tuesday. The President said West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi is quarantined under full security watch meaning there will be no movements in and out of those areas.

Holy sh**t, imagine living there right now.

http://frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/news/2717-ebola-curfew-liberia-announces-9-6-restrictions-west-point-quarantined
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« Reply #77 on: August 20, 2014, 06:02:25 pm »
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The latest update from W.H.O. is not good. Guinea is accelerating again after a long dormancy. The international orgs are fully on top of this now yet they are stretched beyond their limit to respond. Any additional scale up would have to come from national governments, but at this point the costs are getting increasingly prohibitive. World leaders may have missed the chance to nip this thing in the bud. Obama is distracted.

Meanwhile, riots in West Point today; apparently the coast guard has also been called out to prevent people from boarding rafts. They're still going to have to get food in...
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« Reply #78 on: August 20, 2014, 11:02:57 pm »
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A visual of the situation (and keep in mind W.H.O. says these numbers are "vastly underestimated"):
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« Reply #79 on: August 21, 2014, 03:04:30 pm »
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« Reply #80 on: August 22, 2014, 11:53:01 am »
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Heroic American Christian aid workers have been cured and released from Emory University.

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« Reply #81 on: August 23, 2014, 07:42:53 am »
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Ebola virus is "proprietary." Title of patent: "Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof". You can search in the Net. Google will show you. Moreover, the Ministry of Defense United States allocates money ostensibly for the development of a vaccine against this virus (and not pharma companies). The strain, which is indicated in the patent differs from the present virus. But nevertheless
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« Reply #82 on: August 23, 2014, 12:16:55 pm »
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« Reply #83 on: August 23, 2014, 04:32:00 pm »
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Most charities have shied away from creating specially dedicated pages for ebola fundraising, but UC San Francisco has a page where you can give directly to the response effort. For $50 you can provide personal protective gear for one health care provider. I've given $300 to the ebola effort thus far this year. (A wealthy donor has pledged to match all donations over $250).

https://crowdfund.ucsf.edu/project/53e4f5e60920655b8211663c

Watch the video as well; MSF, WHO, and the Ministry of Health are not taking care of this.
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« Reply #84 on: August 24, 2014, 01:51:14 am »
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It rolls on: Senegal, Ivory Coast, have shut their land borders and other states have shut sea links.

Food shortages are starting to develop, as ships required to bring in imported rice are reluctant to dock in disease-hit countries. Communal work arrangements have broken down, threatening the harvest.
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« Reply #85 on: August 24, 2014, 09:40:40 pm »
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The kid who was shot in the leg during the West Point riot last week has died. The kid had a totally treatable wound, he was on the front pages of the news all over the world. It's not like this was a massacre, only two or three people were shot. Most prominent was this teen, who had gone to the store to buy food and got caught in the crossfire coming home.

Apparently, the kids' family drove him to JFK hospital where he was refused admission; then they drove him from hospital to hospital all over Monrovia and not a single one admitted him. Finally he ended up at Redemption Hospital and bled to death. He needed an infusion of blood but there was no one in the whole city who could give him blood, so after 2 days he just bled to death, his wound totally untreated.

This is a guy who was on national news and his photo was splashed over every paper in the country. And he couldn't get someone to treat a simple wound for 2 days, and died. Health workers dressed in full ebola gear came to pick up his body and wouldn't let his family near him.

There are stories of pregnant women wandering from hospital to hospital in Monrovia and getting rejected, finally giving birth with no care and some of them died.

This is the new Liberia... NO health system AT ALL. You might as well be in the stone ages. On top of that, it is reported that there are thousands of HIV patients who are no longer getting their retrovirals because the clinic they were going to has stopped functioning.
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« Reply #86 on: August 25, 2014, 09:07:10 am »
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The kid who was shot in the leg during the West Point riot last week has died. The kid had a totally treatable wound, he was on the front pages of the news all over the world. It's not like this was a massacre, only two or three people were shot. Most prominent was this teen, who had gone to the store to buy food and got caught in the crossfire coming home.

Apparently, the kids' family drove him to JFK hospital where he was refused admission; then they drove him from hospital to hospital all over Monrovia and not a single one admitted him. Finally he ended up at Redemption Hospital and bled to death. He needed an infusion of blood but there was no one in the whole city who could give him blood, so after 2 days he just bled to death, his wound totally untreated.

This is a guy who was on national news and his photo was splashed over every paper in the country. And he couldn't get someone to treat a simple wound for 2 days, and died. Health workers dressed in full ebola gear came to pick up his body and wouldn't let his family near him.

There are stories of pregnant women wandering from hospital to hospital in Monrovia and getting rejected, finally giving birth with no care and some of them died.

This is the new Liberia... NO health system AT ALL. You might as well be in the stone ages. On top of that, it is reported that there are thousands of HIV patients who are no longer getting their retrovirals because the clinic they were going to has stopped functioning.
Also the old one near total lack of healthcare isnt new in Liberia. You think they had working hospitals during the civil war?
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« Reply #87 on: August 25, 2014, 04:54:38 pm »
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True. Part of the reason the healthcare system was knocked down so easily is that it was so weak to begin with.
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« Reply #88 on: August 26, 2014, 10:22:12 pm »
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First good news for Africa in a while -- the situation in Nigeria seems to be stabilizing.
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« Reply #89 on: August 27, 2014, 11:53:44 am »
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C.D.C. director Tom Frieden is touring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (his initial flight was cancelled because Senegal is no longer allowing Brussels Airlines flights to stop over in that country). Here are his comments:

He emphasized that the toll is "far larger than has been recorded, not because they are trying to hide anything but because they are really overwhelmed by these numbers." Beyond this, he said, the cases "are increasing at an extremely quick rate, and this is very alarming."

Because of the outbreak, Liberians who require other kinds of medical care have avoided seeking help. "Urgent health needs are definitely going unmet," Frieden said. "Hospital occupancy" is 10 percent. This means one of the urgent tasks ahead is to make sure treatment is available to patients who are not suffering from Ebola.

Ending the crisis hinges largely on improving infection control and burial practices, Frieden said. Until now, "cremation was not part of the burial culture here," he said, but people are increasingly accepting it.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/26/343436300/cdc-director-on-ebola-we-are-definitely-not-at-the-peak

The situation is not slowing in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The only realistic solution to this is going to be a massive public education campaign. Since there are not enough health workers to deal with treating the sick, and disposal of bodies is going to become a much more labor-demanding task as deaths pile up, only massive cooperation by the public is going to stop this epidemic. In countries that have not yet seen ebola yet are at risk, such as Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria, massive training through community leaders, church leaders, the media, schools and government must be undertaken to get the population to practice the correct behaviors.
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« Reply #90 on: August 27, 2014, 10:01:36 pm »
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"We have staff at the gate who do nothing but turn away people. This is not easy, because we don't know where they could go," said Karline Kleijer from MSF.

In West Africa, the Ebola epidemic is still spreading rapidly. To help patients MSF opened an emergency clinic last week in the Liberian capital Monrovia. After four days the clinic was full.

Currently there are about 200 patients in the clinic. According Kleijer that could have been more than 600 already if they had opened the doors. That can not be, because so many people infected with Ebola would be a danger to the employees of MSF.

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Because there are not enough emergency clinics and regular healthcare is not functioning most Ebola patients can not be administered. Therefore, the clinic expanded by another dozen beds. But even that is not enough. "We know that there are thousands of patients are walking in the street, infecting other people," says Kleijer.

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227003

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Crematorium exhausted:

"Monrovia (AFP) - The crematorium in the Liberian capital Monrovia is struggling to deal with the dozens of Ebola victims whose bodies are being brought each day, the Red Cross said Thursday.
Fayah Tamba, the secretary-general of the Liberian division of the charity, said workers were having to return corpses to a hospital in the city after being told there was not the capacity to cremate all the victims.
She told a local radio station that she believes it may now be necessary for international organisations to take over responsibility for handling the crisis from the national authorities."

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=226840

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Ebola-infested bodies lying the street being consumed by dogs:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201408260125.html
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« Reply #91 on: August 29, 2014, 10:28:05 am »
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/29/putin-ukraine-soldiers_n_5734322.html#68_ukraine-says-it-will-seek-nato-membership

A man from Guinea confirmed to be Senegal's first case of ebola in this outbreak
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« Reply #92 on: August 29, 2014, 03:19:14 pm »
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Wrong link, but sh**t. Our only hope was that this could be contained in those three countries. This cannot be allowed to devastate Africa. The continent is on the verge of an economic explosion, similar to where East Asia was in 1960. If the virus is allowed to head that off, it would be the greatest tragedy since the outbreak of WWI.
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« Reply #93 on: August 30, 2014, 09:59:54 pm »
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MSF asks for more: not lip service, but action

http://www.msf.org/article/ebola-failures-international-outbreak-response
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