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    1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died[W:33]

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    DALLAS (AP) -- The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.
    Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson.
    "Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease," Watson said in a statement.
    Duncan carried the deadly virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. He arrived in Dallas Sept. 20 and fell ill several days later. His condition was downgraded during the weekend from serious to critical.
    Others in Dallas still are being monitored as health officials try to contain the virus that has ravaged West Africa, with more than 3,400 people reported dead. They also are trying to tamp down anxiety among residents frightened of contracting Ebola, though the disease can be spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an already sick person.
    Health officials have identified 10 people, including seven health workers, who had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious. Another 38 people also may have come into contact with him. The four people living in the northeast Dallas apartment where Duncan stayed have been isolated in a private residence.
    Not a good sign. So far though at least no others are showing signs of sickness.
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    Re: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
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    Not a good sign. So far though at least no others are showing signs of sickness.
    Not all unexpected. I heard yesterday he was downgraded to critical. What I'm more interested in at this point is just how many people will actually come down with Ebola from the 52 people that had some form of contact with him. That will ultimately decide just how big an issue Ebola will become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Not all unexpected. I heard yesterday he was downgraded to critical. What I'm more interested in at this point is just how many people will actually come down with Ebola from the 52 people that had some form of contact with him. That will ultimately decide just how big an issue Ebola will become.
    The one bright spot is that since these other people are being so closely monitored - as soon as they start feeling ill they will get treatment, which will increase their chances of survival.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    The one bright spot is that since these other people are being so closely monitored - as soon as they start feeling ill they will get treatment, which will increase their chances of survival.
    Second thing to watch to be sure. A lot of how deadly Ebola is, has more to deal with conditions in which the disease comes up (not just talking about poor living conditions, but also a superstitious society) than the disease itself.

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    Watch out.

    There are already cries of " racism " being bandied around by the usual suspects saying this guy wasn't treated immediately because of the color if his skin.

    I didn't think he had much of a chance. For one they ran out of the experimental anti-viral medication that was used on the Dr and the Aid worker that were brought back from Africa.

    He was given an alternative experimental medication.

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    Re: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    The one bright spot is that since these other people are being so closely monitored - as soon as they start feeling ill they will get treatment, which will increase their chances of survival.
    The danger appears, from what I've read, is that they think this new outbreak may be more virulent than previous ones, hence the difficulty in containing it this time with previously similar and successfully used methods. It's not impossible that in close quarters this current strain isn't somewhat airborne from coughed up sputum particles or that it's more highly contagious upon surface contact.

    There's probably going to be more incidents in the coming months of people contracting the disease and traveling here with it. Hopefully, they catch them and quarantine anyone they contact while sick. That's the other thing they're questioning is how many obvious symptoms does someone have to display before they're actually becoming contagious?

    Also, three Ugandans are being monitored in medical isolation for possibly contracting the Ebola-like Marburg virus, after a hospital worker died. This seems to be the year of the virus.


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    Re: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Second thing to watch to be sure. A lot of how deadly Ebola is, has more to deal with conditions in which the disease comes up (not just talking about poor living conditions, but also a superstitious society) than the disease itself.
    If I read correctly, a single large outbreak of Ebola some years ago was in Uganda was caused after the Funeral of two tribal chiefs because of the way they all touch the bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    If I read correctly, a single large outbreak of Ebola some years ago was in Uganda was caused after the Funeral of two tribal chiefs because of the way they all touch the bodies.
    Yes the Ebola virus can survive outside the Body for an extended period of time.

    Its why the CDC wears Space Suits every time they come into close contact with someone who they think might be infected.

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    Re: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

    What still is ****ing amazing to me, is that the US is taking the temperature of people from these Ebola outbreak countries traveling to the US and we think taking their temperature provides some protection when, in the case of this guy, he would have passed straight through as he only started feeling sick days after traveling here.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    What still is ****ing amazing to me, is that the US is taking the temperature of people from these Ebola outbreak countries traveling to the US and we think taking their temperature provides some protection when, in the case of this guy, he would have passed straight through as he only started feeling sick days after traveling here.

    Yep, 21 day incubation period.

    But hey, we'll fly them in by the plane load.

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