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Thread: Ebola, will the US get it?

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    Ebola seems mostly fatal in circumstances where the patient does not have access to modern medicine. The virus seems to pass over time and it's a matter of keeping the patient alive long enough for that to happen. At least this is my current best understanding.

    If Ebola comes to the US we stand a good chance of the CDC being on the ball and while the possibility is very real and we as a country are at risk. We may not be hit so hard.
    Finally, a realistic response. We have the resources to probably keep an outbreak contained from causing devastating results, though with it's long incubation, it could wheedle its way into the mainstream over time. Hopefully, we'll send the necessary equipment and experts to stop/slow it at it's source.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Does anyone think we'll get more than a few isolated cases or an outbreak in the U.S.? And is it really any scarier than HIV or Hep-C, or is it Media hyped?
    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post

    Previous outbreaks historically of measles, smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera, yellow fever, influenza, etc killed hundreds of thousands to millions.

    Ebola is not as easily spread as any of those. And in a country with better sanitation and medical practices and less uneducated family involvement, it could be pretty well contained in its present state.

    The sad thing however, would be that it would then become endemic in the US and could crop up again at any time. And it's still a horrible disease.

    This happened with bubonic plague. It still circulates here out West in rodent populations. Fortunately we have a cure for the plague.
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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    A murderer putting a bullet through someone's brain is a medical procedure too.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    We'll be fine.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    Previous outbreaks historically of measles, smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera, yellow fever, influenza, etc killed hundreds of thousands to millions.

    Ebola is not as easily spread as any of those. And in a country with better sanitation and medical practices and less uneducated family involvement, it could be pretty well contained in its present state.

    The sad thing however, would be that it would then become endemic in the US and could crop up again at any time. And it's still a horrible disease.

    This happened with bubonic plague. It still circulates here out West in rodent populations. Fortunately we have a cure for the plague.
    Well put. I think this is exactly the highest probability, that we come up with a fairly good antivirus (Z-mapp) and treatment protocol, which limits the spread from becoming a US epidemic. But eventually it stays within the population over the next several decades emerging suddenly, now and then, in pocket areas.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Should we not close the poll now, it is here. I am not sounding an alarm or anything but it appears that we now have a patient in the US diagnosed with Ebola. And it happened roughly in a manner we were talking about. Someone travelled here infected and did not show signs of having it until arriving here.

    (CNN) -- For the first time, a patient in an American hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola.

    The unidentified man, who is being treated at a Dallas hospital, didn't show symptoms until after four or five days of arriving in the United States from Liberia.

    Officials are being tight-lipped about how he contracted the virus or how he's being treated, citing privacy concerns.
    Should Americans worry after 1st Ebola diagnosis in US? - CNN.com

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Should we not close the poll now, it is here. I am not sounding an alarm or anything but it appears that we now have a patient in the US diagnosed with Ebola. And it happened roughly in a manner we were talking about. Someone travelled here infected and did not show signs of having it until arriving here.



    Should Americans worry after 1st Ebola diagnosis in US? - CNN.com

    And now, they're monitoring a second possible Ebola infected person, who had close contact with this first one.

    Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    It isn't going to go airborne, that's almost impossible. We aren't going to have a mass outbreak. People need to calm down on that front.
    Yes and no. It's more likely to be sporadic and slow to spread, but persistent. Especially if it finds a non-human vector to hide in here.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    And now, they're monitoring a second possible Ebola infected person, who had close contact with this first one.

    Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola
    And man was it a great idea to bring all those people back here who have had exposure.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    And man was it a great idea to bring all those people back here who have had exposure.
    At least they were prepared to isolate those patients, but letting people fly into the US from those affected regions is a little stupid, IMO.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    At least they were prepared to isolate those patients, but letting people fly into the US from those affected regions is a little stupid, IMO.
    Let me ask you...where do you think that action...stopping them...needs to happen?
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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