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    Ebola, will the US get it?

    Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation

    (Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people.

    In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation.

    The 898-bed acute-care hospital "is following all federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors," it said.

    The hospital said the CDC anticipated preliminary results of tests on the patient to be ready on Tuesday.

    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?
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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?
    Anything is possible, I guess. But without a mutation the illness does not sound as though its contagion characteristics would spread in countries with morticians, soap and running water. Should it mutate the bets are even.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    It is media hype. Unless you plan on getting infected blood, using infected syringes, trading infected saliva, or other bodily fluids then you are fine. The CDC says it cannot be transmitted through air or water. I'm not saying that Ebola isn't scary, it is, but realistically, an outbreak can be prevented in the United States.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Anything is possible, I guess. But without a mutation the illness does not sound as though its contagion characteristics would spread in countries with morticians, soap and running water. Should it mutate the bets are even.
    Each time it transmits from person to person it mutates, just not enough to necessarily be radically different in symptoms or outcome. From what I've read, it's unlikely to go airborne but that would probably be a game changer.
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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    This is a problem.....epidemic proportions. People being infected are increasing 3 times more than what previously was thought. That's in a week. Even the one director has put herself and her deputy under quarantine. Other doctors are being infected and thats those going over there to try and help.


    Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient.....

    A Dallas hospital is holding a patient in "strict isolation" as that person is evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus. In a statement issued Tuesday night, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said the patient was admitted based on symptoms and "recent travel history." The hospital, located at Greenville Avenue and Walnut Hill Lane in Northeast Dallas, said it is complying with all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of Health to ensure the safety of other patients and medical staff. Preliminary results of tests on the patient are expected from the CDC on Tuesday.

    The World Health Organization says it has confirmed more than 3,000 Ebola-related deaths in West Africa during the current outbreak, which has spread to five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would offer military and medical help to combat the disease in West Africa which has now reached epidemic proportions.

    Several U.S. hospitals have previously raised alerts in connection with patients who presented Ebola-like symptoms, but all those cases tested negative for the virus.....snip~

    Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    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.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    It is only a matter of time guys, eventually someone will travel here who has been exposed with just the right timing to be infected and bring it here to later show symptoms. The CDC is saying monitor yourself for 21 days if concerned about being in an area where Ebola has broken out, that is a very long time to move around. While I would agree that in nations where there is real concern those that traval are being watched, but would offer there is only so much that can be done.

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    Re: Ebola, will the US get it?

    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.

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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?
    Just from what I've read...which admittedly doesn't mean much....

    The spread of the disease seems to be rampant in countries that have no infrastructure to combat it. How the disease is transmitted seams to be something that isn't too difficult to contain. If it mutates though it seems like it would be a scary situation....so...yes...it's possible there may be a couple of cases in the US but I think it's highly unlikely. If there were cases in the US I believe it would be very easy to contain. With the proper messaging and fast reaction I don't think this is the new Spanish Influenza
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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.
    It's a Jayvee league disease, no need to pay any attention, because that's historically how it works best.
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