An Ebola treatment clinic in Monrovia was attacked by a group of youngsters claiming that the disease was made up by the West. In the process, many sick patients have just disappeared into thin air. The marauders looted the clinic (how smart is that?) and made off with mattresses and other items that were soiled by the body fluids of the sick. It’s worth mentioning that the virus is spread by contact with body fluids of those showing symptoms of being sick. In other words, those idiots just screwed themselves and anyone else that came in contact with the items from the clinic.
At the same time, there are sick people crossing from Liberia into Guinea, even though the Guinea border was supposedly closed around two weeks ago. It seems as though many people there don’t believe this stuff is real. I can’t grasp that given that there are reports that the government is very slow about picking up the dead bodies. It seems that leaving the bodies around will lead to the spread of this instead of trying to limit the exposure by picking up and placing the bodies in quarantine as quickly as possible.
There’s also the thinking that the current counts are underrepresented of the true number of cases. That may have some validity since patient zero was determined to have gotten sick in December of 2013. That’s eight months plus of this virus being spread around. I’m amazed that it didn’t jump the borders of the three original countries until Patrick Sawyer landed in Nigeria.
Here’s the most recent update from the CDC dated August 13, 2014:
- The Guinea Ministry of Health announced a total of 519 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 376 laboratory confirmed, and 380 deaths.
- Affected districts include Conakry, Guéckédou, Macenta, Kissidougou, Dabola, Djingaraye, Télimélé, Boffa, Kouroussa, Dubreka, Fria, Siguiri, Pita, Nzerekore, and Yamou; several are no longer active areas of EVD transmission (see map).
- In Guinea’s capital city, Conakry, 95 suspect cases have been reported to meet the clinical definition for EVD, including 42 fatal cases.
- The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia and WHO have reported 786 suspect and confirmed EHF cases, including 190 laboratory confirmations, and 413 deaths.
- The Nigerian Ministry of Health and WHO reported 12 suspect and confirmed cases, including 11 laboratory confirmed, and 4 deaths.
- The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and WHO reported a cumulative total of 810 suspect and confirmed cases, including 733 laboratory confirmed cases, and 348 deaths.
- Cases have been reported from all 12 Sierra Leone districts.
People were quick to laugh at the CDC having plans to fight a “Zombie apocalypse”, but that might not be such a bad contingency to plan for. Ebola isn’t going to create zombies as they are usually created in the movies. The idea of how the contagion spreads by contact, however, isn’t too far off from reality. Finding a way to contain this virus is the only way to ensure the safety of us all. There’s already been isolated cases of people being quarantined under suspicion of being sick. Thank goodness that this has only spread to one other country beyond the original three so far. I hope it stays that way and we can quickly get it under control.