Ebola: I See Dead People 2

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…Shortly after the latest Ebola outbreak in Africa took off, I wrote an article called, “Ebola: I See Dead People”. Reason for this was because even though at the time Ebola had only infected and killed a few hundred people, it had all the attributes of the worst kind of Plague you can imagine.

First off, it doesn’t have a cure or treatment that has been widely disseminated, even if one does exist and there are rumours that such a thing does, at least some kind of vaccine anyhow. As of yet though, said treatments or vaccine have not been dispersed in Africa where the disease is spreading exponentially, so even if they do work it’s not stopping the problem from gettting worse over there.

Second, its Mortality Rate is high, but not too high. If everybody who contracted the disease died rapidly, it would be self-extinguishing. However, everybody who contracts it does not die, moreover they go through an Incubation Period of as yet indeterminate length without symptoms but able to spread the disease. It’s probably at least 4 days, maybe 2 weeks or more. During this time anyone carrying it can spread it to others, and obviously if you wander around any Big Shity the number of contacts you have each day are enormous. If the disease can be spread on viral particles that sit on Doorknobs or public toilet flush levers etc, it’s possible to be spreading the disease even if you do not have physical contact with the next infected person down the line.

Although the exact vectors for transmission have not yet been determined, whether it is transferred Airborne or in Water etc, it’s pretty clear it is highly infectious, since even with the Full 9 Yards of CDC Suits and Respiratorss, several hundred Health Care Workers themselves have contracted the disease. So it has both characteristics of the worst kind of Plague, both Infectious and Deadly…

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4 Responses to Ebola: I See Dead People 2

  • Mister Roboto says:

    Well, as JMG pointed out in his most recent blog-post, diseases such as the Black Death and Ebola are just one major way that Nature deals with an animal species in mondo-serious overshoot.

  • pamela says:

    Friedman said in an interview the other day, that, Ebola is ONLY contagious when symptoms are showing.
    It’s isn’t contagious unless you are running a fever or having vomiting and diarrhea.
    I would think by that time, the person who it ill would not be doing a lot of running around anywhere at all.

  • RE says:

    Of course Friedman says this, but it defies logic.

    If Ebola was ONLY spreading after symptoms develop, it is unlikely it would be spreading exponentially. People would AVOID anyone showing symptoms like, well, THE PLAGUE!

    Besides that, people have fevers, get diarrhea and vomit for all sorts of reasons, and if i have diarreah one morning I don’t assume it is because I contracted Ebola, I figure the Mexican Food I at last night is causing it. if I have a fever, I figure I have a case of the Flu, not Ebola.

    There is definitely a period before the person is completely debilitated and symptoms are so severe they seek help in an ER and when they become contagious. Precisely how long that period is remains open to question, but the fact Ebola is spreading on a 3 week doubling period indicates the period is significant in time.

    RE

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