by Cato  8/17/14

It’s not controllable primarily because human beings are not controllable, try as we might to change that.

From ZeroHedge:

“While the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has long since left the “under control” stage, things are about to go from worse to inconceivable for the poverty stricken African nations, after Liberian officials said they Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses. And speaking of spreading, what many have feared may have come to pass when Spain announced it was investigating a suspected case of Ebola after a Nigerian man presented symptoms of the virus at a hospital in Alicante several days after flying in from the West African country. But even that is nothing compared to what may transpire if what the Times of India reported moments ago turns out to be accurate: three persons from Ebola-affected Nigeria, who arrived here Saturday morning, have been admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for screening and treatment if required.”

A short video and a short story; science and speculation respectively. There is always an irreducible 5%.


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4 Responses to Ebola

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Yikes. And I read an thoroughly unsubstantiated opinion the other day (I forget where) that the virus could be spread through the air. I forget the medical term for that, but we all know what the “air” is. 😉

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    But have no fear, any Ebola outbreak in the First World can probably only kill a few hundred people before being contained. That’s not so good if you’re one of the few hundred dead (or those who need a lot of care to survive, particularly if Obamacare took away your effective medical insurance), but the people who tell us not to worry are quite confident they won’t be among that number, which after all is the only thing that matters to them.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    With the easing of visa restrictions worldwide, the possibilities of large breakouts of such diseases has increased significantly.

    A few years back there was the SARS epidemic as well as the H1N1 problem, both in Asia.

    The large international airports in many countries had special instruments set up, in the arrival halls when one went through immigration, to determine if passengers had a fever or displayed other signs of sickness.

    How much this helped, I cannot say, but it seems that both illnesses had to play themselves out in any case.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    By the way, here’s the article about the possibility of airborne Ebola: Airborne Transmission of Ebola? by Ronald R. Cherry, MD. (Manic-Depressive . . . just kidding)

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