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Surviving Ebola: For Those Who Live Through It, What Lies Ahead?


Health & Wellness  (tags: Ebola outbreak, survivors, world, warning, research, health, disease, humans, news, safety, treatment, death, medicine )

Carrie
- 148 days ago - cbsnews.com
As the Ebola virus continues to ravage West Africa, one thing has become all too clear: this highly contagious virus has an incredibly poor prognosis. This outbreak is the largest ever recorded.



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Anteater Ants (105)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 1:24 pm
sadly noted
 

Val R. (254)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 5:11 pm
Another man-made disease - ugh
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
Horrible stuff--just a matter of time before it comes here--hope not.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 10:23 pm
No, I don't believe it is man-made Val.
 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 11:23 pm
Please if you can, contribute to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders - they are the only people fighting this horrendous outbreak and in many cases they are giving their lives to do so!

This appalling (and easily spread) virus with a 90% fatality rate (less if one gets supportive care in the early stages and gets lots of hydration) is SPREADING - the latest case was carried via plane - which everyone with a brain knew would happen!

If we do not help these heroic people who are fighting this horrendous disease so hard and so amazingly bravely - then it will spread and we will see it all over Africa and in our countries too - every last one of us is only a plane ride away - help them please!

Please look up medecins sans frontieres / doctors without borders on the net and give to them - I have given everything I can - twice!

 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 11:41 pm
http://www.msf.org.uk/article/ebola-hardest-job-all

http://www.msf.org.uk/article/ebola-i-asked-if-i-could-help

"Once you’ve done your first day in the isolation ward, when you’re wearing all the protective gear, you feel safe to work with the patients,"
"Hannah SpencerMSF doctor
"30.07.2014

"Twenty-nine-year-old doctor Hannah Spencer, from Surrey, recently arrived back in the UK after three weeks fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

“When I heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I contacted MSF and asked if I could help. I’d worked in Sierra Leone before, with Lassa fever, so I had some experience of haemorrhagic fevers – but of course Ebola is something else because the disease is so infectious and so severe.

"When I told my mum, she said, ‘As if I could stop you from going!’ Naturally my family were concerned, but I explained that MSF has a long history of working with the disease.

"Ebola is highly infectious, and while you can never say there’s no risk, if you follow all the procedures, the risk of catching it is low." Further down the article it says

"Good management = Good outcomes

"This strain of the disease can kill up to 90 percent of people infected, so I was surprised to find that, in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, we had a much higher percentage of people cured, at around 50 percent.

"It shows that with good management – by giving fluids and by treating associated infections – we can get good outcomes.

"One 15-year-old girl was inside the isolation ward for over a week, along with her seven-year-old sister and her mother, who was very unwell at first – I really thought she was going to die. But then they all started to get better.

"When, finally, the girl’s test came back negative, she had a shower in chlorine to disinfect herself, changed into new clothes and was then discharged from the ward. Her family were all there to meet her at the gate and she was crying because she was so happy.

"That was a wonderful moment – to see that and to know that her mother and sister would soon be well enough to join her."
 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 11:59 pm
There's another piece from this article http://www.msf.org.uk/article/ebola-i-asked-if-i-could-help

""We need more staff

"Not enough is being done to contain the outbreak in West Africa. The most frustrating thing for me was in the daily meetings, where we would hear about the numbers of cases of Ebola going up and up. That makes you feel quite powerless.

"To treat the outbreak adequately, we really need an integrated approach between the governments in the region and other non-governmental organisations.

"MSF has deployed a significant number of staff, around 300 local and international professionals.

"But we need a lot more medical staff with experience with Ebola; and we need a lot more people spreading health promotion messages and tracing everyone who has come into contact with people with the disease.

"This is the only thing that will really bring the outbreak under control.

"I’m back in the UK now, and a bit tired. Working in an Ebola epidemic isn’t easy, but it’s exactly the kind of work MSF should be doing.

"If asked, I would definitely work in an Ebola outbreak in the future.” "

That is a very brave young woman!
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 1:08 am
Dr. Amar Safdar, associate professor of infectious diseases and immunology at NYU Langone Medical Center, told CBS News these chronic conditions are a result of the body's immune response. "There's something about the host population, not the virus itself," said Sadfar. "Which is why in certain demographic regions it's devastating."
Thank You Carrie for this informative read.
 

Catman P. (944)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 2:05 am
tyfp
 

Panchali Yapa (19)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 3:11 am
Thank you
 

Fi T. (16)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 4:48 am
The human should take this warning and stop devastating their environment
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 8:14 am
I am so thankful that the Peace Corps is pulling their volunteers from these three countries. One of my friends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia so I'm thankful that she and the other volunteers are returning to the U.S.
 

Lona Goudswaard (77)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 8:36 am
Sadly, Dr. Kahn, who was reported to have contracted the disease in his fight to stop Ebola and keep as many of his patients alive, has succumbed to it yesterday.
A terrible blow to him and his family and to all the people in West-Africa who fight this disease for which there is no cure and no vaccination against.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Friday August 1, 2014, 2:15 am
A so horrible illness! Thanks Carrie.
 

Debbie S. (32)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 8:26 am
The latest article I've read yesterday on MSN from African news said 50-60% die and that it is spreading faster than they can contain it. The outlook doesn't look very good.
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:15 am
The Huff Post's subsidiary has this

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/30/ebola-map_n_5632280.html?utm_hp_ref=ebola

It gives an overview of all the outbreaks of Ebola from 1976 onwards and which strains they are - the Zaire Strain of Ebola has a 80% mortality rate - there are four types it says, one has no mortality at all - but the first outbreak in 1976 was made up of the Zaire strain and the Sudan strain - but people did survive.

I suppose the fact that it takes years to get a vaccine and costs lots of money and that there just isn't lots of money in such poor areas means that multinationals with big labs won't even think of looking at anything to help - they are business after all and are ruled by accountants and management out for the largest profit.


 
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