Experts are meeting in Africa this week in attempt to develop a plan for stopping the planet’s largest outbreak of the deadliest ebola virus strain in history from continuing to spread. WHO gave hope in conquering the outbreak Thursday after its less optimistic statements ealier this week. Some experts, however, say prospects look grim regarding curtailing the world's unprecedented ebola outbreak from spreading, pessimism not due to what one might suspect regarding a human right to health care violation unfolding.
'Unprecedented' horror movie scenario now a reality of terror that is gripping Africans
“Drastic action” is needed to halt the killer, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week, showing 759 cases and out of those, 467 deaths, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as of June 30. The outbreak only began three months ago, in March.
These numbers make the outbreak the “largest in terms of the number of cases and deaths as well as geographical spread,” WHO says.
It is not only uncontained. This strain of the Ebola virus can kill up to 90% of those infected.
Dr. Peter Piot, the scientist who first discovered the Ebola virus in the 1970s, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the situation is “unprecedented,” providing three points as to why this is a historic event.
“One, [this is] the first time in West Africa that we have such an outbreak,” he said. “Secondly, it is the first time that three countries are involved. And thirdly it’s the first time that we have outbreaks in capitals, in capital cities.”
The violent killer’s symptoms, first mimic the flu: headache, fever, fatigue.
“What comes next sounds like something out of a horror movie: significant diarrhea and vomiting, while the virus shuts off the blood’s ability to clot,” reports CNN on Thursday.
Patients subsequently often suffer internal and external hemorrhaging. Many die in an average of 10 days.
“People are traveling without realizing they’re carrying the deadly virus,” CNN says.
It takes between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick. A patient isn’t contagious (can’t spread the virus to other people) until they are showing symptoms.
A “massive deployment of resources” is needed by West African nations and other organizations, according to Doctors Without Borders, that says it has already reached the limit of what its teams can do.
“The epidemic is out of control,” says Dr. Bart Janssens, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) director of operations. “With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas.”
Doctors Without Borders is presently the only aid organization treating those infected with Ebola in the troubled region.
“The people living in these areas said there’s no such thing as ebola,” said a district doctor speaking on condition of anonymity. “They have their traditional beliefs and their traditional cures and they look up to their traditional leaders.”
The organization is even ”having difficulty responding to the large number of new cases and locations,” it said.
“Until we can bring the traditional leaders onside, it will be very difficult to convince them that ebola even exists.”
And until that happens, the deadly disease is threatening to spread to other continents.
There is no cure for Ebola. In theory, however, the disease should be easy to fight, Piot told CNN.
“You need really close contact to become infected,” He said. “So just being on the bus with someone with Ebola, that’s not a problem.”
“This is an epidemic of dysfunctional health systems,” Plot added.
Fear, mistrust of government, misinformation and ignorance perpetuating health disaster
Plot then blamed the same human rights abuses that are at the core of most deadly diseases: fear and government: ”Fear of the virus, and the lack of trust in government, in the health system, [are] as bad as the actual virus.”
He added that misinformation and ignorance are also hampering progress in curtailing the disease from spreading.
"You have just touched on several issues," a commenter "CrowPie" wrote under a version of this article on Before It's News. "Unfortunately, there are many here in the States feel the same way about our gov., healthcare system and scientists as the traditional people of the areas affected. (Please exclude myself from that group.) So If, God forbid, the Ebola virus were to arrive here in the States, we would battle the same problems of containment and treatment for the same reasons.
The first commenter under the BIN Ebola article, "Zyklonb," however, expressed what many Americans have voiced lately.
"The urchins crossing our border probably have it!" commented "Zyklonb."
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Responding to "Zyklon B", CrowPie remarked, "Then, to add... we have people like the first commenter, who would perpetuate these problems (by misinforming the affected or those around them) out of bigotry and hate, just as is currently happening with the rush of immigrants on our southern border about diseases that have been in the States for years.
"Fear mongers blame these children for bringing these diseases when any doctor worth his/her salt would correct them, and tell them those diseases are common to the U.S. already. (Which, strangely enough, I have not heard done.)
"This makes me suspect that doctors who are not correcting this line of thinking are as guilty of bigotry as the first commenter.
"And your right... [I]t is a terrible shame that because we have so many that behave as the first commenter does, that the rest of the world thinks we all feel such hatred."
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