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Who believes Ebola could effect us in a real way in the United States?

I have been watching Ebola for the last twenty years and have done substantial research on it. Ebola scares the bee-jeezus out of me. It is such a horrible way to die. It has shown up several times since it was first discovered in the mid 1970's. But, it has always been contained. Even when Ebola-Reston was brought into the United States by infected test primates. Now it has spread to several West African countries. One man even hopped a plane while he was infected. CDC reports there is now a short window of time where it can be stopped. Do you think it could effect us here?

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Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:46 AM

The poll does not seem to be working. I think we will have new cases here by the end of the year.

sharron wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:23 AM

First poll I tried. Sorry it is not working. Next time I will just write an article about it.

paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 12:00 PM

I don't know. I don't really have a guess about this. If it comes here (North America) undetected and starts to spread, then it will affect us.

sharron wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:54 PM

I read a prediction that said it will probably show up here by the end of the year. There will be small isolated cases. If the H1N1 outbreak of a few years ago is any indication, who ever has it will not ever be allowed out in public again. There personal freedom will cease to exist. The really scary part is the virus is mutating and the experimental drugs they are working on could be ineffective. If it takes hold in North America, the flu epidemic of 1917 will seem like child's play.

paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:13 PM


Kasman wrote on September 7, 2014, 3:01 PM

Not gonna happen. The reason ebola is so devastating in Africa is the poor state of health care in rural areas. Coupled with social and cultural issues such as it being the custom in many places infected with ebola to keep the body of a deceased person in the home for 2-3 days (to allow family and friends to pay respects) instead of giving the deceased an early burial. Barrier nursing methods really don't exist in any meaningful way in much of rural Africa leading to the rapid spread of viruses like ebola. In the western world health facilities are much more capable - which is why those US citizens infected with ebola were brought home and thus recovered from the infection (this has also happened in the UK). The real concern over ebola is if it ever mutates into an airborne strain (the Reston virus did but it turned out to be non-infectious to humans) which is capable of infecting humans then we really will be in trouble.

sharron wrote on September 7, 2014, 9:06 PM

You are right about the health care in Africa. Dismal at best. It is now a two year jail sentence to harbor a deceased family member who died of Ebola. I know Dr. Brantley who was brought back to the US through a mutual friend. He and Nancy were brought back to the best medical care this country has to offer. Flown in a jet primarily designed for missions of this type. Pristine isolation wards, etc. How many US patients could expect this type of care? Zilch! Nada! Elvis has left the building!

My sister had an infectious disease that she acquired giving birth last year. She had been in isolation at that very same hospital several times. Her doctor told her if she had any further problems to come back to the ER. That is what she did. The staff in the ER didn't even look at her chart. They accused her of being drug-seeking and literally wheeled her to the curb. They even called the police. In the meantime she called my brother. As the police were just about to arrest her, my brother showed up and collected her from the curb. They went to the other major hospital in town. This is a large city. The first hospital called the second hospital warning them she might show up. They at first treated her with disdain, until they realized she was not hooked on drugs, she was deathly ill. They put her in isolation. Believe me I called the Administrator at the first hospital and raised Holy Hell! This was not the first incident of this hospital doing something like this. The other person died.

Why did I go into this diatribe? Because this is becoming more and more the norm in American health care. That may be my next article. You truly take your life in your own hands when you visit one of our medical facilities.

Back to Ebola. Ebola presents as any other run of the mill viruses that you might expect. It is only after a few days that you & your immune system realize there is a serious problem. If you presented at an ER with the initial systems, no one would be concerned. The only safeguard would be if they asked or you mentioned you had visited Africa. We know that you would be contagious once the symptoms started. Theoretically, an Ebola patient could show up in an ER with the initial systems not knowing it and infect a whole slew of people. How would that be possible if it only passed through contact with a bodily fluid as opposed to airborne? The restroom is one option. Lots of folks do not wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Just imagine everything that is touched in a hospital setting? Wham bam, thank you ma'am . . . We would now have an Ebola breakout.

sonu wrote on September 10, 2014, 5:18 AM

One can't say how far will Ebola reach, because fruit bats are also potential carriers of the virus. Just hoping scientists find a medicine for it.

SandraLPetersen wrote on September 12, 2014, 9:08 AM

I think it's only a matter of time before it comes to this country. The people of the Western world are global travelers. If the symptoms don't show up until the person is already in the contagious stage, that person could infect several people before anyone realizes it. Think of venues like state fairs or conventions where lots of folks brush elbows in fairly compact spaces. I'm sure it will happen and I'm not sure this country is prepared. We tend to think in denial terms when it comes to the rest of the world and what could be transported here, whether disease or terrorism.

Kasman wrote on September 15, 2014, 1:44 PM

On the subject of Ebola if the possibility exists of a major outbreak in a well-cared-for western population then why hasn't it happened already? I still stand by the health care standards of the western medical systems.

sharron wrote on October 1, 2014, 3:42 PM

So it is now here in the US. We have school children in quarantine because of coming in contact with the affected man. Also the EMTs who took him to the hospital. This is the beginning.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 2, 2014, 3:34 AM

Did you add your vote options in when you created the poll, Sharron? You need to provide at least two options, so people can vote for one or the other :)