You do bring up an interesting point about airport screening because presumably that would require significant manpower. In passing, however, it appears that screening at airports hasn't advanced to the stage where it's particularly effective. .
I'm not so optimistic. I'll believe any of this when I see it.
Hospitals were waiting instead of making their own preparations.
And they told Amber Vinson it was OK to fly with a slight fever, only later to vilify her in the press for "breaking protocol."
What an absolute shitshow.
"In both cities, all the ingredients for an explosion of new cases were in place. That explosion never happened, thanks to the country’s strong leadership and effective coordination of an immediate and aggressive response. As in Senegal, an emergency operations centre was established, supported by the WHO country office. Also like Senegal, Nigeria had a first-rate virology laboratory, affiliated with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, that was staffed and equipped to promptly diagnose a case of Ebola virus disease.
"The government generously allocated funds and dispersed them quickly. Isolation facilities were built in both cities, as were designated Ebola treatment facilities. House-to-house information campaigns and messages on local radio stations, in local dialects, were used to ease public fears. Infrastructures and cutting-edge technologies in place for polio eradication, were repurposed to support the Ebola response, putting GPS systems to work for real-time contact tracing and daily mapping of transmission chains. Contact tracing reached 100% in Lagos and 99.8% in Port Harcourt.
"In what WHO described as a “spectacular success story”, the country held the number of cases to 19, with 7 deaths. World-class epidemiological detective work eventually linked all cases back to either direct or indirect contact with the air traveller from Liberia. WHO declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission on 20 October."
That's what is scary about Ebola. And ofcourse the fact there is still no cure.
Sort of, their are treatments that increase survival rates significantly. Supportive hospital care might not seem as useful as a wonder pill, but an IV drip can make a huge difference.
Also bodes well for our ability to make a vaccine.
It also doesn't help that medical teams sometimes get attacked by locals.
> It also doesn't help that medical teams sometimes get attacked by locals
Who is attacking them for what reason? Anti-vacciners or something?
He certainly didn’t mention cannibalism. They were most concerned about the ritual washing before burial. Apparently the bodies are cleansed, bowels washed, etc. Given how Ebola spreads, this was virtually a guarantee that anyone handling the dead would contract the disease.
Their biggest successes were in teaching families how to use gloves, masks, and bleach. Any danger the CDC teams were in seemed to be mostly limited to political instability.
The last outbreak started from people eating infected bats. I'll have to read up on this one.
That is - for how long you can transmit the disease without showing symptoms.
The nightmare, of course, being a highly contagious, very deadly disease which let its victims infect others for weeks or months before falling ill themselves.
I recall having read somewhere that a 'good' thing about ebola is that it mostly gets its victims before they've had a chance to travel very far, thus limiting its spread.
That’s a very good description of Variola Major, and one reason (along with lethality and disfiguring effects) that it was so terrifying.
The other critical feature is how easy it is passed on to a new victim, the worst scenario is being airborne.
Twitter thread from a MSW/JD with some more info regarding the Ebola outbreak and interactions between DRC, CAR, and South Sudan — https://twitter.com/geopoliticaljd/status/108699357731649945...