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What Are YOU Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

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It may help others to know what you yourself are doing to prepare for the possibility of Ebola and subsequent pandemic. Even if not preparing for a pandemic itself, maybe you are preparing for a public Ebola panic which could crush our JIT (just in time) manufacturing and distribution systems to negatively affect our infrastructure (the public not going to work, emptying store shelves of food and supplies, etc..).

Most everyone is in their own unique state of preparedness with the supplies that you currently have on hand. My question is, “What are you doing (right now – or soon) to prepare for Ebola?


 
My thoughts:

IF more Ebola cases continue to pop up in the United States, there will reach a point in time where the public at large will begin to panic. I don’t know how many Ebola cases that will be, but I have a feeling that it won’t need to be too terribly many before the public really begin to get nervous about their own location exposure to others.

For example, if several more people come down with Ebola in the Dallas area, the people who live in and around Dallas will quickly become even more concerned than they already are. At what point (how many Ebola cases) will the public at large (e.g. in Dallas) begin to consider stocking up on food and staying home instead of risking exposure? I don’t know… 5? 10? 50?

IF Ebola begins to pop up in other places around the country, it will expose the fact that it can happen anywhere – and people will no longer feel so safe (having felt that Ebola was only happening in Dallas while they themselves live in say, Atlanta or Boston, etc..).

So, in my opinion, before Ebola itself becomes the main issue, I believe it will be public panic at large which will first cause major problems before the pandemic rips through the population.

Just remember this, if Ebola is doubling every 3 weeks, at some point it could go exponential.

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first thing I wouldn’t do if I was a health care worker
is NOT listening to the CDC

CDC Ebola recommendations are going to kill health care workers

[Satori, your link was removed because it was ‘broken’ – it was not copy-n-pasted correctly]

As your wonderful previous article stated “QUIETLY top off your food and preps….”

We are an environmental firm that deals with all types of exotic wastes, from lead paint to elemental mercury and pretty much everything in between. If this starts to go off the sprocket [so to speak] I will most certainly NOT be doing any clean-up like we saw at the Ebola patients apartment. I refuse to put myself or any other person at risk of death. I’m quite sure there are people that will do it for enough money, but I would prefer living in a tent in the woods to working around that kind of hazard.

All of that said, we have made some common sense preps for a pandemic, so I do have respirators, some tyvek suits and eye wear. I do not intend to go out in to public if this gets out of control.

Ancona…

have been wondering..ARE Tyvek suits impermeable enough to prevent transmission of the Ebola Virus? I read somewhere that this virus is smaller than most, and some suits (no names mentioned) while impermeable to, say water, could let through some viruses.

do you know?

The quick answer is “No.” But, really… In order to be “safe” from this virus, you literally need a “space suit.” Just do a simple Google search on what is needed to be protected from a Level 4 pathogen. The reason hundreds of health care workers have died in the face of this virus has much to do with how ineffective their protective suits are.

The MINIMUM level of protection in high-risk settings should be a respirator with an assigned protection factor greater than 10. A powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with a hood or helmet offers many advantages over an N95 filtering facepiece or similar respirator, being more protective, comfortable, and cost-effective in the long run.

A facemask, or surgical mask, offers NO protection from infectious Ebola aerosol particles, the minimum level of protection should be an N95 filtering facepiece respirator, which must be FIT TESTED.

An N95 type of respirator would only be appropriate ONLY when the likelihood of aerosol exposure is VERY LOW. For healthcare workers caring for many patients in an epidemic situation, this type of respirator may not provide an adequate level of protection.

Positive Air Pressure Respirator (PAPR}

For a Level 4 risk group organism, ANY activity that has the potential for aerosolizing liquid body fluids, such as medical or disinfection procedures, should be avoided, if possible.

The risks indicate that a Positive Air Pressure Respirator (PAPR), with a full facepiece, having a protection level of (APF = 50), or a hood or helmet, rated at the protection level (APF = 25), would be a better choice for patient care during epidemic conditions.

However, PAPRs present some logistical and infection-control problems. Batteries require frequent charging (which requires a reliable source of electricity), and the entire ensemble requires careful handling and disinfection between uses. A PAPR is also more expensive to buy and maintain than other types of respirators.

On the other hand, a PAPR with a loose-fitting facepiece (hood or helmet) does not require fit testing. Wearing this type of respirator minimizes the need for other types of PPE, such as head coverings and goggles. And, most important, it is much more comfortable to wear than a negative-pressure respirator like an N95, especially in hot environments.

Oh, yes. If you have a beard…shave it off…and stay clean shaven. It lets bad stuff get into a respirator.

Another thing to think about is the functional life span of the respirator’s filter. How often will you need to change it? Some filter systems need to be changed after EACH USE, where it is worn for longer than a few hours. You see, the moisture from you exhaled breath contaminates the filtering agent, and when this moisture drys, can result in micro faults in the filter, which are large enough for the pathogen to pass through.

Good luck.

Thank you.

I think the CDC crowd has air hoses plugged into their suits. I doubt any hospitals have such a rig. In Africa, you can see them spraying people with bleach and then cleaning, drying, and reusing the gear. Ebola is obviously easily killed, or west Africa would be uninhabited.

No, Tyvek suits are not suitable for caring for Ebola patients. The correct Level 4 biohazard suit is a heavy mil plastic, which you literally cook inside of. I have had HazMat training for Nuclear, Chemical, Biological response as a first responder. Tyvek may be ok for TB, but not for Ebola.

Thank you.

so, I read about one woman (a nurse) in Liberia, who stayed home and cared for her family. she saved three out of four of them.

apparently she wore several layers of garbage bags/bleach dips etc..

so, would a plastic suit, be better than a tyvek, or are both useless.

I saw on CNN today, Dr Gupta did a demo on what the CDC recommends, and what Texas hospital used. to my mind there was a LOT of exposed skin. also face protection was a shield down in front, with lots of room for splash up. STUPID, I thought.

anyone see that demo? what do you think?

Look it up online. The nurse chick had ‘full protective gear’. She was wearing gloves, a gown, a (paper) mask, and a shield (probably a face shield like you can buy at Home Despot). CDC tries to make it sound as though she had a hazmat suit. Poor girl. Caught Ebola, and was immediately thrown under a bus.

My wife said Fox News was reporting that another hospital staffer said they were told to look up online anything they needed to know about Ebola. THERE’S your training. I have seen the CDC schmuck talking about the need for ‘hands on’ training. This girl probably won’t attend the training session.

“Look it up online”, and, “be sure that you are reading on a reputable web site”…..WTF?! That’s EXACTLY what the nurse manager said in report today in Denver. We are screwed….

Living 50 miles from Dallas, we have been watching this one closely. We recommend topping off and rotating the food and water storage, avoid large groups and public gatherings, keep one parent close to the kids school for quick pick-up if necessary, wash hands frequently and be aware.

We are concerned that we have not heard anything about Mr Duncan’s girlfriend or the kids. It seems that the media has blacked out that part of the story now that the “subject” has died.

Be prepared and read Ps. 91 daily for peace and comfort.

I’m cautiously calm and will be that way for about 4 more weeks. That’s the period I’m monitoring for new cases. If nothing happens and we snuff this out, all the better. The most action I’ve taken is topping off cases of water, checking on the dates of my first aid supplies and because I have to travel for work, I am going out of my way to not fly through the airports that have reported cases if I can.

If more cases start popping up in 4 weeks, I’ll continue to monitor. In the scheme of things, 2 cases of Ebola is nothing. We deal with it and for 99.999% of the American public they are never even inconvenienced.

I’m not as concerned with number of cases as I am with locations. If this started popping up all over the country, that’s a huge problem. But even 20 cases in the Dallas area doesn’t concern me as much as 1 case in 20 different cities.

I think they have cars and planes in Dallas.

Top of preps and revisit what we have collectively, identify gaps or shortages, and to begin working at solving those.

CERT training in the coming months. It’s important to network locally.

Continued personal defense and firearms training before end of year and into 2015. People might get desperate!

Evolve and grow spiritually for the potentially trying times ahead. Faith and trust are pretty darn hard things to do for me…

Enhance our Hazmat kit with higher quality and resistant gear. A level above Tyvek.

Better human interaction behaviors, i.e. shaking of hands, touching things in public, and teaching the kids to wash hands constantly at school and with soap.

We just topped off our cold and flu remedy supplies and other odds and ends. We have also decided to change our shopping habits for the time being, in that we will go to the stores when they are least crowded. Running into less people lessons the chance of exposure to any illness.

Today, I’m closely following the possible case in Boston. While they’re now saying it is unlikely the patient who closed down a clinic in Braintree has the virus, Boston is too close to home. (Used to live there, and while many people where I now live in rural NH consider it “far away”, I know it is an easy day trip to see a game, do some shopping and not that far away at all. Some people commute daily, and others certainly fly in and out of Logan for business travel abroad.) IF there is Ebola in Boston, we may be staying home from activities for a few days at least, and monitoring even more closely. I really don’t want to be on lockdown, so have been thinking through timing and context.

Previous posters have mentioned a few other concerns, such as being more concerned if cases start popping up randomly vs. seeing more cases related to Duncan in Dallas. I’ve also ben curious about his family. It seems as though the next week or so will require more attention to the news, etc.

Otherwise, I typically shop more and top off supplies this time of year. I try to avoid stores in the winter months anyway. If not Ebola or Ebola panic, I know we will get plenty of ice and snow, and there will be plenty of influenza and other nasty viruses making the rounds.

Unfortunately, I have many family members that work in healthcare. They are very concerned and do not trust the CDC guidelines or our government to properly handle this. That being said I know several of them said they will refuse to report to work if there is anyone identified as having Ebola or symptoms. Other than that our family network has increased preps of food/water/sanitation/meds. On top of that we are praying for mercy!

Prepping for this goes 2 ways.. Understanding what is going on locally (IE exposure levels) and preparing for a sick family member. We all know they will lie to keep panic down like they do with everything else. Watch the local news and keep your ear to the ground. Now is the time to review what you may need to shelter in place. While the CDC redefines “direct contact” weekly, understand this spreads the same as the flu, and initially presents the same as the flu. As we enter flu season… Door handles and shopping carts are first to come to mind.

If you are going to prep for home treatment (do you want to be at a collection center for ebola i.e. hospital when you only have the flu?) you will need Gallons of bleach, disposable diapers – sounds horrible but think of someone not being able to get up for a week and you have to fully suit up and decon every time, iv supplies, plastic sheeting, disposable bedding materials because you are not running this through the wash.. And also imagine a room that you can write off. A room you can bleach everything, plug the air return to the house, and put a fan in the window to negative pressure it. A small shed with a space heater comes to mind.. And if you cut corners you may end up sick as well. Then who takes care of you?

If it reaches that point remember 911 may only get a limited response. How many ambulance staff members are going to show up to work? Or hospital members? Or what happens when someone commits a crime and while under arrest says that have ebola.. Everyone will be in quarantine with the jails shut down. Its all about how far down the rabbit hole you want to go. Hoping it doesn’t come anywhere near that.

I think I’m pretty prepared, but the whole point is that Murphy’s Law will kick in under Ebola contagion. People are thinking millions infected, but let’s be really good critical thinkers. Think how conditioned we are to seeing Ebola as the worst disease that could happen. We’ve seen that in diverse films like 12 Monkeys, Contagion, Outbreak, 28 Days Later and so on, right? Panic would result from 1-2 thousand with the disease. If it was widespread across the continental USA, then it wouldn’t take many of those cases to cause people to stay home. As soon as that happens for infection control reasons, and since it takes time to detect if someone has Ebola and present with symptoms, and since there are so many false negatives, then as that information is considered, then THAT will result in Just-In-Time issues with inventory and manufacturing processes. To me that’s the magic number: a thousand in many states as it will result in things like critical infrastructure folks being sequestered, limits on travel, empty store shelves since the truckers and railroads will worry about interstate travel, etc. Really it’s too late to prepare. Now should be the time to go through preps, look for deficits, and order things to fill in gaps. Look for shelf stable items that are iffy like expired medicines that lose potency, which shouldn’t be an issue if you’ve been rotating, but if you’re like me, you have lots of over-the-counter meds that can easily be outdated. Winter is coming on, so securing filtered pure water is the biggest weakness due to having to cart it. Say Ebola gets 1000 patients and things shut down. You’d see dwindling supplies and concern about how to manage that and how to allow the remaining citizens to still shop, right? Then it becomes a tiny leap to restrictions based upon last name and day of the week, all risky to do with contagion, and you don’t want to be in that place. Bigger concerns happen as viruses can evolve and go either waterbourne or airbourne or both. Trying to travel to watering holes to fetch water would be a massive vector for Ebola because the watering hole would no likely be congested, some potentially infected in the crowd, security issues, people not having the proper equipment and wanting to borrow your cart, etc. A real mess could happen at watering holes. What if to access the watering hole, you have to travel down streets or cross private land? With contagion, there could be security checkpoints manned by neighborhood volunteers who do not want strangers using their street too. These are practical issues, and while Ebola may not turn out to be pervasive in the USA, it sure was and is in Liberia. Don’t think because their field hospitals are primitive that it can’t happen in America, for even with better infection control, both Spain and American nurses got infected with fomites. All of that means digging a well in your neighborhood,… Read more »

I recently recommitted myself to Jesus. I think that’s a very important thing to do now. Anyone can get infected and die in spite of the best preps as all it takes is being around someone shedding virons of Ebola.

Which means that even if I don’t survive, then there will be preps someone can harvest from my home someday. There’s a peace in thinking this way.

Good day. I have all I need. I need nothing. How can I say this?? Because one day I started listing EVERY need I had –I started in the bathroom when I awoke, the next day, listed till lunch, and on and on. I accumulated lists for all those things from morning till night.

I have been storing food and supplies since 2008. I have propane for two 500 gallon tanks–that’s only 825 gallons because in the summer the delivery truck won’t fill 85%; more like 75%.

My only worry HAS been my husband. I now know the levetiracetam he has been taking for 13 months will not stop the seizures entirely–he had one at 8:10 am. I didn’t call the EMT, just handled it. Other than a really bruised tongue, he seems fine. I watched and learned from the two seizure attacks before and read a lot about seizures–many people have several events daily.

Ebola–If this spreads, the last place you want your loved one is in a hospital.

He is brushing his tongue now and doing fine.

May God bless us all and watch over us. This is Prophecy Fulfilled, I believe.

JayJay: I take Levetiracetam–2,000 mg a day. If you are near a Kmart with pharmacy, you can pay $10 to join their pharmacy plan, and a 90 day supply runs me about $90. SUCH a relief, since prior to this I was paying close to $400 a month. (I don’t have insurance, so this is cash.)

Ask his neurologist for a 90 day script, and refill it early so you have a good supply on hand. (I aim to have 5-6 months stored.) Also consider asking for advice on how to taper him off, if there was ever a crisis situation that prevented refills. Stopping an anticonvulsant cold turkey could result in status, so you might find the neurologist receptive.

Levetiracetam is also often a medicine used in combination with others. You might also consider asking for a backup, emergency medicine,in case of seizures continuing, which may be more difficult to obtain, as they are usually some sort of benzo.

Let me know if I can help.

Thanks, Awka. Gene is VA…agent orange. In some ways fortunate, like prescriptions, but in many ways unfortunate, in that VA care isn’t the best.
The nearest hospital facility is 70 miles, so handling it here saved us a lot of inconvenience.
I am REAL good now at ‘squeeze my hand, now the other one. What is your name, who am I, where are you now, and what day is this?? Can you walk to the doorway and back??’
Watch and learn is what I do.
So, there is no way we can stock up on Levetiracetam. He could agree to 4 tablets a day, and save two of those.
That is something we have to talk about. Because then he would need to tell about the seizure and why I didn’t hospitalize him.

Thank you for Psalms 91. Comforting, yes.

”you have lots of over-the-counter meds that can easily be outdated.”

That takes a really long time to happen.

”so securing filtered pure water is the biggest weakness due to having to cart it.”

A Berkey solves that problem–too late now? Probably not.

The real question is will we open the door to that child we wish to feed and save–that could be your family’s undoing.
May God help us and lead us.

It’s not the filtration that’s the problem, but hauling the water in Winter as it’s heavy and it’s a persistent issue, and as it’s dangerous to be acquiring it with contagion.

I’ve got lots of over-the-counter meds from the H1N1 scare. It loses its potency, but it still will work. What I bought too much of was children’s vitamins. When things are on sale, and it looked like contagion was imminent and particularly bad due to cytokine storms, then I bought more than I reasonably could rotate: the perpetual prepper’s issue.

The biggest hole in my preps is water, particularly if Ebola evolves into a waterbourne strain, and sanitation issues as I live too close to people and agricultural runoff. I’m concerned about the sanitation mostly due to deaths and loosey-goosey garbage practices attracting rodents and fecal disposal in the interim in a collapse and post-collapse situation.

Contagion has always been a very strong concern based upon what would happen with lots and lots of local deaths. Only nuclear is worse.

I have decided to cancel my Liberian River Cruise Holiday, which is sad since I recently cancelled my Japanese Volcano Climb and Fukushima Sea Shore Fest plans last month. Oh well. There is always next year (maybe).

I have ordered more food supplies even though I already have lots. I will also be getting more the next time I go to the grocery store. Things like more rice and beans, canned meat, potato flakes, chocolate (don’t forget your sweet tooth).

I have well water so I’m good there. I have a years toilet paper. My propane tank is full. I have seeds for the spring garden. I live rural so human contact is not a problem unless I initiate it. I could survive here for a long time. I would be in trouble without electricity. Hopefully that stays on.

Saw this in the comments of another survival site and thought I would share:

“I am a resident in the ER dept at a major hospital in Colorado.

I had thought about posting a couple of months ago but couldn’t bring myself to actually believe what I had heard. I seem to always take the side of optimist and this time I may have been wrong. A couple of months ago a mentor from med school sent an email when he got back from his stint with doctors without borders warning about ebola. He said that he and others with the program had practically been screaming at any of the “powers that be” to listen that this was quickly becoming uncontrollable and we needed to throw everything we could at it before it spread out of the infected areas. Time and time again he and the others were shot down and told it was a “not a priority”. That got me worried but I still felt, even thought I trusted him, maybe he was a little bit chicken littleish.

Then last week after we had been briefed on protocol (ironic now) I overheard one of the main administrators talking to someone and she said and I quote, “It won’t matter what we do, we won’t be able to handle what’s coming.” I asked my boss what he thought and he said and I quote, “Get ready to be sequestered because I’m not sure we will be able to leave when it gets here.”

Now I don’t say this to cause panic or be an alarmist, but I needed an outlet of people who probably already knew this and wouldn’t judge me. I’m scared….to say the least. Our bio suits are not built to handle prolonged use and when we asked how many we had our hospital administrator took the next question. We are not a quarantine hospital and have a 20 bed unit that will be used as a “staging” facility.”

Two months ago, I was discussing Ebola and tried to persuade some folks of the seriousness of it if it reached our nation. Now that time has come and gone, and I’ll bet that none of the people I tried to warn believed me. In fact, they probably thought I was bonkers because to them Ebola was an African disease, as if somehow Americans were immune to it. It was simply unbelievable science fiction to them and not remotely within the realm of possibility.

Having read lots of Congressional Research Services reports over the years, and followed the discussion of pandemic preparedness, then the topic of critical infrastructure Tier 1 and 2 always concerned me. Those reports and tabletop exercises have always stated sequestering in the event of pandemics, for the leadership cannot risk losing those folks to fulfill their responsibilities in a time of national crisis. Otherwise we’d have complete mayhem.

Which means that if you’re in a role of critical infrastructure, then that will certainly mean not being around when the pandemic hits and is at its worst. That’s a deeply troubling thought for security of your family is paramount.

Loose lips sink ships, but you can bet that as Ebola gets worse (or Enterovirus 68 or whatever), that those folks in critical infrastructure will quietly discuss having way more supplies, and that will mean running into those folks at wholesalers and seeing them purchase large supplies…and probably looking wild eyed while doing so.

When that happens with lots of large purchases of canned goods, the cashiers and the stock clerks are going to see it, as well as management in inventory, and it will cause a panic.

Please don’t wait much longer to finish topping off supplies. Even the fear from such a thing could touch it off.

Absolutely nothing…. I won’t be concerned until people start dropping in the streets, like in Stephen King’s “The Stand”….

I think zer0 is trying to use Ebola to create a crisis that will collapse the economy….. If not, why doesn’t he seal the bordes and stop all uncoming flights/ban all citizens from the infected countries???

I’m staying healthy and not freaking out.

Only a fool would not be preparing at this point.

Would Mosquitos pass ebola ?

Quick answer: “Yes.” Haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola, and Marburg, are transmitted by mosquitoes. Also, ticks, rodents, and bats, can be vectors, as can just about any livestock, or common pets…some more than others.

When you are dealing with the World’s nastiest viral pathogen…

Oh, well…you know.

well, both below from different pages, but..

“Transmission
Viruses that cause haemorrhagic fevers are transmitted by mosquitoes (dengue, yellow fever, RVF), ticks (CCHF), rodents (Hantavirus, Lassa) or bats (Ebola, Marburg). For Ebola and Marburg viruses, humans have been infected from contact with tissues of diseased non-human primates (monkeys and apes) and other mammals”

and

“Arthropod ticks and mosquitoes serve as vectors for some of the illnesses. HOWEVER, the hosts of some viruses remain unknown — Ebola and Marburg viruses are well-known examples.”

and…let’s hope this does not spread to addicts
“Some viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever can spread from one person to another, once an initial person has become infected. Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses are examples. This type of secondary transmission of the virus can occur directly, through close contact with infected people or their body fluids. It can also occur indirectly, through contact with objects contaminated with infected body fluids. FOR EXAMPLE, contaminated syringes and needles have played an important role in spreading infection in outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever and Lassa fever”

From the Dallas Morning News…..
“Can a mosquito carry Ebola and infect a person? I’m not asking whether a mosquito can become infected. I just wonder if it can be a vehicle for the virus.

Mosquitoes do not transmit Ebola to humans. Some mammals can become infected with Ebola and can transmit the virus to humans.”

In Africa, corpses are collected and (half-ass) buried by government disposal teams. Dogs are said to be digging up and eating the corpses. The dogs seem to be able to carry the virus without getting sick.

note: The nurse’s dog will not be destroyed. Smooth move there, Exlax.

Dont worry about mosquitos.. we will be dead before they let that cat out of the bag..ish

Ps the economy is improving.. Record job growth… I feel a lot richer.

Plus you have the dropping oil prices. At $2.00 a barrel I am sure Putin will fold and we all live happily ever after.

The US thinks we have everyone bent over a barrel.. Someone is going to tap us on the shoulder mid thrust..

I stay away from sick people and foreigners. You need to be aware of both.

from another c.d.c. site
“Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.”

also from c.d.c site
“However, Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to 3 months”

also from c.d.c. site…BUT….have they “checked”?
“There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus”

from WHO site
“The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.”

“Saliva and tears may also carry some risk”

Why are you spending so much bandwidth on what CDC says? Hate to break this to you, the Guv lies when they can. Which is most of the time.

However, there is unclassified evidence that Marburg can be transmitted by insects, and it is so close to Ebola..there is no reason to think Ebola is somehow restricted.

What if the patient has Ebola and Flu (even a nasty cold) at the same time? Those snotgun blasts would be huge.

I’m with smurf. Blue is the new black.

From the Journal for Infectious Disease – 1999

now, this is a nasty possibility…
Ecology of Marburg and Ebola Viruses:
Speculations and Directions for Future Research

Marburg and virulent Ebola viruses are maintained in hosts that are rare and have little contact with humans or do not readily transmit virus. Bats (particularly solitary microchiropteran species) are leading contenders as reservoir hosts. Virus transfer to humans occurs by contact with the primary reservoir or via an intermediate animal that acquired infection from the reservoir and is, in turn, hunted by humans

*** An interesting possibility is that filoviruses may be arthropod or plant viruses, with non—blood-feeding arthropods transmitting the virus to intermediate hosts or humans during oral ingestion or envenomation

Vertebrate hosts involved in transmission may not mount a detectable or durable immune response,

and from National Geographic Website – April 28, 2014
Species of undomesticated (wild) animals are the primary reservoirs for most or all of the hemorrhagic viruses. Sometimes intermediate vectors, such mosquitos, fleas or ticks, may transmit the virus to humans. Transmission also may occur, however, through human contact with the raw flesh or body fluids of infected animals or humans, creating exceptional difficulties for family members and health workers who have to live with or deal with an infected person.

Been reading through the comments.. If your comment starts with ” I” then you are done. Everyone above my comments being smart.(er) We dont fight it at all, you live with it. And that has to be lonely.

The only “I” that is smart is “I”solation. And the few if anyone that can truly afford that is written off as nut-case, or dirty poor. the meek shall inherit the earth indeed when you stop and think about it..

When ebola takes off, when will you start wearing a mask, gloves, ect? In other counties they wear n95 masks as a way of life in public.. at what point will you?

seems like back in 2009, it was discovered in pigs, with concerns re pig/human interaction….Suspect there are Pigs/Wild Pigs/Boars in West Africa, Sure are in the rest of the world….

Science 23 January 2009:
Vol. 323 no. 5913 p. 451
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5913.451a
•News of the Week

EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Scientists Puzzle Over Ebola-Reston Virus in Pigs

Dennis Normile

An international team of human- and animal-health experts is in the Philippines this month, studying the first known outbreak of Ebola-Reston virus in pigs. Experts are concerned because pigs live in close proximity to humans.

a little more clarification on the pigs …

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/airborne-transmission-ebola-unlikely-monkey-study-shows

The researchers said the finding meant that the virus probably floated to the monkeys’ cages as a fine airborne spray of particles shed by the pigs

Pigs seem to give off more aerosolized viral particles than other species, says Derek Gatherer, a viral evolutionary biologist at Lancaster University in England. “If it’s going to spread by aerosols, then pigs are the species to do it,” he says.

more on the Phillipines/Pigs Ebola outbreak

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_02_03/en/

Ebola Reston in pigs and humans in the Philippines

3 February 2009 – On 23 January 2009, the Government of the Philippines announced that a person thought to have come in contact with sick pigs had tested positive for Ebola Reston Virus (ERV) antibodies (IgG). On 30 January 2009 the Government announced that a further four individuals had been found positive for ERV antibodies: two farm workers in Bulacan and one farm worker in Pangasinan – the two farms currently under quarantine in northern Luzon because of ERV infection was found in pigs – and one butcher from a slaughterhouse in Pangasinan. The person announced on 23 January to have tested positive for ERV antibodies is reported to be a backyard pig farmer from Valenzuela City – a neighbourhood within Metro Manila.

The Philippine Department of Health has said that the people who tested positive appear to be in good health and have not suffered from any significant illnesses in the past 12 months. The investigation team reported that it was possible that all 5 individuals had been exposed to the virus as a result of direct contact with sick pigs. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not common practice among these animal handlers.

Ken,
I think it will take 50 to 100 cases and spread to a second city and everybody will openly freak out. I know the supervisor of the infectious disease wing at a hospital here in Austin and that person says they have had no additional training, instruction or supplies and that it would only take a half dozen cases to overwhelm the hospital.
After checking my supplies I was shocked to realize the only thing I didn’t have a years supply of was booze. What was I thinking. I’m on it now.

Is this for real? The mother and nephew of Duncan went to Chicago a few days ago… Really?

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/10/11/ebola-victims-family-brought-to-chicago-speak-out-over-his-treatment/

Oh, my…

Shhh shhh. You might scare people…

Gc-MAF or Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor is a protein that stimulates the production in our bodies of macrophages, which in turn eat cancer cells, virus, and other invading microbes. This is a significant part of one’s immune system. Gc-MAF results from deglycosylation of the vitamin D-binding protein (the Gc protein), which is promoted by lymphocytes (B and T cells). If we produce adequate amounts, we have a healthy immune system, and should be able to fight off cancer and infections. Cancer cells, virus, and a fetus don’t want to be attacked by macrophages, so they secret an enzyme, α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase, or nagalase for short. If our immune system is inadequate, we are at a disadvantage to start, so the key statement is, “Keep your immune system in top shape”. The way to do this is to keep your levels of Vitamin D at high levels; keep your 25(OH)D levels at ~80 ng/mL). Most people have inadequate levels of Vitamin D in their system, particularly in the winter when at Northern latitudes above 35 degrees, the UvB hitting our skin is nil, plus we are covered up with clothes. Ever wonder why we get more colds and flu in the winter? I take either 5,000 or 10,000 IU a day of Vitamin D3. Taking these amounts creates more GcProteins some of which are dependent on Vitamin K2, so I also take 400 mcg of Vitamin K2 (mk-7). There are some labs in Japan, the UK, Switzerland, and Germany which take blood platelets from healthy people and extract GcMaf to then inject into people with cancer, HIV, and even autism. This should work the same for people infected with ebola. Since the medical establishment is attempting to malign these labs and the clinics that use GcMaf as a therapy, you can bet it works. If you have noticed, people in the US with ebola are being given blood transfusions from people who have survived the disease because the survivors have antibodies that attack ebola. The difference between these transfusions and GcMaf is that the transfusion is specific to ebola, while GcMaf works on a broader number of diseases. The problem is that GcMaf is not covered by insurance, harder to get, and while cheaper than chemotherapy drugs is still very expensive. Another point to consider is that seed vegetable oils like soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, oil etc, suppress our immune systems and thyroid hormone. Avoid them like you would avoid people with ebola, which is difficult since most processed foods are full of them. Another issue is salt. We need real salt for our digestive systems to make hydrochloric acid and for our immune systems to make chlorate. The war on salt is misguided. In short, I take high doses of vitamin D3 or go to a UvB tanning bed weekly in the winter, take Vitamin K2, avoid seed oils, daily eat green leafy vegetables in addition to my regular diet, use Real Salt, and don’t eat carbohydrate laden junk food. Do… Read more »

Sure did get quiet on this comment board. Now we have another case. Just wait until a few of these visitors from Africa get into their own communities and then get sick. We could have a heck of a lot more cases than we are now. Even one is too many. Glad I got my extra supplies coming in quickly. I am still worried and I just have this strange feeling we have only begun to dance.