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Thoughts on ebola

As Bane said in Dark Knight Rises, “Now is not the time for fear, that comes later.”

There have been two cases in Texas and as of this posting there have been reports of possible cases at LAX and Boston. Unless you have face-to-face contact with someone with ebola, chances are you have nothing to worry about.

The problem is we as a nation have forgot what it is like to have an infectious agent in our mist. Small pox, measles, mumps and polio are a thing of the past. For the most part diseases like ebola a problem for the rest of the world, but not anymore. Ebola is here and now, and we have to deal with it.

Time will tell if ebola can get a foothold in the United States. Due to our healthcare protocols the cards are stacked against ebola. The United States with localized health departments and the CDC are an uphill battle for the disease. South and central America is another story. Worse case situation, ebola gets a foothold in Central America, mutates, becomes airborne and moves across the border into one of the border states.

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Monkey Meat and the Ebola Outbreak

On June 26, 2014 Vice posted a video on youtube about the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Little did we know the outbreak was going to get much worse. It is kinda scary that in just six or so weeks the Ebola outbreak went from barley making the news to getting worldwide attention.

There are a several important points in this video:

1. As the population of Africa expands into jungle, the indigenous people will be exposed to viral infections never seen before.

2. We share around 99% of our DNA with primates. When humans keep primates as pets and eat meat from primates, there is an increased risk of exposure.

3. With modern transportation Ebola and other diseases are just a plane ride away from the rest of the world.

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Mexicos response to the swine flu

Health officials in Mexico first noticed unusual cases of flu and pneumonia in mid – late March, 2009. The World Health Organization in notified in late March, and again on April 9th. But the WHO did not take action until late April. Here is the article on WHO may have dropped ball with Swine Flu. Between late March, and late April, what did the health officials of Mexico do?  I do not remember seeing anything about a travel advisory to Mexico be posted because of unusual cases of flu and pneumonia. No real action was taken by Mexico, or the World Health Organization until the swine flu had already spread outside of Mexico and containment was impossible. And now, Mexico has criticized quarantines in other Continue Reading….

Swine Flu reported in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has reported its first case of swine flu.  Police were quick to quarantine the entire hotel and all 300 guest inside. The quarantine is supposed to last for 1 week. There is no information whether that is a business week, which is 5 days. Or a full week, which is 7 days. The victim is a 25 year old man who had recently traveled to Mexico. No other cases in Hong Kong have been reported at this time.

WHO may have dropped ball with Swine Flu

On Yahoo News an article has been posted stating that the World Health Organization was slow to respond to notifications about alarming occurrences of flu and pneumonia in Mexico. Cases in Mexico may have started as early as late March. The World Health Organization was notified on April 9th of the Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak. But the WHO did not take action until laboratories in the U.S. and Canadian identified the virus. Which was on April 24. This means that almost a month pasted from first notification until the first response action was taken. It seems that nothing has changed in the past 25+ years.  In the early 1980s the Center for Disease Control was notified of a strange illness that was killing gay men Continue Reading….

Mexico officials ask citizens to close nonessential businesses

Officials in Mexico have asked citizens to close all nonessential businesses for 5 days. Besides the closing of businesses, citizens have been asked not to leave their homes unless its necessary. Yahoo news posted the article that is being referred to – Mexico shuts nonessential services amid swine flu This is just my opinion, but if the swine flu continues to spread, we can expect to see this kind of stuff on a global scale. What would it be like for cities such as New York to impose a quarantine or curfew? Most Americans have never had to deal with this kind of situation before. What kind of civil unrest (and panic buying) would happen if cities across the USA were told to close? Some Continue Reading….

Pandemic flu alert level reaches phase 5

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its pandemic flu alert level to phase 5.   Source – Yahoo News.  Here is a link to the WHO website and press release – WHO goes to phase 5 on swine flu. What does this mean?  It means that the outbreak can not be contained. In response to this situation, the Survivalist Forum has opened a Swine Flu Forum section.  Please post any questions or comments that you have in that forum. Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the USA, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Confirmed swine flu related deaths have been reported in Houston, Texas and Mexico.

Swine Flu updates April 25- 27

The past few days have been a whirlwind of “Swine Flu” events. April 25 – Texas closes the high school where the students tested posivite for swine flu.  Around 75 – 100 people are dead in Mexico.  The 75 – 100 varies because different news sites are reporting different numbers.  So its a little confusing as to what the exact death toll is. April 26 – Texas closes the entire school district where the positive students are from.  Death toll in Mexico nears 100.  Swine Flu is being reported in different parts of the world.  Mexico has cancelled all public events and ordered public places closed. April 27 – Death toll in Mexico Soars (as one news site states it) to well over 100.  World Continue Reading….

World Health Organization releases information on Swine Flu

The World Health Organization has posted a Swine Flu questions and answers PDF file on their website. Some of the information that the file covers – What is swine influenza, What are the implications for human health, Where have human cases occurred,,, and several other key points. Go on over to the Swine influenza page on the World Health Organization website and download the file.

Texas Health Officials close school in an effort to stop swine flu

In an effort to contain the outbreak of Swine Flu, health officials in the State of Texas have temporarily closed Byron Steele High School in Cibolo. This is effective immediately. To read the whole article, see this School to Close and Other Flu Precautions Recommended news article on the Texas Department of State Health Services website. “The purpose is to reduce the risk to students, staff and the community,” said Sandra Guerra, M.D., a DSHS regional director and the public health authority for Guadalupe County. To discuss the current situation with the Swine Flu, visit the Swine Flu Outbreak thread in the Survivalist Forum.

Flu outbreak prevention

Before we get started, the author of this article (Kevin) is not a health care professional. Do your own research before making decisions that affect your health. Links in this article are being provided for information purposes only. The flu is a viral respiratory infection – there is no real treatment or cure. Once someone catches the flu, there is little that doctors can do for the patient.  One of the most important considerations about the flu, is to stop the spread of the disease. The flu is spread through infected cough droplets.  The infected person coughs, which spews forth maybe millions of droplets that carry the flu virus.  Other people breath in those infected droplets.  And as a result, they become infected with the Continue Reading….

World Health Organization holds emergency meeting on swine flu

Its been reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on the swine flu outbreak. The Center for Disease Control – which is part of the United States Government – has confirmed seven human cases of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 inside the USA. Five of the cases are in California and two are in Texas. Besides the seven confirmed cases, there are nine more cases that are suspected of being A/H1N1. The WHO emergency meeting is composed of a panel that will determine if the outbreak of swine flu constitutes a public health emergency. More details later. To discuss this article, visit the Swine Flu Outbreak thread in the Survivalist Forum.

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