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Ebola in the U.S.

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    Posted: April 12 2014 at 8:52am

Another case appeared in Minnesota, and passed through New York City, according to the CDC.
Preliminary information indicates that the patient flew from West Africa to New York City and caught another flight to Minneapolis. “Given what we know about how Lassa virus is spread to people, the risk to other travelers and members of the public is extremely low,” said Martin Cetron, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

The doctors in Minnesota are still saying that the virus that this person was infected with was “Lassa fever” a different form of Hemorrhagic fever than Ebola, but given the area of the country that the passenger traveled from, many believe that this is a case of Ebola.

Some have even suggested that the strain of Ebola that is currently spreading across West Africa is airborne, creating the possibility of a greater epidemic.

According to the Associated Press, health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing from the capital city’s airport must fill out a health form and have their temperature taken as part of an effort to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Dr. Sakoba Keita, director of prevention at the health ministry, said anyone with a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) would be tested for the disease, which has killed 86 people in the West African nation since an outbreak began in February. French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Saturday that French doctors from the Pasteur Institute would be on hand to watch boarding procedures at the airport in Conakry.

comment: It is possible the Ebola virus from the area where people visited has entered America and could spread.  The current mutated strain has an effective CFR (case fatality ration) of from 50-90% with an average in some areas of 60%.

This needs to be tracked and whatever data there is on it, on the network to keep people aware.


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