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#1 silylene

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:42 AM

We have been missing the ebola updates as that came to an end, so now Africa brings us a new epidemic.   

 

The disease comes from a certain kind or rat or large mouse, and then it spreads from person-to-person.  Symptoms are about the same as ebola.

 

Probably not a good idea to be catching and eating these rodents.  Bad sanitation and rodent droppings also cause fresh infections.

 

(p.s. the population of Nigeria is projected to exceed 700M people by 2100)

 

 

 

From the Nigerian Minister of Health:

 

Nigeria: Lassa fever outbreak spreads to 10 states

 

It is important that I notify the nation through you, that in the last 6 weeks Nigeria has been experiencing Lassa fever (LF) outbreak which has so far affected 10 states. The States affected include Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo States.  The total number so far reported is 81 and 35 deaths, with a mortality rate of 43.2%. Our laboratories have confirmed 17 cases, indicative of a new roundtrip of Lassa fever outbreak.

 

Lassa fever is an acute febrile illness, with bleeding and death in severe cases, caused by the Lassa fever virus with an incubation period of 6-21 days. Lassa fever was first detected in Nigeria 1969. The number of recorded cases peaked in 2012 when 1,723 cases with 112 fatalities were recorded. It has continued to decline since then.  

About 80% of human infections are asymptomatic; the remaining cases have severe multi-system disease, where the virus affects several organs in the body, such as the liver, spleen and kidneys. The onset of the disease is usually gradual, starting with fever, general weakness, and malaise followed by headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, and bleeding from mouth, nose, vagina or gastrointestinal tract, and low blood pressure. 

The reservoir or host of the Lassa virus is the “multimammate rat” called Mastomys natalensis which has many breasts and lives in the bush and peri-residential areas.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:04 AM

What is it about Africa that makes it such a hotbed for nasty ass diseases?  There are plenty of other 3rd world sh!thole places with similar environments and you never hear about any frelling ebola, HIV, whatever type crap coming out of them. So what specifically is it about Africa that generates this stuff?


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:08 AM

The company I work had an opportunity to do some work in western Nigeria and none of the field techs would go & threatened to quit if they were forced, so we just didn't bother to bid on the contract.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

Bad sanitation, bad water, lack of toilets, no education, health care system is corrupt and ineffective, they relish eating  'bush meat', the people are uneducated and do harmful practices such as touching corpses and communal Islamic hand/foot/nose cleaning which gets into the drinking water, Islamic genital mutilation, and an abundance of unsafe and non-monogamous sexual practices.

 

In addition, Africa is the original home of H. Sapiens, so there are many germs and parasites which have perfectly evolved to infect us.  The once healthy jungle is being ripped down as population booms, bringing disease carriers in closer contact with people.  And the population density of the slums surrounding African cities is huge, and they live in close contact with chickens and pigs and rodents, a scenario which forms a ripe fermentation vessel to further evolve the infectuousness of zoonotic diseases into human hosts.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 01:13 PM

so basically it's the people....


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

Well, Africa is a challenging environment, lots of diseases and parasites looking for hosts.  Given that, I think extra care and attention above and beyond what we do in NA or Europe is required for sanitation, health care and clean behavior in that environment.  Unfortunately, the truth is that a lot less care and attention are given to these areas by the local governments and people.  One excuse is that they are poor and impoverished and their governments are kleptocracies.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 04:29 PM

But those same conditions exist in many parts of south America as well.  I guess the fact that there have been people in Africa for a lot longer gives all the nasties an advantage.  Though that is a double edged sword,  because you would think that, just as the bugs have had longer to adapt to infecting people, the people have had longer to adapt to resisting. All I know is that Africa is basically the cesspool of the planet and you couldn't pay me enough to go there.


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 10:21 AM

Nigeria: Benue state suspends eating of rats over Lassa fever

 

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The Benue State Government has directed its citizens to stop eating rats in the meantime in order to curtail the spread of Lassa Fever.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after meeting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ortom said the decision was taken because the state had recorded a case of the fever.

Rat is a delicacy popular among the people of the state.

The governor said, “Benue is affected; we have one case (of Lassa Fever) right now that is under control.

“We have advised our people; rat which is a major carrier is a delicacy. I am finding it difficult, but I have told them to suspend eating rats until further notice.”



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 11:41 AM

It's amazing that anyone is still alive in that country.


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:18 PM

Continent...

Not too amazing though - with a birthrate that high, they spread faster than any illness - no self-respecting virus can keep up.
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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:32 PM

Going to be 700M+ Nigerians by 2100.  And about 3.5-4B Africans.

 

Rats, mealworms, locusts and grubs may be the only animals fast enough to outbreed the Africans' rapacious appetite for protein after all the forests are stripped bare for firewood, and all the animals eaten, and the rainforests will dregrade to deserts.  The air pollution will be Beijing/Delhi-scale, continent wide.  

 

Kind of ironic in a weird way that the African rats carry Lassa fever.  



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 01:41 PM

Diseases like that are nature's way of telling you there are too damn many people in the area.


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:34 PM

Africa would be no fun without a viral hemorrhagic fever to watch.

 

+ 12 cases in 2 days.

 

 

 

LINK  Lassa fever: Death toll rises to 41 from 93 suspected cases —Minister. Excerpt:

 

Abuja— The Federal Government disclosed, yesterday, that Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country even as the Senate has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the outbreak of the disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government, last Friday, put the death toll at 40 out of 86 reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in same 10 states. The number of the suspected cases also rose from 86 last week to 93.


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#14 Ath3na

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:47 PM

Have we considered that we're making this worse with all our advanced life-preservation?

Maybe we should just ground all flights, isolate the continent, and let nature regulate the resources?
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:50 PM

Have we considered that we're making this worse with all our advanced life-preservation?

Maybe we should just ground all flights, isolate the continent, and let nature regulate the resources?

my thoughts exactly.  all we are doing with our efforts is prolonging the suffering.  Better to let nature take its course and get the population back down to a sustainable level.  At this point all we are accomplishing is allowing nasty ass diseases to be exported to the rest of the planet.


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

I'm very afraid of one of these nasty viruses spreading. It's just like one of these terrorist groups to get a hold of it and spread it to the west on purpose.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 04:03 PM

Think of it as a very large ring quarantine.

It's worse than simply prolonging - it's making the nasties stronger and more potent.
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 04:18 PM

Think of it as a very large ring quarantine.

 

 

What, no more migrations to Europe or elsewhere ?

 

Population Europe = 742M.   Population of Nigeria, 2100 = 700M+   (UN WHO forecast)



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

Duh.


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:02 PM

Nigeria:  Doctor dead of Lassa Fever, other doctors being abducted, and so Nigerian doctors are going on strike....but that could be a good thing (?)   (final sentence)

 

Nigeria: Medical doctor dies of Lassa fever in Rivers state

 

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Chairman of the state branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Furo Green, disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt, saying the late doctor, Ijamala, who died in the early hours of yesterday from the ailment, had contact with patients infected with Lassa Fever.

 

… as doctors begin strike

He also said medical doctors in the state were on three days strike to protest the frequent abduction of medical doctors in the state.

 

He said within the week two of his colleagues, Dr. Isaac Opurum and Dr. Ib Aprioku were taken hostage at separate times. He said in 2015, 21 doctors were abducted in the state.

According to him, the warning strike was to draw attention to the plight of medical doctors.

He said: “While we are not happy to go on strike, the strike now appears to be a blessing in disguise because fewer doctors and patients came to the hospital today, thereby, reducing the rate of contacts among medical doctors and patients.”



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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:09 PM

Does it make me a bad person that I laughed aloud at that last sentence?


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:32 PM

No, I did too.

 

Imagine that the best solution to a health crisis is to eliminate the doctors!



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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:57 PM

"Since the time we fired all the doctors, there have been no new diagnoses of Lassa Fever.  Outbreak resolved!"


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:05 AM

Deja-vu?

 

+47 cases in 3 days

 

Lassa in Nigeria: MOH counts 140 cases, 53 deaths

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Fears mount in Nigeria over Lassa outbreak, response

 

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...snip...

 

Experts warn the disease, transmitted through the faeces, urine and blood of rats as well as human bodily fluids, may have spread as people criss-crossed the country in packed buses during the festive season.

"It is possible we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg," Chikwe Ihekweazu, an infectious disease epidemiologist, told AFP.

"My biggest worry at the moment is that given that the cases that have been reported are from a very wide geographical area, transmission chains will be difficult to identify, making control very difficult."



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Posted 17 January 2016 - 07:24 PM

Lagos metropolitan area population = 25.1M

 

Hmmmm...

 

Lagos has its first case of Lassa fever.   LINK

 

 

Dr. Jide Idris, the commissioner for health, revealed that 92 people had direct and indirect contact with the index case.

 

 

The young man was confirmed as a case of Lassa fever on January 15, at LUTH, and is currently being managed to the extent that his condition is now stable. Fifteen in-patients who were admitted alongside the index case, as well as 25 health workers who attended to them, have been placed on compulsory 21 days monitoring, and that the phone numbers and addresses of the people in that category have also been collected for proper tracking.






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