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Old 08-07-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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The Missus is a lab manager at NIH. They have a ready room already set up just in case and are currently seeking out volunteers to train for potential work in the BSL 4 lab. According to her the hospital at Emory, NIH, and two others are the only four hospitals in the U.S. capable of handling anything like ebola.

The good news is that she says this strain must be new, and different, considering the rates of survival so far.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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K-Luv:
"It sounds like you want an Ebola epidemic to begin"

Where do you get that? I posted this to alert people of the dangers of a potential epidemic source that's being overlooked.

"How many instances of homeless persons stabbing people with HIV-infected needles?"

Don't know. But in my home city this year, a bum stabbed to death a linguistics professor and his wife because he thought they were government spies following him. About a month ago, a bum was arrested when it was found that he had a murdered corpse in his shopping cart. Just last week, one was shot by the police here attacking and slashing people with broken bottles. There's usually a story every week or so about one committing a rape or assault.

"You realize a large portion are Vietnam vets?"

No---a Vietnam vet would be about 65 y/o now, and most of these guys are much younger. I see 'homeless vets' all the time: just ask them who their commanding officer was and other specific military information and they cuss you out for exposing them. I can go to Goodwill and get Army surplus clothes and pretend to be a vet too LOL

But what's not a laughing matter is that a lot of bums are also registered sex offenders. You should check with the county sheriffs office in any large city and they'll tell you that's so. In my city there are 214 current RSOs registered with the county and an estimated 400-800 'transients' with no known address. That's another recipe for disaster.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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^ good post.

W.H.O. is getting serious now and when they ramp up, problems get solved. Next if necessary will be travel restrictions.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:53 AM
 
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World War Z?
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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With 30+ years of being warned against 'blood contact' since the AIDS epidemic, nobody in the USA is going to touch anybody's blood. And if you spend a lot of time coming into contact with the vomit and feces of strangers, you have more issues than just Ebola. Our dead tend to die in hospitals, not at home. They are tended by professionals in the funeral industry, not by Aunt Sally and Cousin Sue.

I do wish people would stop inventing nightmare scenarios and then reacting as if they were real.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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Another case of someone making up a scenario and then expecting everyone to react as if it were real.

No proof, no evidence, just a hysterical response to a problem that is highly unlikely to ever impact the OP.

Ebola has a very specific vector -- blood, feces, vomit. If a guy is that sick, he's not going to be panhandling or whatever. He's going to be dying. And how did this 'homeless' person get the disease -- traveling by air from Liberia? It doesn't spontaneously erupt, you know.

Stop using a tragic disease as a vector for your prejudices.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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The Missus is a lab manager at NIH. They have a ready room already set up just in case and are currently seeking out volunteers to train for potential work in the BSL 4 lab. According to her the hospital at Emory, NIH, and two others are the only four hospitals in the U.S. capable of handling anything like ebola.

The good news is that she says this strain must be new, and different, considering the rates of survival so far.
No, the strain is the Zaire strain.

Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea | Ebola | CDC
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I don't think its totally coincidental that the outbreak is happening in a non-first class country.
Good lord. There is no "coincidence". The outbreak is happening in West Africa because that's where the virus originates. You can take off the tin-foil helmet now. There is no conspiracy here.

As for the seriousness of the outbreak, the WHO has just declared Ebola an 'international emergency' that will require "an extraordinary response to stop its spread."

That doesn't sound quite as harmless as some posters here would have you believe.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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How did you take a good and serious question and turn it into a rant about how much you hate homeless people? Wow.

A dangerous virus really doesn't care if you're homeless or living in the pent house - both people are equally capable of getting and passing along a virus. The thread of an epidemic is real, but it isn't going to be from ebola. It's going to be from something that is airborne.
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