Ebola 'unavoidable' in Europe, but spread risk low: WHO

Cases of Ebola in Europe are unavoidable, but the risk of the disease spreading is extremely low, a top UN health official said Wednesday, amid growing fears over infections in Spain.

"Sporadic cases of Ebola virus disease in Europe are unavoidable. This is due to travel between Europe and affected countries," said Zsuzsanna Jakab, regional director for Europe at the World Health Organization.

"However, the risk of spread of Ebola in Europe is avoidable and extremely low," she said in a statement, adding that European nations were "among the best prepared in the world".

Six people have now been quarantined at a Madrid hospital, including a nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday in the first case of transmission of the disease outside Africa.

The nurse, in her forties, had cared for two elderly Spanish missionaries who died from the virus following their return from west Africa.

"There is a risk of accidental contamination for people exposed to Ebola patients. This risk can be and must be mitigated with strict infection control measures," said Jakab.

"Health care workers are on the frontline of the Ebola fight and they are those most at risk of infection. They need to be protected and supported by all means," she added.

Among the six people hospitalised in Madrid are the woman's husband, considered at "high risk" by Spanish authorities, and two other nurses.

Officials said they were monitoring as a precaution 52 other people—mostly health workers—who had been in contact with the infected nurse.

"All countries have protocols and procedures that must be implemented when a case is suspected and it is important that these are followed diligently. WHO is, as always, ready to provide help and support where requested," said Jakab.

Ebola has killed 3,439 people in west Africa since the start of the year, according to the latest WHO toll, with health workers making up around six percent of the victims.


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Oct 08, 2014
Scenario

One wonders how Mongols were able to transport plague-infected corpses from Central Asia to be lobbed over the walls of Kaffa in the crimea during the siege. This is supposedly how the plague was introduced into Europe.

Perhaps the infected were alive. Perhaps a group of infected was maintained by replacing the dead with live subjects, and this is how the disease was transported over long distances to be used as a bioweapon.

We can imagine Ebola-infected jihadis entering Europe and the US to establish similar such colonies. Clandestine cells could be established across these regions. The sick could visit malls, sporting events, concerts, and so forth, spreading contagion, and we would have no indication until outbreaks began occurring simultaneously in widely-separated locations.

This could proceed for many generations until the infectors were caught, if ever. The epidemic could become self-sustaining and unstoppable. Millions could die.

Is this what obamacare is for?

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