By the author of Be Ready for Anything and the online course Bloom Where You’re Planted
Ebola is back, and in a “new phase.” The deadly hemorrhagic fever is no longer confined to the remote regions of the Congo. On Wednesday, a man was diagnosed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province, which is in the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ebola has gone urban.
And that means the real crisis is just beginning.
The World Health Organization is worried.
Now Ebola is back in the Congo, and this new outbreak has the World Health Organization very concerned. Initially, the outbreak was in a remote area and the health officials were attempting to “ring-fence” with vaccinations. But now that it has reached the populous Mbandaka, that plan is no longer viable. The other issue is that Mbandaka is a major transportation hub, with routes to the capital city of Kinshasa.
The health ministry reports that 44 cases of Ebola have now been reported, from which 23 people have died. But this case that has been diagnosed in an urban area could change everything.
“The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning and WHO and partners are working together to rapidly scale up the search for all contacts of the confirmed case in the Mbandaka area,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. (source)
Peter Salama of the World Health Organization is more candid.
“This is a major development in the outbreak,” he told the BBC. “We have urban Ebola, which is a very different animal from rural Ebola. The potential for an explosive increase in cases is now there.”
Mr Salama, the WHO’s Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, said Mbandaka’s location on the Congo river, widely used for transportation, raised the prospect of Ebola spreading to surrounding countries such as Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic as well as downstream to Kinshasa, a city of 10 million people.
“This puts a whole different lens on this outbreak and gives us increased urgency to move very quickly into Mbandaka to stop this new first sign of transmission,” he said. (source)
The virus may have gotten to the city when people who had gone to the funeral of an Ebola victim nearby traveled to Mbandaka before realizing one of them was infected.
A quick recap of the outbreak of 2014
Everyone remembers the Ebola outbreak of 2014. It ripped through West Africa for two years, killing over 11,000 people and sickening nearly 30,000. But the reason WE remember it in the United States is that it crept into our country. Shortly after the CDC warned us to prepare for a potential Ebola pandemic, the first case was diagnosed in Dallas, Texas, when a man from West Africa visited the hospital on two occasions, having been turned away the first time as just having “the flu.” The original patient died, and two nurses caring for him caught the potentially deadly virus.
It is honestly shocking that more people didn’t become ill, as one nurse traveled on a plane while sick, and in another incident, a doctor in New York City who had volunteered in Guinea was also diagnosed. All in all, eleven people in the United States were treated for Ebola (that we know of, anyway) and it certainly wasn’t because of the expert handling of the near-crisis. It was pure luck.
There were all sorts of mismanagement. Everything from not requiring a quarantine of travelers returning from the affected area to housing 11 potential cases in a hotel to a ship from Liberia with sick passengers being allowed to dock in New Orleans to the near-disastrous handling of contaminated samples in Dallas, it is an absolute miracle that there was no major outbreak in the US. Will we get this lucky twice?
Should we be worried now?
At this point, we have no reason to be overly concerned if we are not in the DRC, however, it pays to be watchful and prepared. The last time around, it made it to the United States and it was nearly impossible to get supplies by the time it was diagnosed here.
From a preparedness point of view, if an outbreak occurs, social isolation is the number one way to prevent becoming ill. The death rate for someone who contracts Ebola is 50%. Ebola is the potential pandemic that really keeps me up at night. It’s scary stuff. This article explains how a localized outbreak can turn into a pandemic.
Smart people will check their supplies to be certain they’re prepared for the possibility of hunkering down for a couple of months or more, that they have personal protective equipment on hand. To learn more about preparing for a pandemic, read this article and get this book. Remember that when the official government warning goes out, it’s going to be too late to acquire the things you need.
Thanks for the heads-up, I hadn’t realized it had reached a city yet. And with modern transportation, any disease is 24 hours from any point on the globe.
I try to be as prepared as I can be, and with other news items of tensions ratcheting up in the Middle East, I have been accelerating my purchases. But it’s good to know that it’s time to triple check the medical preps, and to get fresh bleach supplies. Sure, I can make my own from bleach powder, but a gallon of bleach is cheap enough that tossing it after 6 months (when it becomes less effective) isn’t a big waste.
Once I hear it’s spread to multiple cities, I’ll pull back from public venues – like no movie theater trips, and any trip to the mall has to be super important…Amazon loves me when I get like this, since I get movies on BluRay or DVD and non-perishable items shipped through them to minimize human contact. Although once Ebola hits the US, I’ll have to stop even that since it can live up to 11 to 14 days on surfaces! Source: https://www.livescience.com/50758-ebola-virus-survival-surfaces.html
Appreciate all you do to keep us informed!
Ebola is Now “Aerostable” and can Remain on Surfaces for 50 Days
“A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose.”
“And once someone has coughed or sneezed, the virus can live on a surface for a very long time.
(Source: 33-page report released Oct. 24, 2014 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.)
Remember the BIrd Flu, the last Flu “epidemic?”
And WHY do you insist on spreading THEIR lies?
You know how many lies THEY’ve told us? And you still believe anything they say?
Why would, all of a sudden, the Controllers, want to benefit us? To have us take vaccines? Poisons in the vaccines?
Why would the WHO and CDC want to help us?
DId you check what’s in those vaccines?
It’s all about MONEY!
Our are you one of THEM, a wolf in sheep’s clothing?!
If you want to do us a favor, and help We, THE People, give us names of Hands-On Healers, eh? Qi Gong. Reiki, Acupuncurists, Indigenous Shaman.
But we no longer believe the COntrolling Agencies, thank you very much!
Never have I ever recommended a vaccine in this article or any other. I point out potential pandemics because it is in our best interest to be prepared. I quote the WHO and CDC because, to my knowledge, they are the only ones who are keeping count of how many cases of a particular disease have occurred. The suggestion that I’m “one of THEM” is too ridiculous to even address.
Of course the CDC and WHO will look at this outbreak on a worst case basis. It is their job to do so. I prefer an organization who will tell it the way it could be and not sugar coat it. Those organizations, as you pointed out, are the WHO and the CDC. People who do a thankless job.
Did you even read the article before going off on your tirade? Social distancing is NOT about money, it’s about safety. If you choose not to prepare in case Ebola (or any other pandemic) starts spreading here in the USA, then so be it.
I for one appreciate the heads-up that Daisy provided since it gives us all a chance to check our preparations and do whatever we feel is best to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
And I really hope you or your loved ones never become infected with Ebola, since with your hands-on healers, you’re just another vector to spread the disease. Touching other people is the WORST thing you can do during an Ebola outbreak. Read up on the disease and how it spreads via human contact if you want to do something more productive than ranting at folks online.
Democratic Republic of Congo; our next source of immigrants seeking asylum. Our PC CDC will force the country to welcome them with open arms. JMO.
Well, we’ll have plenty of room for them because we’ll have a WALL to keep out all those pesky people from Mexico. Perhaps our priorities are a wee bit skewed. Peace
Two books that have true life facts about hemorrhagic diseases are “Virus X” by Dr. Ryan & “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston. We got extremely lucky the last time it reached Texas. But we cannot and MUST NOT count on luck . Anyone who enters America, who has traveled in areas with Ebola outbreaks, must be quarantined for 7 to 10 days. No exceptions. The consequences of a strain of Ebola mutating to an airborne variety could be an extinction level event. Don’t believe me ? Read the books I mentioned and draw your own conclusions.
oooooOOONO, we are NOT participating in THIS BS AGAIN.
leave ebolA in afrika,IT STAYS IN AFRIKA as it is a RECURRING DISEASE IN AFRIKA, occurs on schedule in afrika etc etc
AS FOR THE WHO ? we put up with their FEAR,HYSTERIA AND HYPE every damn year regarding the flu outbreaks and how we’re all gonna DIE IF we are not vaccinated.
LET THE WHO run to afrika and educate THEM on basics beginning with isolating anyone with a fever, observing these same ones,strict isolation for those advancing to ebolA and while they’re AT IT ?
GIVE THEM A WATER SUPPLY, clean water and soap and educate them on basics and STFU as we’re not wasting a thin dime on them.
Giving them medical aid is NOT wasting money on them. Keeping serious diseases controlled in developing countries protects all of us in two ways: 1) prevents direct spread, and 2) reduces the chance of mutation into more virulent and/or transmissible forms.
And while it sounds great to isolate everyone who is experiencing symptoms, it can take anywhere from 2 to 21 days for someone who was exposed to become sick themselves. Plenty of time for someone to contract the disease and move about the globe while not symptomatic. Once they start displaying symptoms they are then contagious and suddenly a new cluster of cases pops up.
The only way to truly control it is to put folks into quarantine if they are showing symptoms OR had direct contact with someone who is showing symptoms. That takes resources (aka money) to build isolation wards, staff them and have proper supplies for the folks under quarantine. I consider that money well spent, as it may prevent it from coming back to the US. Here’s hoping this outbreak is contained and never spreads further – just make sure you’re prepared in case it does spread, since once it becomes big news you’ll find it virtually impossible to find critical supplies…
Should be another interesting congressional and presidential battle if Prez Trump sees reason to institute a travel ban for the African Ebola epidemic …..
I can already hear the Pelosi Gang – “It’s the US’s responsibility to be open and vulnerable to be infected” …
the outbreak in 2004 was just after bill gates opened his research center in sierra leone to study ebola, 6 months later the outbreak happened to killed over 10,000 people. he did the same thing with the zika virus (which drs. say is no more than a common cold) by claiming it was making birth defects which the virus was being spread by mosquitos. he developed a genetically modified mosquito that would supposedly not be able to reproduce which would ultimately stop the mosquito from spreading the virus. the mosquito bread faster and was now a super mosquito causing more to get sick. he let over 50,000 loose in florida people got sick so he promoted the use of off repellent after first chem trailing florida with insecticide to kill the mosquito. the combination of the chemtrail and off doubled the sickness of people. fits right in with his eugenics philosophy of getting rid of 6.5 billion people. you can also see him on ted talks where he openly talks of lowering the population using vaccines.
“Cysteine proteases are enzymes that degrade proteins.”
A January 2012 abstract published by the Journal of Virology and titled Filoviruses Require Endosomal Cysteine Proteases for Entry but Exhibit Distinct Protease Preferences revealed:
“endosomal cysteine proteases [negative enzymes] are host factors for Ebola virus.”
• The use of the word “Entry” in the title and the use of the word “host” in the text of the abstract indicates an inciting event of the Ebola Syndrome is the degrading of the amino acids to create and/or support the VP-35 protein.
• The words “Entry” and ‘host” exclude the Ebola Virus as the etiology or source of the amino acid breakdown which forms the VP-35 protein.
• The words “Entry” and ‘”host” indicates a suitable and supportive environment has to exist before the virus is created and travels throughout the individual.
• The words “Entry” and ‘host” concludes that the amino acids in the proteins of the individual had to have been damaged before the virus appeared in the body.
The above facts declare that an organism called a virus is not the primary cause for the Ebola Syndrome. At the very least the virus is merely a symptomatic continuation of the cell degradation process and at the very most the virus is a peripheral secondary contributing factor to cellular dysfunction.
Full article at – file:///C:/Users/User/Documents/Tri-Vortex/Trivortex/Ebola-Syndrome.html
Daisy you intent is good but you do not know the true facts regarding AIDS, Ebola and other created illusions
I am not sure why people are responding to a “heads up” the way they are…..if they don’t like what you have posted they are welcome to click that little red x in the right corner and get on with their life, instead of posting negative (to nasty) comments on YOUR BLOG where you free to publish ANYTHING YOU WANT.
Thank you for the heads up….I was unaware of this latest threat. Will check out the links. Thank you.
My question is this…why is this not being given full coverage by the MSM? This is potentially a catastrophic event globally (and IS one for the people who are sick already), but not a word on televised news. Russia-gate is covered ad nauseam, the royal wedding, but not this. Society’s priorities are truly messed up.