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Ebola outbreak, and other potential epidemics
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mozzies bite one person and then go on to another and pass any diseases on. It's one of the ways that malaria is spread. African football supporters carried the disease across the Atlantic to Brazil so why can't African migrants carry the disease across the Med?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
I would think that the most likely vector for the disease into Europe would be infected migrants from North Africa who would be bitten by local mosquitoes which would then transmit the disease on.


The question is whether the local species of Aedes can transmit the virus. This is unknown, because it is a temperate species of mosquito. The tropical and sub-tropical Aedes species already known to transmit the virus are not present in northern Europe.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. I guess we can't infer much from malaria as the process must be quite difference for a virus spread. Only certain mosquitos, in certain areas, transmit malaria as the malaria parasite needs quite a long time in the mosquito before it can be transmitted back to humans. Most species, and all species in cooler parts of the world simply don't live long enough.

I'd guess this time limitation wouldn't apply for virus transmission though?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:


I'd guess this time limitation wouldn't apply for virus transmission though?


Presumably not, but without research or other evidence, nobody knows.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next African epidemic on the march, an oldie but still a killer (5% fatalities ?)


https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/16/fears-of-global-yellow-fever-epidemic-grow-as-vaccine-stocks-dwindle

The usual moskito vector, potential to go pandemic, limited vaccine stocks
because of 3 year shelf life.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here is a real sign of the times.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/melting-permafrost-could-thaw-a-smallpox-graveyard-in-siberia/

I would put that one at the theoretical threat level.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:
Next African epidemic on the march, an oldie but still a killer (5% fatalities ?)


https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/16/fears-of-global-yellow-fever-epidemic-grow-as-vaccine-stocks-dwindle

The usual moskito vector, potential to go pandemic, limited vaccine stocks
because of 3 year shelf life.


Once administered the yellow fever vaccine lasts you for ten years so mine is about 35 years out of date now but many others will still be covered.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:
And here is a real sign of the times.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/melting-permafrost-could-thaw-a-smallpox-graveyard-in-siberia/

I would put that one at the theoretical threat level.




There will be plenty of politicians who will vote for BAU, despite information like this.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebola is still/again a threat and no longer safely consigned to yesterdays news.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39899406
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adam2 wrote:
Ebola is still/again a threat and no longer safely consigned to yesterdays news.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39899406


It doesn't look like too much to worry about, though it could break loose again. Or mutate?

More likely than that is a new, uncontrollable animal.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebola is a disease that appears now and again. It is a hemorrhagic disease, and so can relatively easily be controlled with vitamin C. The disadvantage then is that vitamin C puts people at higher risk of malaria.

No free lunches.

However a vaccine will be useless in the long term unless hygiene and nutrition are improved, and then a vaccine wouldn't be needed (or safe).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40520125

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Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization says.

It is warning that if you contract gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat and in some cases impossible.

The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics.

Experts said the situation was "fairly grim" with few new drugs on the horizon.

Around 78 million people pick up the STI each year and it can cause infertility.

The World Health Organization analysed data from 77 countries and it showed gonorrhoea's resistance to antibiotics was widespread.

Dr Teodora Wi, from the WHO, said there had even been three cases - in Japan, France and Spain - where the infection was completely untreatable.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing Would you expect anything else from sucking a warty ****? Antibiotics is so last years cure. Wink
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