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According to the latest stories about ebola in Texas, it seems that Mr. Duncan, the vector of this disease, handled a dying woman days before heading off to the US in a panic and the man who helped him carry the dying woman is now dead of ebola as of yesterday. And despite the assurances Mr. Duncan didn’t show any symptoms, the William’s family, whose daughter died with Mr. Duncan in attendance, said he was showing symptoms when he fled Liberia.
A dark reminder of the past: ‘Mummified’ rodent found during building renovations dates back to the Black Death. Most Europeans alive today have the genetic code that protects them from the black plague. None of us have the genes that protect us from ebola.
Mr. Duncan, the first person to develop symptoms outside Africa during the current epidemic, had direct contact with a woman stricken by Ebola on Sept. 15, just four days before he left Liberia for the United States, the woman’s parents and Mr. Duncan’s neighbors said.
In a pattern often seen here in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, the family of the woman, Marthalene Williams, 19, took her by taxi to a hospital with Mr. Duncan’s help on Sept. 15 after failing to get an ambulance, said her parents, Emmanuel and Amie Williams. She was convulsing and seven months pregnant, they said.
Turned away from a hospital for lack of space in its Ebola treatment ward, the family said it took Ms. Williams back home in the evening, and that she died hours later, around 3 a.m.
Mr. Duncan, who was a family friend and also a tenant in a house owned by the Williams family, rode in the taxi in the front passenger seat while Ms. Williams, her father and her brother, Sonny Boy, shared the back seat, her parents said. Mr. Duncan then helped carry Ms. Williams, who was no longer able to walk, back to the family home that evening, neighbors said.
“He was holding her by the legs, the pa was holding her arms and Sonny Boy was holding her back,” said Arren Seyou, 31, who witnessed the scene and occupies the room next to Mr. Duncan’s.
Sonny Boy, 21, also started getting sick about a week ago, his family said, around the same time that Mr. Duncan first started showing symptoms.
This blasts out of the water all the information about Mr. Duncan’s many travels as ‘safe’. It now appears he did not go to NYC, thank goodness for that, he hit DC! One online wit suggested he go to Congress and the White House and shake hands with everyone and this way, the CDC and our government will be a lot more motivated to stop this epidemic.
There is only one way right now: total isolation of all points in Africa with this disease and this means a total, even military lock-down. We have no idea how many have died. Officially, it is around 5,000 but we know from previous outbreaks, this is less than half the real number. Estimates are at least 15,000 as of today. People are now hiding the dead and dying hoping to not be locked down.
Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million? Estimates are that this will reach 25% of the population of Liberia by February 2014.
These constantly upward revisions are driven by a cruel epidemiologic statistic – the reproductive rate of disease, or average number of new infections each case creates. WHO’s most recent estimates of this number are 1.51 in Liberia and 1.38 in Sierra Leone. As long as the reproductive rate remains above 1, the epidemic will continue to expand exponentially, unless something alters its trajectory. At the current reproductive rates, case numbers are doubling approximately every 24 days in Liberia and every 30 days in Sierra Leone according to the WHO.
Yikes! And if people scatter far and wide running from this epidemic like Mr. Duncan most obviously did, knowing he was definitely exposed, we will have a global catastrophe of huge proportions. Now, I have been very angry in the past with the global warmists who want most of us dead and are quite open about this desire. Well, this may just happen! Hopefully, to them all but alas, Death’s scythe sweeps all and sundry.
Also, a UN official working to stop the epidemic in Liberia just died today. As doctors and nurses fall.
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