US health authorities issued a travel advisory due to an unusual strain of a new Ebola outbreak emerging.


Ebola has no cure

This new strain is dangerous.

Thus far there is reported to not be a cure, it has a fatality rate from near 50 percent to 90 percent, and it spread with apparent impunity. Reportedly, doctors who were wearing body suits were inflicted and six have died.  The virus, which is transmitted through saliva, is considered more dangerous than Aids, which is only transmitted through blood exchanges.

NBC News is reporting that the State Department are evacuating US residents from the infected region and that two citizens infected with the virus were apparently headed for the US, triggering a scramble to “fetch” the infected people.

“Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor working for Samaritan’s Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM (Serving in Mission), are currently in serious condition,” the charity Samaritan’s Purse said in a statement. “The two Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia remain in the country today but medical evacuation efforts are underway and should be completed by early next week,” it added.

Ebola worsening in West Africa

“Ebola is worsening in West Africa,” Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted as saying in a USA Today report.  He announced the strongest level 3 advisory against travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. “It’s the largest, most complex (Ebola) outbreak that we know of in history,” he said.

The recent issue highlights a growing threat of viruses that have been resistant to treatment, the subject of a PBS Frontline investigation.

It could take up to six months to begin controlling the Ebola epidemic, which could be the more optimistic conclusion. “It’s not going to be quick and it’s not going to be easy, but we know what to do,” Frieden was quoted as saying.

As the World Health Organization said yesterday the Ebola disease has thus far killed 729 people and inflicted over 1,300, there are currently no effective treatments or vaccines.  The best method to control the disease will be found with traditional public health measures.  This includes spotting those who are sick and carefully tracking down all who could have been exposed to the plague and isolation for those exposed or showing symptoms.