Ebola could spread out of Africa, doctors admit

Thursday, April 17, 2014
By Paul Martin

It’s hard to catch but the latest outbreak of the deadly virus was in a city with an international airport.

Haaretz.com
Apr. 16, 2014

While Guina claims its outbreak of Ebola is “almost under control,” the fact is that the deadly virus had broken out of remote villages surrounded by forest into the capital city, and the rest of the world wonders: is it next?

As the death count neared 130, Guinea explained on Tuesday that new cases were becoming fewer and the pace of death was diminishing. But the incidence of the outbreak in the capital city of Conakry with its population of some 2 million – and international airport – is a terrifying thought for the rest of the planet. Clearly, people carrying the virus who don’t feel its effects yet can travel, and in fact, cases were reported in the neighboring country of Liberia – first near the border with Guinea and now in the capital of Monrovia as well. Cases are suspected in Mali and Sierra Leone as well.

Doctors beg to reassure that B-movies aside, Ebola is actually hard to contract. Catching the disease requires physical contact with a victim’s body fluids. Or, with objects that were contaminated with a victim’s fluids.

That said, the incubation period from infection to full-blown Ebola can take as long as three weeks, during at least some of which, the victim is in a state of blissful ignorance.

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