'Tip of Iceberg'? Ebola Toll Passes 500
Aid group blames 'gross misjudgement in gauging severity'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
In this photo taken on July 8, 2014, Ebola advocacy group Crusaders for Peace, spokesperson Juli Endee, right, educates people on the deadly virus in Paynesville, east of the city Monrovia, Liberia.   (Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

(Newser) – Deep in the forests of southern Guinea, the first victims fell ill with high fevers. People assumed it was the perennial killer malaria and had no reason to fear touching the bodies. Some desperate relatives brought loved ones to the distant capital in search of better medical care, unknowingly spreading what ultimately was discovered to be the deadly Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose. It had never before been seen in this part of West Africa. Now, the disease has turned up in at least two other countries—Liberia and Sierra Leone—and 539 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that is now the largest on record.

The key to halting Ebola is isolating the sick, but fear and panic have sent some patients into hiding, complicating efforts to stop its spread. The WHO reported 44 new cases including 21 deaths on Friday. (There is no cure and no vaccine for Ebola, and those who have survived managed to do so only by receiving rehydration and other supportive treatment.) Doctors Without Borders says it fears the number of patients being treated in Sierra Leone could be "just the tip of the iceberg." "We're under massive time pressure: The longer it takes to find and follow up with people who have come in contact with sick people, the more difficult it will be to control the outbreak," says a DWB rep. Still, WHO officials hope they will be able to get the situation under control. "Saying that it's out of control makes it sound like there are no solutions," says a top WHO official. "This is a virus for which there are very clear solutions."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 14, 2014 5:33 PM CDT
WHO and UNESCO gave us Aids as a cheap population control. CIA imports it at help of Nixon as political warfare. Then at costs of billions we have a cure that benefited stock accounts. We need a new virus to put population control at the cutting edge again. You can either pour billions into dropping UNESCO and USAID shipments of food to impoverished starving people, who then get more fertile at younger ages, and they reproduce at catastrophic rates. Or you can introduce a new virus instead.
Jul 14, 2014 4:47 PM CDT
Eh, I had it once, it's not so bad. It's like getting food poisoning and syphilis at the same time.
Jul 14, 2014 4:17 PM CDT
Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose????? It's a whole lot worse than what this "blog" would lead you to believe. The effects actually are MONSTEROUS ! ! ! http://www.superpages.com/supertips/ebola-virus-effects.html And WHO (the World Health Organization) states the fatality rate for Ebola victims are up to 90%! http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/ Containment Plans? The outlook is not good once it breaks out of Africa. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/report-ebola-suspected-in-europe-broken-through-all-containment-efforts_04202014 Never Mind - I'ts Already In Europe! ! ! http://www.infowars.com/report-ebola-suspected-in-europe-broken-through-all-containment-efforts/