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Prepare your tin foil hats and hazmat suits gentlemen, the apocalypse is nigh!


Ebola crisis: United Nations warns the world has 60 days to get the disease under control

THE countdown is officially on.

The UN has warned the world has just 60 days to get Ebola under control, or face an “unprecedented situation for which we don’t have a plan”.

A new report issued by the organisation’s health arm, the World Health Organisation, says the virus “is running faster than us and it is winning the race” as it sweeps West Africa and has begun to make its way across the globe.

Speaking at the UN Security Council yesterday, the UN’s deputy Ebola co-ordinator Anthony Banbury outlined critical goals for the December deadline.

“The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70 per cent of infected people are in a care facility and 70 per cent of burials are done without causing further infection,” he said.

It’s the first time the UN has created a mission in response to a public health crisis, warning the goals must be completed or “a lot more people will die”.

Banbury said he was “deeply, deeply concerned” that all of the efforts so far won’t be enough to stop the outbreak.

The warning comes as the number of cases of Ebola has hit the 9000 mark, the deadly virus killing more than half it has affected.

The World Health Organisation says West Africa could see up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months if the outbreak is not adequately contained.

For the last four weeks, there have been about 1000 new cases per week — including suspected, confirmed and probable cases, he said, adding that the UN health agency is aiming to get 70 per cent of cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.

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Seems like shit is getting real, fellow Twelvians. As far as I can tell from reading this one sensationalist article and hearing buzzwords on the radio news each morning anyway.

Are you scared? Think this is going to take over the planet?

Are we going to have a worldwide event where our loved ones dramatically die in our arms like in movies?

Stockpiling any food/water/condoms yet?
thorment
Fork wrote:

Are we going to have a worldwide event where our loved ones dramatically die in our arms like in movies?

Stockpiling any food/water/condoms yet?


No cuz imo we should..

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Hunterbob
Well, if western media got off their fucken asses when the pandemic became the biggest in modern history (something like 2500 deaths), we probably wouldn't be in this situation and more aid would have been sent to contain it.

Bill Gates donated $50 million to the cause through his foundation. I've heard not much else in the way of aid though, mostly because there was a media blackout until a white person got infected.
kiral
It's times like this which makes Australia being so isolated awesome.

I don't see this effecting us too much, but Africa could potentially be screwed if the world doesn't act. If we see an outbreak in Australia, I think that our country is advanced enough that we can implement sufficient protocols to stop the spread. We also have the advantage of our population being fairly spread out.
Shrewmkin
thorment wrote:
Fork wrote:

Are we going to have a worldwide event where our loved ones dramatically die in our arms like in movies?

Stockpiling any food/water/condoms yet?


No cuz imo we should..

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^ This exactly.

Don't be humane about it, just kill them and dispose of their bodies effectively asap, this option will help reduce the outbreak and will allow more time for a vaccine to help fight Ebola. Quarantine won't do shit as it will still spread somehow and continue spreading.
Darkshaunz
I was worried for a second, then I realized the thread title read Ebola, not Malaria.

Phew.

Let me know when there is a worldwide epidemic of Malaria, because that is significantly more terrifying than Ebola.
Darkshaunz
Nah, I mean the disease which kills about 600,000 people a year.

The disease that is increasingly resistant to many of our current medications for it.

The disease that on average, kills one person on our planet every 60 seconds.

That one.
Fun
Darkshaunz wrote:
Nah, I mean the disease which kills about 600,000 people a year.

The disease that is increasingly resistant to many of our current medications for it.

The disease that on average, kills one person on our planet every 60 seconds.

That one.


Surely the high level of fatalities is a direct correlation to the lack of access to medications though?

I can't imagine there ever being a global malaria epidemic, surely there would be a good level of access to malaria medication in most countries...
Darkshaunz
Fun wrote:
I can't imagine there ever being a global malaria epidemic, surely there would be a good level of access to malaria medication in most countries...


Thank goodness, I am relieved to hear that.

I am sure if the human race can survive a disease that kills one of us every minute, and is quite literally transported via the air - I think we'll be fine with this Ebola thing.
thorment
Idk about that.

There's a big difference between a disease caused by a parasite AND can be vaccinated against, and a virus that people aren't entirely sure of how to control which has a 70℅ mortality rate.

Then again Ebola has been around for decades. Making people paranoid about it only increases the public awareness it deserves.
Melg
I still cant tell if this Ebola thing is being made bigger than it really is by the media, or if it really is as serious as people are making out. If it is serious then why arent we doing more?
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