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Ebola Outbreak Kills 13 In Uganda

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the somebody-call-dustin-hoffman dept.

Medicine 105

The BBC reports that an outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 13 in Uganda, and infected seven more. "The health ministry says emergency measures are in place to deal with the outbreak, which began in late June but has only just been confirmed as Ebola. The cases have been reported in Kibaale district, about 170km (100 miles) to the west of the capital Kampala. ... Ebola is one of the most virulent diseases in the world. It is spread by close personal contact, and kills up to 90% of those who become infected. There is no vaccine for the virus. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, headache, vomiting and impaired kidneys. The first victim of this outbreak was a pregnant woman."

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105 comments

Madagascar? (5, Funny)

ragefan (267937) | about 2 years ago | (#40803347)

Is Madagascar shut down yet?

Re:Madagascar? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803401)

No, but New Zealand is.

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40807819)

wrong moderation, moderator does not understand the reference.

Re:Madagascar? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803499)

LOL... I vaguely remember this reference. It's a game where you are a virus, but you can never take over madagascar,

Re:Madagascar? (4, Informative)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#40803741)

The game is pandemic/pandemic2. Just google it. You can, the trick is to use low visibility and infect everywhere. Then unleash unholy hell.

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40805475)

This [pandemic2.org]

Re:Madagascar? (1)

IonOtter (629215) | about 2 years ago | (#40820125)

Your sig is disturbingly appropriate for your comment.

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803975)

Pandemic 2

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803565)

Is Madagascar shut down yet?

That went over my head.

But then again, I read the headline and thought a Linux distro called "Ebola" caused the death of people. And stopping reading the summary, I started to think this "Ebola" distro was using the Gnome 3 desktop which must have been the real cause.

Then I read the rest of the summary and decided to STFU.

Re:Madagascar? (1)

wickedskaman (1105337) | about 2 years ago | (#40804293)

No you didn't. :)

Re:Madagascar? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804413)

hasa diga eebowai !

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806247)

Who modded this back down? If you don't know why this is a +5 funny, you probably shouldn't have moderated this comment.

(Hint for the terminally inept: The hit Broadway Musical The Book of Mormon takes place in Uganda. On of the songs featured, Hasa diga eebowai, is about as relevant to the topic as you can get.)

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806511)

Does it mean 'No worries for the rest of our days'?

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806605)

It's gotten at least three down-mods. My bet is that it has been down-modded by the humorless, not the ignorant.

But I think: "If you don't like what we say, try living here a couple days."

Re:Madagascar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804895)

SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING!
http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs47/f/2009/254/f/0/SHUT_DOWN_EVERYTHING_by_Invert_alpha.jpg

wtf is this article doing here? (0, Troll)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#40803369)

I don't come to slashdot for news I can get everywhere else.

This has nothing to do with tech nor nerds.

Soulskill, you need to rethink the job you are doing here, because you fucked up.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (4, Interesting)

DesScorp (410532) | about 2 years ago | (#40803425)

I don't come to slashdot for news I can get everywhere else.

This has nothing to do with tech nor nerds.

Soulskill, you need to rethink the job you are doing here, because you fucked up.

Uh, there's definitely a big science angle to disease outbreaks. So they problem is...?

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (0, Offtopic)

Doubting Sapien (2448658) | about 2 years ago | (#40803473)

Kudos for being broad-minded and mature. But we ought to be old enough to not feed the trolls. The imbecile has already been modded to oblivion. All's well with slashdot.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803705)

Yeah, Malda sure has you trained well. He's off trying to make himself look interesting on Reddit and abandoned all of you, yet you're still making excuses for the utter bullshit that gets posted here.

Kudos for being another worker bee in Slashdot's hivemind. I suspect Malda's glad to be rid of this place because with people like you populating it, it'll never change. I'm sure in your surpreme arrogance you probably believe that's for the best.

It isn't.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (0, Troll)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#40805375)

Kudos for being broad-minded and mature. But we ought to be old enough to not feed the trolls. The imbecile has already been modded to oblivion. All's well with slashdot.

This imbecile has more rep then you ever will have, modding me troll doesn't change anything. And it didn't change that the article has nothing to do with science, nerds, or news we need to hear. They don't even know how they are going to fight it, they don't even have a vaccine for it.

That is news? Of course we don't have a vaccine for it. We spend all our money fighting terrorism everywhere, spending 100's of billions of dollars on wars.

It will be news when that changes and the governments decides to start spending money on how to help people instead of helping the corporations get as much money from people as they can.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (-1, Troll)

quadrox (1174915) | about 2 years ago | (#40806815)

You may not care about this story, but there are lots of other people here who do. So just shut up or make your own news blog where everything is like you want it to be, I'm sure it'll be real popular.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804387)

Think of it this way, It costs around $60000 a month alone to host slashdot and pay for bandwidth. Geeknet
who owns slashdot does not run out of someones appartment, its a large operations with salaries, office space,
reporting obligations. That money needs to be recouped and the way Geeknet does it is not primarily through
banner ads but through paid for articles like this one.

I would think the Geeknet customer here is either the CDC or a pharma group interested in stoking pandemic
fears.

Incidentally in Cambodia right now there is a mystery illness going around with now 100+ cases of children
coming down the disease. Symptoms include narcolepsy. The illnesses started cropping up a week or so
after the children were vaccinated. This is something you will not find on slashdot.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (-1, Offtopic)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about 2 years ago | (#40804443)

The Hot Zone, The Andromeda Strain, anything by Romero, geeks love a good might-just-be-the-apocolypse-this-time. Ebola, yes, it gets attention, but while a narcolepsy outbreak and/or a dodgy batch of a vaccine might be just as serious for those involved, it's unlikely to cause a species-threatening pandemic. Yeah, it's all a bit shock-factor, but hemorrhagic fevers tend to do that, they're hardly the 'flu, and that kills millions itself.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806581)

Incidentally in Cambodia right now there is a mystery illness going around with now 100+ cases of children
coming down the disease. Symptoms include narcolepsy. The illnesses started cropping up a week or so
after the children were vaccinated.

That sounds identical to the reaction of certain groups to an additive of one of the pig-flu shots. The narcolepsy have been appearing in the Nordics as well. I don't remember what was decided on the compensations, though.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1, Troll)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#40805345)

I don't come to slashdot for news I can get everywhere else.

This has nothing to do with tech nor nerds.

Soulskill, you need to rethink the job you are doing here, because you fucked up.

Uh, there's definitely a big science angle to disease outbreaks. So they problem is...?

Did you read the article? I did, it mentions nothing about science at all. Just normal shit. Outbreak, don't know why, people died, have to help, hopefully the help doesn't get it.

I don't care if I get modded Troll, my rep is so good here it doesn't hurt me. But it doesn't change the fact that this post really doesn't belong here.

Now if it talked about a new breakthru to help the outbreak, cool. But it doesn't.

It doesn't even talk about any science.

So again, what is it doing here?

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (5, Funny)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about 2 years ago | (#40803507)

You won't be saying that when you're bleeding out of all your orifices.

Troll fever (2)

TiggertheMad (556308) | about 2 years ago | (#40805531)

You won't be saying that when you're bleeding out of all your orifices.

For someone to catch the disease, you are required to come into contact with other people. So unless you can catch it off a hot pockets wrapper, most of /. is safe for the time being.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1, Troll)

bhagwad (1426855) | about 2 years ago | (#40803927)

Given the fact that Ebola is:

a) Highly contagious
b) 70-90% fatal

It's scary enough to be on Slashdot.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about 2 years ago | (#40806421)

A lot of things are "scary". Does that mean they warrant a slashdot article?

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1)

isorox (205688) | about 2 years ago | (#40811773)

A lot of things are "scary". Does that mean they warrant a slashdot article?

Tom Clancy wrote about a plane crashing into a major building in Washington. Later 9/11 happend

(Sadly, In Clancy's versions, it was the politicians died, rather than the innocent).

The next book, he wrote about Ebola becoming weaponized. Something to keep an eye on. Next Russia will be joining NATO.

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about 2 years ago | (#40815215)

Hey, I didn't say doomsday ain't coming. I'm just asking, who cares? :D

Re:wtf is this article doing here? (0)

drosboro (1046516) | about 2 years ago | (#40805959)

How about this: The author of VIM, Bram Moolenar, spent a year in Kibaale between 1994-1995, and still actively solicits donations to the Kibaale Children's Centre which provides needy children in the district with education, food, and medical care. Check it out with a: :help kibaale from within VIM. Does that cover it? :)

Travel Bureau (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803375)

So I will not be visiting Uganda this year?

Re:Travel Bureau (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803385)

That would be your second reason for not visiting Uganda.

The first being that they were going to have the death penalty for homos there and since you're a regular Slashdot reader your life would be in jeopardy.

Re:Travel Bureau (-1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | about 2 years ago | (#40803455)

A mediocre attempt at best. You had a good first line that pulls the reader in, and your second line has a good start. But you fail starting at about 5 words in.

3/10

Re:Travel Bureau (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803471)

Thanks, I guess. I mean I try but I guess my heart's just not in it ever since Taco left us.

Pussies (-1, Troll)

noh8rz6 (2689737) | about 2 years ago | (#40803395)

Everyone who posts below this comment is a big pussy.

Re:Pussies (-1, Flamebait)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about 2 years ago | (#40806461)

Or vagina.

Re:Pussies (1)

noh8rz6 (2689737) | about 2 years ago | (#40815473)

Modded flame bait? I thought it was prettyfunny. Maybe it was modded by a ms groupie.

Re:Pussies (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about 2 years ago | (#40816013)

I wasn't joking though, I was totally trying to call the people on the site I read since 2000 pussies. They are pussies, while I am just here to mock them, and of course to impress the ladies by seeming manly in comparison.

^_^

Re:Pussies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806905)

Everyone who posts below this comment is a big pussy.

That is Mr. Soprano to you.

Proximity (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#40803415)

Considering the close proximity between this story and the Monkey Brains story just after, I think I may have to stay away from Slashdot for a few days...

Thank God I bought that anti-virus HDMI cable or I'd really be sweating.

Re:Proximity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803589)

Did you get the cable from a reputable company that would never sell overpriced quack products to naive audiophiles? Monster Cables fits this description well.

Vaccine (1)

casings (257363) | about 2 years ago | (#40803417)

I guess the researcher for the article hasn't read this story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16011748 [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Vaccine (5, Informative)

MrQuacker (1938262) | about 2 years ago | (#40803461)

80% survival for mice.

TFA: He said the next step is to try the vaccine on a strain of Ebola that is closer to the one that infects humans.

Re:Vaccine (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#40803513)

I guess that's why TFA doesn't mention any dead mice :-)

Re:Vaccine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804207)

80% survival for mice.

Lucky for me I have this neat digital watch.

Re:Vaccine (3, Insightful)

Prune (557140) | about 2 years ago | (#40804073)

Recent medical history is littered with the carcases of treatments which were demonstrated in mice and then failed to translate to human physiology, and any honest researcher will admit as much. It's a great way to get grant money, however.

Re:Vaccine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806319)

You call this a failure? Think of all the mice who will benefit from this.

Re:Vaccine (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#40805395)

I guess the researcher for the article hasn't read this story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16011748 [bbc.co.uk]

See? That link above is a worthy story for slashdot. It has science.

The story about the outbreak? No FUCKING SCIENCE. or nerds

or vagina

Re:Vaccine (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about 2 years ago | (#40808001)

There's actually quite a few vaccines, some tested on humans. My brother is an immunologist working with ebola.

A monkey did it to her! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803443)

Better safe than sorry. Resist the temptation.

Sounds like a minor outbreak (1)

Shag (3737) | about 2 years ago | (#40803459)

If they've only got 20 people affected so far, it sounds fairly small compared to the last couple outbreaks. Hope they can establish good controls to keep it from spreading.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (0, Troll)

matunos (1587263) | about 2 years ago | (#40803515)

Or they can kill some gays. Let's see which they choose.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (3, Informative)

Doubting Sapien (2448658) | about 2 years ago | (#40803535)

Which recent outbreaks are you referring to? Under the formal definition of an epidemic, even 20 cases is significant when considering the localization of the event. With something as virulent as Ebola, "minor" is not the most appropriate characterization under most circumstances. The upside, (if any can be considered as such) is that historic outbreaks of hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola burn so intensely and so quickly they usually burn themselves out even without much public health efforts. (ie. victims succumb quickly and expire before they can be effective in spreading it to others.) Granted, most past events have not been in urban areas with a high population density. In a developed country with modern transportation infrastructure to facilitate movement of (potentially infected) travelers, the result could be catastrophic without a strong effective response from public health services.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (3, Informative)

Lurker2288 (995635) | about 2 years ago | (#40803571)

But a developed country also has decent hospital infrastructure in place, which means that once you know you have something nasty (and people will figure it out when patients come in bleeding from their eyes) they'll institute proper infection control protocols. The reason there was such explosive transmission in many of the early African outbreaks is that you had nurses reusing hypodermic syringes between patients because they didn't have clean ones. So I'm not really sure a first world country (or even a more developed third world country, really) has too much to worry about a catastrophe.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (5, Informative)

Genda (560240) | about 2 years ago | (#40803883)

You don't understand what a firestorm an outbreak of ebola is capable of. Yes it has a short incubation period and time of death from first contact can be as little as several days depending on the health of the patient (this is actually good, because as has been said, it dramatically reduces the likelihood of large scale spread), but if an infected person were to get on a plane that touched down let's say in any major European city, then went either to the U.S. with a stop in the U.K. or to let's say Japan with a stop in India, the chance for an amazing number of people to become infected before the disease could be contained would be almost certain. With infected people changing flights, and traveling to other transportation hubs, where the disease could be passed on several times, you could have tens of millions of people infected in days. All the major cities of the world would have cases, and global transportation would collapse.

The ebola we currently know will never kill billions, but it could cripple the world and cause untold horror. The one other major concern is that a large enough outbreak of ebola, could cause a significant number of mutations in the virus, with a virus that is airborne or a virus that has a longer incubation period, becoming a serious game changer. Such a virus would be much easier to spread and much harder to control. A slow ebola could kill billions.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (1)

pwngeek (2485940) | about 2 years ago | (#40804185)

How long till it mutates into a zombie virus?

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (3)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about 2 years ago | (#40804461)

Which is why Marburg is the one to worry about, not quite as lethal but a longer incubation period if I recall.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808539)

Marburg has recently proven to be just as lethal as Ebola. Mortality rates upwards of 80% have been observed in recent outbreaks.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (2)

Schz (1228146) | about 2 years ago | (#40812019)

On top of that--and much more frightening--Marburg has a higher rate of successful transmission. Given a choice between the two, the individual would go for Marburg, but the epidemiologist would sure as hell go for Ebola. Furthermore, we don't know what Ebola would do if it got into an airline or a major city. Viruses have a nasty, nasty habit of changing their behavior if they change their setting. Influenza in a sparse population is an annoyance, but in a dense one, it can be a disaster. We just don't know what Ebola in a dense population is yet. Long story short--this is a very effective, poorly understood virus. Both news for nerds (science nerds, at least) and stuff that matters.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804709)

Well, then stay away from JFK, LAX, and Honolulu airports.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806183)

Since Ebola is not airborne, I think you're seriously overestimating the possible transmission rate. Transmission requires *close* bodily contact. That means touching fluids. I don't know about your sex life, but not that many people are in contact with my bodily fluids (captcha: turgid) in any given week (and almost never anyone I'm on a plane with). Anyone symptomatic wouldn't be getting on a plane, so they wouldn't even be bleeding yet to spread it.

Re:Sounds like a minor outbreak (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808509)

No, you wouldn't. Ebola isn't particularly very easy for humans to transmit from one another. There have been several cases where people in the later stages of the Ebola (or Marburg) have been on air planes and yet no one else on that plane became infected. Ebola and Marburg virus thrive on unsanitary medical practices, they wouldn't get very far in the developed world.

The irony with Ebola (5, Informative)

Grayhand (2610049) | about 2 years ago | (#40803633)

People wonder why Ebola never breaks out. The thing that makes it scary is the very thing that causes the burnout. Ebola hits fast and hard. You get sick in a matter of hours, a couple of days, instead of weeks. It also kills fast leaving a narrow window for transmission. It also isn't airborne making it harder than most think to transmit. Avoid touching fluids and you are probably safe. It's why Reston Marburg was so scary because it was airborne. Add in a longer incubation and period when it's communicable and you have a seriously scary disease. FYI Reston Marburg isn't fatal to humans, another lucky break. The point is we came that close so the odds of Ebola one day mutating and breaking out are extremely high. It's why it's so closely monitored. Ebola has the same potential as the Black Plague.

Re:The irony with Ebola (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803665)

What we need is a deadly virus (like Ebola) that is airborne, and spreads fast, and is tied to a genetic marker only on white people. I.e. the virus will only infect, and kill, white people. Cleanse the world!

Failing that, we could just shoot them all.

Re:The irony with Ebola (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803765)

I see somebody's been reading the works of various racists. No surprise you're pretending to be anti white though.

Re:The irony with Ebola (1)

the biologist (1659443) | about 2 years ago | (#40803795)

If that happens, then it will also kill all but the most isolated of tribesman in the deeps of the Congo, Amazon, New Guinea, and Australian outback.

If you hadn't noticed, white people genetics has a tendency to get around.

Re:The irony with Ebola (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#40803855)

yeah, great.. cultural marxism, people.... this guy's a prime example of the result.

Re:The irony with Ebola (4, Informative)

Miamicanes (730264) | about 2 years ago | (#40803819)

The outbreak in Reston wasn't Marburg... it was Ebola. "Reston ebolavirus", to be exact. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_Reston [wikipedia.org]

Re:The irony with Ebola (4, Informative)

Prune (557140) | about 2 years ago | (#40804079)

It would be much better to try to create an airborne strain of rabies. It has a sufficiently long incubation period, and is also essentially 100% fatal without early treatment, which is much better performance than Ebola. Probably some kind of influenza/rabies hybrid is the best option.

Re:The irony with Ebola (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804193)

Pretty good real-world approximation of the fabled ZOMBIE-VIRUS.

All in the plot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806025)

This is the plot of the Left for Dead game series.

The kill rate of Rabies, it's inability to be treated after significant symptoms arise, and its already widespread footprint scares me far more than any other disease currently known to exist.

Living in a developed country, you have virtually no chance of ever crossing paths with Ebola. I'd wager we all have seen a wild mammal lately.

Re:The irony with Ebola (2)

moonbender (547943) | about 2 years ago | (#40806959)

We've got vaccines for rabies...

Re:The irony with Ebola (1)

Ostracus (1354233) | about 2 years ago | (#40804347)

All the more reason to move everything online were the only virus one has to worry about is computer.

Re:The irony with Ebola (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40805087)

Ebola has the same potential as the Black Plague.

I thought the plague had a roughly 33% mortality rate. Maybe that was just because some parts of Europe managed to quarantine themselves. "Halt! Thous shalt not pass!" may have been enough to keep some rats and flees away.

If that kind of quarantine couldn't be put in place, then would 90% mortality actually occur in practice? If so, then it's worse than the plague.

Re:The irony with Ebola (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40805943)

>Ebola has the same potential as the Black Plague.

Except in times of Black Plague we didn't even know what it is, people didn't clean themselves ever, people were in general not healthy, and it was the enormous black rat population that spread the disease. So no it does not have the same potential.

Where's the problem? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803641)

Did it have an AR-15, shotgun, and pistol? No? Boobytraps in the closet? No? Wolfe and company don't care, and neither do I.

"Ugandan government suppressed news until now" (5, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 2 years ago | (#40803659)

which began in late June but has only just been confirmed as Ebola

Operative words being "just confirmed" - I'm sure doctors and researchers have known since July 1st that it was Ebola.

The problem is that the governments in these countries are terrified of not the threat of Ebola spreading, but of damage to commerce, particularly tourism - and will coerce researchers and doctors to not discuss or reveal outbreaks.

Re:"Ugandan government suppressed news until now" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804199)

but of damage to commerce, particularly tourism

Yeah because when someone says vacation, the first place I think of is Uganda....

Re:"Ugandan government suppressed news until now" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804983)

They're not the only ones. An Ebola scarea, just before the Olympics, could cost billions in lost travel business.

No word... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 2 years ago | (#40803681)

...on whether they did in fact hate Weird Al's ringtone...

The Muzzies will love this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40803683)

They will deliberately infect themselves so that they can kill more people when they blow themselves up

I stood down. (0)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 years ago | (#40803715)

Matters, even for nerds [youtube.com] .

Re:I stood down. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40805867)

Boring. Wasted click.

He trained at Ruth's Criss Steakhouse... (-1, Troll)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 years ago | (#40803761)

> The first victim of this outbreak was a pregnant woman.

Fuck...Bane!

Names (0)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 2 years ago | (#40804157)

Shitheed will finally beat E'bo'Lah on the popular names stakes.

December 12, 2012 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40804235)

I thought it was supposed to be nuclear war, an asteroid impact, poles reversing in a matter of days or even an alien invasion.

But ebola? Talk about a lame way to destroy humanity.

oh that's nice (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#40804909)

Good thing I have all those symptoms for the last 2 days, lol. Luckily I'm in Wisconsin and everyone in the chain of people who caught it is still alive and has recovered and zinc seemed to have fended it off pretty well, but still :-P

in 6 months some statistician will (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40805855)

proclaim progress on mortality rates due to starvation and childbirth. More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda.
I have never met anyone from Uganda. If I did, I would tell them to stop making babies. They can't feed them. Every time I think the U.S. is a f*d up place to live, I realize with 4 more years of Obama, things can get much much worse.
Can you picture fat Americans dying of starvation while they call for help with their $112 /mo cell phone plan. I can. Wait a minute! why do I blame Obama for this??? - go ahead and vote for him assholes. You are going to starve to death in south dakota while trying to dig oil out of the ground with your bare hands because that is the only job left. The rest of you lazy bastards will just die where you lay. Waiting for Obama to feed you everything he can steal from someone else. The American farmer is tired of your crap and is about to shut down the food supply. See how you like four more years of that shit.

familily member? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806557)

I predict that I have a family member that died because of this virus, but luckily he left me 50.000.000 dollars.
Unfortunately he had only my e-mail address so this news will have to come to me by mail.
And I will get it several times... all with different senders and details.

And now we wait...

Re:familily member? (1)

tokul (682258) | about 2 years ago | (#40806577)

He left you 50M Zimbabwean dollars.

Re:familily member? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40806627)

Doesn't matter... it still adds up.

I have so many family members in countries like that, that several of them die each week.
They are only outnumbered by the number of times I win the lottery.

Man I am so lucky. I do not have to work, I only need to transfer loads of money between bank accounts.

Next artical on the main page: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40807343)

Next artical on the main page: Controlling Monkey Brains and Behavior With Light.

Can't they just make them all stay in Uganda?

nature's way of saying (1)

KingBenny (1301797) | about 2 years ago | (#40810035)

you really need to fix that overpopulation. The thing is so horrible, it's the closest thing in reality to an actual apocalyptic zombie outbreak. Close personal contact, large crowded cities. I hardly dare think about it

Re:nature's way of saying (1)

RoLi (141856) | about 2 years ago | (#40815911)

you really need to fix that overpopulation.

Don't worry, as soon as the European and American aid dries up (currently about half of all sub-saharan Africans are dependent on food aid) Africa will revert back to the pre-colonial times. As the economic crisis will harden in the next years, this is just a matter of time.

And as we have all learned in school, colonialism was a really bad thing, therefore the coming decolonialization (not what we saw in the 1960's, but the real thing that will destroy any remnant of evil western civilization in these lands) will be a Good Thing.

The great irony is that all the phony starvation (Ethiopia doubled it's population during the "famine" in the 1980s - compare that to a real famine for example the Irish potato famine in the 19th century where the population was cut in half) was televized all over the world, but the real thing probably won't - because it's no longer profitable to collect cash for a famine in an economic depression.

Re:nature's way of saying (1)

KingBenny (1301797) | about 2 years ago | (#40816025)

in the long run it will be a good thing, but there's more to africa since the chinese are atm making use of it wherever they can it won't be really de-colonized. What's sure is that the colonial powers of old are on the downslope of the curve atm. The boost they got after having to rebuild after WW2 is over, there's gonna be retracement to a certain level , thing is people in charge have these golden years they take as 'the norm' so to them this is already a disastrous time. I think it's gonna get much worse and maybe old europe and maybe even uncle sams white picket house will be the next colony. Irony? Fate? history repeating ? what goes up must come down and more cliché like that. It's mostly the unwill to change and the blind clinging to the past, forcing today to be like what 'they' knew that gives most trouble. Maybe it would be best to take all politicians in charge now and forbid them and their offspring and kin to have any official position for at leat ten years so people born with a mindset in this day and age could have a go at it

Cure??? (1)

Dabido (802599) | about 2 years ago | (#40816299)

Wonder if they can do something similar to rabies, where they induced a coma and drip feed anti-virus drugs into the infected person. Then wait and hope the person and the anti-viral drugs have enough strength to kill off the virus.
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