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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Unknown Lamer posted about 4 months ago | from the we're-all-gonna-die dept.

Medicine 183

mdsolar (1045926) writes with news that, with the Ebola outbreak growing out of control, the WHO has declared an international health emergency. From the article: With cases rapidly mounting in four West African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), a designation that allows the agency to issue recommendations for travel restrictions but also sends a strong message that more resources need to be mobilized to bring the viral disease under control. ... This is only the third time the health agency has issued a PHEIC declaration since the new International Health Regulations (IHR), a global agreement on the control of diseases, were adopted in 2005. The previous two instances were in 2009, for the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and in May for the resurgence of polio.

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First.... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630687)

...infection

Re:First.... (4, Funny)

jriding (1076733) | about 4 months ago | (#47630707)

Too late to become a prepper?

Re:First.... (5, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47630761)

I like preppers, they rarely, if ever, actually understand the consequences of social collapse, and falsely view increased individualism as the primary consequence of major institutional failure.

They don't consider the social structures that arise in post-governmental situations. The importance of community connectivity increases with importance as rigid social structures fail. You want a local warlord, a gang, a tribe, or some other primitive power structure, if you want to survive in a "lawless" world.

Re:First.... (1)

Scottingham (2036128) | about 4 months ago | (#47630963)

Yep, pretty much. Still though, I'll keep my 357 on my hip while I help out my local neighborhood 'tribe' fend off the Palinistas from the countryside.

that's just stupid (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630973)

It seems you get your information about preppers from reality TV shows. The actual reality is much different. Take some time to read prepper blogs, they are all about community and tribe.

Re:that's just stupid (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47631225)

Grade C Bullshit.

I know it's a section on wikipedia [wikipedia.org] but you can see the naive individualism oozing off almost, but not quite, every term.

Re:First.... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631015)

I think you falsely view prepper's as that naive. They are not trying to be individuals, they are trying to be PREPARED to individually survive, if necessary. This will, in fact, increase a prepper's social status since they can a) not be a burden on others in a group b) help others in a group and c) be viewed as intelligent, forward thinking, etc.

You falsely believe that simply being part of a close knit group means that the other members of the group will help you. If no one in the group "prepped" or has assets then you lose. If you are counting on someone else in your social circle to "prep" for you then you are just implicitly prepping while calling preppers idiots.

If you carefully select your social group to include gun smiths, chemists, farmers, etc so that you have access to everything you need then you are still a prepper, just a different kind. If you think 50 accountant friends is going to help you then, good luck.

Re:First.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631227)

50 accountant friends, taxi, airport, 747, plane ticket, full body check, and diplomacy to make travel safe to my destination.

Re:First.... (5, Funny)

shadowrat (1069614) | about 4 months ago | (#47631017)

I like preppers, they rarely, if ever, actually understand the consequences of social collapse, and falsely view increased individualism as the primary consequence of major institutional failure.

They don't consider the social structures that arise in post-governmental situations. The importance of community connectivity increases with importance as rigid social structures fail. You want a local warlord, a gang, a tribe, or some other primitive power structure, if you want to survive in a "lawless" world.

Oh sure, grouping up provides an immediate boost to strength, but It'll only last for so long. This australian case study from 1985 http://tinyurl.com/h4otx [tinyurl.com] proved that such a social structure is only as strong as it's weakest link. A stronger individual will always appear in time and take your group apart. It's pretty much proven as the same results were witnessed in 2 previous studies. I hear they are going to run it again. I expect the same outcome.

Heres a similar sociological study demonstrating the feasibility of individual survival. It's not as targeted at catastrophic social collapse, but i think it's safe to extrapolate. http://tinyurl.com/3xpd3n [tinyurl.com]

Re:First.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631349)

I like preppers, they rarely, if ever, actually understand the consequences of social collapse, and falsely view increased individualism as the primary consequence of major institutional failure.

They don't consider the social structures that arise in post-governmental situations. The importance of community connectivity increases with importance as rigid social structures fail. You want a local warlord, a gang, a tribe, or some other primitive power structure, if you want to survive in a "lawless" world.

Oh sure, grouping up provides an immediate boost to strength, but It'll only last for so long. This australian case study from 1985 http://tinyurl.com/h4otx [tinyurl.com] proved that such a social structure is only as strong as it's weakest link. A stronger individual will always appear in time and take your group apart. It's pretty much proven as the same results were witnessed in 2 previous studies. I hear they are going to run it again. I expect the same outcome.

Heres a similar sociological study demonstrating the feasibility of individual survival. It's not as targeted at catastrophic social collapse, but i think it's safe to extrapolate. http://tinyurl.com/3xpd3n [tinyurl.com]

Links to Mad Max and Rambo? Shouldn't this be tagged funny?

Re:First.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631511)

When I clicked on those links I was rooting for them to be one of those movies.... Though I would have picked Road Warrior... I also can not wait for the new one. Dont care its the wrong guy. I just want more Max.

Re:First.... (1)

horm (2802801) | about 4 months ago | (#47631583)

Best post ever.

Re:First.... (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | about 4 months ago | (#47631605)

Thanks! I was hoping people would enjoy it! I feel like i really bettered the world today!

Re:First.... (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 4 months ago | (#47631045)

It's never to late to go insane.

Re:First.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631577)

Kill yourself, make the world a better place.

Re:First.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630729)

From one of the illegals that Obama is letting flood the US?

It has nothing to do with Obama ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631039)

... but it has everything to do with people eating bats

The ebola virus was already inside the bats body and the bats were doing what they do, fly out of the caves to find food

And them people just can't wait to catch the bats to eat ... and get infected with ebola, which infected more people around them, and so on ...

If they would just stop eating those bats, the ebola will not have spread to the humans

Incidentally the SARS virus which killed many some years ago was started when people eating a type of wild squirrel

I do not know why people in this age still want to eat "wild thing" --- it is not that we do not have enough food to eat (at least West Africa and Asia are not facing wide spread famine at the moment), why the hell those people just can't leave the wildlife alone ??

Why ?

Re:It has nothing to do with Obama ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631281)

Perhaps their local Wal*Mart was out of farm raised, GMO-free bats.

Re:First.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630741)

The same thing will happen that happens every other time there's some outbreak "emergency": Nothing.

Re:First.... (3, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47630787)

Well, in this case, hundreds of people have already died, but, sure that's "nothing". Nothing is going to happen in the US, thanks in part to large scale international public health planning of exactly this sort.

Re:First.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630919)

you mean all those plastic coffins the DHS invested in a couple years back right? :)

WHERE IS N844AA ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631073)

Kinda strange that Louise Baltimore felt the need to kidnap a planeload of HIV researchers right before TSHTF, huh?
And I'm not comfortable with the CDC smuggling infected Ebola patients into the homeland and "curing" them with some secret-sauce vaccine that's probably derived from triple-helix reptoid DNA.
And you have Israel engaging in ethnic cleansing while it thinks the rest of the World isn't paying attention.
I tell ya, this is going to be big. Distracted by the crisis in ring 2 and "POW!" the World gets sucker-punched from the orchestra pit.

Why is everything gotta do with Israel ? (4, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 4 months ago | (#47631213)

If you think Israel is evil, okay, that's what you think, but please, this is /., not some Hamas fanboi club

You wanna talk about Ebola, talk about Ebola. Why the need to drag Israel into this discussion ??

Re:First.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631385)

Many more than that die all the time from completely different causes. Most of it is due to the lack of good medical help in this case.

If you think that, in a world where there are 7 billion humans, hundreds of people dying is something, then your line needs to be redrawn.

Re:First.... (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 months ago | (#47630951)

The same thing will happen that happens every other time there's some outbreak "emergency": Nothing.

That's exactly the goal: ensure that as many people as possible continue to have nothing happen to them, rather than exciting hemorrhagic fever or Quarantine Zone.

E-bola (4, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | about 4 months ago | (#47630959)

E-bola is so 1990. it should get with the times and be called iBola. Then everyone would wait in line to get it.

Re:E-bola (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630971)

No wonder it's not very popular. It only has an installed user base of 1800. Netcraft says E-bola is dieing, and Micheal Dell says if he had it he'd liquidate.

who? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630691)

Who?

Re:who? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630699)

They're an English band.

Re:who? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630727)

The same bunch, who profited massively from selling "flu vaccines" by stirring up a flu panic.

Re:who? (0)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 4 months ago | (#47630799)

More garbage comments from an anonymous coward.

Re:who? (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47630847)

I like that someone modded him up, as if flu vaccines don't substantially lower fatality rate among at-risk populations, such as young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Just because catching flu doesn't tend to kill healthy adults, they just write-off the rest of the world in the perfect mixture of selfishness and ignorance, all the while acting smugly superior about the conspiracy only they can see.

Re:who? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631075)

Yes, only the healthy should survive and reproduce. That's how nature works. We shouldn't interfere.

Re:who? (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about 4 months ago | (#47631239)

Which is why you're not on a computer right now, but instead trying to secure a future by nakedly chasing down a cow and killing it with your bare hands.

Re:who? (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47631681)

but instead trying to secure a future by nakedly chasing down a cow

The judge said I wasn't allowed to do that anymore.

Wait, what? Oh, never mind, forget I said anything.

Re:who? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631161)

Stop crying! Stupid nigger.

Re:who? (2)

linearZ (710002) | about 4 months ago | (#47630861)

The same bunch, who profited massively from selling "flu vaccines" by stirring up a flu panic.

Still waiting for that Ebola vaccine....

This is nonsense. The WHO doesn't sell flu vaccines. It does purchase and distribute vaccines to places that can't afford them. Long live rock.

Ebola is real if you live in one of the countries in Africa that has and Ebola outbreak. But for most of the rest of the world, "Worldwide Outbreak" sounds a bit like hyperbole. More like "Continent Wide Outbreak". But it is the WHO, not the CHO, so you get what you get.

Re:who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630947)

Why would Ebola stop at the border of a country or that of a continent ? Please explain.

Re:who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631455)

Couldn't get through customs?

Re:who? (3, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 4 months ago | (#47630823)

They need Doctor Who...

continutity error, plz correct (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 4 months ago | (#47631425)

Why not both [imdb.com] ?

who? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630717)

What is the name of the organization that the clear pandemic

WHO!

Third-base

Re:who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631595)

What is the name of the organization that the clear pandemic

WHO!

I DON'T KNOW

Third-base

The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630751)

The human race population is out of control, and it is simply a matter of time before nature corrects the situation. Take a cross-country flight and marvel at how 90% of the land mass now is infested with human activity. It probably is the largest animal infestation that the planet has ever seen - and it cannot end well.

Re:The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630807)

Let's hope you're corrected first!

Re:The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (1, Troll)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 4 months ago | (#47630931)

I think that it's as insightful as it can be. There are too many humans around. We do see Ebola which is bad and is propagated through contact which means that it's not very contagious. Hand us something that's at least as deadly as Ebola, contagious as the common cold and with an incubation time of several weeks and you have a "winner".

Re:The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631633)

Ebola has an incubation time of about two to three weeks, after which the symptoms appear. Death follows in two weeks after this, unless the patient survives. The virus can be contagious up to seven weeks after the patient has been cured, depending of the type of contagion.

if The Doctor says so (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630771)

Don't blink !

Americans flown to U.S. to prevent spread (0, Troll)

NemoinSpace (1118137) | about 4 months ago | (#47630797)

/*head explodes.
In other news, Pelosi continues to study the American Healthcare Act. (not really)

Re:Americans flown to U.S. to prevent spread (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631033)

Not to prevent spread, but to get better treatment.

What does this have to do with Nancy Pelosi?

Have you been diagnosed? I think you might be a right-wing lunatic, and that there's probably nothing in your head to explode.

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emerg (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630819)

... after latest research showed that it could affect white folks as well.

Unavoidable (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630831)

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. ...
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

keep calm everyone.... (5, Insightful)

ganjadude (952775) | about 4 months ago | (#47630853)

Ebola, while a horrible deadly disease is not the doom and gloom its being made out to be for anyone not living in a 3rd world country., and even for those living in 3rd world countries for that matter. more people die in 1 month from the flu in africa (over 5 K from the last article i saw ) than they die from ebola last year. to put it in prospective, less than 1000 people died from it last year.

Unless you are literally playing in a sick persons bodily fluids, the risk is almost 0

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630915)

So the nearly 1800 people infected so far were literally playing in a sick person's bodily fluids?
What do you think goes on in West Africa?

Re:keep calm everyone.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630979)

Considering were the outbreak is, it's probaly an outsourced western weaponization program test run. We do this shit all the time have for a long time, centauries. Of course it will officially go down in the history books as "natural" causes and poor sanitation. Of course the actual poor sanitation of the countries involved is quite a factor.

But in the west it wouldn't be nearly as big a deal and that death rate of 40% is counted amoung malnurished and infants in a population that has a high birth/death rate already. It's not exact science, it's medical psuedoscience.

Do not fear citizen. Your mighty empire protects you.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631327)

Hello good sir.

I represent Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC. I believe we have a wide array of products you may be interested in. You may find our Heavy Duty foil especially useful.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631053)

They haven't ingrained with germ theory since they were toddlers. Their funeral rites often include hand-washing and kissing the deceased.

Re: keep calm everyone.... (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 4 months ago | (#47631699)

It's a good thing they haven't read Stranger in a Strange Land. :p

Re:keep calm everyone.... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631113)

Terrible sanitation, including drinking from the same water supply in which people bathe and defecate? There are few places in the affected region where one can turn on the tap and get municipal water, you know. That's why simply installing hand-washing stations with soap and relatively clean water has routinely made such a huge impact on the spread of Ebola and other gut-wrenching illnesses over there.

If you're going to be a pedantic ass, you really should make an attempt to have a passing familiarity with the subject.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 4 months ago | (#47631567)

That's a crude way of wording typical funeral rites over there, which apparently involve washing the deceased by hand.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630917)

How do you explain the doctors and nurses who have been infected ? Playing with a sick person fluids while they knew it is highly likely to kill them ? Get a clue.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (4, Insightful)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about 4 months ago | (#47631251)

Playing with sick people's fluids is the job description of a doctor or nurse.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 4 months ago | (#47631321)

their JOB is to play with the sick persons fluids, get a clue of course doctors and nurses will be more likely to get it over others.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630945)

less than 1000 deaths were REPORTED, people are fleeing the scene, doctors included.
how accurate a picture can such a summation be?

Re:keep calm everyone.... (5, Informative)

Solandri (704621) | about 4 months ago | (#47631091)

Unless you are literally playing in a sick persons bodily fluids, the risk is almost 0

As I said last time this topic came up, the fear is not that Ebola will spread by people playing in each others' bodily fluids. The fear is that it'll spread beyond a containment zone in Africa, then mutate into a form which can be spread through the air. That's what happens to the various strains of flu. It usually starts off in a form which jumps from animals to man via direct contact. That limits it to farmers and people who work directly with animals (e.g. butchers, cooks in restaurants). But then mutates into a form which spreads easily via the air, which is when it becomes a pandemic.

Of course Ebola is very different from the flu. It may be very difficult or impossible for Ebola to mutate into a form which can survive long enough in water droplets that sick people cough/sneeze into the air. But we don't know that. Given how deadly the disease is (50%-90% fatality rate, vs about 15% for the Spanish Flu that killed more people than WWI), it's a stupid assumption to make. That's why the international health agencies are assuming the worst-case and handling it as if it was going to mutate into something communicable via the air.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 4 months ago | (#47631333)

fair enough of an argument, I in no way intended to say there was not a problem, I just dont want to see americans freak out over something that they are less likely of getting than they are of winning the lotto

Re:keep calm everyone.... (3, Informative)

angel'o'sphere (80593) | about 4 months ago | (#47631413)

Why do you invent bullshit, like this: The fear is that it'll spread beyond a containment zone in Africa, then mutate into a form which can be spread through the air.
That is your fear because you have no clue.
Why don't you ... for fuck sake ... if it concerns you so much that you even fear it, read a few articles about Flu and another few articles about Ebola?

It is completely impossible. Ebola is a Filovirus, Flu is a Orthomyxoviridae. The most important difference is, Flu has a 'hull' around its genome. Ebola is a blank RNA strand without any protection.

Regardless how it mutates it will always die in seconds or minutes outside of s human body.

I really don't get why people like you spread such a nonsense fear. You are payed by some pharma lobby planning to sell the upcoming vaccines/treatments?

WTF, the knowledge how this stuff works is not rocket science (and even rocket science is a rather simple topic) ... can't be so hard to simply read about it.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (2, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47631593)

Setting aside the specific mechanics of the virus ...

Are you making the claim there is no way that Ebola could mutate into something which could spread more readily than it does now?

I'm pretty sure there's probably more people currently infected than at any point in history -- because historically it's spread in a small community and then died out, no?

Having is spread further outside of Africa doesn't seem all that impossible -- what with modern air travel and the like, you could end up with a huge amount of infected people.

Whether or not it could become purely airborne, it could still spread much further than it ever has, and, it can still mutate and do whatever these things do when that happens.

Hemorrhagic fevers are scary, because who wants to bleed to death through every orifice in your body as your organs turn to goo?

Regardless how it mutates it will always die in seconds or minutes outside of s human body.

And, you can say with 100% certainty it could never either mutate into something which can exceed these constraints, or cross mojonate with something which can? Like a hemorrhagic flu?

You can rule out every conceivable and fanciful mechanism with absolute certainty?

Or, can you say it hasn't happened yet?

These are actual honest questions, because I know fsck all about epidemiology ... I just also know that the things which want to kill us have a remarkable tendency to become much harder to kill.

And people who say "that could never happen" have been wrong in the past. Quite often, actually.

Actually... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631703)

Heres a genetic study demonstrating the feasibility of mutation. It's targeted at catastrophic social collapse, and I think it's highly appropriate for this discussion. http://tinyurl.com/4ckyxw

Rigged statistics. (3, Interesting)

goombah99 (560566) | about 4 months ago | (#47631127)

more people die in 1 month from the flu in africa (over 5 K from the last article i saw ) than they die from ebola last year.

But those people dieing of of the flue are often compromised in some other way, such as old age or malnutrition.

you might as well say that more people in africa die of old age every day than all ebola deaths combined.

The reason people fear ebola is that unlike old age, it spreads and attacks the healthy.

Unless you are literally playing in a sick persons bodily fluids, the risk is almost 0

the exact same exaggeration is true of flu. You catch flu by being in close proximity to someone with the flu or some a vector that can temporarily support the flu's transmission, just like ebola.

Re:Rigged statistics. (3, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about 4 months ago | (#47631299)

I think it's more about the fatality rate. 50-90% vs 2-3% for really virulent flu like in 2009.

Even the spanish flu was about 15%.

Plus choking isn't nearly as dramatic as bleeding blood out of every orafice and even the skin.

Re: Rigged statistics. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631531)

Bleeding what you say?

Re:keep calm everyone.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631219)

If you are playing in a sick persons bodily fluid because of some backwards religious tradition, then you will die and good riddance. We do not need more ignorant religious people in the world.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (2)

jafac (1449) | about 4 months ago | (#47631325)

I think this is panic, mainly because experts are afraid of some mythical nightmare scenario where it gets into a large city and overwhelms the medical infrastructure's ability to cope, and it infects millions.

I think it remains to be seen whether such a scenario would actually play-out that way, or whether other factors would intervene. We've seen situations in history, like Black Plague, and the Spanish Flu, where they did, indeed balloon up beyond anyone's expectations - one wonders whether that will happen with Ebola, which is harder to transmit human-to-human than flu or plague. But I think that health officials don't want to be blamed for any political/social/economic fallout that results. A major African city or region becoming impacted like this would likely bring on war or genocide on a massive scale, because of the general nature of the region. But there are a TON of what-if's in these assumptions. It really just comes down to nervous officials, IMO.

Re:keep calm everyone.... (4, Informative)

linebackn (131821) | about 4 months ago | (#47631563)

Ebola, while a horrible deadly disease is not the doom and gloom its being made out to be

You wouldn't know that listening to the idiotic TV news. They seriously have been playing it as if everyone in the US is at grave risk of dropping dead from this.

The threats made against that second infected doctor being brought back to the US were almost certainly a direct result of the media's irresponsible reporting.

Despite all their condescending scaremongering, there is simply zero realistic risk to the US general public.

Plague Inc (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630889)

This situation gets closer to Plague Inc every day.

I'm moving to fucking Greenland.

Trick Question? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630935)

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Innit the World Health Organization that decides?

Thanks,
Roger Daltrey

Well, who would announce it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47630969)

The article doesn't say.

Plague, Inc. (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 4 months ago | (#47630981)

Am I the only one who views these things differently after playing a few hours of Plague, Inc?

Re:Plague, Inc. (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 4 months ago | (#47631611)

No, you're not :)

I've been addicted to that game for a long time. My favorite strategy is to do whatever it takes to keep the disease from producing symptoms, even at a great upfront cost. The key is to let it spread as far as possible before it mutates symptoms.

Fun fun fun!

Global Emergency? But What Color Code? (0, Flamebait)

mtrachtenberg (67780) | about 4 months ago | (#47630991)

The WHO has declared an emergency? Well, that's fine, but let's do it the Murkan way. Would you prefer "Hot Pink," "Schoolbus Yellow," or "Fire Engine Red." We badly need for our top world leaders to work out the colors for our color code. What are these world leaders wasting their time on, if we don't have color-coded posters for airports?

Re:Global Emergency? But What Color Code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631081)

Trollish moron.

PHEIC sounds like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631029)

An unfortunate acronym?
I know someone who died of Ebola in the 90s, she was a nurse in South Africa, and it was quick, and tragic for her loved ones. Keep your immune system strong and avoid large gatherings until there's more information.

Re: PHEIC sounds like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631179)

Avoid large gatherings?

Maybe we can turn this whole thing into a net positive by shutting down all organized spectator sports.

Re:PHEIC sounds like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631183)

Ebola is ultimately no worse than AIDS, and spreads by much the same vectors. There actually is an AIDS epidemic, so the things you're doing to not get AIDS will pretty much cover you here. Places in the world that have real problems with AIDS are places like West Africa, where ... oh, surprise.

Re:PHEIC sounds like? (2)

ddtmm (549094) | about 4 months ago | (#47631259)

yes, unfortunate. This has now become now a PHEICal matter.

You can help out (4, Interesting)

AndrewBuck (1120597) | about 4 months ago | (#47631131)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been working with WHO, MSF, and Red Cross since the outbreak began in march to map roads and villages in the affected areas. These maps are used by medical teams to move people, medicine, and equipment around, as well as to do "contact tracing" of infected people to see who they might also have infected. The maps are crowdsourced and released under a copyleft license like wikipedia uses. If you want to help out you can check out a task to work on on the HOT task manager [hotosm.org] and help improve the maps these organizations are using to do their work. There are some instructional videos on the MapGive site [state.gov] run by the US State Department which has donated a bunch of imagery for us to better map the affected areas.

Please take some time to learn how to help with this mapping and help these doctors do what they need to do.

-AndrewBuck

Re:You can help out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631277)

Be sure to learn the definition of "road" and how ambiguous it becomes when you talk about villages, especially in third world countries.

Re:You can help out (4, Insightful)

AndrewBuck (1120597) | about 4 months ago | (#47631415)

We actually have a wiki page [openstreetmap.org] about that exact issue. We have worked on this quite a bit to work out the best way to tag the roads in Africa to handle the huge variety of what they have there. It really makes you appreciate the infrastructure that the developed world has when you see how difficult it would be to travel in these parts of the world.

-AndrewBuck

This is why (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | about 4 months ago | (#47631341)

slashdot makes sense.

What good timing (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 4 months ago | (#47631351)

The WHO's timing is impeccable. 5:15 on the dot.

One Stone, Many Birds (-1, Troll)

Jim Sadler (3430529) | about 4 months ago | (#47631383)

We do seem to have people in endless strife in the mid east. Maybe a whopping Ebola outbreak would be just the thing to calm them down for quite a while. And we might also enjoy a mass outbreak in N. Korea as well. A really nasty germ in just the right place might help humanity.

Re:One Stone, Many Birds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631489)

yeah like new york, washington, and los angeles

THAT Would really help humanity

Re:One Stone, Many Birds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631579)

You're obviously a sociopath, possible a psychopath. It might be better if you kept your hate to yourself so as to not announce what you are or make the world a worse place by spreading your insanity to weak minded people.

Re:One Stone, Many Birds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631649)

Wow, you sound like a candidate for extermination.

Maybe we should round up you and your family and conduct some plague tests on you?

God, what a pathetic asshole you are.

I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to have a good chunk of your family wiped out by an infectious disease, couldn't happen to a nicer piece of shit.

abbott and costello (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631405)

Who declared Ebola an epidemic.
Who declared Ebola an epidemic?
Exactly!

What's on first? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631575)

Wheres second.

WHO declares first.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47631599)

Abbott: You have a disease outbreak in Africa.
Costello: Then WHO declares it?
Abbott: Naturally.
Costello: Naturally.
Abbott: Now you've got it.
Costello: The outbreak is declared Naturally.
Abbott: No, it is declared by Who!
Costello: Naturally.
Abbott: Well, that's it—say it that way.
Costello: That's what I said.
Abbott: You did not.

Surprised no one has mentioned it... (1, Funny)

scubamage (727538) | about 4 months ago | (#47631637)

Madagascar has closed their ports.
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