Ebola 'unlikely to reach Europe'

Ebola 'unlikely to reach Europe'

Border Control staff say they are unprepared for an Ebola emergency

A health expert has said the chances of Ebola spreading to the UK are "very, very, very low"

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A scientist who helped to discover the deadly Ebola virus has said the current outbreak is extremely unlikely to spread to Europe.

Professor Peter Piot, who was part of the team that discovered the virus in 1976, said that the likelihood the epidemic could spread in the UK was "very, very, very low".

While concerns have been raised that border staff do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the possibility of people with Ebola coming to the UK, Prof Piot said he would happily sit next to an infected person on a plane or train.

He said border staff should not be concerned because those with full-blown Ebola would not be well enough to travel.

Prof Piot, who is now director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said even if someone came to the UK during the incubation period, infection control measures in Britain would prevent the spread of the virus.

He said: "In Europe, the way I see it is that there is a good probability that someone will enter a country while incubating - when you have Ebola, frankly you can't travel you are so sick - it's the incubation time when people can enter the country.

"Here, because of our infection control and standards in hospitals, I think that the likelihood that would give rise to an epidemic is very, very, very low."

He said that he wouldn't mind sitting next to an infected person on a plane or train, adding: "By that I mean someone who is already infected but is not yet ill. Even in the early days when they have fever, that's also not risky for others.

"It's when they start bleeding, have diarrhoea and are vomiting, that's risky, but someone with full-blown Ebola infection can't travel. Even then you still need close contact. It's not like tuberculosis or Sars or the flu - that you can catch on a bus, but not Ebola.

"When someone is extremely ill - that is when they are very infectious, but at that stage patients can hardly move - they are not mobile.

"This is not a very contagious infection, you need close contact with someone who is really ill or who died from it.

"For border agents there is no problem that I can see.

"I think the key risk is for health workers. When someone comes (to hospital) with fever and some other symptoms health workers just have to ask where the person has been in the past month. If the answer is Sierra Leone then the red light should be flashing, and then that will require referral to a specialised unit, and the hospitals here are prepared for that."

Prof Piot said he did not think there was a risk of the epidemic spreading to Europe, but he added that in Africa the outbreak could reach other countries such as the Ivory Coast.

Latest figures from the World Health Organisation show that the outbreak of the deadly virus in western Africa has infected more than 1,300 people and killed at least 729. Ebola has no vaccine and there is no cure.

The outbreak has centred on Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. There has also been particular concern after densely populated Nigeria reported what is thought to be its first death from the disease on Friday.

However, Prof Piot said that he was optimistic that the western African countries affected were now demonstrating strong leadership in tackling the problem.

He said that the largest ever outbreak of the disease could partly be attributed to recent history in the affected countries.

Prof Piot added: "Finally the president of Liberia and the president of Sierra Leone have declared Ebola a national emergency.

"Why do we have this continuing outbreak? It is not so much to do with the virus itself but the beliefs about causation of disease and the fact that these countries have come out of two decades of brutal civil war which means there is no trust in authorities or health services."

Earlier the general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, Lucy Moreton, said the union's members were were not confident over what to do if they suspected someone of being sick coming into the UK.

But the Government has said that officers have been given guidance on how to identify and deal with suspected Ebola cases safely.

Yesterday, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sought to reassure the public over fears that the disease could come to Britain, saying it was "most unlikely" it could spread within the UK.

He did, however, describe the outbreak as a "very serious threat", and health experts have met to discuss the possibility of people contracting the virus in West Africa and falling sick here.

The Government's emergencies committee Cobra met to discuss the situation yesterday, after which Mr Hammond said the "logical" approach was to tackle the disease at source in West Africa.

He said that the "frankly different" standards of infection control in the UK meant it was unlikely it could spread here, and that the disease appeared to be contained within the worst outbreak areas.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said that Britain had expertise in the NHS and extensive experience dealing with dangerous diseases through the work of organisations such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Public Health England has warned health officials to be on the lookout for any unexplained illness in people returning from the affected countries.

The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and presidents of west African nations affected by the outbreak will meet tomorrow in Guinea to launch a new joint 100 million dollar response plan to try to bring it under control.

Director-general Dr Margaret Chan said: "The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness and coordination. The countries have identified what they need, and WHO is reaching out to the international community to drive the response plan forward."

The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa identifies the need for several hundred more personnel to be deployed in affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities.

Hundreds of international aid workers, as well as 120-plus WHO staff, are already supporting national and regional response efforts - but more are urgently required.

A WHO spokesman said: "Of greatest need are clinical doctors and nurses, epidemiologists, social mobilisation experts, logisticians and data managers. The plan also outlines the need to increase preparedness systems in neighbouring nations and strengthen global capacities."

WHO and affected and neighbouring countries will renew efforts to mobilise communities and strengthen communication so people know how to avoid infection and what to do if they fear they may have come into contact with the virus.

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11:18am Thu 31 Jul 14

Izanears says...

One way Ebola can get into this country is via BUSH MEAT, and yet the government have reduced the number of inspectors at ports and airports.
One way Ebola can get into this country is via BUSH MEAT, and yet the government have reduced the number of inspectors at ports and airports. Izanears
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11:35am Thu 31 Jul 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Cut the IOW tow rope and lift the anchor, go go go!!
Cut the IOW tow rope and lift the anchor, go go go!! Arthur Maureen
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11:37am Thu 31 Jul 14

Yemen says...

Izanears wrote:
One way Ebola can get into this country is via BUSH MEAT, and yet the government have reduced the number of inspectors at ports and airports.
only if you don't cook it.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: One way Ebola can get into this country is via BUSH MEAT, and yet the government have reduced the number of inspectors at ports and airports.[/p][/quote]only if you don't cook it. Yemen
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12:31pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Alex English says...

Of course Ebola is going to reach the UK.

Two reasons:

1. Other than to African nations, more people fly from Western Africa to the UK than to any other country. Hundreds per day. Western Africa is where the Ebola outbreak has happened and is most concentrated. It is virtually impossible for any airline staff or passport control to know if someone has early stage Ebola just by looking at them.

2. The NHS will treat, for free, anyone in the UK who has Ebola, or is even suspected of having it. Which means anyone with Ebola and who has the money for the air fare would be fairly daft not to fly here.

Give it two or three months and we'll hear about the first British people being infected with Ebola. The government will desperately attempt to bury the news and ensure it's not known, but in these days of the Internet and newspapers paying big money for news stories, somebody in the know will release the true information.

It's incredible that this country is taking a virus that kills within days and has no cure so lightly. Once it appears within communities in London, it'll be hard to stop - regardless of what the government might be claiming at the moment.
Of course Ebola is going to reach the UK. Two reasons: 1. Other than to African nations, more people fly from Western Africa to the UK than to any other country. Hundreds per day. Western Africa is where the Ebola outbreak has happened and is most concentrated. It is virtually impossible for any airline staff or passport control to know if someone has early stage Ebola just by looking at them. 2. The NHS will treat, for free, anyone in the UK who has Ebola, or is even suspected of having it. Which means anyone with Ebola and who has the money for the air fare would be fairly daft not to fly here. Give it two or three months and we'll hear about the first British people being infected with Ebola. The government will desperately attempt to bury the news and ensure it's not known, but in these days of the Internet and newspapers paying big money for news stories, somebody in the know will release the true information. It's incredible that this country is taking a virus that kills within days and has no cure so lightly. Once it appears within communities in London, it'll be hard to stop - regardless of what the government might be claiming at the moment. Alex English
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12:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Yemen says...

Alex English wrote:
Of course Ebola is going to reach the UK.

Two reasons:

1. Other than to African nations, more people fly from Western Africa to the UK than to any other country. Hundreds per day. Western Africa is where the Ebola outbreak has happened and is most concentrated. It is virtually impossible for any airline staff or passport control to know if someone has early stage Ebola just by looking at them.

2. The NHS will treat, for free, anyone in the UK who has Ebola, or is even suspected of having it. Which means anyone with Ebola and who has the money for the air fare would be fairly daft not to fly here.

Give it two or three months and we'll hear about the first British people being infected with Ebola. The government will desperately attempt to bury the news and ensure it's not known, but in these days of the Internet and newspapers paying big money for news stories, somebody in the know will release the true information.

It's incredible that this country is taking a virus that kills within days and has no cure so lightly. Once it appears within communities in London, it'll be hard to stop - regardless of what the government might be claiming at the moment.
hmm quite a bit of scaremongering going on there. Lets say an infected person reaches UK soil for the sake of argument.

Ebola (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is easy to spread when the conditions are right.

When hospitals don't match 1st world standards, when disease control measures are poor, when people are not aware of the situation, when burial and burial preparation is amateur. In other words poor 3rd world countries.

In the first world its a tougher thing. (Last i checked we were a first world country with excellent healthcare and public services trained in CDC response situations) People can be educated quickly and easily. Our abilities to quarantine and care for the sick are excellent. Peoples hygiene awareness is better.


Ebola has only spread past quarantine with people already sick. I'm not aware that anyone has subsequently got sick.Its primarily fluid transfer based. This MAY be in aerosol format if someone coughs up blood, but its fairly limited.So far, in 30 years, Ebola has killed less people than Malaria kills every two days. AIDS has killed 30 million people worldwide, Ebola 2000 in the same time. This must tell you something.


It IS a very nasty disease, but the way it works limits its effectiveness.
[quote][p][bold]Alex English[/bold] wrote: Of course Ebola is going to reach the UK. Two reasons: 1. Other than to African nations, more people fly from Western Africa to the UK than to any other country. Hundreds per day. Western Africa is where the Ebola outbreak has happened and is most concentrated. It is virtually impossible for any airline staff or passport control to know if someone has early stage Ebola just by looking at them. 2. The NHS will treat, for free, anyone in the UK who has Ebola, or is even suspected of having it. Which means anyone with Ebola and who has the money for the air fare would be fairly daft not to fly here. Give it two or three months and we'll hear about the first British people being infected with Ebola. The government will desperately attempt to bury the news and ensure it's not known, but in these days of the Internet and newspapers paying big money for news stories, somebody in the know will release the true information. It's incredible that this country is taking a virus that kills within days and has no cure so lightly. Once it appears within communities in London, it'll be hard to stop - regardless of what the government might be claiming at the moment.[/p][/quote]hmm quite a bit of scaremongering going on there. Lets say an infected person reaches UK soil for the sake of argument. Ebola (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is easy to spread when the conditions are right. When hospitals don't match 1st world standards, when disease control measures are poor, when people are not aware of the situation, when burial and burial preparation is amateur. In other words poor 3rd world countries. In the first world its a tougher thing. (Last i checked we were a first world country with excellent healthcare and public services trained in CDC response situations) People can be educated quickly and easily. Our abilities to quarantine and care for the sick are excellent. Peoples hygiene awareness is better. Ebola has only spread past quarantine with people already sick. I'm not aware that anyone has subsequently got sick.Its primarily fluid transfer based. This MAY be in aerosol format if someone coughs up blood, but its fairly limited.So far, in 30 years, Ebola has killed less people than Malaria kills every two days. AIDS has killed 30 million people worldwide, Ebola 2000 in the same time. This must tell you something. It IS a very nasty disease, but the way it works limits its effectiveness. Yemen
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9:41am Sat 2 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

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http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/world-africa-2 8610112 Sandor Clegane
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11:27am Sat 2 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Stop ALL fights coming from these infected Countries until Ebola is eradicated, why should any of our people die for them, just because they can hop on a plane and Bingo have this British people and other Countries they go to....all you people of the same culture or the do gooders here in our Country feel free to go and help your people in your Country, we don't want any of them coming here, send aid by all means but keep them there until eradicated....in actual fact close the borders for good....
Stop ALL fights coming from these infected Countries until Ebola is eradicated, why should any of our people die for them, just because they can hop on a plane and Bingo have this British people and other Countries they go to....all you people of the same culture or the do gooders here in our Country feel free to go and help your people in your Country, we don't want any of them coming here, send aid by all means but keep them there until eradicated....in actual fact close the borders for good.... welshmen
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7:06am Tue 5 Aug 14

adam michell says...

My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre
@yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242
My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre @yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242 adam michell
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7:09am Tue 5 Aug 14

adam michell says...

My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre
@yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242
My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre @yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242 adam michell
  • Score: 0

7:12am Tue 5 Aug 14

adam michell says...

My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre
@yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242
My name is Adams Michell,am from liberia I am here to give my testimony about a doctor who cured me from Ebola virus.i went to many hospitals, churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me by introducing me to a powerful man, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that am free from Ebola virus t thought he was not true until i went for text i found out that am free. so if you are also infected please email him at drakugbeherbalcentre @yandex.com and also contact him at +2348074839242 adam michell
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Dan Soton says...

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Just scratching the surface.. Whistleblower says CDC Covered Up Data Showing Vaccine-Autism Link


These are the same guys that from the gecko (1950s) have been promoting ( with a complete absence of research ) Fluoridation.. in 1999 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century



YOUTUBE VIDEO


SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD


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,, Just scratching the surface.. Whistleblower says CDC Covered Up Data Showing Vaccine-Autism Link These are the same guys that from the gecko (1950s) have been promoting ( with a complete absence of research ) Fluoridation.. in 1999 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century YOUTUBE VIDEO SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=sGOtDVil kUc ,,, Dan Soton
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3:40pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
,,

Just scratching the surface.. Whistleblower says CDC Covered Up Data Showing Vaccine-Autism Link


These are the same guys that from the gecko (1950s) have been promoting ( with a complete absence of research ) Fluoridation.. in 1999 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century



YOUTUBE VIDEO


SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD


https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=sGOtDVil

kUc



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STATEMENT OF WILLIAM W. THOMPSON, Ph.D., REGARDING THE 2004 ARTICLE EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-AUGUST 27,2014

My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

I REGRET THAT MY COAUTHORS AND I OMITTED STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION IN OUR 2004 ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS. THE OMITTED DATA SUGGESTED THAT AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES WHO RECEIVED THE MMR VACCINE BEFORE AGE 36 MONTHS WERE AT INCREASED RISK FOR AUTISM.

Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.


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