Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.
Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.
‚ÄúWe are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,‚ÄĚ said John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said....
Good point Chris000. I think folks panic about Ebola alot more than they should. What the plague did to world populations and health (not to mention smallpox, scarlet fever, malaria, and their compadres) makes Ebola look like a common cold. Of course I don't mean to diminish the seriousness of Ebola, but thinking of past epidemics puts it all in perspective.
It is fascinating, Christopher. and interesting to see which outbreaks featured in the mass deaths. In more recent years it has been influenza and HIV/AIDS. It makes you wonder how much of this is directly controlled by the Lord Jehovah, for the purpose of judgment.
John UK Wrote: "It is fascinating to study history, even in a tiny way, to see how almost invisible killers can wipe out vast numbers of people in a short space of time."
True that, John, and you reminded me of the black plague which spread through Europe in the 1300's. The black death claimed like around 1/4 million lives, and I just had to look this factoid up, but the estimated world population at the time was a mere 450M...imagine that...the world population was reduced to around 250M, and Europe's population dessimated; being reduced by a whipping 60%. Correction...the plague claimed upwards of 200M lives, not 250M. I just looked this up as well, but it seems the bacterium responsible was carried by fleas from the orient, riding on rats, and hitching rides on silk road merchant ships. Also reminded me of the Sentinal Island tribe in India who murdered John the missionary recently, and their being off-limits because they have no immunity, so contact from the outside world could easily wipe them out.