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    SUNDAY, 12 OCTOBER 2014

    Ebola double vision....

    A quick post to crudely highlight that total (suspected+probable+laboratory confirmed) Ebola virus disease case numbers have been doubling approximately every month since June (as far back as I went).


    The reality is that the most recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) may be even less accurate than the underestimated numbers we have become used to during the epidemiological fog-of-war that surrounds any outbreak, epidemic or pandemic.

    Apart from the most recent update, WHO Situation Reports (SitReps) of late have made a point of highlighting that the numbers have been lower than what those in the field expect is real.

    "It should be emphasized that the reported fall in the number of new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks is unlikely to be genuine. Rather, it reflects a deterioration in the ability of overwhelmed responders to record accurate epidemiological data. It is clear from field reports and first responders that EVD cases are being under-reported from several key locations, and laboratory data that have not yet been integrated into official estimates indicate an increase in the number of new cases in Liberia."

    8-Oct-2014 WHO Ebola Response Roadmap SitRep

    So, if you are a senior influencer or a decision-maker in your country and if that country, in which you are a citizen, has offered only limited, financial, or non-existent support to this unprecedented outbreak of infectious disease, I suggest the following: Stop worrying about the few sporadic but simply controlled EVD cases that your already-straining healthcare budget has to look forward too. Stop worrying how those budgets will cope with the unnecessary burden of your feel-good but near-pointless rollout of temperature monitoring resources at entry ports. Stop thinking that by blocking flights out of West Africa you will somehow protect your country and the rests of the world from exported cases.

    Think about this instead: If you are not doing your damnedest to insist that your country has put people and equipment on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, then you do a disservice to humanity, and on your shoulders be the burden of the many deaths to come.

    We individual citizens can't do this. You and our governments can.

    Complain about and hide behind who didn't react fast enough if you must, but do be very, very clear in your own mind that now, right this minute, if you are not acting, calling someone, pleading a humanitarian case, then it is you and those like you who are to blame for some of our global villages burning out of control.

    I don't care a **** if the currency for today's political action is "security" - you find a way to bring it back to being about humanity.

    We live in an interconnected world and some of those country's citizens are your constituents.

    The global calls have gone out, the Resolution has been passed, the pleas have been made, the situation is clear to all. And you are failing.

    Get up and do something. Now.


    Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections.

    New England Journal of Medicine. 23-Sept. WHO Ebola Response Team
    Last edited by sharon sanders; October 12th, 2014, 06:46 AM. Reason: added link
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    Re: Ebola double vision....

    Gert is that by you or from some other source? Either way to the author. For those who haven't already done so I would have a look at the 'Case time series' video on the NEJM site particularly the location and timing of cases along the cote d'Ivore boarder. While the NEJM paper is excellent remember it is based on data up to 16th Sept. which means it only covers the first half of the outbreak - in terms of numbers not time.


    • #3
      Re: Ebola double vision....

      It was authored by Ian Mackay.
      "May the long time sun
      Shine upon you,
      All love surround you,
      And the pure light within you
      Guide your way on."

      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."

      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
      Mohandas Gandhi

      Be the light that is within.


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        Re: Ebola double vision....

        Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
        It was authored by Ian Mackay.
        Thanks, sorry I missed the sub-forum it had been posted in. Busy opening latest posts without checking their locations again.