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Obamacare for Ebola?
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:45:17 AM »

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Re: Obamacare for Ebola?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 10:12:39 AM »
In addition to the almost non-existent sanitation and long term care facilities in third world countries, there is an insatiable demand in Africa and in African communities in other countries for what is known as "bush meat".  Often it is monkey or other primates that carry ebola and that is how a widespread uncontrolled outbreak like the one we are seeing now gets started.

And again, in the past the US led the way in responding to reported outbreaks of ebola to support local efforts to contain the outbreak.  Those limited deaths did not just happen by themselves.  The limiting factor was active and sustained intervention by countries who could afford to do so, like the US and others.  That effort is not happening now.

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Re: Obamacare for Ebola?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 01:32:01 PM »
People like bushmeat, true. Killing a cow is a serious decision - in most of C. & S. Africa cattle are visible signs of wealth and status and are not wasted lightly.

I can see it being an aspect in the chain of infection though, especially the primate aspect. Some viruses are "killed" (in quotes because the court is still out on if viruses are actually alive) by thorough cooking. Ebola is not one of them. Throw in the fact that a hell of a lot of Africans like their meat incredibly rare ....

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