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World Health Organization Chief: Spread Of Ebola Outbreak Across Europe Is “Unavoidable”

Not good news, but not unexpected. And this in the wake of new worries being voiced by some experts that Ebola may be more easily spread than first assumed …

Luke 21:25, “… and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity …”

By James Rush, The Independent – “The spread of Ebola across Europe is ‘quite unavoidable’, a health chief has warned as four people were in hospital after a Spanish nurse became the first person known to have contracted the virus outside Africa.

The World Health Organisation’s European director Zsuzsanna Jakab has said while more cases will spread in Europe, the continent should be well prepared to control the disease.

Health officials in Spain today said four people – the nurse, her husband and two others – were being monitored in hospital in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

‘Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely,’ Ms Jakab told Reuters.

‘It is quite unavoidable … that such incidents will happen in the future because of the extensive travel both from Europe to the affected countries and the other way around,’ she said.

Ms Jakab said European health workers were most at risk of becoming infected, but added that ‘the most important thing in our view is that Europe is still at low risk and that the western part of the European region particularly is the best prepared in the world to respond to viral haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola.’

It has emerged that the nurse, who had helped treat two Spanish missionaries who died after returning from West Africa with the disease, first complained of feeling ill a week before she was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday.” Read more.

Some Ebola Experts Worry Virus May Spread More Easily Than Assumed – “U.S. officials leading the fight against history’s worst outbreak of Ebola have said they know the ways the virus is spread and how to stop it. They say that unless an air traveler from disease-ravaged West Africa has a fever of at least 101.5 degrees or other symptoms, co-passengers are not at risk… Yet some scientists who have long studied Ebola say such assurances are premature — and they are concerned about what is not known about the strain now on the loose. It is an Ebola outbreak like none seen before, jumping from the bush to urban areas, giving the virus more opportunities to evolve as it passes through multiple human hosts. Dr. C.J. Peters, who battled a 1989 outbreak of the virus among research monkeys housed in Virginia and who later led the CDC’s most far-reaching study of Ebola’s transmissibility in humans, said he would not rule out the possibility that it spreads through the air in tight quarters.” Read more.

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