Saturday, 6 September 2014


Suddenly the fight for survival has erupted a new enemy, not AIDS, not CANCER, not notoriously multiplying DEMENTIA but a primitive, a spine shattering evil, EBOLA. Least we strive not to praise what the specialists say, yet we come to bury their inconsistencies and irresponsibilities.

Make our educational laws strict and our criminal ones can be gentle; but if we leave Ebola it's liberty we will have to dig dungeons for ages.

We don't always win our battles, but it's good to know we fought. Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.

Ebola strains responsible for the current outbreak likely have a common ancestor, dating back to the very first recorded outbreak of Ebola in central Africa in 1976. Make note of the year and the fact that we really have been sluggish in apprehending this evil and the reality that the virus spreads from person-to-person, an insight that should have helped and guided public health to quell the outbreak.

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but Ebola left to itself brings men to shame.

Ebola has mutated often during the current crisis, that's not pious enough rather evolution at it's crafty best, undergoing hundreds of genetic changes that separate the current virus from strains detected in previous outbreaks, Ebola has been powerful, otherwise thought to be a jungle thing and meant to have buried Africa with it. Mother Nature was more or less born in the jungle so anything that survives in Africa will thrive anywhere and everywhere else. 

Researchers' efforts have quadrupled the amount of genetic data available on Ebola, creating mounds of new and publicly available information about the DNA structure of the deadly virus, according to specialists. 

The ongoing Ebola outbreak has infected 3,069 people and claimed the lives of 1,552, according to the World Health Organization. Get your numbers updated if you are here after september 2014, because mine (figures) would be just a percentage and counting.

The genetic researchers rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola viruses from 78 patients in Sierra Leone during the first 24 days of the outbreak there.

Government health officials traced the entrance of Ebola into Sierra Leone to the burial of a traditional healer who had treated patients in neighboring Guinea, for heaven's when will people learn the difference between nature and religion. Thirteen women who attended the burial contracted Ebola, and researchers drew viral samples from these women to begin genetic sequencing. Once more evolution has lured the ignorant into the non sparingly hands of the natural selection, otherwise the fittest survive. 

It tells you so much about how and where the virus came from, and what we should have done about it. There are more than 300 genetic changes that make the 2014 Ebola virus distinct from the strains tied to previous Ebola outbreaks.

God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.

There is also the evidence that the Ebola outbreak started from a single introduction into humans, and has subsequently spread from person to person over many months. Animals are not helping spread Ebola, God bless the innocent. This is very important, because if we are trying to contain an outbreak that's coming in through an animal population, we have to do something about human contact with those animals, or savagely destroy the poor animals. Knowing that the virus is only spreading from human-to-human should have helped public health workers to use time-tested isolation and quarantine procedures in protecting people against further spread. 

The basic principles of disease control in a population still hold. That's reassuring, because we have a lot of experience in controlling disease outbreaks in densely populated areas, and those principles hold, but should it not have been the case a long while in Africa. 

The researchers involved in this effort have publicly released all of the Ebola genetic information they've gathered, making it available through a U.S. National Institutes of Health database. This huge amount of genetic information regarding the virus hopefully will help spur and direct new research into therapies, vaccines and treatments for Ebola. Ebola will not remain in Africa, it's acquired the visa to legally travel abroad, we act responsibly or share the consequences. 

This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions.