Monday, November 24, 2014

Denial In Mali, Not Just A River In Egypt


BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight.
The Malian government did not provide further details about the new case and how the person contracted the disease, but it came after another case was confirmed on Saturday.
It said both cases were at an Ebola treatment center.
If you're keeping score at home, it's doubled there three times in 6 weeks. True to form, mostly among health care workers, which their nation doesn't have a plethora of to begin with. And those are just the exposures they think they know about. And their borders are still wide open to Guinea and Liberia, because they're a land-locked nation.

That works both ways, which must be a great comfort to those in the additional 5 countries they border on with no Ebola outbreak - yet.
"Wait, you're coming from WHERE?"

 

13 comments:

RandyGC said...

Those 2 guys would probably be a wee bit more effective at quarantine enforcement if they had mags in. ;-)

Or did another slam at WHO/CDC levels of effectiveness just go over my head?

Aesop said...

More to the general effectiveness of border guards in that region.

I went with it for artistic reasons rather than editorial ones.

Plus I'm not entirely sure their betters trust them with magazines.
That's how you get a coup d'état over there about every two weeks.

mike18xx said...

"The Malian government did not provide further details about the new case and how the person contracted the disease...."

I can think of only one reason for them not to say "It's some dude who washed the dead imam's feet!" (etc) -- because that's something they would know if they're tracking 500 imam-associated guys -- and that's because this is a completely new case not associated with the others.

mike18xx said...

Umaru Fofana

‪#‎Ebola‬ burial team in Kenema eastern ‪#‎SierraLeone‬ have started an indefinite strike over nonpayment of allowances since October. They abandoned 12 corpses in & around the hospital."

Aesop said...

@mike

Mali sources did reveal it's one of the person who treated the original sick imam for his "kidney failure.

So it's health care staff, yet again.

Anonymous said...

Another country heard from:

Italy’s First Ebola Patient Treated With Experimental Drug

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-25/italy-s-first-ebola-patient-treated-with-experimental-drug.html

And it's another Doctor. Who wants to take bets on when we get the "we don't know how he got it, he's very careful" quote???

nick

Anonymous said...

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/445122/sierra-leonean-with-suspected-ebola-hunted-after-fails-to-report-in-thailand

This is not so happy news. I hope the guy doesn't have it. MAN I hope he doesn't have it. Bangkok?!? Yeah, that could get ugly damn fast.

geoffb said...

"The Sierra Leonean man who failed to report to health officials for monitoring for possible Ebola has been found healthy and without fever and he will leave Thailand today, a senior health official said on Tuesday."

Anonymous said...

Thank you geoffb!!! A little good news now and then is a relief!

geoffb said...

The joys of government healthcare and of those who work for it.

"NHS workers in Sierra Leone told they will not be guaranteed repatriation if they fall sick - despite lack of life-saving equipment in Freetown"

Aesop said...

I'm trying to muster any sympathy, but I can't seem to find any.

In the rest of the world, that response is known as "Jump off the cliff, pay the price yourself."

geoffb said...

Peak Ebola reached. Nowhere to go now but down.

Now about that bridge on Brooklyn...

Aesop said...

Thanks for that geoffb. I needed some comedy before the holiday weekend.