“(CNN) — Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might board an international flight each month in West Africa, according to a new study, and potentially spread the deadly virus to other countries.
Scientists used a model to predict that, on average, three people who are infected with Ebola will leave Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in each of the coming months to fly to another country. They based their model on scheduled flights for September 1 to December 31, 2014, historic flight itineraries from 2013, and Ebola surveillance numbers from the current outbreak. The results were published in The Lancet this week.
“We understand there could be global risks associated with the current outbreak,” said study author Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine at the University of Toronto. “We wanted to understand what those risks were.” …”
Do I detect the pitter-patter of little synapses finally going off in the upper echelons? But is this really the only way it gets vectored? Can’t someone infected with Ebola then give it to his or her pets and other animals? Why aren’t all the animals that ebola victims come into contact with being checked? Probably because most of them don’t fly on airplanes, but then neither do most of the people who constantly go in and out of west Africa and Africa as a whole continent.
Ebola originally came from bats. What is a bat but a sonar-equipped rat that flies? Has no African rat ever chowed down on one of the ebola corpses that are simply abandoned and lying around all over west Africa as I write? Somehow, I find it difficult to trust the reports of benevolent intentions, renunciate lifestyles, vegetarian diets, and even Bodhisattva vows, on the part of the rats. Remember what vectored the bubonic plague that repeatedly wiped out huge proportions of most of the mideveal populations in Europe? Was it not those very same nasty little creeps?
Maybe people in power don’t have to think, because their jobs are really about Being. There., and so fine. But I think it works better when you’re in power with no brains of your own, to hire somebody who does have some, when you’re faced with something like ebola that is about all of our lives.
Jai Meher Baba,