‘ New Study 75% Chance Ebola Virus Could Spread to France and 50% Chance UK by End of October Citing Airline Traffic ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 06  – Scientists estimate there’s a 75 percent chance the Ebola virus could spread to France and a 50 percent chance it could reach UK by the end of October.

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: resear...

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest research analyses the pattern of infection and airline traffic.

The consensus among health officials is now that the deadly virus is no longer just an African problem, and key to this assessment are the European Union’s free movement policy and the deceptive incubation period, allowing the person to spread the infection unaware.

France has the worst statistics out of all the European countries because the worst-hit countries in Africa are French-speaking, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the study‘Assessing the International Spreading Risk Associated with the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak’.

“If this thing continues to rage on in West Africa and indeed gets worse, as some people have predicted, then it’s only a matter of time before one of these cases ends up on a plane to Europe,”expert in viruses from Britain’s Lancaster University, Derek Gatherer, said.

The next country on the list after France and the UK is Belgium, with a 40 percent chance of infection. Meanwhile, Spain and Switzerland face smaller risks of the virus breaching its borders with 14 percent.

One of the key elements in analyzing the spread of the disease is air traffic, the leader behind the research, Alex Vespignani, from Northeastern University in Boston told Reuters.

Sources:RT – Reuters – AFP – USA Today  

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People are Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics But Infections are Killing People at an Alarming Rate

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance throug...

Diagram depicting antibiotic resistance through alteration of the antibiotic’s target site, modeled after MRSA’s resistance to penicillin. Beta-lactam antibiotics permanently inactivate PBP enzymes, which are essential for bacterial life, by permanently binding to their active sites. MRSA, however, expresses a PBP that will not allow the antibiotic into its active site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHealthNews says according to a recent study by the CDC there is a stark warning about liberally popping anti-biotic‘s and then dumping them with out any form of care!  

Soon, the antibiotics we’ve relied on to heal minor bacterial infections will no longer work, the CDC has warned.

If that happens, almost everything and anything could kill you, just like things were before penicillin was discovered in 1928.

Here’s an incomplete list, created with help from Maryn McKenna’s excellent post on our post-antibiotic future on Medium.

  • Eating meat — bacteria on meat can be resistant to antibiotics, and kill you.
  • Getting scratched — before penicillin, 1 in 9 skin infections killed.
  • Having any kind of surgery or biopsy — even the most minor surgery leaves you open for infection.
  • Treatments like dialysis or a blood transplant — an open portal to your blood leaves you open to sepsis.
  • An insect bite — insect bites, especially those that are itchy, lead to infections if scratching opens the wound and microbes under your fingernails invade.
  • A mild cold or flu — if a virus takes down your immune system, pneumonia can set in. Without antibiotics, 30% of cases kill.
  • Childbirth — natural childbirth used to kill 5 mothers out of 1000, and Cesarean sections are a surgery, which opens you up to infection.
  • Being put on a ventilator or catheter.
  • Implanted medical devices like artificial hips or pacemakers.
  • Minor burns — burns are the most infection-prone wound.
  • Cosmetic plastic surgery — this falls under surgeries, but deserves its own mention because society acts like getting a couple of Botox injections is risk free. In the post-antibiotic era, it’s not.
  • Getting a tattoo — No one wants to voluntarily open themselves up to an infection in the post-antibiotic era.

Because any type of surgery could produce an untreatable infection, we would also lose the ability to treat non-infectious diseases like cancer, put people back together after car accidents, perform surgery to unblock arteries due to heart disease, and transplant organs.

And these types of infections are already killing people. The CDC released numbers a few months ago stating that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people a year. That may seem small, but these infections are increasing at a rapid rate.

As McKenna notes in her post, it takes only a few years for resistance to emerge to a new antibiotic. And drug companies aren’t investing in the market — there are only five new antibiotics in development. And we haven’t seen a new one in 25 years.

And we aren’t doing much about it. Antibiotics are used liberally in agriculture. Doctors prescribe them for viral infections like the cold and flu. People don’t take their entire dose and dump their extras into the water supply.

All of these add up to increasing levels of resistance. If things continue as they are, we have about 20 years until a minor scrape can become potentially life-threatening again.

Read McKenna’s post (produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent, non-profit news organization producing investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health) to learn more about what we have to look forward to in a future without antibiotics.

Courtesy of  Jennifer Welsh on Nov 21, 2013, 3:40 PM

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