Scary new virus identified-similar to Ebola...

  1. A new scary virus, only a plane ride away...

    "Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus.

    The so-called "Lujo" virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall. Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a medicine recommended by the scientists.

    It's not clear how the first person became infected, but the bug comes from a family of viruses found in rodents, said Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist involved in the discovery.

    "This one is really, really aggressive" he said of the virus"

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,522704,00.html
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  3. by   tconlgirl
    It does not surprise me that new viruses are being identified and investigated for research. What worries me is that FOXNEWS is reporting this when other new media outlets have not yet. Ebola is a terrifying disease, and it seems like FOXNEWS is doing what they do best identifying and likening this new virus to Ebola for the purpose of spreading fear and panic in the wake of swine flu and other recent events.

    I'm sorry, flame me if you want. I don't like Foxnews, and I am skeptical of ANYTHING they report.
  4. by   azhiker96
    Um, so I guess shame on FOX for reporting a new virus that has shown an 80% mortality rate. It killed the first patient, spread to 4 heathcare workers and killed 3 of them. I would ask why the other networks aren't covering the story.
  5. by   tconlgirl
    I'm sorry, I really am not that callous. Of course I care when there is a loss of life health care worker or otherwise. I just hate when these stories come out in the media how they are written ie " SCARY new virus identified-similar to EBOLA". The GENERAL POPULATION knows ZILCH about ebola, they know that it happens in Africa and they know it causes people to bleed profusely from every orifice. Yes, there are many things we do not know about ebola including what the natural reservoir is for this virus. This is scary. However ebola is thought to be spread via direct contact with blood or body secretions. This risk can be minimized as we all know by taking universal precautions and then some. This is sometimes not done in African countries due to the lack of resources.

    CDC website ----->http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/m...s/ebola/qa.htm

    You can guarantee that if ebola were to occur in this or another industrialized country there would be tons more info abour ebola quicker than you can shake a stick.

    Rather than terrify people, how about some ideas on how to stabilize that region of the world so some real work can be accomplished. The people who go to research or do humanitarian work seriously risk life and limb just by being there, and thats sad and it has far reaching implications for the rest of the world when people can't be there to intervene when these incidents happen.

    Heres another story you might like its from USA Today, but its a little milder. Ebola in FISH
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...rus-fish_N.htm

    I also noticed that the original poster has some kind of a military affiliation, and yes I agree it isn't beyond the imagination that some crazy group of people somewhere in the world would try to weaponize ebola. I can see that happening. However, and i know this is probably a somewhat unenlightened viewpoint, while people do need to be educated about this type of thing it really falls within the scope of the military and the CDC to research this stuff and inform the public what they need to know. In this case "the professionals" don't know enough about what's happening to adequately inform the public besides taking general precautions. Next thing you know there will be a run on plastic sheeting and duct tape and people stockpiling Cipro again.

    Too much information is sometimes a bad idea.

    Sorry if I rambled or was offensive, that was not my intention just trying to be clear.

    Sally
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    new viruses get discovered all the time. remember the hantavirus outbreak er scare in us few years ago.
    handwasing and good hygiene still #1 defense...along with playing in the dirt as a kid to build up immunity. :d


    lujo virus - wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    clinical
    this virus has been associated with an outbreak of five cases of viral haemorrhagic fever in september 2008.[2] in four cases the infection was fatal. it is not known whether treatment of the fifth case with ribavirin (used succesfully for lassa fever) made a difference and allowed survival, or if she contracted a milder form of the disease. in any event, the fifth case made a full recovery.

    [color=#2200cc]viral hemorrhagic fevers | cdc special pathogens branch
    fact sheets and resources concerning the diseases.

    where are cases of viral hemorrhagic fever found?taken together, the viruses that cause vhfs are distributed over much of the globe. however, because each virus is associated with one or more particular host species, the virus and the disease it causes are usually seen only where the host species live(s). some hosts, such as the rodent species carrying several of the new world arenaviruses, live in geographically restricted areas. therefore, the risk of getting vhfs caused by these viruses is restricted to those areas. other hosts range over continents, such as the rodents that carry viruses which cause various forms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (hps) in north and south america, or the different set of rodents that carry viruses which cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (hfrs) in europe and asia. a few hosts are distributed nearly worldwide, such as the common rat. it can carry seoul virus, a cause of hfrs; therefore, humans can get hfrs anywhere where the common rat is found.

    while people usually become infected only in areas where the host lives, occasionally people become infected by a host that has been exported from its native habitat. for example, the first outbreaks of marburg hemorrhagic fever, in marburg and frankfurt, germany, and in yugoslavia, occurred when laboratory workers handled imported monkeys infected with marburg virus. occasionally, a person becomes infected in an area where the virus occurs naturally and then travels elsewhere. if the virus is a type that can be transmitted further by person-to-person contact, the traveler could infect other people. for instance, in 1996, a medical professional treating patients with ebola hemorrhagic fever (ebola hf) in gabon unknowingly became infected. when he later traveled to south africa and was treated for ebola hf in a hospital, the virus was transmitted to a nurse. she became ill and died. because more and more people travel each year, outbreaks of these diseases are becoming an increasing threat in places where they rarely, if ever, have been seen before.
  7. by   Jarnaes
    I guess I should have disclosed my fascist military affiliation...
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from tconlgirl
    It does not surprise me that new viruses are being identified and investigated for research. What worries me is that FOXNEWS is reporting this when other new media outlets have not yet. Ebola is a terrifying disease, and it seems like FOXNEWS is doing what they do best identifying and likening this new virus to Ebola for the purpose of spreading fear and panic in the wake of swine flu and other recent events.

    I'm sorry, flame me if you want. I don't like Foxnews, and I am skeptical of ANYTHING they report.
    Here ya go then:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090529/..._african_virus

    http://www.friedpost.com/featured/ne...lujo-1137.html

    http://health.einnews.com/news/lujo-virus


    steph
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from tconlgirl
    I'm sorry, I really am not that callous. Of course I care when there is a loss of life health care worker or otherwise. I just hate when these stories come out in the media how they are written ie " SCARY new virus identified-similar to EBOLA". The GENERAL POPULATION knows ZILCH about ebola, they know that it happens in Africa and they know it causes people to bleed profusely from every orifice. Yes, there are many things we do not know about ebola including what the natural reservoir is for this virus. This is scary. However ebola is thought to be spread via direct contact with blood or body secretions. This risk can be minimized as we all know by taking universal precautions and then some. This is sometimes not done in African countries due to the lack of resources.

    CDC website ----->http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/m...s/ebola/qa.htm

    You can guarantee that if ebola were to occur in this or another industrialized country there would be tons more info abour ebola quicker than you can shake a stick.

    Rather than terrify people, how about some ideas on how to stabilize that region of the world so some real work can be accomplished. The people who go to research or do humanitarian work seriously risk life and limb just by being there, and thats sad and it has far reaching implications for the rest of the world when people can't be there to intervene when these incidents happen.

    Heres another story you might like its from USA Today, but its a little milder. Ebola in FISH
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...rus-fish_N.htm

    I also noticed that the original poster has some kind of a military affiliation, and yes I agree it isn't beyond the imagination that some crazy group of people somewhere in the world would try to weaponize ebola. I can see that happening. However, and i know this is probably a somewhat unenlightened viewpoint, while people do need to be educated about this type of thing it really falls within the scope of the military and the CDC to research this stuff and inform the public what they need to know. In this case "the professionals" don't know enough about what's happening to adequately inform the public besides taking general precautions. Next thing you know there will be a run on plastic sheeting and duct tape and people stockpiling Cipro again.

    Too much information is sometimes a bad idea.

    Sorry if I rambled or was offensive, that was not my intention just trying to be clear.

    Sally

    I was not happy at all with the scary stories about "Swine Flu" aka H1N1 virus. So I get that point.

    steph
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Jarnaes
    I guess I should have disclosed my fascist military affiliation...
    A woman who served in the Army to boot. . . . . scary.

    I'd like to take this opportunity - so close to Memorial Day - to thank you for your service. We attended 3 ceremonies on Memorial Day and took our 7 year old. Very moving.

    steph

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