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Ebola Alert From US State Department.





Yesterday during breakfast with one of my closest friends, Ginika (I came into Lagos on Monday, will correspond with someone on the site and work from here for now) I asked her if it's possible that rapture has taken place and we aren't even aware. I know that sounds silly and yeah well it was a rhetorical question but in reality too many things are going on at the same time and calling on God to 'help' seems not to be werkin. On my flight from Abuja to Lagos I was scared shitless! Already I just.hate.flying but add to that the recent plane crashes all around the world, planes getting shot at, planes falling from the sky, planes disappearing and all, it was difficult not to feel like I was going to wet my pants at any given minute. Add to that the fact that while waiting for my flight I read on some media publication that one of our very numerous pastors had recently just prophesied an impending plane crash. It was said that he rightly prophesied the World Cup Brazil-Germany match outcome. Under normal circumstances that bit of information will only elicit a yimu from me, but as I was about to board a plane in a few minutes it made me jittery. Thankfully we arrived safely. Terrible turbulence and very cloudy weather, but hey we arrived and landed safely. But more than plane mishaps I have an even greater fear. 


I've never been so scared or worried about a disease as I am of the Ebola virus. So I'm reading up on everything I can find about the disease and how to ensure that I'm safe. Therefore when I saw this on SDK's blog I decided that I just must share it for those who haven't seen it yet or still do not know. 
                      
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In order to help our Embassy Community better understand some of the key points about the Ebola virus we have consulted with our medical specialists at the U S State Department and assembled this list of bullet points worded in plain language for easy comprehension. Our medical specialists remind everyone that they should be following the guideline from the center for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation.


 • The suspected reservoirs for Ebola are fruit bats.

 • Transmission to humans is thought to originate from infected bats or primates that have become infected by bats.

 • Undercooked infected bat and primate (bush) meat transmits the virus to humans.

 • Human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from the Ebola virus or their body fluids.

 • Transmission among humans is almost exclusively among caregiver family members or health care workers tending to the very ill.

 • The virus is easily killed by contact with soap, bleach, sunlight, or drying. A washing machine will kill the virus in clothing saturated with infected body fluids.

 • A person can incubate the virus without symptoms for 2-21 days, the average being 5-8 days before becoming ill. THEY ARE NOT CONTAGIOUS until they are acutely ill.

 • Only when ill does the viral load express itself first in the blood and then in other bodily fluids (to include vomit, feces, urine, breast milk, semen and sweat).

 • If you are walking around you are not infectious to others.

 • There are documented cases from Kikwit, DRC of an Ebola outbreak in a village that had the custom of children never touching an ill adult. Children living for days in small one room huts with parents who died from Ebola did not become infected.

 • You cannot contract Ebola by handling money, buying local bread or swimming in a pool.

 • There is no medical reason to stop flights, close borders, restrict travel or close embassies, businesses or schools.

 • As always practice good hand washing techniques, but you will not contract Ebola if you do not touch a dying person.

 • US EMBASSY
 Please share this information with your friends and families and try not to spread panic on social media.

Thanks


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Oh and BTW the above is a picture of an Ebola-scared Jim Iyke as he exits Monrovia, Liberia, where he went for business. 

Comments

  1. It will be shocking if I reveal how often I am in the air every year, the second to my last flight was one of the worst! One hour of torture, but still, air travel is safer than road travel. And the knowledge that there is nowhere to park and check engine when you are up there makes you appreciate and praise God some more. I can't trek to other countries or from Lagos to the Atlantic.

    The ebola is coming up as a plague especially with the non availability of any drug to tackle it. Things are sure getting worse in a continent already ravaged by poverty. Will people be eating bats and all sorts if African govts are responsible and alive to their responsibilities? First HIV/AIDS, now ebola, only God knows what comes after ebola. People should just be careful.

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    1. Wale I don't need to be 30 thousand feet in the air to appreciate God o! What you said is the scariest part about it, at least if you're on the road if anything happens you can jump out of the car and land on the ground. Flying, especially local flights is the scariest thing in the world to me.

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    2. Yea, I know but you will appreciate and praise God some more when you are up there in the sky. Air travel can be scary but it is the best way to get from Lagos to Thailand.

      I wont jump out of a moving vehicle, spinal cord injury is worse than death! May God keep us safe all the time.

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  2. I don't know what to say. Am scared shit of life in general. We need divine intervention.

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  3. LOL...
    People don't laugh oh. but these days I take my spiritual life more seriously...
    As in anything/everything terrifying lurks around us daily.
    God help us...

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  4. Put all your trust in God, banish fear, the devil's grand pan is to kill , steal (your peace) and destroy, don't give him the pleasure.Put your hands in Gods hands totally, only him can give you the real peace we need now,
    P.s its only going to get worse, so brace up!!

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    1. P.s. Its only going to get better. Meanwhile, this Info is just wat I wud want to knw abt. NB: All Primates are 'bush meat' but not all bush meats are Primates, so don't be scared to eat 'bush meats' just don't eat primate 'bush meat' e.g. Apes, Bats etc. Anonymous T

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  5. Now this piece of information has sorta eased my worries about the virus.phew!

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  6. HIMSELF took our infirmities the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by HIS stripes we are healed. we 'believers' have been healed and cleansed. #rightfulthinking.#believe. HE hasnt given us the spirit of fear but of power and a sound mind..HE IS ABLE! #ebolanoreach

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  7. The conspiracy theories that run through my mind when I think of this ebola ehn, something is just not right sha

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