Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Hate To Sound Like A Doom and Gloom Sort

But yes, people are getting on airliners with Ebola.  July 29, 2014 CNN reports on the death of a U.S. citizen:
(CNN) -- Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters' birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.
But when he landed in Lagos, Sawyer, 40, collapsed getting off the plane. He had been infected with Ebola in Liberia, where he worked as a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance.
Sawyer was isolated at a local Nigerian hospital on July 20. He died five days later.
The good news is that you are not contagious until you are showing symptoms.  But pretty obviously, Patrick Sawyer wasn't feeling sick enough to miss his flight to Lagos.


  1. Some people will get on a flight in the hopes of getting to 1st world healthcare. It does drop the death rate from about 90% to maybe 60%.

  2. Clayton, here's a link to a mailing list where you can follow emerging infectious disease outbreaks as they happen, from the viewpoint (in the comments) of the infectious disease specialists. It's quite interesting, especially over the long haul.

    It is http://promedmail.org/ - Pro-Med. I've been subscribed to this since the Usenet days.