Sunday, May 21, 2006

While they Fret over Fake Avian Flu nightmare

A worst case scenario takes place in Britain with Ebola and they don't even quarantine the Passengers and Crew. If you want to have REAL NIGHTMARES read the book The Hot Zone by Richard Preston its a true book about Ebola and its dangers. Stephen King described it as the scariest book he ever read. I highly recomend it. I read it years ago. It's not for the faint of Heart.

Woman collapses on packed flight
By Stephen Moyes
A WOMAN is feared to have died from ebola after taking ill on a plane home from Africa yesterday.
Passengers and crew on the flight to Heathrow are understood to be panicking that they have contracted the contagious virus.
They helped the Briton when she was vomiting and bleeding. Some even shared their drinks with her.
Last night, tests were being run to confirm whether she had the haemorraghic fever.
The 38-year-old was on Virgin Atlantic flight VS602 from Johannesburg. It is understood she worked at an embassy in Lesotho.
She had visited a doctor before the flight complaining of flu symptoms and was told she could fly.
But during the trip, she suffered a fit that knocked her unconcious.
Cabin crew and passengers passed her drinks and did all they could to help. At around 3am, she started to vomit heavily and began bleeding.
When the Airbus A340-600, carrying 249 passengers and 18 crew, touched down at 7am she was rushed to nearby Hillingdon Hospital.
Hospital staff treated her as if she had ebola as her symptoms matched those of the virus. She died in hospital.
Cabin crew who came into contact with the woman have been told to monitor their health over the next week.
A hospital spokesman said: "A patient was brought to our accident and emergency department on May 19 after falling ill on a flight to Heathrow.
"As a precautionary measure, the patient was initially treated as if infectious. Tests are still ongoing to establish the nature of the illness."
A Virgin spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a female passenger taken ill on flight VS602 subsequently died at Hillingdon Hospital.
"Virgin Atlantic would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the passenger."
One cabin crew member said: "Those people who came into contact with the dead woman are terrified at what might have been caught."
The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infected body fluids. (like vomit) There is limited evidence of human-to-human airborne transmission.

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