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Friday, January 15, 2016


Well, the Ebola epidemic, which killed 11,315, is now over, according to the World Health Organization.  Scientifically known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the ailment this time showed a risk of death at around 50%, usually from low blood pressure six to sixteen days after the appearance of symptoms.

First identified 40 years ago along the Ebola River in South Sudan, there  have been 24 outbreaks.  Yesterday, Vladimir Putin claimed Russia had developed a vaccine for the Ebola virus.  However, a range of vaccines has been developed, and none has been approved for human use.

If you are from Hawaii, you are aware of the media suggesting that we have a dengue epidemic here. Now up to 213 cases, areas are still being closed off.  However, as I reported last month:

Sure, people are concerned here, but there are only little more than 100 dengue fever cases on the Big Island, compared to 50 million to 100 million worldwide every year.  Legislators are getting hysterical, but I guess that gets votes. 

Well, the World Health Organization now estimates that there are 390,000,000 cases of dengue every year.  While the latest Ebola had a death count of around 5600/year, dengue actually kills 10,000/year.  The good news, though, is that there is, thus, only one chance in 39,000 of dying if you contract dengue.  

Well, anyway, I have further good news.  Mexico just approved the first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to be sold by Sanofi Pasteur.

To conclude, dengue is caused by a mosquito, which is responsible for a lot more deaths than sharks or humans:

I was surprised to note that there are 50,000 deaths/year from snake bites.  Forty-six thousand per year are killed just in India.  Another reason not to go there.  Anyway, have a safe weekend.


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