Warning against Ebola

 

Health specialists prepare to treat Ebola patients in an isolation ward in Africa. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Health specialists prepare to treat Ebola patients in an isolation ward in Africa. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Chief Environmental Officer Anthony Scotland has sounded a word of caution in light of a recent outbreak of the deadly disease, Ebola, on the African continent.

“Dominicans have to be on the alert and we have to keep our guards and maintain a clean and pristine environment at all times,” he stated.

According to Scotland the fatality rate of the disease is almost 90 percent with no known cure.

“Ebola is a deadly disease,” he pointed out. “Its fatality rate is almost at 90 percent so those who get it will most likely die within a certain amount of days.”

The Ebola outbreak has largely been limited to Africa however, Global medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, has warned that the crisis is unprecedented and out of control.

Scotland also pointed out that individuals should always be alert when any infectious disease is occurring.

Meanwhile, St Lucia’s national Epidemiologist, Nahum Jn Baptiste, has expressed confidence that the Eastern Caribbean sub-region is prepared if a case of the disease is reported.

“We feel fairly confident that should we get a case of the Ebola virus in this part of the region, we will be prepared in terms of response and best practices, which is not to say that we are not concerned,” Jn Baptiste said told reporters in St. Lucia last week.

According to researchers the Ebola outbreak is the worst in the world to date.

The World Health Organization has noted that the disease is one of the world’s most virulent.

The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care.

During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.

Symptoms initially include muscle pains and joint aches, though they worsen to vomiting, diarrhoea and internal and external bleeding in the final stages.

 

 

 

 

 

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48 Comments

  1. Scared/Scared
    August 6, 2014

    St. Lucia, stop misleading the people. From the information given on Ebola, I doubt the Caribbean is adequately equipped and prepared to take on this monster disease.

  2. me
    August 6, 2014

    there are lots of African students at All Saints University in Roseau. New semester coming in in September. We need to be vigilant.

  3. mindful
    August 6, 2014

    WELL DONE MR SCOTLAND… nobody cannot say you did not warn, those persons who has actd as blockers to prevent the promotion of enviromental health in the community will understand why the officers need to police food places,ports of entry, boats and planes, derelict vehicles , empty drums etc and more.

  4. mindful
    August 6, 2014

    we are now promoting african liberation/reparturation etc
    so while the outbreak in on in Africa, yes we need tobe proactive and bann all potential ebolians (africans,FROM COMING IN THROUGH OUR PORTS) or DIE-HARD we already dont have enough cemeteries, we will start to learn to live better now and stop talking only politics all over, Lets talk HEALTH|!!! now we have something to talk about everybody go on line lets learn everbody stop idiotic talk like sk give us toilet song and find out why toilet is so important, why you must now remember to carry your handkerchief for when badmannered people SNIZZ in buses and much more ,, we dont see nothing yet, we will now find the lost road to our farms where there is fresh air and food and water.. we will mind our business more. is behind ebola that have, we will respect our indegenious lifestyle and trend and leave U.S green card alone and much more

  5. August 6, 2014

    What is to be will be and there’s nothing that we can do if and when it’s Jahovah permissive will.His word has gone out and it will not return unto Him void.He declared it and so shall it be.The faster that we (humans)can come to grip and understand that we do not runs things on planet earth but that Jahovah,the most high GOD does,the better of we all will be.It is HE who made us and not we ourselves.
    And so you politicians,continue fighting.Thieves continue stealing.Murderers continue killing,etc.etc.etc. Like you all are here forever.To stay..
    I’m seeing people just falling like flies in the streets of the infected African cities.Giving up the spirit like Ananias and Sapphira,for those of you who know your bibles.And that’s light compare to what’s behind to come.
    As for me,GOD did not give to me the spirit of fear.But instead HE gave to me the spirit of power,of love and of a sound mind. (sound mind)
    Again,what is to will be.To live is Jeshua (Christ) but to die is gain.Blessed be His holy name
    Amen..

  6. anonymous2
    August 6, 2014

    Ebola, like HIV is a manmade laboratory virus.

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      that so true a white man always experimenting and black man left to pay the consequences

  7. The Facts
    August 6, 2014

    It is an incurable epidemic. The world is getting worse, more and more godless with obviously more wicked people all over. This may be one form of purification.
    Watch out! There is a great possibility that it will spread; not could. This is how HIV Aids spread although in a different manner.
    God is cleansing the world, a little at a time just as some nations will be annihilated bit by bit.
    Pay heed! Be kind to all for people sow just what they reap and two-fold.

  8. truth
    August 5, 2014

    the time is drawing nearer prophecy is fulfilling jah is comin

  9. missy white
    August 5, 2014

    environment? Mr Scotland …so many Haitians, Spanish and everybody else coming…. r they screened? I don’t think so, we are at high risk…

    • tell it like it is
      August 6, 2014

      True talk

  10. kljk
    August 5, 2014

    they killing out the black we not even seeing that

  11. August 5, 2014

    St Lucia’s national Epidemiologist, Nahum Jn Baptiste appears to be “night-driving without headlights”…. This isn’t Chikungunya we are talking about.

    There is no way this region can currently endure an Ebola outbreak; the virus is extremely infectious. Thousands may die before it would ever come under control.

    This is no time for authorities to underestimate this deadly virus by sounding overconfident.

  12. concerned
    August 5, 2014

    I do not mean to discriminate, but our health is so important. There is a Nigerian band coming for the coming World Creole Festival! However, I acknowledge the fact that the disease can be caught from anybody regardless of race or colour.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      Dominicans will have to be on the lookout. They should be medically examined prior to getting off the plane.

  13. ..
    August 5, 2014

    Heavenly Father You said in Your word that NO plague shall come near my dwelling. Lord Dominica is the place where I dwell so I decree that this plague shall NOT come near us in Jesus’ name.

    • August 5, 2014

      AMEN

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      I hate to inform you. There are wicked people in Dominica. Therefore, pray that God will protect you and your family from this disease. Since this is a deadly disease let everyone pray for themselves and do good that God may spare them.

  14. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 5, 2014

    If you get Ebola we will give you our hotline number to call the hospital from your homes, and if the Ebola outbreak bad we will keep it low key so u all will not panic.

  15. oh oh :)
    August 5, 2014

    they should start monitoring ports of entry… there should be systems in place for detection, especially people coming from affected countries.

  16. Da truth
    August 5, 2014

    Another way to cleanse d world!! hmmmm

    • fraid
      August 6, 2014

      Well you sounding right because all of this time the disease killing Africans they have a test Serum that they never tried on any of them. But two Americans became ill and they gave them test Serum. hmm

  17. August 5, 2014

    Gov’t should make sure that any one who is travelling from any foreign country that is infected should not be allowed to enter in dominica…dominica is far from being equiped to face such a dangerous desease …where survival chances is about 1 percent over 100.

  18. real woman
    August 5, 2014

    Omg the world is really coming to an end. All different type of sickness 8-O :cry: :-? :(

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      The worst is yet to come.

  19. read up
    August 5, 2014

    well there shouldn’t be an outbreak in this part of the region but just so you know the virus is being brought to the U.S. Two American doctors who have contracted the virus are being brought home to the U.S to receive treatment and so that the U.S. can have a first hand experience with the virus in an effort to combat this deadly virus. So God forbid there is an outbreak but just know that it is closer to home.

  20. WWJD
    August 5, 2014

    We need more intense screening procedures at the Islands’ ports.
    Remember we have two international universities-Ross and All Saints- being attended by a large percentage of Students from the African continent. Soon we will have a large influx of these students back from vacation for school after summer break. I do not mean to be discriminatory, PUBLIC safety Should be our highest priority!!!!
    Our Health care services especially where prevention and and education is concerned, needs to be boosted A LOT! This may be costly, but at least Monies and effort will be better spent for an excellent cause, Saving Lives!!!
    This is a very SERIOUS viral illness people. Chikungunya brings you all the way down, but you bounce back. Ebola virus Kills (90% death rate) Follow this link for more in depth information. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
    LORD PLEASE SAFEGUARD US!!

    • Dominican
      August 5, 2014

      Totally agree with you!! Everything you said is on point. We need better screening of these individuals at all PORTS OF ENTRY!!

      • Concerned
        August 6, 2014

        Seriously these students should be screened from all angles. We need to keep our land and its people safe. The end is near, repent Dominicans and the world by extension. Ask yourself where you would like to spend eternity, a lake of eternal fire or at the Lord’s feet. Ebola we Dominicans rebuke you spirit of infirmity in the name of Jesus. No weapon formed against us shall not prosper In Jesus Name. Amen.

    • justice
      August 5, 2014

      Very good point…I completely forgot about alot of the students from Africa who study at Ross. Lord guide and protect them as they return to Dominica…We really can’t handle this down here….or anywhere for a matter of fact.

    • Yea
      August 6, 2014

      Thats true. Ive been thinking about that!

  21. cuteness
    August 5, 2014

    Wow what is our world coming to
    Lord please guide and protect my country 8)

  22. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014

    Wow what is our world coming to
    Lord please guide and protect my country 8)

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      I see what it is coming to; some of it has already come. Note some of the comments on this Website.

  23. quaylou
    August 5, 2014

    anytime that one reach around, i know for sure somebody purposely bring it.. them man and their depopulation agenda smh

    • Educated
      August 5, 2014

      Unfortunately its persons who think like you….”their depopulation agenda” in Africa are to blame for such a large Ebola outbreak. This virus is real and is deadly. Don’t think like that and hopefully save yourself and others……Ignorance is costing so many lives with this outbreak.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      Could be in some form of vaccination or pill to depopulate the nation. Some of those organizations can no longer get their way as also Planned Parenthood.
      Have you followed the US News especially Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN – http://www.ewtn.com Read the relevant articles on that Website.

  24. oh my
    August 5, 2014

    Let us just pray that everything goes well and they find a cure for such epidemic.
    Dominica cant handle such disease. we are a country which is very religious so therefore the good lord shall protect us all

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      This cure won’t be soon. In the meantime, millions of people could die.
      There is no cure for cancer and for HIV Aids. Since Ebola is a new disease, there will not be a cure for a long time. Do not be too quick to shake hands with others and to hug them especially if they are not members of your family. The disease is spread by merely touching the other person.

  25. Sierra
    August 5, 2014

    These health officials cannot handle the lesser evil Chickengunya but they want us to believe that they can handle the dangerous Ebola, a disease which more advanced countries are ill-prepared to deal with.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2014

      totally agree. wat an idiotic statement from the st Lucian. our region has failed to contain the chicken gun virus, but they talking about containing ebola…

  26. Peacock
    August 5, 2014

    Considering the rate the Chickunguna disease has spread in Dominica, we would be doomed if we ever have one case of Ebola. We have not been able to control the spread of the endemic, the results would be far worse if Ebola graces our shores. Our population would be wiped out. I hope our health officials and policy makers, by extension, the Government are putting measures in place and that includes, monitoring our borders.

    • justice
      August 5, 2014

      I hope that they are taking measures for true. Africa might sound far but all it takes is ONE PERSON coming to Dominica that has been infected but has not yet shown any signs of the sickness.

    • Dominica First
      August 5, 2014

      if the skerrit administration couldn’t do a little thing about chikungunya, do you think they can with ebola?

      • still
        August 5, 2014

        Why is everything about politics. Instead of wasting time focusing on politicians why don’t we spend more time learning about these things so that we can better protect ourselves. The politicians cannot come and clean up your backyard to prevent mosquitoes. When we are instructed on how to deal with these problems we say that they do not know what they are about. If evil a gets to Dominica and Dominicas treat it like chikungunya the same thing that is happening in Africa will happen here. The mentality of the people there mirrors that of Dominicans thinking that the professionals do not know what they are about. So stop worrying about politicians and put your house in order don’t wait for any politician to do it for you because it will never happen.

      • tell it like it is
        August 6, 2014

        Dominica first it must b under cellar u go to school, garbage talk.

    • Barbara Saunders
      August 8, 2014

      Dominica First,

      I hope you also saw the article on this very DNO medium about the Chikungunya spiking in some states in America and it doesn’t seem that the authorities there can control it either with all their expertise and resources. Most interestingly, you know how many comments there were on that article? six (6) and it has been six for three days. No comments because it cannot be blamed on the Dominican PM, the CMO and other health officials, so all those who were banging Dominica and its officials for the outbreak of Chikingunya are silent on the article about it spreading rapidly in America.

      We have information also about it spreading like wildfire in the other Caribbean countries but we are so filled with hate and so busy calling hell and damnation on our country that we can no longer think rationally.

      I do pray that the ebola virus does not come to our shores but God is in control and he uses situations to bring us to our senses. It really makes me sick the comments that I see in this medium. I believe strangers reading these must be wondering from what jungle we have emerged and we have the gall to call it freedom of speech and expression.

      Dominicans stop the hate and anger on all sides of the divide and pray for progress and prosperity for our nation.

      Blessings all!

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