Tuesday, December 04, 2007

In case you didn't have enough to worry about...

Today there's been yet another outbreak of a form of the naughty Ebola virus in Africa. Emerging viruses are bound to be discovered due to the superior disease tracking that's now being used, but that doesn't lessen the severity of this, or other outbreaks. From the Sun-Sentinal:
GENEVA -- A new form of the deadly Ebola virus has been detected in an outbreak in western Uganda that has so far killed 16 people, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Tests conducted by a national lab in Uganda and confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the virus belongs to a different subtype than the four already known, said WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.

"We are very concerned about this because it does not present (symptoms) in exactly the same way as other Ebola strains," he said, adding that the new subtype appeared to be associated with vomiting, which does not usually occur in Ebola patients.
Ebola is known as a "retro-virus", meaning it evolved "backwards" from a more complex life form. Ebola is made of a single strand of RNA, which invades the host cell and takes over its functions, which then creates new virus particles.
Ebola typically kills most of those it strikes through massive blood loss, and has no cure or treatment. It is spread through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person, or objects that have been contaminated with infected secretions.


"This could be a milder strain of the disease, but we still need additional information to confirm that," Formenty said.

The three main subtypes usually kill 50 to 90 percent of infected patients. A fourth subtype, Reston, does not cause any symptoms and is not fatal.
The Reston outbreak is especially worrisome, because even though it wasn't fatal to humans, it was devastating to monkeys. And the scary part is, it appears to have been transferred by air, not direct fluid contact.

If Ebola Zaire ever mutates to that point, the entire planet could get sick within a matter of weeks, with an over-90% death rate.

Yes. That is scary.

But no matter. We're approaching the holiday season, and a spirit of joy and giving should soon alleviate those worries. That's why I've decided to start featuring wonderful gift ideas here at ConnecticutBob.Com

Let's start with this:

Your very OWN plushie Ebola virus!

This lovely, hugable soft creature is a replica of the Ebola virus, magnified over a million times!

And you'll get a million times the hugs from your special loved one when you give them Ebola!

Available online (along with other popular bugs, such as plushie "E. Coli", plushie "Syphilis", and plushie "Chicken Pox") from GIANTmicrobes.com

Infect your whole family!

UPDATE: We got our 300,000th hit today! Woo-hoo!

And, since I'm such a big Ebola fan, here's the new logo for my new website:

Ebola Bob!


Connecticut Man1 said...

Awesome on the hits! Though, I think I'll skip on the plushies. ICK!

CT Bob said...


...but they DO make a memorable gift!

sellitman said...

Not politically correct enough for my kids. Great job on the hit machine though.

CT Bob said...

Hee hee...yeah, especially with quality posts like this one, I'm quite frankly SHOCKED that there haven't been three MILLION hits!

Oh well, there's no accounting for taste (or in my case, the complete lack thereof!)

Cap said...

Way to go, CTBob! 300,000!!

I'm proud to say many of those hits were mine.

CT Bob said...

Thanks for reading my silly rantings. Hope you like my new video above!

Jonathan Kantrowitz said...

Do you count hits the way FIC does? jk

CT Bob said...

LOL...yeah Jon, I round it up to the nearest thousand.

Every day.

saramerica said...

Mazel Tov on the hits.

and it's a good thing I hadn't just had a sip of coffee when I saw the plush Ebola toy and Ebola Bob emblem. It would have been a coffee out the nose minute

CT Bob said...

Thanks Sarah!

I think the plushie Ebola is adorable. Isn't it the cutest li'l virus you've ever seen?