Spread of Ebola Across Europe Is ‘Unavoidable’, Warns WHO Chief

James Rush, Independent, October 7, 2014

The spread of Ebola across Europe is “quite unavoidable”, the World Health Organisation has warned as four people were in hospital after a Spanish nurse became the first person known to have contracted the virus outside Africa.

WHO European director Zsuzsanna Jakab has said while more cases will spread in Europe, the continent should be well prepared to control the disease.

Health officials in Spain today said four people–the nurse, her husband and two others–were being monitored in hospital in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

“Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely,” Ms Jakab told Reuters.

“It is quite unavoidable . . . that such incidents will happen in the future because of the extensive travel both from Europe to the affected countries and the other way around,” she said.

Ms Jakab said European health workers were most at risk of becoming infected, but added that “the most important thing in our view is that Europe is still at low risk and that the western part of the European region particularly is the best prepared in the world to respond to viral haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola.”

It has emerged that the nurse, who had helped treat two Spanish missionaries who died after returning from Africa with the disease, first complained of feeling ill a week before she was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday.

The 40-year-old is understood to have contacted health workers after complaining of a low fever on September 30. She was only given tests for Ebola however when she turned up at hospital with a high fever on Monday, The Telegraph has reported.

One of those hospitalised is a health worker who has diarrhea but no fever. The other is a Spaniard who travelled from Nigeria, said Rafael Perez-Santamaria, head of the Carlos III Hospital where the infected nurse treated the two Spanish missionaries.

Health officials have said 22 people who came into contact with the nurse are also being monitored. They have not been isolated but they are having their temperature taken twice a day to check for signs of infection.

The EU has now asked Spain to explain how the nurse contracted the deadly disease, according to an AFP report.

The 40-year-old nurse, who has not been identified but is said to be in a stable condition, had [contact with] up to 30 colleagues who also treated the missionaries who died of Ebola at the hospital in Madrid.

A spokesman for the European Commission said the case, the first known case of Ebola spreading within a European country, would be discussed at a Health Security Committee meeting on Wednesday.

“The priority remains to find out what actually happened,” he said.

Officials said they were still investigating how the nurse was infected. She went on holiday after the second of the missionaries she had been caring for died on September 25, although, they stressed, she had not left Madrid.

Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said the Spanish nurse should not have contracted the deadly disease if appropriate containment and control measures had been taken.

“It will be crucial to find out what went wrong in this case so necessary measures can be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” he told Reuters.

Local media in Spain yesterday reported that staff at the Madrid hospital where the nurse became infected had claimed their protective suits did not meet health and safety requirements–though this has yet to be substantiated.

Meanwhile, a Norwegian doctor infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived in Norway for treatment. Officials said she was in an isolation ward at Oslo University Hospital.

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  • proud white

    well boys looks like whitey is going to have to figure this mess out. Niggas are gonna nig, or to put it another way, while we are figuring this mess out, they won’t help,they will just add more mess. Can we blame them? No we can’t they have a mental capacity of 10 year olds

    • Who Me?

      Even 10 year olds know you don’t mop up the mud by smearing more on.

    • I say let it spread! YT seems to handle this disease much better than the divergently evolved pavement ape. This could be a gift to civilization in disguise.

  • Julius Caesar

    What do you fellow AmRen visitors think of this? (“We’re Screwed” Major
    Garrett open mic briefing U.S.response to Ebola Outbreak Oct 3 2014).

    https://www(DOT)youtube(DOT)com/watch?v=6NTSU9w6uNc

    • propagandaoftruth

      Stupid mike.

      Probably just joking, but…hmm…

      As long as we don’t hurt black folk’s feelings. Racism – worth dying of ebola to oppose.

    • Malgus

      Female: “The most interesting thing is the travel kinda stuff…”
      Garrett: ” Yeah. We’re screwed. We’re just..”
      Female: (laughs) “That’s just what I was…” (laughs)
      —-
      Female: “If this DC test comes back positive, I’m doing a full reversal.”
      Garrett: “If the what?”
      Female: “The DC test. If it comes back positive, I’ll be doing a full reversal.”

      Sooo, going by this, it can be inferred that the media hoes are against travel restrictions to Ebola hot spots in Africa…. UNLESS some “test” (assuming it’s a possible Ebola patient) in Washington DC comes back positive… now that the media is directly threatened on their home turf, only THEN will they flip and support a travel ban…

      I suppose the rest of us lowly peasants can just catch Ebola and die, so long as “The Media” is safe and sound…

      • Julius Caesar

        That’s the conclusion I came to after I heard the recording.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    But MSNBC has informed us that a west African travel ban is racist. And since racism is the worst possible thing to Liberals, even worse than contracting ebola, I guess Europeans will just have to subject themselves and children to ebola to prove they’re not racist.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Well as long as they continue importing African plagues they’re going to have African plagues. Wouldn’t want to hurt Africans’ feelings.

    • Bantu_Education

      Well said. And of course tens of millions of white Americans voted for a white-hating half-black half-muslim also to prove they were not racist. There are so many such examples that I’m seriously thinking of writing one of those “101 ways” books – “101 ways to prove you’re not a racist”. If a publisher could be found it would sell millions..!!

      • Sloppo

        I know this isn’t much of a market study, but I would want to buy one of those.

        • Who Me?

          I would buy several, I have a few liberal relatives that I could buy them the book for Christmas presents.

          • Sloppo

            I was thinking of if as something I would read, but you’re right. That would make an excellent gift and I can think of a few people I would love to give it to right now.

    • Sloppo

      I like the way you put that. I hope you don’t mind if I use it somewhere else.

  • DaveMed

    The problem is not direct flights between Africa and Europe – those can be limited or stopped. It is the crossovers that present the real difficulty.

    To deal with those, we would need to enact a global ban on flights to and from Africa. Which would, of course, be a wonderful idea, but it’s just not going to happen.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      It shouldn’t be impossible to trace people who flew out of West Africa, then had a connection somewhere else before flying to Europe or America. It’s obviously more difficult than banning one-way flights, but I don’t see why this couldn’t be kept track of.

      For starters, we could ban anyone flying on a Liberian (or any other nation that has ebola) passport from entering Europe or America. It shouldn’t be too hard to prevent Africans from bringing ebola in.

      What’s more difficult is preventing Westerners (with European or American passports) from going to Africa and then coming back with ebola. But if we implemented a mandatory quarantine period before letting them back in, we should be able to prevent them from bringing ebola back to their home countries.

  • Who Me?

    Too bad about the missionaries, but they knew where they were going and they do talk a good game, saying they’d be willing to die for their particular brand of religion. Now the rubber meets the road, they need to do what they said.

    • Sick of it

      Most “missionaries” aren’t dedicated like the Apostles. Not even close. Notice that some have been spreading this disease because they were desperate to receive more advanced treatments back home in order to save their skins. Here’s a thought – If you don’t like putting your life in danger, don’t do international missionary work.

  • Bobbala

    Thoughts, words and ideas can be stopped at the border … Negros can not.

  • tobytylersf

    “That which is unconscious is experienced as fate,” according to Carl Jung.

    In the case of left-wingers, apparently what is “unconscious” is the idea of cause and effect. So if there’s no cause and effect, everything just happens. Ebola spreading across Europe is “unavoidable” if you believe that life is just phenomenological, rather than something that happens as a result of something else.

  • Sick of it

    “WHO European director Zsuzsanna Jakab”

    Need anything else be said?

    • gemjunior

      Nope. All that needs to be said is I think she’s a close friend of Barbara Spectre.

  • KenelmDigby

    It will arrive in the UK first. Count on it. The UK has an absolutely enormous west African derived population within its shores – which is growing massively day by day due to uncontrolled and unlimited immigration, which the politicians defend to the hilt – and an equally enormous number of west Africans coming and going via the UK’s main airports, particularly London’s Heathrow. In fact, I can safely say that the UK has more west Africans than the entirety of the USA and Canada, or the rest of Europe combined.
    It’s only a matter of time now.

    • Malgus

      Dig…

      I have very little experience with diseases, but I do know people. Individuals can be reasonable and logical. People, however, are panicky irrational herd animals. If this crud breaks bad in the UK, expect an exodus from wherever the hot spots are. Same here in the US.

      Now it’s just a waiting game… waiting to see if the sense of self-preservation will win out over PC Marxist “anti-racist” indoctrination…

    • gemjunior

      Plus, they can’t stop themselves from buying bushmeat in London underground markets, and even if every case is eliminated they’ll just keep reviving it since they have no impulse control and when they wanna eat home cooking baboon or fruit bat, that’s all.

  • Eddie Lutz

    It’s a horrific possibility that ebola will kill off 50-80% of blacks in Africa and clear out their enclaves in the rest of the world too. This prospect keeps me up at night.

  • AmericanCitizen

    The next big problem is going to be when South America gets Ebola and the influx of diarrhea ridden blood puking hispanics looking for free medical care overwhelms our border.

    • anony

      Then we’re really screwed!

  • Haereticus

    Weeks ago I, and many others, suggested that flights from west Africa should have immediately been suspended. Of course those who could have implemented such a policy, those whose primary purpose is to protect those who elected them to power, have not taken the necessary action. Consequently infected individuals have been flown at high speed across the oceans to our homelands. It looks increasingly likely that this plague from Africa continues to run out of control and may now claim the lives of our people. Those who neglected their responsibilities and allowed this to happen should be condemned. They should be ceremonially hung from the lampposts by surviving family members of the deceased.