The Ebola Virus Epidemic – where to from here…

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Greg Martin takes a look at the factors that could lead to the Ebola Virus Epidemic spreading out of Africa and into other parts of the world like the USA and Europe. Dr Martin highlights the fact that front line medical workers might be at risk of exposure to Ebola and should be informed of he signs and symptoms that should be looked for.

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Shawn P says:

Dr Martin new the consequences of this before he went over there . this is on him, our pathetic US government is allowing these people to come back over here sick sending them from hospital to hospital of course it is spreading.

Cory MacVie says:

I would love to know your thoughts on  Demo video: 

J Vaughan says:

Thank you for posting this talk on the Ebola Virus Epidemic. The long incubation period must make this so much more complex for health care professionals.

Jessica Kraus says:

This epidemic brings many reminders of the everyday sacrifices health professionals make. Very sad to find out that Sheik Umar Khan, the patient and medical expert on the disease, that was to be flown to Germany, was unable to make it:

Keith Roberts says:

Greg – Good video. Any actions that you would recommend airlines should take? (apart from stopping flying to countries that are directly impacted)

Nancy Godwin says:

Thanks Dr Martin, very interesting.  And this bears out the danger to healthcare providers.  Very sad.

Linda Didcott says:

Thanks for an excellent talk Greg! Sad a about the nurse Marilyn Lahana dying!

dlbj11 says:

I agree that widespread measures need to be implemented at health care facilities, but this approach seems more likely to cause widespread hysteria and panic, rather than rational responses.  Why not push for prevention – thinking through measures *before* suspect cases arive, rather than scaring workers about what to do after one does?  And since it seems that the South African case did not evolve into a global epidemic, why not publicize why it didn't?

Kris Ronsin Novakovic says:

Greg, thanks for another great video. I think everyone has heard or watched horror stories from the field, but many of us in the global health sector who aren't directly at risk for exposure may not always remember just how powerful a contagion it is.  The coverage we see is from developing countries and transmission of Ebola to America is now a very real risk that should be considered.  This video is very important for giving that risk a context.  Can't wait for the next one!

Murray Earle says:

Thank you Dr Martin. I'm updating a masters degree course (Edinburgh University, in International Public Heath Care Law & Security), part of which looks at population and disease migration. Although Ebola is an arguably extreme example, it illustrates well the basic principles of migration health, for which many thanks.

Keith Martin says:

I wonder how the New Yorkers feel, now they have someone with Ebola in one of their hospitals?


Thanks for sharing. I was hoping that you would do a video on the Ebola virus epidemic. I agree with what you said. We have to be prepared!

Colette Joubert says:

Are people who work in African airports made aware of such diseases?
Are the staff at our airport actually equipped to recognise the symptoms of a traveller
displaying the symptoms?  

Colette Joubert says:

…just rushing off to buy myself a personal contamination suit, with my own oxygen tanks….does anyone know where I could buy such a thing?

Colette Joubert says:

Is there a website that would give real time stats as to where the Ebola virus is? Living in Africa….hum.

wendy martin says:

Exceptionally interesting. A huge eye opener ! Are there any educational communications to the general public? Living here in AFRICA, it is most likely that people like school teachers, school nurses, and health care workers that are found in large communities like the clinics of Soweto and Alexandra, would be the first to see the symptoms. We have a huge population where access to emergency communication is limited. It is a point of concern…

Missouriflies says:

good video thanks… have a degree in biochemistry but this outbreak kicked up  my early warning signals some time ago. Media coverage is completely lame. Probablility of long distance spread is high as hell… probability of world wide spread… high! infectiousness…. high.  looks like flu… oh snap! just wait till fall

Global Health with Greg Martin says:

The Ebola virus epidemic may well spread out of Africa. Dr Greg Martin takes a look at some of the variables that contribute to this risk and discusses some steps that should be taken.

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