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(NBC News)   Teenage boy and girl "didn't stand a chance" after being attacked by bats infected with terrifying new mix of rabies and Ebola. This is not a pre-credits scene of this year's big Halloween flick   (vitals.nbcnews.com) divider line 128
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2012-09-28 01:59:23 PM
i46.tinypic.com

My God, what if it continues to mutate?
 
2012-09-28 02:01:01 PM
man, Africa sucks
 
2012-09-28 02:03:18 PM
Was just reading about Marburg and Lassa yesterday. Nasty stuff.
 
2012-09-28 02:04:12 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Hollie Maea: Christ. The Congo River drainage basin is eventually going to kill us all.

Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race.


At least 30%, maybe 50% would be better. Im skilled and equipped well enough to do just fine, assuming survival of the initial infection/incident.
 
2012-09-28 02:05:25 PM

FarkinHostile: The Stealth Hippopotamus: AirForceVet: FTA: New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Sounds like a billboard advertisement for Romney.

/Yeah, I don't care for Mittens.
//What's it to ya, buddy?

Do we have to have politics in every thread?!


I wanted to crack a SyFy joke. lost interest now.


I loathe election years. Everyone on every side act like idiots.

The only way to win is not to play.


The politics simpletons need to pick a side and defend it fanatically. It gives them an identity and a purpose.
 
2012-09-28 02:05:45 PM

AirForceVet: FTA: New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Sounds like a billboard advertisement for Romney.

/Yeah, I don't care for Mittens.
//What's it to ya, buddy?


Sounds more like Obama Appears to be one thing but acts like something totally different.
 
2012-09-28 02:07:40 PM

timujin: I know those end-of-the-world pandemic situations have always been fiction, but shiat like this keeps me wondering how long it will be until they're not...


The Spanish Flu Epidemic wasn't so very long ago. Makes me wonder...
 
2012-09-28 02:09:43 PM

Mishno: SHUT ∙ DOWN ∙ EVERYTHING!!!


And we're done here I think.
 
2012-09-28 02:09:53 PM

moto-geek: DrySocket: What are we going to call it? Rabola? Ebolabies? Rabebolabies?

call it the black plague


Red Tide.
 
2012-09-28 02:10:31 PM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: [prettycoolforaniconodule.files.wordpress.com image 800x600]
They should have listened.


208.116.9.205

/indeed...
 
2012-09-28 02:11:26 PM

Headso: So what's the deal.. all this shiat already exists and our expanding population keeps coming across it or is Africa like a hothouse for cooking crazy new viruses?


Due to the unstable Governments and high population, it's also a great place to test new bioweapons.

/adjusts tinfoil
 
2012-09-28 02:11:54 PM

Gyrfalcon: If it kills in three days, it kills way too fast to become pandemic. Like Ebola, it's going to be self-limiting until the transmission time gets a little longer.

That's not meant to be reassuring.


What this disease needs it its own version of Typhoid Mary.
 
2012-09-28 02:14:25 PM
Dusk! With a creepy, tingling sensation, you hear the fluttering of leathery wings! BATS! With glowing red eyes and glistening fangs, these giant unspeakable bugs drop onto....
 
2012-09-28 02:18:38 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: [i736.photobucket.com image 722x358]


imageshack.us

"Uh oh. This says Rabibola is an Overdemon from the seventh plane of Afrihell."
 
2012-09-28 02:21:23 PM
alicia-logic.com
 
2012-09-28 02:25:52 PM

Headso: Fark Rye For Many Whores: hemorrhagicrabies

you like hemmorrhagicrabie-patties don't you squidward?


Fun fact: Cholera comes to us from seashore animals (not even other mammals). Happy shiattime!
 
2012-09-28 02:26:50 PM
Yea I saw this movie.. I think it was called the rage virus. It was in 28 days..
 
2012-09-28 02:29:08 PM
It's farking Motaba... It's the same damn images they used in Outbreak, damnit.

Search the area for white-faced rhesus monkeys, and break out the E1101
 
2012-09-28 02:29:49 PM
Here's the original article for anybody interested in the science.

/SCIENCE!
 
2012-09-28 02:30:36 PM
www.fas.org
 
2012-09-28 02:30:52 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race




How great would that be!
 
2012-09-28 02:33:43 PM
In the case of a legitimate infection, I'm told that the body has a way of preventing it from taking hold.
 
2012-09-28 02:41:07 PM
My vote goes to "Ebolbies"
 
2012-09-28 02:47:29 PM

2KanZam: Slaves2Darkness: Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race



How great would that be!


Only if we get to pick.
 
2012-09-28 02:50:37 PM
Wierd.

Today is World Rabies Day.
 
2012-09-28 02:52:56 PM
So it killed 2 teenagers 3 years ago, but it's a "new" virus?
 
2012-09-28 02:53:49 PM
FTA: "A virus that killed two teenagers in Congo in 2009..."

None of you actually ever RTA, do you?

uptempoairforums.com
 
2012-09-28 02:55:44 PM
vintage.johnnyjet.com

"RAABOLA!"
 
2012-09-28 02:56:10 PM

Smeggy Smurf: African rabies. It has begun.


If it's carried by insects, picture it in Africanized honey bees.

Two crises for the price of one. Ramarabibolidingdong.
 
2012-09-28 02:58:07 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Hollie Maea: Christ. The Congo River drainage basin is eventually going to kill us all.

Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race.


Two-thirds and held at 2.4 billion through Draconian sterilization policies would be better for the planet. We might get cod back.

That would be lucky and delicious.
 
2012-09-28 02:58:38 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: AirForceVet: FTA: New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Sounds like a billboard advertisement for Romney.

/Yeah, I don't care for Mittens.
//What's it to ya, buddy?

Do we have to have politics in every thread?!


I wanted to crack a SyFy joke. lost interest now.


YES. It is the libtard religion.
 
2012-09-28 03:01:51 PM
Just carpet bomb the middle of Africa. Straight across, along the Congo and its tributaries.

Farking hot viruses.
 
2012-09-28 03:05:40 PM

Valiente: Slaves2Darkness: Hollie Maea: Christ. The Congo River drainage basin is eventually going to kill us all.

Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race.

Two-thirds and held at 2.4 billion through Draconian sterilization policies would be better for the planet. We might get cod back.

That would be lucky and delicious.


And you, of course, would be in charge....
 
2012-09-28 03:08:46 PM

tennessee.hillbilly: 2KanZam: Slaves2Darkness: Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race



How great would that be!

Only if we get to pick.




I'll take my chances
 
2012-09-28 03:10:17 PM
Dead in 72 hours sounds really scary, but is actually a good thing. It's going to be one that takes a few weeks that's going to kill us all. Especially if people can be asymptomatic long enough to get on planes.

/shut
//down
///everything
 
2012-09-28 03:11:03 PM
I just hope that rabies is never transmitted to sea life. That would totally fark shiat up.
 
2012-09-28 03:15:08 PM

2KanZam: Slaves2Darkness: Nah, but a major die off of humans is due, if we are lucky it will only be about 1/3 of the human race



How great would that be!


It would be even better if we could put together a list of nominees.
 
2012-09-28 03:16:08 PM

thoughtsausage: Here's the original article for anybody interested in the science.

/SCIENCE!


Wow, they patented it?!
FTA: "The authors have filed a patent application related to BASV"
 
2012-09-28 03:19:28 PM
Sipping on a Long Island Iced Tea, just having gotten back from the store buying shiat I don't need, sitting on my quadcore with three monitors. I could care less about Africa.
 
2012-09-28 03:22:01 PM

WorkingInParadise: Reminds me of something I've seen somewhere before...


imageshack.usimages1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-09-28 03:22:51 PM
Twenty million kids are eaten by bats every second.
 
2012-09-28 03:23:00 PM
After reading the Hot Zone, it only confirmed the fact that I never want to go to Africa. Although it strangely made me less afraid of Ebola. While it is one of the most horrific ways you could die, it's too hard to spread very far (at least the current strains are) so it's not terribly frightening as it is very unlikely you'll ever get it. On the other hand, if it manages to find a way to mutate into a form that has a longer incubation period before it completely liquifies the person thus allowing them to infect more people, then maybe I'll be more afraid of it. This is not to say that it isn't terrifying for those who have it or are around someone who has it.
 
2012-09-28 03:26:26 PM

priapic_abandon: [www.fas.org image 453x546]


You don't nuke sites from orbit with a daisy cutter
 
2012-09-28 03:45:21 PM

Slaves2Darkness: MaxxLarge: DrySocket: What are we going to call it? Rabola? Ebolabies? Rabebolabies?

I vote for "RabiEbola."

And if that doesn't work, how about "Super-AIDS Death Grippe."

Since it you bleed out I vote for Khorne


No, it can't be a Khornate virus--all infectious diseases are Nurgle's little gifts, as any person who knows about Chaos knows. (Though I have to say that Nurgle might just have outdone his little Barney-The-Plague-Dinosaur-esque self this time with Bas-Congo rhabdovirus. Haemorrhagic rhabdoviruses--wow, that is Nightmare Fuel Unleaded Plus Octane, even. O_o)
 
2012-09-28 03:45:54 PM
24.media.tumblr.com

Was hoping for mermen...
 
2012-09-28 03:49:31 PM

Gyrfalcon: If it kills in three days, it kills way too fast to become pandemic. Like Ebola, it's going to be self-limiting until the transmission time gets a little longer.

That's not meant to be reassuring.


The one thing I worry about is that rhabdoviruses tend to be transmitted by a lot of body fluid vectors, and if it acts at all like the other rhabdoviruses (not just rabies, but the other rabies-like bat rhabdoviruses like Australian bat lyssavirus et al) merely being rapidly fatal pretty much isn't going to stop it from being established--the one bad thing about rhabdoviruses is that there is a lot of virus shed and usually a fairly long incubation period before symptoms show. (Rabies is typically fatal within 72 hours of symptom presentation, but turns out to be actually trasmissible before symptoms show up--we don't know if that's true for Bas-Congo rhabdovirus yet, as it does seem to be an emerging rhabdovirus.)
 
2012-09-28 03:55:15 PM

PYROY: I just hope that rabies is never transmitted to sea life. That would totally fark shiat up.


Well...let's just say you probably should never get too close to pinnipeds (sea lions and seals), because not only are they in the one clade besides bats most susceptible to transmission of rabies but there have been recorded cases of rabid sea lions. :P

(I've not heard of cases of rabid cetaceans, though--whether it's just a case where rabies transmission is rare or if (like most cases in ungulates) most cases are of paralytic rabies that would likely kill a cetacean via suffocation first. That doesn't mean whales couldn't get rabies, just that it's probably very rare.)

Most sea life, though...you should be safe; rhabdoviruses are pretty mammaliform-specific (you can get rabies virus to grow in chick and duck cells but it's very attenuated--it's what they used to do to make rabies vaccine in some countries) and pretty much most sea life is non-mammalian. :D
 
2012-09-28 04:00:54 PM

orezona: None of you actually ever RTA, do you?


If we did that, how would get your superiority fix?
 
2012-09-28 04:07:06 PM

Headso: So what's the deal.. all this shiat already exists and our expanding population keeps coming across it or is Africa like a hothouse for cooking crazy new viruses?


As others have put it, it's a little from column A, a little from column B, and even a little from columns C and D that you didn't mention:

a) Viruses evolve and mutate, and bats in particular seem to be little hothouses of viral evolution (in the case of filoviruses and rhabdoviruses in particular)--much like cattle and pigs are with certain other viral families (cattle with "rinderpest lineage" viruses and orthopoxviruses, and pigs with influenza viruses).

b) The Congo (both of them), and in fact the entirety of the Lakes Region of sub-Saharan Africa, have been in a state of endemic war where people have been moving into forests and areas where the natural hosts of these diseases live--and people move in these areas not just on account of war but on account of stuff like harvesting of wood and the like.

c) In these same areas, a fair number of the endemic hosts of diseases tend to be eaten as "bushmeat"--basically a lot of the animal protein in these areas comes not from domesticated animals but from wild animals hunted as food, and a lot of wild animals that aren't traditionally eaten in Western cultures like bats and primates. (Incidentially, it's now thought Ebola and HIV originally crossed over into humans through bushmeat consumption and preparation.)

d) Healthcare in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside of major cities in South Africa or Nairobi is...shall we say...lacking; it's entirely possible that some of these "new" and emerging diseases have existed for some time in isolated populations (with no access to modern healthcare) and are only now being discovered by Western epidemiologists. (HIV has almost certainly been present since the 1800s in Africa but only was discovered by epidemiology in the early 80s. This isn't even something restricted to Africa, by the way; Sin Nombre hantavirus has existed in the Southwest US for thousands of years, long enough that warnings existed in Dine culture about deer mice having a fatal "medicine" to the point that hogans found with deer mice were to be burned down, but the disease was only discovered by Western epidemiologists in the late 90s when epidemics occurred "off rez". Lyme disease may actually be the same way, in that it's probably existed for thousands of years in America (long enough that Cherokee stories of the Little Deer existed warning folks to take precautions in deer hunting--especially warning re rheumatism; arthritis is now a known consequence of chronic Lyme infection) but only recently discovered by Western epidemiologists.)
 
2012-09-28 04:15:57 PM
the best part is the end of the article:

"If you had to get Ebola, this is the strain to get,"
 
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