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Old 12-16-2014, 03:43 PM   #541
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A little bump here... just to look at the projected cost:

Ebola: Here's How Much the Next Ebola Will Cost Us

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The global community cannot withstand another Ebola outbreak: The World Bank estimates the two-year financial burden price tag of the current epidemic at $32.6 billion. Unfortunately, the virus has revealed gaping holes in our preparedness for major infectious disease epidemics. Because of these, plus the urbanization of rural communities and globalization of travel and trade, more of these epidemics are expected.
.... and "Chikungunya" ?

hmm.. lest we forget...
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What is Ebola?
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:58 PM   #543
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What is Ebola?
A South American throwing weapon made with balls and ropes.
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The last Ebola patient being treated in Mali has survived the disease and been released, the Health Ministry said Friday, leaving no known cases in the West African country.
Mali: Last Known Ebola Case Has Recovered - ABC News
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:42 PM   #545
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Today's Chicago Trib has this update on Ebola in the US

U.S. Ebola panic vanishes just as money is about to flow - Chicago Tribune

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Two months after the first U.S. Ebola patient died in Dallas, thousands of people have been screened at airports and tracked by health workers, and millions of dollars have been spent readying hospitals.

And just one new case has been diagnosed in America.

Of 10 patients treated for the disease in the U.S., most of whom were controlled medical evacuations from the outbreak in West Africa, eight have survived.

While the disease is still ravaging Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, last week Congress allocated more than $800 million to prepare and compensate states for readying for Ebola in the U.S., more than a month after the last case was diagnosed in the country. Thirty-five hospitals nationwide are ready for an influx of contagious patients. At this rate, they may see only a handful, under highly controlled circumstances.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:46 PM   #546
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A South American throwing weapon made with balls and ropes.
I thought it was electronic bowling..
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Insect eating bat may be the origin of Ebola outbreak

Insect-Eating Bat May Be Origin of Ebola Outbreak, New Study Suggests
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An old thread but definitely worthy of an update:

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A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said the findings, being published in the Lancet, could be a "game-changer".

Experts said the results were "remarkable".
Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer' - BBC News
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An old thread but definitely worthy of an update:

Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer' - BBC News
If it works it is very welcome news. Of course, that means you'll have to update your "reasons not to live in Texas" list, dropping one item.
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I'm delighted that the vaccine is effective. I just wish the Canadian federal government didn't give it away for $200,000.
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Wonder how much Merck will charge for it...
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Wow - that really is great news. I haven't heard much since last summer. I know that several countries were able to eliminate all cases, but I hadn't heard what happened to the main two or three countries that were still struggling with it.
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This is a good lesson about orphan diseases. Under the right circumstances they can cause an epidemic. Hopefully this research will translate into prevention of Marburg hemorrhagic virus.

From time to time I find an interesting podcast, recently I found TWiV, This Week in Virology. Interesting discussions from leaders in the field about the profession. I had no idea that the US has more virologist PhDs and Postdocs than can find work. The discussion about how to discourage more from that field bummed me.... all that talent being pulled along by the economics of universities and the need for lab assistants with no where to land at the end.
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I'm delighted that the vaccine is effective. I just wish the Canadian federal government didn't give it away for $200,000.
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Wonder how much Merck will charge for it...

A lot more than 200K I am sure. Still I don't think this a multi billion dollar drug, it isn't like it cure something important like erectile dysfunction.
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A lot more than 200K I am sure. Still I don't think this a multi billion dollar drug, it isn't like it cure something important like erectile dysfunction
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You can die from ebola. ED you have to live with.
How long had it been since the previous ebola outbreak? Maybe 20 years?

And even in this latest outbreak, how many people died? 15,000? And perhaps 98%+ of them lived in third world countries where average GDP/person might be measured in the hundreds of dollars?

So even if 30,000 people bought this drug this time around, it could easily be 10-20 years before the next outbreak. So it would average maybe 3,000 doses/year?

True, it is life-saving...but the people that need it most don't have the means to spend for it. And even if they charged $1,000 for it (which I doubt even that could be coughed up by these poor countries), that's $3 Million in revenue/year for a multi billion dollar/year firm.

They'd get more benefit from the positive PR/free marketing than anything else.
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I was being sarcastic.
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Until some other contagious case somehow makes their way through the customs protocols and presents in a first-world country. Then you'll see plenty of well heeled demand for inoculation at profitable prices.
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Until some other contagious case somehow makes their way through the customs protocols and presents in a first-world country. Then you'll see plenty of well heeled demand for inoculation at profitable prices.
That may very well be the 'master plan'. Once the vaccine is tested thoroughly and a profit model is established.

But no pharmaceutical company would ever do that.
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