IMAGE By MARTIN from Germany.
“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
Epidemic Hazard in Namibia on Friday, 30 September, 2011 at 15:54 (03:54 PM) UTC.
Four Hakahana residents died from a mysterious illness that caused a strange rash and caused hemorrhaging through the nose, eyes, and other body openings. 3 died over the past 3 days while 2 shack dwellers are fighting for their lives in a city hospital and several others have been discharged from hospital. One died last week [week of 19 Sep 2011]. The strange disease that causes its victims to bleed and pass excessive blood in their urine and fecal matter has left doctors at Katutura State Hospital baffled. Medical authorities are also trying to find the source of the swiftly-killing disease that has struck terror at Hakahana. Among those who died in the last 3 days are one man, one woman, and a child. When New Era visited the bereaved families yesterday [28 Sep 2011] together with the Moses Garoeb Constituency councillor, Martin David, the families of the deceased were still in shock at the sudden death of their beloved ones.
[A man] said his shebeen [bar] attendant went to see him before her demise complaining of a splitting headache and he told her to go to hospital. "After she went to the hospital she started to develop red pimples on the whole body, the same afternoon she started vomiting blood, bleeding through the anus," he said. She started complaining last Thursday evening [22 Sep 2011] and went to Katutura hospital on Friday but was sent back home as nurses said she was in a stable condition. But on Sunday [25 Sep 2011] at around 11 pm her relatives called him saying she was critical and she died upon arrival at Katutura State Hospital where she had been admitted. According to a family member of the deceased, the woman died on Monday [26 Sep 2011], and they are still shocked by the death because they had not experienced a disease with such symptoms before. New Era has learnt that another of the victims also died yesterday [Wed 28 Sep 2011] after displaying similar symptoms. The victim was also a resident of Hakahana. The residents said they now live in fear because they do not know what exactly is causing the sudden deaths.
Councillor David has his own theories about the deaths saying it could be that the victims ate poisoned food scavenged from one of the dumpsites. A mourner at one of the funerals said: "We are still waiting from the doctors to identify the cause of the deaths but for now we are very scared." Residents appealed to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to urgently investigate the disease and inform the public on how to prevent it so that they could take precautionary measures. "The ministry must investigate so that they can introduce campaigns of injecting or whatever they can do for us to prevent this serious outbreak. People are dying in a short period," said one resident. Another child died last week [week of 19 Sep 2011] in the same neighbourhood when he started passing blood-tainted urine and his mother took him to hospital, bringing to 4 the number of victims. 2 people who are hospitalised are also bleeding from the eyes and urinating blood and have symptoms similar to those who died. Approached for comment, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Kahijoro Kahuure, said he had not been informed about the illness.
|Biohazard name:||Unidentified Fatal Infection (Type of hemorrhagic fever)|
|Biohazard level:||4/4 Hazardous|
|Biohazard desc.:||Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.|
|Symptoms:||Strange rash and caused hemorrhaging through the nose, eyes, and other body openings.|
The hospitals filled up fast and the surrounding tents outside of the hospitals filled up even quicker. It was a new strand of hemorrhagic fever and it didn't just stop at death. The bodies of the dead were coming back to "life" and feeding on the living. At first it was just a few patients. Not all of the dead re-animated. This meant that the infection was evolving and mutating. It was figuring out how to spread itself even after it's host had long since passed away.
The first patient to re-animate was a man who had bled out of his eyes and his anus during the night. A nurse came to check on him in the morning. He bit a hole in her throat and ate out her tongue. When they found him he was drinking her blood and eating more of the fleshy part of her throat. The doctors restrained him and began running tests. They were able to establish a few things before patient number two came back from flatlining and ate the patient in the bed next to hers.
It seemed that this new hemorrhagic fever was being caused by a virus and a bacterial infection all at once. The virus would cause a severe rash and bleeding. It would attack the immune system and pave the way for the following bacterial infection to set up shop in the brain, spinal fluid and in muscle tissue. Patients would "die" from the virus but come back from the dead because of the bacteria rapidly reproducing in their bodies. The word die is in quotes because the victims weren't really dead. They had a pulse, heartbeat and could attack but they were in other respects dead. They showed very little brain activity, were unable to speak or understand anything and their bodies seemed to start to decay.
Some of the doctors attributed the decay of the victims bodies to the bacteria and how it was attacking red and white blood cells. The next thing the doctors tried to figure out was why these "zombies", for lack of a better word, were attempting and succeeding at eating the living.
Their theory on this was that somehow the immune system of the "undead" was still active and attempting to rid itself of the bacteria by ingesting iron (found in human blood). Iron may be a limiting factor in the growth of bacteria. Every living person has a certain amount of free iron in their bodies. Their other theory was that the bacteria was controlling it's host and forcing it to attack the living so that it could spread itself. Like a rabid dog biting and infecting new hosts.
All of these theories are just that ....theories. Nobody knows for certain. But one thing is for sure...if this new strand of hemorrhagic fever isn't contained we will all be facing zombie hordes very soon.
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - epidemic in Namibia found on this website.
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