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As Ebola virus spreads in West
Africa, some blame health workers

Los Angeles Times, by Robyn Dixon

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Posted By:earlybird, 7/5/2014 5:55:38 PM

The Ebola virus would be terrifying no matter where it struck: It’s a disease with no cure that causes headaches and fever, severe diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding and has been known to kill up to 90% of its victims. But in a corner of West Africa, where the disease took hold in recent months, traditional beliefs and superstitions have complicated efforts to prevent the illness. Some communities blame the disease´s emergence on those who have gone there to help — medical staff in alien-looking full-body protection suits and masks. Others do not believe the disease exists at all, but blame

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An American friend is now an expat living in Nairobi. When a female household worker fell ill a few years ago, the worker was convinced someone had put a curse on her. It turned out to be AIDs. They are extremely superstitious.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: turninggrey, 7/5/2014 6:01:09 PM     (No. 9912216)

We really need to enrich our cultural mixing bowl by having these people immigrate here.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/5/2014 6:09:56 PM     (No. 9912224)

We´ve flooded the continent with condoms in an attempt to arrest the AIDS problem, but apparently we´ve neglected the toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Beam me up Mubutu.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/5/2014 6:49:11 PM     (No. 9912253)

We have known since before 1987 that the AIDS virus came from Africa. I learned this a long, long time before I got interested in national politics. By the time a book was written about it in 1987, it was pandemic in Africa and epidemic in the US. Sadly, it is preventable but not exactly curable.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/5/2014 8:21:57 PM     (No. 9912319)

perhaps the local witch doctor can help...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Subal, 7/5/2014 9:59:30 PM     (No. 9912368)

Whats 0´bama care for aids?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/5/2014 10:27:01 PM     (No. 9912387)

No matter how much money or effort is thrown at some countries, they don´t want our help.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 7/5/2014 10:45:33 PM     (No. 9912394)

Funny how they are so superstitious, violent and bloodthirsty there, yet such pillars of family and society when they are in America./s

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Gartenfrau, 7/5/2014 11:04:28 PM     (No. 9912401)

I had the opportunity to travel hundreds of miles though west Africa. They have toilet paper, just no running water. The hotels we stayed in often had plumbing but no water. Every room had large buckets which we used for flushing the toilet and for bathing. I got a hot shower while in Nairobi and in in a small hotel in Mbarara, Uganda. Even in capital cities such as Kigali, Rwanda or Bujumbura, Burundi had no running water. Goma, DRC was the worst.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 7/6/2014 2:47:14 AM     (No. 9912465)

It is useless to blame the health workers for this. Because George W. Bush is going to be blamed for this, along with the greedy racism of anyone who refuses to worship Dear Leader Barack Hussein, African Superhero. Just wait, it´s in the pipes..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kiwinews, 7/6/2014 3:16:33 PM     (No. 9912996)

The savage wars of peace --
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hope to nought.

The first line, Mr Kipling is no longer allowed. But truth abides.

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