U.N. says $600 million needed to tackle Ebola as deaths top 1,900

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Factoidz wrote:

It’s like that TV series “The Last Ship”.

Sep 03, 2014 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

Unfortunately, the West gets blamed for this. Ignorance helps support rumors amongst locals that Ebola is being spread by the West against Africans. God save us from the ignorant.

Sep 03, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MightyMatt wrote:

@JapanViewer your comment is extremely ignorant itself. Ignorance is when you have access to knowledge and yet chose not to accept it. The overwhelming majority of people in these West African countries do not have access to internet, television, or even in many cases cell phone service. To say they are ignorant is incredibly obnoxious of you. Not to mention the fact that you are praying to be saved from “rumors” that have no effect on you whatsoever while these unfortunate souls are praying to simply eat and survive this epidemic. And before you accuse me of not knowing what I’m talking about, I’ve lived in Liberia for the past 14 months until I was unwillingly evacuated a few weeks ago. It is comments like yours that make me ashamed of being from “the West”.

Sep 03, 2014 2:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

It’s spread continues by lack of education, suspicious people and a lack of financial support and human resources. An example was the patient who escaped quarantine and went to a crowded market. Funding and research should be increased dramatically to find a vaccine/cure as this outbreak shows that it has the potential to become a pandemic.

Sep 03, 2014 3:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wgward wrote:

UN should be more concerned with ISIS and Putin, whose forces are killing more people…than Ebola.

Sep 03, 2014 4:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:

No problem get it from SIM USA, the international Christian aid organization, I doubt they pay taxes and spend most of their funds outside the United States, since we Zero poverty and no one ever goes to bed hungry nor needs aid. Don’t forget the CDC is getting involved, and soon 20 guinea pigs opps I mean volunteers, in Maryland will be infected on purpose(as if there are not enough sick people to go around) to test a drug for a cure, then to add insult to injury it’s company from England, as if they don’t have any land left. No to worry, I’, sure when a cure is found those infected will get free drugs and the rest of us will get a Cure Paycheck in the mail. Most pharmaceutical companies give their drugs away, right.

Sep 03, 2014 4:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

It’s spread continues by lack of education and a lack of financial support and human resources. An example was the patient who escaped quarantine and went to a crowded market. Funding and research should be increased dramatically to find a vaccine/cure as this outbreak shows that it has the potential to become a pandemic.

Sep 03, 2014 4:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve wrote:

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council………..

THAT is the problem with this country. I wonder just what the heck this titled person does?

Sep 03, 2014 5:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

Funding and research should be increased dramatically to find a vaccine/cure as this outbreak shows that it has the potential to become a pandemic.

Sep 03, 2014 7:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mott wrote:

Why not allocate $200M taking it from the $14B we allocated to the fake veteran-backlog-deaths?

Sep 03, 2014 8:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vorter wrote:

Which will almost exclusively be paid for by the US and other Western nations despite China, Russia, India and other world powers being more at risk and with sizeable populations and economies. But don’t expect them to lift a finger or send a dollar.

Sep 03, 2014 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
freedom031 wrote:

UN said it needs $600mill. , first of all no accountability , second of all this is chicken change for Bill Gates , come on Bill send it over to them you’ve been infatuated with Africa for years now, you’ll make it back within a year Bill from all of us peasants here in North America. Give a call to Warren, we are sure he can throw in a Billion or so ,he’ll make that off Burger King soon enough.

Sep 03, 2014 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Linus666 wrote:

Hey, maybe Bill Gates and Warren (I don’t pay my fair share of taxes) Buffet will step up to the plate. Shoot that’s just walkin’ around money to those guys. What was that line about the white man’s burden?

Sep 03, 2014 9:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccharles wrote:

These countrys get sooo much aid for the fight against aids which is beyond empdemic in Africa that if nothing else, they should have a super medical complex of some sort in the area. Do they? NO.

I understand the humanitarian issue, but what are you going to do to change the path they are on, nothing has worked in over 100 years. Isnt it cruel and unusual punishment to have people that live off of aid? An dosnt it populate an promulgate this kind of issue?

Sep 03, 2014 10:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sonzi wrote:

I guess the US has to pick up the tab? I’m not really fond of the continuation of money being flushed down the toilet in Africa. In fact, I would do the opposite; pull any uninfected western workers from this area and quarantine the continent. Let the African witchdoctors cure the sick.

Sep 03, 2014 10:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

Best be ready to hunker down for a few months if this thing goes airborne. It’ll be no joking matter. And yeah maybe Gates and Buffet will step up, as I’m sure you would if you were loaded.

Sep 03, 2014 11:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

Best be ready to hunker down for a few months if this thing goes airborne. It’ll be no joking matter. And yeah maybe Gates and Buffet will step up, as I’m sure you would if you were loaded.

Sep 03, 2014 11:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:

This outbreak is a veryyy serious event. If not contained, could spread and kill Millions and millions. Whatever the cost, it must be beared. Clampdown, contain , quarantine. do whatever is necesssary .As the sick will spread the disease and skirt any law, to save themselves.

Sep 03, 2014 11:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RegentProxy wrote:

Will stop Ebola for only $500,000,000.00.
Act now price goes to $600,000,000.00 in nov.
OR wait for El’boama to stop Ebola. Not going
to happen.

Sep 03, 2014 11:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BaiJiuUSA wrote:

Vorter is absolutely correct! Why is China and Russia not paying into this epidemic? But then again, those countries don’t care about the state of their populations. Only economic prosperity for the top level peeps, where as the rest of the world can go screw itself.

hmmm… that also sounds a lot like the republican party!!

IF china was a to lose half of its population, the government would be happy!

Sep 04, 2014 2:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
OlduvaiNovel wrote:

It’s really unfortunate to read the political posturing by a few commentators. Ebola has no political leanings and could care less about them, you can be infected whether you are left/right wing or in North America or Asia; it’s only a plane ride away. This is one of the unintended consequences of globalisation and over-population. The world is overdue for a pandemic and although we like to think of ourselves as being able to control everything, nothing could be further from the truth. While we might keep crises at bay for the short-term, it only means when one hits it will be larger and deadlier–it’s what happens when we constantly interfere in nature. Should this get away from those trying desperately attempting to contain it…well, watch the movie ‘Contagion’ to get an idea.

Sep 04, 2014 6:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BobtheMoron wrote:

$580 million of it will end up in the pockets of corrupt government and UN officials. Not today, not ever as far as I’m concerned. Anything the UN is involved with is a complete debacle.

Sep 04, 2014 9:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seriously2016 wrote:

Forget ISIS…this is one nasty virus. This thing gets loose and spreads to the West and Europe it could be catastrophic.

Sep 04, 2014 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DonD1977 wrote:

Unchecked epidemics do more than kill people – they rewrite the rules of society. Europe changed a great deal after the Black Death – and Africa will change – whether or not it wants to – in the wake of this plauge.

The incopetence and correuption of African governments was never tolerable – now it is no longer survivable.

Sep 04, 2014 11:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seriously2016 wrote:

YesNoMaybeSo…Canadian researchers have already confirmed what you fear. In tests they have shown that Ebola can be transmitted without direct contact with an infected animal. It can survive for days in an aerosol. And it takes a little as 1 virus to develop the full blown disease. We need to take this outbreak very seriously. They can’t contain this thing forever.

Sep 04, 2014 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jim1648 wrote:

Seriously2016,
I am not sure that it even needs to become airborne. If the infections double every three or four months due to direct contact, then that is 10 times per year. It doesn’t take many years to become a big problem. Eventually, it will hit some natural (or cultural) barrier that stops it, but there could be a lot of disruption to the world’s economic system by then.

Sep 04, 2014 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
alowl wrote:

$316k/person. Sounds like we’re being taken to the cleaners.
Would be cheaper just to nuke @ $15 million/warhead. 4 or 5 should be enough.

Sep 04, 2014 2:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

Leave Africa to Africa. The US has invested too much in this country which is fast-approaching the cesspool level.

Sep 04, 2014 9:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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