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Thursday, July 31, 2014

How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence, plagues and disease

During the first part of the coming Tribulation period, a forth of the world will die by war, famine and disease, (according to bible prophecy, a further 1/3 die later).  Given the current world population of 7 1/4 billion people, some 1.8 billion would be dead from these causes. That is an unimaginable number, considering that the entire death total of World War 2 was 60 million, (or 2.5% of world population at that time).

How many of these deaths would be attributable to disease is unknown, but the articles below suggest just how quickly a global pandemic of a major disease could happen.  Seriously folks, you don't want to be around when the judgments of Revelation get rolling.  Now is definitely the day of salvation, (2 Corinthians 6:2).

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8 NIV
How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe
Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are 'justified' an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer. The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting 'anyone on the same plane'.  The disease has swept through Western Africa, having first been detected in Guinea in February.
Since then victims have succumbed to the incurable illness, which starts with flu-like symptoms before evolving to cause catastrophic internal bleeding, in Sierra Leone and Liberia. But it was the death of a U.S. citizen in the Nigerian captial of Lagos on Friday,  that has prompted fears the disease could be on the brink of spreading to the West, as experts warn it could be carried across international borders by air travelers. 

Global authorities on alert over Ebola outbreak
Health officials in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, fearing that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa could go global, are quarantining airline passengers from the region who have shown symptoms of the disease. The outbreak -- the largest in history -- has spread across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and killed at least 672 people, according to the World Health Organization. The disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment. It has a fatality rate of at least 60%. In the United Kingdom, the Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that a man who flew into Birmingham airport recently from Nigeria via Paris was clear of the virus despite saying he felt feverish.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are in the grip of the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history. According to the latest figures from the Centre for Disease Prevention, 672 people have died so far from 1201 cases. That number is likely to have already risen. To put that in context, the biggest previous outbreak of the disease saw 224 deaths from 425 cases, and there have only been 2,300 deaths from all previous outbreaks of the virus. This outbreak, which has been growing since January, concerns the deadliest form of the Ebola virus, Zaire ebolavirus. Named after the country which saw the first outbreak of the disease in 1976, the Zaire strain kills on average 78 per cent of those who contract it. It is mainly found in tropical Central and West Africa and can have up to a 90 per cent mortality rate.

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