The power of the Ebola virus is like the premise of too many science-fiction books and movies. WHO World Health Organization:
The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
4. What are typical signs and symptoms of infection? Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. (WHO)
Media headlines about how contagious it can be how easily it spreads make the idea of flying in a plane or going to the hospital seem unnecessarily dangerous.
First signs are like a bad case of the flu, and it’s too easy to miss-diagnose it. That’s also how medical workers are getting sick, and then consider how many people each affected nurse, doctor etc. see on a daily basis, and you really do feel that a medical disaster movie is being played in real life.
The Jerusalem Post has reported that people who have arrived from the “affected areas” are being searched for to make sure none are carrying the dreaded Ebola virus. Considering the amount of tourism to Israel and the number of illegal workers from Africa, this is a danger. Yes, it’s a medical danger.
But there’s a different sort of danger encroaching on Israel, and that’s the growing de facto if not de jure recognition of “Palestine” as a nation by foreign countries and international bodies/organizations/NGOs.
There are two equally dangerous reasons for this, and by looking at the above map, you can see that although most Israelis try not to pay too much attention, this is no minor phenomena. Most of the world would be perfectly happy for “Palestine” to replace Israel, because the basis for their recognition is that they, and many world leaders, academics and ordinary people even in countries that haven’t yet recognized this new Arab country firmly and sincerely believe that Israel/Jews invaded an ancient country called “Palestine” and imposed a “new” Jewish one now called Israel. This very popular and accepted fallacy is the most dangerous “disease” which we in Israel must fight. It’s more dangerous than Ebola for sure.
Among the foreign leaders who firmly, religiously believe in the myth of Palestine is United States President Barack Hussein Obama. And unfortunately, Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who support the “two state solution,” enabling the establishment of a state called “Palestine” are actually undermining the security and continued existance of the State of Israel.
Bibi’s claims that he can control and limit the parameters of such a state in terms of demilitarization etc is just plain poppycock.
I’m more worried about the dangers of the Palestine virus than the Ebola one.