More About Bats and Ebola…

A great article was recently published in the scientific literature called “Mapping the zoonotic niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa” by David Pigott and others.  This study used fancy mapping technology called geographic information systems (GIS), to map the concentration of the three species of bats known carry Ebola (check out our earlier post about bats).  The bat map is combined with a map of human populations to show the places of greatest risk.  The top part of the map shows the number of people at risk.  The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the most, with 11.7 million people.  The grey box Continue reading More About Bats and Ebola…

A Salute to a Reality-based Organization!

Happy Veteran’s Day! And thank you for your service if you’re a vet.  The Doc did his time with Uncle Sam a while back, and wholeheartedly supports America’s veterans. I’d just like to point out to you that the United States military is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, having responded to nearly every major disaster and humanitarian crisis around the globe in recent memory.  After all, who else has the disciplined, well-trained people, supplies, equipment and global reach?  That’s a rhetorical question.  The answer is nobody else does. This of course includes here at home, where the National Guard and Continue reading A Salute to a Reality-based Organization!

How NOT to catch Ebola!

Okay folks, for those of you that just want the facts and not the details, here’s the one secret to avoid catching ebola… don’t touch someone with Ebola!  Done.  Pretty simple, ehh?  You may ask “But Doc G, how the heck will I know if someone has Ebola or not?”  Fair question.  For simplicity’s sake, signs of Ebola infection fall into two categories, early and late. Some of the early signs of Ebola include… fever muscle pains fatigue headache sore throat These symptoms can take up to 21 days to show up after being exposed.  People in the early stage Continue reading How NOT to catch Ebola!