This Does Not Bode Well

At a Chinese-run hospital in Zambia, some employees watched as people who recently returned from China showed up with coughs but were not placed in isolation. A doctor tending to those patients has stopped coming to work, and health workers have been ordered not to speak publicly about the new virus that has killed hundreds.

The virus that has spread through much of China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but global health authorities are worried about the threat to the continent where an estimated 1 million Chinese now live, as some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an outbreak.

Countries are racing to take precautions as hundreds of travellers arrive from China every day. Safeguards include stronger surveillance at ports of entry and improved quarantine and testing measures across Africa, home to 1.2 billion people and some of the world’s weakest systems for detecting and treating disease.

But the effort has been complicated by a critical shortage of testing kits and numerous illnesses that display symptoms similar to the flu-like virus.

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1 Response to This Does Not Bode Well

  1. Thomas says:

    Better get that order of fish antibiotics (same stuff we humans use). I need to see if Patriot Nurse still has info about using these.

    Time to get reading God’s Word. May I suggest a minor prophet, like the book of Habakkuk, only 3 chapters. Very timely, sounds like todays headlines. The upshot, if you think of it, is that God is in control, no matter what happens.

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