Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sierra Leone Declares State Of Emergency Due To Ebola

The Ebola epicenters of death continue to spread
Last count 672 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now dead
Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency calling out security forces to intervene
Liberia a day before announced plans to aggressively epicenters quarantine
The world has a short memory when it comes to pandemics that millions have killed
Especially where here there is no warning of gestation and no vaccine or life saving pills
Too many people living in slums with sanitation are forlorn hope
If the epicenters spread these nations are going to have a tough time to cope
To his credit the Sierra Leone leader is canceling a D.C. trip
Not playing golf but meeting with his neighbors in the Ebola spreading grip
A little over hundred years ago 20 million victims of the Spanish Flu dropped like flies
A very painful disease and not a very pleasant way to die
The world was not flat in those days and transoceanic or transcontinental air did not exist
Limited to ships and trains the disease spread very quickly, all too fast, its spread too hard to resist
Today an infected traveler can board a jet in a Sierra Leone airport and land in the U.S. in 10 hours or less
If this outbreak spreads outside of West Africa its growing number of victims will be had to suppress
As humans we may be at the top of the food chain and mental heap
Susceptible more than ever to the bacteria and viruses that our immune system may not beat
© July 31, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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