Will Ebola Factor Into This Year’s Big Brother House?
Before we even start, please allow me to share a little something about Ebola:
The Ebola viral disease is a severe disease which affects humans and other primates, and is a form of viral haemorrhagic disease. Once the virus infects a person, it is transmissible between people through bodily fluids.
The disease derives the name from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was near the site of one of the first outbreaks. The virus was first reported in 1976 and outbreaks have periodically occurred.
These outbreaks have tended to occur in remote villages close to tropical rainforests in Central Africa. However, the largest ever recorded outbreak is currently underway in three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria Certain bats living in tropical African forests are thought to be the natural hosts of the disease. The proposed chain of events is: bat droppings are eaten by terrestrial animals; the animals die, and then their carcasses are handled by a human. The virus does not only pose a risk to humans: approximately one third of gorillas in protected areas have perished, according to the WHO.
The Ebola virus is not airborne, not in water or food, so people would have to come into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
These include: blood, sweat, vomit, urine, saliva or semen. Ebola can’t be spread like flu through contact or breathing in the same air. This makes the risk of a travelers contracting Ebola is very low in the absence of direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person or animal.
Now that that pesky bit is out of the way, let us get down to it. There has been alot of pandemonium in the mainstream Kenyan media with everyone asking about screening West Africans for Ebola -damn near turning the international incident into a reason to humiliate and dehumanize West Africans. But what will happen at Big Brother? What will happen seeing as the house will have participants from Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone?
Well, they will have been vetted and screened.
Then allow me to reiterate it in a plain enough manner for even a halfwit to understand, the participants from all over Africa will have been screened for not just Ebola but any other disease. So I guess we are done here huh?
Now punch yourself for thinking from such a narrow perspective!