Redes Sociais levam à morte de pessoas através do vírus Ébola

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Uma mentira difundida pelas redes sociais levou à morte de algumas pessoas na Nigéria.
A mensagem dizia que as pessoas deviam beber imensa água salgada, de modo a se protegerem do vírus Ébola.
O resultado desta difusão de desinformação foi: pelo menos duas pessoas mortas e 20 doentes.

Leiam aqui e aqui.

3 comentários

  1. Olá!

    Não posso deixar de concordar com o Sr. Carlos Oliveira, como é possível após 10.000 anos aproximadamente de evolução civilizacional humana e de, experiências, conhecimentos pessoais, culturais e científicos deixados em milhares de registos por toda a história humana ainda se permanecer com estes níveis de tamanha ignorância? Como é possível?

    Completamente verdade quando refere, “Na história da raça humana o vírus da ignorância sempre foi o mais letal.”

    Quero agradecer por este Site é a primeira visita que faço e já o vou colocar nos favoritos.

    Obrigado.

    • Dinis Ribeiro on 25/10/2014 at 11:00
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    Infelizmente, ainda há muita ignorância sobre o Ébola…

    Para ajudar a pensar num contexto mais alargado, gostei deste gráfico que compara várias doenças:
    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/the-microbescope/

    Também li um artigo que me parece bem escrito:
    Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus
    http://www.businessinsider.com/what-makes-ebola-virus-so-deadly-2014-10?utm_content=buffer22e4a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Ebola is a filovirus, a type of virus made from a tiny string of proteins that coat a single strand of genetic material. Particles of the virus live in an infected person’s blood, saliva, mucous, sweat, and vomit.

    When someone is at the height of the illness (typically after five or more days), one-fifth of a teaspoon of that person’s blood can carry 10 billion viral Ebola particles, The New York Times reports.

    An untreated HIV patient, by comparison, has just 50,000 to 100,000 particles in the same amount of blood; someone with untreated hepatitis C has between 5 million and 20 million.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-makes-ebola-virus-so-deadly-2014-10#ixzz3H8qvAd3o

    A top scientist worries that Ebola has mutated to become more contagious
    http://www.vox.com/2014/10/13/6959087/ebola-outbreak-virus-mutated-airborne

    Peter Jahrling, one of the country’s top scientists, has dedicated his life to studying some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet. Twenty-five years ago, he cut his teeth on Lassa hemorrhagic fever, hunting for Ebola’s viral cousin in Liberia.

    In 1989, he helped discover Reston, a new Ebola strain, in his Virginia lab.

    In fatal cases, death usually comes within a few days or weeks of getting sick. The others return to a normal life after a months-long recovery that can include periods of hair loss, sensory changes, weakness, fatigue, headaches, eye and liver inflammation.

    There are five strains of Ebola, four of which have caused the disease in humans: Zaire, Sudan, Taï Forest, and Bundibugyo. The fifth, Reston, has infected monkeys only.

    Though scientists haven’t been able to confirm this, the animal host of Ebola is widely believed to be the fruit bat, and the virus only seldomly makes the leap into humans.

    The current outbreak involves the Zaire strain, which was discovered in 1976 — the year Ebola was first identified in what was then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). That same year, the virus was also discovered in South Sudan.

    The Ebola virus is extremely rare.

    Among the leading causes of death in Africa, it only accounts for a tiny fraction. People are much more likely to die from AIDS, respiratory infections, or diarrhea, as you can see.

    Jahrling now serves as a chief scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he runs the emerging viral pathogens section.

    You’re more likely to die of a shark attack or bee sting than contract Ebola in the US
    http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/24/7061451/youre-more-likely-to-die-of-a-shark-attack-or-bee-sting-than-contract

    Vox Sentences: The ridiculous New York City Ebola freakout
    http://www.vox.com/2014/10/24/7068185/vox-sentences-ebola-mali-new-york-shooting-rand-paul

  2. Um fantástico comentário que li no Facebook:

    “Na história da raça humana o vírus da ignorância sempre foi o mais letal.”

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