Ebola Contained, But Are Scare Mongers Ashamed?

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The number of new Ebola cases reported in the three worst-hit countries fell to its lowest level since late June, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending January 25, the WHO said…

The response to the Ebola epidemic has now moved to a second phase, WHO said, “as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic…

There have been more than 22,000 reported confirmed, probable, and suspected cases since the outbreak began, with almost 8,800 known deaths.

Once again, while very serious, this is not quite the massive global catastrophe the UN warned of last October:

There is a ‘nightmare’ chance that the Ebola virus could become airborne if the epidemic is not brought under control fast enough, the chief of the UN’s Ebola mission has warned.

Anthony Banbury, the Secretary General’s Special Representative, said that aid workers are racing against time to bring the epidemic under control, in case the Ebola virus mutates and becomes even harder to deal with…

The number of people infected with Ebola is doubling every 20 to 30 days, and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has forecast that there could be as many as 1.4m cases of Ebola by January, in the worst case scenario. More than 3,300 people have been killed by the disease this year.

Mr Banbury, who has served in the UN since 1988, said that the epidemic was the worst disaster he had ever witnessed.

And:

The UN has warned the world has just 60 days to get Ebola under control, or face an “unprecedented situation for which we don’t have a plan”…

Speaking at the UN Security Council yesterday, the UN’s deputy Ebola co-ordinator Anthony Banbury … said he was “deeply, deeply concerned” that all of the efforts so far won’t be enough to stop the outbreak…

The World Health Organisation says West Africa could see up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months if the outbreak is not adequately contained.

This vast mismatch between a UN warning and the reality has happened before.  In 2009, for instance:

[A Gillard Government medical advisor], Prof Raina MacIntyre, last year swore [swine flu] could kill between 10,000 and 20,000 of us…

Swine flu was hyped as a virus so deadly that cruise ships had to be quarantined, schools closed and families with the sniffles locked in their homes.

“All of humanity is under threat,” screamed the World Health Organisation, another United Nations bureaucracy (like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that feeds on fear.

Britain’s National Institute of Medical Research helpfully put the likely death toll at up to 120 million.

The reality? Swine flu turned out to be one of the mildest forms of flu yet seen. We didn’t have 20,000 Australians die, but just 191, most of them people already desperately ill with other serious ailments.

To put that in context, about 3000 Australians die each year with normal flu.

Worldwide, it was the same shamefaced story – not 120 million deaths, but 16,226, according to WHO’s own figures.

More:

“We could have a billion people dying worldwide,” warns the US National Centre for Disaster Preparedness… That claim is actually from the great bird flu scare of 2005, which in the end killed just 257 people.

“Apocalypse bug!” cries CNN. “Killer virus,” howls a Newsweek cover… Those headlines are actually from the great Ebola scare of 1995, which actually killed just 800 people, all in Africa.

In fact, ebola kills far fewer people than do flu, TB and diarrhea:

Ebola is particularly unlikely to cause a pandemic in the developed world, as the method of transmission requires close contact with infected people… [But] around 3-5 million people around the world will become severely ill due to the flu virus every year, resulting in 250,000-300,000 deaths…Diarrhea is the number one cause of death in children under 5 around the globe. It affects over 1.7 billion people each year, resulting in the deaths of 801,000 children alone…. Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that affects two billion people a year, resulting in 1.3 million deaths…

Fear mongering seems to be the UN’s standard operating procedure, especially when it’s rattling the can. See also the UN’s shameless hyping of global warming. And there are always politicians such as The Australian Labor Party’s Tanya Plibersek who can see political advantage in such beat ups:

The Abbott government’s hopes of pulling the opposition into line over Ebola have evaporated, with Labor’s Tanya Plibersek stepping up the criticism of the current hands-off approach as short-sighted and wholly inadequate….

The Deputy Opposition Leader said it was curious that the government had seen fit to deploy Australian Federal Police to Ukraine even before any agreement on access to the crash site of MH17 … but was effectively sitting on its hands regarding the Ebola crisis in West Africa….

Over the weekend, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned excessive international caution, noting that his proposed $US1 billion Ebola fund had so far attracted just $100,000 – and that was from Colombia…

Ms Plibersek said the disease had to be contained in West Africa.

“This becomes a greater risk not just to the African continent, but to the world more generally – the best way that we can protect Australia and protect Australians is to help stop Ebola in West Africa.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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