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NEW JERSEY MAN DIES OF LASSA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER
Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – On May 26, 2015 a man returning from Liberia after stopping in Morocco died of Lassa hemorrhagic fever in New Jersey. Lassa is a cousin to Ebola that causes death by hemorrhage. He arrived at JFK airport from Liberia on May 17, went to the hospital the next day complaining of fever, sore throat, and tiredness, but denied that he traveled to West Africa. He was sent home, symptoms worsened and returned to the hospital May 21. He then was transferred to a facility equipped to deal with viral hemorrhagic fevers. He died the next day. The CDC and New Jersey Health Department got involved.
Ebola and Lassa are two viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever. These viruses have longer incubation periods, making infected passengers potentially symptom-free and unaware that they are infected at the time of travel even though they can spread disease by droplet transmission. These droplets are created by infected persons when they cough, sneeze or speak and the droplets are propelled up to 3 feet and deposited on a susceptible host’s eyes or mucous membranes.
Other infectious diseases that can be transmitted during air flight: Tuberculosis, SARS, the common cold, influenza, meningococcal disease, measles, Salmonella, Cholera, smallpox, and others.
What can you do to help yourself?
Defend Yourself From A Viral Attack (Excerpt from my book, How To Save Yourself From A Terrorist Attack)
1 – Wash your hands and face often with soap.
2 – Use diluted bleach to decontaminate skin and inanimate objects
3 – Keep sinus ports open with steam
4 – Hydrogen peroxide – gargle twice a day
5 – Zinc – weekly dose 50-70 mg/day
6 – N-Acetyl Cysteine 600 mg/day
7 – Vitamin C – 2-4 grams/day
8 – Quercetin – 500 mg twice a day
9 – Jet planes should use only outside air for the cabin. Commercial airlines are a suitable environment for the spread of infectious disease carried by passengers or crew. The air-quality in the cabin is important. Request the pilot to bring in fresh air from the outside. This increases the use of fuel and therefore is not frequently done because of cost. You can also turn off the vents just above your head to prevent that recirculated cabin air from coming directly on your face.
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