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A Liberian health worker prepare his Ebola protective gear before removing the body of a man that they believe died from the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo / AP


My daughter is currently addicted to a game that she plays on her ipad.

It is called Plague inc

The goal is to destroy the world by starting a plague. The game is highly scientific. Different diseases or virus’ spread in different ways. If you are to be successful you have to learn the most effective ways to spread the plague and to infect others.

It is actually very hard to succeed as if you use something that kills fast for example it will die out as it will not have enough time to spread. My daughter has learned to use one that starts off with flu like symptoms and a long incubation time so that it will go unnoticed and therefore infect more people.

In the game you are running against the clock as countries battle to find a cure. The country where you start the plague is also crucial to your success and India and Africa have been a good place to start my daughter found if she wants to win the game.

Because of this game I have learned a lot about how a plague spreads and so the news of Ebola has made me sit up and take notice.

World losing battle against Ebola – Doctors Without Borders

The international group Doctors Without Borders has warned that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centres in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die alone”.

In separate remarks after a United Nations meeting on the crisis, the World Health Organisation chief said everyone involved had underestimated the outbreak, which has now killed more than 1500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. UN officials implored governments worldwide to send medical workers and material contributions.

Doctors Without Borders, which has treated more than 1000 Ebola patients in West Africa since March, is completely overwhelmed by the disease, said Joanne Liu, the organization’s president.

“Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” Liu said at a UN forum on the outbreak. “Ebola treatment centres are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered.”

In Sierra Leone, she said, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets. Liberia had to build a new crematorium instead of new Ebola care centres.

At the UN meeting, WHO Director Margaret Chan thanked countries that have helped but said: “We need more from you. And we also need those countries that have not come on board.”

Last month, two Americans, were evacuated to the United States for treatment after contracting Ebola in Liberia. The two recovered after receiving an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The manufacturer says it has run out of supplies of the drug and it will take months to produce more.

Authorities have cordoned off entire towns in an effort to halt the virus’ spread. Surrounding countries have closed land borders, and airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries. Seaports are losing traffic, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries.

By the way my daughter sent me an e-mail today. She had successfully killed off the entire world playing Plague inc.

This was her e-mail to me…

My Nano-Virus, called Kim.Com, just wiped out the world in 774 days! (Plague Inc.)

I think there is a warning in there for us all.



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