UN kept Ebola risk secret in order not to anger Muslims, running great risk of world wide spread of deadly disease

Every year Muslim pilgrims from all over the planet gather in Mecca. This pilgrimage is one of Islam’s five pillars and is call Hajj. If somebody has Ebola in Mecca, the pilgrims would spread it world wide when they return to their countries. Warning against Ebola would maybe result in a ban on Hajj, and Muslims would no longer be able to fulfil their religious duty to visit Mecca at least once in their life. So the World Health Organisation keptA�the risk of Ebola secret. WHO is a UN organisation.

From AP:

“By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren’t enough beds for patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground.

Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization raised the prospect of declaring an international emergency. The answer from WHO’s Geneva headquarters: Wait.

According to internal emails and documents obtained by The Associated Press, the U.N. health agency resisted sounding the international alarm until August, a two-month delay that some argue may have cost lives. More than 10,000 are believed to have been killed by the virus since WHO announced the outbreak a year ago.

WHO has acknowledged acting too slowly to control the Ebola epidemic. In its defense, the agency says the virus’ spread was unprecedented and blames factors including lack of resources and intelligence from the field. Internal documents obtained by AP, however, show WHO’s top leaders were informed of how dire the situation was. But they held off on declaring an emergency in part because it could have angered the countries involved, interfered with their mining interests or restricted the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in October.

More on this story from Washington Post here.

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  1. OT:
    About Inbreeding,if you speak german:
    http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/44/44501/1.html (A Leftwing Nerd Site)

    Saudi-Arabien: 60 Prozent der geplanten Ehen werden aufgrund “genetischer Inkompatibilität” abgebrochen
    60% of planed weddings stoped.In Saudi Arabia from 2004 you must do a genetic test(also AIDS etc.)if you want to maryy somebody…

    english links:
    http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/HealthAwareness/Beforemarriage/Pages/default.aspx
    ———–
    Six-year outcome of the national premarital screening and genetic counseling program for sickle cell disease and β-thalassemia in Saudi Arabia
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3119961/

    ———
    Saudi Med J. 2007 Sep;28(9):1367-73.
    A prospective study of congenital malformations among live born neonates at a University Hospital in Western Saudi Arabia.

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE:

    To estimate the incidence of major and minor congenital malformations among liveborn infants at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Estimation of risk factors were also evaluated.
    METHODS:

    Between March 2004 and May 2005, a total of 5356 babies born at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, were enrolled in this study for malformations. Details of cases were recorded after parents’ interviews, clinical, radiological, and laboratory evaluations.
    RESULTS:

    One hundred and forty-seven (27.06/1000 livebirth) and 13 (2.39/1000 birth) stillbirth had congenital anomalies. In all livebirth, incidences of major anomalies were 93.9% and minor were 6.1%. Mothers of 95.9% with congenital malformation were healthy, 3.4% were diabetic and 0.7% had cardiac malfomation. In 38.8% of cases parents were consanguineous. Among the liveborn births, the most common system involved was cardiovascular (7.1/1000), followed by musculoskeletal/limb (4.1/1000), external genitalia (2.8/1000), urinary (2.6/1000), multiple chromosomal (2.2/1000), orofacial (1.9/1000), central nervous system (1.9/1000), skin (1.7/1000), multiple single gene (1.3/1000), multiple sequence (0.75/1000), eyes (0.56/1000), unclassified (0.19/1000), musculoskeletal/abdominal (0.19/1000), endocrine (0.19/1000).
    CONCLUSION:

    High incidence of major malformation in Jeddah. Importance of Genetic Counseling is revealed in our study since more than three quarters of mothers were under 36 years, and may well plan future pregnancies.

    PMID:
    17768462
    [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17768462

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