Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola compilation and Updates ( October 18 - 19 , 2014 ) -- Items from around the globe focusing on Ebola 2014....

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Untrained, Ill-Equipped US Troops Off to Fight Ebola

Pentagon: Troops Won't Get Protective Suits

by Jason Ditz, October 19, 2014
The Pentagon is ratcheting up plans for the long-term deployment of some 4,000 troops into West Africa to fight against the Ebola virus. As more details emerge, the plan appears increasingly haphazard.
Troops preparing for deployment to the Ebola front will be given only a single four-hour training sessionto transition from their usual soldiering to a campaign against a virus.
Troops are being told that what they’re going to face in Liberia and neighboring nations is “much worse” than Afghanistan, though officials continue to downplay the chances of troops actually contracting Ebola.
The troops are still getting those full body protective suits the trainers are wearing though, right? Not at all, according to the Pentagon they’re going to get just the gloves and in some cases the face mask.
Because of the enormous risk of exposure, they’re being told to avoid shaking hands or touching anyone while they’re overseas, and to only eat and drink things that were provided by the military.
President Obama issued an executive order on Thursday authorizing the deployment on National Guard as well as military forces to Liberia, though the Pentagon says they don’t have any specific plans on sending National Guard forces there at this time.

Pentagon Announces Domestic ‘Ebola Response Team’

Northcom Sends Team to Texas to Prepare Deployments

by Jason Ditz, October 19, 2014
The Ebola hysteria hasn’t amounted to all that many patients inside the United States, but it’s still being used as a pretext for the deployment of US military forces on American soil.
The Pentagon today announced that Northern Command is creating a “Ebola Response Team” that will be ready at a moment’s notice to deploy anywhere in the US to “fight” the virus.
The program is going to startwith 30 troops at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where they are conducting “high-level preparations” for operations in case anyone other than the existing three Ebola cases become confirmed.
In and of itself, the program appears fairly innocuous, but the precedent it sets, allowing the Pentagon to start preparing domestic deployments every time a scare story reaches critical mass, could have boots on the ground constantly, as if there is one constant in American life, it’s that there’s always something we’re being told is about to become a crisis.

10/19 tweets....

The Pentagon Will Use 30 Person "Quick-Strike Team" To Deal With Domestic Ebola Patients

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10/18 tweets.....
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Markets & Ebola: Confusion, Containment, & Complexity

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Via Scotiabank's Guy Haselmann,
Ebola Must Be Contained Now
President Obama and western governments are beginning to appreciate the scale of the Ebola crisis.  Unfortunately, the highly deadly virus remains rampant in western Africa and is spreading there at an alarmingly exponential rate.  Playing defense by trying to defend our borders will be insufficient since infected travels will not be identified give the long incubation period.  However, health officials are doing an admirable and prudent job immediately quarantining all victims and tracing all of their contacts.
Yet, the West must play offensive and snuff the virus out at its source. Stopping Ebola in western Africa is the only way that the virus will be beaten.  At the moment, entire societies are tragically being ravaged. These countries need desperate help, because, unlike in the West, they have poorly-equipped health care systems.  Spending more today will save much more money later. The world is too interconnected to allow the virus to move from remote areas to large urban areas.  
Nigeria did a masterful job preventing an outbreak when an infected person arrived in Lagos, a city of 11 million people.  However, not all large metropolitan areas are equipped to do so well.  There are 850 urban areas in the world with populations of 500,000 or more.  There are 26 cities that qualify as a ‘megacity’ or a city whose population is greater than 10 million people or more.   To put it in perspective, New York City is ranked 7th in population with 20 million people, but surprisingly it has the lowest population density of any ‘megacity’.
Other megacities: Tokyo 37M, Jakarta 26M, Seoul 22M, Delhi 22M, Manila 22M, Shanghai 20M, Sao Paulo 20M, Mexico City 19M, Cairo 17M, Beijing 17M, Osaka area 17M, Mumbai 17M, Guangzhou area 16M, Dhaka 15M, L.A. 15M, Kolkota 15M, Karachi 14M, Buenos Aires 13m, Istanbul 13M, Rio de Janeiro, 12M, Lagos 11M.
Clearly, many of these countries do not have adequate public health facilities to deal with Ebola.
(For sake of argument, ‘Urban area’ is defined as a continuous urban development within a metropolitan area whose physical form constitutes the essence of a city.)
There are two less obvious or less discussed economic reasons why the Obama administration may be urgently focusing more on the Ebola crises.  Flu season is about to start and the symptoms of Ebola resemble those of the Flu.   Some people with flu symptoms are likely to irrationally panic.  There are likely to become numerous and frequent headlines about people being tested for Ebola-like symptoms and they might begin to impact financial markets.  Hospitals could be overwhelmed particularly due to the vast requirements in terms of the facilities and personnel necessary in order to treat such a patient.
According to the US Census Bureau, there are over 40 million Americans who do not have health insurance.   These people are more likely to not seek medical attention at all, thus significantly increasing the risk that the virus will be spread.  The West needs to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop Ebola immediately before one traveler brings it to a large city and we are looking at 1918 comparisons. Moreover, the desperate people in Western Africa deserve and require a global response.  For markets, the outcome is binary.


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