Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ebola Update ( October 4-5 , 2014 Weekend Report ) During An Ebola Pandemic Your Constitutional Rights Would Essentially Be Abrogated ........... PATIENT WITH EBOLA-LIKE SYMPTOMS BEING TREATED AT DC HOSPITAL Patient had traveled to Nigeria recently (if you thought Nigeria completely Ebola free , maybe not exactly the case ) ........ REPORT: LIBERIANS FLOOD AIRPORT ATTEMPTING TO FLEE EBOLA-STRUCK COUNTRY Africans infected with Ebola may be trying to seek treatment in U.S., other countries ( Ebola tourism the term for the sick desperately seeking medical treatment outside of their home countries ) ..... .... MISSOURI DOCTOR: ‘JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE [EBOLA] IS CARRIED TO EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD’ Insists CDC underplaying threat posed by disease and is intentionally misleading the public ..........CDC ARGUES AGAINST SHUTTING DOWN AIR TRAVEL FROM AFRICA TO STOP EBOLA “Right of return” and “gender dimension” more important than stopping spread of disease........ Tweets of note !


Homeless man reportedly rode in ambulance after Thomas Eric Duncan
Ebola May Spread in Dallas Homeless Community

Police in Dallas are searching for a homeless man who rode in an ambulance after Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient currently in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
“We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkinsexplained in an emailed message. “I want to emphasize that he is a low risk individual and we are doing this out of precautionary measures.”
Although the ambulance was reportedly quarantined after Duncan was delivered to the hospital and its crew told to stay home for 21 days, officials were unable to explain why the homeless man was in the ambulance and why he was released back into the community.
Poor hygiene and substance abuse among the homeless may exacerbate the spread of the disease.

Dallas Officials Looking For Missing "Low Risk" Potential Ebola Patient As CDC 'Almost' Admit Ebola Is Airborne

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The good news - CDC Director Frieden says the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria 'may' be over (but can't yet give "all clear").
The bad news - the US Ebola patient has taken a turn for the worse; Dallas officials are looking for a missing homeless man who may have Ebola contact; and CDC Director Frieden warned that "in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms."

The 'Good' News...
The 'Meh' News...
The 'Bad News...
As CBC reports,
Officials in Texas are looking for a homeless man who may have had contact with an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas. The man, who walked away from a health facility Saturday after having his temperature tested, is considered at low risk.

"We have a great place for him to stay and we can attend to his every need. We just need him to be a hero to his community and to come forward," Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County judge, said at a news conference Sunday.

Jenkins added that police and other public officials are looking for the man.

Health officials say the man, whose name has not been released, may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who is now "fighting for his life" after his condition worsened from serious to critical on Saturday.
and - it appears Ebola can spread by more than just direct contact with bodily fluids... (via The Hill)
Frieden acknowledged Thursday that Ebola would pose a risk to the United States until the epidemic stops in West Africa.

"The plain truth is that we can't make the risk zero until the outbreak is controlled," he said. ??"What we can do is minimize that risk... by working to ensure that there are no more individuals that will be exposed [here]."

??Frieden also said that, in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms. ??Officials had previously downplayed this possibility, focusing on direct contact with bodily fluids. ??

"There are certainly theoretical situations where someone sneezes... and you touch your eyes or mouth or nose," and catch the virus from any transmitted particles, he said. "[But] realistically you can say what may be theoretically possible as opposed to what actually happens in the real world," he added.

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But apart from that - "contained"

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How contagious is Ebola? Less than you'd think. (NPR)

On Ebola, Quarantines And Similar
I'm sure you've heard that the Dallas Ebola patient's family has been forcibly quarantined.
I've been pinged repeatedly since this story first broke on my views with regard to armed quarantines and similar, and some fanciful views (in my opinion) have been put forth, including by some folks that I hold in generally high regard and consider to be some of the more-thoughtful among us.
Let's start with a few of the suggestions:
  • Quarantine anyone coming into the country that comes from either a "hotspot" nation or where the origination point does not have effective quarantine regulations and powers.  That's a nice sentiment, but the quarantine requirement in this case would be three weeks.  The first question is where do you put themsince any could be infected and, if they are, you can't reasonably condemn an entire hotel!  You could force travelers to pay for this (obviating the expense issue that otherwise exists but that would immediately terminate all business travel to and from any place on your designated list as most business trips are for far less time than the quarantine period.  Think long and hard before adopting such a position folks.
  • Lock down the borders.   Uh, how?  Terminate all international inbound travel?  Ok, go ahead and try that.  Note that the individual in question lied about his exposure and thus risk and was not symptomatic at the time of the flight, which means there was no way in a reasonable period of time to verify whether he was lying or not.  This is an intractable problem unless you lock down the border entirely because people can (and do!) originate somewhere, travel through a place in which there is a problem, officials there may cooperate (in exchange for a bribe or just simply on principle) with not stamping a passport and you can (in most cases) travel in and out of such areas without using a documented means (e.g. other than an airplane.)  Both we and the affected nations are already screening people, including Liberia where this guy originated.  Again, verification is impossible in the few seconds or minutes you need to both change your status and the amount of time you have to verify a passenger's claims.
Ebola, thankfully, is a rather poorly-transmitted virus.  It's "N" value, that is, the number of people (on average) infected by a person who has it, is about 2.  For comparison purposes this is about the same as HIV, but of course HIV infects people over a very long period of time where ebola only infects people during the period from symptoms appearing until recovery (or death and proper disposal of the body.)  To put some perspective on this measles has an "N" value of something around ten times that figure.

The bad news is that measles rarely kills but ebola often does.  But -- one must be careful here because ebola's history is one from nations with poor health care in general and specifically, poor compliance with even basic sanitary considerations in the health care setting, say much less anywhere else.  Measles is quite commonly fatal in the same sort of environment; fatalities in the 20% range are not uncommon in those parts of the world..

The CDC proposed prospective quarantine regulations that were killed in 2010.  These, again, sound good -- but would they have caught this case?  No, because this individual lied about his exposure and he was clear of symptoms at the time of both boarding and arrival.  Further, the proposed regulation would have only granted a three day window of observation, which is sufficient if someone is becoming symptomatic but grossly insufficient in the case of a disease with a potential three week incubation period.

So cut the crap - these so-called regulations would have done nothing in this case, nor will they be effective in preventing the entry of diseases of this type into the United States.  100% 4-week quarantines and closed borders ex passage through such a quarantine would, but that presumes no violations of the protocol and essentially ends all leisure and short to intermediate-term business travel on an international basis, putting all of the related industries, such as the cruise industry, out of business immediately.


During An Ebola Pandemic All Of Your Rights Would Essentially Be Meaningless

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If there is a major Ebola pandemic in America, all of the liberties and the freedoms that you currently enjoy would be gone.  If government officials believe that you have the virus, federal law allows them to round you up and detain you "for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary."  In addition, the CDC already has the authority to quarantine healthy Americans if they reasonably believe that they may become sick.  During an outbreak, the government can force you to remain isolated in your own home, or the government may forcibly take you to a treatment facility, a tent city, a sports stadium, an old military base or a camp.  You would not have any choice in the matter.  And you would be forced to endure any medical procedure mandated by the government.  That includes shots, vaccines and the drawing of blood.  During such a scenario, you can scream about your "rights" all that you want, but it won't do any good.
In case you are tempted to think that I am making this up, I want you to read what federal law actually says.  The following is 42 U.S.C. 264(d).  I have added bold for emphasis...
(1) Regulations prescribed under this section may provide for the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease in a qualifying stage and (A) to be moving or about to move from a State to another State; or (B) to be a probable source of infection to individuals who, while infected with such disease in a qualifying stage, will be moving from a State to another State. Such regulations may provide that if upon examination any such individual is found to be infected, he may be detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary. For purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes, in addition to the several States, only the District of Columbia.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term “qualifying stage”, with respect to a communicable disease, means that such disease—

(A) is in a communicable stage; or

(B) is in a precommunicable stage, if the disease would be likely to cause a public health emergency if transmitted to other individuals.
In addition, as I discussed above, the CDC already has the authority to isolate people that are not sick to see if they do become sick.  The following is what the CDC website says about this...
Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.
On a very basic level, we are already starting to see this happen in Texas.  Obviously Thomas Eric Duncan has already been "isolated", and now his family has been placed under mandatory quarantine and ordered not to leave their home for 21 days...
Texas health officials have placed the Dallas family of a Liberian national infected with Ebola under quarantine and ordered them not to leave their home or have any contact with outsiders for 21 days without approval of the local or state health department.

The "control order" also requires the family of Thomas Eric Duncan to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials. Officials said Thursday that the four or five family members could face criminal charges for violating the order, which was delivered to them in writing Wednesday evening.

Police have been stationed at the apartment complex to ensure residents' safety, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told a news briefing Thursday afternoon.
If we could all just stay in our homes during a national Ebola emergency, that wouldn't be so bad.
But if thousands (or even millions) of cases start popping up it simply will not be possible for law enforcement authorities to monitor so many homes.
This is a point that Mike Adams of Natural News made exceptionally well...
When just one family is suspected of carrying Ebola, they can be easily monitored in a "volunteer home isolation" scenario. But what happens when it's 100 families? 500? 1,000? At that point, there aren't enough state or federal workers to keep an eye on these people, and the quarantine effort will almost certainly shift to forced relocation into quarantine camps.

Those camps will, of course, be called something nice-sounding like "Community Health Centers." No one in government or media will call them camps, even though they are camps. The word "camp" brings up echoes of "concentration camps" and the government definitely wants to avoid that association.

If one particular town or city is hit especially hard with the virus, there is a likelihood of the entire town being quarantined. No one in, no one out. Everybody will be ordered to "shelter in place" in their own homes for at least 21 days while health workers wearing hazmat suits go door to door, identifying Ebola victims and "relocating" them to the "Community Health Centers."
If that sounds like "martial law" to you, that is because it would essentially be martial law.
For the moment, public health authorities are pledging that nothing like this will ever happen because they have everything completely under control.
Others are not so sure.
For example, on Thursday a doctor from Missouri named Gil Mobley checked in for a flight at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a protective white jumpsuit.  On the back of the jumpsuit, he had written the following words:  "CDC is lying!"
Mobley believes that we are not being told the truth about the spread of Ebola.  And he is convinced that as Ebola continues to spread exponentially, that we will eventually "be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis"...
“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted.

“That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Mobley, a Medical College of Georgia graduate who had an overnight layover after flying to Atlanta from Guatemala on Wednesday, said that he feels that the CDC is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to screening passengers arriving in the United States from other countries.

“Yesterday, I came through international customs at the Atlanta airport,” the doctor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The only question they asked arriving passengers is if they had tobacco or alcohol.”
Earlier on Thursday, there were reports of people being tested for Ebola in HawaiiKentucky and Utah.  None of those tests has produced a confirmed case of Ebola as I write this article.
Many Americans are still treating this Ebola crisis as if it was just one big joke.
But Ebola is no joking matter.  This is a very, very serious disease.
Just consider the experience of one British health worker that witnessed a young brother and sister both die one day apart...
'The next morning I came in and saw him lying as I had left him, on the bed.

'He wasn't breathing. I remember going up to him and looking at his face, his lips were drawn back in a grimace, and his eyes were vacant, lying in a pool of his own diarrhea.

'I lifted his hand to try, just to confirm things and his whole body turned rigid and cold.

'I put him in a body bag as his sister looked on.

'She seemed more baffled than anything, not really understanding what was happening. I carried his corpse outside with the others.

'The little girl, she deteriorated the next day. Overnight, the following night she had intravenous fluids and the line came out and she bled.

'I came in the following morning and she was covered in blood. She still had a very puzzled expression on her face and she wasn't breathing.

'So I put her in a bag and left her next to her brother. She was a beautiful little girl.'
Hopefully our medical authorities are correct and this virus will not spread easily in this country.
But at this point even some of our top politicians are wondering if we are truly getting accurate information.  For example, check out what U.S. Senator Rand Paul had to say on the Laura Ingraham Show just recently...
“I really think that it is being dominated by political correctness and I think because of political correctness we’re not really making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this.” Paul said referring to statements issued by the CDC last week that assured there was little risk of an outbreak occurring in the US.

“We should not underestimate the transmissibility of this,” said Paul, a doctor himself, adding that medical workers have been contracting the virus even though they are taking precautions and covering themselves with gowns and masks.

My suspicion is that it’s a lot more transmissible than that if people who are taking every precaution are getting it. There are people getting it who simply helped people get in or out of a taxicab.” Paul said.
Let's pray that this crisis fizzles out, because if it doesn't, we could truly be looking at the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.
And along with countless numbers of people getting sick and dying, we would also have to deal with government-imposed medical martial law.
The stakes are extremely high, and so let us hope that this crisis does not escalate any further.

Saturday, October 04, 2014
CDC officials have removed passengers from a plane that landed in Newark Saturday afternoon following a possible Ebola scare.

United flight 998 from Brussels landed at Newark Airport and has been met by Centers for Disease Control officials based in Newark after passengers on board, believed to be from Liberia, exhibited possible signs of Ebola. The passenger was displaying flu-like symptoms.

The flight was scheduled to land around noon.

Officials with the CDC removed two passengers from the plane. A man had been traveling with his daughter and both were removed by a CDC crew in full HAZMAT gear.

The airline issued a statement confirming that crew needed to assist an ill customer. "Upon arrival at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical professionals instructed that customers and crew of United flight 988 remain on board until they could assist an ill customer. We are working with authorities and will accommodate our customers as quickly as we can," said a statement from the airline."

Other passengers remained aboard but were eventually allowed to deplane around 2 p.m.

UPDATE: CBS News obtained a picture from inside the plane met by the CDC in Newark today.


Says reports of officials tracking those potentially contaminated are "bull crap"
Dallas Paramedic Slams Health Officials; Was Not Informed Of Ebola Diagnosis; Drove Contaminated Ambulance For 2 Days

Paramedics who attended to the Ebola diagnosed patient in Dallas were not contacted by hospital officials, local or state health officials, or the CDC to inform them that they were driving around in an ambulance that could be contaminated with the infectious virus.
According to a report by Breitbart News, one of the paramedics himself says that it was not until 48 hours after he had transported Thomas Duncan to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital that he was informed that he could be driving around in an Ebola contaminated death trap.
“[It was] 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service,” said Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski in a discussion on Facebook, referring to the September 28th incident when Duncan was picked up, violently vomiting, at his apartment.
“None of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.” Aklinski adds.
The Dallas Fire Department finally put the ambulance into quarantine on Wednesday, a full day after the diagnosis was made public. It is not known how many paramedics drove the ambulance during the 48 hour period or how many patients were transported.
“This is definitely a concern and exposed workers have not been contacted or tested… like me,” Aklinski notes. “I had to call into control in Dallas at 8 pm and complain to get evaluated.”
“Three days after the fact, I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.” Aklinski urges.
“How do you not test and contact the firefighters at the station on Sunday!!! Only the two medics and the intern on the ambulance? I was freaking in that ambulance hours later driving it!!! No one bothered to contact me about it?!!!” he adds.
Aklinski also claims that he has attempted to contact mainstream media outlets to get the story out, but has been rebuffed at every turn. “They just go with the official reports,” Aklinski, who is due to undergo a 3 week home quarantine, stated.
The revelations, if accurate, are the latest to add to a long list of clumsy reactions to the arrival of the virus in the US. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Duncan was sent home for 2 days with antibiotics by officials at the hospital because they did not test him for Ebola, despite the fact he told them he had traveled from Liberia.
The lax response by health officials has promoted the CDC to issue a nationwide alert to all hospitals updating them of how to appropriately respond to possible cases of the deadly disease.
Yesterday, images of unprotected workers cleaning up Duncan’s Ebola contaminated vomit emerged. The men in the images are not wearing masks, gowns, gloves or hazmat suits, and are simply washing away the vomit with water hoses. In addition, Duncan’s apartment, in which family members have been quarantined, was not decontaminated until yesterday evening.
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HD Chopper 8 caught crews cleaning the sidewalk outside the Ivy Apartments where the patient stayed.


Patient had traveled to Nigeria recently
Patient With Ebola-Like Symptoms Being Treated at DC Hospital
Image Credits: niaid, Flickr

A patient with Ebola-like symptoms is being treated at Howard University Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirms.
The patient had traveled to Nigeria recently.
That person has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition, and is being isolated and tested.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient,” said hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton in a statement. “Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.”
Hamilton did not share further details about the patient, citing privacy reasons, but said the hospital will provide updates as warranted.


Africans infected with Ebola may be trying to seek treatment in U.S., other countries

Liberians are apparently flooding Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Liberia, in an attempt to flee the Ebola-struck country, raising fears that more people infected with Ebola will fly into America.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the 40-year-old Liberian national who was diagnosed with Ebola a few days after arriving in Dallas, Texas, may have started a trend of “Ebola tourism” in which Liberians leave their country to seek better treatment for the disease.
“That’s not something we should be encouraging or allowing,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Times.
Overall, around 200,000 people from the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola hold temporary visas to the U.S., but the Obama administration has rejected calls to enact a visa ban.
“Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Examiner.
Temporary visas given to Nigerians have recently skyrocketed, with nearly 195,000 Nigerians currently holding visas, she added.
The Obama administration has similarly refused to impose a ban on travel from the Ebola hot zone into the U.S., despite pressure from a Florida Democrat and the fact that other countries have enacted similar bans.
Back in July, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) suggested the State Dept. ban citizens from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from entering the U.S. and foreign travelers who have visited those countries in the previous 90 days.
Grayson grew concerned after an American who contracted Ebola in Liberia died in Nigeria after flying into the country through an international airport.
  “This latest case is particularly troubling because Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, is the third busiest airport in Africa, and it offers direct flights to the United States,” Grayson wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry. “I urge you to consider the enhanced danger Ebola now presents to the American public, and therefore request that appropriate travel restrictions be implemented immediately.”
The administration ignored Grayson’s plea but, in contrast, British AirwaysAir FranceKorean Air andKenya Airways decided to suspend flights to the Ebola hot zone in August.
“If [the Obama administration] instituted the travel ban when Alan Grayson, of all people, demanded it, [Duncan] wouldn’t be here,” Krikorian added.


Insists CDC underplaying threat posed by disease and is intentionally misleading the public
Missouri Doctor: ‘Just A Matter Of Time Before [Ebola] Is Carried To Every Corner Of The World’

Dom Giordano talked with Dr. Gil Mobley, who believes the CDC is lying about the threat posed by Ebola and staged a protest at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to expose it.
Mobley, a doctor in Missouri, is convinced that Ebola will soon be infecting people all over the globe.
“For months, doctors in my community — since we had a meeting six weeks ago — have been convinced that the United States will be importing clusters regularly. Right now, on the continent of West Africa, there are a million people in isolation, in quarantine, because of Ebola, and ten thousand passengers leave West Africa every single day. It’s just a matter of time before this disease is carried to every corner of the world.”
He insists the CDC is underplaying the threat posed by the disease and is intentionally misleading the public.


“Right of return” and “gender dimension” more important than stopping spread of disease
CDC Argues Against Shutting Down Air Travel from Africa to Stop Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday shutting down travel from West Africa to stem the spread of Ebola will put more Americans at risk.
The director of the federal agency, Tom Frieden, said restricting air travel from Liberia and other countries where the disease is rapidly spreading will be ineffective and prevent officialdom from doing its job.
“The only way we’re going to get to zero risk is by stopping the outbreak at the source” in West Africa, Frieden told MSNBC.
He added that the “right of return” is more important than preventing the disease from spreading.
“Even if we tried to close the border, it wouldn’t work,” he said. “People have a right to return. People transiting through could come in. And it would backfire, because by isolating these countries, it’ll make it harder to help them, it will spread more there and we’d be more likely to be exposed here.”
In addition to the “right of return,” Human Rights Watch argues governments should “limit use of quarantines” and “address the gender dimensions of the outbreak.”
Human Rights Watch is funded by the globalist financier George Soros and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefellers have played an instrumental role in the eugenics movement.
On Friday journalist and author Jerome Corsi cited a study published in a scientific journal one month ago predicting the virus would reach the United States by the end of September.
The scientists said that in order to effectively combat the deadly virus air travel in West Africa would need to be shut down and a quarantined imposed. They said only “interventions on the ground” will prevent Ebola from spreading internationally.
“The current analysis shows that if the West African outbreak is not contained, the probability of international spread is going to increase consistently, especially if other countries are affected and not able to contain the epidemic.”
The scientists agreed with the CDC and the United Nations World Health Organization that imposing a quarantine “may hamper the deployment of personnel and support in the region, ultimately creating a counter-productive effect in the containment effort.”

Sunday tweets....

could reach France and by end-Oct, scientists calculate

First Ebola patient diagnosed in US won’t be treated with ZMapp via FAMILY RAISE HELL! SHOULD GET

How the world’s health agencies failed to stop the disaster

Howard University Hospital patient DOES NOT have Ebola:

Patient with Ebola-like symptoms admitted to a Washington hospital via

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Dallas damage control: -positive man possibly infected 10 in Texas

Lies & ibuprofen: Airport checks easily bypassed

The amount of staff+supplies needed to treat Ebola victims is staggering. graphic on Liberia (via )

U.S. ramps up Ebola troop deployments, total may near 4,000