Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ebola Updates ( October 14 , 2014 ) -- Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola in Texas ..... Will Ebola burn out when 14,000 cases hit in December ( see Motherboard tweet ) or is WHO prediction of 10,000 new cases per week by December correct ( see tweet linking hotair ) ? Best tweets of the day !

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Ebola! How Worried Should We Be?

The current Ebola outbreak, unlike others throughout history, is lasting a very long time; with cases now being reported on a variety of continents well outside of its equatorial African origin. We're not especially worried about Ebola striking me or my loved ones (for reasons we explain below). But we're growing increasingly concerned about government response to the outbreak. So let's spend some time understanding the nature of Ebola, specifically, and viral contagion, more generally. At the very least, Ebola can serve as an instructive reminder about how our society's responses to a viral outbreak could prove to be at least as disruptive and damaging as the virus itself.

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Dallas Commissioners Will Declare State Of Disaster Tomorrow Over Ebola

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As US Politicians Consider Travel Bans, Istanbul Quarantines Hospital Of Suspected Ebola Patient

Istanbul's Marmar University Training and Research Hospital is not accepting new patients after, as Daily Sabah reports, a person suspected of being infected with Ebola has been quarantined. The patient, who arrived by plane from Ivory Coast, is suffering high fever and nausea. While Lagos, Nigeria was CDC Director Frieden's worst nightmare with regard Ebola contagion, we suspect Istanbul is a close second with over 14 million people living there. This news comes as US politicians begin to call for visa restrictions and travel bans from infected nations.

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Did Obama Just Raise The Ebola Threat Level?

4 weeks ago this is what President Obama said "the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low." Today, having reassured Americans that "Ebola is not like the flu, it's not airborne," (despite experts' concerns that Ebola could indeed be aerogenically transmitted) Obama stated that a "widespreadoutbreak of Ebola in the US is 'unlikely'"
From "Extremely Low" to "Unlikely"... in a month.

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It Begins: HazMat-Wearing Passenger Spotted At Airport

Last week we hinted at what was to come as Ebola fears spread across America. Today, we get confirmation. As The Daily Caller reports, one passenger at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. is apparently not taking any chances. A female passenger dressed in a hazmat suit - complete with a full body gown, mask and gloves - was spotted Wednesday waiting for a flight at the airport.

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CDC Demands 132 Passengers That Flew With 2nd Ebola Patient Report For Testing

But, but, but they said it wasn't contagious unless you came into contact with bodily fluids. According to the CDC, the 2nd health-care worker infected with Ebola traveled on Frontier Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on October 13thand are asking all 132 passengers on the flight to get tested. One question... what about the thousands of people that those 132 passengers came in contact with in the last 2 days?

BREAKING: Second health worker in Texas tests positive for

Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola, officials say


Ron Paul: "Liberty, Not Government, Is Key To Containing Ebola"

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According to Forbes magazine, at least 5,000 Americans contacted healthcare providers fearful they had contracted Ebola after the media reported that someone with Ebola had entered the United States. All 5,000 cases turned out to be false alarms. In fact, despite all the hype about Ebola generated by the media and government officials, as of this writing there has only been one preliminarily identified case of someone contracting Ebola within the United States.
Ebola is a dangerous disease, but it is very difficult to contract.Ebola spreads via direct contact with the virus. This usually occurs though contact with bodily fluids. While the Ebola virus may remain on dry surfaces for several hours, it can be destroyed by common disinfectants. So common-sense precautions should be able to prevent Ebola from spreading.
It is no coincidence that many of those countries suffering from mass Ebola outbreaks have also suffered from the plagues of dictatorship and war. The devastation wrought by years of war has made it impossible for these countries to develop modern healthcare infrastructure. For example, the 14-year civil war in Liberia left that country with almost no trained doctors. Those who could leave the war-torn country were quick to depart. Sadly, American foreign aid props up dictators and encourages militarism in these countries.
President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis has been to send 3,000 troops to West African countries to help with treatment and containment. Obama did not bother to seek congressional authorization for this overseas military deployment. Nor did he bother to tell the American people how long the mission would last, how much it would cost, or what section of the Constitution authorizes him to send US troops on “humanitarian” missions.
The people of Liberia and other countries would be better off if the US government left them alone. Leave it to private citizens to invest in African business and trade with the African people. Private investment and trade would help these countries develop thriving free-market economies capable of sustaining a modern healthcare infrastructure.
Legitimate concerns about protecting airline passengers from those with Ebola or other infectious diseases can best be addressed by returning responsibility for passenger safety to the airlines. After all, private airlines have a greater incentive than does government to protect their passengers from contagious diseases. They can do so while providing a safe means of travel for those seeking medical treatment in the United States. This would remove the incentive to lie about exposure to the virus among those seeking to come here for treatment.
Ebola patients in the US have received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use “unapproved” drugs. This is a positive development. But why should those suffering from potentially lethal diseases have to seek special permission from federal bureaucrats to use treatments their physicians think might help? And does anyone doubt that the FDA’s cumbersome approval process has slowed down the development of treatments for Ebola?
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company has successfully contained the spread of Ebola among 80,000 people living in Harbel, the Liberian town housing employees of Firestone's Liberian plant and their families. In March, after the wife of a Firestone employee developed Ebola symptoms, Firestone constructed its own treatment center and implemented a program of quarantine and treatment. Firestone has successfully kept the Ebola virus from spreading among its employees. As of this writing, there are only three Ebola patients at Firestone's treatment facility.
Firestone's success in containing Ebola shows that, far from justifying new state action, the Ebola crises demonstrates that individuals acting in the free market can do a better job of containing Ebola than can governments. The Ebola crisis is also another example of how US foreign aid harms the very people we are claiming to help. Limiting government at home and abroad is the best way to protect health and freedom.


CDC Admits Second Ebola Case Could Have Been Prevented

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alluded to their mishandling of the Ebola crisis Tuesday following several weeks of denial.
BREAKING: @CDCgov says a larger team on the ground immediately might have prevented this 2nd infection



Infectious disease specialist rejects 'powers that be' claiming 'we have it all under control'
Border Doctor Fears Ebola May Have Mutated
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A doctor working in south Texas is raising concerns that the Ebola strain recently contracted by a Dallas nurse may have undergone a mutation.
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Michael Jelenik says he’s troubled by the circumstances surrounding Dallas Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham’s recent contraction of the Ebola virus.
Pham, 26, was one of a team of medical staff tending to Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before his death last week.
On Sunday, Texas health officials announced Pham had tested positive for the Ebola virus, even though she was careful to wear protective gear when she came in contact with the infected patient.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims a “breach in protocol” may have contributed to the disease spread, however Dr. Jelinek says Ebola research is still in its infancy and therefore the chance that it has possibly mutated cannot entirely be ruled out.
“My biggest concern is that we don’t have enough knowledge about the virus and this outbreak and whether it’s mutated or not,” Dr. Jelinek told ABC affiliate KRGV, echoing anxieties voiced by other high level health professionals.
The doctor adds that from an infectious disease standpoint, Ebola is still a bit of a mystery.
“We know how to stop the transmission of HIV, that’s very simple. We know how to stop the transmission of influenza, that’s also very simple, but I don’t think it’s been fully defined how to stop the transmission of Ebola,” Jelinek says.Like many Americans, Jelinek says he’s not placing complete faith in the assurances of “powers that be” government officials who are merely working to suppress public panic.
“I just kind of object to the powers that be telling us, ‘Well we don’t need to worry about this because we have it all under control,’” Jelinek says. “Well, under control means nobody else is gonna get it.”
Speaking to the chance that illegal immigrants from Ebola-stricken countries may penetrate the southern US border with Mexico, Dr. Jelinek did not completely rule out the possibility of an outbreak impacting the Rio Grande Valley, but instead labeled that risk “extremely small.”
Earlier this month, a health official with the United Nations raised the “doomsday” prospect that the virus could possibly mutate to have infectious airborne properties, an unlikely “nightmare scenario” which he said “can’t be ruled out.”
On Sunday another health professional also came forward with the startling claim that Ebola was “primed to have respiratory transmission.”
“It can enter the lung from the airway side,” Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue UniversityDr. David Sanders said. “So this argues that Ebola is primed to have respiratory transmission.”
“We need to be taking this into consideration,” Sanders added. “What if? This is not a crazy, ‘What if?’ This is not a wild, ‘What if?’”
Fears of an airborne mutation are exacerbated by a previous mutated Ebola strain in a Reston, Va., medical lab in 1989, where researchers had to euthanize over 55 monkeys each being held in separate cages after they contracted the disease, proving that infection did not require direct contact with contaminated bodily fluids.
Despite attempts by federal officials to tamp down speculation, the fact that numerous health professionals are now raising concerns over a potential airborne spread should be of great concern to the general public.

Tweets.... a lot of sifting to get the best items to consider ! 

US gov contributs $100 million to fight Ebola, about as much as this (not-comprehensive) donor list via

Breaking: Now in isolation, being monitored closely. Boyfriend Of Nurse With Ebola May Also Have Ebola via

The UN says the ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an "unprecedented"...

. News poll: 91% of Americans support more strict screening for Ebola at airports:

World leaders to hold video conference over Ebola via

. warns that Ebola cases could reach 10,000 a week -

~CDC FINALLY admits mistakes re:Ebola; prepares rapid response teams.76 hospital workrs monitored 4 exposure