EBOLA LIES: SECTION II
- Ebola in the United States Timeline — Unavoidable or Premeditated?
- The U. S. Government Response — Total Incompetence or Just Hoodwinking the Public?
According to its website, the CDC is “working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats,” and here’s how they do it
- The World Health Organization (WHO), an Agency of the UN, is Trying to Contain and Eradicate the Ebola Outbreak
- How the World is Responding to the Ebola Crisis
How is West Africa coping with the virus?
EBOLA IN THE UNITED STATES TIMELINE — UNAVOIDABLE OR PREMEDITATED?
|2008||The CDC told the incoming Obama administration it should establish 18 regional disease detection centers around the world to adequately safeguard the U.S. from emerging health threats, such as Ebola||“The existing centers have already proven their effectiveness and impact on detecting and responding to outbreaks including avian influenza, aflatoxin poisoning, Rift Valley fever, Ebola and Marburg virus outbreaks,” the CDC said in its memo to the Obama transition team.
Fast forward to 2014 and the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, and the CDC still has only 10 centers — none of them in the western Africa region hardest hit by the deadly virus.
At the time, the CDC had five centers set up, and has only added five more of the 13 the agency had proposed “to complete the network and properly protect the nation.” On its Web page, the agency said it has eight regional centers running, with another two in development.
The White House and CDC have both cited the regional response centers in recent weeks as an example of the administration’s Ebola response.
|2010||The existing Aeromedical Isolation and Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (AIT-SMART), was dismantled in 2010 and this unified capability with USAMRIID’s BSL-4 laboratories staffed by highly experienced researchers in exotic diseases was lost||The ATI-SMART was a well designed self-contained military unit capable of transporting a highly contagious patient using a variety of global USAF rotary-wing and fixed wing assets, while providing maximum microbiological security and critical care nursing.
This unique concept combined the BSL-4 MCS critical care unit with several suites of BSL-4 laboratories staffed by highly experienced researchers in exotic diseases. USAMRIID provided full clinical and pathology laboratories, a large experimental animal colony with strain mice, Guinea Pig, and non-human primate models, along with scientists and physicians highly experienced in disease assessment, pathogenesis, and experimental vaccine development, and intensive care physicians and nurses from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who were well practiced in providing clinical care under BSL-4 conditions.
|4/1/2010||The Obama administration quietly scraps plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the CDC touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases, including Ebola, spread by travelers||The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.
Numerous groups objected to potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal's "provisional quarantine" rule. That rule would have allowed the CDC to detain people involuntarily for three business days if the agency believed they had certain diseases: pandemic flu, infectious tuberculosis, plague, cholera, SARS, smallpox, yellow fever, diphtheria or viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.
According to a CDC spokeswoman the Department of Health and Human Services withdrew the proposed regulations after discussion across the government made it clear that "further revision and reconsideration is necessary to update the regulations." HHS and the CDC are crafting new regulations that will incorporate public health lessons learned since 2005.
Last June, after the H1N1, or swine flu, pandemic emerged, the White House Office of Management and Budget received the final rules for review, records show. HHS withdrew the proposed regulations Jan. 20 — after more than four years of refining them and reviewing public comments.
|1/9/2014||The Department of Defense begins funding Ebola trials on humans approximately two months before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone||The DoD gave a $140 million contract to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus.
According to Theguardian.com, “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale that such virus experiments risk triggering a worldwide pandemic.”
|1/21/2014||The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for contractors to supply 40-yard size dumpsters along with experts who can dispose of contaminated bio-medical waste during a national emergency||The Request for Information (RFI) asks for “feedback from waste removal industry vendors that can potentially provide either dumpster service and/or bio-medical waste collection and removal services during emergency response events within the Continental United States (CONUS) area of responsibility.”
FEMA is intending to have one or more contractors provide them with the service as part of an indefinite contract that will initially have a base length of one year with four additional 12 month options.
The RFI states that contractors “must pick up regulated (infectious) waste daily” and an attached question page asks contractors if they can supply dumpsters of different sizes and how quickly they can be supplied.
One website linked the dumpster order to a previous FEMA solicitation seeking 100,000 “Doctor Scrubs” pants and shirts to be delivered within 48 hours to 1,000 tent hospitals nationwide. Contractors responded to the unusual request by stating that they were unable to fulfil such an “armageddon scenario.”
|6/30/2014||Why are there reports of a temporary decontamination center set up in El Paso, Texas, similar to those in use in West Africa?||It has been reported that there are bus and planeloads of illegals quickly being transported from the borders to cities and military bases around the country, risking spread of disease further into America’s heartland.
What is it for? What diseases have been found that would require such a facility?
Infectious diseases remain the leading cause of death worldwide and in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Many of the diseases of concern, such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, have NO effective treatments. Biological agents like viruses and bacteria are not like radiological weapons that decay continually once released, or chemical agents that are degraded in the environment and require threshold concentrations to be deadly. Disease-causing agents have doubling times, not half lives. Disease agents continue to increase exponentially, as long as there are people to be exposed.
The CDC is either egregiously incompetent or complicit in hiding information from the public. Both are unacceptable. The CDC has a duty to inform the American people about a threat that transcends any political ideology.
|7/31/2014||The CDC issues a Level 3, it's strongest level, non-essential travel ban for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, countries that have never had Ebola before||"Ebola is worsening in West Africa," said CDC Director Frieden (a CFR) . He also said it could take six months to control the epidemic.|
|8/1/2014||Obama signs an amendment to an executive order that would allow him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of “respiratory illness"||The Executive Order, titled Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases, amends Executive Order 13295, passed by George W. Bush in April 2003, which allows for the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”
Obama's amendment replaces subsection (b) of the original Bush executive order which referred only to SARS. Obama’s amendment allows for the detention of Americans who display, “Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”
Although Ebola was listed on the original executive order signed by Bush, Obama’s amendment ensures that Americans who merely show signs of respiratory illness, with the exception of influenza, can be forcibly detained by medical authorities.
Why would Obama's amendment include respiratory illnesses that "are capable of being transmitted from person to person", when the government keeps saying Ebola is not airborne and cannot be spread unless touching bodily fluids?
|8/2/2014||The first of two American health care volunteers working in Liberia and diagnosed with Ebola is flown back to the U.S. for treatment||This is the first time Ebola-infected patients are not quarantined where they contracted the illness. Before leaving Liberia, both patients are given experimental Ebola drugs and blood transfusions from an Ebola survivor. Ebola is a Level 4 contagion, but the hospital treating the two volunteers is a Level 2 contagion facility.
Protocol mandates an Ebola patient be kept in a single patient room. All persons entering must wear double gloves, gown, eye protection, face mask, disposable shoe covers and leg coverings. Dedicated medical equipment should be disposable. However, the Ebola patient’s wastes are going into public sewage.
The CDC site states U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD (the viral Ebola hemorrhage fever) by following “recommended isolation and infection control procedures.” Further down in the report it reveals “Liquid medical waste such as feces and vomitus can be disposed of in the sanitary sewer.”
Atlanta’s news agencies have revealed that the Ebola patient’s wastes, including feces and urine, are going into the city’s public sewer system. They go on to say there is no risk of infection to the general public, because their waste management practices will kill any virus flushed into the system. Atlanta’s sewer system covers about a 19 square mile area, comprising about 15 percent of Atlanta’s total area. Their website acknowledges “but this system is aging as well, and sanitary sewer overflows occur frequently.” The city has four water reclamation centers and 14 pump stations that pump waste water flows into the sewer system.
There is documentation from similar viruses in the past that these can survive in liquid or dry materials for a number of days. Authorities assure that “we do not think there will be any secondary cases” as a result of having the Ebola patients staying at Emory.
Prior to the two patients being brought to Atlanta, CDC procedures called for properly sterilizing Ebola medical waste before shipping it to a center that has an incinerator or an autoclave is important for safety but also to prevent the material from being used for nefarious purposes, experts say. The CDC advises hospitals to put such waste into leak-proof containers and have it shipped as a type of material known as “regulated medical waste.” But the federal Department of Transportation “deems Ebola a Category A infectious agent, meaning it is capable of killing people and animals, and not ‘regulated medical waste,’ a category in which pathogens are not capable of causing harm.”
Ebola medical waste “can be readily taken care of with most disinfectants, without a doubt,” according to the former head of the CDC’s Special Pathogens Branch, Dr. Thomas Ksiazek, who dealt with the containment of viruses like Ebola on a daily basis. Shipping waste in sealed containers, as with other medical waste for incineration or disinfection in an autoclave, shouldn’t pose a safety risk at all, he said.
|8/3/2014||United States officials brought an Ebola-infected patient into the country just days after President Obama signed an executive order mandating the detention of Americans who show signs of “respiratory illness”||Instead of preventing Ebola and other viruses from spreading within the U.S., Obama is readying his administration for a power grab if a major pandemic breaks out throughout the country.|
|8/4/2014||“All it takes is one cough, one sneeze, one drop of saliva, and the virus is loose in one of the main transportation centers of the U.S.,” according to journalist Paul Craig Roberts||Yet instead of stopping illegal immigration, the Obama administration is encouraging it and has even allowed Ebola patients to enter the United States, an unprecedented move which raises the risk of an outbreak even higher as the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where the patients are being treated doesn’t follow a high level of biocontainment precautions.
For months the federal government has been shipping thousands of illegals through the country’s main transportation centers at taxpayer expense. Typically, when illegals are captured by CBP, such as the 1,000 from Ebola-struck nations, the federal government will shelter them before shipping them by Greyhound or other bus lines to their relatives in other parts of the U.S. under the pretense that the illegals will show up for an immigration hearing, but 90% of them never do.
And these illegals are not checked for a variety of diseases before being released.
|8/5/2014||Hundreds and hundreds of people from Ebola-stricken countries have been caught crossing the southern border into the U.S.||Nearly a thousand people from Ebola-infected countries have been apprehended at the border. Some estimates say the Border Patrol only apprehends 10% of illegals coming across the border, so that would mean 10,000 people have crossed the border from Ebola-stricken countries. This doesn't count the people that are purposely being brought into the U.S. to treat and hopefully cure. Why? Think of all the money that could be made with vaccines.|
|8/7/2014||The CDC Director announced via Twitter that their operations center had moved to a Level 1 response||If the situation was so serious that the CDC had to issue a Level 1 response, why didn't they stop all flights into the U.S. originating in an Ebola-infected country?|
|9/15/2014||The U.S. State Department has ordered 160,000 Hazmat suits for Ebola||The State Department has announced it is planning a “surge” of emergency medical personnel into western Africa, but only 1400 federal workers are currently in the region, suggesting that the 160,000 figure is far higher than what would be required merely for sending medical workers abroad.|
|9/16/2014||Obama says, ". . . the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low"||Yet, four days later, Thomas Duncan flew into Dallas, ultimately becoming the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., and infecting two nurses, which is an outbreak.|
|9/17/2014||Obama said: "It's (Ebola's) spiralling out of control, it's getting worse"||Obama has warned of a "potential threat to global security" if Ebola-stricken West African countries break down, as he announced 3,000 US troops would be sent to the region.|
|9/17/2014||The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is examining the readiness to treat Ebola at hospitals around the country||The CDC has also told hospitals to prepare for an outbreak in the United States. The CDC released a revised checklist on Ebola preparedness for all hospitals two days ago.|
|9/20/2014||A man from Liberia, Thomas Duncan, knowingly infected with Ebola, boards a plane for the U.S. He, as well as all passengers on the plane, have their temperatures taken as a precaution, but since he hasn't started showing symptoms yet, he has no fever. He arrives in Dallas, TX, and moves in with relatives||Two months ago, numerous Western countries stopped allowing flights from West Africa to land in their countries, but not the U.S.|
|9/26/2014||Mr. Duncan, now living in Dallas and sick with Ebola, is taken to a hospital, by ambulance, for treatment; yet, when he went to the same hospital for treatment of Ebola symptoms on 9/24/2014, he was given antibiotics and sent home||Yet, on 9/16/2014, Obama gave a speech at the CDC, praising them for the "... hundreds of professionals who are working tirelessly on this issue ...", which includes "... working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely." What does the training from the CDC consist of, if they sent an Ebola patient home with just antibiotics? Since antibiotics don't work on viruses, including the flu and common cold viruses, exactly what was the hospital treating him for?
Two days after transporting Mr. Duncan to the hospital, the ambulance is cordoned off, after being used on other patients during those two days.
|9/26/2014||A report by the CDC says that Ebola cases are DOUBLING every 20 days in Liberia and Sierra Leone||This greatly increases the chances the virus will spread beyond West Africa, especially with our open borders and Obama refusing to stop air travel from Ebola-infected countries.|
|10/1/2014||Thomas Duncan told an emergency room nurse in Dallas he recently visited Liberia||A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Executive told a news conference the information was not shared widely enough with the medical team treating Duncan, so he was diagnosed as suffering from a “low-grade common viral disease”, given antibiotics and sent home. Why did they prescribe antibiotics when antibiotics do not work on viruses? Two days later he was returned to the hospital by ambulance.
A resident at the apartment complex where Duncan was staying said that, “When the ambulance came his whole family were all screaming, he got outside and he was throwing up all over the place … when he was throwing up he was trying to walk and he couldn’t walk.”
|10/1/2014||Thomas Duncan's nephew called the CDC because he was concerned that Mr. Duncan wasn't being treated correctly for his illness||
"I called CDC to get some actions taken, because I was concerned for his life and he wasn't getting the appropriate care."A CDC spokesman said the agency could neither confirm nor deny the nephew's account. The hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
|10/2/2014||A government supplier of emergency response products specializing in “high risk events” says that Disaster Assistance Response Teams were told to prepare to be activated in the month of October||In August, a State Department official remarked to reporters about developments in Africa, specifically referring to the growing crisis as an “Ebola attack,” suggesting that not only has the virus been weaponized, but that the U.S. government knew it was not a naturally occurring event. Does anyone still think this Ebola outbreak wasn't staged by the government?|
|10/2/2014||Picture shows unprotected workers cleaning up the sidewalk outside an apartment block in Dallas where Ebola victim Thomas Duncan vomited before he was taken away in an ambulance||A cleaning crew wearing no protective clothing or face masks whatsoever as they appear to be pressure washing the sidewalk in the general area where Duncan vomited outside his apartment building. Given the fact that Ebola spreads through contact with bodily fluids, the lack of protective gear and the carefree way the workers appear to be cleaning up the area where Duncan vomited is astounding.|
|10/2/2014||The Director of the National Institutes of Health defended the CDC "over the last several weeks to months have been really putting out the message that when people come in with symptoms that are compatible with Ebola, that it’s important to ask for a travel history, and to factor that into what your decision is. Unfortunately that did not happen in this case. I think we just need to put that behind us, and look ahead — and make sure in the future this doesn’t happen again"||Remember, just two weeks ago on 9/16/2014, Obama said that in the unlikely event someone with Ebola makes it to America, the CDC has "taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home," and the CDC was ". . . working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared . . . medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely."
Has the CDC already worked with this hospital to make sure they are able to identify a potential Ebola case and prepared and able to deal with an Ebola case safely?
|10/2/2014||According to a CNN investigative reporter, "only a handful" of American hospitals are "really prepared to accept Ebola patients"||According to a CNN medical correspondent who just returned from Liberia, "When we left Liberia, they were scrupulous about checking for us. They did exactly what they were supposed to do. We had our temperature taken not once, not twice but three times, once in the car as we were driving up to the airport, and then twice inside the airport.
"They asked us if we'd suffered from a whole long list of symptoms. They asked how close we'd been to Ebola patients, had we attended burials, et cetera. And then there was this team of nurses there and . . . they looked pretty vigilant. They were looking at you because if you're going to lie and say you're feeling fine, they want to catch it in your eyes . . . And if you look at all sick, they're going to send you on for secondary screening.
"However, when I came to the United States, it was not as impressive. A spokesman for the White House said back in August, we are carefully monitoring, he used those words, carefully monitoring people from these countries coming back in the U.S.
"But that . . . was not at all what I found. No temperature taking, no asking us about exposures. And we were clear -- my crew and I were clear that we had been in Liberia covering Ebola. They didn't ask us specifics about what we'd been doing. I alone was asked about symptoms.
"The guy was about to give my passport back and say, welcome to the U.S., and he said, you know, I got an e-mail that I'm supposed to do something when people come back from these countries. Let me check this out. So he consulted with a colleague, who consulted with another colleague and they came back and said, ma'am, you're supposed to watch yourself for 21 days for symptoms. And I said, oh, what symptoms? And they couldn't tell me.
"And my photographer and my producer weren't told to watch for anything. My photographer had his boots checked for mud, which is useless for Ebola. So I can't explain why there were these inconsistencies."
Remember on 9/16/2014, Obama said that the CDC has "taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home," to deal with someone with Ebola entering the U.S.
|10/2/2014||Two days ago, the CDC said Mr. Duncan came in contact with 12-18 people, but now they say it's 80+ people||Will the CDC realistically be able to find all the people Duncan came into contact with? This is why a citizen coming from an Ebola-stricken country should be immediately quarantined for 30 days. Noncitizens should be denied entrance into the U.S.|
|10/3/2014||The CDC Director says stopping flights into the U.S. wouldn't work because people have a "right to return"||If stopping flights wouldn't work, then why did he issue a Level 3 travel ban on non-essential travel to Ebola-stricken countries on 7/31/2014? No one has a "right to return" to spread a deadly disease to 300+ million people! What's wrong with being quarantined for 30 days upon returning to make sure someone can't spread the disease?|
|10/3/2014||A HAZMAT team arrives to clean the Dallas apartment where the Ebola patient had been staying, several days after the Ebola diagnosis||The plan involves entering the apartment, assessing the situation, making a plan, and then communicating with the CDC. Subsequent to such steps being taken, the cleaning process will begin.|
|10/3/2014||Five unprotected Dallas County Sheriff’s Department employees entered the quarantined apartment of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan to deliver a court order barring his four family members from leaving their home||Although the Dallas County Sheriff's Association was able to convince the Sheriff’s Department to put the five officers on leave to be checked by doctors, the CDC continues to claim they were never in danger. Isn't this something you would do if you were trying to deliberately spread the virus?
The squad cars used by the five deputies were taken out of service unexpectedly the following morning.
|10/6/2014||A South Texas Border Patrol agent has confirmed that immigrants from Ebola-stricken nations have recently been caught entering the country illegally via the nation’s porous southern border||In an interview last week, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council said he was worried for the safety of his fellow agents after immigrants from Liberia and other Ebola-stricken African nations were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection agents reportedly caught 112 people from Guinea, 231 people from Liberia and 145 from Sierra Leone during fiscal year 2013, but that figure does not take into account immigrants who evaded capture. The number of illegal aliens that get caught can be as low as 10% of the amount that do not get caught.
|10/6/2014||The stepdaughter of Texas Ebola victim, Thomas Duncan, who called 911 and rode in the ambulance with him, has been told she can return to work||Nursing assistant Youngor Jallah, 35, has been in 'quarantine' in her small Dallas apartment along with her husband, Aaron Yah, 43, and their four children ages 2 to 11 since Thomas Duncan's devastating diagnosis one week ago.
Mr Yah, also a nursing assistant, had been told he could return to work at the end of last week.
It takes up to 21 days for symptoms to appear.
|10/6/2014||It is essential that Ebola tests be run more than once before any suspected Ebola victims are released||On July 15, the director of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia shook hands with a man later diagnosed with Ebola, and the director was soon feeling ill. Two days later, when his Ebola diagnostic test came back negative, his worry was banished. The staff began caring for the director as they would a typhoid or malaria patient. “We wore gloves, but we were not very strict at all.”
A week later, the director’s symptoms got worse, and he was tested again. This time, it came back positive for Ebola—the first test was a false negative. Suddenly, everyone who had cared for him was a possible Ebola case. The hospital became a quarantine zone. The director died on August 2. Of the 20 health workers who had been in contact with him during that week, 15 came down with Ebola a short while later, with only six surviving.
|10/6/2014||A former CIA agent predicted an Ebola false flag||On 9/18/2014, a former CIA agent predicted the globalists would pull an Ebola false flag. He didn't think they would actually use Ebola, but bio-chemical weapons that dissipate, but then they'll pretend that it’s Ebola.|
|10/6/2014||An emergency response manager says, based on his experience, the Ebola outbreak is being conducted on purpose because it violates all protocol||Consider these facts:
Government officials were slow to decontaminate the apartment of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S.
Prior to sanitizing the apartment, five Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies were ordered to enter the unit without protective gear to remove Duncan’s family members who were placed under quarantine.
Workers ordered to clean the sidewalk where Duncan vomited were also not wearing protective clothing.
Officials were slow to decontaminate the ambulance that transported Duncan to the hospital, allowing other patients to be transported in the same ambulance and potentially exposed to the disease.
Obama has refused to ban travelers from Ebola-stricken African nations from entering the U.S., which allowed Duncan to fly to Dallas.
The fact that [Ebola] being allowed to travel into the United States is insane and the fact that emergency operations have not been activated is insane and this is on purpose and by design,” the emergency response manager stated. “There are many competent people in the CDC, the military and emergency management officers who need to blow the whistle.”
“They’re being ordered to stand down from the top.”
|10/8/2014||Federal health officials will now require temperature checks, for the first time, at five major American airports for people arriving from the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola||Health experts, however, said the measures were more likely to calm a worried public than to prevent many people with Ebola from entering the country.|
|10/8/2014||Ibuprofen will reduce a fever enough to pass airport screening||A former CDC employee that worked at the CDC during the SARS outbreak, said airport screenings looking for fever, a symptom of Ebola, can be defeated by Ibuprofen, which reduces fever.|
|10/8/2014||Seattle's SeaTac International Airport, which has its own designated CDC office, has not been ordered to follow CDC screening measures to detect possible Ebola cases||Other precautions, such as questionnaire forms designed to pinpoint possible patients, have not been issued to airport staff either. The CDC has thus far failed to comment.|
|10/9/2014||The Health and Human Services Secretary says, “We had one case and I think there may be other cases, and I think we have to recognize that as a nation”||Imagine, the government thinks there may be other Ebola cases in the U.S. when they don't stop flights from West Africa, don't quarantine people that arrive from West Africa, and have open borders.
“What’s most important is we know how to contain," the HHS Secretary said. "And that is: detect, contact tracing, isolation, and treatment.” In reality, the first containment steps are stopping incoming flights from infected countries, and quarantining anyone arriving in the U.S. from one of those countries.
|10/9/2014||A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to a survey||The survey, which was weighted for age, race, sex, education and region to match U.S. Census data, found that 58 percent of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Twenty percent of respondents opposed a travel ban, and the rest said they didn’t know. The survey was conducted a day before the first person diagnosed with Ebola inside the U.S. died October 8.
By an almost 2-1 margin, those surveyed disapproved of sending U.S. troops overseas to help contain the outbreak.
|10/9/2014||According to a survey, 40% of Americans think the government will save them from Ebola||The government is bringing Ebola into the U.S., so they certainly won't be saving anyone from it.
The government response to Hurricane Katrina is a good example of what the government's response to an Ebola epidemic will be like:
The media likes to say massive and unprecedented government negligence during Katrina was the fault of “policy failures.” There was no "negligence" because the government was pursuing a different agenda than what the public thought they were doing. In the aftermath of Katrina, government excelled at confiscating legal firearms, shooting unarmed civilians, and preventing firefighters and rescue workers from aiding victims.
|10/10/2014||A former border patrol agent says the CDC and DHS are "disappearing" people coming across the southern border that have Ebola-like symptoms||A former Border Patrol Agent says the CDC is working with Border Patrol authorities and DHS to disappear potential Ebola victims attempting to cross the border into the United States. The former agent said it was unprecedented to see CDC officials working with Border Patrol and DHS, and that illegal aliens with Ebola-like symptoms were being secretly detained and taken to an unknown location.
"Current agents report seeing people who are obviously sick, with shivering type illnesses, with possible dehydrating illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting,” said the former agent. “Those people are disappearing, we don’t know what they have, where they’re going, where they’re taking them – surely they’re being quarantined somewhere we just don’t know where and even the agents don’t know what the diagnosis is of these illnesses,” added the agent.
|10/10/2014||Doctors are reporting that the CDC is responding to only half the calls it is receiving from doctors reporting Ebola-like symptoms in patients, upwards of 40 calls a day||When asked to comment on the response rate to these calls, the CDC Media Relations office referred a caller to its unrelated “CDC Hotline” and then refused to connect the caller directly to a public information officer on a sequential call because the office is screening questions from the press.
Such behavior is typical of the agency, which has so far placed more emphasis on the proper burial of Ebola victims than following proper disease protocols meant to prevent the virus from spreading in the first place.
“I have been asked whether we should stop travel to Liberia,” CDC Director Dr. Frieden (a CFR) said. “The answer is no: to keep Americans and people in non-affected countries safe, we must continue to work to support efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.” This is ridiculous because had flights from Ebola-stricken countries been stopped, Thomas Duncan would not have been able to fly from Liberia to Dallas with Ebola.
|10/11/2014||According to a former Border Patrol agent, the CDC is "disappearing" potential Ebola victims when they cross the border||The CDC and HHS are in charge of the screening. and the former agent, a 27-year veteran, has never seen either of these agencies work with the Border Patrol. Current agents are reporting seeing people cross the border with Ebola-like symptoms, and these are the people that are disappearing. They, too, confirmed they had never seen these agencies work with the Border Patrol.
The sick people are being put in vans and driven to quarantine locations, and no one knows where these locations are, or what is being done to the people. No one, including the agents ever find out what the ultimate diagnosis turns out to be, since Ebola-like symptoms are the same for numerous diseases, including the flu.
This interview was done in July, and people are still disappearing if they come across the border appearing sick.
|10/12/2014||It is confirmed that a nurse caring for Thomas Duncan, who died from Ebola last week at a Dallas hospital, has tested positive for Ebola||Why are they bringing Ebola patients into Western countries for the first time ever? While numerous nations have halted flights from Ebola-infected countries, why hasn't the Unhited States done this?
Mr. Duncan actually died on 10/7/2014, but the CDC didn't report it until 10/8/2014 after foreign media reported the death and that the CDC was covering it up.
This constitutes an official outbreak of Ebola in the United States.
|10/12/2014||The WHO engages in a scare campaign to steer prople away from using black market blood of Ebola survivors, over concerns it could be tainted with other diseases, or be the wrong blood type. These are valid concerns, but there are tests that can be taken to eliminate these risks, since the WHO encourages the use of properly obtained blood from survivors||Interestingly, Zmapp uses the same mechanism as a blood transfusion, which introduces antibodies into a patient's bloodstream, as a reinforcement, without waiting for the patient's body to develop its own antibodies. If the drug companies didn't understand that blood transfusions work, why would they spend hundreds of millions of dollars duplicating the process synthetically?
During a 1996 Ebola outbreak, 312 people became infected and 80% died. A study was done with 8 people that were given blood transfusions and good palliative care. Seven of the patients recovered, while the 8th person was showing improvement, but developed an unrelated medical problem and died. The cause of death was attributed to Ebola, but no attempt was made to determine the exact cause of death.
Currently, 7 people have received Zmapp, resulting in 3 survivors, 2 deaths, and 2 unknowns. All of the 3 survivors, and 1 of the patients that died, also received blood transfusions.
Why are DARPA, big tobacco, and the U.S. Army's bio-weapons staff working to come up with an artificial version of human antibodies? Now Bill Gates is also backing this drug.
Zmapp is produced by infecting a mouse with Ebola, taking the antibodies out when it produces them, and then genetically modifying them to make them more acceptable to the human body. The mouse antibodies are then put into a plant, and the plant reproduces the antibodies, called plantibodies. What can possibly go wrong with this? This is the artificial patented version of a blood transfusion.
Production of Zmapp is being increased, and they expect to have possibly thousands of treatment courses available by early 2015. But 500,000 to 1,500,000 cases of Ebola are projected for just the African countries, if the epidemic can't be slowed.
When the experimental drugs are used, the stock value of the companies greatly increases. If the drug doesn't prove successful, the stock then tanks.
|10/13/2014||The vice president of National Nurses United said the CDC is not communicating enough with nurses across the country and it is "a disaster waiting to happen"||The vice president said, ". . . what is missing here is that the hospitals do not understand that if a patient walks in via the emergency room or in the clinics, we need to care for that patient regardless. And if we do not have the proper protective equipment and also the information or the knowledge or the education or the training, then it's really a disaster waiting to happen . . . we are there most of the time with the patients, much more than anyone else in the health care field . . . and so we would be exposed much more, much longer than anyone else. And so we are just asking that we be given the proper protective equipment, we be given the hands-on training and we be given the proper education, so that we will be able to ask questions and get our fears and issues, our concerns addressed. that's all we're asking."
Yet one month ago, Obama said that the government, including the CDC, "We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely." What has the CDC been doing instead of training hospital staff?
|10/13/2014||85% of America’s nurses said their hospitals have not educated them on Ebola, according to a poll conducted by the largest nursing association in the U.S., National Nurses United ||Additionally, 76% of the nurses said their hospitals have not informed them how to admit potential Ebola patients, in the poll which surveyed 2,000 registered nurses at over 750 facilities in 46 states. Also, 37% of nurses revealed their hospitals have insufficient supplies of face shields and 39% said their hospitals have no plans to equip isolation rooms for Ebola patients.
“Our call was… based on steady reports from nurses at multiple hospitals who are alarmed at the inadequate preparation they see at their hospitals,” the executive director of NNU stated. “The time to act is long overdue.”
Ebola is now spreading in the U.S. after a nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Duncan tested positive for the virus. Although this could have been caused by the CDC ignoring its own disease protocols, the CDC is trying to blame the nurse for a "breach of protocol."
“I think that is just wrong,” said an expert on public health preparedness at Pennsylvania State University. “We haven’t provided [hospital workers] with a national training program. We haven’t provided them with the necessary experts that have actually worked in hospitals with Ebola.”
Yet one month ago, Obama said that the government, including the CDC, "We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely." What has the CDC been doing instead of training hospital staff?
|10/13/2014||CDC Director Dr. Frieden (a CFR) says "We have to rethink the way we address ebola infection control because even a single infection is unacceptable"||Is "rethink" the correct word to use, because that implies they have been thinking up till now, but their actions seem to indicate otherwise!
Frieden then "promised" the CDC would "double down" on training and assistance throughout the country's health care system. What exactly is he going to "double down" on, since the nation's largest nurses union says they have received no training or assistance from the CDC?
Then Frieden said, "We could've sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one ... I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient - the first patient - was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection." Yet, on August 3, he said "The plain fact is, we can stop it. We can stop it from spreading in hospitals and we can stop it in Africa . . ." Totally clueless!
|10/14/2014||The CDC is looking for a company to provide medical staff to do health assessments at all major U.S. airports, and also overseas||In a “sources sought” notice posted at FedBizOpps today entitled Ebola Support Services, the CDC is looking for a company to provide, “Clinical personnel and Epidemiologists that can do contract tracing and traveler rapid assessment of health status” both overseas and at all major airports in the U.S. The minimum requirement for the position is Registered Nurse, Physician (MD or DO).
The CDC notice also reveals the federal agency is planning to appoint an Emergency Management Specialist who will be, “Responsible for emergency response coordination, management and preparedness activities within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 24 hours a day/7 days a week.”
The deadline for companies to respond to the notice is October 28.
|10/14/2014||A nurse that has now tested positive for Ebola after treating Thomas Duncan in the hospital before he died, is concerned Ebola may now be airborne, as are other staff at the hospital||Other nurses, concerned the disease is now airborne, are joined by national experts on respiratory protection and infectious disease transmission who believe Ebola may now in fact be airborne.
“We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks,” wrote two doctors for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
The chief scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he oversees the emerging viral pathogens section, believes the latest strain of Ebola is more virulent than previous strains and also has the potential to become airborne.“You can argue that any time the virus replicates it’s going to mutate . . . So there is a potential for the thing to acquire an aerogenic property but that would have to be a dramatic change,” he said.
|10/15/2014||The Frontier Airlines jet that carried a Dallas healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola made five additional flights before it was taken out of service||Denver-based Frontier said it grounded the plane immediately after the carrier was notified late last night by the CDC about the Ebola patient.
The passenger "exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on Flight 1143, according to the crew," Frontier said.
How many people were needlessly exposed to Ebola because there are no quarantine procedures in place?
|10/15/2014||As more foreign countries impose travel bans from Ebola-stricken countries, House Speaker Boehner said Obama should consider a temporary ban on travel from Ebola-stricken West African countries||Obama administration officials have resisted a travel ban, saying that adequate screening measures are already in place - only once has an Ebola victim entered the U.S. on a commercial flight - and that a ban could hinder assistance to the afflicted. The "adequate screening measures" have failed 100% of the time! Twice healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola-stricken patients in West Africa passed the temperature check screening measure at the airport, even though they had Ebola!|
|10/15/2014||Obama appoints a point person to coordinate the efforts of all government agencies involved with the Ebola response, but she has no medical experience||The point person, Lisa Monaco, is the White House Homeland Security adviser. According to the White House press secretary, although Monaco coordinates the efforts of other agencies, "ultimately, each of those agencies understands exactly what they’re responsible for, and they have experts in this field that can ensure the American people remain safe." What experience do these experts have, because based on what the government's response has been to the Ebola crisis, it's difficult to imagine these experts have experience in stopping an Ebola outbreak.
Earlier this month, prior to widespread criticism of the handling of the first Ebola case in the U.S., Monaco assured the public the government had the outbreak under control.
“We know how to do this, and we will do it again, ”Monaco said at a press briefing. “It’s very important to remind the American people that the U.S. has the most capable health-care system and the most capable doctors in the world, bar none.” Obamacare is the "most capable health-care system . . . in the world"? What a joke!
Monaco is currently Obama’s homeland security adviser and chief counter-terrorism adviser. She is also a statutory member of the U.S. Homeland Security Council. She served as assistant attorney general for National Security from 2011 to 2013 and was a principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department.
Why wasn't someone from the Department of Health and Human Services appointed?
|10/15/2014||“As the epidemic gets more and more formidable and in some cases out of control it is quite conceivable, if not likely, that we may need to deploy the vaccine to the entire country to be able to shut the epidemic down. That is clearly a possibility.”||So said the Director of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.|
|10/16/2014||An Ebola screening machine that diagnoses Ebola cases in less than an hour was at the Texas hospital when Thomas Duncan came in, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola||The military is currently using the machine in West Africa., and it has a more than a 90% rate of accuracy.
The machine can detect Ebola in blood or saliva samples. A special kit is required to do Ebola testing. Unless hospitals agree to use the machine specifically for research purposes, rather than actually diagnosing patients with Ebola, they can’t look for Ebola in samples, which they did not. These are so called research use only machines.
The FDA rules in what are called “research use only” machines are far more lax than for machines that must provide clinical diagnosis. Even after the FDA approved the use of the machine for Ebola screening and allowed workers at the hospital to acquire the proper kit for Ebola testing, a 10-20 day “validation” procedure would kick in before they could change the machine’s use from diagnostics to research — and the results would have to go to the CDC for confirmation.
In March, the Defense Department awarded a $240 million contract to adapt the machine for use to screen for illnesses like Ebola. The winning company participated alongside two other companies for the Next Generation Diagnostics System prize. The winning system had to be able to spot a wide number of chemical or biological agents, diagnose them on a minute level, and return a positive or negative.
On October 10th, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to three screening systems called Ebola Zaire Target1, which was also developed with help from the Defense Department; the CDC Ebola Virus NP Real-time RT-PCR Assay; and the CDC Ebola Virus VP40 Real-time RT-PCR Assay.
Yet on 9/16/2014, President Obama assured the nation that the CDC was working with "hospitals to make sure that they are prepared . . . and are able to deal with a possible case safely." Apparently that was another lie.
|10/16/2014||A newly released poll has found that 50% of Americans believe the U.S. government is hiding information about the Ebola outbreak||The poll, which was conducted a few days ago, found that 68% of likely voters are concerned about Ebola spreading throughout the country, while a 60-35% margin thinks that the U.S. should ban all flights coming in from Ebola-hit countries.
Although 55% believe the government is prepared to deal with the crisis, Americans are split 46-46 on the question of whether the White House is telling the public the truth about the Ebola virus.
|10/16/2014||Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African countries at the heart of the outbreak and get into the U.S.||An estimated 100 people per day are applying for U.S. visas at the three embassies, according to Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). “Of course,” he added, “once these individuals are issued a visa by the embassy, they are free to travel to the United States.”
In a letter, Royce urged Secretary of State Kerry to contain the Ebola virus “at its source” in Africa before any additional cases reach the United States. “I was surprised that the Department of State has not already exercised its authority to suspend consular services, which is standard procedure in countries experiencing a major security disruption,” Royce wrote to Kerry. “This would be a prudent measure to mitigate the risk of Ebola exposure and contain its spread—a bedrock principal (sic) of health crisis management.”
|10/16/2014||The CDC director says we can't issue a travel ban to West African travelers because "Right now we know who's coming in"||When the director testified before a Congressional committee, he said that “If we try to eliminate travel, the possibility that some will travel over land, will come from other places…will mean that we won’t be able to do multiple things.”
The director said, "the possibility that some will travel over land, will come from other places", but the CDC already works with the Border Patrol to 'disappear' illegal aliens coming across our southern border that have Ebola-like symptoms, so coming across land is not a threat.
The director then testified that, “We know Ebola can be stopped with rapid diagnosis, appropriate triage, and meticulous infection-control practices in American hospitals.” Then why did a Dallas hospital send an Ebola patient home with antibiotics without testing for Ebola, only to have to admit him two days later with an active case of Ebola that killed him a week later? Why did two of the nurses treating the Ebola patient also contract Ebola? Nothing but lies, but what do you expect from an agency that tells a nurse with a fever, who had treated the Ebola patient and is coming down with Ebola herself, that it's okay to get on a plane because her temperature was only 99.5, not the 100.4 that is listed in their guidelines as a possible symptom of Ebola?
|10/16/2014||Top public health officials at the CDC have collected $25 million in bonuses since 2007||U.S. taxpayers have given $6 billion in salaries and $25 million in bonuses to an elite corps of health care specialists at the CDC since 2007. The agency’s staff increased by 23% during that time (1,888 positions) and contributed to higher payrolls despite relatively flat funding.
From 2010 to 2013, all federal wages were frozen because of budgetary constraints, but CDC officials found a way to pay themselves through bonuses, overtime, within-grade increases and promotion pay raises, while blaming a lack of money for the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the Ebola outbreak.
Last week the Director of the National Institutes of Health said that the CDC had been working on an Ebola vaccine for more than a decade but was hampered by shrinking budgets. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” he added.
For using budgetary constraints as an excuse for its handling of Ebola while pocketing taxpayer-funded salaries and bonuses, the CDC wins this week’s The Washington Times Golden Hammer award, a distinction given to highlight waste, fraud and abuse of tax dollars.
|10/17/2014||In House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearings, no one asked why Ebola is no longer being treated as a "level 4" threat||Some congressmen at the hearing complained that the CDC did not have enough money. But no one mentioned that the special military unit for transporting patients under BSL-4 level conditions, the Aeromedical Isolation and Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (AIT-SMART), which was created in 1978, was dismantled in 2010.
"Having seriously downgraded our response capability, U.S. government agencies are now pretending that the actual threat level is less," stated the president of Physicians for Civil Defense. "Both our military and civilian population are at grave risk."Sending in a rapid response team from Atlanta is not a substitute for respirators, negative-pressure isolation rooms, and proper decontamination procedures, the president noted.
Scientists working with Ebola do so only in BSL-4 (biosafety level-4) laboratories, where they are protected against breathing potentially contaminated air and have complete skin surface protection by means of an encapsulating "space suit." Entry into a BSL-4 facility is only through an air lock.
|10/17/2014||Obama appoints a lawyer and political operative, who previously served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to be the new Ebola Czar||“Leave it to President Obama to put a liberal political activist in charge of the administration’s Ebola response,” Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a medical doctor, said in a statement. "His so-called Ebola Czar will be someone with no medical background."|
|10/17/2014||Obama is “actively formulating plans” to admit Ebola-infected non-citizens into the U.S. just to be treated||According to the conservative public watchdog group Judicial Watch, “Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis . . . The plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.”
The organization added, “the Obama administration is keeping this plan secret from Congress. The source is concerned that the proposal is illegal; endangers the public health and welfare; and should require the approval of Congress.”
|10/17/2014||The Ebola Czar was one of the “key players” in the Solyndra scandal while he worked for Vice President Biden||The Ebola Czar was one of the senior White House officials who advised that President Obama should visit solar power company Solyndra in 2011, despite an auditor raising red flags about the company’s finances. He dismissed the auditor’s concerns about Solyndra’s solvency, reasoning that all innovative companies come with risk.” Solyndra received a $536 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department before going bankrupt.
In a recent interview, Klain said the top leadership issue challenging the world today was “how to deal with the continuing growing population in the world” including “burgeoning populations in Africa and Asia.”
|10/17/2014||According to the White House Press Secretary, Ron Klain was chosen as the Ebola Czar because, “. . . what we were looking for is not an Ebola expert but rather an ‘implementation expert,’ and that’s exactly what Ron Klain is”||Klain is president of Case Holdings, which handles business interests for former AOL CEO Steve Case, and general counsel at Revolution LLC. He is a lobbyist who helped the subprime failure Fannie Mae overcome “regulatory issues” and was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO film, will do nothing significant to address the Ebola crisis.
He will be the point-person in charge of responding to the deadly virus in the U.S., and will report directly to Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Obama said late yesterday it “may make sense for us to have one person” coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. It "may make sense for us to have one person coordinating the government’s response"? Just two days ago, Lisa Monaco was named as the point person in charge of coordinating the government’s response. According to the White House Press Secretary that made the announcement, “the inter-agency coordination effort is something that is being monitored and run – very capably, I might add – by Lisa Monaco.”
Once again, the federal government has demonstrated it is incapable of solving problems.
|10/18/2014||Obama keeps saying we can't have an Ebola travel ban because medical workers would not be able to travel to the Ebola-infected countries||In reality, medical workers travel on military, CDC, or UN planes.
Could this version of Ebola, which lasts longer in the body and can spread farther than previous outbreaks, have been engineered and souped up?
|10/18/2014||Obama said, “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world — if that were even possible — could actually make the situation worse… Experience shows that it could also cause people in the affected region to change their travel, to evade screening, and make the disease even harder to track”||No, "experience shows" that sealing borders is very effective in preventing the spread of the disease into countries.
Obama said if the government takes “the steps that are necessary, if we’re guided by the science — the facts, not fear — then I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States, and we can continue to lead the world in this urgent effort.” A month ago, Obama said, "chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low." Now he says, "I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States."
|10/19/2014||“In response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services . . . the Defense Secretary ordered his Northern Command Commander . . . to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States”||This announcement was made by way of a statement from a Defense Department spokesman.
Training for the “quick strike team” will be conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
If the team in fact deploys it will represent a direct and serious violation of Posse Comitatus, which states that no part of the Army can be deployed in the United States unless authorized by the Constitution, or an act of Congress.
Just think, they are trying to militarize the medical response to a virus! What could possibly go wrong with that, because we all know how well the militarization of the police has worked.
|10/20/2014||With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system||"In the United States, two people have gotten infected with Ebola. Two. Both of them were taking care of a desperately ill patient in a risky situation," said the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "You have to distinguish the two nurses... from the risk to the general public who aren't anywhere near an Ebola patient, much less a very sick Ebola patient."|
|10/22/2014||“The bottom line here is that we have to keep up our guard against Ebola,” said the CDC Director||The director announced a three-week mandatory monitoring period for anyone traveling into the United States from West Africa.
Last week the director said the agency’s initial response in Dallas was not strong enough. He said the agency should have kept a closer eye on the nurses who treated that patient instead of letting them self-monitor for symptoms, which allowed them to travel publicly. He also said the two nurses who became infected in Dallas may have been exposed to the virus because CDC’s protocols for hospital gear initially allowed for exposed skin.
|10/22/2014||Federal health officials will now begin monitoring all travelers — even Americans — who come to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations, for 21 days||The CDC director said the expanded screening would begin Monday in six states — New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Georgia.
Travelers from Ebola-infected countries will be given information cards and a thermometer and be required to make daily check-ins with state or local health officials to report their status. The director said the check-ins could be in person, by telephone, Skype or Facetime or through employers. The travelers would be required to report any travel plans. According to the director, if they don't cooperate, they would be immediately called in.
|10/23/2014||A doctor has reported that health authorities are covering up Ebola cases in the United States and disappearing patients in an effort to avoid hysteria||The doctor said the true scale of the situation was being deliberately downplayed. He then described an incident in Kansas City where a hospital admitted a possible Ebola patient who had a high fever and was bleeding out of all his orifices having recently returned from West Africa. Sometime during the night the patient had “disappeared” against medical advice, but he wouldn’t have been able to leave on his own given his medical condition.
The day after the patient disappeared, a meeting was called for anyone who had contact with the patient. Doctors and other medical workers were told that the patient had malaria.
The doctor then revealed that drug reps from within the area warned over additional possible Ebola cases in the area.
A second possible Ebola patient was then admitted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City the following day but also quickly “disappeared,” with hospital bosses claiming he had typhoid.
Asked why authorities were engaged in an apparent cover-up, the doctor speculated that the CDC was attempting to prevent hysteria, noting that workers at his own clinics had been told not to use the word “Ebola,” just as 911 dispatchers in New York have been banned from using the term, or to reveal any information about a possible Ebola case.
The doctor also revealed that Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a private operator of health care facilities, had earlier this week removed protective gear and Hazmat suits from local hospitals without replacing it.
“They were told this was so they could have continuity of care for possible Ebola patients,” said the doctor, adding that the real reason was that authorities didn’t want to cause a panic by having medical workers and doctors being seen in protective gear.
“When flu season hits, people are going to be coming into the hospital for flu or Ebola, they’re not going to know what they have….it’s going to be a nightmare, every doctor I’ve spoken with is terrified of this fall . . . ” he said “They’re preparing for something,” he added.
|10/23/2014||Illegals crossing the United States southern border are only the beginning||According to the general in charge of the U.S. Southern Command, if Ebola gets to South and Central America, it will rage for some period of time like it is doing in West Africa. Then, the populations will move to get out of their countries, or flood to the United States if they are sick.|
|10/23/2014||CDC says latest U.S. Ebola patient cleared enhanced airport screening||This means that airport screening of potential Ebola victims in the U.S. fails 100% of the time! However, these results are probably typical of other airports that do temperature checks. Two of the four U S. Ebola victims passed the temperature check at the airport, and the other two victims were already sick and brought back to the U.S. in hazmat-type equipped planes.|
|10/23/2014||Another U.S. healthcare worker returning from treating patients in Ebola-stricken countries comes down with Ebola||When the doctor went through enhanced screening procedures at JFK airport, he passed because he didn't have any symptoms at that time. Approximately five days later, the doctor became sick and went to a hospital for treatment, where he was diagnosed with Ebola. During those five days in New York City, he rode the subway numerous times, went running, used an Uber livery cab, went to a bowling alley, visited a park, went to a coffee stand, and went to a sandwich shop. As a result of his running around, nearly 120 people had to be monitored for symptoms of Ebola. Fortunately, the doctor recovered from Ebola.
This is why airport screenings are useless, and all citizens returning from Ebola-infected countries should be quarantined for 21 - 30 days, or until medical tests can prove, with 100% certainty, someone doesn't have Ebola.
|10/24/2014||Did Obama just explain why he won't stop flights from Ebola-infected countries?||During remarks made after a White House meeting with the administration’s Ebola Response Coordinator, Obama said, “There may come a time sometime in the future where we are dealing with an airborne disease that is much easier to catch and is deadly and in some ways this has created a trial run for federal, state and public health officials and health care providers as well as the American people to understand the nature of that and why it’s so important that we’re continually building out our public health systems but we’re also practicing them and keeping them in tip top shape and investing in them.”|
|10/24/2014||A doctor comes forward to describe cases of patients with Ebola-like symptoms disappearing from hospitals||The staff at the hospitals are being told the patients had malaria or typhoid. Sometimes the patients are bleeding, however malaria and typhoid are not bleeding diseases, but Ebola is.|
|10/24/2014||Medical staff around the country are reporting patients with Ebola-like symptoms are disappearing from hospitals, so where is the government taking them?||"Disappearing" patients is happening primarily in the eastern U.S., and along the southern border as sick illegal aliens cross the border.
Note: Ebola-like symptoms DO NOT always mean someone has Ebola.
Ebola has mutated over 300 times this year alone, according to the WHO and CDC. It can live in the body for a very long time and be contagious, unlike the previous lifespan of three days. Now Ebola is contagious before symptoms start showing.
The Border Patrol has confirmed that the CDC has vans waiting at the southern border to "disappear" any illegal aliens crossing the border that have Ebola-like symptoms.
No one in authority at any of the hospitals identified have disputed the claims of "disappearing" patients. That means there is a cover-up going on.
What could be the reason for a cover-up? To sell vaccines to the public? Why do they suddenly have to create vaccines when Ebola has been around since 1976?
The average Ebola patient infects two other people with Ebola.
|10/24/2014||Obama says the current Ebola outbreak is a trial run for a deadlier airborne disease||This means the Ebola outbreak is not just a health crisis, it's also about federalization and internationalization of healthcare, and centralization and central deception.|
|10/26/2014||President Obama is trying to stop states from quarantining healthcare workers that have been in ebola-stricken areas when they return to the U.S.||Is this the action you would take if you were trying to stop the spread of a deadly virus, or is this what you would do if you wanted a virus to spread?|
|10/27/2014||The Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary contradicted Obama’s claim that Ebola can’t be contracted by sitting next to an Ebola victim on a bus||During testimony in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the assistant secretary acknowledged that the Ebola virus “can survive” on inert surfaces and that methods of transmission “include perspiration.” Other officials testified to the same thing. International Medical Corps. official Rabih Torbay also said that transmission via close proximity on a bus “could be possible” through perspiration, while Marine Corps Major General James Lariviere remarked that the virus, “can be transmitted through sweat.”
Earlier this month, Obama told residents of West African countries, “You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.” He repeated the claim during an October 18 video message to Americans when he stated, “You cannot get it [Ebola] from just riding on a plane or a bus.”
|10/27/2014||President Obama strong-arms New York’s and New Jersey’s governors to weaken quarantines and allow the people to quarantine themselves in their own homes||Obama’s pressure began three days ago once Cuomo and Christie jointly revived the practice of isolating and quarantining travelers who may be carrying a communicable disease. The practice was immediately applied to a nurse who had just returned from the Ebola-stricken area, and she was confined to a sealed room in a hospital.
The 21-day quarantine is long enough to reassure medical officials that the person is not infected.
The two governors moved to protect their state residents after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola. The doctor had been out on the town in New York — taking the subway, going bowling — shortly before he was diagnosed.
|10/27/2014||The CDC announces new guidelines for “high-risk” individuals returning from West Africa. Now, health workers are only required to self-isolate if they had direct exposure, such as a needle-stick or if contaminated fluids accidentally splashed into their eyes or mouth||The Obama administration, pushing back against several states' quarantine policies for Ebola health workers, unveiled new restrictions that apply only to “high-risk” individuals returning from West Africa. The CDC guidelines stop far short of 21-day quarantines imposed by several states that have been heavily criticized by public health experts and the Obama administration. Only individuals known to have direct exposure to the disease, such as a family member who cared for an Ebola patient without protective gear, are told to remain home under the new recommendations.
Health workers are only required to self-isolate if they had direct exposure — for example, if a needle-stick punctured their protective gear or if contaminated fluids accidentally splashed into their eyes or mouth. Most returning doctors and nurses would undergo twice-daily active monitoring, including at least once in person. If those individuals wish to travel, they would have to consult with local and state health agencies, which would then evaluate their specific level of exposure.
While the CDC does not have the authority to enforce its recommendations, the director said most state and local health officials follow federal directions when trying to limit the spread of infectious diseases.
|10/27/2014||The Veterans Administration hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico is expecting the near term arrival of a number of Ebola patients and is creating an entire Ebola Ward to handle the infected patient inflow||It is unclear if this is the planned location being set up to quarantine US military members coming back from west Africa after becoming infected with Ebola.|
|10/28/2014||The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment||An internal State Department document argued that the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop. Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground. “The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” says the deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense, who is listed as the memo's author.
More than 10,000 people have become infected with Ebola in West Africa, and the U.S. has taken a lead role in arguing that the outbreak must be stopped in West Africa. Yet, the best way to do that is to keep all Ebola-infected persons in West Africa for treatment and quarantine.
In the memo, officials say their preference is for patients to go to Europe, which is closer, but there are some cases in which the U.S. is “the logical treatment destination for non-citizens.” The memo even details the expected price per patient, with transportation costs at $200,000 and treatment at $300,000. That's half a million dollars per patient. Who is going to be paying for foreign citizens that are treated in the U.S.? The U.S. currently has a national debt of over $18 trillion. What's a few more million that will have to be borrowed to pay for the treatment of non-citizens?
These "officials" sound like they need to be fired for the protection of the citizens of the United States, which is what the government exists to do.
A State Department official later said that the discussions had been shelved. “There is no policy of the U.S. government to allow entry of non-U.S. citizen Ebola-infected to the United States. There is no consideration in the State Department of changing that policy,” the official said.
“So far all of the Ebola medevacs brought back to U.S. hospitals have been U.S. citizens. But there are many non-citizens working for U.S. government agencies and organizations in the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa,” the memo says. “Many of them are citizens of countries lacking adequate medical care, and if they contracted Ebola in the course of their work they would need to be evacuated to medical facilities in the United States or Europe.”
In the U.S., the memo lists three hospitals — the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta — that are willing to take Ebola patients. According to the memo, DHS officials would be required to waive legal restrictions to speed the transport of patients into the U.S. “A pre-established framework would be essential to guarantee that only authorized individuals would be considered for travel authorization and that all necessary vetting would occur,” the memo says.
Is this how a president should protect the citizens of his country?
|10/28/2014||The CDC removes fever from the Ebola Case Definition, and replaces it with a more nebulous definition of "Elevated body temperature or subjective fever or symptoms", and adds "Fatigue" to the case definition||The CDC has expanded the list of risk factors for Ebola that increase the federal agency’s power to forcibly quarantine individuals suspected of being exposed to the virus.
Under the new guidelines, issued yesterday, individuals are subject to “movement restrictions” if they have briefly been in the vicinity of an Ebola victim. However, the new guidelines state that “brief proximity,” or “being in the same room for a brief period of time” with an Ebola victim now constitutes enough of a risk factor for consideration of mandatory quarantine.
The new guidelines also list “fatigue” as a potential Ebola symptom, while individuals who had direct contact (such as a hand shake) with an Ebola victim prior to symptom onset in the victim are also now considered a risk, suggesting that the CDC is entertaining the possibility that the virus can be transmitted even from victims who have yet to display symptoms.
This is a complete reversal from their previous guidelines that someone is only contagious when they have symptoms.
|10/29/2014||Obama said Americans may continue to see individual cases of Ebola in the United States until the outbreak in West Africa is contained||Obama said it was essential the United States and other countries work to stop the Ebola outbreak at its source in Africa. Until the outbreak is stopped, he said, "we may still continue to see individual cases in America in the weeks and months ahead."
Well of course we will, since Obama won't stop flights from West Africa, and won't quarantine citizens arriving from West Africa.
|10/30/2014||The U.S. government has ordered 250,000 hazmat suits to be sent to Dallas||Dallas is where the first Ebola death in the United States occurred, and two nurses treating the victim also came down with Ebola, constituting the first Ebola outbreak in the United States.
Why would the government send 250,000 hazmat suits to one city? What are they preparing for?
|10/31/2014||The CDC has removed a warning from its website that Ebola can, in rare cases, spread from person through coughing and sneezing||The CDC removed a warning from its website that Ebola can, in rare cases, spread from person through coughing and sneezing. The old language was replaced with new guidance that says there's 'no evidence' Ebola is spread through either.
The CDC also removed a poster that said Ebola can be transferred through 'droplets' from coughing or sneezing that land on hard surfaces, like doorknobs.
Previously the CDC's frequently asked questions page on Ebola said: 'Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease. If 'you listen to them closely, they say you have to have direct contact. But they define direct contact as being within three feet of someone.
|11/1/2014||So far, nine Ebola patients have been treated in the U.S., and one has died||Seven became infected in West Africa, including Thomas Duncan, the first to arrive undiagnosed and the first to die. Two of the nurses that cared for him at a Dallas hospital were also infected. He was initially misdiagnosed and sent home from the emergency room. This is considered a worst-case scenario for the U.S.
It's estimated that a similar situation, if left unchecked, could lead to a local cluster that could infect as many as 20.
Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.
No one knows for sure how many infections will emerge in the U.S. or anywhere else, but scientists have made educated guesses based on data models that weigh hundreds of variables, including daily new infections in West Africa, airline traffic worldwide and transmission possibilities.
This week, several top infectious disease experts ran simulations that predicted as few as one or two additional infections by the end of 2014 to a worst-case scenario of 130.
'I don't think there's going to be a huge outbreak here, no,' said Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school. 'However, as best we can tell right now, it is quite possible that every major city will see at least a handful of cases.'
Relman is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisory board for biosecurity and chairs the National Academy of Sciences forum on microbial threats.
Until now, projections published in top medical journals by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have focused on worst-case scenarios for West Africa, concluding that cases in the U.S. will be episodic, but minimal. But they have declined to specify actual numbers.
|11/5/2014||The U.S. Southern Command, which oversees South America, orders approximately 52 personal protective equipment kits for Ebola, 26 regular kits, and 26 heavy duty kits||The solicitation says one regular kit consists of the following; 40 face masks, 100 small exam gloves, 100 medium exam gloves, 100 large exam gloves, 15 protective gogglases, 100 fluid resistant surgical masks, 100 operation caps, 10 heavy duty non-woven aprons, 20 Impermeable large disposable liquid resistance gowns, 20 Impermeable small/medium disposable liquid resistance gowns, 100 fluid resistant shoe covers, 20 disposable bags for biohazard waste, 50 1-quart collector containers.|
|11/6/2014||The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed||The agreement between major media outlets and health authorities – presumably the CDC – not to report on potential Ebola cases in the United States was apparently made behind the scenes with no public discussion whatsoever.|
|11/6/2014||Ron Klain was a good pick for Ebola czar because it wasn't about curing Ebola||There is a reason why Obama didn’t pick an Ebola Czar with any actual medical experience when he tabbed longtime Democrat party hack Ron Klain who is a lobbyist. The real danger was never that the foolish policies of Barry and the boys were exposing Americans to Ebola but rather the political implications of it all. So the sudden departure of Ebola stories from the state-corporate media doesn’t pass the smell test.|
|11/12/2014||The hospital that treated Thomas Duncan will pay relatives an undisclosed sum, with some funds used to build Ebola treatment center in Liberia||The family of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas last month, has reached a “resolution” with the owners of the Dallas hospital where he was first sent home before being diagnosed with the often-fatal virus several days later.|
|11/14/2014||President Obama issued a memorandum yesterday protecting federal contractors hired to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, against lawsuits for importing Ebola into the United States||The president’s directive gives the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to “contracts performed in Africa in support of USAID's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola.”
“This authority may be exercised solely for the purpose of holding harmless and indemnifying contractors with respect to claims, losses, or damage arising out of or resulting from exposure, in the course of performance of the contracts, to Ebola,” the memorandum explained."
In other words, if a Company A employee contracts Ebola while working in West Africa, brings the disease back to the United States, is not quarantined and ends up infecting members of the general public, Company A is protected from any damages arising from lawsuits by these secondary victims.
According to the USAID spokesperson, employees of these contracted companies "provide essential services, including medical and non-medical management of Ebola patients."
|11/17/2014||Ebola flight indicates Mexican Ebola patient in Guadalajara being flown to Atlanta for treatment||For the third time in 10 days, an international Ebola patient has been flown to the U.S. for treatment. The flight schedule for Phoenix Air Group's Ebola Ambulance indicates an Ebola patient pick up at Guadalajara International Airport, with a Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, destination. This would indicate the patient is being taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
Two days later, 11/19/14, Obama said that on 11/20/2014 he would announce his amnesty plan for 5 million illegal aliens.
|11/17/2014||A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone died at a Nebraska hospital where he was being treated in a biocontainment unit||The doctor arrived two days ago by plane from West Africa. Yesterday officials had described his condition as "an hour-by-hour situation."
"Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him," the medical director of the biocontainment unit said. Among other treatments, the doctor was given the experimental drug ZMapp on Saturday. He also received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor. The existing supply of ZMapp had been exhausted in August treating other patients, so the doctor was treated using a new batch of the drug.
The doctor, a Sierra Leone citizen who was a permanent resident of the U.S. and lived in Maryland, first showed Ebola symptoms on November 6, but tested negative for the virus on November 7. He tested positive for the virus on November 10. The medical director called the initial test results "not unusual." The doctor was reportedly receiving blood from an Ebola survivor while in Sierra Leone. The doctor was in the 13th day of his illness when he reached Omaha. According to the chancellor of the medical center, "In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold."
It's certainly tragic that he passed away, but if he was so sick that he died two days after being transported to the U.S., why was he moved in the first place?
|11/18/2014||Apparently the third international Ebola patient is flown to the U.S. in the last 10 days||The flight schedule of Phoenix Air Group's 2nd Ebola Ambulance indicates that an Ebola patient was picked up at the Guadalajara International Airport and flown to the Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The destination airport indicates that the patient is being taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
The obviously troubling aspect is that the situation indicates that Ebola is loose in Mexico. It also seems strange that Obama would be willing to import a Mexican Ebola patient when the Mexican government refused to assist in transporting an American under observation for Ebola who was on a cruise ship off of the Mexican coast.
|11/19/2014||A woman who recently returned from Guinea and was on an Ebola monitoring list suddenly dies in a Brooklyn hair salon||A woman who returned from Guinea 18 days ago and was on an Ebola monitoring list dropped dead in a Brooklyn hair salon yesterday after eyewitnesses said she began bleeding from her mouth and nose, but authorities later asserted the cause of death was an “apparent heart attack.” Despite eyewitnesses reporting that there was blood coming from the woman’s “face, nose and mouth,” health authorities claimed “she had not displayed any Ebola symptoms” and had in fact died of a heart attack. The woman, who was in her 40's, is being tested for Ebola.
The salon was later decontaminated by the Hazmat crew but was not evacuated after the woman dropped dead and people were allowed to walk in and out of the establishment unprotected. Members of the Hazmat crew said they were dealing with a “fever travel illness” but subsequently claimed that no fluids had left the woman’s body.
|11/20/2014||Doctors report that the CDC continues to cover-up Ebola cases in the U.S.||Doctors are concerned about ‘relatives going around talking about how their family members had died of Ebola.’ This has reportedly already been ‘causing problems.’|
|11/20/2014||DHS will allow people from the West African Ebola-stricken countries, currently in the U.S., to stay for 18 months||The Department of Homeland Security said it will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of today may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official.
After 18 months, the Secretary of Homeland Security will assess whether the protection should be extended, based on the level of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In order to prevent a mass migration from West Africa to the United States, nationals from these countries who arrive after today will not be eligible for protected status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials estimate that 8,000 people will be eligible to apply. Nationals from the three countries must undergo a background check in order to receive protected status. Those with a criminal history will not be approved, said the Homeland Security official.
Nationals from the three countries must undergo a background check in order to receive protected status. Those with a criminal history will not be approved, said the Homeland Security official.
|11/21/2014||Health and Human Services orders hospitals with emergency departments to treat anyone coming into the hospital that might have Ebola||It doesn't matter if the patient arrives by ambulance, or just walks in the door.|
|12/2/2014||More than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored for Ebola||State and local health departments are montoring these people that have recently returned from West Africa.
To date, ten people have been treated for Ebola in the U.S. since late September. Six of those people were brought to the U.S. after contracting Ebola in West Africa: five healthcare workers and one photojournalist. Five of the six survived. The remaining four cases of Ebola in the U.S. were diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. since Sept. 30. Three of the four survived.
|12/2/2014||CDC expects to actively monitor 65,250 at risk Ebola travelers entering the USA per year||They have notified the Office of Management & Budget of their plans.
This number was arrived at by the CDC counting the number of travelers that have already entered the U.S. in the last 3 months and projecting it out to 12 months. This means 16,313 Ebola exposed travelers have entered the USA since the Ebola outbreak began. The CDC is creating a daily robo-call system to contact these people (in both French and English) everyday for 21 days.
|12/2/2014||Obama said. "We can't just fight this epidemic, we have to extinguish it"||How does Obama think open borders, not stopping flights from West Africa, and not quarantining people coming from West Africa is going to "extinguish" Ebola?
Speaking at the NIH, Obama talked about the actions the U.S. has taken to fight Ebola in West Africa. He said his administration has increased the deployment of civilians and military personnel in West Africa, bumping the U.S. presence to about 200 civilians and 3,000 troops. Also, the U.S. has opened three Ebola treatment units and a hospital in Liberia. Yet, an assessment from Doctors Without Borders, said the international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has been slow and uneven. It said the international community has for the most part concentrated on building Ebola management structures, but most of the hands-on work is being done by local people, national governments and non-governmental organizations.
|12/21/2014||A CDC spokesperson admitted the agency has refused to update their website with current information.about the number of Ebola cases they are monitoring in the United States||A reporter had asked how many cases they were monitoring, and the spokesperson said 1,400, but they are not putting this information on their website.|
|2/26/2015||A potential Ebola patient is transported to the hospital in Virginia||Emergency crews transported a patient from an apartment in the Clarendon section of Arlington County, to the Virginia Hospital Center using Ebola precautions, according to the county's fire department.The patient had recently traveled to a country affected by Ebola and exhibited symptoms of the disease.
The patient was unlikely to be suffering from the disease, the spokesman said.
|2/27/2015||Potential Ebola victims are being disappeared in New Jersey||Approximately two weeks ago, the AP reported that officials in New Jersey said there's an emergency Ebola center, they're disappearing people and won't tell local officials what's happening. Forbes reported three months ago that they were in a meeting with the CDC chief and were told that they we're all going to cover this up and not talk about people being disappeared.
Ebola is a very serious disease, but the main issue is people are being disappeared. That's what they do in third world countries.
|3/13/2015||A U. S. health care worker that tested positive for the Ebola virus will be admitted to a National Institutes of Health hospital||NIH says the “individual was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone and will be transported back to the United States in isolation via a chartered aircraft.” The NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit, one of a small number of high-level containment facilities in the United States, will admit and treat the worker.
NIH has successfully treated an Ebola patient at the same center, according to a press release.
|3/14/2015||The CDC announced that at least 10 Americans, possibly exposed to Ebola, were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation||The CDC said the healthcare workers, employed by Partners in Health, would be taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. All of the individuals who are being flown back to the United States are free of symptoms, the CDC said.
A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone arrived at the NIH on Friday and was in serious condition, according to the NIH. It's unclear how the person became infected with Ebola, the CDC said.
According to the CDC, the 10 people may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient, but the investigation was continuing and there may be more Americans evacuated from Africa. A CDC statement said the 10 individuals will follow the center's recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period. If someone shows symptoms, they will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care.
Why aren't the people that might have been exposed to Ebola being tested with the machine the Army had in Africa, and every major hospital in the U. S. has, that diagnoses Ebola in less than an hour?
|3/17/2015||The CDC announced that another four U.S. healthcare workers were flown back to the United States for monitoring due to possible exposure to Ebola||That brings the total number of U. S. healthcare workers who have returned from Sierra Leone since March 13, 2015, to 16.
Only one of the 16 has tested positive for Ebola. The rest are being flown to Atlanta and Maryland, which have special biocontainment units. They are all undergoing monitoring for Ebola in self-imposed isolation as they wait out the remainder of the 21-day Ebola incubation period.
Why aren't the people that might have been exposed to Ebola being tested with the machine the Army had in Africa, and every major hospital in the U. S. has, that diagnoses Ebola in less than an hour?
THE U. S. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE — TOTAL INCOMPETENCE OR JUST HOODWINKING THE PUBLIC?
“While we’ve seen no signs that Ebola virus has spread to our borders, it is very concerning,” Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) said on August 8, 2014. “The border has still not been secured, and the President continues to wave the sign that our borders are open. There is no telling what might eventually make its way into the heartland, which should be concerning to all.”
According to the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, “The point is we have thousands of people streaming across our southern border who have not been screened in any way for infectious disease, which would include tuberculosis and a whole host of other things—not just Ebola. But if you did want to try to introduce Ebola into the United States, this is one mechanism you might try to use.” The director went on to say that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa right now is “massive, and it’s horrible, and it’s going to lead to just dire consequences, and it could travel here by a whole lot of means—probably most likely by someone who was on an international flight out of West Africa, either the person himself or someone who got infected from him, either way. Once you have an airplane that stops in West Africa, and then people transfer to other flights, it’s a major nightmare to try to figure out who all the contacts were.”
“The border being insecure is a big threat of infectious disease getting into the United States, and I would think the worst threat from that standpoint is drug-resistant tuberculosis,” the executive director said, adding that Ebola’s most likely chances of getting into the U.S. would be “far and away” from an international flight.
On September 10, 2014, it was reported that, “There may be a lot more Ebola victims being evacuated to the United States than we are being told about.” The vice president of an air ambulance service that is under contract with the State Department, Phoenix Air Group, said that his pilots have transported “a lot of people who have been exposed.”
On September 16, 2014, Obama spoke at the CDC in Atlanta where he thanked the director and his staff for ‘. . . doing outstanding work. Between the specialists they have on the ground in West Africa and here at headquarters, they’ve got hundreds of professionals who are working tirelessly on this issue.” He went on to say, “First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.” Lies, lies, and more lies.
Yet, just four days later, Thomas Duncan boarded a plane in Liberia and flew to Dallas. He knew he had been infected with Ebola but wasn’t showing symptoms yet, so he lied on his questionnaire saying he had not been in contact with anyone who had Ebola. On September 24, Mr. Duncan became ill from Ebola and went to the hospital. He told the hospital staff he had been in Liberia. They gave him antibiotics and told him to go home. A relative in Liberia contacted the CDC and told them about Mr. Duncan having been in Liberia and helping someone sick with Ebola, because he was concerned Mr. Duncan wasn’t receiving the proper treatment for his illness. When Mr. Duncan became worse on September 26, the relatives he was staying with called an ambulance to take him to the hospital. On September 30, Mr. Duncan tested positive for Ebola. On October 8th, Mr. Duncan passed away. Two of the nurses treating him contracted Ebola from him, but recovered.
Obama said the U. S. is “working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.” Is that the questionnaire Mr. Duncan filled out and lied about being in contact with an Ebola victim and was allowed to enter the U. S.? Obama then said, “. . . we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home . . . We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.” Is that why Mr. Duncan was sent home after telling hospital staff he had been in Liberia, and is that why two nurses contracted Ebola from treating Mr. Duncan?
Obama went on to say, “. . . here’s what gives us hope. The world knows how to fight this disease. It’s not a mystery. We know the science. We know how to prevent it from spreading. We know how to care for those who contract it. We know that if we take the proper steps, we can save lives. But we have to act fast. We can’t dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can, given that it has already broken out in ways that we had not seen before.” If the world knows how to fight the disease and prevent it from spreading, why don’t they? Quarantine and sealing off an infected country has always been effective in the past, but not this time, because the CDC director says everyone has a right to return to the U. S. What’s the problem with returning to a 30-day quarantine before resuming your regular activities, instead of potentially exposing millions of innocent people to Ebola? Experience has shown that the disease will only die out when there are no new victims to infect. What are the ways the disease has broken out that have not been seen before?
Obama then said, “. . . our scientists continue their urgent research in the hope of finding new treatments and perhaps vaccines. And today I’m calling on Congress to approve the funding that we’ve requested so that we can carry on with all these critical efforts.” Yet, according to a doctor, the U. S. Army rejected an effective Ebola treatment drug two weeks before the outbreak. According to a researcher, the virus mutated 250 times by August 30. This makes it impossible to develop a vaccine, which is why there’s no vaccine for the common cold.
Obama continued, “Next week, I’ll join U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to continue mobilizing the international community around this effort. And then, at the White House, we’re going to bring more nations together to strengthen our global health security so that we can better prevent, detect and respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics. ‘This is actually something that we had announced several months ago at the G7 meeting. We determined that this has to be a top priority; this was before the Ebola outbreak.” In reality, the outbreak began in December, 2013, in Guinea. On March 25, 2014, the World Health Organization reported Ebola in four counties in Guinea, with 59 deaths reported, and cases suspected in the neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia. By the end of May, Guinea had reported 186 deaths, and Liberia reported the disease in four counties. The G-7 meeting was held from June 4 – 5, 2014 in Brussels. If Obama and other world leaders didn’t know Ebola had been an epidemic for six months before the G-7 meeting, why would they make it a top priority to “strengthen our global health security so that we can better prevent, detect and respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics”? If strengthening global health security was a top priority in June, why hasn’t the Ebola outbreak been contained and stopped by now?
Airlines are running passengers through useless thermal detectors or taking their temperature, and are denying seats to those that have a temperature. Yet three Ebola-infected people cleared airport screening procedures and entered the United States. One of the three people, Thomas Duncan, ultimately died from Ebola in a Dallas hospital, but not before infecting two healthcare workers with Ebola. Fortunately they both recovered.
Homeland Security officials said they have well-tested procedures that have shown “positive results” in the past in minimizing risks to public health. If the “well-tested procedures” involve taking someone’s temperature, that has failed 100% of the time in detecting someone with infectious Ebola entering the United States.
U. S. Customs and Border Protection said its personnel are trained to observe and question passengers, looking for “general overt signs of illnesses.” The agency has also posted signs at airport inspection areas and has been distributing a fact sheet to travelers entering the U. S. from affected countries, telling them the signs to watch for if they become sick.
African countries have been far less timid. International SOS, a travel security firm, lists more than a dozen countries that have imposed some sort of ban, ranging from closure of land borders to outright prohibitions on entry for anyone that has visited an infected country in the previous weeks.
On October 5, 2014, Obama announced that the United States will soon implement a new set of protocols to screen suspected Ebola patients so they can’t get off airplanes and enter American airports.
The same Customs and Border Patrol Agents who sift through cargo and luggage for contraband will be the first line of defense, inspecting passengers who arrive from Ebola-ravaged countries and identifying some for further screening. Obama highlighted his government’s ‘all-hands-on-deck approach’ to stopping a pandemic, but insisted that ‘the chances of an outbreak, of an epidemic here are extraordinarily low.’
‘The good news is that it’s not an airborne disease,’ Obama emphasized. In reality, airborne transmission of Ebola between different animal species has been documented since 1989. At one of the lab facilities where the Ebola spread between animal species, some of the lab technicians had Ebola antibodies, but never got sick with Ebola. How can the human body produce antibodies to a substance it never came in contact with?
Obama then said, ‘But it requires us to follow those [new] protocols strictly . . . We know what needs to be done and we have the medical infrastructure to do it.” Well, why don’t you just do it instead of telling us you know how to do it.
The White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the U. S. needs commercial air traffic to continue in order to have aircraft available to send supplies and relief personnel into the danger zone. In reality, supplies and relief personnel are flown in on military, CDC, and UN planes, not commercial flights.
Leaders at the CDC and NIH have insisted that screening protocols alone are sufficient to protect the American public. Yet in 2000 it was documented that 15% of Ebola patients don’t show symptoms for two weeks, but are still contagious during that time. Also, over-the-counter fever medications can relieve a fever long enough for someone to pass the screening protocols successfully. Some of those strategies are being implemented on the ground in Africa. The CDC director said that 77 people suspected of harboring the infection had already been prevented from flying to the United States.
“All of these things make me confident that here in the United States at least, the chance of an outbreak, of an epidemic here, are extraordinarily low,” Obama said. A strange comment from someone doing everything he can to start an epidemic in the United States. At the same time, he urged Americans to “keep in mind that as we speak, there are children on the streets dying of this disease – thousands of them.” “Thousands,” really? Up till now, there have been approximately 3,600 deaths attributed to Ebola. Several times the WHO has revised the official death toll downward, so who knows how many people have actually died from Ebola, and not something else. The blood test used to determine Ebola infection just detects Ebola in the blood, no matter how minute the amount, instead of detecting infectious Ebola. Also, the software used to track the death toll was created by the CDC. It was designed for one person to use, but has since been modified so multiple people can enter data into the system. That means, for example, five people entering data into the system could record one death five different times. Tragically people are dying, but it’s unclear what the deaths are from, and how many of them there have been.
“Medications are going to be hard to find,” the CDC director said, but added he was encouraged by ongoing vaccine trials. “We have to understand that this is going to be a long road and it isn’t going to be easy.” At the same time, the director said he doesn’t believe the disease is going to spread widely in the United States. “We can stop it in its tracks here, which we are doing.” Is that why the infection rate keeps increasing?
At the same time the director was making his remarks on Sunday, police in Dallas combed the streets in search of a homeless man who rode in the same ambulance that transported Ebola patient Thomas Duncan to the hospital. The panhandler was the very next person taken to the hospital in the ambulance, and officials fear he may have come in contact with some of Duncan’s bodily fluids on September 28. By Sunday afternoon, police had found the man and took him to a hospital for observation. The man is not sick and not showing any symptoms of the disease. The man was rated as ‘low risk’ for infection by authorities.
On October 8, 2014, 26 House members wrote a letter to Obama saying that, “the United States needs to institute travel restrictions, enhanced airport screening and possible quarantine of individuals who have traveled to, or from” Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. One week later, the number of congressmen wanting a flight ban had grown to 41, including five senators. Texas Representative Joe Barta said that the Obama administration is “almost guaranteeing mathematically we’re going to miss some people” with airport screening alone. “If we were really treating this as a public health issue why would we not immediately stop these flights?” he asked.
Others in Congress are asking the State Department to suspend the 13,000 travel visas issued to foreign nationals from the three countries that have been hardest hit.
There are approximately 200,000 Africans from Ebola-stricken countries that hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “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,” said the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. In addition, there are “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to visit, or who could already be here, the director said of the country that has seen temporary U. S. visas skyrocket.
On October 9, 2014, nearly 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off the job at a New York City airport, striking over health and safety issues that include fears over possible exposure to Ebola. Protesting workers carried signs and chanted, protesting against conditions that they say often find them encountering hypodermic needles, vomit and blood.
Meanwhile, the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ was scheduled to conduct infectious disease training on October 9, 2014, for airport cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and wheelchair attendants. “The training will cover current guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA),” the union said in a release. “This includes guidelines for cleaning airplane cabins and lavatories, for cleaning an area with possible Ebola exposure, and for determining which equipment employers are required to supply.”
Disease pandemics are a dream come true for central planners. Hysterical over possible contagion, citizens clamor for government action, government quarantines, government coercion, and government planning. In these cases, large numbers of people want government to do what government does best: seize people and property, coerce, issue orders, and spend lots of money.
In the United States, the CDC presents itself as the answer to every pandemic. Nevermind the fact that the federal government is an organization that mishandles live anthrax, has cross-contaminated benign bird flu with deadly bird flu, and then sends contaminated samples across the country. And of course, the Feds, who apparently can’t keep disease samples contained, spend enormous amounts of money on making deadly diseases more deadly so as to weaponize them.
A long-term view of the history of disease prevention shows that governments excel at creating the conditions that enhance the spread of disease, as they did with the Spanish flu in the aftermath of World War I. We also know that government interventions in the marketplace for medications (including price controls for vaccines and other treatments) used by states tend to create shortages where they are needed most.
Speaking at a university on October 10, 2014, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said the potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility. If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, many countries have little ability to deal with an outbreak of the disease, the general said. “So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time.” According to the general, if the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region. “If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States. They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”
Five schools in Dallas are set to install remote temperature monitors in order to detect fevers among students as the fear of an Ebola outbreak spreads among residents. The “WelloStation” devices will provide “fever surveillance” detection in order to alert school faculty to possible fluctuations in body temperatures according to the manufacturer’s website. “The WelloStation measures your body’s core temperature using a patented, non-contact and non-invasive process,” the product description reads. “An elevated body temperature is the number one indicator of infection. WelloStation quickly screens for fevered individuals so you can either prevent them from entering or perform additional medical checks.”
As of October 16, 2014, 911 emergency dispatchers in New York have been instructed not to use the word ‘Ebola’ over the radio. According to the New York Post, officials made the decision in an effort to minimize fear and panic since the radio channels are often monitored by civilians and the media. Dispatchers have been instructed to use the code ‘F/T’ when discussing callers that have a fever and have a history of travel to West Africa.
The president announced on October 17, 2014, that he would sign an executive order to send the citizen soldiers of the National Guard overseas to fight an enemy they’ll never see: The Ebola virus. According to reports, Obama is preparing an executive order to send National Guard active duty and reserve engineers and logistical specialists to Liberia to build Ebola treatment centers there.
A U. S. Border Agent said his department has no policy in place to watch the borders for illegals entering who might be infected with Ebola. According to reports on October 22, 2014, the federal government has confirmed that six percent of people from Africa who enter the U. S. do so illegally through the southern border.
A National Border Patrol Council spokesman disputes the U. S. Customs and Border Protection’s claim that agents have received training for identifying symptoms of Ebola in immigrants. “We have not been trained . . . There are no protocols in place and we haven’t seen any protective equipment. We haven’t had anyone tell us these are the protocols you’re going to be using,” the spokesman said. “I know we are getting overflow from the San Ysidro Port of Entry . . . Could something slip through? Absolutely! We don’t know what’s coming across right now,” he added.
The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U. S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life. Since the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States involved dialysis and intubation, and ultimately resulted in infecting two nurses caring for him, hospitals and medical associations are now developing the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld.
Officials from at least three hospital systems said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed. Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional obligations are to patients if healthcare workers could be at risk.
U. S. health officials meanwhile are trying to establish a network of about 20 hospitals nationwide that would be fully equipped to handle all aspects of Ebola care. Their concern is that poorly trained or poorly equipped hospitals that perform invasive procedures will expose staff to bodily fluids of a patient when they are most infectious. The CDC is working with kidney specialists on clinical guidelines for delivering dialysis to Ebola patients.
The possibility of withholding care represents a departure from the “do everything” philosophy in most American hospitals and a return to a view that held sway a century ago, when doctors were at greater risk of becoming infected by treating dying patients. “This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century,” said a medical historian of the University of Michigan.
Because the world has almost no experience treating Ebola patients in state-of-the-art facilities rather than the rudimentary ones in Africa, there are no reliable data on when someone truly is beyond help, whether dialysis can make the difference between life and death, or even whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be done safely with proper protective equipment and protocols. Such procedures “may have diminishing effectiveness as the severity of the disease increases, but we simply have no data on that,” said the director of the bioethics center at Georgetown University.
“The idea that a doctor would stick to his post to the last during an epidemic, that’s not part of the Hippocratic Oath,” said the medical historian. “If you feel your life is at risk you don’t have to stay and provide care.”
On October 18, 2014, Obama issued a video message to Americans telling them that “you cannot get it [Ebola] from just riding on a plane or a bus.” Yet, this was one day after a bus that departed from the Pentagon was quarantined on Capitol Hill in an Ebola false alarm. While it was in the Pentagon parking lot, according to news reports, a woman boarded it and went into the restroom. She then exited the bus, vomited and collapsed. According to a Defense Department spokesman, “the individual indicated that she had recently visited Africa.”
On October 20, 2014, it was reported that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking to stockpile a year’s worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to prepare for an expected disruption to the supply chain due to an “emergency” event. A solicitation posted on FedBizOpps entitled Emergency Disaster Event Preparation For Personal Protective Equipment details how the federal government is looking to secure face masks, medical gloves, shoe covers, lab coats and coveralls to last one full year with an option for four extra years.
The NIH is a sub-agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for research into biomedical and public health issues. The interesting aspect of the solicitation is why the NIH feels the need to purchase the items in bulk – namely in order to, “ensure the accessibility and availability of essential supplies throughout an emergency/disaster, government shutdown, or any other interruption of regular deliveries.” It appears as though the NIH is anticipating a potential public health crisis, be it Ebola or any other virus, that could quickly cause supplies of personal protective equipment to become exhausted.
The Department of Homeland Security imposed new travel restrictions, effective October 21, 2014, for anyone arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, requiring those passengers to come through one of five major U. S. airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. Scientific studies published by the National Institutes of Health have shown that similar protocols were largely ineffective during an outbreak of Swine Flu in 2009, as Government Executive pointed out in an article.
A study of screenings at Australia’s Sydney Airport during the Swine Flu pandemic found that fever was detected in 5,845 passengers during the roughly two-month period covered by the analysis. Only three of those individuals ended up having the virus, which is known in the scientific community as H1N1. Researchers determined that 45 patients who acquired the illness overseas would have “probably passed through the airport” during the roughly two-month period covered in the study. That means the screeners likely missed the vast majority of individuals who arrived at the facility with Swine Flu, despite grabbing thousands of travelers who showed signs of fever. The report said only 0.5 percent of H1N1 cases in New South Wales, Australia, were detected at the airport, whereas 76 percent were identified in emergency rooms and at general-practice medical centers.
Ultimately, researchers concluded that airport temperature checks were “ineffective in detecting cases of [Swine Flu].” Similarly, a study of fever screening in Japan during the pandemic determined that “reliance on fever alone is unlikely to be feasible as an entry screening measure.”
The federal government is drying up the supply of Hazmat suits and protective gear according to several large distributors, fueling concerns that the deadly Ebola virus will continue to spread in the wake of a fourth case of Ebola being confirmed on October 23, 2014.
According to one company, protective gear has now been placed on hold for “government needs” only, as major suppliers run completely out of stock. The announcement comes more than a month after the U. S. State Department’s purchase of 160,000 Hazmat suits, allegedly for combating Ebola in Western Africa. With less than 2,000 federal medical workers currently treating patients in Ebola-stricken nations, the federal government’s recent acquisition seems to indicate an intended domestic use.
Currently there are approximately 1400 federal workers in west Africa, but the State Department has announced a ‘surge’ of emergency medical personnel into western Africa. Even so, the 160,000 hazmat suits figure seems much higher than what would be necessary.
Police officers tasked with working the scene around the Manhattan apartment of a doctor that just returned from working in West Africa, and was diagnosed with Ebola on October 23, 2014, were caught on camera tossing the gloves and masks they used for their protection into public trash cans. One video shows two police officers discarding first the crime scene tape used to block off the potentially infected area, then removing their protective gloves and masks and tossing them into an open-top public waste bin. The video does not show whether or not the officers had entered the doctor’s apartment. Earlier reports said that those who did enter were wearing hazmat suits, so it is likely that they did not. Regardless of their proximity to the patient’s apartment, the incident has raised concern about the degree to which the city is prepared to handle the deadly virus and how closely safety protocol is being followed by those involved.
On October 24, 2014, U. S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U. S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army’s San Antonio Military Medical Center consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers.
The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. It will deploy on the request of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Does this mean the government is giving up on the ability of the CDC to train hospital staff around the country?
The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said on October 24, 2014, as they criticized the U.S. government response to the outbreak and questioned top officials’ credibility. “I can tell you it’s not working. All you need to do is look at Craig Spencer,” said Rep. John Mica (R-FL), naming the doctor in New York who was diagnosed with Ebola late yesterday, a week after returning from Guinea. “He was tested there, it’s not working.”
Spencer, the fourth person diagnosed in the U. S., did not exhibit symptoms until yesterday, so the temperature screening in place at the five U. S. airports that receive passengers from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the three West African countries that have borne the worst of the outbreak, would not have caught him. Some lawmakers questioning administration officials at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing said that just showed that a new approach was needed.
Obama says he is usually “not interested in photo ops,” but apparently he made an exception on October 25, 2014, to greet the first Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, and is now virus-free. The two of them shared an embrace in the Oval Office, certainly a reassuring image for Ebola-panicked Americans.
According to still photographers on the scene, the hug with the nurse was staged. A White House correspondent tweeted, “Still photographers said they heard Pres Obama tell Nurse Nina Pham words to the effect of: let’s give a hug for the cameras.”
The U. S. is going to begin monitoring all travelers who enter the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for three weeks after landing to detect symptoms of Ebola. According to reports, the program will begin on October 27, 2014, in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, which is where most travelers coming from these countries end their trips. As was previously announced, travelers will also be required to go through one of just five airports that will pass them through an enhanced screening process.
The CDC announced the new regulations on October 23, 2014. According to reports, monitored travelers will be given kits that help track their temperature, with instructions to update officials daily. Travelers will reportedly also have to provide two phone numbers, two email addresses, a home address, and whatever address they’ll be reachable at over the next three weeks, as well as that same information for a friend or family member of theirs. They must also report any travel plans and coordinate with the CDC on how they will continue to report their status.
In an article published on October 30, 2014, the former director of Medical Policy Development for the FDA, wrote that the imminent onset of the flu season will make it harder to keep tabs on potential Ebola victims in the United States. The doctor predicts that sometime in January or February – as the Ebola epidemic explodes out of West Africa – we’ll start experiencing larger, more frequent outbreaks in American cities. With the flu as a background to confound suspected cases of Ebola, public health departments will be hard pressed to “track and trace” all of the potential “contacts” when perhaps dozens of Ebola cases pop up in their cities. Unable to pinpoint who might have come in close contact with Ebola, and be at risk of contracting the virus, they will reach for their most absolute tool – forced quarantine – as a way to mitigate threat amidst uncertainty. The number of people who will be placed into forced quarantines could easily number in the hundreds.
The doctor also predicts that once Ebola hits Latin America, the U. S. is far likelier to begin importing cases on a more than sporadic basis, but that current measures concerning the quarantine of individuals remain convoluted, a factor that could lead to hundreds of unsuspecting healthy individuals being caught up in a medical dragnet.
On November 26, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a solicitation to obtain medical transport resources and capabilities as needed to safely and efficiently provide ambulance transportation of patients with highly infectious diseases including, but not limited to Ebola. The domestic response to Ebola will involve the medical transportation (by ambulance) of patients between health care facilities, from an airport to a hospital, and from home-based active monitoring to hospitals.
The contract may be used to augment local transport limited capabilities. The jurisdiction or facility arranging the transportation of an Ebola or highly infectious patient shall make every reasonable effort to use appropriate local private and /or municipal assets prior to the use of this federal contract mechanism.
On December 1, the WHO said there was some progress against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. But the charity group Doctors Without Borders contradicted this on Tuesday, saying efforts were still far too slow and criticizing rich countries for failing to act quickly enough.
Obama praised the U. S. contribution. “Because we stepped up our efforts in recent months we are more prepared in terms of protecting Americans here at home,” he said. The “stepped up efforts” include no quarantines for anyone returning from an Ebola-infected country, and no ban on flights into the U. S. from Ebola-stricken countries, which are the two most important steps to take in preventing the disease from spreading to the U. S. Also, the completely useless temperature check at some airports if someone is entering the country from an Ebola-stricken country.
Protective gear kits are also ready to be delivered anywhere in the U. S. within 24 hours, and now 42 labs can test patients for the Ebola virus within four to six hours, the White House said. Yet, hospitals have always had the ability to diagnose Ebola within one hour. The CDC certified 35 hospitals to treat Ebola patients.
The White House issued a comprehensive round up of U. S. Ebola efforts. “We are supporting the development of five Ebola vaccine candidates in various stages of development,” it said in a statement.
On December 2, 2014, it was learned that a St. Louis company had won a $2 million contract to urgently deploy a palletized airborne isolation chamber capable of holding 12 Ebola patients for military transport. The company has been developing the product as a follow on to the Airborne Biological Containment System they developed for Phoenix Air Group. Several aspects of the contract, including who the Department of Defense has tasked with handling these Ebola evacuations have been redacted, but its safe to guess Phoenix Air Group is involved.
On February 4, 2015, it was reported that local officials in central New Jersey are complaining they were left in the dark on plans to convert a shuttered military base into an Ebola quarantine center — and say they only found out about it when fire officials arrived for an inspection last week.
It was reported that the state Department of Human Services had been in contact with a select number of local officials regarding the plan for this center, but asked that the plans not be made public. Local officials complain there was never an opportunity for the community to discuss the matter and be part of the planning.
“Officials … are concerned that such actions have the potential to undermine the economic development of the Fort Monmouth property in the long run as it is necessary for the Board and the public and the State to work together openly and for the betterment of all residents,” according to officials. Fort Monmouth was closed as a military post in 2011. A committee was created to assist in the economic transition of the surrounding towns. The committee assumed control of the base from the Army, with the power to lease and sell parts of the property. According to reports, the committee recently leased a portion of Fort Monmouth for six months to the Department of Human Services to use as the Ebola quarantine center.
The local officials said in their statement that the lease, was “imposed” on the committee by Gov. Chris Christie’s government and “was not vetted at a public meeting or voted on by the entire Board.” Local and state officials have sent a letter to the Department of Human Services requesting answers for why Fort Monmouth was chosen as the site for this center.
The quarantine center is still in the developing stages, and no Ebola patients have been treated there. According to reports, the center will only treat patients who have been exposed to the virus but show no symptoms, suggesting the health risks would be minimal. If patients were to become symptomatic, according to the report, they would be transferred to another facility immediately.
According to its website, the CDC is “working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats,” and here’s how they do it —
On August 3, 2014, the CDC director said the CDC is escalating its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak by sending 50 staff members to West Africa to stop the disease at the source. “We are surging our response,” the director said in an interview. “We’re going to put 50 staff on the ground in these three countries to help stop the outbreak in the next 30 days.“
The director dismisses any thought of banning flights from Ebola-infected countries. “We’re not going to hermetically seal the borders of the U. S.,” he said. “We’re reliant and interdependent with the world for travel, for trade, for economy, for our families and communities.” Yet, on September 20, 2014, an Ebola-infected man boarded a plane in Liberia and flew to the United States. Had travel been banned from Ebola-stricken countries, the man would never have been able to enter the U. S., and subsequently infect two nurses caring for him before he died.
The director then said, “The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa.” How effective was the CDC at stopping the disease at its source? The disease spread to two additional countries, for a total of five West African countries now infected with Ebola. How effective will the CDC be at containing the disease in the U. S. if it spreads here?
In an August 3, 2014 interview, the CDC director said that he was confident the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could be stopped and likely wouldn’t reach the U.S. “The plain fact is, we can stop it. We can stop it from spreading in hospitals and we can stop it in Africa [which] is really the source of the epidemic and where we’re surging our response so that we can control it there,” the CDC director said. Would the two nurses that contracted Ebola while treating a patient in a Dallas hospital agree that the CDC knows how to stop it from spreading in hospitals?
“The fact is that when patients are exposed to Ebola but not sick, they cannot infect others. It doesn’t spread casually and it doesn’t spread from someone who’s not sick,” he said. Yet in 2000 it was reported that Ebola is contagious even if someone is not showing symptoms of the virus.
The CDC director then went on to say, “It’s not going to spread widely in the U.S. Could we have another person here, could we have a case or two? Not impossible. We say in medicine never say never. But we know how to stop it here.”
So, the CDC director says they know how to stop the outbreak in Africa and in the U. S. if a patient or two were to show up with Ebola-like symptoms. Should we trust the government that they know how to stop Ebola before it can endanger Americans? This part of the interview should answer that question: The director also said the CDC has taken steps to address the several cases this year where the agency mishandled samples of anthrax and avian flu. “There were lapses in our laboratory. Fortunately, we identified them and reported them before anyone got harmed and before there was any release of anything into the community,” he said. “But that really shows the importance of being meticulous with infection control. We’re doing that in our labs now. We’re working around the clock to make them among the safest in the world.” No wonder the CDC is lying everytime they say they know how to stop Ebola. They are completely incompetent with whatever they are dealing with, particularly extremely dangerous viruses!
People with symptoms of Ebola will inevitably spread worldwide due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak in the U.S. is not likely to be large, health authorities say.
On August 3, 2014, it was reported that the CDC owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as “EboBun.” It’s patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here.
Patent applicants are clearly described on the patent as including:
The Government Of The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary, Department Of Health & Human Services, Center For Disease Control.
The patent summary says, “The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”; Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America) on November 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291.”
It goes on to state, “The present invention is based upon the isolation and identification of a new human Ebola virus species, EboBun. EboBun was isolated from the patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in a recent outbreak in Uganda.”
It’s worth noting, by the way, that EboBun is not the same variant currently believed to be circulating in West Africa. Clearly, the CDC needs to expand its patent portfolio to include more strains, and that may very well be why American Ebola victims have been brought to the United States in the first place.
From the patent description on the EboBun virus, we know that the U.S. government:
1) Extracts Ebola viruses from patients.
2) Claims to have “invented” that virus.
3) Files for monopoly patent protection on the virus.
To understand why this is happening, it’s important to first understand what a patent really is and why it exists. A patent is a government-enforced monopoly that is exclusively granted to persons or organizations. It allows that person or organization to exclusively profit from the “invention” or deny others the ability to exploit the invention for their own profit.
It brings up the obvious question here: Why would the U. S. government claim to have “invented” Ebola and then claim an exclusively monopoly over its ownership?
The “SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION” section of the patent document also clearly claims that the U. S. government is claiming “ownership” over all Ebola viruses that share as little as 70% similarity with the Ebola it “invented”:
…invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae… In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO:
1. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboBun.
The CDC patent goes on to explain it specifically claims patent protection on a method for propagating the Ebola virus in host cells as well as treating infected hosts with vaccines:
In another aspect, the invention provides a method for propagating the hEbola virus in host cells comprising infecting the host cells with the inventive isolated hEbola virus described above, culturing the host cells to allow the virus to multiply, and harvesting the resulting virions.
In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising the inventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
This patent may help explain why Ebola victims are being transported to the United States and put under the medical authority of the CDC. These patients are carrying valuable intellectual property assets in the form of Ebola variants, and the Centers for Disease Control clearly desires to expand its patent portfolio by harvesting, studying and potentially patenting new strains or variants.
Dr. Bob Arnot, an infectious disease specialist who spent time on the ground in developing nations saving lives, recently said in an interview, “There is no medical reason to bring them here, especially when you see how well Dr. Bradley was.”
There is, however, an entirely different reason to bring Ebola patients to America: so they can be exploited for medical experiments, military bioweapons harvesting or intellectual property claims.
Surely, medical authorities at Emory University and the CDC are working hard to save the lives of the two patients who have been transported to the U.S. But they are also pursuing something else at the same time: an agenda of isolating, identifying and patenting infectious disease agents for reasons that we can only imagine.
On the other hand, why the patent? Patenting Ebola seems as odd as trying to patent cancer or diabetes. Why would a government organization claim to have “invented” this infectious disease and then claim a monopoly over its exploitation for commercial use?
Does the CDC hope to collect a royalty on Ebola vaccines? Is it looking to “invent” more variants and patent those too?
With this, we start to see the structure of the elaborate medical theater coming together: A global pandemic panic, a government patent, the importation of Ebola into a major U.S. city, an experimental vaccine, the rise of a little-known pharmaceutical company and a public outcry for the FDA to fast-track the vaccine.
If Act II stays on course, this medical theater might someday involve a “laboratory accident” in a U.S. lab, the “escape” of Ebola into the population, and a mandatory nationwide Ebola vaccination campaign that enriches big pharma and its investors while positioning the CDC with its virus patents as the “savior of the American people.”
Yes, we’ve heard this music before, but the last time around it was called Swine Flu. The formula is always the same: create alarm, bring a vaccine to market, then scare governments into buying billions of dollars worth of vaccines they don’t need.
According to a senior health fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the world has no strategic plan to contain the worst Ebola outbreak in history while scientists are saying an outbreak on U. S. soil would require sweeping measures. Total quarantine of cities or sections of infected cities and restrictions on air travel could be expected.
“We’re now in a perfect storm,” Laurie Garrett said in a CFR conference call on August 7, 2014, in which she described the United Nations WHO as “bankrupt” and drowning in debt. “There is no strategic plan for how this epidemic will be brought under control.”
The same term, “perfect storm,” was also used to describe the Ebola outbreak by the director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden (a CFR), in testimony before Congress, also on August 7.
If the statements are true, each nation must come up with its own plan to protect its people. The CDC has the job of protecting the citizens of the United States. As Frieden testified before Congress, the CDC raised its emergency operations center to Level 1, the highest possible alert in an effort to better coordinate a CDC-organized surge of health professionals and equipment being rushed to West Africa in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak.
The CDC director told Congress the current Ebola outbreak is the largest of the disease ever, developing into an international crisis that “has now come to the United States.” No, it was intentionally brought to the United States by bringing two American citizens infected with Ebola back to the United States to continue their treatment, instead of keeping them in the country where they contracted Ebola, as has always been done in the past.
Frieden also told Congress that it’s “inevitable” that someone with Ebola will get on a plane and fly to the United States, risking an outbreak here. “The bottom line with Ebola is we know how to stop it: traditional public health. Find patients, isolate and care for them; find their contacts; educate people; and strictly follow infection control in hospitals. Do those things with meticulous care and Ebola goes away,” Frieden said in the release. “To keep America safe, healthcare workers should isolate and evaluate people who have returned from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days and have fever or other symptoms suggestive of Ebola. We will save lives in West Africa and protect ourselves at home by stopping Ebola at the source.”
Frieden said, “we know how to stop it . . . strictly follow infection control in hospitals . . . Do those things with meticulous care and Ebola goes away.” Yet just six weeks later, someone with Ebola got on a plane and flew to Dallas. A few days later he went to the hospital because he was now sick with Ebola, but the hospital couldn’t identify it and sent him home. Two days later he went back to the hospital, by ambulance, and was diagnosed with Ebola. Approximately 10 days later he died, but not before infecting two nurses with Ebola.
The senior fellow from the Council on Foreign Relations and the CDC director, also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, both used the wording “perfect storm” to describe the Ebola outbreak. Globalists seek to control the narrative by using the same words. This is a sign that the Ebola outbreak was staged, and didn’t just happen on its own.
At an August 8, 2014, Congressional hearing, the CDC director said, “It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the U. S. who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere . . . We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens and others who go from these three countries — or from Lagos if it doesn’t get it under control — and are here with symptoms.” However, a CDC spokesman later clarified that the director was not saying the United States was bound to get Ebola cases. Of course he was, because that’s designed to happen since Obama will not ban all flights from an Ebola-infected country. Also, any citizens returning to the United States that have been in an Ebola-infected country in the last 30 days should immediately be quarantined for 30 days from the time they left the infected country.
The former director of medical policy development for the FDA warns that under current CDC procedures, healthy Americans who show no symptoms of the virus could be detained indefinitely if Ebola hits the United States. In an article he authored on August 12, 2014, the doctor points to CDC provisions which allow for the forcible quarantine of “well persons” as well as those who “do not show symptoms” of the virus.
“The set of regulations also included a new “provisional quarantine” rule that would have allowed CDC to detain people involuntarily for up to three days, with no mechanism for appeal,” wrote the doctor, adding, “You don’t have to be sick to be detained.” The doctor cautions that if Ebola hits during flu season, the delay in testing blood samples could lead to some Americans being detained against their will for weeks.
The federal government denies having any significant involvement in helping two sick American aid workers in West Africa obtain an unapproved Ebola drug from a U. S. company, but the stories coming from the relevant agencies are murky and inconsistent.
Experts say the non-transparent, strained telling of the government’s involvement, and the passive, anything-goes approach to treating the outbreak, is evidence the U. S. needs to review its experimental drug laws. They also say it’s evidence the country is unprepared to deal with potentially more dangerous contagions at home or abroad.
In late July, two Americans in Liberia were diagnosed with Ebola and received treatments of ZMapp, a highly experimental medication made by tiny San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. The drug was designed with the support of the U. S. military. It’s expensive, difficult to transport, exists only in a limited supply, and before it’s arrival in Liberia, had only been tested on a handful of monkeys. The two Americans returned to the U. S. in early August, causing a media frenzy, which in part forced the federal government to detail how the patients obtained the rare, early-stage drug while overseas.
The government’s explanation has been murky at every point, and at times, conflicted with the stories coming from the private companies involved. All three federal agencies —the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) —say they played little or no role in the decision-making or drug procurement process.
This seems unlikely, according to a physician at an Atlanta hospital who has written critically about the government’s Ebola response “If [Mapp] did this on their own, they must have had unbelievable confidence in the product and lawyers who know this up and down,” the physician said. “If they went this alone, their investors should be worried, because that’s reckless. A team of scientists could get in a lot of trouble doing that, and I can’t imagine they run their company that way, especially considering they have support from the Department of Defense.”
According to the CDC, it was the private humanitarian organization that employs one of the Americans that got sick, who reached out to them in an attempt to find an experimental Ebola drug. The CDC says it referred the organization along to NIH, who referred them to contacts within Mapp. “This experimental treatment was arranged privately by Samaritan’s Purse,” the CDC said. “Samaritan’s Purse contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who referred them to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH was able to provide the organization with the appropriate contacts at the private company developing this treatment. The NIH was not involved with procuring, transporting, approving, or administering the experimental treatments.”
The New York Times first reported this version of events on August 6, and the statement was posted on the CDC’s website a few days later, where it remains. But the NIH said one of its scientists on the ground in West Africa approached the charity before the group had even decided to pursue an experimental alternative. “The NIH scientist who was in West Africa referred Samaritan’s Purse to company contacts because they were best equipped to answer questions about the status of their experimental treatment,” the agency said in an email. “This occurred before Samaritan’s Purse decided to pursue an experimental therapy.”
A statement from Samaritan’s Purse also conflicts with the CDC’s explanation of the sequence of events, and indicates the NIH and other government agencies may have played an active role in procuring the drugs. “The experimental medication given to Dr. Brantley was recommended to us,” the group said. “We didn’t seek it out, but worked with the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies to obtain this medication.”
On August 20, 2014, the CDC said that American hospitals and state labs had handled at least 68 Ebola scares during the previous three weeks.
Hospitals in 27 states alerted the CDC of the possible Ebola cases out of an abundance of caution amid the growing outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Fifty-eight cases were deemed false alarms after CDC officials spoke with medical professions about patient exposures and symptoms, but blood samples for the remaining 10 were sent to the CDC for testing, the agency said. Seven of the samples tested negative for the virus and results for the remaining three are pending, the agency said.
On August 27, 2014, it was reported that a CDC worker is reportedly healthy and has shown no symptoms of the deadly virus. He or she is simply rotating back to the United States as previously scheduled, according to the CDC. It is CDC policy that people who have been exposed to Ebola and are traveling long distances do so on a private plane in the three weeks after exposure to lower the risk of spreading the infection.
“We think it’s the right thing to do, to bring them home,” a CDC spokesman said. “They want to come home. Their tour of duty was up, and we’ve made it crystal clear that if they go over there and have something like this happen and want to go home, we’re going to bring them home.” The “right thing to do” is to quarantine them in the country where they were exposed, then let them return to the U. S.
In a September 2, 2014 interview following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, the CDC director explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control. “It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now,” he said.
He added that, “We need to support countries with resources, with technical experts and with cooperation. Too many places are sealing off these countries. If we do that, paradoxically, it’s going to reduce safety everywhere else. Whether we like it or not, we’re all connected and it’s in our interest to help them tamp this down and control it.” How can a country that closes its borders to stop an epidemic be reducing safety? Resources and technical experts can be flown in by the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service, which it’s been using to fly in supplies and aid workers for months.
“Vaccines and treatments may come along, but right now what we have are tried and true methods that we have to scale up. They have worked in prior outbreaks but we are not getting to scale,” the director said. “The epidemic is going faster than we are. We need to scale up our response. We can hope for new tools and maybe they’ll come, but we can’t count on them. This is not just a problem for West Africa, not just a problem for Africa, it’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond.” He added: “We need help now. We know how to stop it.” He keeps saying that but never does it.
Thermal screenings of the international flying population at airports are not likely to yield much by way of improved safety. Why? Because a fever can be a sign of illnesses other than Ebola. Thermal scanning was a poor method of catching bird flu carriers in 2009 as well. Having an elevated temperature at an airport checkpoint does not indicate clearly enough that the fevered person is carrying the deadly virus. More importantly, the incubation period for Ebola is two days. As many as 20 days can pass before symptoms show up. That means that an individual could be carrying the virus for two weeks or longer and not even know it, much less have it show up via thermal scan.
On September 2, 2014, the CDC and U.S. hospitals maintained that the likelihood of Ebola spreading to the United States remains “extremely low,” but that hasn’t stopped them from preparing infection control protocols because of the extremely high fatality rates associated with those who contract the virus.
Public health officials say with the right isolation and infection control procedures, all hospitals could safely handle a patient with Ebola without exposing staff or other patients. “We have the infrastructure anyway because we see these things on a daily basis. We see tuberculosis, influenza, potentially measles, and whooping cough,” said the medical director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention at UCLA. “Even though Ebola is in the news, this is something we do day in and day out.” No they don’t, because Ebola is a level 4 pathogen, the others aren’t.
The CDC’s Ebola recommendations for hospitals include an array of measures such as private rooms for patients, protective coverings for staff, and limiting use of needles as much as possible to prevent transmission.
“In the context of overall diseases, the likelihood of Ebola even coming to the U.S. or to UCI Medical Center is so extremely low, we just don’t expect it to happen,” a spokesman said. If the usual precautions had been taken, such as banning air traffic from Ebola-infected West African countries, discontinuing the issuing of visas from those countries, and stopping illegal aliens from crossing the southern border with Mexico, the spokesman probably would have been correct.
On September 16, 2014, Congress held their first hearing on Ebola, which was a joint hearing between a Senate committee, and a House subcommittee.
“If we do not act now to stop Ebola, we could be dealing with it for years to come,” said the director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC. The director noted that 100 CDC staff are working in West Africa and hundreds more are assisting from Atlanta. “The best way to protect the U.S. is to stop the outbreak in West Africa.”
According to an adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for three weeks last month, “It’s not just Ebola, like the last 25 outbreaks.” The professor notes that previous outbreaks occurred in isolated rural areas. “This is urban Ebola. It’s unprecedented and it’s uncontrolled.”
West African Ebola treatment centers look nothing like American hospitals. Many hospitals in affected West African countries lack basics such as running water, soap and even beds. Patients often sleep on mattresses on the floor.
Obama has said that the U. S. needs to get Ebola under control before the virus has a chance to mutate in ways that make it easier to spread. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease told the hearing that the possibility of mutation remote. “Right now, mutation is not the problem,” he said. “The problem is the full court press that we need to do to get this under control.” In reality, the director said this nearly three weeks after a Harvard biologist and lead researcher on the Ebola virus said, “the virus is rapidly accumulating new mutations as it spreads through people.” This means “over 250 … mutations are changing in real time.”
The official CDC website details ‘Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases’, under which even healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola whatsoever would be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities.
“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,” states the CDC.
Last month, a former FDA official wrote that the CDC will invoke powers to “hold a healthy person against his will” in the event of an Ebola outbreak, warning that the feds may assume “too much jurisdiction to detain people involuntarily,” leading to “spooky scenarios where people could be detained for long periods, merely on a suspicion they might have been exposed to some pathogen. And forced to submit to certain medical interventions to gain their freedom.”
An executive order signed by President Obama at the end of July also allows for the “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”
If the CDC thinks it’s okay to quarantine healthy people to control communicable diseases, then why do they think it’s wrong to stop flights from Ebola-infected countries into the U. S.?
U. S. hospitals may be unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated by any Ebola patient that arrives unannounced in the country, potentially putting the wider community at risk, according to biosafety experts.
Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training, infectious disease and biosafety experts have said.
The issue created problems for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the first institution to care for Ebola patients in the U.S. As Emory was treating two U.S. missionaries who were evacuated from West Africa in August, their waste hauler, Stericycle, initially refused to handle it. Stericycle declined comment.
Ebola symptoms can include copious amounts of vomiting and diarrhea, and nurses and doctors at Emory donned full hazmat suits to protect themselves. Bags of waste quickly began to pile up. “At its peak, we were up to 40 bags a day of medical waste, which took a huge tax on our waste management system,” a doctor at Emory told colleagues at a medical meeting earlier this month. Emory sent staff to Home Depot to buy as many 32-gallon rubber waste containers with lids that they could get their hands on. Emory kept the waste in a special containment area for six days until its Atlanta neighbor, the CDC, helped broker an agreement with Stericycle.
The CDC has issued detailed guidelines on how hospitals can care for such patients, but their recommendations for handling Ebola waste differs from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which regulates the transportation of infectious waste. CDC advises hospitals to place Ebola-infected items in leak-proof containers and discard them as they would other biohazards that fall into the category of “regulated medical waste.” According to DOT guidelines, items in this category can’t be in a form that can cause human harm. The DOT classifies Ebola as a Category A agent, or one that is potentially life-threatening. DOT regulations say transporting Category A items requires special packaging and hazmat training. A CDC spokesman said the agency isn’t aware of any packaging that is approved for handling Ebola waste. As a result, conventional waste management contractors believe they can’t legally haul Ebola waste, said the communication director for the National Waste & Recycling Association trade group.
Part of Emory’s solution was to bring in one of the university’s large-capacity sterilizers called an autoclave, which uses pressurized steam to neutralize infectious agents, before handing the waste off to its disposal contractor for incineration. Few hospitals have the ability to autoclave medical waste from Ebola patients on site. A spokesman for DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration could not say whether requiring hospitals to first sterilize Ebola waste would resolve the issue for waste haulers. He did confirm that DOT is meeting with CDC.
As of September 30, 2014, the CDC is advising funeral homes in the United States on how to handle the remains of Ebola victims, although officials are keen to stress that the development is not a cause for alarm. A three-page list of recommendations instructs funeral workers to wear protective gear while handling Ebola victims, as well as warning them not to carry out autopsies or to embalm corpses.
At a press conference on September 30, 2014, the CDC confirmed that the U. S. has its first case of Ebola. According to the CDC director, laboratory specimens from the patient were tested by the CDC and the State of Texas. Both laboratories diagnosed the patient as having Ebola.
The CDC director went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it is a PCR test of blood. In reality, the very sensitive test is prone to a number of errors. The PCR test used for diagnosing Ebola can be very error prone, the first of which is mistaking the tiny amount of cellular material taken from the patient for an element of the Ebola virus.
Doctors said that the patient will remain at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The CDC director said that almost every hospital in the U.S. with isolation facilities can do isolation for Ebola. “We don’t see a need, from either a medical or an infection control standpoint, to try and move the patient,” he said.
The CDC director then went on to say, “It does not spread from someone who doesn’t have fever and other symptoms. So, it’s only someone who is sick with Ebola who can spread the disease.” Yet in 2000 is was proven that Ebola is contagious whether symptoms are showing or not.
Presbyterian Hospital epidemiologist Edward Goodman said during the press conference that the hospital has had a plan in place for Ebola for some time now and that a recent event, coincidentally, made the team especially prepared. “Ironically enough, in the week before this patient presented, we had a meeting of all the stakeholders that might be involved in the care of such a patient and, because of that, we were well prepared to deal with this crisis.” Coincidence they had a meeting to discuss how to care for an Ebola patient one week before one walks in the door? “Well prepared to deal with this crisis?” They just don’t know how to identify it!
With the first U. S. diagnosed case of Ebola in Dallas, the Dallas County Health and Human Services director took time to try and put the minds of North Texans at ease. “Dallas County Health and Human Services will proceed with the pubic health follow-up, per CDC guidelines,” he said. Hopefully that’s just a typo!
The CDC director said they are working in conjunction with airports around the world. “. . . so 100 percent of the individuals getting on planes are screened for fever before they get on a plane. And, if they have a fever, they’re pulled out of the line, accessed for Ebola, and don’t fly unless Ebola is ruled out.” But Mr. Duncan didn’t have a fever, and someone with a fever can make it temporarily disappear with acetaminophen, which is why airport screening for fevers is useless.
On September 30, 2014, a spokesman for the CDC said health officials use two primary guidelines when deciding whether to test a person for the virus. “The first and foremost determinant is have they traveled to the region (of West Africa),” he said, adding that the second is whether there’s been proximity to family, friends or others who’ve been exposed.
What happens if the patient lies?
Health officials are refusing to answer growing questions about their response to the first Ebola case in the United States. The Texas health commissioner also declined to answer questions about the hospital communication error that allowed the Ebola patient to return home Friday after seeking treatment. “Unfortunately, connections weren’t made related to travel history and symptoms,” he said. “I don’t have that final analysis right now. … We’re still investigating how the information fell through the cracks.”
While the CDC claims the Ebola patient did not cross through the southern border, on October 1, 2014, a doctor said that the CDC, unbeknownst to the public, has already established emergency health facilities across the country to deal specifically with an Ebola outbreak. “If risk is so low for the U.S., why is the CDC quietly setting up Ebola Quarantine Centers in 20 cities across the U.S.? Why did the Congressional Record report that Ebola bio kits have been deployed to National Guard units in all 50 states?”
Alarmingly, the CDC has also proceeded to issue guidelines to U.S. funeral homes on how to deal with the corpses of dead Ebola patients, and the U.S. State Department has also put out a bid for 160,000 Hazmat suits in anticipation of a viral outbreak.
Concerns over an American Ebola outbreak were also raised last month when the U. S. decided to fly patients infected with the disease back into the U.S. for treatment, rather than restricting flights from affected regions.
On October 2, 2014, a Texas emergency room’s mishandling of the country’s first Ebola patient prompted the CDC to issue a nationwide alert to all hospitals updating them of how to appropriately respond to possible cases of the deadly disease. Yet on 9/16/2014, Obama said, at a speech at the CDC, that the CDC director and the CDC have “been taking the necessary precautions . . . we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. . . we’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.” So exactly what has CDC director and the CDC been training hospital staff to do in regards to identifying and treating an Ebola patient?
“It’s a teachable moment, as we say,” the CDC director said. But, according to Obama, the CDC has been teaching hospitals for weeks on how to be prepared.
The move comes nearly a week after Thomas Duncan showed up at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with what officials described as fever and abdominal pain. Duncan, who had just moved to Dallas from West Africa, reportedly told hospital workers that he was recently in Liberia, one of the hardest hit areas of the deadly Ebola crisis. “Unfortunately connections weren’t made related to travel history and symptoms, and the individuals caring for this individual did not think about the possibility of Ebola,” said the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Do the staff at that hospital not watch the news or read the newspaper?
Federal guidelines published in August advised someone in Duncan’s condition and who was known to be in West Africa to be placed in isolation and tested for Ebola. Instead, Duncan was given a prescription for antibiotics and sent home.
On October 2, 2014, the CDC director acknowledged that Ebola would pose a risk to the United States until the epidemic stops in West Africa. The director 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. Yet on May 1, 2014, it was reported that researchers at MIT had demonstrated a sneeze can travel up to 20 feet.
On October 2, 2014, Texas health officials confirmed that Ebola patient Thomas Duncan’s apartment has yet to be cleaned despite protocol calling for just that.
Although the CDC has been aware of Duncan’s condition for several days, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services stated that several “entities” have expressed “hesitancy” in cleaning the home.
The comment is concerning since four of Duncan’s close family members are currently being quarantined in the apartment after he was taken to the hospital on September 26. The failure of health officials to quickly sterilize the home makes the likelihood of infection among Duncan’s family that much greater, which could result in a further spread if the four require transport to a medical facility.
A CDC spokeswoman confirmed that proper procedure “absolutely” calls for the apartment’s sterilization, but was unable to comment on the government’s failure to do so thus far. Health officials even failed to notify paramedics, who were exposed to Duncan’s vomit in their ambulance, after doctors confirmed the Ebola diagnosis.
The CDC has instructed funeral homes to bury Ebola victims in hermetically sealed caskets, a potentially disturbing revelation given reports that the federal agency had previously purchased thousands of air tight coffin liners which were being stored in Madison, Georgia.
It was reported on October 2, 2014, that an infectious disease specialist at the Dallas hospital that treated the first Ebola patient said the patient’s symptoms were not clear at the time he initially sought care. “He was evaluated for his illness, which was very nondescript. He had some laboratory tests, which were not very impressive, and he was dismissed with some antibiotics,” the doctor said. If the illness was “very nondescript,” why were antibiotics prescribed, which do nothing for viruses, such as the flu or a cold, not to mention Ebola?
Yet the patient’s sister reported that the patient had told doctors he came from Liberia. Still, despite the current spread of Ebola in West Africa, doctors only offered antibiotics.
The Dallas patient is being treated in a strict isolation area, the CDC director said, adding that proper measures are being taken to halt any spread of the virus in the U.S. “I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” the director said at a news conference. Does ” not spread widely” mean there will be a spread of Ebola in the U. S., but only in certain areas?
On October 4, 2014, the CDC issued new policy guidance statements for the screening and isolation of Ebola patients. Since these new policies were issued after Thomas Duncan was hospitalized in Dallas, one would have expected the policies to cover the very problem Duncan-type cases present. Astonishingly, these new policies (click here and here) still would not prevent another Duncan-type case from occurring. The screening/isolation problem presented by Duncan-type cases is that under CDC policy guidelines, what do hospitals do when they encounter potential Ebola cases that are asymptomatic, but which involve persons who have not merely “traveled to” certain countries in Africa, but in fact are also nationals of one of those countries who have lived, perhaps even in outbreak areas, at a minimum since the outbreak began?
As the new policy recommendations show, national origin and residence in hot zones is in no way independently factored into risk assessments for purposes of screening and isolation! Pay close attention to the second document, the “Ebola Virus Disease” “algorithm” document, which is actually nothing more than a truly insidious flowchart of gruesome death. First, the subheading states, “Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler.” Where is the “Algorithm” for evaluation of newly arrived hot zone nationals? Second, don’t be misled by the language in the “No Known Exposure” box. That language does state “Residence in or travel to affected areas** without HIGH- or LOW-risk exposure”, but the critical fact is that Duncan-type cases are asymptomatic, and, as the “Algorithm” chart shows, with those types of cases there are no arrows leading anywhere else. And, in any event, the degree of exposure row only applies with respect to those people who have already been isolated. Indeed, the most that can happen with Duncan-type cases under the Algorithm document is, incredibly, a mere referral to “the Health Department.”
The first CDC document functions similarly; but at least specifies a few more symptoms. In the final analysis, though, it too talks only about travelers “to” hot zone countries, and so says nothing at all about how to contend with asymptomatic Duncan-type hot zone nationals. So what is going on? Let’s have a look at some Ebola charades at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. Check out these weird accounts:
“Hospital officials have acknowledged that the patient’s travel history wasn’t “fully communicated” to doctors, but also said in a statement Wednesday that based on his symptoms, there was no reason to admit him when he first came to the emergency room last Thursday night. At that time, the patient presented with low-grade fever and abdominal pain. His condition did not warrant admission. He also was not exhibiting symptoms specific to Ebola,” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said. The patient, identified by his half-brother as Thomas Eric Duncan, told hospital staff that he was from Liberia, a friend who knows him well said.
A nurse asked the patient about his recent travels while he was in the emergency room, and the patient said he had been in Africa, according to the executive vice president of Texas Health Resources. But that information was not “fully communicated” to the medical team, the executive said. What can it mean to say the patient’s travel history was not “fully communicated” to doctors? How hard is it to communicate “the patient is from Liberia”? Here is where we need to notice that, according to a friend, Duncan told hospital staff that he (Duncan) was from Liberia—not merely that he had “traveled” there. And how hard is it, really, to communicate these things to others? Add to this that, in all likelihood, Duncan’s friend probably did tell CDC that Duncan was from Liberia (because the friend wanted to get Duncan help early).
But given that the hospital officials now say that “[h]is condition did not warrant admission at the time”, what difference would it have made if Duncan’s “travel history” had been fully communicated to doctors? It’s not like CDC guidelines would have had the hospital behave in any way other than the way it did—and the hospital itself asserts that in any event Duncan was asymptomatic on his first visit.
To see what is at stake here, reflect on what would have happened if the hospital had flouted CDC policy guidelines and, of its own initiative, isolated Duncan on the basis of Liberian and Monrovian origin. People would certainly have asked why Duncan was being isolated, and what could the hospital have said? Under CDC standards, the hospital would have had to have said that Duncan was symptomatic (and can you imagine the chaos and panic that would have caused)—but he wasn’t, according to the hospital. The alternative would have been to say that even though he was not symptomatic, he was being isolated anyway because his status as a Liberian and Monrovian citizen amounted to a grave risk factor.
In an interview on October 8, 2014, the CDC said that in the event of an Ebola outbreak in the U. S., bodies of the deceased would be required to be buried within “hermetically sealed caskets”, which would prevent the escape of microbes during funerals. An administrator of the Dallas Institute Of Funeral Service interviewed in the article states that he has never come across any such caskets in his industry, meaning, hermetically sealed coffins are NOT common in the slightest for burial. Yet, in 2008 it was reported that air tight “coffin liners” were stacked by the hundreds of thousands in a field in the middle of Madison, Georgia in close proximity to Atlanta and the home of the CDC. The CDC coffins in Madison, Georgia, however, ARE designed to prevent spread of infection. In fact, the patent for these coffins confirms that they are meant for the burial of bodies exposed to infectious diseases. The company that produces the coffin liners, Vantage Products Corporation, subsequently denied that any agency of the federal government owned the vaults, claiming they were owned by individuals or not yet sold.
This would suggest that the CDC has stockpiled such coffins in places like Madison, Georgia specifically in preparation for a viral outbreak. Meaning, the CDC has been expecting the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans due to infection for at least the past six years. That is a LONG period of preparation. Such preparation requires certainty, not hypothesis, especially where the federal government is involved. Our government was so certain of a viral catastrophe they purchased fields full of sealing coffins to be ready for it; not to prevent it, but to have the means to clean up after it.
On October 9, 2014, the director of the CDC told a top-level forum in Washington, D.C., that included the heads of the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the Ebola outbreak is unlike anything he’s seen since the AIDS epidemic. “I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,” the director said. He then added, “We have to work now so that it is not the world’s next AIDS.”
On October 12, 2014, Texas health officials announced a nurse caring for an Ebola patient 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 CDC claims a “breach in protocol” may have contributed to the disease spread, however an infectious disease specialist 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,” the doctor said. The doctor added 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,” the doctor said. Like many Americans, the doctor says he’s not placing complete faith in the assurances of “powers that be” government officials who are merely working to suppress public panic.
The CDC placed more emphasis on a “zombie preparedness” campaign than preparations for Ebola despite a $6.6 billion yearly budget. A simple Google search on the CDC website reveals more search results for “zombie preparedness” (253 results) than “Ebola preparedness” (178 results), highlighting the misplaced priorities of the health agency which admitted October 14, 2014, it did little to contain Ebola in Dallas, Texas.
The CDC’s “zombie preparedness” documents stem from a public awareness campaign the agency launched in 2011 to take advantage of the popularity of the TV show The Walking Dead. “It was actually a great way to get people to think about, you know if you’re prepared for a zombie, you’re really prepared for a hurricane, a tornado, an infectious disease, just about anything,” the CDC director said in an interview in 2012. The then-Director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response echoed a similar statement. “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack,” he wrote.
The CDC only beefed up information regarding Ebola on its web site around August 19, underscoring the agency’s tendency to react poorly to pandemics instead of preventing them from occurring. The CDC’s poor response to U. S. Ebola cases occurred despite the agency’s $6.6 billion budget. So, according to the CDC’s “logic” that if you’re prepared for a zombie, you’re also prepared for a hurricane, a tornado, an infectious disease, or just about anything, the CDC is prepared for NOTHING!
The Dallas hospital that treated Ebola victim Thomas Duncan had to learn on the fly how to control the deadly virus, adding new layers of protective gear for workers in what became a losing battle to keep the contagion from spreading, according to the CDC director, who expressed regret on October 14, that his agency had not done more to help the hospital control the infection. He said that, from now on, “Ebola response teams” will travel within hours to any hospital in the United States with a confirmed Ebola case. “I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed,” he said. “That might have prevented this infection.” Yet two months prior to October 14, the director said, “The plain fact is, we can stop it. We can stop it from spreading in hospitals and we can stop it in Africa . . .” Well, apparently they did not know how to stop it from spreading!
From the beginning of the Ebola crisis, disease experts and the CDC director in particular have insisted that U.S. hospitals have the training and equipment to handle a highly contagious patient. On July 21, the director said that “Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population.” Any advanced hospital in the country has the capacity to isolate a patient, he said. “There is nothing particularly special about the isolation of an Ebola patient other than it’s really important to do it right,” he said at the time.
A CDC official who spent nearly three months in West Africa fighting the Ebola outbreak, and who has studied Ebola for three decades, met with the doctors and nurses at the Dallas hospital about how they had handled the Duncan case. He said the hospital originally had no full-body biohazard suits equipped with respirators but now has about a dozen. Protocols evolved at the hospital while Duncan was being treated, he said. Yet on September 16, 2014, Obama said, “We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.” So why was the Dallas hospital “learning on the fly?”
The CDC official described the elaborate methods for removing waste from a room, which involves bagging it three separate times, putting it in a cardboard container lined with a heavy-duty plastic bag, and then a contracted biosafety company transports it to an incinerator. On September 24, a CDC spokesman said the agency wasn’t aware of any packaging that was approved for handling Ebola waste. Yet at Emory University Hospital, they just flush bodily wastes down the toilet into the regular sewer system.
Only four facilities in the country are specially designed for Ebola-type cases, including one at Nebraska Medical Center, where two people who contracted Ebola in West Africa have been treated. The chief doctor for the center’s infectious-diseases division said he has received “countless” calls from health professionals worldwide who want to replicate Nebraska’s infection control procedures. Then why aren’t all Ebola patients moved to one of these hospitals?
On October 14, 2014, during the daily CDC update, CDC officials admitted that a larger response would have likely stopped the infection of the first nurse that contracted the Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan in a Texas hospital. The announcement comes only hours after media outlets revealed that the nurse was one of more than 70 medical employees at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who helped Mr. Duncan before his death.
On October 15, 2014, the director of the CDC said during a telephone press briefing that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone else. The director also reported that a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from treating an Ebola-infected patient had a temperature of 99.5 when she flew from Cleveland to Dallas.
During the conference call, the director was asked about the video message Obama sent to Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, where Obama told residents they cannot get the disease by sitting next to someone on a bus. Yet, CDC recommendations state that travelers in West Africa beginning to show possible symptoms, or people who have experienced a high risk of exposure, should avoid public transportation, including buses. “Yes, CDC vetted the message, and, yes, we believe it’s accurate,” the director responded.
The director also reiterated that the CDC is currently tracking down and monitoring those who were on the same flight as the second nurse that contracted Ebola from treating an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital just before she was diagnosed with Ebola. The nurse had called the CDC several times before flying, saying she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly. On its website, the CDC says all people possibly exposed to Ebola should restrict their travels – including by avoiding commercial flights – for 21 days.
“Because the risk is so low, we think there is an extremely low likelihood that anyone who traveled on this plane would have been exposed, but we’re putting into place extra margins of safety and we’re contacting everyone who was on that flight,” the director said. Earlier in the briefing, the director had pointed out that CDC guidelines indicate that someone who has had exposure to Ebola should not travel on public transportation. “Because at that point the nurse was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” the director said. “The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for what is called ‘controlled movement.’ That can include a charter plane, that can include a car, but it does not include public transport.” Then why did the CDC tell the nurse she could get on an airplane with a fever, even after she told them she had treated an Ebola patient? Wouldn’t a reasonable person have figured out that since the nurse had treated an Ebola patient, and her temperature was above normal, it was probably going to continue to rise?
Officials in the U. S. have been trying to calm fears over the Ebola crisis, but time and again events have overtaken their assurances. In August, before the first U.S. infection, the CDC director said: “We’re confident that we have the facilities here to isolate patients, not only at the highly advanced ones like the one at Emory, but really at virtually every major hospital in the U.S.” On October 3, Lisa Monaco, a homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President Obama, said, “Every hospital in this county has the capability to isolate a patient, take the measures, put them in place to ensure that any suspected case is immediately isolated and the follow-up steps that have been mentioned are immediately taken.” Well, obviously they don’t!
On October 15, 2014, the nation’s largest nurses’ union released a statement that a Liberian Ebola patient had been left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols. So far, two of those nurses treating the Ebola patient have contracted Ebola.
The announcement by public-health authorities that a second nurse had tested positive for Ebola raises more questions about whether American hospitals and their staffs are adequately prepared to contain the virus. Yet according to the CDC director, all hospitals can handle Ebola patients safely.
The CDC has said some breach of protocol probably caused the first nurse to contract Ebola, but the National Nurses United union contends the protocols were either non-existent or changed constantly after the Ebola patient arrived in the emergency room by ambulance on September 28. According to a member of the union, nurses at the hospital treating the Ebola patient said they were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments and worried that their necks and heads were exposed. The nurses allege that the Ebola patient’s lab samples were allowed to travel through the hospital’s pneumatic tubes, possibly risking contaminating of the specimen-delivery system. They also said that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling.
The nurses’ statement said they had to “interact with Mr. Duncan (the Ebola patient) with whatever protective equipment was available,” even as he produced “a lot of contagious fluids.” Duncan’s medical records underscore that concern. They also say nurses treating Duncan were also caring for other patients in the hospital and that, in the face of constantly shifting guidelines, they were allowed to follow whichever ones they chose.
When Ebola was suspected but unconfirmed, a doctor wrote that use of disposable shoe covers should also be considered. At that point, by all protocols, shoe covers should have been mandatory to prevent anyone from tracking contagious body fluids around the hospital. A few days later, however, entries in the hospital charts suggest that protection was improving.
According to a researcher, the standard test (PCR) for diagnosing Ebola is ‘completely misleading and useless.’ He said, “. . . when the authorities report there are 6000 cases of Ebola and 3000 deaths, or when they report that two patients in the U.S. have Ebola, they’re relying on a diagnostic test that can’t confirm any of these assertions is true. This is verified in spades by a Department of Defense manual.” The manual he refers to is “Ebola Zaire (EZ1) rRT-PCR (TaqMan®) Assay on ABI 7500 Fast Dx, LightCycler, & JBAIDS: INSTRUCTION BOOKLET,” published by “Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasures Systems,” dated 14 August 2014. According to the manual: “…the EZ1 assay [the PCR test] should not be performed unless the individual has been exposed to or is at risk for exposure to Ebola Zaire virus or has signs and symptoms of infection with Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) that meet clinical and epidemiologic criteria for testing suspect specimens.”
There are numerous ‘Ebola’ strains, however, and the Zaire test wouldn’t come up positive anyhow if someone had a different virus. Regardless of this inconclusive test for Ebola, the director of the CDC gave a press conference a week ago concerning “the Dallas Ebola patient,” in which he assured all of us that the patient had Ebola, because the ‘very accurate’ PCR test had been run.
Video showing a Dallas nurse just diagnosed with Ebola being loaded onto a CDC plane on October 15, 2014, also showed something seemingly odd. It shows a man following behind the stretcher not wearing protective hazmat gear. The man is also seen standing by the stretcher with the nurse on it after it was unloaded at the Atlanta airport.
A local news crew spoke with numerous agencies involved in transporting the nurse. Officials with the ambulance company that transported the nurse said it wasn’t one of their employees, as did the Atlanta hospital the nurse was taken to. That basically leaves the CDC, who was responsible for coordinating the flight, as being the employer of the man.
When a member of the Dallas CDC team was shown the video and asked if that was a safe moment or not he said he didn’t have a problem with what he saw. The situations apparently met CDC protocol because the people in the hazmat suits were the ones assisting the nurse, and the plain clothes man was not. The CDC spokesman said the man maintained an appropriate distance from the patient for the amount of time on the tarmac and it must be taken into account that the nurse was also wearing protective gear.
On October 15, 2014, President Obama canceled a campaign trip at the last minute to stay in Washington and spearhead a more aggressive response to the Texas Ebola outbreak that has infected two nurses, one of which traveled on an airplane with a fever as she was coming down with Ebola, after being told by the CDC that it was okay to fly with a fever, even though she had been treating an Ebola patient.
He said that monitoring of Ebola must be done in a “much more aggressive way.” He added that as soon as someone is diagnosed, the CDC must have a rapid response team immediately on site. The CDC would deploy new SWAT teams within 24 hours to any hospital with an infected patient. Will they carry guns?
“Here’s what we know about Ebola. It’s not like the flu. It’s not airborne,” the president said, adding that he had met, hugged and even kissed healthcare workers at Emory who had treated Ebola patients. Yet just a week ago, the CDC admitted Ebola is airborne through coughing and sneezing.
In the days after the first diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the head of the CDC was resolute in his confidence about hospitals’ ability to manage the virus. “Essentially any hospital in the country can take care of Ebola. You don’t need a special hospital room to do it,” the CDC director said October 2. “You do need a private room with a private bathroom. And most importantly, you need rigorous, meticulous training and materials to make sure that care is done safely so that caregivers aren’t at risk.”
On October 15, 2014, less than two weeks later, the director admitted that the government wasn’t aggressive enough in managing Ebola and containing the virus as it spread from an infected patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital. “We could’ve sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed,” he said.
The director then outlined new steps designed to stop the spread of the disease, including the creation of an Ebola response team, increased training for health care workers nationwide and changes at the Texas hospital to minimize the risk of more infections. “I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient — the first patient — was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection,” the director said. Yet on September 16, Obama said, “We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely . . .”
The director said some of the world’s leading experts on how to treat Ebola and protect health care workers are in the new response team. They will review several issues including how isolation rooms are laid out, what protective equipment health workers use, waste management and decontamination. Are “some of the world’s leading experts” current CDC employees? If so, why were there missed opportunities to contain the virus?
On October 16, 2014, a hospital laboratory director called the safety advice on the CDC website pertaining to handling Ebola patients dangerously inaccurate. The doctor called the CDC’s instructional guide “unacceptable”, because the government-produced diagrams showed health care workers with exposed areas of skin around the face and neck. “Follow these instructions from CDC website for removing gloves & you risk contamination. Not how to do it,” the doctor added.
In an interview, the CDC director denied that the instructions were wrong. When the reporter said to the director, “I looked at the [CDC’s] website and it says you’re only supposed to wear one pair of gloves, and it says you don’t have to cover your head — you know head gear, head cover — and you don’t have to cover your feet. Now wouldn’t you admit that that’s insufficient?” The director replied, “No. We know how Ebola spreads. It spreads by direct contact and you know sometimes more isn’t better. You put on more layers, you put on more things, they’re harder to get on, they’re harder to get off. Yes really.” The reporter then said, “You would go into an infected Ebola patient’s room without covering your head, with only wearing one pair of gloves and with your feet exposed, you would do that?” The director replied, “Absolutely. More is not always better. Better is better. Sometimes you put on more layers, it’s harder to put on, harder to take off. You increase your risk of exposure.” However, in further coverage, the reporter highlighted footage of the director wearing a full body hazmat suit with no skin or feet exposed, as well as two pairs of gloves, when he visited Ebola patients in West Africa.
What would happen if you weren’t wearing any covering on your feet, and bodily fluids splashed on the floor and then on your feet? You would probably get Ebola!
This is the latest in a seemingly endless string of calamities at the hands of the CDC that has contributed to the outbreak of the Ebola virus within the United States. Just yesterday it was revealed that CDC officials advised an Ebola-infected Dallas nurse that she could board a flight to Ohio with a mild fever after she had been treating the first Ebola patient in the United States. Four days later, the CDC instructional guide that the CDC director insisted contained correct instructions had been removed from the CDC website.
On October 22, 2014, the chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths wrote an opinion piece in a newspaper saying that the new guidelines given by the CDC for states to designate specific hospitals for Ebola preparation would not prevent future mistakes of the kind made at Dallas hospital that treated the Ebola patient. “A safer strategy would be to expand capacity at the nation’s four bio-containment hospitals, which have treated Ebola patients successfully without the virus spreading to a single healthcare worker,” according to the chairman. “Texas Health Presbyterian, a highly regarded 900-bed Dallas hospital, couldn’t handle Ebola. Why is the CDC betting on other hospitals to fare better?” the chairman wrote, adding that while the centers can currently only treat 11 patients at a time, expanding the capacity of those facilities would be easier than preparing hundreds of hospitals to treat Ebola. “Hospitals should be prepared to recognize possible cases, isolate them — and then call for help. Period.” The chairman also wrote that the new guidelines for head-to-toe cover for caregivers may not be enough to prevent them from getting infected. “Any error in removing the gear can expose a caregiver to vomit and other bodily fluids contaminating the outside of the gear . . . So far this year, 16 Doctors Without Borders medical personnel in Africa, all experienced in relying on a buddy system to avoid errors, became infected despite wearing gear. Nine of them died.”
On October 23, 2014, it was reported that Kansas City, MO, hospital workers are being threatened with termination if they do not refer to suspected Ebola cases as “viral illnesses” instead of Ebola. A local area physician said, “They’re threatening people ‘you’ll be fired, you’ll be let go if you use the word “Ebola.”‘ The doctor thinks that hospital managers, in partnership with the CDC, are trying to prevent panic by labeling suspected cases as other illnesses, even if the symptoms do not match the declared disease.
Emergency dispatchers in New York were likewise told to use codewords to refer to suspected Ebola cases over the radio and were not allowed to reveal information on any of the cases handled by first responders. “At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” a New York Fire Department bulletin stated. Instead dispatchers were told to use the code letters “F/T,” for Fever/Travel, to indicate that a 911 caller had a fever and a history of travel to West Africa.
The doctor also reported that patients are “disappearing,” which corresponds to an earlier statement by a Border Patrol veteran that illegal immigrants suspected of carrying Ebola are being secretly detained after capture near the border. According to the Border Patrol veteran, “Those people are disappearing, we don’t know what they have, where they’re going, where [the CDC’s] taking them – surely they’re being quarantined somewhere we just don’t know where and even the agents don’t know what the diagnosis is of these illnesses.”
On October 27, 2014, CVS pharmacy posted a CDC poster in its stores about how Ebola can be transmitted. The information in the CDC poster contradicts information the CDC has already published.
The CDC sheet claims “You can’t get Ebola through air.” This contradicts statements previously issued by the federal agency. In August, the CDC directed airline staff to take steps to prevent the spread of “infectious material through the air.” A CDC advisory titled Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel demonstrated the agency is concerned about airborne contamination. The CDC also admitted the virus may mutate into an airborne strain.
According to a report published October 28, 2014, the Ebola virus is classified as a BSL-4 infection and is required to be contained and handled in a BSL-4 laboratory environment. Realizing the dangers and uncertainties associated with this viral disease, a previous generation of physicians and scientists acted to establish a special U.S. Army military team designed to aeromedically transport Ebola infected patients to a specialized BSL-4 medical treatment facility in the United States.
In 1978, the U.S. Department of Defense created the Aeromedical Isolation and Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (AIT-SMART). This was a rapid response unit with worldwide airlift capability designed to safely evacuate and manage contagious patients under high-level biological containment.
The team used a Transit Isolator for patient transport with the interior of the isolator maintained at a pressure negative to the external environment by a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered blower. While moving or attending to the isolator, team members wore protective Tyvek suits sealed to provide positive-pressure, and HEPA-filtered Racal respirators and hoods.
Throughout its existence the AIT-SMART was associated with a BSL-4 Medical Containment Suite (MCS) at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) for ICU-level patient care under full BSL-4 conditions. The MCS was built in 1969 and became operational in 1972 and it was the final destination for Ebola or other highly contagious patients transported by the AIT-SMART. The unit’s Aircraft Transit Isolator could be attached directly to an access port situated on the external wall of the main USAMRIID building. This allowed movement of the patient into the MCS BSL-4 medical care suite without exposing the patient to the environment.
The ATI-SMART was a well designed self-contained military unit capable of transporting a highly contagious patient using a variety of global USAF rotary-wing and fixed wing assets, while providing maximum microbiological security and critical care nursing.
This unique concept combined the BSL-4 MCS critical care unit with several suites of BSL-4 laboratories staffed by highly experienced researchers in exotic diseases. USAMRIID provided full clinical and pathology laboratories, a large experimental animal colony with strain mice, Guinea Pig, and non-human primate models, along with scientists and physicians highly experienced in disease assessment, pathogenesis, and experimental vaccine development, and intensive care physicians and nurses from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who were well practiced in providing clinical care under BSL-4 conditions.
In 2010, the AIT-SMART was decommissioned and this unified capability was lost. In 2010 Obama quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the CDC touted four years previously as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases, including Ebola, spread by travelers
With the dissolution of both the AIT and the BSL-4 patient treatment facility at USAMRIID, the United States under CDC recommendations, became relegated to managing EVD patients under BSL-3 conditions as has previously been done in African outbreaks.
As recently witnessed, a collaborative effort with the CDC has created a “Serious Communicable Disease Unit” at the Emory University Hospital. However this facility operates at BSL-3 and is one of only four such small-bed facilities in the United States.
For aeromedical transportation, US Air Force’s Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs), are planning to use a Gentex® Patient Isolation Unit (PIU). The PIU is a temporary, single-use, portable structure designed to temporarily isolate a highly infectious patient, but without an AIT-SMART capability. However, the PIU represents only an enhanced patient isolation capability.
In addition, there are no provisions to replace the USAMRIID BSL-4 MCS intensive care unit, although this could be reinstituted with airflow reversion changes.
The response of the CDC to the management of the first Ebola case in Texas was to promote inadequate and inexcusable guidelines that did not provide adequate health worker protection. Proper science, previous experience, and caution, were ignored. Hundreds of workers in Africa, and now two in the U.S., have caught the disease by using inadequate levels of protection. Yet the CDC asserts that every hospital in the U.S. can be adequately prepared. This is the same organization that approved a nurse with a potential Ebola exposure to take a commercial flight, who became symptomatic.
During recent Congressional testimony some Congressmen complained that the CDC did not have enough money. But none mentioned that the existing Aeromedical Isolation and Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (AIT-SMART), was dismantled in 2010 and this unified capability with USAMRIID’s BSL-4 laboratories staffed by highly experienced researchers in exotic diseases was lost.
The Ebola virus is classified as a BSL-4 level infective agent. At present, outbreaks in the United States are being managed at only the BSL-3 level. This can be done, but it is dependent on a high level of experience in health care practitioners, as well as adequate personal protective equipment, and a procedural protocol that is based on the side of caution. Sending in a rapid CDC response team from Atlanta is not a substitute for proper protective equipment, negative-pressure isolation rooms, and proper and well practiced staff and decontamination procedures. Neither are “tear sheets” instructing air travelers from epidemic areas to check their temperature.
In addition, the current practice of caring for previously BSL-4 classified Ebola patients under BSL-3 conditions should be continuously reassessed with respect to health worker safety in the United States.
On November 7, 2014, the CDC said it was increasing its national stockpile of protective gear for U.S. hospitals handling Ebola patients after a “sudden increase” in demand. The CDC has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment that is being configured into 50 kits for rapid deployment to hospitals, it said in a statement. The CDC also will stockpile $2.7 million in personal protective equipment that it can deliver to U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients. That includes nearly 6,000 disposable gowns, more than 6,000 respirators and 55,000 pairs of gloves — enough gear for 250 days of treatment.
As of December 2, 2014, federal health officials have certified 35 U.S. hospitals for treating Ebola patients, in case any more come to the U.S. The hospitals have the facilities and, more important, the staff, to handle the 24-hour care in intense isolation that’s needed to treat someone with Ebola. They also have the wherewithal to get rid of all the waste, which must be decontaminated before disposal. They’re all also willing to handle the stigma some people still associate with Ebola, and all are within close reach of the five airports travelers from Ebola-affected regions must use, in New York, Washington, D.C, and Chicago.
Interestingly the list of 35 hospitals does not include the Dallas, TX, hospital where Thomas Duncan became the first Ebola patient in the United States and ultimately died from the disease. Two nurses treating him also contracted Ebola, and initially the CDC blamed them for not following proper procedures. If that hospital isn’t certified, that probably means staff still haven’t been trained. Yet 10 days before Mr. Duncan was admitted to the hospital, President Obama said the CDC was working with hospital staff across the country to make sure any hospital could properly diagnose and handle Ebola patients.
On December 24, 2014, the CDC reported that up to a dozen workers at the CDC’s Atlanta campus may have been exposed to a misplaced sample of the Ebola virus. A CDC spokeswoman said that a technician working in the secure laboratory may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus that was part of an Ebola experiment. The exposure occurred December 22.
Scientists conducting research on the virus at the high-security lab mistakenly put a sample containing the potentially infectious virus in a place where it was transferred for processing to another CDC lab, also in Atlanta on the CDC campus. There was no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC and no exposure or risk to the public, said officials.
CDC Director Tom Frieden (a CFR) said he is troubled by the employee’s potential exposure. In June, at least 52 workers at the CDC took antibiotics as a precaution because a lab safety problem was thought to have exposed them to anthrax.
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO), AN AGENCY OF THE UN, IS TRYING TO CONTAIN AND ERADICATE THE EBOLA OUTBREAK —
In an August 14, 2014, press release the WHO disapproved of a potential ban on international travel to and from the West African nations hit hardest by Ebola, suggesting instead that governments provide “their citizens traveling to Ebola-affected countries with accurate and relevant information on the Ebola outbreak and measures to reduce the risk of exposure.” Yet, this is two weeks after the CDC issued a non-essential travel ban to those very same countries. It’s also two weeks after WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl admitted in an interview that the risk of the virus spreading remains as long as air travel from West Africa continues. Hartl said that to stop Ebola from spreading by air travel, the WHO had to rely on “a person doing the right thing” by presenting himself immediately to a medical facility in the destination country once Ebola symptoms began to appear and saying, “I’ve just returned from West Africa.”
In explaining the reasoning behind the decision, the WHO said “the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel remains low . . . WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries,” which completely ignores the possibility that someone infected with Ebola could spread the disease weeks after flying back to his home country. Yet, in 2003 during the SARS outbreak, the WHO did issue travel bans to stop the spread of the virus.
Are we supposed to believe that the WHO is unaware of the fact that in 2000 it was reported that someone with Ebola is contagious before they show symptoms?
Despite the WHO’s recommendation against a travel ban, multiple countries decided to terminate air service to and from West African nations back in August, further indicating that WHO downplayed the risk of Ebola spreading via air travel.
Two West African nations, as well as the Medical charity MSF (Doctors Without Borders), criticized WHO on August 15, 2014, for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger. With the death toll from this epidemic, first declared in Guinea in March, at 1,145, as 76 new deaths were reported in the two days to August 13, the WHO was facing questions over whether it moved quickly enough to declare the months-old outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern,” which it did on August 8, 2014.
On April 1, 2014, a WHO spokesman described the West African outbreak as “relatively small still,” after the MSF director had warned it was “unprecedented” and “exceptional.” Ebola has been around since 1976 and the WHO has certainly had significant experience in handling past outbreaks. Why haven’t they been able to handle this outbreak better?
West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic is probably much worse than the world realizes. According to the WHO, “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.” As of August 16, 2014, there have been 2,127 confirmed cases of the disease and 1,145 deaths occurring in four West African nations — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The epidemic is still growing faster than efforts to keep up with it, and it will take months before governments and health workers in the region can get the upper hand, according to the president of Doctors Without Borders, who said conditions on the ground were “like a war.” The epidemic’s front line “is moving, it’s advancing, but we have no clue how it’s going to go around . . . Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic,” the president added, but this was only a “gut feeling” and it would happen only if sufficient resources were put in place.
Action to combat the epidemic was at different levels in each of the affected countries, the president noted, singling out Liberia as a priority for urgent international attention as it strives to contain the spread of the disease in the capital, Monrovia, a city of 1.3 million people, where one overstretched health care center was providing care for Ebola patients. “If we don’t stabilize Liberia, we will never stabilize the whole region,” the president warned.
The United Nations reported that the World Food Programme was delivering food to more than one million people “locked down” in the quarantine zones where the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone intersect, but the president was doubtful about the effectiveness of checkpoints intended to restrict people’s movements.
Yet a week earlier, the WHO assistant director-general, and head of health security, said it was important to stop the chain of transmission and that depends on identifying everyone that has the Ebola infection, tracing people with whom they have come in contact and making sure those who are ill receive the right treatment. The assistant director-general added that the movement of people should be stopped in the so-called hot spot for the disease — the cross-border area of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. “… But it does have the proviso that if you are infected or if you are a contact, these people should not travel… The countries should make sure-these are countries that do not have cases-should have good surveillance that can pick up suspect Ebola cases,” the assistant director-general said, adding, “We know in a globalized world, that people can travel anywhere, so all countries should be prepared to identify potential cases. And, they should also make sure that they have access to proper laboratory, diagnostic laboratory testing.”
A WHO committee of experts is calling for a coordinated international response to stop this deadly disease at its source and prevent it from spreading to other countries. The committee recommends that countries where the disease is spreading declare a national emergency, but the committee does not recommend a general ban on travel or trade.
The WHO assistant director-general also said that, “The likelihood is that things will get worse before they get better. We are fully prepared for the outbreak to be at a high level for a number of months.” Did he mean the WHO expects the outbreak to produce a high number of casualties for months, when he said “fully prepared”? Since the WHO is asking for international assistance to fight the disease, it doesn’t sound like they are “fully prepared” for anything.
As the Ebola death toll rose by 106 in just two days, to 1,350 victims, with 576 in Liberia alone, the WHO said that the majority of infections from Ebola are connected with the funeral practices or the unprotected care of those demonstrating symptoms.
The WHO also green-lighted a few untested treatments, including ZMapp and the Canadian-made VSV-EBOV vaccine, whose possible side effects on humans are unknown.
On August 20, 2014, research was published on an experimental drug treatment which can help monkeys survive a tropical virus called Marburg, similar to Ebola. Of the 16 monkeys in the four study groups, one group received the treatment 30-45 minutes after exposure to a lethal dose of the Angola strain of Marburg virus. Other groups were treated one, two and three days after they were infected. “All treated animals in all four studies survived,” according to the lead author, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
On August 27, 2014, the Ministry of Health for the Democratic Republic of Congo notified WHO of another possible Ebola outbreak. Health officials say a woman in the country became ill with symptoms of Ebola after butchering a bush animal. She died on August 11. Since then health care workers, relatives and other individuals who came in contact with her body have developed symptoms and died. According to the WHO, between July 28th and August 18th, a total of 24 suspected cases of an unidentified hemorrhagic fever, including 13 deaths, had been identified.
On September 2, 2014, the WHO confirmed that the newly-identified cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is genetically unrelated to the strain currently circulating in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The form of the Zaire virus currently circulating in the DRC is most closely related to one responsible for an outbreak in 1995 in the city of Kikwit. Ebola virus first emerged in the DRC and South Sudan in 1976. The current outbreak in the DRC is the seventh on record.
On September 3, 2014, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the world was “losing the battle” to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries. MSF told a UN briefing that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to West Africa.”Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat,” said the MSF international president.
At current infection rates, the agency fears it could take six to nine months and at least $490 million to bring the outbreak under control, and by that time more than 20,000 people could be affected.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization issued an alert that restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes. The WHO has appealed for the reversal of flight cancellations and virologists said that travel restrictions could worsen the epidemic, limiting medical and food supplies and keeping out much-needed doctors. “If we impose an aerial quarantine on these countries, we undermine their fight against the epidemic: the rotation of foreign medical staff and distribution of supplies, already inadequate, will become even more difficult,” said the head of the Pasteur Institute’s viral haemorrhagic fever centre. Meanwhile, an official from the CDC likened closing borders to “closing your eyes . . . It makes more sense for countries to spend their money and energy on preparing their health systems to recognise an Ebola case and respond correctly… so that the virus does not spread,” he said. Yet, in 2003, the WFP assumed responsibility for managing the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS), which typically positions aircraft within 48 hours of an emergency anywhere in the world. In 2010, for example, they transported aid workers, donors and journalists alongside humanitarian cargo to 240 destinations in 19 country operations. Since they already operate their own airline, it’s irrelevant whether a country bans flights or not, because the UNHAS can fly people and supplies anywhere they want to.
On September 4, 2014, WHO officials said that some $600 million in supplies will now be needed to fight the epidemic, the worst on record. This is an increase of $110 million from the estimate given last week. The increased sum will further test the willingness of the global community to tackle the disease at the source. Health organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have already been highly critical of what they say is a lackluster international response.
WHO officials warn that the virus is not just expanding geographically but also accelerating.
The United Nations is establishing an Ebola Crisis Centre with a goal of stopping transmission in affected countries within six to nine months, the UN chief said, as the death toll from the outbreak surpassed 2,000 for the first time. He again urged airlines and shipping countries to lift their bans on flights and port visits so doctors, nurses, beds, medical equipment and supplies can reach those in need. Did he forget about the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services that is managed by the World Food Program (a UN agency), and uses an average of 54 airplanes and helicopters each month?
The New York-based Ebola Crisis Centre will coordinate efforts of the UN, aid organizations, governments, the private sector, financial institutions and other grass-roots groups to bring ‘synergy and efficiency’ to the effort to end the outbreak, according to the UN secretary-general. “The number of cases is rising exponentially,” he said. “The disease is spreading far faster than the response. People are increasingly frustrated that it is not being controlled.”
The WHO said that experts had agreed blood-derived drug therapies and convalescent serum ( transfusions from survivors) may be used for treatment of the Ebola virus, and called for investment in the unproven drugs.
Health officials around the world are scrambling to contain the Ebola virus with many, including the CDC and the WHO, now preparing for its eventual escape out of West Africa.
According to the CDC director, the ‘window of opportunity’ for stopping the spread of Ebola is closing rapidly. In July, as the virus surged across west African borders, he downplayed its potential to reach U.S. shores. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” he claimed in a preemptive effort to prevent panic. “That is not in the cards.”
Now the director joins a growing chorus of concerned officials around the world. “This is not just a problem for West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa,” he said last week. “It’s a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond.”
Mathematical models performed by numerous researchers suggest that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people globally could contract the virus by December 2014.
In a computer simulation of pathogens and hosts, long-range routes of transmission — most prominently, international air routes — can allow the deadliest viral strains to outrun their own extinction, and in the process kill vastly more victims than they would have otherwise.
In an evolutionary model, a pathogen like the Ebola virus can cause its own demise by killing all the hosts in its immediate vicinity. If there is no one left alive to infect, a viral strain will die off. Successful pathogens leave their hosts alive long enough to spread infection. Typically, the most virulent mutations burn themselves out, and a stable balance is achieved between host and pathogen. But avenues of long-range dispersal break this pattern. This particular outbreak of the Ebola virus has been underestimated by health officials and government leaders since the very beginning. They assumed, wrongly, that it would behave like previous outbreaks. But rather than remaining contained in a specific rural area, wiping out its hosts, and dying off like previous outbreaks did, the virus has continued to spread. The likely cause is that travel systems are much more advanced today than they have been in the last several decades, and it only takes a single individual with Ebola to cross a checkpoint.
It should be clear that unless global transportation systems and international border crossings are completely shut down, a move that is unlikely, the virus will keep spreading.
In Liberia, an Ebola treatment facility set up jointly by the WHO and the Ministry of Health was recently set up to manage 30 patients but had more than 70 patients as soon as it opened,” she continued. Today, there is not one single bed available for the treatment of an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia.”
The CDC director admitted WHO is lagging behind Ebola in the race to claim West Africa. The director also acknowledged that any WHO statistical tallies of deaths resulting from the current Ebola outbreak are likely to be underestimated.
On September 16, 2014, a top German virologist told reporters he didn’t expect the Ebola virus to burn out in Liberia or Sierra Leone until it killed five million people. The director of viral diagnostics at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, said he and his colleagues have lost all hope of halting the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia. “We lost the possibility of controlling this Ebola outbreak in those two countries back in May or June,” the virologist said.
The Ebola outbreak in Liberia has not been slowed by the presence of more than 8,000 U.N. personnel currently in Liberia, including 6,000 uniformed peacekeepers. According to U.N. records, there are 4,460 troops, 126 military observers and 1,434 police forces, with an approved budget from July 2014 through June 2015 of $427.3 million.
Last week, the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping addressed the media in Monrovia, Liberia, saying that the U.N. will continue to stand by Liberia as it battles an “unprecedented” Ebola outbreak. He said the peacekeepers will be “standing by Liberia through good and bad times.” He emphasized that a peacekeeping mission is not a public health mission, stressing that handling the Ebola outbreak is “not something we are trained for.” He added that, “It is true that we, the international community, have invested a lot over the years to bring back peace and security to Liberia, and, more generally, to West Africa. And it is even more true that we do not want to jeopardize that patient work.”
The under-secretary-general mentioned that while the UNMIL, the United Nations Mission in Liberia, is not a public health operator, the mission and the wider U.N. system would be on hand to ensure Liberia overcomes the crisis. “You have seen the very public and proactive position taken by the secretary-general … who has given orders to the entire U.N. system to mobilize in comprehensive, strategic [and] concrete ways to support efforts to stem the epidemic,” he said.
On October 15, 2014, it was announced that a second, smaller Ebola outbreak had been going on in Africa, and a new study shows it has a different source in nature than the massive epidemic raging now in the western part of the continent. The outbreak that began in July in the Democratic Republic of Congo is similar to earlier ones in that central African region, genetic testing of viruses shows. At least 69 people, including eight health workers, are believed to have been infected, and 49 have died. The study was led by the WHO and researchers from France and Canada. It was published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.
For the new study, researchers analyzed viruses from the current Congo outbreak and found them extremely similar to a Zaire Ebola strain that caused previous outbreaks in the Congo region. The virus is different from the Zaire strain causing the larger epidemic in West Africa, suggesting that a separate source in nature seeded each outbreak.
On October 15, 2014, the United Nations said the Ebola outbreak must be controlled within 60 days or else the world faces an “unprecedented” situation for which there is no plan. The UN also warned that the disease “is running faster than us and it is winning the race.” The UN’s deputy Ebola coordinator said, “The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection.” He added that the death rate from the current outbreak had risen to 70% from about 50%.
Approximately 95% of the cases are occurring in the same limited number of districts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which were affected a month ago, the deputy coordinator said. Wouldn’t a reasonable person conclude that this indicates the affected areas should be quarantined, if the disease hasn’t spread geographically in one month?
It was mentioned that there were “positive” signs of a slow down in the rate of new cases in northern Liberia and Guinea, probably due to behavior changes among the local population. “With a bit of change in the behavior of populations, with some burials happening safely, with a little bit more case management and a couple of new centers opening, you are going to slow this down very quickly,” the deputy coordinator said.
The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn’t reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned.
“The world is mobilizing and we need to reach the smallest villages in the most remote locations,” according to the U.N. World Food Program’s regional director for West Africa. “Indications are that things will get worse before they improve. How much worse depends on us all.”
WFP has said it needs to reach 1.3 million people in need in hardest-hit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. So far, the agency has provided food to 534,000 people, and it expects to reach between 600,000 and 700,000 this month, according to the WFP’s chief spokesperson in North America. “And we are working hard to reach and scale up to 1.3 million eventually.” Yet two months ago, the WFP said they were delivering food to more than one million people “locked down” in the quarantine zones where the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone intersect. Are these 1 million people part of the 1.3 million people the WFP is trying to reach, or is it 1.3 million in addition to the 1 million?
The president of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development, said that up to 40 percent of farms have been abandoned in the worst-affected areas of Sierra Leone and there are already food shortages in Senegal and other countries in West Africa because regional trade has been disrupted.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said that in Lofa County, the worst affected rural county in Liberia, the price of food and other commodities increased from 30 to 75 percent, just in August. Action Against Hunger said the price of cassava — a key staple — increased by almost 150 percent in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, during the first week in August.
The Famine Early Warning Network known as FEWS NET said in an Oct. 10 report that if the number of Ebola cases reaches 200,000-250,000 by mid-January, large numbers of people in the three worst-affected countries would face moderate to extreme food shortages.
On October 24, 2014, the WHO announced that millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015. It said that, “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014. However, the WHO cautioned that vaccines would not be a “magic bullet” for ending the outbreak.
In response to the largest epidemic of the disease in history, the WHO is accelerating the process of vaccine development. It normally takes years to produce and test a vaccine, but drug manufacturers are now working on a scale of weeks.
There are no plans for mass vaccination before June 2015, but the WHO has not ruled it out. The WHO says vaccines are likely to be key to ending the outbreak, even if cases fall in the next few months. Yet the head of GlaxoSmithKline’s Ebola vaccine research said that when the outbreak was first declared in March, GSK had discussions with the WHO about accelerating the development of the Ebola vaccine. But they had decided, together, not to. “No-one anticipated we would need a vaccine, and so both internally and, I think at the WHO, we felt the best approach was to watch very closely,” the GSK doctor said. He then said it would now take some time to assess all of the data to establish the correct dosage and for how long the vaccine was effective. He also said that could not be done in time for this latest epidemic.
On November 6, 2014, the WHO released its most recent Ebola Situation Report, that documents the agency has received only 49 percent of its target of $260 million to contain the outbreak in West Africa. Noting that an additional 15 percent of the funds required have been pledged, the WHO said a gap of 36 percent remains.
A World Bank official said the Ebola epidemic will not be as costly to West Africa’s economy as previously feared, thanks to effective containment efforts. The bank’s chief economist for Africa said that he expects the epidemic’s economic toll on the region will range from $3 to $4 billion. In October the World Bank, a United Nations international financial institution, had predicted the economic impact could be as high as $32 billion if the virus spread significantly outside the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “The risk of the highest case of economic impact of Ebola has been reduced because of the success of containment in some countries,” the official said. “It has not gone to zero because a great level of preparedness and focus is still needed.”
On November 18, 2014, the WHO admitted it blundered in its efforts to halt the outbreak of the virus in Africa, blaming incompetent staff and a lack of information for the failure.
The WHO will begin large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on March 7, 2015, to determine its effectiveness in preventing future outbreaks.
The West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have been hardest hit in the yearlong Ebola outbreak, and the vaccine study will focus on Basse Guinee, the region that has Guinea’s most Ebola cases, the WHO said.
The WHO’s vaccination strategy in Guinea aims to create a buffer zone around an Ebola case to prevent its further spread, an approach used to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. Officials will vaccinate people who have already been exposed to Ebola cases and are at risk of developing the disease.
The vaccine being tested — VSV-EBOV — was developed by Canada and is now licensed to Merck. A second vaccine, one developed by U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline, will be tested in a separate study as supplies become available. The Guinea trial is being conducted with other health partners including Doctors Without Borders, Epicentre, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Guinean government.
On March 4, 2015, the WHO reported 132 new Ebola cases for last week, an increase from the 99 cases reported the previous week. The agency said the spread of Ebola remains “widespread” in Sierra Leone and noted that cases have jumped both there and in Guinea. WHO said only about half of new Ebola patients in Guinea are connected to known cases, meaning that health officials are unable to track where the disease is spreading in the other half of cases.
Officials also said the number of Ebola deaths taking place outside of hospitals still remains high in Guinea and Sierra Leone, “suggesting that the need for early isolation and treatment is not yet understood, accepted or acted upon.” WHO had previously set a goal of isolating all Ebola cases and ensuring all burials were safe by January 1, 2015.
On March 23, 2015, the WHO denied that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency in 2014 due to the spread of Ebola, despite evidence senior staffers repeatedly discussed the diplomatic and economic fallout of such a move.
A year after WHO declared that Ebola had been found in Guinea, the agency is on the defensive over reports it dragged its feet when raising the international alarm over the disease. Internal communications published recently documented senior agency staff discouraging the move about two months before the international alert was finally raised, citing diplomatic relations, mining interests and the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
A WHO spokeswoman said on March 23 that “political considerations did not play a role,” and that notions to the contrary were due to a misinterpretation of the leaked documents. Political worries appear to loom large in the communications obtained by AP, which include emails and memoranda. A June 10, 2014 memo sent to the WHO director-general says declaring an emergency, or convening a committee to discuss the issue, could be seen as a “hostile act” by Ebola-affected countries. When senior African staff suggested the idea of declaring an emergency on June 4, 2014, a WHO official wrote that such a move was seen as a “last resort.”
An international emergency was eventually declared on August 8, 2014, by which time nearly 1,000 people had died. Yet, the U. S. CDC had determined Ebola would become a health emergency with international implications nearly a month earlier. “I activated the emergency operations center at the CDC on July 9, 2014,” according to the CDC director, meaning the agency moved immediately to put the organization’s full weight behind efforts to curb Ebola in mid-July.
“What we needed to see before declaring (an international emergency) was whether other countries that did not have this continuous cross-border movement were at risk,” the talking points state. The spokeswoman said that only happened in July when a Liberian passenger sick with the virus arrived in Nigeria.
“I find that a very strange argument because to consider that an epidemic that had taken hold in three different countries was not an international epidemic … (it) doesn’t make sense,” according to the general director of Doctors Without Borders, which published a report on the outbreak on March 23, 2015.
In its talking points, WHO tries to draw a distinction between declaring a global emergency and responding to the crisis, arguing that it mounted “a strong operational response” in 2014. However, that is disputed by several people who witnessed WHO’s response on the ground. Many defenders of WHO, including senior people within the agency, say the organization just isn’t cut out for hands-on work in the field. “The role of WHO is to provide technical assistance to a country,” a WHO official told the media recently. “We’re not made for operations.”
WHO previously announced it had created an independent panel of experts to assess its response to Ebola, and a preliminary report is due in May 2015.
HOW THE WORLD IS RESPONDING TO THE EBOLA CRISIS —
On August 6, 2014, Saudi Arabia said it was testing a man for Ebola after he showed symptoms following a recent trip to Sierra Leone. The man is in critical condition and being treated in a unit with advanced isolation and infection-control capabilities. Different types of viral hemorrhagic fevers have been found in the kingdom, but no case of Ebola has ever been detected there, according to the health ministry.
In addition, it is being reported by international media sources that a Liberian has died of the Ebola virus in Morocco. If true, that would mean there are now confirmed Ebola cases in five different countries.
On August 12, 2014, an elderly Spanish priest became the first European to die from Ebola after being evacuated from Liberia on August 7. The 75-year-old priest was given the experimental serum ZMapp, but the treatment failed.
At the end of August, British Airways and Air France suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. At the time, British Airways’ service from London to those countries consisted of a single Liberia flight with a stopover in Sierra Leone, four times per week. Air France only had three flights weekly to Sierra Leone, shuttling between Paris and Freetown. “The flight risk is something to be taken fairly seriously,” says a mathematician and ecologist with a research group. “On the other hand, a lot of countries are taking it seriously.”
The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history could spread to a further 15 countries in West and Central Africa, putting up to 70 million people at risk of infection, a ground-breaking study has found. Research by the University of Oxford compared historic outbreaks to the virus’ possible transmission in bats and chimpanzees to predict how the disease could spread through its vast animal reservoir. It’s the first time scientists have attempted to explain how the virus has travelled westward across Africa. Several species of bat are suspected of carrying the virus through the jungles of West and Central Africa without showing symptoms, passing the disease onto other animals which are eaten by some communities as “bush meat”.
On October 15, 2014, the prime minister of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia prohibited all visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering his country until the Ebola outbreak is brought under control, saying the ban will minimize chances for the deadly disease to be introduced by an infected traveler.
The government of Colombia announced it would ban entry by anyone who has traveled to the five Ebola-stricken African nations within the preceding four weeks.
Obama administration officials have resisted a travel ban, saying that adequate screening measures are already in place – only once has an Ebola victim entered the U.S. on a commercial flight – and that a ban could hinder assistance to the afflicted. The “adequate screening measures” have failed 100% of the time! Twice healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola-stricken patients in West Africa passed the temperature check screening measure at the airport, even though they had Ebola!
On October 28, 2014, Australia became the first developed country to institute a ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. “Anything that will dissuade foreign trained personnel from coming here to West Africa and joining us on the frontline to fight the fight would be very, very unfortunate,” according to the head of the U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission (UNMEER). The WHO, an agency of the UN, says overly restrictive quarantines and travel bans will put people off volunteering to go to Africa, where relief workers are needed to help improve a health system to deal with the disease. Yet, according to reports, healthcare workers travel to West Africa on military, CDC, or UN planes.
Canada will stop issuing visas to people from the three West African nations where the Ebola is widespread, effective November 1, 2014, the government said. According to the federal citizenship ministry, “the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health.”
Canada, which has not reported any cases of Ebola so far, is following in the footsteps of Australia, which became the first rich nation to issue such a ban on October 28. Under the new regulations, which come into force immediately, Canada will not process visa applications from foreign nationals who have been in an Ebola-affected country within the previous three months. During SARS, the WHO issued travel advisories directing people around the world to avoid places battling severe outbreaks. It is a tool the organization has not used since.
Germany’s health minister and foreign minister officially presented the first specially-adapted Ebola evacuation Airbus at a Berlin airport on November 27, 2014. The aircraft is “an important contribution” to the fight against Ebola, the health minister said. Named after the celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist Robert Koch, the plane, according to Lufthansa, is a world first. Aircrafts previously used to transport Ebola-infected patients were much smaller and unable to always provide the necessary care. The foreign minister stressed, however, that the specially-adapted Airbus A340-300 “Robert Koch” guaranteed medical care under “optimal conditions.”
How is West Africa coping with the virus?
The ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, where one of the American healthcare workers contracted Ebola, served a population of more than one million. As the hospital tried to prepare for the disease and set up an isolation center, the disease worked faster than the doctors could. Beginning in June, the number of Ebola patients increased “at an incredible rate.” In addition, the lab used to test patient blood for Ebola was understaffed and it took up to 36 hours to confirm an infection.
Two people have died and at least twenty were hospitalized, all because of a social media prank urging Nigerians to drink excessive amounts of salt water to avoid catching the Ebola virus. The hoax started with a text message sent by a Nigerian student at the beginning of August, according to a Nigerian resident. “Once the word was out, it spread like wildfire,” he said.
On August 8, 2014, a Nigerian newspaper reported two dead and 20 more hospitalized due to excessive consumption of salt water. The deceased were believed to have had high blood pressure.
The text message said in part, “Please ensure that you and your family and all your neighbours bath with hot water and salt before daybreak today because of Ebola virus which is spreading through the air.” The message also urged people to drink as much salt water as possible as protection against catching the deadly virus, which has killed nearly half of the more than 6,000 infected throughout West Africa.
According to a company that tracks health information trends on Twitter, Nigerians first began sending tweets using the words “Ebola,” “salt water” and “drinking” starting on August 4, with social network activity ramping up to a peak of about 450 tweets on the day of August 8. “People seem to [have been] woken up by friends and relatives in the early morning in order to drink and bathe with salt because the local town doc said you needed to do this before sunrise,” said a co-founder of the company, noting that much of the activity took place overnight.
Then, just as quickly as the rumors proliferated, they were quashed. By August 10, there were almost no tweets mentioning the bogus treatment, according to the health information tracking company.
The government in the West African nation of Guinea is denying reports that it has sealed its borders with neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola outbreak.
An official from Doctors Without Borders said Liberia has underrepresented the figures on infections and that its health system was “falling apart.” In the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the situation is “catastrophic” with at least 40 health workers infected in recent weeks. “Most of the city’s hospitals are closed, and there are reports of dead bodies lying in streets and houses,” according to the official.
Liberia’s armed forces have reportedly been given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighbouring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola. Illegal crossings were a major health threat, according to the immigration manager, ‘because we don’t know the health status of those who cross at night.’
Some Liberians believe the Ebola outbreak was a ploy by government to secure foreign aid. Liberians also criticize government for not providing sufficient services to Ebola patients, including health care, food and safe burials.
On August 21, 2014, four people were injured in clashes when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on demonstrators in the quarantine zone in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. This happens as the world tries to contain the largest Ebola outbreak in history and to find a cure for the deadly disease. Some residents said they had no food and wondered what their children were going to eat.
On August 27, 2014, local media reported that the Liberian government buried bodies of those suspected to have died from Ebola a few weeks ago in Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia. A number of dogs were reportedly seen pulling the bodies out of the graves and eating the remains.
According to the local media, the government’s Health Ministry was called about the incident but officials did nothing about it. A doctor with the University of Cape Town’s medical virology division told the media that dogs can be infected with the Ebola virus but that “infections appear to be asymptomatic. This means that dogs won’t get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting.”
A virologist who has studied Ebola for 20 years and is currently working on one of several experimental vaccines for the virus, warned that the airport was the place in Monrovia where he felt the most unsafe, and that screening for Ebola at the airport was a “disaster,” and the place of “highest risk.” According to the virologist, the screening occurs in areas confined enough that those being screened are likely to come into contact with the virus should an Ebola patient be among them. Furthermore, screeners are so poorly trained that they often cannot even properly measure temperature. “They are checking your temperature three times before you get into the airport, but if you look at the people that do this kind of work, they don’t really know how to use the devices. They are writing down temperatures of 32°C, which everybody should know is impossible for a living person, ” the virologist said. He called for major overhauls in the system, and said that the checks are “completely useless” and “just a disaster.”
Fourteen of Liberia’s 15 counties have reported confirmed Ebola cases, according to the WHO. As soon as a new Ebola treatment centre is opened, it immediately overflows with patients, “pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload”.
Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May, because they thought the deadly virus was being contained there. Instead, new cases appeared across the border in Liberia and then spread across West Africa, carried by the sick and dying. Now, months later, Macenta is once again a hotspot. The resurgence of the disease in a place where doctors thought they had it beat shows how history’s largest Ebola outbreak has spun out of control.
According to one of the doctors that discovered Ebola, this time Ebola isn’t striking in a “linear fashion. It’s hopping around, especially in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The epidemic is now so vast and so extensive that one should consider that in the three (hardest-hit) countries, everybody is now at risk and it won’t be over until the last case has survived and six weeks have passed.”
On September 9, 2014, Liberia’s national defense minister told the United Nations Security Council that Liberia’s national existence is “seriously threatened” by the deadly Ebola virus that is “spreading like wild fire and devouring everything in its path.” Liberia is worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic and will likely see thousands of new cases in coming weeks, according to the WHO. More than 1,000 people have already died in Liberia.
An employee of the UN children’s agency (UNICEF), spent one week on the Ebola front line, and talked about some of the harrowing experiences she had. She visited an empty hospital and was told by the doctor at the empty hospital that they suspect any patient who comes in with fever, diarrhea or stomach pains as having Ebola. “Guilty until proven otherwise” is the motto – and people are sent away as medical staff do not have the facilities to cope with the virus.
The ordinary Liberians are stoic and brave, but say they feel abandoned; they need help to treat other diseases too. A colleague of the UNICEF employee described just losing a pregnant family member. The woman had gone to numerous hospitals to give birth, but each hospital was afraid she might have Ebola, which she did not, so they turned her away. She died of complications from the delivery, but the baby survived.
A top German virologist has caused shockwaves by asserting it’s too late to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and that five million people will die, noting that efforts should now be focused on stopping the transmission of the virus to other countries.
The virologist went on to say that hope is all but lost for the inhabitants of Sierra Leone and Liberia, and that the virus will only “burn itself out” when it has infected the entire population and killed five million people. “The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed,” he said. “That time was May and June. Now it is too late.”
While calling for “massive help” from the international community to prevent Ebola appearing in other countries like Nigeria and Senegal, the virologist warned that getting a grip on the epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone is a departure from reality. A German aid organization labeled his statements, “dangerous and moreover, not correct, ” although acknowledging that the virologist’s assessment may be accurate in the case of Liberia.
The WHO refused to comment on the remarks. Although Ebola continues to rage in five African countries, media coverage of the epidemic has waned, despite evidence that the virus has mutated. UPDATE: After this article was published, the “5 million” quote from the original Deutsche Welle report was removed and the headline was changed. The original text can be read here. It is not known why Deutsche Welle changed the wording of the report without issuing a formal retraction.
Officials credit tighter border controls, good patient-tracking and other medical practices, and just plain luck with keeping Ebola confined mostly to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since the outbreak was first identified nearly seven months ago.
A doctor that has been working with ozone therapy since 1986, longer than any doctor in North America, says ozone therapy is effective against all viruses, including Ebola.
Among the benefits of ozone therapy is its ability to modulate the immune system, which would increase the strength of a weak immune system, and normalize the functioning of an over-active immune system. Ebola causes the immune system to become over-active until it finally begins attacking the entire body of someone with Ebola, not just the Ebola itself.
Viruses are inactivated by heat, ultraviolet light, and oxidation. Ozone is the ultimate oxidant and is nontoxic. Ozone should knockout the Ebola virus instantly.
In October, the doctor went to Africa and gave lectures to many doctors on the benefits of the therapy. The doctor and his team were invited to go to Sierra Leone by the president of Sierra Leone, where they met with him twice, as well as his key advisor. Conspicuously absent from the lectures were the health minister and his deputy, who are making over $100,000 a year administering their Ebola program.
The doctor had taken his ozone therapy machine to an Ebola center to treat the staff, who werre eage to receive the treatment. Then, a call was received from the deputy health minister, then the health minister himself called, and told the person in charge at the government facility that, “if you value your job, there will be no ozone treatments at the facility.” The next day, the foreign minister called and wanted the treatment for his mother and family who were in an Ebola area.
Ozone therapy, which has been around for about 100 years, has been published in international literature as being safe and effective. The therapy uses 100% oxygen, of which 4% is ozone, and is metabolically consumed.
Why would the Sierra Leone government not want to test a safe treatment that could possibly cure Ebola instantly?
On October 17, 2014, the WHO declared the end of Ebola in Senegal, because Senegal did so well in finding and isolating a man with Ebola who had slipped across the border from Guinea in August. The WHO congratulated the country on “its diligence to end the transmission of the virus.” The country actively looked for cases for 42 days, or twice Ebola’s incubation period, to dig up any unreported cases. “While the outbreak is now officially over, Senegal’s geographical position makes the country vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola virus disease,” according to the WHO. “It continues to remain vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.”
Nigeria is another success story. It had 20 cases and eight deaths after an Ebola-stricken man flew from Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital of 21 million people, in July. Nearly 900 people were potentially exposed to the virus by the traveler, who later died. Instead, Ebola appears to have been beaten, in large part through aggressive tracking of Ebola contacts, with no new cases since August 31. Border closings may also have helped stop the spread of Ebola.
Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, all of which share borders with at least one of the three most affected countries, have closed those borders. Authorities in some African countries imposed tight air travel restrictions, tougher than those contemplated by the U.S. or British governments. South Africa and Zambia slapped travel and entry restrictions on Ebola-stricken countries. Kenya Airways, the country’s main airline, stopped flying to the affected lands.
A highway robbery resulted in bandits stopping a taxi in Guinea and stealing blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. On November 21, 2014, authorities publicly appealed on national radio to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi. The samples, stored in tightly wrapped vials tucked into a cooler bag, were in the care of a Red Cross courier.
Sierra Leone placed hundreds of homes in the capital under Ebola quarantine on February 13, 2015, in a huge blow for its recovery less than a month after it lifted all restrictions on movement. The government said 700 properties had been locked down in Aberdeen, a fishing and tourist district of Freetown, after the death of a fisherman who tested positive for the deadly virus.
President Ernest Bai Koroma had pointed to a “steady downward trend” in new cases on January 23, 2015, lifting country-wide quarantines affecting half the population and declaring that “victory is in sight.” But the WHO caused fresh alarm when it reported the number of new cases rising across Sierra Leone and neighboring Guinea for the second week in a row.
Transmission remains “widespread” in Sierra Leone, which reported 76 new confirmed cases in the week to February 8, 2015, according to the WHO.
In the week ending February 8, 2015, 9,250 people have died from the epidemic, although it has admitted that it is impossible to give a precise number as the outcomes of some cases remain unknown. There were a total of 144 new confirmed cases in the three hardest hit countries, compared to 124 the previous week. Only three of those cases were in Liberia, which saw the most deaths at the peak of the epidemic in September and October.
On March 21, 2015, Sierra Leone’s president ordered the country’s entire population to stay in their homes for three days in an attempt to stop the spread of Ebola. “All Sierra Leoneans must stay at home for three days,” the president announced, expanding a previous order for a lockdown in the capital Freetown and northern areas of the country nationwide. “I have made my personal commitment to do whatever it takes to get to zero Ebola infections and I call on every Sierra Leonean in every community to pull together,” he added. People will be ordered to stay home with “no trading activities across the country”.
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the hardest hit countries, have set a goal of cutting off the disease’s spread by April 16, 2015.
On March 28, 2015, police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic.
New cases have fallen sharply since the peak in December, but the government says the lockdown, its second, is necessary to identify the last cases and to stop a worrying trend towards complacency. Officials have ordered the six million residents to stay indoors on pain of arrest as hundreds of health officials go door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the hemorrhagic fever.
Residents in and around Freetown, one of the last Ebola hotspots, were told to stock up on food and water but on the second day of the campaign some said they had already run out. Officials are distributing supplies only in very poor areas. “People are desperate for food because of how the distribution is going,” said a resident. “This has led to panic.”
Liberia currently has no Ebola patients. Sierra Leone has seen a steady decline of cases in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the disease remains stubbornly entrenched in Guinea more than a year after the outbreak started, and authorities are now changing tactics to eliminate the disease.
On March 30, 2015, Guinean President Alpha Conde announced that emergency measures would be “reinforced” for a 45-day period in five districts, including some along the border with Sierra Leone. The decision to close the border was made in the context of those new measures, according to a spokesman.
Previously, Guinean authorities had monitored people crossing into the country for symptoms of the disease. Sierra Leone, however, was keeping its side of the border open, according to a government spokesman. He confirmed that the Guinean side was closed, although he said Sierra Leone had not been formally informed.
Guinea sent security forces to the border three days ago in response to reports that Sierra Leoneans were streaming over to avoid a three-day, nationwide shutdown over the weekend to help end Ebola.
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