Only two months ago this headline exploded on the web site The Daily Beast:
As would be expected, a sad, sick comedy of errors followed. Or was it something worse. What began as a few people dying every day in Africa has now been predicted to become thousands every week.
Two American Ebola Patients Coming Home to U.S. for TreatmentTwo Americans infected with the virus will be brought to Atlanta for treatment as the World Health Organization deems the West African outbreak ‘out of control.
The deadly disease that is running unchecked in Africa has finally arrived in America. The government that first told us that Ebola would never be on U.S. soil then brought two American medical personnel home on August 1st for treatment after they contracted the disease in Liberia. Did the worldwide reporting of this news prompt a man in Liberia who had the disease to come here for treatment? Recommendations that all international flights from West Africa be banned were rejected by Barack Hussein Obama. Then only last month a citizen from Liberia, Thomas Eric Duncan, bought a plane ticket and flew to Dallas, Texas because he thought he had Ebola and was seeking treatment. He went to a hospital but they ignored the details he gave them about coming from Liberia and they sent him home with some antibiotics. He did have Ebola and he died from it days after returning to the same hospital but not before he showed us how ill-equipped we were to handle the problem. Now two of the nurses who cared for Mr. Duncan in the hospital have tested positive for Ebola in spite of the precautions that were set up.
And the CDC, the Center for Disease Control, hasn't got a clue how they contracted the disease.
One of the important problems we are facing is the incomplete and inaccurate information we are given by our government-paid "medical experts". We are told that the disease spreads through contact with bodily fluids such as urine, feces, saliva, blood and vomit. We were first told the disease was not airborne but what about an infected person sneezing? Not just sneezing in the air but on a tissue, a door, a chair, a table or a doorknob. What happens to that tissue? Before Mr. Duncan went back to the hospital it was reported he had vomited outside his apartment and the maintenance people simply hosed the vomit into the sewer. But aside from how these fluids are cleaned up and disposed of the number one question should be: How long does the disease stay alive outside of the body? Well it must stay alive if it can contaminate surfaces where unprotected people can come in contact with it. That's why they have been sterilizing every place the infected victims have lived - days after they left. And the CDC mentioned that contaminated garments, towels and other waste from the hospital has to be incinerated by special hazmat disposal companies. Does that mean the Ebola virus remains alive on that contaminated material for prolonged periods of time such as days and weeks?
On October 8th, Breitbart News reported another severe warning about the disposal of dead Ebola victims. This certainly suggests that the Ebola virus remains alive for long periods of time after death occurs. Here is the critical passage:
The old cliche that says: I'm from the government and I'm here to help, becomes more worrisome every day. Barack Hussein Obama is a consummate political animal who is currently preoccupied with staying in power. The elections next month look to be a turning point in his administration that will drastically alter his plans to "fundamentally change America". Obama's single strategy seems based upon his belief that "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste". His Muslim heritage is affecting the lives of millions in the Middle East as he gives military aid to radical Islamic terrorists and publicly refuses to acknowledge that Islam - his religion - is the motivating factor behind the war that has slaughtered thousands of Christians. With such an abject void in moral ethics it is not too much to think this man could use a national emergency such as an Ebola pandemic to further his own purposes. We have a lot to be afraid of.The bodies of dead Ebola victims can still pose a significant threat, which will prevent families from having traditional funeral services. According to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines, Ebola "can be transmitted in postmortem care settings by laceration and puncture with contaminated instruments used during postmortem care, through direct handling of human remains without appropriate personal protective equipment, and through splashes of blood or other body fluids (e.g. urine, saliva, feces) to unprotected mucosa (e.g., eyes, nose, or mouth) which occur during postmortem care." CDC officials said there are "large quantities" of the Ebola virus that still remain in the dead body.
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Update: 7 PM same day as post.
Call it adding insult to injury or stupid is as stupid does, USA Today and CBS News have reported that nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas grossly mishandled the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person with Ebola in the USA after he was diagnosed with the disease.
In Dallas, nurses assigned to care for Duncan, who died last week, weren't given proper training or proper personal protective equipment, said Deborah Burger, co-president of the nursing group, who said she has spoken with nurses at Texas Presbyterian. Those nurses also were assigned to care for other patients, potentially exposing them to Ebola, she said. Duncan was left in an area with other patients for hours after he was diagnosed rather than immediately isolated, she said.Blood samples taken from Duncan were sent through the hospital's general tube delivery system, rather than hand-delivered to a lab, Burger quoted the nurses as saying. That could potentially contaminate the entire tube system, which could infect blood shipped around the hospital.What the hell were these medical professionals thinking?The hospital failed to promptly remove waste contaminated with Ebola, which was stacked "to the ceilings," Burger said.
Ebola Update 1: October 17, 2014
Story from the NY Post c/o The Daily Caller.
An Arik Air plane from Lagos, Nigeria landed at JFK Airport Thursday with a male passenger aboard who had died during the flight after a fit of vomiting — and CDC officials conducted a “cursory” exam before announcing there was no Ebola and turning the corpse over to Port Authority cops to remove, Rep. Peter King said on Thursday. Rep. King demanded to know how the CDC was able to tell so quickly that the passenger did not have the Ebola virus. “But their concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks.”
Good question, Congressman King.
Ebola Update 2: October 17, 2014
From Before Its News. The Sneeze.
|The sneeze cloud. (Courtesy John Bush and Lydia Bourouiba)|
Recently, the CDC warned of infectious diseases of this sort spreading through the air. As well, in a novel study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), researchers show that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances. The fluid droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes are a combination of sizes—ranging from 1 micrometer to 800-900 micrometers. “The idea was that we mostly transmit diseases through the larger droplets that fall on other people and surfaces,” says study coauthor Lydia Bourouiba, Ph.D., assistant professor at MIT. Researchers previously thought that those larger droplets were going to travel farther than the smaller ones—reaching about 1 meter while the smaller droplets stayed around 30-50 centimeters in front of you.The study made a startling realization: there’s a crucial respiratory cloud that you expel every time you sneeze or cough, which is made up of hot/moist air and some water. This cloud actually enhanced the range and travel length of the smaller droplets, helping them travel way farther than they previously thought.
Then some say the Ebola virus can remain alive and infectious on any surface it lands for up to 7 days. Read the whole article at Before Its News.
Also, a very informative article posted here: MorningAlert.com
Ebola, more vital facts untold
Ebola Update 3: October 17, 2014
As we get closer to Halloween everything happening in Washington gets scarier. This image from Twitter says it all.
Ebola Update 4: October 18, 2014
Playing Devil's Advocate.
Quoting from a story on Breitbart.com about Fox News commentator Shepard Smith's rant on Ebola
Let's put this all in perspective. If, perhaps, the Obama Democrats want to use a crisis such as Ebola as a reason to implement restrictions on our citizen's rights then it would be to their advantage if the population was whipped up into a frenzy over the heightened scare of this deadly disease. The bureaucrats and politicians have demonstrated a grossly inept record of handling the disease up to now and the problem could easily get worse if just one infected person stayed away from getting medical treatment until they were spreading the disease around. It is easy to question the list of common sense errors the government has made and from the Obama plan to bring more infected patients into America for treatment - it looks like the mistakes will continue and get worse. This may well turn out to be Obama's crisis that should not be wasted."You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise," Smith insisted. He continued, "Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible."
Ebola Update 5: October 27, 2014
From: The Daily Caller
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Dr. Nicole Lurie said in sworn testimony that Ebola can spread through perspiration left on a bus seat.
Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie grilled Lurie at Friday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the federal government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, where Lurie admitted that Ebola can be spread through bus perspiration.
Massie asked Lurie whether or not Ebola can survive on inert surfaces for at least 15 minutes. Lurie replied that “it can survive.” Massie then asked whether Ebola could be transmitted on a bus. Lurie said that someone would have to be exposed to infected bodily fluids. Massie asked if that includes perspiration.
The question and answer regarding how long the Ebola Virus can survive outside of the carrier is directly contradicted by the containment warnings issued to healthcare workers who are cautioned that even burial of the dead should be done with extreme care. If a dead body can still posses a live Ebola Virus days afterward then that sweat on a bus seat surely would survive longer than 15 minutes.
Ebola Update 6: October 28, 2014
From: UK Daily Mail
HOW LONG DOES EBOLA SURVIVE?
Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures.For their 2010 paper, ‘The survival of filoviruses in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol’, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) tested two particular filoviruses on a variety of surfaces.
These were the Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv), and Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov).
Each was placed into guinea pig tissue samples and tested for their ability to survive in different liquids and on different surfaces at different temperatures, over a 50-day period.
When stored at 4° (39°F), by day 26, viruses from three of the samples were successfully extracted; Zebov on the glass sample, and Marv on both glass and plastic.
By day 50, the only sample from which the virus could be recovered was the Zebov from tissue on glass.Well, this certainly answers the important question. Isn't it interesting to read that this scientific study was conducted four years ago. Wonder why it has been kept secret for so long?
Ebola Update 7: October 30, 2014
From: the New York Post
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread EbolaBy Bob Fredericks October 29, 2014 | 4:48am
Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.
“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.
Seems like some people were telling us about that a few weeks before the CDC finally admitted it. Now all they have to admit is how long the Ebola Virus is alive after the sneeze. I'm sure it can live as long as it does in sweat.