If there’s one thing the main stream news does well, it’s that they have a way of keeping a majority of people’s focus on ‘news’ stories they want the people to be focused on, especially when there underlying things which the news is notorious for not reporting. By now most folks have heard of the deadly break out of the Ebola virus in a few African countries during the past few months.
So far Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives in West Africa since March of this year, with more than 1,700 people infected, including two Americans who contracted the disease in Liberia. According to WHO, after being infected, Ebola “spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids… Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.”
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Recently it was reported that with American military forces, State Dept. personnel and others who work in West Africa, the DOD is working with WHO and others to help keep the virus under control. At the CDC, in Atlanta, Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced that the agency has raised an advisory to avoid unnecessary travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The CDC however will send another 50 disease-control specialists into the three countries to help establish emergency operations centers and develop structured ways to address the outbreak.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., Dr. Frieden said, “we are confident that we will not have significant spread of Ebola… We work actively to educate American health care workers on how to isolate patients and how to protect themselves against infection… There is nothing particularly special about the isolation of an Ebola patient, other than its really important to do it right. So ensuring that there is meticulous care of patients with suspected or … confirmed Ebola is what’s critically important.”
It seems that the CDC and others are so confident that the virus won’t spread here they brought two infected American workers back to the U.S. to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Emory’s isolation unit for infectious diseases was created 12 years ago to handle doctors who get infected or sick at the CDC which is close by.
Hospitals are notorious for staph and other bacterial infections, and as recent as this past February, according to the Atlantic Journal Constitution, seven Georgia hospitals — including four in metro Atlanta — scored worse than the national benchmark for cases of potentially-deadly bloodstream infections. The 4 included Emory Midtown, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Henry Hospital and Southern Regional Medical Center with worse performances for rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units.
How will hospitals in densely populated areas guarantee they can keep a case of Ebola from spreading?
The CDC downplays the potential threat, yet other U.S. emergency planners have been getting ready since April of this year. Which brings us back to the DOD, and Department of Homeland Security, along with Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Dept. of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs who make up the “Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction” which directs U.S. government agencies to collaborate on the development of medical countermeasures. The DOD has sent Domestic Response Capability kits to the National Guard civil support teams in every state. According to a House Armed Services Committee Report, these kits “provide emerging threat mitigation capability that includes detection, personnel protection, and decontamination.”
Federal agencies are coordinating plans against viral or biological outbreaks and Obama recently amended an 2003 Executive Order written by George W Bush, in which Ebola was listed on the original executive order signed by Bush. Obama’s amendment however, ensures that Americans who merely show signs of respiratory illness, with the exception of influenza, can be forcibly detained by medical authorities.
Obama’s updated Executive Order gives the CDC the authorization to detain anyone suspected of having been infected with a contagious disease and the legal authority to detain any person who may have an infectious disease that is specified by the EO to be quarantined, which includes Cholera, Smallpox, Plague, SARS, Hemorrhagic fevers (like Ebola), and now “respiratory illnesses” that may have symptoms similar to those of deadly viruses.
This leads me to ask, if this isn’t expected to spread in the U.S., why all the precautions, and why in the world would the U.S. transport at least two infected people with the disease to a large population center such as Atlanta? Yes, the CDC and others make it clear they have every confidence in Emory’s ability to take care of Ebola infected persons, and describe their fail safe facilities. (Seems to me I remember reading that ship builders also were highly confident in the construction of the non-destructible Titanic.)
According to reports, Federal agents at U.S. airports are watching travelers for flu like symptoms that could be tied to Ebola, and have been told to ask travelers from African countries about possible exposure. It seems that the CDC may be worried about the possibility of this strain being airborne even though traditionally it is only spread through contact with bodily fluids. A CDC advisory panel urges airline staff to provide surgical masks to potential Ebola victims in order to reduce ‘vapor’ in the air by coughing, sneezing or talking, and also directing airline cleaning personnel to refrain from using compressed air which might spread infectious material through the air.
The incubation rate for Ebola ranges from 2 to 21 days which means someone can be carrying it around for up to three weeks without even knowing it. So far, more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines in Africa have ended up contracting Ebola, despite the fact that they go to extraordinary lengths to keep from getting the disease. Yet somehow, transporting Ebola victims to the US for treatment is not a threat?
It seems as if a lot of reporting and non-reporting is going on with the Ebola outbreak, yet how many mainstream news agencies are reporting about all of the diseases coming in from the illegals flooding into our country in the past few months. We have illegals being sent all over the country, some placed in Military bases, hotels and other public housing facilities. How many of these people are infected with communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis and H1N1 flu?
One of the first things I had to do when applying for my green card, before I even stepped foot in the U.S., was to have a complete physical by U.S. Consulate doctors to make sure I was healthy and free of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or any other bronchial disease which could spread to others. With our government allowing so many illegals into the country and transporting them all over, there is no way that all of these people are being as meticulously checked for spreadable disease.
While the federal government is busy making plans on how to quarantine people, and while Obama is heading off to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation, it seems dubious that they would at the same time be so flippant about transporting known and untold numbers of disease infected people to heavily populated cities where diseases can easily spread to citizens. I can’t help but look at my tinfoil hat with a lot of questions, especially wondering who may be quarantined: U.S. Citizens or illegal immigrants, which the government and leftists are so eager to embrace with the Amnesty Welcome Wagon.