Showing posts with label Ebola. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ebola. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014



9-year-old patient Jayden Broadway of Denver is being treated for the enterovirus 68 
By Teri O'Brien - 
How many American children have died from the Enterovirus D-68, or do you call it the “Unaccompanied Alien Minors Virus?” Were illegal alien children shipped all over the United States after this past summer’s invasion to try to cover up the origin of these infections with a virus that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1962, and which some experts consider more dangerous than Ebola? There is evidence that the answer is yes. 
Speaking of Ebola, the third-world plague that Obama was eager to see invade our country for reasons stated here, now a Dallas health care worker, probably a nurse, who took care of the late Liberian, Thomas Eric Duncan, is infected, despite taking every precaution recommended by “experts” from the federal government’s CDC. How could that happen? During a Sunday morning news conference on October 12, the CDC director stated that the cause was a "breach of protocol," while other experts are warning that it may too late to stop the spread of this disease in the U.S. If we had only listened to left-wing lunatic Rep. Alan Greyson. Even he could see back in July that we should have shut down flights from West Africa.
It looks like the One has found a worthy successor to his race-baiting disgrace of an Attorney General, Eric Holder, and he’s a doozy. Reports are that he will be named before the election, which is only 23 days away.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Good News - FEMA is prepared

Ebola - Update

Ebola spreading fast. Fastest in Sierra Leone

In the past 21 days, Sierra Leone has reported 924 confirmed cases, or 40% of the total number of deaths in the country since the outbreak began. That’s also the biggest increase out of all three west African countries, reports West Africacorrespondent Monica Mark.
The new cases have come through a surge in infections in the western area, including the capital Freetown, which previously reported only sporadic cases.
The country’s top officials are currently holding a closed door meeting in Freetown to discuss. “We can’t explain exactly why the numbers have gone up in the western area, but we’re going to discuss how to tackle it,” said Brima Kargbo, the chief medical officer.
In addition to Africa, as of October 9, the disease has been reported in Texas, Wisconsin, Spain and Australia. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

The most brilliant thing he ever said. It took him 5 days to put this thought together.


CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk issued the below statement today following reports of possible cases of the Ebola virus on United States soil:
“Americans need confidence that our hospitals are prepared to treat and prevent the spread of Ebola on United States soil. It is obvious that the screening procedures by foreign governments are inadequate, and the breakdowns need to be immediately addressed so that those traveling from Africa are not threatening additional lives.”

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Don't mess with Texas

I think Texas has plans about how to deal with this if it gets out of control. The fact that Ebola even got into the U.S. is a testament to the ineptness of some parts of the federal government. 
The number of people being monitored in Texas for possible exposure to an infected Ebolapatient has been narrowed to 50, with 10 of those believed to be at "high risk" for exposure, Texas health officials said today.
The effort to prevent any spread of the often lethal virus became more focused on a day when the family of Thomas Eric Duncan said he appeared to weaken, and a special cleaning crew began sanitizing the Dallas apartment he was staying at when he became ill.
Health officials said earlier this week that they had determined that as many as 100 people could require monitoring after having come into contact with Duncan before he was hospitalized. That number was sharply reduced today.
There are "approximately 50 individuals we need to follow on a daily basis," Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey said. "Most of those individuals are low risk. There are about 10 that are high risk." He did not say what constituted "high risk."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ebola, now what?


Ebola crisis: How did the virus get into the US?

A Liberian man is the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus on US soil. So how did he arrive undetected and what are the risks to Americans?
The outbreak gripping West Africa is the world's worst, killing 3,338 people so far.
There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most.
This case in the US is thought to be the first outside West Africa involving this strain of Ebola.
Who is the new patient in the US?
Only one person has been diagnosed with the virus while in the US.
Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, tested positive in Dallas, Texas, on 30 September.
He arrived in the US to visit relatives on 20 September and is now in a serious condition in an isolation unit at a hospital in Dallas.
Is he the first person in the US to have Ebola?
No, a small number of American aid workers who contracted the virus while abroad have recovered after flying back to the US for treatment. But Mr Duncan is the first diagnosed within the US.
Three of the aid workers were colleagues at the same hospital in Liberia. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were flown back to Atlanta for treatment, while Rick Sacra, a family doctor from Massachusetts, recovered in Nebraska.
Ms Writebol said resources at the hospital where they worked were insufficient to protect workers.
Do we know how Mr Duncan was infected?
It is believed he came into contact with an Ebola infectious woman in Liberia on 15 September, according to a report by the New York Times.
Mr Duncan is said to have helped take her to hospital, but she was later turned away due to lack of space in the Ebola treatment ward. He helped to carry her home, where she died hours later.
Williams' brother, Sonny Boy, also later displayed symptoms of Ebola and died en route to a local hospital.
How did an infected person come into the US undetected?
Mr Duncan was screened for Ebola symptoms at Roberts International Airport, located near the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
He displayed no signs of the virus and was allowed to board an SN Brussels Airlines flight to Brussels, Belgium.
From there, he flew to Washington Dulles and then on to Dallas-Fort Worth, arriving on 20 September.
Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of the Liberia Airport Authority, said they had screened 10,000 passengers since July, but it would be "nearly impossible" to identify a person as infected with the Ebola virus if they were not showing symptoms.
Are the passengers on his flight in danger?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not plan to monitor passengers on Mr Duncan's flights.
According to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, Mr Duncan was not considered infectious at that time and posed "zero risk of transmission" to those on the aircraft.
How dangerous is Ebola anyway?
  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% - but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 70%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus's natural host
Could it now spread in the US?
Health officials have expressed confidence they can contain the virus.
They say it's not comparable to conditions in Africa because basic sanitation levels are so different.
"The bottom line here is I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola, so it does not spread widely in this country," said Mr Frieden. "We will stop it here."
But they are closely monitoring all those who may have come into contact with Mr Duncan while he was infectious.
Should he have been diagnosed earlier?
Mr Duncan sought medical attention at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on 25 September, where hospital officials said he displayed a low grade fever and abdominal pain. Basic blood tests were performed, but he was not screened for the Ebola virus.
A nurse asked Mr Duncan if he had travelled from Africa, and he said he had, but that detail was not fully communicated to the medical staff, an oversight the hospital now says it "regrets".
Mr Duncan was given antibiotics and a pain reliever and sent home, where his condition worsened, says his sister.
On 28 September, a friend of Mr Duncan's contacted the CDC for advice, and was instructed to call the Texas Department of Health, who sent an ambulance.
Are people he has been in contact with at risk?
There was a four-day period between Mr Duncan developing symptoms and being put in isolation in hospital.
So officials are identifying and monitoring all the people he came into contact with. If they show no symptoms after 21 days, they are considered to be uninfected.
Up to 20 people, including five children, are being monitored after coming into contact with him, mostly at the house where he stayed.
According to a statement from the local school district in Dallas, Mr Duncan came into contact with five children from four different schools.
Mr Frieden said it is possible a family member who came in direct contact with the patient may develop Ebola in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EBOLA, it's here.

(CNN) -- For the first time, a patient in an American hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola.
The unidentified man, who is being treated at a Dallas hospital, didn't show symptoms until after four or five days of arriving in the United States from Liberia.
Officials are being tight-lipped about how he contracted the virus or how he's being treated, citing privacy concerns.
But shortly after the news broke Tuesday evening, more than 50,000 tweets about Ebola flew through Twitter in a one-hour period, many of them panicked responses.
Should we be concerned?
The short answer: no.
Now let's get to the long answer.
Could the patient's fellow passengers be infected?
The patient being treated in Texas flew from one of the Ebola hot zones -- Liberia -- to Dallas.
But his fellow passengers aren't thought to be at risk because you can only contract Ebola through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who's actively sick with with it.
It's not like a cold or the flu, which can be spread before symptoms show up. And it doesn't spread through the air.
"It's very unlikely that (Ebola victims) would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers," said Stephen Monroe of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What's to stop other Ebola patients getting on a flight and coming here?
The CDC has issued warnings to avoid nonessential travel toLiberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries grappling most with the outbreak.
And it's also working with airport officials in those nations, and in Nigeria, so every person getting on a plane is screened for fever.
"And if they have a fever, they are pulled out of the line, assessed for Ebola and don't fly unless Ebola is ruled out," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said.