A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test. While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis. Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley and then took a taxi home.
Red Death: Yale team foresees a Biblically Grim 90,000 DEATHS in one Liberian county ALONE BY DECEMBER 15 ~ link ~
A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict. Using a specially designed mathematical model, the researchers looked at the possible future of the outbreak in just one densely populated county of hard-hit Liberia — Montserrado County, home to the capital city of Monrovia. The researchers said that if international aid isn’t delivered to Liberia in sufficient time and quantity, by Dec. 15 Montserrado County will have more than 170,000 cases of Ebola — 12 percent of its population — and more than 90,000 deaths. However, if the international community ramps up efforts by Oct. 31, almost 98,000 of those cases could be avoided. “Our predictions highlight the rapidly closing window of opportunity for controlling the outbreak and averting a catastrophic toll of new Ebola cases and deaths in the coming months,” study senior author Alison Galvani, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said in a university news release. “Although we might still be within the midst of what will ultimately be viewed as the early phase of the current outbreak, the possibility of averting calamitous repercussions from an initially delayed and insufficient response is quickly eroding,” she added.
Red Death: CDC requires 21 day MONITORING for all passengers traveling from Ebola Hot Zones ~ link ~ We now know that the time period for latency is as long as 42 days, NOT 21 days. Further, only "monitoring" does not work only a full total quarantine works!!! StirlingStarting Monday, each traveler from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be given a “care kit” that includes a thermometer and instructions for how to use it as well as a description of possible Ebola symptoms and what to do if any of them develop.
Such travelers, who most likely will include health-care workers assisting in the Ebola fight and journalists, will be required to take their temperatures twice daily for 21 days and report the result to the state health department where they reside. “These new measure will give an additional level of safety,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director in a national media briefing. “We have to keep our guard up.”
Red Death: CDC now "monitoring" 125 potential cases of Ebola in Dallas ~ link ~ These clowns have done such a "good job" of "monitoring" past cases, we can all rest now...NOT!!! Stirling
Red Death: New York City's Mayor: City not at risk despite Ebola doctor's 7 days riding taxis, the subways and going bowling ~ link ~ Lies and stupidity do NOT make for public safety in the face of a Level 4 Biohazard!!! Stirling
De Blasio said: 'Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It’s transmitted only through direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of another individual. It cannot be transmitted through casual contact, it cannot be transmitted in airborne fashion.'
Red Death: US Army Scientists: EBOLA GOES AIRBORNE ONCE TEMPERATURE DROPS ~ link ~ Oh crap...winter is about to begin!!! Stirling
Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.
“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.” “Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”
Red Death: Doctor reports: Feds are "disappearing" suspected Ebola patients all across USA ~ link ~ Do take the time to read this one in full at the link. Stirling
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In fact, fear will only lead one to a state of dependence on the medical system in the end (which is much more deadly than a single Ebola virus). Look at the stats. After studying the pandemic in West Africa, it's becoming apparent that the treatment centers and their under-trained, under-prepared staff and unorganized, unethical quarantines might be more dangerous in the end. A little bit of health self-reliance goes a long way in preventing being controlled by a blind medical system. Who wants to be corralled into a medical system where one is more susceptible to superbugs and airborne viruses?
Red Death: Obama: Ebola is a 'Trial Run' for a even deadlier airborne disease ~ link ~
However, burn-out only happens when enough people have died, so that there aren’t any more hosts for the pandemic to infect.
Always late to the game, the CDC is only just now sounding the alarm about the dangers of continued travel to and from West Africa. In a new report, the agency explains that the risk of Ebola spreading through New York City is high, and that more needs to be done to screen potential Ebola cases to avoid a major outbreak.
- Michael Crichton M.D., novelist