Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Friday - October 24, 2014

Ebola: I’ll Take Manhattan

EBOLA DOCTOR Comes To NYC From Africa, Parties On, Has Ebola Next Morning


Dr. Spencer did everything right, still got Ebola

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that a doctor admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday has tested positive for the Ebola virus, adding “there’s no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

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 involved in containing the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis. Dr. Spencer, 33, had traveled on the A and L

subway lines Wednesday night, visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, and then took a taxi back to Manhattan.

The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public. The authorities have interviewed Dr. Spencer several times and are also looking at information from his credit cards and MetroCard to determine his movements.

Is everyone out of their cotton pickin’ minds? Hello morons? Knock knock, is anything going on in that empty thing under your hair? Hellooo???

ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE who has been working with Ebola patients ANYWHERE, especially in WEST FRIGGIN AFRICA, gets the 21 day quarantine. At least.

This guy followed the rules to the letter, and still got sick, and still put others at risk. Obviously, the rules are crap. 

Dr. Spencer’s work in Africa and the timing of the onset of his symptoms led health officials to dispatch disease detectives, who “immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement released by the health department.

Dr. Spencer’s fiancée has also been quarantined at Bellevue. Two other friends, who had contact with him on Tuesday and Wednesday, have been told by the authorities that they too will be quarantined but whether they will isolate themselves in their homes or be relocated was still under discussion, according to a person briefed on the investigation. None of the three were showing signs of illness.

Nope. I do not give a damn. Either we lock the door completely and let no one in at all from Africa, or who has been in Africa in the past month, or we automatically quarantine everyone from the active nations. This is the minimum step. It’s beyond obvious that we automatically quarantine everyone who has been over there as part of any kind of Ebola relief effort. Thankfully, we don’t yet have so many people coming here from that part of Africa that we couldn’t warehouse them all for 3 weeks or longer.

No way in Hell that this guy’s feet should have touched American soil. Whether he was showing symptoms or not. No way. And no exceptions. And his buddies, and that taxi driver? Round them up. Into the bunny suit, off to Camp Q for a 3 week visit. Nothing voluntary about it. It’s just not worth taking a chance.

Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor, was working with Doctors Without Borders and returned from Guinea more than a week ago. Officials were contacted after he reported a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a statement from the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

NY Governor Cuomo said that New York City was “as ready as one can be for this circumstance.” He said the city is much more prepared than a Dallas hospital was when the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was admitted there last month.


City officials say Spencer acknowledged riding multiple subway lines and taking a cab to a Brooklyn bowling alley called “The Gutter” in the past week before he started showing symptoms. He also visited the High Line park and went on a three-mile jog.

The city’s health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer’s fiancé and two friends had been quarantined. The city has also been in contact with an Uber driver who drove Spencer, but said the two did not have direct contact.

According to a rough timeline provided by city officials, the doctor’s symptoms developed Wednesday, prompting him to isolate himself in his apartment.

When he felt worse Thursday, he and his fiancé made a joint call to authorities to detail his symptoms and his travels. EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue in an ambulance surrounded by police squad cars.

Ok, so I’m probably a bit over the top, in panic mode. It does sound like he sort of did the right thing. But if he’d come off the plane and into mandated isolation then there would be no threat at all to the rest of us. There is no reason for the public to have to go through this.

Oh, and speaking of worthless, Dr. Spencer passed the new CDC airport screening protocols given to all people coming here from West Africa. Guess they aren’t worth a hill of beans. But we pretty much knew that anyway.

More reading if you feel like it at this link.

Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, said per the guidelines it provides its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, “the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately.” As of Oct. 14, the organization said 16 staff members have been infected and nine have died.
Four American aid workers, including three doctors, were infected with Ebola while working in Africa and were transferred to the U.S. for treatment in recent months. All recovered.

Health care workers are vulnerable because of close contact with patients when they are their sickest and most contagious. In West Africa this year, more than 440 health workers have contracted Ebola and about half have died.


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calendar   Sunday - October 19, 2014

Par For The Course

Obola Golfs Half The Day Then Attends Ebola Meeting

New Ebola Czar Skips The Meeting, 2nd Miss In 2 Days

President Barack Obama’s new Ebola “czar” Ron Klain has skipped another White House meeting on the Ebola crisis, a readout of who attended a Saturday meeting with Obama shows.

Obama held the Ebola meeting after spending four hours and 40 minutes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir, according to the White House press pool report from the New York Daily News’ Dan Friedman.


Klain, who was appointed Ebola Czar on Friday by Obama, is not on this list. It’s the second meeting in as many days on Ebola that Klain hasn’t attended after being appointed into the position on Friday.


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calendar   Saturday - October 18, 2014

2011 Army Medical Manual: Aerosol Ebola



page 117

Lassa, CCHF, Ebola, and Marburg viruses may be particularly prone to nosocomial spread due to periods of high viremia corresponding with bleeding propensity. In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct body fluid exposure have been documented. These instances have prompted concern of a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection. Therefore, when VHF is suspected, additional infection control measures are indicated. The patient should be hospitalized in a private room with an adjoining anteroom to be used for donning and removing protective barriers, storage of supplies, and decontamination of laboratory specimen containers. A negative-pressure isolation room with 6–12 air exchanges per h is ideal for all VHF patients and is strongly advised for patients with significant cough, hemorrhage, or diarrhea. All persons entering the room should wear double gloves, impermeable gowns with leg and shoe coverings (contact isolation), eye protection and HEPA (N-95) masks or positive-pressure air-purifying respirators (PAPRs). Note that though, that aerosol transmission person-to-person, if it occurs, is a rare occurrence.


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calendar   Thursday - October 16, 2014

Ebola Day

I could not turn on the TV or the radio today without hearing about Ebola, non-stop. Ebola ebola ebola ebola ebola. Hey, how about that Ebola! Did you here George Clooney married Ebola last week? Ya think Ebola will make the playoffs? Hey, check out the opening weekend grosses from Ebola, the Epidemic Movie!

Don’t worry folks, no need to panic. Except that pResident Useless actually didn’t play golf today, didn’t go to a fundraiser, and actually did attend a cabinet meeting and then give a little speech on live TV this afternoon. “Nothing to panic about” he says, yet his change in behavior is so radical from his usual narcissistic detachment that it is almost panic inducing. Obama is working? Holy Cats, it’s the end of the world!!!!

Naturally, he still isn’t closing the borders, he still isn’t stopping flights from West Africa or banning their entry here, and he’s still sending the 101st Airborne over there to ... do nothing, and then get sick and die I guess. And hey, let’s “redefine” the word outbreak to make it sound less scary.

And as the airline stocks take a huge nosedive on Wall Street today, it looks like I’m not the only one who’s figured out that I have no way in Hell of knowing whose sweaty infectious West African ass was in the seat before me. And the news is ... that IDIOT nurse finishes mopping up the Ebola puke, and gets on an airplane with a fever - but not one at or above the official NO NO NO limit! - but a fever still, and with the knowledge of her co-workers, plus permission from the CDC!! ... and that airplane made FIVE flights with 130+ passengers before anyone linked it back to her and they off-lined the thing for a fast shot of Lysol. Riiiight, I’m going to on an airplane just as soon as I can. NFWIH.

turn it off after her opening; this is the tape of her whole show.


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calendar   Thursday - October 09, 2014

“I think the error was the removal of the suit,” Nurse in Spain infected … UPDATE


What should have been a simple update to the article Drew posted, has now grown into a somewhat bigger story.
Hard to keep track cos first one story is reported and then another version of the same.
Sometimes the age of the person isn’t even clear. Not that it matters but is the lady 40 or 44?  And if that can’t be kept straight, what about the really serious stuff? The one thing we do know for certain is that, like almost everything that comes out of Afrika,
this Ebola thing is creepy, unwanted and deadly.

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus outside of West Africa said she discovered her diagnosis by reading the news on her mobile phone while in hospital.

Theresa Romero Ramos, the 40-year-old nurse, told Spanish TV station Cuatro that she read on Spanish news site El Pais that she had had two positive tests for Ebola, but that doctors had not told her she was infected.

She said: “I found out on my mobile phone.

“I felt something was up because to begin with the doctors and nurses in Alcorcon were coming in and out every hour and then they start to come in less often.
“I asked my doctor for my result and they weren’t very clear with me, and then I really suspected it,” she told the broadcaster.
“I go my mobile and I read on El Pais that they’d said I had two positive tests for Ebola. But no one had told me.”

Mrs Romero Ramos had previously insisted that she “hasn’t the slightest idea” how she contracted the virus, and that she followed all safety protocols while in contact with the missionary and his belongings.


“I think the mistake came when I took off the protective suit. I see it as the most critical moment, the one in which it, (the infection) could have happened. But I don’t know for sure.”

She touched her face after her first visit to the missionary’s room while still wearing her gloves, when she was in the process of removing her protective suit.

“I think the error was the removal of the suit,” she told the paper by telephone. “I can see the moment it may have happened, but I’m not sure about it,” referring to when she touched her face.


Ebola dog dead: Spanish social media users grieve as Teresa Romero’s pet is put down

Spain’s decision to euthanise the dog of a nurse who contracted Ebola has sparked a global outcry and clashes between police and animal rights activists after 390,000 people signed a petition urging to Government to save its life.


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calendar   Tuesday - October 07, 2014

and so it begins anew

Nurse in Spain catches Ebola from patients
First EBOLA transmission outside of West Africa

Is there any point in even pasting some text or providing a link? The headline says it all.

Any country that doesn’t lock it all down right now, and keep it all locked for the next 6 months, is inviting old Boney Face to visit. Sorry to be an alarmist, but I’ve read The masque of the red death, have you?

Signs and portents of the darkest nature for you E.O.D. believers.

A Spanish nurse who treated two missionaries for Ebola at a Madrid hospital has tested positive for the virus, Spain’s health minister said Monday.

It is the first known transmission of the current outbreak of the disease outside West Africa.

The female nurse was part of the medical team that treated priests Manuel García Viejo, who died on Sept. 26, and Miguel Pajares, who died Aug. 12, at the hospital Carlos III de Madrid.

The infection was confirmed by two separate tests, Health Minister Ana Mato said after an emergency meeting held Monday afternoon in Madrid.

According to El País newspaper, the woman checked herself Monday morning in a hospital in Alcorcón, a suburb southwest of Madrid, with a high fever. The identity of the woman, who according to El Pais is 44 years and has no children, has not been released.

Health officials quoted by the paper say 30 people are currently under surveillance, and it is still being determined who she has been in contact with.

Nobody apart from the woman is in quarantine at the moment.

They said the woman went on vacation after García Viejo’s death, but did not disclose the destination. She led a normal life in recent weeks and her only symptoms were a fever and fatigue, Antonio Alemany, Madrid director of primary health care, said in the news conference.

“We do not know yet what could have failed, we are investigating the mechanism of infection,” he said.

The World Health Organization confirmed there has not been a previous transmission outside West Africa in the current outbreak. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told The Associated Press that so far there have only been confirmed cases in West Africa and the United States, and no known transmission outside West Africa. The organization is awaiting official notification of the case from Spanish authorities.

Really? She’s dealing with ebola patients, they die, so even though she has a fever and feels exhausted, she thinks nothing of it and goes on vacation? Is this another case of terminal stupidity?  I’m sure anyone who met a middle aged Spanish lady on vacation this week is just about crawling up a wall right now. Nice of them to not tell people where she was.

I’m very proud of, and highly supportive of, those in the caring professions who are dealing with this disease. But I’m not in the least sorry to say, that, NO, you can’t come straight home, and NO, you aren’t going to have free movement for a month afterwards. The rest of us can’t afford the risk. They’re going to have to stay on Butterfly Island for a month. 


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a night at home, yay

I get to sleep in my own bed tonight, woo hoo.

And after a medical appointment of my own tomorrow, I’ll head back up there.

The family health situation is much better, but still not completely out of the woods yet. So more hospital visiting and home preparing on my part will be on the duty roster the next few days. But hey, bowling Friday, so I get the weekend off. I hope.

Meanwhile, I’m having a nice gin & tonic, then getting some sleep.


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calendar   Friday - October 03, 2014

Brain Dead Idiots


Taken by a news helicopter, this picture allegedly shows grounds keepers cleaning up the vomit left by Duncan, aka Ebola Patient #1 at his apartment complex. No protective gear, and a power washer that can blast infectious particles dozens of yards.

Follow the link.

We haven’t dealt with a real, actual, infectious disease since the polio scares of the 50s. People don’t understand. We need training. 


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State Of Flummox

Not sure where I’ll be the next week. Family health issues. I’ve got to compact all my weekend stuff into about 6 hours Saturday night, then I’m out of here to go visit and support for several days after that.  Not too much to worry about, so far the situation doesn’t look that bad. Have to take it a day at a time.


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calendar   Thursday - October 02, 2014

Today They Search For 100


USA Ebola Ground Zero: Thomas Eric Duncan

Health Officials Searching For 100 People Who Had Contact With Duncan

Public health officials in Texas acknowledged the possibility that someone else could contract Ebola, widening their search Thursday for 100 individuals possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S.

According to the Dallas County Health and Human Services, this group of 100 potential contacts were identified by the group of 12-18 people who first came into contact with the infected man, identified as Thomas Eric Duncan.

“It’s constantly evolving, people are going to get added, people are going to get dropped off,” Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erikka Neroes told “How many people will contract Ebola, we don’t know that. [There’s a] possibility someone may. We’re out there working to make sure [it’s] under control.”

Five schools in the Dallas Independent School District sent letters home with parents informing them that a student at the individual schools may have been in contact with the Ebola patient. The five students— none of whom showed symptoms— were told to stay at home away from school. The letters noted that “there is no imminent danger to your child.”

“The important thing is none of the people on any of the lists show any signs or symptoms of Ebola as of yet,” Neroes said. “We all know by now, you can’t catch Ebola without any contact with someone while they are symptomatic, according to the CDC.”

The family of Duncan is under orders to stay at home, in isolation for 21 days, the duration of the Ebola virus incubation period. If they have not become symptomatic after that time, they no longer have to remain in isolation, Neroes said. 

And how did all this happen? Duncan was in Liberia, helping move patients dying from Ebola (with his bare hands???). Then he got on a jet and came here. They’re all dead. He’s really sick now. Whatever airline it was, I personally will NEVER fly with them.

Duncan is originally from Monrovia, Liberia, according to his Facebook profile. He currently lives in Accra, Ghana.

Not even an American citizen.

He was visiting family in Dallas, Texas after contracting the disease while in Liberia just days ago.
While he lists Accra as his residence, it says he still lives in Monrovia.

Parents of a woman who has Ebola say that he had direct contact with her on September 15, just four days before he left Liberia for the United States. Duncan rode in a taxi to a hospital to help the woman, Marthalene Williams, 19, when she began showing symptoms of the disease. Duncan is described as a family friend. He then helped carry Williams back to the family home that evening.

“He was holding her by the legs, the pa was holding her arms and Sonny Boy was holding her back,” said Arren Seyou, 31, who witnessed what happens and lives next to Duncan. Sonny Boy, 21, started getting sick about a week ago, around the same time that Duncan started showing victims. Sonny Boy later died.

Duncan often told neighbors that his son lived in the U.S. and was trying to get him to America. Duncan worked as a driver at Safeway Cargo for the past year before quitting recently.

After arriving in the U.S., Duncan may have come into contact with five children from four different schools, according to the Dallas Independent School District.

Officials are also monitoring about 12 other people who may have been exposed, including some members of his family, and three members of the ambulance crew that took the man to the hospital.

They will be checked every day for 21 days, the disease’s incubation period.

“That’s how we’re going to break the chain of transmission, and that’s where our focus has to be,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday.

The CDC reminded the nation’s health care providers to ask patients with symptoms if they’ve traveled recently. The American College of Emergency Physicians planned to alert its members as well.

United Airlines said in a statement on Wednesday that the CDC told it that Duncan flew on United Flight 951 from Brussels to Dulles Airport near Washington, before boarding Flight 822 from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. A Belgian official says the man flew from Liberia to Brussels on Brussels Airlines.

But health officials say there is no risk of infection among other passengers because the man, Duncan, had no symptoms when he flew. He sought medical care Sept. 24 in Dallas.

Apparently Duncan went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa.

I know some ER staff that need to be shot, guilty of the crime of being too stupid to live.

Apparently Duncan went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa.

The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened.

The patient explained to a nurse last Thursday that he was visiting the U.S. from Africa, but that information was not widely shared, said Dr. Mark Lester, who works for the hospital’s parent company.

“Regretfully, that information was not fully communicated” throughout the medical team, Lester said. Instead, the man was diagnosed with a low-risk infection and sent home.

No, don’t shoot them. Burn them at the stake first.

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Wiki says Liberia is 85% Christian, 12.2% Muslim, and 0.5% animist. How frightening would it be to find out that this suddenly unemployed Liberian who had never been to the USA before, even though his family had been trying for years to get him to go, was ...


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calendar   Wednesday - October 01, 2014

And Over The Edge We Go, Again


Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the patient, now isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the information that the individual who tested positive had traveled to Liberia.
“We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them, and they tested positive for Ebola,” Frieden stated. “The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.” After the confirmation statement, Frieden went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it is a PCR test of blood.

As far as the medical condition of the infected patient, Frieden said that he “is critically ill at this point.”
After confirmation of the virus, the City of Dallas was put on Level 2: High Readiness. The city is now working closely with DCHHS and the CDC.

Nice try, but it’s already too late. Bring in the Army, and cordon off the city. Food gets in, but nothing and no one gets out. Yeah, right, like that’s even possible.

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area’s West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus.

The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said Tuesday. They would not reveal his nationality or age.

Authorities have begun tracking down family, friends and anyone else who may have come in close contact with him and could be at risk. Officials said there are no other suspected cases in Texas.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Director Tom Frieden said the man left Liberia on Sept. 19, arrived the next day to visit relatives and started feeling ill four or five days later. Frieden said it was not clear how the man became infected.

“I have no doubt that we’ll stop this in its tracks in the U.S. But I also have no doubt that — as long as the outbreak continues in Africa — we need to be on our guard,” Frieden said, adding that it was possible someone who has had contact with the man could develop Ebola in the coming weeks.

“But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here,” he said.

Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth, said the 10,000-strong Liberian population in North Texas is skeptical of the CDC’s assurances because Ebola has ravaged their country.

I have exactly ZERO faith that it will be stopped. The guy was out and about in the population for nearly a week before even going to a doctor. It will be a miracle if there aren’t 100 cases reported by two weeks from now. The evil genie is out of the bottle; the New Black Death is now here.


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calendar   Tuesday - September 23, 2014

tired now

I spent all morning at the dentist. Got a fair amount of necessary work done. Only two more trips next month and I’ll be done, and only need cleanings for a few years.

Now that most of the Novacaine has worn off, and my mouth no longer feels like it’s the size of a watermelon, I think I need a nap.

I was a good patient, calm and cooperative. But I so hate going to the dentist. Beats me why; my doctor is top notch. It just feels like volunteering for a bit of recreational torture. “Just a few lacerations today please, and how about we only dislocate one, no, call it two, joints. Thanks awfully.” Once I’m in the chair I’m fine. It’s getting there that’s hard to do.


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calendar   Thursday - September 18, 2014

Worry, It’s Not Malaria

National EV-D68 Epidemic?

Cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are exploding all across the country with nearly 20 states reporting dozens of cases. The outbreaks are growing so quickly that the Centers for Disease Control are lagging far behind announced cases.

On Wednesday the Washington Post reported that 16 states had reported cases of the respiratory illness. But only hours later, New Jersey also announced it had found some cases quickly bringing that number up to 17. Then Minnesota became the 18th state later that same day.

The outbreak has been growing since at least mid-August.

The CDC confirms that children are most susceptible to D68 because their immune systems are not yet developed enough to beat the virus.

Also, the CDC says children with asthma seem to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

There are currently no vaccines for D68 and doctors suggest that those at risk keep their hands clean, avoid touching their faces, avoid kissing and hugging, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as counters, tables, and even toys.

So far, cases of D68 have been seen in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health.

And “in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.
Enteroviruses are very common. The CDC estimates that 10 million to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. These viruses usually appear like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough.

Most people recover without any treatment. But Enterovirus D68 seems to be exacerbating breathing problems in children who have asthma.

In July and early August, doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta diagnosed 15 to 20 children a week with serious respiratory infections—a normal number for the summer months.

Then, pediatricians started to see more children who were having trouble breathing, more parents with worried looks on their faces.

Since school started, the hospital has seen an average of 100 cases a week.

“We are seeing a double to quadruple increase in the number of children with respiratory infections,” says Dr. Andi Shane, hospital epidemiologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Over at American Thinker, from a couple of weeks back, is a statement of the blindingly obvious:

The dire prediction is that in the coming weeks and months, Enterovirus EV-D68, origin unknown, is due to spread to all 50 states and afflict great numbers of otherwise healthy children.

Referring to borders between states, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said a mouthful when he pointed out that “Viruses don’t tend to respect borders.” The problem for America is that if international borders are not respected, viruses native to other countries migrate as well, and to date are being scattered around the nation, rather than deported.

What more potent a formula for disaster than “unaccompanied minors” with all sorts of contagious diseases coming across the border into our communities, and more specifically into our schools, where American children are now falling ill.

That’s why the obvious question is this: Where did Enterovirus EV-D68 originate and did it ‘entero’ the U.S. via illegal children?

Dr. Besser contended that enteroviruses tend to show up in the summer, which, this year, just so happens to coincide with thousands of unvaccinated and sickly illegal children infiltrating the U.S. border.

Besser also claimed the virus spreads when children go back to school. Unfortunately, what the good doctor chose not to mention is that viruses of unknown origin have more of an opportunity to spread if public schools are overrun with illegal students infected with God-knows-what.

Then Besser said, and this is a winner for sure, that “This particular Enterovirus EV-D68 is very rare and they have no idea why it showed up this year.”

If Dr. Richard Besser doesn’t suspect that the flood of children from south of the border are bringing with them all sorts of Third-World diseases and are likely the primary source of this and many other illnesses poised to become a problem, then maybe ABC News needs a new Chief Health and Medical Editor.

Prior to this break out, EV-D68 had not been seen in the USA since the early 1960s. Nearly 50 years ago. Sure does make you wonder.

Assuming ICE hasn’t accidentally crashed its hard drives, a la the IRS, or hired Hillary’s staff to purge their emails and documents too, it would be more than educational to see where all those buses, trains, and planes full of illegal kids got shipped to, and if there is any correlation with those locations and the EV-D68 outbreaks. Um, right. Who am I kidding? You know, and I know, and so does everyone else who is even only slightly honest (which rules out nearly all the government) that the correlation is nearly 100%.


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No Worries, It’s Only Malaria

Wow, what a world we live in. A ship from Africa arrives here full of sick sailors, the docs get to work, and the fear alleviating word goes out:

It’s Only Malaria


U.S. health officials were alerted to the situation Wednesday morning and a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would have U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Department of Health, and EMS crews on-hand to meet vessel near New Orleans and transport the ill crewmember to a local hospital for evaluation and care.

The CDC said that the vessel’s itinerary did include a recent call in Matadi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the chances of the crewmember having Ebola was thought to be exceedingly low. The CDC added that it will also be evaluating two other crewmembers reported to be showing minor symptoms of illness.

“The vessel’s itinerary did include Matadi, DRC, in addition to other ports, but there is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring,” according to the CDC.

The vessel is believed to be the Liberian-flagged MV Marine Phoenix. AIS data from MarineTraffic showed that the most recent port of call was in Panama.

CDC: No trace of ebola on NOLA bound ship

In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control stressed that crew members on a freighter inbound to New Orleans were suffering from malaria and show no traces of Ebola.

First responders who took those individuals to the hospital wore protective garb as a precaution, though health officials noted early on that it was extremely unlikely that Ebola was to blame for the sickness on the Marine Phoenix.

The ship remained at anchor in the Mississippi River near Belle Chasse. It was expected to continue its voyage to New Orleans early on Thursday.

statement from CDC: CDC, along with local and federal officials, responded today to a report of illness on a ship at the Port of New Orleans. Earlier today, local EMS transferred three of the ship’s crew members to a local hospital.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed a positive test result this evening for malaria in the patient being treated at a New Orleans-area hospital. DHH shared this information with CDC and local officials. The other two patients had mild symptoms and are being assessed. Another ill crew member disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago, where he was diagnosed with malaria and later died.

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and does not spread from person to person. Approximately 1,500-2,000 cases are reported every year in the United States, almost all in recent travelers.

The ship’s itinerary included Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in addition to other ports. Based on a hospital’s request, CDC conducted testing on the crew member who died, and the results showed that this crew member was negative for the type of Ebola that is causing the current outbreak in West Africa. Ebola is not suspected as a cause of the other crew members’ illnesses. No crew members had known exposures to Ebola.

Get used to seeing news reports like this. It’s going to get much worse before it gets better.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/18/2014 at 02:07 PM   
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