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Temporary (I hope) Zika Subsection
Ebola seems to be under control in North America. It has been displaced from the headlines, at least.
And now, here comes the Zika virus. Many of the same factors are at work again: International travel,
mosquitos, and primitive under-educated foreign cultures. The mosquitos would be easy enough to eliminate,
but the Liberal Left got DDT banned years ago, so mosquitos
the Burst Zika Bubble. Sometimes phenomena flare into public consciousness, crowd out other concerns, then
disappear. Only later we realize that judicious assessment of the evidence might have saved a great deal of
distress. There are disturbing clues that the Brazilian Zika scare might have been one such phenomenon, fueled by fear,
haste, and fallacious conclusions instead of scientific rigor.
in Africa: Rare birth defect on the rise in Angola. The cases have gone largely unreported, but an
internal World Health Organization report reviewed by Reuters concluded in April that two cases of a potentially dangerous
strain of Zika confirmed in early 2017, along with the microcephaly cases identified since then, provided "strong evidences"
of a Zika-linked microcephaly cluster in Angola.
long term global warming not to blame for Zika outbreak. A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was
likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new
study. A new research commentary suggests the earthquake left more people exposed to disease-carrying mosquitos, and
climate variability associated with the 2014-2016 El Niño event created more favorable mosquito breeding grounds.
Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall, combined with destruction of the region's infrastructure and a population influx
into large cities, likely caused the number of Zika cases to increase 12-fold in just three months, according to the study's
authors. The research was accepted for publication in GeoHealth, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
New York warns travelers about Zika virus.
Vacation season is here and so are the mosquitoes. Health officials are reminding New Yorkers to watch out for the Zika
virus when booking their trips because hundreds of locals have contracted the virus while traveling. Deputy Mayor
Edminia Palacios said that although the World Health Organization declared the Zika emergency over, the virus is still
circulating in parts of South America, Central America (including Mexico), and the Caribbean (including the Dominican
Republic and Puerto Rico).
The Editor says...
Technically, it is impossible to watch out for a virus.
largely spares U.S. as virus wreaks havoc worldwide. The Zika virus roared onto the scene last year as the
scourge of the summer, but it's slinking off the radar as 2017 dawns, having left far less devastation in the U.S. than
analysts had warned. Worldwide, the situation is still dire. Thousands of babies have been born with Zika-related
defects in Latin America, though only a few dozen babies have been born with defects in the U.S. Those are chiefly cases
in which the mothers or their partners are infected while traveling.
Zika virus will 'become
endemic,' CDC leader says. The nation's highest ranking infectious disease expert delivered some sobering news
on Zika to a Miami audience on Tuesday [10/25/2016], telling them that the mosquito-borne virus is more widespread than Florida
health officials have reported and that the rapid spread of pathogens such as Zika represents "the new normal" in an age of
global travel and trade, booming cities and climate change.
Zika virus to reach India and Africa, medical research charity warns. The Zika virus, which causes brain damage
in babies, is likely to spread to India and the continent of Africa, according to the director of the Wellcome Trust, a
medical charity deeply involved in research to try to limit the damage. "I think we can anticipate global spread," said
Jeremy Farrar, speaking to the Guardian alongside Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the chief executive officer of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation. "Given the [Aedes aegypti] mosquito's availability across the world, I think the spread will next be
across Asia and I think we really have to be prepared for it spreading in Africa. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't."
Democrats Block Zika Funding for Florida. Before adjourning for its August recess, Congress failed to approve
an emergency Zika-funding bill that would have provided $1.1 billion for Zika-related vaccines and research to local and
state health departments, and Medicaid programs. Senate Democrats blocked the bill because they say Senate Republicans
excluded funding for Planned Parenthood.
Zika-carrying mosquitoes are spreading through Miami Beach. More Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been captured in
Miami Beach, this time in a new neighborhood. The Florida Department of Agriculture said Saturday [10/1/2016] that it's
the sixth time Zika-bearing mosquitoes have been captured in Miami Beach. It was the first capture of Zika-carrying
mosquitoes in two weeks.
Australia and Taiwan issue travel advisories for Singapore as Zika cases rise. Countries including the U.K.,
Australia and Taiwan have issued travel advisories for tourists to Singapore after the city-state announced a further
increase in Zika cases. Singapore's Ministry of Health confirmed 15 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus on
Monday, bringing the total number of affected to 56. The new cases involved people who live or work in the Sims Drive and
Aljunied Crescent area, and were detected from testings of potentially infected persons, according to a government statement.
isn't govt. spending available Zika money? [asks] Sen. Grassley. Why aren't billions of dollar in
available tax money being used to fight Zika? That's what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. James
Lankford (R-Okla.) are asking the Obama Administration in a new letter. [...] The Senators say Health and Human Services has
been "slow to distribute" $589 million left over from the Ebola crisis. And they refer to a July letter previously
noting that government officials have authority to transfer and reprogram money to respond. They say there are more
than $20 billion in unobligated funds.
Dies From Zika-Related Paralysis in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico reported its first death on Friday from a paralyzing condition
that developed from a Zika infection as the U.S. territory fights an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus. The victim was a man
between 35 and 45 years old from the San Juan metro area who died from Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to state
epidemiologist Brenda Rivera. The condition can cause temporary paralysis and in rare instances, death.
neighborhood that is 'ground zero' in Zika battle protest insecticide spraying. Residents of the Wynwood
neighborhood, Zika's "ground zero" in Miami, have begun to organize against the aerial spraying of naled, an insecticide that
some consider even worse than the virus carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. "It has been banned in 22 countries on
grounds that it causes leukemia, pancreatic cancer, affects the neurological system as well as fetuses," said Judd Allison,
owner of the multi-use event venue known as ToeJam Backlot, about the insecticide that has been sprayed on that area of Miami
three times a week since last Aug. 4.
battle against Zika does not end with microcephaly. Researchers focused on seven babies whose mothers were
infected with Zika while pregnant. Six of the seven developed microcephaly — the most widely publicized
birth defect from Zika — but six also had trouble swallowing, six had clubfoot, five had eye abnormalities, and
two needed breathing and feeding tubes. Notably, all of the babies were born with dislocated hips, a symptom of an
extremely rare joint disorder clinically described as arthrogryposis. The condition causes limited joint function in
children which can result in these dislocations, or "locked" limbs. Often, children with the condition have muscles
around the affected joints that are thin or weak, or missing altogether.
$49,577,386 That Could Have Gone to Zika Relief. The National Institutes of Health has spent more on exercise
programs for refugees, anti-tobacco video games, weight-loss programs for truckers, and studies on gay hook up apps than it
has to fight the Zika virus. The Department of Health and Human Services is warning that its funding to fight the Zika
virus in the United States will be exhausted by September, sending a letter to Congress this week saying "additional funding
is needed." HHS has so far received $374 million for domestic Zika relief, including $47 million specifically
for the NIH. However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $49,577,386 worth of questionable NIH studies since the
Zika epidemic began in the beginning of 2015.
is 'the earliest we'll have a Zika vaccine': NIH doc. The nation's top infectious-disease doc said he wouldn't
allow his own daughters to go to Brazil, for fear of the fast-spreading Zika virus. NIH director Dr. Anthony
Fauci told "The Cats Roundtable," in an interview aired Sunday on AM 970, that he would fear for his three young adult
daughters. "I have three daughters. If they might be pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, I wouldn't let them
go," he said, when asked by the host how he'd react to his family wanting to go to the Olympics in Brazil.
US service members, 1 pregnant woman, have contracted Zika overseas. At least 41 American service members,
including one pregnant woman, have been diagnosed with the Zika virus while on active duty overseas, a Pentagon spokesperson
told Fox News Wednesday [8/3/2016]. The Pentagon said that seven family members of those servicemen and women also have
contracted the virus, which usually leads to mild symptoms, but can cause severe birth defects in children and has been
linked to paralysis. The Pentagon told Fox News that all of the troops contracted Zika overseas, and are being treated
at undisclosed locations, citing privacy concerns.
Cornyn Press Obama for Answers on Unspent Zika Money. The entire Texas Republican delegation in Congress signed
a letter to President Barack Obama Friday, asking for answers on hundreds of millions in unspent money to fight the mosquito-borne
Zika virus. The administration pledged in April to spend $589 million from unused Ebola funds for Zika. However,
only about $180 million of that was obligated, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Zika Babies Born In California With Microcephaly. Two of 21 California women with confirmed cases of Zika virus
have delivered babies with the birth defect microcephaly in connection with the Zika infection. Both women contracted
Zika "after spending time in a country where the virus is endemic," according to the California Department of Public Health
(CDPH). Mosquitos with the ability to carry the virus have been discovered in 12 California counties, but as of yet there is
no evidence to suggest that the virus has been transmitted from these mosquitos to humans in California.
Francisco reports 10 cases of Zika virus. Health officials in California confirmed two new cases of Zika virus
this week, bringing the state's total number of cases to 10. All patients, said to be located in San Francisco, contracted
the virus while traveling outside of the United States. The Department of Public Health said that there is no risk to the public,
and Zika is not circulating in San Francisco, the Bay Area or California. The San Francisco Health Department said it will not
provide any additional details on the local cases to protect patient privacy.
Approves Mutant Mosquito Experiment In Florida Keys. US officials concluded a field test in the Florida Keys of
mutant mosquitoes engineered to kill off their disease carrying kin wouldn't harm the environment. Florida officials
still need to approve the experiment on an isolated island.
Doc: Microcephaly just 'tip
of the iceberg' with Zika. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Tom Frieden said last week that
mosquito-control efforts in Miami's Wynwood arts district where 15 people have been infected are not producing the results officials
had hoped for, suggesting the insects may be resistant to the insecticides being used. Across the country, the California Department
of Public Health reported that two babies have been born with Zika-related microcephaly to mothers who acquired the infection outside of
the United States, serving as a stark reminder that the virus can do more than cause flu-like symptoms.
Mosquitoes May Be Resistant to Insecticides Used in Miami Zika Area. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention distributed $16 million to 40 state health departments today to detect and track the worst effects of the
spreading Zika virus, including microcephaly in newborn babies. That came a day after the agency issued guidance for a
section of Miami where the mosquito-borne disease began transmission on U.S. soil. CDC said the grants "are a stopgap
diverted from other public health resources until Zika funds are provided by Congress." Congress is on recess until Labor
Day. There is no vaccine for the virus, and it can be spread by sexual contact as well as through mosquito bites.
historic travel warning over Miami Zika outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an
unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north
of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. This is the first time the CDC has warned people not to travel
to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease, according to agency spokesman Tom Skinner. The
warning came after 10 additional people in Florida were found to have been infected with Zika virus after being bitten by
local mosquitoes, bringing the total to 14.
35 Facts (and Controversies)
About Zika. [#1] On July 29, CDC reported the first"likely" Zika cases possibly transmitted by mosquitoes
within the continental U.S. Zika has been brought into the U.S. by those who travelled to Zika-infested countries.
These infected travelers are bitten by mosquitoes upon their arrival in the U.S. during a short infectious period, then Zika
spreads to U.S. mosquitoes and residents. [#2] At least 1,657 travelers infected with Zika have come into the
continental U.S. as of July 27, which is why CDC expected Zika to eventually become a locally-transmitted disease.
[#3] The largest number of Zika cases are in New York (449), Florida (307), California (87) and Texas (76).
American woman gives birth to baby with Zika-caused microcephaly in Texas becoming the FIFTH case in the U.S..
A Latin American woman has given birth to a child with Zika-caused microcephaly in Texas, health officials have said.
The child was born in Harris County, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, to a mother who had traveled
to America from across the southern border. The woman, who has not been identified, was infected overseas but neither
she nor her child are believed to be infectious and officials say there is no risk to the public.
Still Blocking Anti-Zika Bill Over Planned Parenthood Funding and EPA Restrictions. As Congress prepares for
its summer recess, a Republican bill that would provide $1.1 billion in funding to fight the Zika virus continues to be held
up by Democrats, largely because it prohibits further taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and would allow for the
application of federally approved pesticides that would kill the mosquitoes that cause the Zika virus. Florida U.S.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R) writes in an op-ed at the Palm Beach Post that Democrats are blaming Republicans for the
failure of the Zika funding bill in order to advance their radical pro-abortion and environmental agendas.
Jordan Spieth drops out of Rio over 'health' concerns. Jordan Spieth withdrew from the Olympics on Monday [7/11/2016], leaving golf
without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904. The decision was announced by International
Golf Federation President Peter Dawson.
Patient Becomes First Zika-Related Death In Continental U.S.. A patient in Utah has become the first Zika-related death in the
continental U.S., officials announced Friday. The elderly victim, who has not been identified, died in late June after traveling to a
part of the world where Zika is known to be transmitted, the Salt Lake County Health Department said in a statement.
urges aerial spraying amid jump in Puerto Rico Zika cases. As many as 50 pregnant women in Puerto Rico are
becoming infected with Zika every day, top U.S. health officials said Wednesday as they urged the U.S. territory to strongly
consider aerial spraying to prevent further spread of the mosquito-borne virus.
Fears grow Zika virus could act like STD. The Zika virus, the mosquito-born disease that has spread rapidly
through South America to the United States, has been known to be transmitted at least on occasion through sex. In May,
health officials began urging women who have been in areas hit by the virus to take precautions with their sexual partners
and wait longer to conceive.
Try To Play Politics With Zika, And It Backfires. "It's a mockery of how Congress should treat an emergency," Senate
Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., complained Wednesday [6/29/2016]. Reid is certainly right about that. The emergency funds
are supposed to go to help develop a vaccine, provide mosquito control and fund other Zika prevention efforts before the virus spreads
into the U.S. The amount of money wasn't the issue. Although it was less than the White House request, Democrats were
content with the $1.1 billion price tag. What they couldn't stomach were the "poison pills."
Dems Block $1.1 Billion Funding to Combat Zika Virus. Citing recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
statistics — including 700 new cases of Zika in U.S. last week, all travel-related, Reid noted, "Four-hundred and
eighty-one pregnant women have tested positive for the virus in the United States. Eight pregnancies in the U.S. have
resulted in severe birth defects because of Zika.
The Editor says...
Did you catch that? All 700 new cases of Zika are travel-related. Here are two solutions that won't cost a billion
dollars: [#1] DDT. [#2] Prohibit airline travel to the U.S. from Central America. If you like Central
America so much, stay there!
woman gives birth to Zika baby in Florida after coming to America for medical treatment. A baby has been born in Florida with
defects caused by the Zika virus after its mother traveled to the U.S. from Haiti to give birth. The mother — who has not been
identified — contracted Zika abroad before entering the country, officials said. The child was born with microcephaly, a
condition that causes babies to be born with shrunken heads and often leads to developmental issues.
Pushes Congress on Zika Money, but Questions Loom on Administration's Response. Even as Congress seems to be
moving closer to a resolution on funding a means to stop the spread of the Zika virus, the Obama administration is demanding
more immediate action. Yet, some critics say it is the administration, including President Barack Obama and Health and
Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, that have failed to act strongly and is allocating disproportionate resources
internationally when about 2,000 Zika cases have been reported in the United States.
The Editor says...
President Barack H. Obama wants to spend two billion dollars on a problem that has affected only two thousand people. For
those of you who attended public schools, that's a million dollars per affected person.
Zika and your tax dollars.
As of the publication of this article, there have been no cases of U.S. transmitted Zika virus. But federal officials
say there will eventually be a U.S. outbreak started by arrivals from other countries, and the Obama administration has asked
for $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight it. [...] Is it possible to redirect money that's already sitting around?
Or are new tax dollars needed?
At Least 234 Pregnant Women in US Infected
With Zika: CDC. Three infants in U.S. states have been born with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new report by the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three other pregnancies ended in miscarriage, with the fetuses showing signs of birth defects
associated with the mosquito-borne virus, the CDC reported on Thursday. Officials are now reporting on these births weekly as the Zika virus
continues to spread across the globe.
to Zika is obvious: Bring back DDT. The Zika virus outbreak makes it clearer than ever: It's time
to end the ban on DDT — a ban that was never sensible in the first place, but now is downright unjustifiable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Zika has infected nearly 300 pregnant women in the United States,
putting their babies at risk for a devastating birth defect. This summer, as many as 40 million Americans will visit
regions where carrier mosquitoes thrive, including large swaths of the South. There's also a moderate risk of Zika-carrying
bugs in New York City, and parts of the city offer Zika mosquitoes the perfect conditions in which to thrive.
NBC staffers refuse to travel to Brazil for Olympic coverage over Zika virus fears. This could quickly go from a simple itch to
something far worse. Some NBC employees are refusing to travel to Rio de Janeiro to work on the network's Olympic broadcast this summer,
fearing that they could become infected with the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus. "It's very simple," an NBC staffer told The Daily
News. "I have a family. I have small children and for me, at least, the trip seems too risky. I might want to get pregnant
soon." The staffer is one of a "handful" of NBC staffers who are opting not to travel to Brazil, network sources confirmed —
declining to provide specific numbers.
military service members have been infected with the Zika virus since January reveals the Pentagon. At least
eleven U.S. military service members have been infected with the Zika virus since January, according to the Pentagon. A
health report published on Friday [6/3/2016] revealed that Zika has infected four Army soldiers, three Airmen, a Marine and three
members of the Coast Guard, reports USA Today. Additionally, four dependents of service members, which can include
children or spouses, and two retirees were infected.
mom flew to U.S. to give birth. The Honduran mother who delivered what is believed to be the first baby to be
born with a Zika virus-related condition in the New York tri-state area flew to America to specifically seek treatment.
In an interview with Fox News Latino, the young mother whose name has not been released publicly, explained that her initial
symptoms were 'underestimated' by medical doctors in her native land. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimated in February that it will cost at least $1million to treat a baby with Zika throughout their lifetime.
baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly in New York tri-state area. Doctors at Hackensack University Medical
Center in New Jersey confirmed Tuesday the birth of a child suffering from Zika-linked microcephaly, a condition wherein the
child's brain and head are partially developed. The mother, who is 31 but whose name was not disclosed, contracted the
Zika virus while in Honduras and was admitted to the emergency room at Hackensack on Friday [5/27/2016] while vacationing in
the United States.
Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN's Green Climate Fund. Last week, the Senate passed legislation to address
and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. However, the Senate failed to pay for it, and instead approved a $1.1 billion
"emergency" spending supplemental bill that is not subject to the budgetary caps that were agreed to last year. While
congressional inattention to the budget crisis is inexcusable, it is even more disturbing that the Obama administration
already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but chose not to.
says 157 pregnant women in US test positive for Zika. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus
is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant women
had both Zika symptoms and positive blood tests. In a change announced Friday [5/20/2016], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
count will include all women who tested positive, regardless of symptoms.
Zika money, but Obama, Rubio say it's not enough. A Senate vote Tuesday [5/17/2016] to provide $1.1 billion
in emergency Zika funding won't stop the fight in Washington. It's not enough, say some of Florida's lawmakers, where
the virus has already infected 112 people. President Barack Obama's top aides advised him to veto a pending House
of Representatives bill that would provide even less money. And the White House press secretary pressured Florida
Republicans to push their party's lawmakers to help fund Obama's full $1.9 billion request.
Control Experts Say EPA Regs Hamper Efforts to Fight Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes. Members of the American Mosquito
Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday [5/10/2016] to request the help of Congress in combatting the
Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes.
sending 1 million condoms to Puerto Rico in Zika fight. New York City is sending a million condoms to Puerto
Rico for Zika prevention efforts. [...] Officials say Puerto Rico has 474 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus.
That's more than any other state or territory in the United States.
The Editor says...
Condoms are not effective weapons against mosquitos. DDT is the most effective weapon available, and it is the
one solution everybody is afraid to suggest.
Modified Mosquitoes Could End Disease Transmission. Mosquitoes are responsible for the sickness and death of
millions of people around the world each year, making them one of the most dangerous species on Earth, but some scientists
are now saying they may have found a novel way of eradicating one commonly found type of mosquito: the introduction of a
genetically modified mosquito. Field trials in Brazil are using a genetically modified form of the A. aegypti mosquito,
a species that is responsible for spreading dangerous diseases — including malaria, dengue, and zika —
in an attempt to wipe out the dangerous insect. Oxitec, a biotech company that specializes in insect control, has
developed a mosquito that produces males whose offspring die in the larvae stage, reducing the target mosquito population by
more than 90 percent.
US health experts confirm that Zika causes birth
defects. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth
defects, including microcephaly. Hundreds of babies were born in Brazil last year with microcephaly, a syndrome where children
are born with unusually small heads. The defects coincided with a spike in Zika infections, leading experts to suspect the
Officials Say Mosquitoes that Spread Zika Now in 30 States. Federal health officials said in a joint conference
today the mosquitoes species that spread the Zika virus are now in 30 states. This is more than double the 12 states
they had been found previously. With mosquito season coming, they stressed the immediate importance of prevention and
research. Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told
reporters that the range of the Aedes mosquito species which can spread the virus is far larger than previously thought and
the disease's effects are more damaging than initial medical studies suggested.
say Zika virus 'scarier than we initially thought'. Federal health officials say the Zika virus is a much
bigger problem than they first imagined, and put out an urgent call on Monday for Congress to approve nearly $2 billion in
new spending to fight it. "We are quite concerned about Puerto Rico, where the virus is spreading throughout the island"
and where hundreds of thousands of cases could emerge, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, said at the White House. "Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier
than we initially thought," Schuchat added.
'hysteria' is way ahead of research into virus, says expert. One of the world's leading virologists has warned against
public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly on prevention of infectious
diseases rather than finding a cure for specific outbreaks. Leslie Lobel, an Israeli physician who has worked with the US
military and the Uganda Virus Research Institute to try to find a vaccine for Ebola, believes public panic over epidemics can cause
more damage than the diseases themselves.
Farmers Thwart Tropical Disease Eradication Efforts. The Associated Press reports organic farmers are thwarting
efforts to stem an outbreak of Dengue fever that has already infected more than 260 people on the big island, and to prevent
an outbreak of Zika, by preventing public health officials from spraying pesticides to eradicate disease carrying mosquitos
on their properties or near their crops[.] Global health officials have identified mosquito eradication as the key to
curtailing the Zika outbreak that has taken hold in a number South American countries, as well as preventing it from taking
hold in other areas where the disease bearing mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is endemic. "Any place a dengue outbreak can
occur, a Zika outbreak could occur," Lyle Peterson, MD, MPH, director of CDC's division of vector-borne diseases, said in an
interview with The Associated Press.
When Obama Scolded Cuomo Over Ebola? "More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the
curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," said Barack Obama during an online
commencement address to graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in mid-May. Obama was
referring to the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 business. Obama's claim then, and has been ever since,
that the Trump administration has been encouraging Americans to do "what feels good, what's convenient, what's easy" rather
than imposing a draconian nationwide lockdown. In fall 2014, however, it was Obama who was scolding America's
governors, Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo most notably, for being too restrictive in their handling of the Ebola
outbreak. Not surprisingly, the media took Obama's side. During his famously "scandal-free" eight years, just
about every move Obama made was the right one. Democrat or not, if he tangled with Obama, even Cuomo was wrong.
Ebola virus kills doctors, infects others. The South American country has received international support to
identify the disease, allegedly caused by a virus that would have infected at least five other people. Bolivia has
activated its sanitary protocols after several people fell ill in that country due to a still unknown disease. At least
five suspected cases of infection are reported for what is presumed to be a virus, which caused the death of a doctor a
little less than a month ago.
Medical Professional: Migrants Quarantined with Unknown Disease. A medical professional on the border in
Texas told Big League Politics that the crisis is reaching fever pitch, with three individuals now quarantined at a
privately-owned hospital in El Paso with an unknown disease. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
not even been able to identify the disease the three migrants have, as the military guards the quarantine area. "There
were some Congolese people caught crossing the border, it was suspected they had Ebola. In one facility there are three
patients being held because they don't know what they have. The CDC have been here to assess them. They are
isolated, they only have certain specialists who can see them," the medical professional tells Big League Politics.
"We've had an outbreak of mumps over here." "What scares me is what happens if we someone come over here with Ebola.
We only need one person, and there's a pandemic."
border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola. Eastern Congo has battled the Ebola outbreak since last
August and last week the disease spread to Uganda, where two people died of the hemorrhagic fever. "This border is very
porous," said James Mwanga, a Ugandan police officer in charge of the Mpondwe border post.
Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers of Illegal Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Countries. Some U.S. cities
are becoming overwhelmed with the number of illegal African migrants arriving from Ebola-stricken countries, with Portland
Maine complaining that they are beyond capacity. Large groups of migrants are arriving from the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, which has been hit by one of the biggest ebola outbreaks in history, with 2,000 recorded cases in the last 10 months.
cases explode in Congo. In Congo, the ebola epidemic is back. Axios has a disturbing chart showing a
sharp arc upward based on Congolese government data. Total cases have gone to from virtually nothing last August to
2,031 now — and the data suggest that the trend has not peaked. That's news, because right now, Congolese
migrants have begun crossing our unguarded southern border in large numbers.
in 4 people near Congo's Ebola outbreak believe virus isn't real, new study says. A quarter of people
interviewed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo last year during the ongoing Ebola outbreak believed the deadly
virus wasn't real, according to a new study. A survey was conducted last September, one month after the country
declared its 10th outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. Researchers interviewed 961 adults in the cities of Beni and
Butembo in the North Kivu province, which is at the epicenter of the active outbreak. More than 25 percent of
respondents said they believed rumors Ebola doesn't exist.
against Congo's Ebola treatment centers threaten gains. Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo
threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World
Health Organization said Thursday [3/14/2019] as a fourth assault on a health center was reported.
100 children dead as world's 2nd-largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 800 cases. The second-largest,
second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has claimed the lives of nearly 100 children. At least 97 children, 65 of
whom were younger than 5 years old, have died from Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since
the outbreak was declared there Aug. 1, according to a press release from Save the Children, a charity supporting the fight
against the current epidemic.
urged to send experts to Congo as Ebola crisis worsens. Global health experts are urging the Trump
administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists — "some of the world's most experienced" —
to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, and the worst ever for
Congo. The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away from the region because of State Department
security concerns. Two top medical journals this week have published commentaries calling on the U.S. to change its
mind and send them back where they are sorely needed.
Possibly related: Rat-spread
Lassa virus that causes uncontrolled bleeding kills over 100 in Nigeria. A major study into a potentially fatal
virus that can cause uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth, nose or vagina has pinned the blame on disease-carrying
rats. Experts have been looking at the reason for an "unusual" spike in Lassa fever cases in Nigeria, which saw more
than 140 people die at the start of this year.
rebels kill 13, abduct children at Ebola treatment center. Congolese rebels killed 13 civilians and abducted a
dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo's military said Sunday [10/21/2018], as
the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts.
experts pulled from Congo amid ongoing outbreak. Personnel from the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention who have been stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help control the ongoing Ebola outbreak have been
pulled back from the worst impacted areas due to safety concerns, a US government official familiar with the situation told
CNN Monday [10/15/2018]. "They are not in any hot spots," the official said. Since this most recent outbreak began
on August 1, there have been 211 cases of Ebola, including 135 deaths as of Sunday [10/14/2018], WHO
spokesman Tarik Jasarevic confirmed.
Congo Ebola Outbreak Nears
'Tipping Point' as Death Toll Hits 125. An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening to
spiral out of control as overstretched health workers contend with armed rebels and a distrustful local population.
Authorities have recorded 200 total cases and 125 deaths since the outbreak began Aug. 1 in the northeastern part
of the country, according to World Health Organization figures released Friday [10/12/2018].
officials contain Ebola's spread in the Congo. Health officials have finished tracking down every person in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo who was at risk for becoming infected with Ebola, the World Health Organization announced
Friday [7/6/2018]. Medical teams in the Congo followed up with more than 20,000 people as of June 27 to make
sure they safely made it out of the 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms of the illness, which can be deadly.
DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka
city. The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the
disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city
of a million about 130 km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation
hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and
23 deaths are being investigated.
Ebola outbreak causes fatalities as disease enters 'new phase'. A new case of the deadly virus Ebola has been detected
in city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a city in the north-west of the country with a population of around 1 million
people. The country's Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga stated late on Wednesday [5/16/2018] that the nation's Ebola outbreak
had now entered a "new phase". The latest outbreak is believed to have killed 23 people so far in the country.
survivors in Liberia demand prosecutions for fraud and corruption that cost lives. Faith Sayeh blamed the Red
Cross for the death of her husband and two children during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives [in
Monrovia]. "I lost my husband and two sons because there were no health workers to give them treatment," the teary-eyed
widow said. "It pains me a lot that people were dying every day not because there was no money but because the money
that was meant to hire more health workers went to individuals' pockets."
outbreak in Central Africa, officials scramble to control virus' spread. Global health officials are monitoring
a possible resurgence of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid reports of an outbreak of the feared
contagion near the country's northern border. Public health officials in the DRC have reported at least 43 cases
of suspected Ebola and four deaths. While only two of the cases have been positively confirmed in a laboratory to be
Ebola, experts at the World Health Organization and the United States' Center for Disease Control and Prevention are closely
monitoring the situation and teams are already in the isolated region in an attempt to contain the outbreak.
Ends Obama's African Ebola Amnesty. In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack
Obama's many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola
virus a few years ago. The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration's broad executive order
protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming. Launched in 2014, the
Ebola reprieve was issued separately — and quietly — via a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian
program that's supposed to be short-term. Under the plan, the administration designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for
TPS for 18 months. That's how it always starts — for a short period of time then it grows into years.
Before you know it, illegal aliens who benefit from TPS for humanitarian reasons are legal residents enjoying all the generous
perks — free education, food stamps, medical care etc. — that Uncle Sam has to offer.
Do Leftists Hate America? Remember when leftists cheered Obama for allowing people from Ebola-infected
countries into the U.S.? Finally, pressure from the American people forced Obama to invoke a commonsense travel
ban. Still, leftists accused Americans of being racist [villains] for desiring to keep the deadly disease out of
our country. Why?
Illegally Dispensed $60 Mil to Combat African Ebola Crisis, Money Keeps Flowing. In its crusade to tackle the
Ebola crisis in Africa the Obama administration violated its own laws by frantically doling out tens of millions of dollars
to leftist groups that claimed they could help control the virus from spreading in the continent's western region. Congress
dedicated a breathtaking $2.5 billion to deal with Africa's Ebola crisis but the funds came with rules to keep the allocation
process in check and they were repeatedly violated, according to a federal audit made public this month. At least
$60 million was fraudulently dispersed to nongovernmental organizations and other efforts without the proper steps to
assure the American taxpayer funds were going to valid groups and causes.
Ebola nurse 'concealed temperature' on return from Sierra Leone: media. A Scottish nurse who contracted then
recovered from Ebola is facing disciplinary action over allegations she concealed her temperature on her return from Sierra
Leone, according to charges from a nursing watchdog seen by British media. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, contracted Ebola in
December 2014 when she was working in a treatment facility in Sierra Leone at the height of the epidemic which swept through
Hasn't Disease Wiped out the Human Race? "You'll tell us when you're worried, right?" That was the
question posed to me countless times at the height of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. As an infectious disease
physician, I was interviewed on outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Fox News about the dangers of the virus, and the answer I gave
was always the same: "Ebola is a deadly, scary disease, but it is not that contagious. It will not find the U.S.
or other industrialized nations hospitable." In other words, no, I wasn't worried — and not because I have a
rosy outlook on infectious diseases. I'm well-aware of the damage these diseases are causing around the world:
HIV, malaria, tuberculosis; the influenza pandemic that took the world by surprise in 2009; the anti-vaccine movement bumping
cases of measles to an all-time post-vaccine-era high; antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatening to collapse the entire structure
of modern medicine — all these, like Ebola, are continuously placing an enormous number of lives at risk.
Ebola Hiding in the Eyes of Survivors? Ian Crozier was treating Ebola patients in Kenema, Sierra Leone, when he
contracted the virus in September 2014. Often considered the sickest person to ever survive Ebola, Crozier was evacuated to
Emory University hospital, where he spent 40 days in an isolation unit, much of it in a coma. After he was released,
the virus left him with severe joint and back pain, hearing and memory loss, and extreme fatigue.
During Outbreak, DHS Admitted 'Diplomats, UN Workers, U.S. Gov't Employees' from Ebola-Affected Countries Without Screening. A recent
oversight report by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general found that during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, "Diplomats, United Nations
workers, U.S. Government employees, or other dignitaries were not thoroughly scrutinized or were incorrectly assumed to be exempt from Ebola screening"
by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The DHS Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) Audit Division confirmed to CNSNews.com via email that
some of these dignitaries "were allowed back into the US from Ebola-affected countries without screening."
officials in Liberia monitor 153 people after Ebola re-emerges. Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance for Ebola
after three new cases emerged in the West African nation this past week, months after it had twice before been declared free of the disease.
World Health Organizations (WHO) investigators were working to unlock the mystery of how a new cluster of cases emerged in Monrovia because there
was no evidence yet of the usual factors, such as contact with a person suffering from Ebola, handling remains of an Ebola victim or traveling to
a region where the virus is prevalent, said Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for WHO.
Bad Government Thrives on Our Irrational
Fears. [Scroll down] I got into an argument about that with the hosts of the Fox show "Outnumbered," which pits one man
against four women in debate. The "Outnumbered" hosts are not the usual silly socialist media alarmists. They often report on the
harm big government does. But last summer, with government warning about Ebola being an "incredibly transmissible" disease and media
shrieking, "Are hospitals ready?" all four women were alarmed. They wanted government to do something. Quarantine?
Ban flights from Africa? Hire more doctors? Government must do something! [...] I told the TV hosts that I believed more
Americans would be killed by deer than Ebola. They laughed at me, but I was serious, and in fact, that year only one American
died from Ebola, but almost 200 were killed by deer (most from their cars colliding with deer).
quarantined over Ebola fears sues Gov. Chris Christie. The health care worker who sharply criticized being
quarantined at a New Jersey hospital last year because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa said in a lawsuit
filed Thursday [10/22/2015] that Gov. Chris Christie and the state health department illegally held her against her will.
So much for using a transfusion from an Ebola survivor as a treatment. British
nurse who contracted Ebola is in 'serious condition' after contracting the virus AGAIN. The family and friends
of a British nurse who contracted Ebola last Christmas will have to be tested for the deadly virus after she fell gravely ill
for the second time today [10/9/2015]. [...] Her second bout of Ebola came ten days after she received a Pride of Britain award
from Lenny Henry and Carol Vorderman and met Samantha Cameron in Downing Street the following day. Miss Cafferkey is now
back in the isolation unit where she spent a month and became critically ill after being diagnosed with Ebola last December.
Remember Ebola? For several
weeks last fall, America was on high-alert as the largest outbreak in the history of Ebola hit West Africa, leading to
four cases of infection here in the States. [...] The head of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, insisted that Ebola couldn't come to
America. And it did. Frieden then insisted that Ebola could not possibly spread in America. And it did.
Frieden then dissembled, in a serial manner, about quarantines, travel bans, and the disease's modes of transmission.
The Ebola Gamble: How Public
Health Authorities Put Reassurance Before Protection. here was a peculiar moment during a
news segment last fall, at the height of the Ebola scare in the United States, between the nation's two
most recognizable medical figures. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's household-name medical correspondent, was
standing next to Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in front
of CDC headquarters in Atlanta on October 1. Frieden assures Gupta that if one of them had
Ebola, the other would be at no risk of infection: "It's not like the flu, not like the common
cold. It requires direct physical contact." A CNN anchor interjects: "But if he sneezes
on you, it's a different story."
Ebola Could Be Back.
Just about a year ago, an outbreak of the deadly disease started jumping borders. Just about everybody
freaked out. Only a handful of cases made it to American shores. And, mostly what people worried
about sounded more like the stuff out of a Hollywood movie. Still, there were legitimate concerns.
What was scarier was a White House response that was slow and wrong-headed. Not much of a confidence
builder for folks worried about mass death.
doctors blame UN for delayed Ebola response. The medical organization that sounded the
first alarm about the deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa last year has once again blasted
the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) for refusing to recognize the epidemic's
magnitude, downplaying its rapid spread, and failing to take the lead in the battle against the
disease even after it was well under way.
Americans [who were] Possibly Exposed to Ebola [are] Returning to [the] US. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is bringing back 10 additional Americans from Sierra
Leone who were possibly exposed to Ebola. None of the 10 people are sick, the CDC said today
[3/14/2015], but they all had contact with an American who tested positive for Ebola and was admitted
to the National Institutes of Health earlier this week.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Out at NBC News. NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving the network.
Snyderman announced today [3/12/2015] that she is leaving NBC News to take a faculty position at a medical
school. Snyderman made headlines last year when she violated her quarantine after possible exposure
to Ebola. She apologized on the "Today" show after a prolonged absence from the network.
Free of Ebola but not fear.
The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting
the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
She says the hospital and its parent company, Texas Health Resources, failed her and her colleagues
who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola.
Surprising Allegations in Ebola Nurse Nina Pham's Lawsuit. The Dallas nurse who
survived Ebola after catching it from her patient last fall may have smiled for the cameras during
the harrowing ordeal, but now she's saying the hospital put its reputation above her needs. Nina
Pham, a 26-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, caught Ebola from her
patient, Liberian native Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from the disease. Although Pham became
the face of the hospital's public relations campaign after the hospital turned into "a ghost town,"
she sued its parent company, Texas Health Resources, today [3/2/2015] in Dallas. She did not
specify the damages she's seeking.
Lie of the Year of 2014 falls apart only two months later. In October, the columnist
George Will directly contradicted the president and a variety of federal health officials when he
insisted that the African hemorrhagic fever Ebola could spread via fluids expectorated as a result
of a cough or a sneeze. The president's honor had been called into question, an offense that Rudy
Giuliani recently discovered the press simply cannot countenance. Even despite the fact that a
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poster backed up Will's warning, PolitiFact dubbed his
and other alleged exaggerations of the threat posed by Ebola as their LOTY.
attack Ebola facility, health workers in Guinea. Crowds destroyed an Ebola facility
and attacked health workers in central Guinea on rumors that the Red Cross was planning to disinfect
a school, a government spokesman said on Saturday [2/14/2015]. Red Cross teams in Guinea have been attacked
on average 10 times a month over the past year, the organization said this week, warning that the
violence was hampering efforts to contain the disease.
Nancy "I Want Soup" Snyderman Lectures Us About Public Health. As you probably recall,
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, traveled to Liberia last year, where she was
in contact with a freelance photographer who had been exposed to Ebola. When she returned to New
Jersey, she was quarantined for 21 days... well, that is, until she was spotted outside a restaurant,
getting herself some soup.
Ebola fades, questions arise over billions in US aid. Aid officials say a surge of
international support since last fall has helped contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but as
U.S.-built clinics sit dormant amid a fading health crisis, the question remains: what happens to
the billions of dollars' worth of U.S. resources committed to the region?
half [of] $2.9 [billion in] Ebola money reached affected countries — UN study.
Almost $2.9 [billion] (£1.92 [billion]) was pledged by the end of 2014 in donations to
fight west Africa's Ebola epidemic, yet only about 40% had actually reached affected countries, researchers
have said. A study by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that tracked
international donations showed barely $1.09 [billion] had reached the worst affected countries by
the end of last year, they said.
Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades. Near the
hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit
atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new
containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television. There's only one
thing missing from this state-of-the-art Ebola treatment center: Ebola patients.
The CDC's Severe
Case of Mission Confusion. With flu raging through 46 states, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention is taking center stage, advising the public and physicians. How much can you
believe? Until last year, polls showed the CDC was the most trusted federal agency. But then
the CDC bungled its response to Ebola. That was a wake up call, because the CDC has been fumbling
its most important jobs for several years. The agency has a severe case of mission confusion.
UK Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey 'in critical condition'.
A British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is now in a critical
condition, the London hospital treating her has said. The Royal Free Hospital said it was "sorry
to announce that the condition of Pauline Cafferkey has gradually deteriorated over the past two
days". Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, was given an experimental anti-viral drug and
blood from disease survivors.
of Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Might Be Bats, Study Says. The toddler in Guinea who
is thought to have been the first case in the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may have
caught the virus from bats in a hollow tree near his village, scientists said Tuesday [12/30/2014].
A study, led by scientists from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and published online by the journal
EMBO Molecular Medicine, could not prove the link because the tree in Meliandou, a village of 31 houses
in the Guéckédou district, burned in late March and the bats inside were immolated or flew off.
The CDC At A Glance. The
Ebola crisis shined the spotlight on the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The
agency is being criticized for mishandling the Ebola crisis but the CDC has been plagued with problems
for years and its incompetence has been tied to its expanding mission. [...] For example, the CDC has
programs addressing, chronic diseases such as obesity, environmental health, occupational health and of
course infectious disease. The CDC is also involved in behavioral issues including domestic violence,
teen dating and bulling. The agency also conducted studies on gun violence and alcohol.
reports potential Ebola exposure in Atlanta lab. Researchers studying Ebola in a
highly secure laboratory mistakenly allowed potentially lethal samples of the virus to be handled in
a much less secure laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency
officials said Wednesday [12/24/2014]. One technician in the second laboratory may have been
exposed to the virus and about a dozen other people have been assessed after entering the facility
unaware that potentially hazardous samples of Ebola had been handled there.
great Ebola lie — Outbreak hyped for funding & media attention. The current
Ebola outbreak is "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times," Ian Smith, the
World Health Organization's executive director, announced at a mid-October press conference. [...]
You've been lied to, folks. For months. In fact, the Ebola epidemic peaked a full month before
those press conferences, in mid-September. Says who? The WHO. In its data, which is available to
anybody with Internet access. It peaked at the same time the WHO was demanding a billion dollars
to prevent the epidemic from getting far worse — and before President Obama pledged $1.26 billion
and sent in the troops and the European Union pledged another $1.26 billion. In fact, before
almost any outside intervention.
liars of the year: The politicians who played the Ebola fear card. In the weeks that
followed [Thomas Eric] Duncan's death, state and local governments reacted — and sometimes
overreacted. Several schools barred teachers and children who had visited African countries that
were nowhere near the epidemic. In Maine, a teacher was put on leave because she had visited Dallas.
And then election-year politics kicked in.
Mission accomplished! Ebola
czar Klain to return to private sector in March. The White House's Ebola czar is expected to leave after
his 130-day assignment, with the deadly virus now appearing under control in the United States. [...] Klain was
appointed by President Obama in mid-October after the first Ebola death in the U.S. sparked widespread concerns
about such issues as medical protocol and an outbreak of the virus on American soil.
Dallas Ebola patient's dog topped $27K. Since the Ebola crisis first touched down in
the U.S., the public has asked what the price tag is for such an emergency response. On Wednesday,
Dallas officials publicly revealed it cost the city a total $155,000 to respond to the health crisis
of Ebola patients 0 through 2.
Nancy Snyderman returns to NBC. NBC News medical correspondent Dr Nancy Snyderman will
be back on the network on Wednesday after being shelved for more than a month following a violation
of her quarantine for possible Ebola exposure. A network executive said on Tuesday that Snyderman,
62, will report on a medical issue for the Today show and NBC's Nightly News. The story won't be
about Ebola. There was some question about whether the veteran medical journalist would ever
return to NBC News.
The Case for Panic.
Not only do I disagree with the constant stream of soothing and complacent rhetoric from Dr. Zeke's
friends in government and media. I also believe it is entirely rational to fear the possibility of a
major Ebola outbreak, of a threat to the president and his family, of jihadists crossing the border, of a
large-scale European or Asian war, of nuclear proliferation, of terrorists detonating a weapon of mass
destruction. These dangers are real, and pressing, and though the probability of their occurrence
is not high, it is amplified by the staggering incompetence and failure and misplaced priorities of the
U.S. government. It is not Ebola I am afraid of. It is our government's ability to
deal with Ebola.
Here's a suggestion: Stop importing diseases from Africa! U.S.
hospitals wary of caring for Ebola patients because of cost and stigma. U.S. officials
trying to set up a network of hospitals in this country to care for Ebola patients are running into
reluctance from facilities worried about steep costs, unwanted attention and the possibility of
scaring away other patients. "They're saying, 'Look, we might be willing to do this, but we don't
want to be called an Ebola hospital. We don't want people to be cancelling appointments left and
right,'" said Michael Bell, director of laboratory safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
House, Congress Raided Hundreds of Millions from Anti-Bioterrorism Fund. Congress and
the Obama White House looked for billions of dollars a few years ago to offset the costs of a legal
settlement with black farmers and American Indians, to increase education aid to the states and to
develop a vaccine for swine flu. To get those billions, they looked to the same coffer: Project
BioShield, a $5.6 billion fund created specifically to prepare America for a bioterrorist attack and
develop treatments for deadly viruses such as Ebola. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., warned that the
BioShield fund was not supposed to be raided as a source of "Monopoly money for politicians."
Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up. [Scroll down] While China has pledged $122 million to
the fight, it has thus far only disbursed 7 percent of that number. Of the $265 million
pledged by EU Institutions, just 17 percent have reached the epidemic's hot zone. Even private
institutions, which most likely have less bureaucratic hurdles to deal with, have been slow to pull
the trigger. The Silicon Valley Community Fund has thus far sent 0 percent of the 25 million
pledged. At the Google/Larry Page Family Foundation, it's the identical equation.
Will Pay Ebola Patients' Medical Bills in the U.S.? The arrival of Ebola in the United States this year
led to an unprecedented medical response involving experimental drugs, round-the-clock care, and layers upon layers of
protective gear. And none of it has been cheap. Nine people have been treated for the virus in the U.S. since
August. Seven recovered. The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, which treated one of them,
estimates treatment for patients diagnosed with Ebola costs $50,000 a day. Officials at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center, which cared for two patients, put the daily cost at $30,000, and the total at
$1.16 million for a single patient. Most patients have been hospitalized for more than two weeks.
U.S. Must Be 'Extraordinarily Careful' About Letting Ebola Come Here. "While the media
coverage is already decreasing and people maybe feel like that Ebola has peaked, we do not think it
has," Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, a told Congress on Tuesday [11/18/2014]. Isaacs said
while much has been learned about Ebola, the virus is "sneaky," and it continues to surprise the experts.
"And I think that we, as a society, cannot make assumptions that we know what it is and what it will do.
I think that we need to be extraordinarily careful about letting it come on to this shore."
Woman On Ebola Monitoring List Drops Dead Bleeding From "Face, Mouth, Nose". Just a
week after Dr. Craig Spencer was declared 'Ebola-free', The Daily Mail reports a woman, who had
arrived from Guinea 18 days ago (and was on the NYC Ebola monitoring list), dropped dead in a
Brooklyn hair salon this afternoon [11/18/2014]. FDNY sent their Special Operations and Hazmat units but
she was declared dead at the scene. Witnesses said she was bleeding from the "face, nose, mouth, everything."
The Editor says...
Hmmm... I feel like I'm about to die, and blood is pouring out of every hole, but I simply must get my hair done!
Truth About Obama's "Temporary" Ebola Amnesty. The same administration that refused to
enact travel bans from Ebola-plagued West African nations to protect Americans is now granting
"temporary protected status" (TPS) to West Africans on American soil so they don't have to go back.
It's not really about public health, of course. It's about political pandering and electoral
engineering. Here's the dirty open secret: There's nothing "temporary" about TPS benefits.
Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the program has become an endless, interminable
residency plan for unlawful border-crossers, visa overstayers and deportation evaders from around
Indemnifies Gov't Contractors From Damages Arising from Importing Ebola to US.
President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday protects federal contractors hired to address
the Ebola outbreak in West Africa against lawsuits for importing Ebola into the United States.
The president's directive gives the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to "contracts performed in Africa
in support of USAID's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees,
or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola."
agencies 'exploiting Ebola orphans to fund lavish lifestyle in luxury $800-a-night hotels'. Western aid agencies
are using the plight of Africa's Ebola orphans to fund a lavish lifestyle in $800-a-night hotels and leaving the children to
fend for themselves, according to Liberia's development chief. Children who were forced to watch their parents die and
were then shunned by their community are being ignored while useless facilities are being built, according to Julia Duncan-Cassell,
Liberia's minister in charge of saving the orphans.
now linked to Enterovirus-D68. As Ebola continues to rage in Africa, one key person
seems to be missing in action: Ron Klain, Ebola Czar. [...] However, at least Ebola did attract some
mainstream media coverage. That differs from Enterovirus-D68, which has swept through the country
and has sent hundreds of American children into emergency rooms with respiratory distress. There
has been very limited, local coverage. One of the few who took up the story is Sharryl Attkisson,
who now reports that 12 deaths have now been linked to this pathogen.
calling me 'the Ebola nurse': Kaci Hickox. I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of
Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie's
private prison in Newark. I am now past the incubation period — meaning that I will not
develop symptoms of Ebola. I never had Ebola, so please stop calling me "the Ebola
Nurse" — now!
senator asks hearing witnesses what 'Ebola czar' has been doing — and gets answers
straight from a Dilbert cartoon. White House Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain may
have become an accidental folk hero to fans of crushing bureaucracy everywhere on Wednesday
[11/12/2014], when a U.S. senator asked high-ranking Obama administration officials to describe his
work. The vague answers sounded like something plucked out of a Dilbert cartoon. 'Even though
the President has named a so-called Ebola "czar" to coordinate our response,' Senate Appropriations
Committee ranking Republican Richard Shelby complained, 'all reports indicate that he has no actual
authority to direct government agencies here.'
Sierra Leone health workers go on strike.
Hundreds of health workers involved in treating Ebola patients have gone on strike at a clinic in Sierra Leone.
The staff are protesting about the government's failure to pay an agreed weekly $100 (£63) "hazard payment".
A few are still assisting at the clinic.
victim Thomas Eric Duncan's family has settled with Dallas hospital. After Duncan
died, talk of legal action came almost immediately. On Oct. 10, a family representative said
Duncan's kin would "probably" file suit. [...] Even the NIH piled on Texas Presbyterian. "Clearly
there was a misstep early on when he wasn't diagnosed immediately," said Anthony Fauci, director of
the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Speaking about Duncan, he did
add: "I just can't believe that he was deliberately treated in a less well way than others."
emergency is worse than it seems. The World Health Organization tally shows over 5,800
infections and 2,800 deaths. Now, the Centers for Disease Control believes infections will rise to
21,000 by the end of this month and 1.4 million by January 20th. "1.4 million is ... unimaginable,
but I keep thinking, 'In December, what if there were 100,000 cases? In December there won't be
100,000 beds in all of these systems,'" Ken Isaacs, vice president of Samaritan's Purse, poses. "So
something has to happen to interrupt the transmission rate of the disease." The ministry believes
that every person infected with the virus infects another three to five people.
The Editor says...
I don't know how many times this pendulum is going to swing. One week ebola is a big threat, then the
next week it's not really all that contagious, then the next week it's the end of the world, and then
another week goes by and it's really not a problem in this country -- just in west Africa.
Kaiser nurses plan strike over Ebola unpreparedness. Some 18,000 Kaiser Permanente
nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike this week against what they say is
unpreparedness in fighting the deadly Ebola virus. The walkout scheduled for Tuesday and
Wednesday would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, said
Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United, Bloomberg reported.
Hickox, boyfriend leaving Maine after Ebola quarantine fight. Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend are
leaving Maine next week for parts unknown. Hickox made national headlines last week when she fought efforts to
quarantine her in New Jersey and Maine because she had just returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
Ebola panic starting
to fade, poll finds. Americans' fears about Ebola seem to be waning somewhat, though
many still believe the virus is a public health threat to the United States, according to a new
HealthDay/Harris Poll. The online poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 adults between Oct. 28-30,
found that anxiety over Ebola appeared to be declining — even in the wake of the most recent case,
involving an infected doctor in New York City.
Ways Health Officials And Doctors Fumbled In Communicating Ebola Risk. [#3] Evading
hard questions by telling people not to worry because there are more deaths from flu. Other
variations on that message tell us that more people die from falls, or traffic accidents, or heart
attacks. The comparisons are not useful or informative. We know that few people in the U.S. have
been infected so far and all of the current cases involved people who were either in West Africa or
had been treating Ebola patients. The flu death toll is not a great point of comparison.
Presidency. The thing about diseases is that they are absolute wild cards. They cannot
be predicted or controlled. They follow their own agenda. Emergent diseases possess immense power:
they have destroyed cultures, left great cities to the crows and rats, and stopped entire armies in their tracks.
Nor has anyone ever figured out how to exploit them — the major reason why biowarfare has never been used
on any scale. Bugs do what they [...] please, and you'd better stay out of their way while they're doing it.
Barack Obama doesn't know any of this. As a result of asinine policy borne of multiculturalism and his obsession
with third-world immigration, the doors were left open and deadly disease — always overlooked by sophisticated
urbanites, familiar with only the mild "childhood" diseases — came roaring in: the result has been the
importation of potential epidemic disease into the U.S.: Ebola, enteroviruses, and others.
uniformed officers to treat Ebola patients in Liberia. President Obama has assured
Americans that none of the nearly 4,000 U.S. troops heading to Liberia will treat Ebola patients,
but 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will. The corps,
part of the Department of Health and Human Services, will open a clinic outside the Liberian capital,
Monrovia, this weekend and is tasked with treating Liberian doctors and nurses who contract the deadly
disease. It is the first time U.S. government personnel have been given that assignment,
although all volunteered.
Watch Was Correct on Obama Ebola Report. The White House seems to be trying
to back away — at least publicly — from potential plans to admit Ebola-infected
non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment. [...] It is unclear who would bear the high costs
of transporting and treating non-citizen Ebola patients. The plans reportedly include special waivers
of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as
Ebola. One source tells us that the Obama administration is keeping this plan secret from Congress.
The source is concerned that the proposal is illegal, endangers the public health and welfare, and should
require the approval of Congress.
VA Facility Prepares To Take Ebola Patients. A Veterans Affairs hospital in San Juan,
Puerto Rico is conducting an "emergency installation" of air filters for Ebola patients, raising
questions about what the government plans for the facility. "This emergency service is for the
creation of a Ward to attend suspected patients with the Ebola Virus that have to be quarantine,"
explains a document justifying the use of a sole-source contract for the filters, which will cost
Sierra Leone Doctor Dies after Contracting Ebola. A Sierra Leone doctor
died on Monday [11/3/2014] from Ebola, making him the fifth local doctor in the West African state to have
succumbed to the hemorrhagic fever that has taken a heavy toll on the country's medical personnel.
Hysterical Media Tell Us to Calm Down.
In the past week, The New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for
having "fed panic" by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries.
[...] I haven't noticed any panic. If you want panic, review media coverage of the police shooting
in Ferguson, Missouri. That hair-on-fire coverage was based entirely, it turns out, on the media's
gullibly swallowing inaccurate accounts of the incident. For decades liberals have terrified
soccer moms about a slew of imaginary terrors: global warming, Alar on apples, breast implants,
heterosexual AIDS, nuclear war, and Republicans taking away their birth control.
Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas. Canada's Conservative government said it is
suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and
persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.
Obama's Ebola Psychosis. President Obama has been rolling out the red carpet for Ebola. Obama has
no use for science that runs counter to the internal narrative playing in his head. He lies brazenly over and
over again about the communicability of Ebola. He has said: ["]It is not airborne. The only way that
a person can contract Ebola is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of somebody who is showing
symptoms.["] In his weekly radio address on Oct. 18, Obama said: ["]Ebola is actually a difficult
disease to catch. It's not transmitted through the air like the flu. You cannot get it from just riding
on a plane or bus.["] This is easily refuted nonsense. We don't know as much as we would like about Ebola,
but we do know that it is easily spread.
Obama Diverted Funds From Its Fight Against Ebola, Other Threats. Seeking a more
robust defense in the event of a bioterrorist attack on the United States, the Bush administration
created a $6 billion fund to prepare the nation for such threats, including the deadly Ebola virus.
The Obama administration, however, has not used the range of tools and budget provided by the post-9/11 project,
focusing instead on only three targets and diverting at least $1 billion to other priorities, a review by
The Daily Signal found. Nearly five years ago, in fact, the administration's own biodefense science board
warned that project funds "should not be diverted to support other initiatives, regardless of the merit of other purposes."
Objections Are Frivolous. [Scroll down] As is his Alinskyite wont, Obama is
poisoning the public discussion by ascribing noxious motives to those who favor quarantine. His
administration's straw man of choice is the admonition that doctors and nurses who do the noble work
of treating Ebola patients must not be "stigmatized." But there is no true correlation between
quarantine and stigma. Imposing the inconvenience of isolation on people who have the potential
to infect others reflects our humanity toward our fellow citizens.
The Editor says...
If the Ebola virus spreads so easily that a quarantine is justified, then somebody should tell President Obama
to (a) stop inviting Ebola patients to the United States, and (b) get his story straight about how
difficult it is to spread Ebola. I suspect that if Obamacare is not repealed, eventually all
doctors will be government doctors, and a lot of people may go in for a checkup and not return until the end
of their arbitrary quarantine. We should all beware of the potential for abuse in this confluence of
politics and medicine.
An opposing viewpoint: Quarreling
with Quarantine. It seems every other day there's a national argument breaking out
because people no longer realize that the government's main purpose is to keep us safe from threats
both within and without the country.
The Editor says...
The Constitution includes the term "public safety" only once, and that sentence is about suspending Habeas Corpus "in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion."
Again I say, the federal government does not exist for the purpose of keeping everyone healthy, well-fed, content, or even educated.
Day looking like a referendum on competence. Ebola has crystallized the collapse of
trust in state authorities. The overstated assurances, the ever-changing protocols, the startling
contradictions — the Army quarantines soldiers returning from West Africa while the White
House denounces governors who did precisely the same with returning health-care workers —
have undermined government in general, this government in particular. Obama's clumsy attempt to
restore confidence by appointing an Ebola czar has turned farcical. When the next crisis
broke — a doctor home from West Africa develops Ebola after having traversed significant
parts of New York City between his return and his infection — the czar essentially
Story Changes Again: Ebola Is Now 'Aerostable' And Can Remain Active On Surfaces For 50 Days.
When it comes to Ebola, the story that the government is telling us just keeps on changing. At first,
government officials were claiming that it was very difficult to spread the Ebola virus. Some of them
were even comparing it to HIV. We were given the impression that we had to have "direct contact" with
someone else's body fluids in order to have any chance of catching the virus. But of course that is
not true at all. Now authorities are admitting that Ebola is "aerostable", that it can be "spread
through droplets", and that it can remain on surfaces for up to 50 days. That is far different
information than we have been getting up until this point.
try to predict number of US Ebola cases. Top medical experts studying the spread of
Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as
infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from
the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.
by Ebola, Public Isn't Calmed by 'Experts Say'. [T]he science of handling
Ebola — what protective gear to wear, how to dispose of waste — has shifted.
Even defenders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the agency has hurt the case
for trusting scientists, by making overly broad assurances early on, or changing guidelines on
handling the disease, indicating that the earlier ones were not strict enough. This comes
on top of a broader mistrust of elites.
Leaves Maine Without Meeting Defiant Quarantine Nurse. President Obama campaigned in
Maine yesterday [10/30?2014], but didn't meet with the nurse who treated Ebola in Sierra Leone yet
refuses to stay in her home for the 21-day quarantine. Kaci Hickox is supposed to be under
quarantine until Nov. 10. She spent 72 hours isolated in New Jersey after flying
into the country, and was released to go back to her Maine town of Fort Kent.
Says Nurse Hickox's Roommate Had Ebola. What did arrogant nurse Kaci Hickox know about
her roommate's Ebola, and when did she know it? Maine's battle to keep her quarantined for
another fortnight continues despite Hickox's stubbornness.
Admits Droplets from a Sneeze Could Spread Ebola. 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 [New York]
Post Tuesday [10/28/2014]. "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.
Three Million HazMat Suits on the Way. The liberal blogosphere is aflame with
accusations that the Ebola outbreak is a fake crisis manufactured by right-wing media. The World
Health Organization has a different point of view: the group at the front lines of the Ebola
epidemic is ordering 3 million hazardous material suits for health care workers and patients around
the world to meet demand over the next 9 months. More than 400 caretakers have contracted Ebola
during the recent outbreak. The WHO estimates the outbreak could cause 10,000 new cases a week in
Africa over the next two months. Officials say more than half of the cases of Ebola are fatal.
pulls poster saying Ebola can spread through a sneeze. The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control on Thursday [10/30/2014] yanked a poster off its Web site explaining how Ebola can be spread
by contaminated droplets — from a sneeze for example — a day after The [New
York] Post reported on the frightening revelation. The fact sheet was taken off line, and a
link that led to it a day before now sends viewers to a different page with a different message.
CDC confusion over Ebola as it deletes warning that virus can spread through coughs and sneezes from
its website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed a warning from
its website that Ebola can, in rare cases, spread from person through coughing and sneezing. It
has replaced the old language with new guidance that says there's 'no evidence' Ebola is spread
through either. According to the New York Post, the CDC also took down on Thursday [10/30/2014] a
poster that said that Ebola can be transferred through 'droplets' from coughing or sneezing that land
on hard surfaces, like doorknobs.
The Man I Used
to Be. Since people can't quite be persuaded to stop talking about Ebola, the next
best thing is to tabloidize it so that the conversation focuses on a nurse in Maine who wants to
ride her bicycle in despite the quarantine state officials want her to observe.
Test For Ebola Doesn't Catch Infection Early. In an ideal world, health care workers
returning from West Africa would get a quick blood test to prove they aren't carrying the Ebola
virus. A test like that would likely put to rest some of the anxiety surrounding these doctors,
nurses and scientists. Unfortunately, even the best blood test in the world can't do that.
Imminent Over Nurse's Quarantine in Maine. A nurse who treated Ebola patients in
Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a Maine judge eased state-imposed restrictions on
her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance
personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.
Hickox: Ebola's Sandra Fluke. In West Africa, Kaci was concerned about West Africans,
but back home in America, Kaci is more concerned about Kaci than the safety of those she could
expose to a fatal hemorrhagic fever. So, unlike Sandra Fluke, Kaci Hickox's message does not
involve the "war on women"; rather, it focuses on the futility of a mandatory "self-quarantine" even
though it is now being reported that her roommate in Africa is infected with Ebola.
rejects attempt to isolate nurse. A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go
wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet
over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.
nurse Kaci Hickox: 'Flaming' liberals love her. 'Bully' conservatives hate her. Kaci
Hickox may not have intended to become the center of a political debate, but she is one now. When
the registered nurse — fresh from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone — spoke out
against a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie was the first Republican into the
breach. While refraining from attacking Hickox personally, Christie took up an unusual rallying cry
for a member of the party of Reagan: the need for big government to contain a crisis. "The
government's job is to protect [the] safety and health of our citizens," Christie said on "Fox News
Sunday." "And so we've taken this action, and I absolutely have no second thoughts about it."
The Editor says...
I disagree with Governor Christie: The government's job is to protect and defend the freedom and liberty of its citizens, against all
enemies, foreign and domestic. It is not the government's job to protect everybody from every unfortunate circumstance along the way,
e.g., disease, poverty or bad weather.
If you like Liberia so much, stay there! Woman
visiting from Liberia hospitalized in Portland area being tested for Ebola. A Liberian
woman who recently arrived in Portland and was monitoring herself for Ebola symptoms under a
voluntary program was whisked to the hospital at mid-day Friday with a high temperature. She was
taken to Providence Milwaukie Hospital, where she is in isolation and being tested for the disease,
which is highly infectious and has killed thousands of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Make-It-Up World. Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. [...] Some days
Americans are told there is no reason to restrict connecting flights from Ebola-ravaged countries.
Then, suddenly, entry from those countries is curtailed to five designated U.S. airports.
Quarantines are both necessary and not so critical, as the administration weighs public concern
versus politically correct worries over isolating a Third World African country. Ebola is so hard
to catch that there is no reason to worry about casual exposures to those without clear symptoms.
But then why do health authorities still try to hunt down anyone who had even a brief encounter with
supposedly asymptomatic carriers?
reasons why most U.S. patients have survived. Grim tales of the thousands of sick,
dead, and dying from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa contrast greatly with the high success rate
of medical treatment for a small number of Ebola patients in the United States. What are the factors
that make the biggest difference in saving the lives of people infected with the lethal virus?
calls Obama Administration's Ebola guidelines 'incredibly confusing. New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie called the Obama administration's new guidelines for isolating those exposed to Ebola
"incredibly confusing," and defended the state's stricter policy requiring quarantines for
health-care workers exposed to the virus. [...] The Republican governor faulted the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention for being too slow in implementing a protocol for those returning to
the U.S. from Ebola-impacted nations.
Ineptitude Stokes Ebola Fears. President Obama this week tried to tamp down public
concerns about the Ebola outbreak. But it's not the disease that has Americans so alarmed as the
festering incompetence on display at the White House. In his remarks, Obama delivered a thinly
veiled attack on critics of his administration's response to the outbreak. "America," he said, "is
not defined by fear. That's not who we are." And "we don't just react based on our fears.
We react based on facts and judgment and making smart decisions." But the administration's own faulty
judgment and haphazard decisions have sparked much of that fear.
assails Ebola quarantines, saying they are based on fear, not facts. President Obama
on Tuesday forcefully rejected the idea of a quarantine for medical workers returning from
Ebola-affected countries, arguing that such an approach would undermine the broader effort to
eliminate the epidemic. Politicians in the United States, including the president, have come under
increasing pressure to curtail the movements of medical personnel returning from Ebola-affected
regions after Craig Spencer — a doctor who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea —
was diagnosed with the virus 10 days after he returned home to New York City.
Ebola response, Obama's 'czar' stays behind the curtain. It's not often that a White
House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes
his first public appearance. But Ron Klain's low-profile first week as President Barack Obama's
behind-the-scenes Ebola "czar" has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show
it's on top of the crisis.
Governors' Shifts on Ebola Are Criticized as Politics, Not Science. Shifting stances
and a lack of clear standards from the governors of New York and New Jersey over their Ebola
quarantine policy left critics and even some allies questioning on Monday [10/27/2014] whether the
two men had fully worked through the details before they announced it.
beatification of returned Ebola care-givers. I don't know either of these people, but
I have observed among people I have gotten to know who have done conspicuous good works,
particularly in impoverished lands, a certain amount of self-righteousness and self-beatification.
Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns. Ebola worries have eased slightly in
the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, despite a broad sense among Americans that their local
hospitals are unprepared to deal with the virus — and continued preference for a more
robust response by the federal government. After the difficulties at Texas Health Presbyterian
Hospital in Dallas, where two nurses were infected, just 29 percent in this national survey think
the staff at their local hospitals is adequately trained to deal with Ebola cases. Six in 10
Your movements can and will be tracked by your use of public transportation. Ebola doctor
lied about his NYC travels: police. The city's first Ebola patient initially lied to
authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in
Africa, law-enforcement sources said. Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated
himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn't admit he rode the subways, dined out and
went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.
reveal certain Ebola strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures. The
number of confirmed Ebola cases passed the 10,000 mark over the weekend, despite efforts to curb its
spread. And while the disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, research has discovered it
can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions. During tests, the UK's Defence
Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain will live on samples stored on
glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days.
"I want to be pleasant through this whole thing," California Representative Darrell Issa said on
Friday, unpleasantly, to a panel of medical experts at a congressional oversight-committee hearing.
"But," he continued, scolding from his perch, "we have the head of CDC — supposed to be
the expert — and he's made statements that simply aren't true." During the tense
four-hour session, the subcommittee challenged almost every element of the United States' response
to its domestic Ebola cases so far. Most pointedly, chairman Issa criticized the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's messages to the public.
Do-Gooder May Have Spread Ebola. Gotnews
characterizes NYC Ebola vector Craig Spencer as a "left-wing hipster Democrat." More to the point,
he is evidently a do-gooder — which would make his behavior after returning from Africa
emblematic of the liberal do-gooder mentality.
czar Ron Klain is still out of sight. There was confusion Monday [10/27/2014] over the
government's response to the Ebola crisis — and mystery over what President Obama's Ebola
czar was doing to address it. [...] Through it all, the Ebola czar, longtime Democratic operative
Ron Klain, remained out of sight. "It's a theater of the absurd. It's laughable," said
Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University and a professor
of medicine and biomedical engineering with much experience in Africa.
and Obama's crisis of competence. Ebola may not be a widespread health crisis in the
United States just yet, but it is creating a crisis of another kind — a crisis of
confidence in the competence of the federal government. Many Americans were shocked to learn that
when Ebola-infected doctor Craig Spencer returned to New York City from Guinea, took a three-mile
run, visited a coffee stand, ate at a meatball restaurant, traveled on three New York subway lines,
met friends at a Brooklyn bowling alley and used an Uber sedan to return home, he was not violating
the U.S. government's Ebola protocols.
issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries. Australia came under fire on Tuesday [10/28/2014]
from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African
nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region.
Continues to Push False Lib Ad Claiming GOP Cut Funding for Possible Ebola Vaccine. On
Monday night [10/27/2014], CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid continued to promote a false ad
by a liberal organization that claims Republicans in Congress are responsible for cutting funding
for research hoping to find an Ebola vaccine. Reid stated at the conclusion of his report on the CBS
Evening News with Scott Pelley how: "One independent liberal group released an ad criticizing
Republicans for cutting spending that they say could have led to an Ebola vaccination. [...]"
nurse: Duncan lied about exposure to Ebola. An emergency room nurse who treated Thomas
Eric Duncan said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the first person to die of Ebola in the
U.S. was not honest about his exposure to the deadly virus. Sidia Rose told "60 Minutes" that
Duncan said during his second trip to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas that he had not been
in contact with anyone who had been sick.
tested for Ebola in NYC after return from Africa. A 5-year-old boy who just returned
from West Africa was transported to Bellevue Hospital Sunday with possible Ebola symptoms, according
to law-enforcement sources. The child was vomiting and had a 103-degree fever when he was carried
from his Bronx home by EMS workers wearing hazmat suits, neighbors said.
Lawyers Promise Legal Challenge to Ebola Quarantine. Lawyers for a nurse quarantined
in a New Jersey hospital say they'll sue to have her released in a constitutional challenge to state
restrictions for health care workers returning to New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West
Africa. Civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel said Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined after
arriving Friday at the Newark airport, shows no symptoms of being infected and should be released
immediately. He and attorney Steven Hyman said the state attorney general's office had cooperated
in getting them access to Hickox.
Moves Fast on NY Ebola Case as Soul-Searching Begins. Even before official confirmation that a New York City
doctor had contracted the Ebola virus, a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was on its way to Manhattan
Oct. 23. The quick reaction is part of a painful period of self-examination and adjustment at the CDC after a
variety of alleged and acknowledged missteps in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in
governor admits Ebola policy could be unenforceable. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
admitted Saturday that the 21-day Ebola quarantine policy for health care workers returning from
West Africa could be unenforceable. The New York Daily News reported that the Democrat
acknowledged that several contingencies had not yet been worked out by officials, including what
would happen if someone refused to be quarantined or even where they would spend their time during
the watch period.
Random Thoughts on Ebola, Islam
and Hillary. [Scroll down] I am thoroughly confused by this administration's
response to the crisis by naming an Ebola czar, Ron Klain. Not only does he have no medical
knowledge and is a democrat operative but Obama already has a bona fide Ebola czar, Dr. Nicole
Lurie. She was named in 2009 as Assistant Secretary to the Department of Preparedness and Response.
According to the HHS website, her mission is "to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and
recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies."
being kept in Ebola quarantine in New Jersey to sue for her release. The Doctors
Without Borders nurse who became the first person quarantined under new 'draconian' Ebola rules
plans to sue for her release. Nurse Kaci Hickox, 33, was placed in an isolation tent at
University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, just one day after a fellow Doctors Without
Borders volunteer tested positive for the virus in New York.
and the Media's Multiple Personality Disorder. While The Daily Mail suggests
that terrorists could transform the virus into a weapon, The Daily Beast declares that the
"Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease." Fox raises the specter of illegal immigrants bringing the
virus over the border, and MSNBC assures us that the authorities have things in hand. One outlet
asks an author of medical thrillers to speculate about the ways the threat might mutate into something
more frightening; another declares that we're watching an "epic, epidemic overreaction." Wait,
sorry: Did I say that was "another" outlet? Actually, those last two both came from CNN.
nurse sues after being forced into quarantine as she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra
Leone. A US nurse who says she was treated like a "criminal" after returning from
caring for Ebola victims in West Africa has hired a top human rights lawyer to challenge her
enforced quarantine. Kaci Hickox, the first person to be placed under a new mandatory quarantine
for health workers who arrive back in the US via airports in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, was
ordered into a 21 day period of isolation despite testing negative for the disease.
builds units to transport Ebola patients. As more U.S. troops head to West Africa, the
Pentagon is developing portable isolation units that can carry up to 12 Ebola patients for transport
on military planes. The Pentagon says it does not expect it will need the units for 3,000 U.S.
troops heading to the region to combat the virus because military personnel will not be treating
Ebola patients directly. Instead, the troops are focusing on building clinics, training personnel
and testing patient blood samples for Ebola. "We want to be prepared to care for the people we do
have there just out of an abundance of caution," Defense Department spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said.
She said prototypes would be tested in the next month before being deployed in the field by January.
Minutes' Just Broke New Details On The Dallas Ebola Case. It was the story of Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas — the hospital that treated the first patient
diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. A hospital that's been widely criticized, since Texas
Health nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson also got sick with Ebola. You may think you know the
details of what happened in Dallas. But 60 Minutes asks you to think again.
House Convenes 27 Person Ebola Meeting. Suffering a crisis of confidence over his
leadership on Ebola a week before the midterm elections, President Barack Obama assembled a massive
staff meeting on the issue at the White House Sunday [10/26/2014]. Including the president, there
were 24 people in physical attendance at the meeting CBS News said was convened "to discuss a
nationwide policy for health care workers returning from West Africa." Vice President Joe Biden
joined via telephone, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden
and US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power joining via video teleconference.
N.Y. official: New Ebola policy 'a real
stunner'. A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health
care workers returning from West Africa after treating Ebola patients caught local and federal
officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of the virus. The policy
of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly
implemented Friday [10/24/2014] by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie.
Nurse Complaining About Quarantine is Left-Wing Democrat, CDC Employee. The nurse
currently quarantined in New Jersey is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control and a
registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy, Gotnews.com has learned. Kaci Hickox's
ties to the CDC were not disclosed in a controversial anti-quarantine column she wrote for the
Dallas Morning News. The CDC opposes quarantines or travel bans from Ebola infected countries.
Ebola fighters head to Africa. Hundreds of Americans have flown to Liberia in the past
few days. Thousands more are on the way. This Ebola corps is a collection of doctors, nurses,
scientists, soldiers, aviators, technicians, mechanics and engineers. Many are volunteers with nonprofit
organizations or the government, including uniformed doctors and nurses from the little-known U.S. Public Health Service.
The Editor says...
I don't have much of an objection to the existence of the U.S. Public Health Service, as long as its mission is to promote the
health of the public in the United States. What part of the Constitution authorizes expeditions to other countries
to deal with their medical problems?
nurse quarantined over Ebola says she was treated 'like a criminal'. Illinois joined
New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having
contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse
returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganisation". Kaci Hickox, who
arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday [10/24/2014], described hours of questioning by officials in
protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital
to CNN: 'My basic human rights' are being violated. Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under
mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, went on CNN on Sunday and criticized the "knee-jerk reaction by
politicians" to Ebola, saying "to quarantine someone without a better plan in place, without more
forethought, is just preposterous." Hickox, an epidemiologist who was working to help treat Ebola
patients in Sierra Leone, has tested negative twice for Ebola and does not have symptoms, she said.
God Bless These
Heroes of the Ebola Crisis. If we are to survive the epidemic, we are going to need
heroes. Several individuals and conglomerates have, in Obama's absence, already stepped up to the
plate and, through their selfless actions, given us hope. It's worth recognizing those heroes
now, before it's too late.
Fauci: 'I Cannot Explain' Treatment of Quarantined Nurse. National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci had no good explanation for the treatment of
a New Jersey nurse, who was quarantined Saturday at the Newark airport after returning from treating
ebola patients in west Africa. Fauci, who has criticized the mandatory ban announced by several
states, intimated the quarantine procedure, which drew a sharp rebuke from Doctors Without Borders,
went against scientific protocol. Kaci Hickox was initially believed to be symptomatic for ebola,
but later tested negative.
The Editor says...
People in Kaci Hickox's position are in a gray area, I think. Without accusing her of a crime, the state has attempted to place her under house arrest.
If she is a danger to the general public, like a 21st-century Typhoid Mary, there might be justification for her isolation. The decision to lock her up,
even in the comfort of her own home, would be easier if the government could get its story straight about whether Ebola is easily transmitted or not.
And what make the government so absolutely sure about the required 21-day quarantine period? What's wrong with a 19-day quarantine? How about 16 days?
And is the Ebola virus spread through the air or not? The answer depends on which government official one asks. It's a recipe for skepticism.
survivor describes 'pure fear' when he saw doctors in protective suits. American video
journalist Ashoka Mukpo knows that he is lucky to be alive, having beaten the deadly Ebola virus,
which he contracted while working in Liberia. Mukpo, 33, who is now recovering at home in Rhode
Island after being declared Ebola-free, recalled the moment he realised that he had become very
seriously ill. "I'd love to be able to say that I knew I was going to be fine and kept a cool
head, but when I put that thermometer in my mouth and I took it out and it said 101.3, it was just
pure fear," he said.
of the witless? Unlikely to impossible. Time after time in just the past year, our
nation's well-being has been reduced to an afterthought or an obligatory "we've got that covered"
when in fact our leaders have been making decisions that put us all at increased risk. [...] Ebola:
While the United Kingdom quickly instituted an air-travel ban from the three most infected countries
in Western Africa to prevent importing this deadly disease, the United States first had no restrictions,
then asked people if they were infected or knew anyone who was infected, then stepped up and required that
people's temperature be checked before they got on the plane (at least if they were traveling to one of
five major airports).
White House Pressures
States to Reverse Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders. The Obama
administration has expressed deep concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey and is
consulting with them to modify their orders to quarantine medical volunteers returning from West
Africa as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers,
according to two senior administration officials.
U.S. health official warns of risks from Ebola quarantines. The White House has told
states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that
the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under
the rules plans to sue.
anti-Ebola march in SW Philadelphia. Practically everyone at the march had a story
about people who refused to shake hands or moved to another bus seat when they realized they were
near a Liberian. "Once they hear our accent, people try to avoid us," said Harris Murphy, a
filmmaker. "Everybody is afraid of you. I'm a West African — not a virus." On Saturday [10/25/2014], he and
about 60 members of Philadelphia's Liberian, Guinean, and Sierra Leonean communities took to the streets, staging a noisy,
drum-thumping demonstration to call attention to the facts of the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 5,000 in West Africa.
choreographed hug with Ebola victim. President Obama is usually "not interested in
photo ops," but apparently he made an exception for Friday's [10/24/2014] good news that Nina Pham, the first
Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, is now virus-free. But according to still photographers on the
scene, his hug with Ms. Pham was staged.
York cops apparently not briefed on how to dispose of Ebola bio-hazard waste. Police
who sealed off the Harlem apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer after he was taken to the hospital have
apparently not been taught the proper way to dispose of potential bio hazardous material. While
they geared up to enter the apartment and cordon it off, they ended up throwing their gloves, masks,
and police tape into a public garbage receptacle. [Video clip]
crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs. She was an
ordinary lab technician with an uncommonly dangerous assignment: drawing blood from Ebola-infected
animals in a secret military laboratory. When she cut herself at work one day, she decided to keep
quiet, fearing she'd be in trouble. Then the illness struck. "By the time she turned to a doctor
for help, it was too late," one of her overseers, a former bio-weapons scientist, said of the accident years
afterward. The woman died quickly and was buried, according to one account, in a "sack filled with
calcium hypochlorite," or powdered bleach.
faulted for expired, questionable pandemic response supplies at Ebola hearing. The
chief Homeland Security watchdog ripped the department at a hearing on Friday for not "thinking
through" its purchase of millions of dollars' worth of pandemic response supplies, saying much of
the protective gear and drugs are expired or will be soon. Inspector General John Roth testified
at a House oversight hearing on Ebola, a health crisis that has sharpened focus on the government's
preparedness for an outbreak — even though officials maintain the likelihood of an Ebola
outbreak remains low. Roth, ahead of the hearing, released an August audit that found the department
has "no assurance" it has enough protective equipment and antiviral medication to respond to a pandemic.
N.J. governors impose new Ebola quarantine rules. Craig Spencer crisscrossed New York
City in the days after he returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa — riding
the subway, going for a three-mile run, grabbing coffee on the High Line, bowling in Brooklyn.
And while the 33-year-old doctor notified authorities when he developed a fever and was quickly
isolated at Bellevue Hospital Center, his own Ebola diagnosis prompted the governors of New York and
New Jersey on Friday [10/24/2014] to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from the
countries hit hardest by the epidemic. Illinois later in the day imposed similar restrictions.
administration considers mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning home from Ebola hot
zone. The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on
healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a
New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday [10/23/2014]. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory
quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration.
cellphones can predict where Ebola strikes next. Mobile phone calls, airline bookings,
tweets, field reports, government announcements and population statistics are among the vast amount
of information being collected, filtered and analyzed by sophisticated computer software tools
around the world. The information is enabling data mining experts to predict where the virus
could be headed next and how many people are likely to be infected. While many people are deeply
suspicious about data collection — you can hardly blame them after Edward Snowden's
revelations about the U.S. government's mass surveillance of Americans' telephone and email
communications — it could be critical to containing Ebola.
team empties Ebola doctor's apartment without gloves, face masks or any protective gear. Hazmat
teams arrived at the apartment of Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer last night to remove items that he could have
contaminated. Workers from Bio Recovery Corp were at the property in Harlem, New York, wheeling away large
blue barrels to be taken for testing at the CDC. The containers were loaded onto the back of the truck
into the night as cleanup crews carried out essential testing of the apartment.
Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns. The very moment that the
news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down. But
nobody was panicking. I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread
quickly is not panicking. Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery
and heading to your cabin in West Virginia. I mean, maybe there's someone who has done just that.
But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking.
'There's a Silver Lining in All The Attention The Ebola Situation Has Received'. In
remarks delivered in the Oval Office late on Wednesday afternoon [10/22/2014], President Barack
Obama pointed to what he called "a silver lining" in the attention that has been focused on people
in the United States falling ill with Ebola. This "silver lining," the president said, is that it
points out how important public health systems are. Additionally, the president noted that at some
point in the future Americans may in fact be dealing "with an airborne disease that is much easier
to catch and is deadly."
in New York: Feel O.K.? Health officials and talking heads have lectured us about the
nature of the disease: it is transmissible only through bodily fluids, etc. The politicians issued
their reassurances. Whether or not these are empty, we're probably all (or almost all) going to be
fine. The contrarians will cite other banes (alcohol, cars, flu) that will kill more of us tomorrow.
And it is unseemly for us to freak out over a single case when, in Africa, scores are dying by the day.
But the Spencer scenario is a provocation.
Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf. Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada
and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in
protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and
health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two
years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011. It never happened.
The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now is it undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans [...]
Negative Ebola Test, Quarantined Nurse Criticizes Treatment at Newark Airport. A nurse
who was being quarantined at a New Jersey hospital after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone
criticized her treatment on Saturday as an overreaction after an initial test found that she did not
have the virus. "I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they
declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa," the nurse, Kaci Hickox, wrote in an essay
on the website of The Dallas Morning News, in collaboration with a friend who works for the paper.
Dr. Oz: Ebola is 'dumb'.
There's at least one New Yorker who isn't concerned about Ebola: Dr. Oz. [...] Oz stressed that one
of the main reasons New Yorkers shouldn't worry about Ebola becoming a plague is because the virus
is "dumb." "At its very core, Ebola is a dumb virus," he explained. "What I mean by that is that
it's not very smart; it doesn't spread well. It's not very smart because it doesn't keep you alive.
A smart virus doesn't kill its host. This version of this virus is not what's going to be a pandemic."
Ebola in the Big Apple.
Our inept government's first contact with Ebola on American soil resulted in nearly a thousand
people being needlessly put at risk, fear and chaos burning hot in the media, an orgy of finger-pointing,
and Democrat hacks claiming that Ebola is spread by Republican budget cuts. We had
Ebola scares in the sky, and on the high seas. It lasted for weeks. It ended with our semi-retired
President flipping the bird to the American people and installing a political fixer with no medical knowledge
as "Ebola Czar." He proceeded to blow off his first three Ebola meetings at the White House.
And all that came from one guy.
Ebola patient PASSED new 'enhanced screening' at JFK Airport. Craig Spencer, the
doctor whose confirmed Ebola diagnosis sent New York City into a tailspin on Thursday [10/23/2014], successfully
cleared the U.S. government's newest 'enhanced' screening protocols when he returned from Africa.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Dr Spencer, who was in Guinea treating Ebola
patients as part of a Doctors Without Borders team, passed inspection six days before showing
symptoms and being rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
Ebola Anxiety, From Bellevue to Brooklyn. On the morning after Ebola's unwelcome
arrival in their city, New Yorkers tried not to let fear of the deadly disease disrupt their
routines. But even those who should know best struggled to keep calm.
Ebola-infected doctor has been wandering around New York City for a week. I have
unlimited admiration for members of Doctors Without Borders, like him, who risk their own lives to
treat people in war-torn and disease-ravaged countries. Unfortunately, Dr Spencer is also
exceptionally selfish and stupid. It almost defies belief that any qualified doctor could fly back
to America after treating Ebola patients in West Africa and promptly insert himself straight back
into New York's streets like he's been to Hawaii on vacation.
The Editor asks...
If Ebola is "difficult to catch," why do doctors dress in head-to-toe hazmat suits when they treat Ebola patients?
fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia. Cremation violates Liberians' values and
cultural practices and the order has so disturbed people in the West African nation that the sick
are often kept at home and, if they die, are secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections[.]
Is Too Cool for Crisis Management. By the time President Obama gave in and appointed
an Ebola czar on Oct. 17, the White House response to this latest national crisis had already run a
familiar course: the initial assurance that everything was under control; the subsequent realization
that it wasn't; the delay as administration officials appeared conflicted about what to do; and the
growing frustration with a president who seemed a step or two behind each new development.
Meanwhile, public anxiety mounted as cable news hysteria filled the vacuum and shaped the perception
of the unfolding crisis.
Attends $32,400 Democratic Fundraiser As Ebola Hits NYC. Dr. [Craig] Spencer's Ebola
tests results mark the fourth Ebola case in America. Before Spencer's test results were in, New
York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers that, "Our understanding is that very few people
were in direct contact with him." However, according to the New York Times, the day before
testing positive for Ebola, Spencer traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway, went to a
bowling alley, and rode a taxi home.
N.Y. doctor positive
for Ebola had no symptoms until Thursday, officials say. The doctor, identified as
Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea October 17 and developed a
fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Thursday. He is in isolation and being treated at New York's
Bellevue Hospital, one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier
this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan. Spencer, who is hospitalized in intensive care,
went for a jog, may have gone to a restaurant, traveled the city's vast subway system and went
bowling before feeling ill, but authorities stressed that the likelihood of him spreading the virus
The Editor says...
The likelihood of spreading the virus was low, they say. But then as soon as the latest Ebola patient entered the hospital,
he was put into isolation, because the likelihood of spreading the virus was very high. Either something magical happened at
the door of the hospital, or the government isn't telling the truth.
Source: Doctors Without
Borders physician in NYC tests positive for Ebola. The doctor, identified as Craig
Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea October 17 and developed a fever,
nausea, pain and fatigue Thursday. He is in isolation and being treated at New York's Bellevue
Hospital, one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month
as part of an Ebola preparedness plan. Spencer, who is hospitalized in intensive care, went for a
jog, may have gone to a restaurant, traveled the city's vast subway system and went bowling before
feeling ill, but authorities stressed that the likelihood of him spreading the virus was low.
world is in denial about Ebola's true threat. It is such a relief about that Ebola
thing. The threat of a U.S. outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to
help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to coordinate
the U.S. government response. The growth of the disease in Africa, by some reports, seems to have
slowed. On to the next crisis. Except that this impression of control is an illusion, and a
particularly dangerous one.
The fevered political
plague. Unsettled by Ebola's transmissibility and skeptical the government can track
and contain the lethal virus, Americans want travel restrictions from affected African countries.
Yet President Obama resists, claiming a ban could lead to more Ebola cases.
we don't kill the Ebola dog. America is a compassionate nation to be sure, and we love
our dogs. But even more than that, the bureaucrats in Washington love to win elections. And with
only two weeks to go before the midterms, there was no way [...] that anyone in the CDC
was going to be allowed to give the order to put that dog down. The headlines would have been a
nightmare and the name Bentley would, you may rest assured, have come up during a White House press
No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria.
One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia. Two of the nurses that tended
him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn't.
That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related
news. The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion.
chronic calm. While good leaders know that overreacting can foster panic, they also
know that underreacting fosters insecurity. And time and time again, Obama underplays developing
scandals, crises and failures to create the appearance of control. The result is often the opposite.
Obama! Liberian Man With Ebola Symptoms Arrives in Newark. Good thing we have an Ebola
Czar now, even though the guy hasn't shown up for work yet. Granted, he's already in line for a
promotion. But back to the deadly virus. We now have a Liberian under observation in New Jersey
after landing in Newark Tuesday on a flight from Belgium, via Liberia.
Hospitals More Deadly Than Ebola? We've all been horrified by the medical blunders
made in dealing with Ebola in the United States — from sending home a patient who was
showing symptoms and had recently travelled to West Africa to relying on inadequate protocols or
protection that led to the infection of two of his nurses. It's awful, but we shouldn't be
surprised. These types of hospital mistakes — caused by knowledge gaps, carelessness,
unpreparedness or a combination of all — by my estimate kill between 210,000 and 440,000
people in the United States every year.
know about Ron Klain's job as Ebola czar. Ron Klain steps up to his new role as Ebola
czar Wednesday morning [10/22/2014]. Here's a glimpse at what his role as the President's Ebola czar will and
won't entail, according to sources inside and outside the White House. Don't expect to see Klain
briefing the public on the contours of the Ebola response. That will be left to Tom Frieden, head of
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci and
relevant cabinet officials, as required.
America. [Scroll down] In a similar context, sending 4,000 military personnel to Ebola-infected
countries makes no sense. It is symptomatic of an administration that views our military as
expendable. This is not a military mission. Clearly, a comprehensive strategy needs to be developed
that involves the United Nations, the World Health Organization and nongovernmental organizations throughout the
world to contain this deadly virus. Common sense demands that the infected countries must be quarantined.
All commercial flights in and out of these countries must be immediately terminated.
Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says. Barely a week after being diagnosed
with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said on Wednesday night
[10/22/2014]. "We are overjoyed to announce that, as of [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory
University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her
body," read a statement from a family spokesperson.
Plans 21-Day Watch of Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations. Federal health officials
Wednesday placed new restrictions on travelers from West African countries with Ebola outbreaks,
requiring that they report their temperatures daily for three weeks, along with any other potential
symptoms of the disease. The regulations, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
are meant to monitor everyone at risk of developing Ebola symptoms from an infection acquired
overseas, while not shutting the borders and not overwhelming state and local health departments
with having to hunt down hundreds of newly arrived visitors.
They Still Don't Get Who He is. Think of Obama as a cyborg programmed by socialist/progressives,
unfeeling, relentless and laser focused on his mission to transform America as founded and dethrone her.
And nothing, I repeat, nothing, including American lives, will deter this machine from fulfilling its mission.
Consequently, Obama's programming prohibits any possibility of him banning flights from the Ebola hot zone, no
matter how many Americans are infected. [...] Military experts say it is preposterous for Obama to deploy our
troops (4000) to the Ebola hot zone to do a job for which they are not qualified. Our troops are not
social workers or construction workers. Obama does not care.
is What You Get When You Reduce Everything to 'Activism'. Suppose you were the
President Obama, in the Oval Office, or more likely at the golf course, wondering how to save the
Obola administration before Ebola flushes it down the toilet. You would think: I need someone who
is a cool head in a bad situation. He would be someone that has a history of turning around failing
operations. He needs to be a man that inspires trust, and he needs to be the kind of person that
would be prepared to set everything aside to help his country. [...] Instead, of course, the
president has chosen Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar. Because for Obama the best man for the job is
always a political fixer.
Airport Checks Expand: Nurses Get Training. The federal government is closing a gap in
Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals
and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease.
Czar Day One: Mr. Klain's debut. Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question
for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation's "Ebola response coordinator" on Wednesday [10/22/2014].
from Ebola-wracked countries ordered to fly into one of just five US airports.
Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the
Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland
Security Department said Tuesday [10/21/2014]. 'All passengers arriving in the United States whose
travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five
airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place,' DHS Secretary Jeh
new Ebola cases in a day leaves bodies piling up in Sierra Leone. Dozens of people are
being infected with the deadly Ebola virus each day in Sierra Leone, as the terrifying disease tears
through the country's capital city, Freetown. Yesterday [10/20/2014], forty-nine new cases were
confirmed in just 24 hours, the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) reported. So many people
are succumbing to the deadly virus that removing the dead bodies is becoming a serious problem.
This article includes a list of ebola-related sub-scandals: Ebola...A
"War Without A General". During a recent Congressional hearing on the ongoing ebola
outbreak, Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) said "We are in a war without a general". This can be
said of Mr. Obama's implausible treatment of just about everything, but it's reasonable to consider
whether the confusion and neglect about ebola suggest something beyond mere incompetence.
Lately Mr. Obama reminds us frequently of the need to remain calm and not panic. Nothing
contributes to the tendency to panic more than being lied to and kept in the dark. Some
straight answers about Mr. Obama's intentions would help this greatly.
October Worries. Much of what the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease
Control initially swore about the Ebola virus proved false. The virus really did infect Americans at
home, despite assurances that there was "no significant risk." There always was a danger of infected
West Africans entering the U.S. The CDC protocols did not protect nurses from infection by Ebola patients.
Banning all travel from West African countries where the virus is epidemic may not stop Ebola from spreading
throughout the U.S. But the administration still cannot offer convincing reasons why we should not try just that.
Instead, a purely medical decision seems hopelessly embedded in the administration's usual politically correct spin.
is C. Everett Koop when We Need Him? Viruses and microbes have no regard for the
emotional state of anyone, be that person calm or hysterical. But for the Left, emotion rather
than rationality is the key to public policy. The idea is that if we all stay calm, maybe the Ebola
crisis will just disappear. This is one reason why Obama, ever committed to his image as the
secular Messiah, tried by example to show he certainly was not afraid of Ebola. [...] We need a
C. Everett Koop to step up to the plate now. We do not need another czar who will doubtless
attempt more smoke and mirrors tactics to politicize a disease.
Study Projects Spread of Virus. Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on
overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new
study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules. The
findings, published Monday [10/20/2014] in the journal Lancet, suggest that Ebola cases could be spread overseas
by unwitting travelers from the worst-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
'Dark Winter' of Ebola terrorism? The world is experiencing virulent outbreaks of
Ebola and Islamist radicalism. What if the two threats converge into one? [...] Ebola has up to a
21-day incubation period — more than enough time for terrorists to infect themselves and
then come here with the virus. In a nightmare scenario, suicide bombers infected with Ebola could
blow themselves up in a crowded place — say, shopping malls in Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and
Atlanta — spreading infected tissue and bodily fluids.
Of Ebola: Knock Before Entering One North Texas ER. Walk into the emergency room
entrance at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco and you'll face a locked sliding glass door, with a sign
attached telling you to knock. Dave Williams, a radio news anchor on KLIF-AM in Dallas, says he
noticed the chance during a trip to the hospital on Saturday [10/18/2014].
CDC Ebola Strategy Still Too Dangerous. Monday [10/20/2014], the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention announced its new Ebola strategy. It includes more training and more
protective gear for hospital staff. [...] The CDC is presuming that a few days is enough to make a
hospital Ebola ready. That's a gamble. Texas Health Presbyterian, a highly regarded 900-bed
hospital, couldn't handle Ebola. The CDC is betting on other hospitals to fare better. A safer
strategy would be to expand capacity at the nation's four bio-containment hospitals, which have treated
Ebola patients successfully without the virus spreading to a single healthcare worker.
Infected by Politics.
The public-health profession has a clear political orientation, so it's quite possible that its
opposition to a visa and travel moratorium is influenced as much by belief in America's
responsibility for the postcolonial oppression of Africa, and suspicion of American border
enforcement, as it is by a commitment to public-health principles of containment and control.
(African countries, unburdened by any such racial guilt, have not hesitated to impose travel bans;
Nigeria's travel restrictions are now being credited for its escape from an Ebola incursion.) To be
sure, the logistics of such a moratorium would be challenging, but no more challenging than retrofitting
American hospitals for Ebola patients.
6 Times Obama Declared
Crisis, Then Did Nothing. Last week, President Obama finally began taking Ebola
seriously — so seriously that he cancelled a campaign trip in order to hold an emergency
meeting on Ebola. He then appointed a new Ebola czar, Ron Klain, whose stellar qualifications for
handling a possible Ebola outbreak include flacking for Janet Reno, Al Gore, and Joe Biden. Finally,
Obama held another Ebola meeting after going golfing. Klain skipped the meeting. It was the second
such meeting Klain skipped. Don't worry. The Obama administration has top men on the job.
passengers a month flying from West Africa may be infected with Ebola, warn researchers. Three
Ebola-infected travellers a month can be expected to get on international flights from the West African countries
suffering epidemics of the deadly virus unless more effective exit screening is introduced, scientists have
warned. The three countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are already checking departing air passengers
for fever, but the test cannot spot sufferers in the period before they show symptoms — which can be up to 21 days.
vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials. The pitch was intriguing:
U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for
volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of
Health already had filled its queue and wouldn't need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of
shots of a deactivated virus, a year's worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The
clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising.
'czar' to skip House hearing, aide says. America's newly appointed Ebola 'czar' is not
yet in the House — at least not the ones on Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. Ron
Klain, appointed last Friday [10/17/2014] by President Obama to direct the nation's response to the Ebola crisis,
sent his regrets Monday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which had invited him to testify
this Friday, a committee aide told Fox News. Klain was invited to join Defense and Health and Human Services
department officials also slated to testify at the hearing.
Why is there no surgeon general? Ask
Democrats. The Ebola scare has made many Americans aware that there is no U.S. surgeon
general. (The post is filled by an acting official who is not in line for the job.) There is,
however, an Obama nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has not been confirmed by the
Senate after more than a year of waiting. Why hasn't Murthy won Senate approval in all that time?
Repeats: You Can't Get Ebola on a Bus — [a] Day After [a] Bus [was] Quarantined in
D.C.. On Saturday — one day after a bus that had departed from the Pentagon
was quarantined on Capitol Hill in an Ebola false alarm — President Barack Obama issued a
video message to Americans telling them that "you cannot get it [Ebola] from just riding on a plane
or a bus." "Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch. It's not transmitted through the air
like the flu," Obama said in his weekly video message. "You cannot get it from just riding on a
plane or a bus."
House caught tweaking official Obama transcript. Another chapter in the Obama White
House bid to censor news about its primary occupant. Obama's returned to the campaign trail after
foregoing a handful of events for two days last week to be seen addressing the Ebola crisis. Even as
he's ordered formation of a special national Ebola SWAT team, the president, as is his behavior pattern, has
played down domestic threats from the lethal disease that's killed thousands in West Africa. "Ebola," he
says, "is actually a difficult disease to catch." Which doesn't jibe in the public's eye with all the
hazmat suits, isolation units and sterilization teams deployed after two Dallas nurses contracted the disease.
Empathy Problem. President Obama telegraphs indifference to Americans' well-being.
[...] The response to Ebola underlines all of these tendencies in thick, black ink. His instinct has
been to tamp down fears rather than address threats with alacrity. He is willing to send U.S. troops
to Africa to fight Ebola but not to Iraq to fight the Islamic State. The administration's resistance
to a travel ban makes no sense if the top priority is the safety of Americans.
Democrat "Honor System" For Ebola Carriers, Illegals, Terrorists — And Voters. Roughly 150
air travelers per day, originating from Ebola hell-holes of West Africa, arrive here in the U.S. on board commercial
flights. The flights do not come directly from West African countries, but from places where flights from
those countries connect. Even after the still-unfolding Ebola disaster in Dallas, we are told by our government
that it's safe and sufficient to rely on "self-reporting" by those traveling from such areas of Africa, who otherwise
show no apparent symptoms of Ebola, as to any contact, timelines, or other relevant circumstances about their
possibility of infection. Great! Haven't we seen how this has worked out so far?
Ebola and American
Racism. "It's really interesting how when Ebola was common in Africa, nobody cared
about it, but now that it's common in white countries, there is a vaccine and a cure." The
student who said this to me is a good student. He is intelligent, hard-working, courteous, and
curious about the world. We were conversing on an American university campus in mid-October 2014,
during the worst Ebola outbreak in history. I responded to this student, "Ebola has never been
common in Africa. The death toll is in the thousands, not the millions. Ebola is not common in
white countries. There is no vaccine. There is no cure. There are lots of incurable
diseases that strike lots of white people."
Ebola and American
Racism. In his October 18 Weekly Address, with the Orwellian title "What You Need To
Know About Ebola," President Barack Obama scolded Americans. "We can't give in to hysteria or fear
because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to be
guided by the science. We have to remember the basic facts," nagged Obama. The implication here
is, of course, that Americans are hysterical, panic-prone ninnies who need their president's wagging
index finger to remind them that science is superior to hysteria and fear. It doesn't take long
in any given Google search of the word to discover that Ebola was invented by Americans to murder or
exploit Africans. A Liberian newspaper, The Daily Observer, published an article alleging that
Americans invented Ebola in order to harvest organs from Africans.
Army Handbook From 2011 Confirms Airborne Ebola Cases. The handbook published by the
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled "USAMRID's Medical
Management of Biological Casualties Handbook," is now in its seventh edition. The most recent
edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed to military and civilian
health-care providers around the world. On page 177 of the handbook, in a chapter discussing
"Viral Hemorrhagic Fever" (VHF), a category of viruses that includes Ebola, USAMRID says: "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."
of Epidemiological Hysteria. There have been far fewer cases of, and deaths from,
Ebola Virus Disease (hereinafter "Ebola") during the period of the recent outbreak than from
numerous other endemic diseases that primarily afflict Africans, such as malaria, tuberculosis,
HIV/AIDS, and childhood diarrhea. Yet there is a widespread sense, in the media and among the
public, that particularly urgent measures must be taken to combat Ebola.
Czar Ron Klain was Appointed to Cover Up New Cases of Deadly Virus, Not Protect Americans. Dr.
Nicole Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the federal Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS). Lurie has been mysteriously absent from discussions of the Ebola outbreak.
The media seems rather incurious about her even though she's served in her very high-ranking position for five
years. She is one of only eight direct reports to the HHS Secretary. But Lurie has a sordid
background: she was implicated in a major scandal three years ago, reportedly directing a $433 million
grant to a major Obama donor "and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients."
Plans to Let Ebola-infected Foreigners Into U.S. for Treatment. Judicial Watch has
learned that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S.
citizens into the United States for treatment. Specifically, the goal of the administration is to
bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis. It
is unclear who would bear the high costs of transporting and treating non-citizen Ebola patients.
The plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens
with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.
White House Said to Seek New Funds to Prevent Ebola Spread.
President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funds to combat Ebola, a move
that could shift some political pressure from the White House to lawmakers in the last two weeks
before midterm elections. While the move is unlikely to end criticism of Obama for a faltering
response to the first U.S. cases, it could give him and his fellow Democrats a new talking point:
that Republicans aren't willing to pay to fight Ebola.
Keywords: Petri Dish, guinea pigs, experiments on humans. General:
US Troops Who Contract Ebola Will Be Quarantined in Liberia. If any American soldiers
in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a
medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military
hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified.
of Competence. For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the
most trusted agency in the federal government. In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what
the public thought of various federal agencies, the C.D.C. topped the list, with 66 percent of
respondents describing it as "excellent" or "good."
Propagandists at "The Advocacy Project" Blame Obama's Dysfunctional CDC on... Republicans. A
new ad put out by the left-wing Advocacy Project seeks to link Republican budget cuts with the spread of the
Ebola virus, a shameful fear tactic that could take hold among a populace rightfully concerned about this
epidemic. While media organizations such as Time Magazine and Real Clear Politics have reported on
the existence of the video, all they did was cite the ad, not challenge the veracity of its information.
In doing so, they're acting as vehicles for spreading its misinformation.
Exactly Does a Government 'Czar' Do? [Scroll down] So, what differentiates a "czar" from any
other government officer? One difference is that he or she doesn't always have to be confirmed by
the Senate, allowing the White House to act quickly to put a leader in place in times of crisis.
Here is a brief history of some of the czars the U.S. government has employed during past crises, giving
a hint to what Klain may do, and how he may help or hurt the White House's Ebola response efforts.
Mr. Obama plays a lot of golf. That's
because he's lazy.
Czar Not Included in White House Ebola Meeting. On Friday, the White House announced
Democratic hack Ron Klain as the point-man on the Ebola crisis. But despite his new role, which is
being described as some as the Ebola czar, Klain was not in attendance at the White House meeting on
Ebola on Friday [10/17/2014]. At least 21 other White House officials, including the vice president, were
either in attendance in person or via video conference. Including the White House communications
What Would George Washington Do? As a nervous nation watches the Obama administration's response to the Ebola
crisis, many Americans have concluded that the country's top health officials seem more concerned with stopping the spread
of panic than stopping the spread of the virus. But Americans' fear is only growing, and one reason is that too few
people believe what the president of the United States says anymore.
Klain a 'political operative'. Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday dismissed new Obama administration Ebola czar Ron
Klain a "political operative" without health care experience. "Mr. Klain is not a doctor, he's not a health care
professional, he doesn't have background in these issues," the Texas Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union."
"We don't need a White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been. What we need is presidential
leadership. The person who needs to be on top of this is the president of the United States."
A toxic president. Don't
worry, there's no chance of an outbreak, they said. Then it was, Oops, we must rethink all
procedures for handling cases. Then there was no worry about a "wide" outbreak, yet quarantines for
lots of people. The irrational fear of an alien pathogen is fueled by rational suspicion of an
incompetent and dishonest government. How did the so-called experts at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention give Nurse No. 2 permission to travel by air, even though she had a mild
fever? That's a great question — if only the CDC would answer it.
and the Centers for Dissimulation and Confusion. The initial human infection with Ebola occurs when a human
contacts the virus in nature, either by contact with the host organism, fruit bats, or by touching or ingesting contaminated
meat. Unfortunately, many old buildings in Africa are infested with bats, and it also turns out that bat soup is
considered a delicacy by some. Bushmeat, the meat of wild animals hunted and sold, is also a potential source of
infection. In past times, Ebola might wipe out a small village and disappear. With rapid population growth
and urbanization in Africa, the potential for a massive epidemic grew — and has now been realized.
declared Ebola-free after containing virus. Nigeria was declared free of the deadly
Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end
an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain.
More than a decade
later, SARS offers lessons on Ebola. It was a novel virus whose early symptoms could
easily be mistaken for a dozen other common afflictions. With no treatment or vaccine in hand, it
bubbled up — and quickly mushroomed — in a group of poor, populous countries.
Healthcare workers who treated the infected died by the hundreds. Eventually, the virus boarded
airplanes and crisscrossed the globe, infecting thousands in the span of several months. Millions
more came down with a paralyzing fear of the deadly and mysterious pathogen: severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Insane Ebola Policy Exposes American
Suicide Culture. It's a testimony of the novelty and plain awfulness of Obama's Ebola
Policy that we can quite boldy state that it is unprecedented, even for him. Like a phoenix
returning to its smoking pyre, Barack repeatedly treads the shambolic trail of failure.
health agency chief faulted over confusing Ebola messages. The widening circle of people potentially
exposed to Ebola in the United States is calling into question how well Dr. Thomas Frieden, the lead U.S. public health
advisor, has communicated the risks of the deadly virus, according to crisis management and infectious disease experts.
Seeing Ebola Through
Obama's Eyes. The nephew of the black African who brought Ebola to the United States
doesn't blame his uncle. He blames us. He writes in The Dallas Morning News that his uncle did
everything right in Liberia, but still got Ebola, and wasn't treated correctly in the U.S. The claim
is that he had a right to be on U.S. soil and that it's our fault he's dead. I suspect this is how
President Barack Obama views Ebola. How else do you explain his opposition to a common-sense ban on
travel to the U.S. by people from Ebola-infected countries?
Democrats' embarrassing attempt to blame Republican for Ebola collapses. Democrats
have spent the better part of the week insisting that Republicans who have urged the president to
take stronger measures to contain Ebola in the United States, which he did on Friday with the
creation of a federal Ebola response coordinator, are stoking unwarranted fears among the public. At
the same time, liberals do not see a contradiction in their behavior when they make the dubious
claim that the only reason why there is an Ebola threat to America today is because of Republicans
and their pathological attachment to budget cuts.
appoints lawyer to handle Ebola response. President Obama on Friday tapped longtime
Democratic operative Ron Klain to coordinate the federal government's response to the threat of
widespread infection from the Ebola virus. The move came as the president and his administration
faced mounting criticism about its handling of the disease.
Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe. [Scroll down] Those frustrations spilled over when
Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday [10/15/2014].
Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local
health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat
categories. "It's not tight," a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people
briefed on the meeting.
'Seethes' Over Obama Administration's Inept Response To Ebola. For the past couple of weeks, government elites and their media
courtiers have been sneering at the American public for supposedly over-reacting to the Ebola threat. There has, unsurprisingly, been a
bit of hysteria here and there — human nature remains unchanged — but it's nothing like the cyclone of hysteria portrayed
in certain media outlets. What most people are concerned about is the fumbling, stumbling response of the authorities, especially the
ultimate authorities in Washington, although there's also been some head-shaking about whatever went on at Texas Presbyterian Hospital.
Cruz Schools Candy Crowley on Travel Ban From Hot Zone Ebola Countries. Candy Crowley should always be prepared to be schooled
on her liberal assumptions whenever Senator Ted Cruz is a guest on her State of the Union show as happened today [10/19/2014] when Crowley
parroted the administration line that a travel ban from the Ebola Hot Zone nations of West Africa was both unnecessary as well as harmful.
Watch how well Cruz set Crowley's mind on the path to learning that a ban on such travel, not liberal shibboleth talking points, is what is
needed to halt the spread of that disease into this country.
Carson: I Wouldn't Serve as Surgeon General if Obama Asked. In case you were
wondering, Dr. Ben Carson won't be President Obama's Surgeon General. And even if asked, he would
absolutely, 100 percent refuse. I know, I know, the chances of any of that actually happening are
zilch to zip, but Carson just wanted to make it clear on Hugh Hewitt's show today that even if Obama
asked him to step in to deal with this current Ebola crisis, he would refuse. Hewitt asked
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, if he would serve in that position under Obama. Carson said, "No,
because I would, if I were going to serve in that position, I would have to serve under someone that
Obama Names Democratic
Operative to Coordinate Ebola Response. The appointment of Ron Klain, a seasoned
Democratic operative and White House veteran, spoke of the seriousness of the situation for the
administration, which was eager to put the management of the crisis back on track in the midst of a
tough election season. The response has been criticized as sloppy, with two intensive care nurses in
a Dallas hospital falling ill after treating a Liberian, Thomas Eric Duncan, who eventually died
from the virus.
New Ebola Czar Was Deeply Involved in Solyndra Scandal. Bridget Johnson reported
earlier that President Obama has appointed Ron Klain to become Ebola czar. Klain's career is not
in medicine, epidemiology, or any field related to disease control or prevention. Klain is a
laywer, a K Street lobbyist, and a career Democrat party operative. Klain is not a doctor.
He is a Democrat loyalist. Not only was he involved in Al Gore's 2000 election recount as Bridget
reported, Klain was involved in the Obama administration's Solyndra debacle.
and America's epic institutional fail. Was the director of the CDC somehow unaware
that Ebola has been ravaging nations in Africa for months? Is there any possible explanation beyond
rank incompetence for why Frieden's agency would respond with anything other than a "hands-on"
control team to a case within the United States? That really is a disgrace.
protocols needed to protect U.S. from Ebola. The State Department announced that a
health care worker from Dallas who may have had contact with specimens from Thomas Duncan, the first
person to die of Ebola in the United States, had embarked on a cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on
Oct. 12 and is now [10/18/2014] being kept in isolation aboard the ship "out of an abundance of
caution." Where was that abundance of caution when it counted?
of Homeland Security Links Ebola to Black Power. On September 10, 2014, 10 days before
Ebola victim number one, Thomas Eric Duncan, landed in Dallas, Texas from Liberia, the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, ironically named for 'Chief Jeh,' a Liberian
tribal leader who befriended his grandfather in 1930, spoke to members of the Council on Foreign
Relations. Before the presenter opened the floor to questions on ISIS, Ebola and homegrown
terrorism, Johnson made a few brief remarks, first on DHS's responsibilities, including border
security and protection against nuclear, chemical and biological threats.
czar Ron Klain was a Fannie Mae and Cigna lobbyist. "They won't work in my White
House!" candidate Obama proclaimed about lobbyists. This was never true. Obama has hired
about 100 lobbyists, and now he's just promoted one of them: revolving-door K Street
Democratic operative Ron Klain is now Obama's Ebola czar. Klain served as chief of staff to
Janet Reno and then Al Gore in the 1990s, and as Joe Biden's chief of staff recently. In
between, of course, he was a corporate lobbyist.
Happened To The First "Ebola Czar", Dr. Nicole Lurie? Earlier this week, Sen. John
McCain called for an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A. You have to wonder sometimes if anyone in
a leadership position in the Obama administration bothers to show up to work these days. Case in
point is Dr. Nicole Lurie, who arguably should be front and center in planning for and responding to
the Ebola outbreak.
Watch: Obama Plans to Transfer Ebola-infected Foreigners to U.S. for Treatment. Thursday night [10/16/2014] on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer
predicted that it would only take "a couple more cases like Mr. Duncan" flying to the United States from West Africa with Ebola for the president to back down
from his no travel ban position. But if Judicial Watch's sources are correct, Obama's open door policy for people coming from Ebola infected countries,
may creak open a little wider to allow the transfer of non-US citizens infected with the disease into the country for treatment.
Accuses Americans of Ebola 'Hysteria,' Makes Absurd Argument Against Travel Ban. Take today's [10/18/2014] Good Morning
America where co-anchors Paula Faris and Dan Harris accused Americans of "hysteria" over Ebola and concoted an anti-travel ban argument
flying right into the face of the facts. Speaking of flying, the oblivious duo asserted that a flight ban makes no sense since Ebola
can only be passed via contact with bodily fluids. But surely Faris and Harris know that Thomas Eric Duncan had no such symptoms
when he boarded a plane to the US, where he proceeded to infect at least two people before dying.
hospital has become a 'ghost town' as patients are avoiding facility. The hospital where one man died of
Ebola and two nurses treating him contracted the deadly virus has seen a steep and sharp decline in patients.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, has become a 'ghost town,' with patients cancelling previously
scheduled appointments for procedures and surgeries and others going out of their way to travel to other facilities
even in emergency situations.
after vomiting passenger dies on flight from Nigeria to JFK. A passenger died on a
Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials
gave the corpse only a "cursory" exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola. Rep.
Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection that the handling
of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.
fears after passenger flying from Nigeria to JFK dies in his seat after vomiting profusely. A 63-year-old American
man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely -- but it was only a 'cursory' exam by the
CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola. The unnamed passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday
night [10/15/2014], but passed away before the plane reached its final destination. Flight attendants called the CDC, Port
Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane in protective gear as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers
to remain on board.
The Editor says...
Right after 9-11-2001, the government would issue rash pronouncements whenever any
suspicious event occurred, saying there was absolutely "no connection to terrorism." We are now seeing the same thing with regard to Ebola:
In the story immediately above, other passengers have ample reason to be concerned; after all, people don't usually throw up and die after boarding
an airplane in Nigeria. But don't you worry, Big Brother says immediately, there's no reason to think this has any connection to Ebola.
Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration's Ebola Response. Ebola is causing such anxiety that even alarm over an
outbreak of enterovirus D-68 — far more prevalent and linked to the deaths of at least four children — has
been crowded out. Ditto news of the Islamic State's rampage, a stock-price rollercoaster, and the impending midterm elections.
Understandably, two concerns dominate the public discussion. One is incompetence. [...] Intimately related is the other
questions 21-day Ebola quarantine period. As the 48 patients exposed to the first U.S.
Ebola patient near the end of their 21-day incubation period on Sunday, Oct. 19, a new study is
questioning whether that period is sufficient to keep the public safe. "Twenty-one days has been
regarded as the appropriate quarantine period for holding individuals potentially exposed to Ebola
Virus to reduce risk of contagion, but there does not appear to be a systemic discussion of the
basis for this period," lead researcher Charles Haas, an environmental engineering professor at
Drexel University, wrote in the study paper.
NYT blatantly spins for Obama on Ebola. Just look at the New York Times, always an industry
leader: It's become the official stenographer of the Obama White House. On Saturday, The Times
ran a story about the president and his response to the Ebola outbreak that read like it was dictated word
for word by the president's top men. If I were a stockholder in the New York Times Co., I would
certainly hope the paper was properly compensated for the front-page placement of this naked political advertisement.
Spent 3 Times as Much on "Community Transformation" Than On Disease Control. While the
nurses in Texas were dealing with an Ebola patient without protocols and proper equipment, the CDC
continued to claim the protocols were in place and the hospitals in the U.S. were ready. You have
to understand. Ebola takes them away from their real mission which is to build bike lanes, get rid
of guns, tell you what to eat, and harass anyone who builds a playground.
administration failed to implement all of the CDC's advice to prevent an Ebola outbreak. The Centers for Disease
Control told the incoming Obama administration in 2008 that it should establish 18 regional disease detection centers
around the world to adequately safeguard the U.S. from emerging health threats like Ebola, according to an agency memo.
But six years later, as the government struggles to contain the fallout from a deadly Ebola outbreak at home and abroad, the CDC
still has only 10 centers — and none of them operates in the western Africa region hardest hit by the deadly virus.
vs. civil liberties. Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact
tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its
tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts the CDC was
initially following. Nor were any of the doctors and nurses who treated the "index patient," Thomas Duncan. No one
even had a full list of caregivers.
Says Ebola Travel Bans Could Make Things Worse. President Barack Obama on Saturday [10/18/2014] urged Americans to
avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that
restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea
from entering the United States.
Flip-Flops on Ebola Travel Ban. Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina was
emphatic earlier this week that instituting a travel ban on those attempting to enter the United
States from West African nations ravaged by the Ebola virus was "not going to help solve the
problem." Hagan's Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, had been one of the first candidates for office
to suggest the ban. [...] But in a statement released Friday afternoon [10/17/2014] by her official Senate
office, Hagan appears to have changed her mind.
DHS Now EXPEDITING Visa Requests From Ebola-Infected Countries. The Department of
Homeland Security is proudly advertising its "Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to
Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States." You read that
right. Not only are the Obama Democrats leaving our doors wide open to those seeking entry from
Ebola-infected countries, they're actually expediting visa requests!
Obama to bring non-American Ebola victims to U.S. for treatment. While the bipartisan voice grows to
ban Ebola victims from entering the United States, a new report claims that President Obama is considering a plan to
bring the world's Ebola patients to the United States to be treated. Judicial Watch, the conservative public
watchdog group, says in a shocking report that the president is "actively formulating plans" to admit Ebola-infected
non-citizens just to be treated.
York Times: 'Seething' Obama Has Been Let Down by CDC. Whether it's his IRS
targeting his political opponents, his NSA spying on journalists, his EPA blowing an
oil spill, his HHS fumbling a Website designed to sell only one product (ObamaCare), or
his CDC proving itself so inept you wonder if anyone there has even bothered to see the movie
"Outbreak," President Obama's Palace Guards in the mainstream media are always there to assure us
the President is very, Very, VERY angry and disappointed. As though the guy in charge is the
helpless one, the real victim.
A czar is born:
Competence in question, Obama spins. After convening with top staff for two days to
devise America's Ebola strategy, and roughly 12 hours after allowing that naming an Ebola czar could
be a good idea, President Obama named a political crisis manager to the job. Perfect. Ron Klain's
mission of mercy starts with trying to rescue the Democrats from losing the U.S. Senate and more of
the House of Representatives thanks in part to Obama's demonstrated lack of command. Klain's utter
lack of medical expertise raises all too obvious questions about his ability to lead the government's response
to a public health threat that demands sophisticated, near-instantaneous judgments on everything from treatment
protocols to flight bans.
House defends Ebola czar's lack of medical experience. The White House hit back at
Republican suggestions Friday [10/17/2014] that President Obama should have appointed an Ebola czar with more
medical experience, calling Democratic insider Ron Klain the right person to navigate Washington's bureaucratic
maze. Though the White House admitted that the former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and
Al Gore is not an "Ebola expert," they said he was an "implementation expert."
Newest Victim: How the CDC chief became a media piñata. I'm not a big defender of
[Dr. Tom] Frieden. He seems rather robotic at his televised briefings, rattling off numbered talking
points. He doesn't project a lot of empathy. And he's only grudgingly admitted that his agency has
made several crucial mistakes in handling the response to the virus and those who have been infected. At a
House hearing yesterday [10/16/2014], Frieden, an experienced physician and public health official, used the same
bedside manner, quietly intoning "we will consider all options" when pressed on why the administration isn't imposing
more travel restrictions. As in his TV interviews, he doesn't seem to know how to make news or communicate a
sense of urgency. But this seems to me to be the classic media response to a crisis, reducing it to a
question of which heads should roll.
Hospital Had the Ebola Screening Machine That the Military Is Using In Africa. The
military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far
faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola.
[...] The FilmArray retails for about $39,000 per unit and can screen for the genetic markers of a
wide number of respiratory, gastro-intestinal and other illness, including Ebola, but only with the
right "kit" in place. Current FDA guidelines would not have allowed Dallas Presbyterian Hospital to
get that kit. That's despite the fact that it can provide results with higher than 90 percent
certainty and it's one of the machines that the military is currently using to screen for Ebola in Africa.
Burial Rituals Blamed For Spread Of Ebola. When Muslims die, family members don't turn
to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much
differently. Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several
family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl. Before scrubbing
the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in
the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members
dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.
Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has
spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could
have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in
research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and
would have been ready," said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency's failure to develop a vaccine
for the deadly virus. However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within
the past several years that have gone to questionable research.
Ebola Administration. The Right has had a good deal of fun this week mocking all of
the things that our federal health czars have been paying attention to in recent years rather than
horrifying threats such as Ebola — e.g., figuring out why lesbians are commonly fat but
gay men aren't, stopping us from bringing home cheese from France but not Ebola from Liberia, etc.
But that could very well turn un-funny in short order.
Ebola: First, do
no Harm. In response to repeated inquiries about travel bans to and from Ebola-riddled
nations, Dr. Tom Frieden has said from his very first appearances onward, that our highest moral
obligation is "to first, do no harm." He claims that implementing travel bans would harm the very
people we are trying to help — that bans and quarantines would restrict humanitarian aid
(despite the fact that exceptions can be made for charter and/or military flights to bring supplies
and care in and out of the region) and disrupt economic and political stability in the region.
Moreover, he and other experts claim that there would be a negative impact on the economies of these
already faltering nations.
Ebola, White House calls on media to help calm public. The Obama administration said
Thursday [10/16/2014] it's relying on the news media to help tamp down public anxiety over Ebola.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president is not considering giving a prime-time
address to the nation about the virus. Instead, other administration officials — such as
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden — will continue speaking
to the American people.
Schultz Blames Profit Motive for Texas Hospital Shortcomings. Here in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area where I live, the Ebola outbreak is very much a local issue. Playing tennis with some
buddies this morning, I remarked during a break: "can you imagine what a disaster this Ebola thing
must be for Texas Presbyterian? Who's going to want to go there? The whole hospital could go out
of business!" Pretty obvious, no? It would be akin to the financial disaster that would befall a
restaurant if someone who dined there died of food poisoning. Well, obvious to you and me, perhaps.
But not to Ed Schultz.
Ebola spread can't be ruled out, docs from infamous 'Hot Zone' episode say. Both
President Obama and his top infectious disease experts tried to calm Americans' fears about Ebola
this week by saying the current outbreak cannot be transmitted through the air. But less than
30 miles from where top government officials made their declarations in Washington, scientists a
quarter century ago did in fact prove that an Ebola strain contained to monkeys could spread airborne.
Six Reasons to
Panic. As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the
attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both
Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a
controlled, informed panic might be in order.
Travel Ban Could Make America Less Safe. President Obama discussed the proposal to
institute a travel ban to protect America from the grown Ebola crisis, but suggested he wasn't in
favor of it because it might make Americans less safe: [Video clip]
Scalise Leaves CDC's Frieden Stuttering Over Ebola Travel Ban. Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise grilled the
Centers for Disease Control head Tom Frieden over bans on travel from Ebola-stricken countries and whether the White House
has even spoken to the CDC about the matter. Scalise repeatedly questioned Frieden, who's effectively heading the
administration's response to Ebola, about whether the White House has discussed the possibility of a travel ban with the CDC.
and the Failure of the Administrative State. When news broke two weeks ago that a
Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, had been diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, Dr. Tom Frieden, director
of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, declared: "We are stopping Ebola in its tracks in
this country." Since then, Duncan has died, two of the nurses who treated him have contracted
Ebola, and it has become clear that the situation is a lot less under control than the administration
is willing to admit.
fights to keep Ebola from becoming Katrina. Better late than never presumably. Barack
Obama is finally acting and talking like an actual president on this Ebola crisis. How he and the
CDC Director Tom Frieden have 'handled' the situation from a strategic point of view will likely be
a case study in PR classes someday on how not to perform crisis communications. Their approach was
late, clueless and detached from the average American's reality. No surprise that Washington functionaries
in their arrogant bubble of self-importance are detached from the rest of the country. Especially this president.
How the Feds block Ebola
cures. We have technology to potentially control Ebola and other viral outbreaks
today. But the federal bureaucracy refuses to catch up with 21st-century science. [...] These
companies could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except that the Food
and Drug Administration's insistence on randomized studies and endless demands for more data means
firms have to spend millions on paperwork instead of producing medicines. And for every small
company drained by such tactics, many others conclude it's not even worth trying.
of Lawmakers backing travel ban. Pressure is building on President Obama to ban
flights to West African nations that are battling Ebola, as concerns mount about the disease
spreading in the United States. Administration officials have resisted a flight ban thus far,
arguing it would make it harder to deliver relief supplies to the countries where the virus is
Obama will name Ron Klain
as Ebola Czar. President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar,"
knowledgeable sources tell CNN. The president on Thursday [10/16/2014] signaled his openness to the idea to
have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.
"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more
regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.
Klain named Ebola czar by Obama. Responding to urgent calls from Congress and a
fearful public, President Obama has tapped a former White House official to serve as his "Ebola
czar." Ron Klain, an attorney who worked for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is president
of Case Holdings, which handles business interests for former AOL CEO Steve Case, and general counsel at
Revolution LLC, a tech-focused venture capital firm in Washington, according to the White House.
Rep. Plans Legislation To Ban Travel From Ebola-Stricken Nations To U.S.. With scores
of lawmakers calling for a travel ban, Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) says he plans to introduce
legislation to restrict all commercial flights from Ebola-stricken nations and deny visas to those
with a travel itinerary from those counties. "Now that two of our health care workers have
contracted the virus I am putting my foot down," Ross, the Senior Deputy Majority Whip, said Thursday [10/16/2014].
"This legislation is a more serious approach to preventing Ebola from further infiltrating our homeland.
Airport security screening is a complete smoke and mirror approach to the virus and Americans aren't buying it."
Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training. As the U.S. military rushes to combat
Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves
against the deadly virus. American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding
quickly — forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly.
Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before
leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to arrive have been holing up in
Liberian hotels and government facilities while the military builds longer-term infrastructure on the ground.
Brilliant, idea, Barry! Obama:
We'll Keep Ebola Outby Letting West Africans In. "I don't have a philosophical objection necessarily
to a travel ban, if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe," President Obama said on Thursday
[10/16/2014]. Obama said the experts have advised him that it's more effective to let West Africans into
the U.S. than it would be to keep them out.
The Editor says...
The President (or anyone else, I suppose) can always find "experts" to advise him of anything he wants to hear.
Trump: Something Mentally Wrong With Obama. Thursday on NewsMax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show," real estate
mogul Donald Trump called into question President Barack Obama mental health for refusing enact a travel ban on commercial
flights from West African nations suffering with the Ebola outbreak.
Off Center. A review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has
spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and
lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease.
If you like western Africa so much, stay there! Officials
investigate possible Ebola case at the Pentagon. Pentagon police shut down a building entrance and a portion of the south
parking lot Friday [10/17/2014] because a woman was sick and told emergency personnel she had recently been to West Africa, officials said.
man on Ebola is former Biden staff chief. He's tackled the financial crisis, served
two vice presidents and been portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO film, but Ron Klain's newest job as
the U.S. point person on Ebola may be his toughest challenge to date.
rep worries about Ebola treatment for US troops. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) expressed
concern Wednesday about what the U.S. plans to do if troops helping to fight Ebola in West Africa
contract the disease. "[W]hat happens if they do show symptoms of Ebola? Do we even have the
capacity to bring them back here?" Murphy asked CNN's Wolf Blitzer. In addition to worrying that
the disease could spread in America, Murphy said treatment for soldiers could be life-threateningly slow.
Director's Credibility Collapses: A Series of Tweets. The director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, is reacting to news that a second Dallas nurse
contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who flew to the United States after he knew
that he had been exposed to the deadly virus.
Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes. 1. We shouldn't need an Ebola czar. 2. We
already put somebody in charge of corralling federal bureaucracies and coordinating local responses
to national emergencies. His name is Barack Obama. 3. He has a chief of staff, the nation's chief
operating officer, Denis McDonough; a homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco; a national security
adviser, Susan Rice; a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and a Cabinet
full of secretaries. 4. That should be enough. 5. If it isn't — if all the
president's men and women can't coordinate among themselves, if McDonough isn't strong enough to
ride herd, maybe a massive shakeup is in order.
Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is After The Election. There had never been a case of
Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease
in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S.
who acquired it there, one of whom has died. But the Obama administration refuses to impose a
travel ban. This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure
Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can't put a travel restriction
on countries where a contagious disease is raging.
Ebola vaccine study has begun in Maryland. The first human trials of a Canadian Ebola
vaccine began Monday, part of a flood of experimental therapies rushed into testing to battle the
Ebola epidemic. Although the world has been fighting Ebola since 1976, major drugmakers showed
little interest in the disease because outbreaks were small and sporadic, said Thomas Geisbert, a
professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, who has studied Ebola and tested drugs against
it for many years.
In this country or overseas? McConnell
Says CDC Should Get Money Needed to Battle Ebola. If federal health agencies under
President Barack Obama want more money to fight Ebola, they should get it, according to the Senate's
top Republican. "I think they should have anything they want. The president asked for $88 million a
few weeks ago, we gave it to him," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told MSNBC. "Whatever the
[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] thinks they need, we'll give it to them." The White House
hasn't yet requested more money, although some Democrats have blasted cuts to the CDC budget and other
accounts from sequestration.
Ebola nurse called
CDC several times before boarding flight. In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas
nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said "somebody
dropped the ball." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the
agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees.
But because her fever wasn't 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't officially fall into the group of
"high risk" and was allowed to fly. Officials in the U.S. have been trying to calm fears over the
Ebola crisis, but time and again events have overtaken their assurances.
'Absolutely Confident' U.S. Won't Have 'Serious' Ebola Outbreak. President Obama said
at a cabinet meeting on Ebola today that he is "absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious
outbreak of the disease here in the United States." Just over a week ago, the president said "the
chance of an ebola outbreak in the United States is extremely low."
U.S. troops assisting in Ebola mission
may be quarantined. In an unprecedented move to protect U.S. troops that might be
exposed to Ebola, U.S. military commanders are being given the authority to quarantine troops for 21 days
at a Defense Department facility where they will be monitored for signs of the disease and treated if they do
contract the virus, a Defense Department memo explained. The memo, which was obtained by CNN, spells out
the details of the military's plan for the first time.
worker with Ebola was allowed to fly despite reporting slight fever. The experts had
warned that fighting Ebola is hard, and Wednesday's drumbeat of bad news proved them correct. The
day began with a bulletin about another health-care worker stricken with the deadly disease, and the
news got worse with the revelation that she had flown with a slightly elevated temperature from
Cleveland to Dallas on a crowded airliner barely 24 hours before her diagnosis. Before she
boarded that flight, the woman, identified by Ohio officials as Amber Joy Vinson, 29, informed the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she was running a temperature of 99.5 degrees, a
federal official told The Washington Post.
Seek US Ban on Travelers From Ebola-Stricken Region. A growing chorus of lawmakers is
calling on President Obama to impose travel restrictions on passengers coming to the U.S. from West
African countries stricken by Ebola. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner became the
highest-ranking Republican lawmaker to ask the president to consider a travel ban.
Ebola and optics. President Barack Obama is on high alert about Ebola, and doesn't
want anybody to think otherwise. Any time Obama is campaigning or on vacation when something big
goes wrong — from a downed plane to race riots — aides scoff at the idea that
he is not focusing on his day job. Air Force One has a pretty good conference call feature. The
president does his job from wherever he is, they say. Not this time.
in 2008: Obama administration ignored the CDC's advice to prevent an Ebola outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control told the incoming Obama administration in 2008 that it should
establish 18 regional disease detection centers around the world to adequately safeguard the U.S.
from emerging health threats like Ebola, according to an agency memo. But six years later, as the
government struggles to contain the fallout from a deadly Ebola outbreak at home and abroad, the CDC
still has only 10 centers — and none of them operates in the western Africa region
hardest hit by the deadly virus.
Offer Steps for Avoiding Public Hysteria, a Different Contagious Threat. So far,
emergency rooms have not been overwhelmed with people afraid that they have caught the Ebola virus,
and no one is hiding in the basement and hoarding food. But there is little doubt that the events of
the past week have left the public increasingly worried, particularly the admission by Dr. Thomas R.
Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the initial response to
the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States was inadequate.
to Hold Ebola Meeting With Cabinet. President Obama won't be traveling to New Jersey
and Connecticut later today [10/15/2014], as he had been planning to do. There he was going to raise
money for Democrats up for reelection in November. Instead, Obama is going to be hosting Cabinet
members for a meeting on Ebola.
on Ebola in U.S.: 'I'm confident we can prevent a serious outbreak'. President Barack
Obama canceled a campaign trip at the last minute to stay in Washington and spearhead a more
aggressive response to the Texas Ebola outbreak that has infected two nurses, one who traveled
through Cleveland, and frightened Americans with the prospect that their health system is not
equipped to handle a catastrophic medical event. He said that monitoring of Ebola must be
done in a "much more aggressive way."
Wasted $1.6 Mil on Tranny Beauty Pageant Group. Obama's billionaire Democracy Alliance
trolls have already decided how they're going to divert attention from Obama's botched Ebola
response. Via Erica Payne's Agenda Project Action Fund (the political consultant trolls behind Throw
Granny Off a Cliff) is blaming Republican cuts. [...] In fact the CDC budget is at $6.6 billion.
That money was wasted on assorted junk instead of being used to develop an available Ebola treatment.
Here are some of the places where that money went...
Vinson called CDC, was told OK to fly despite her fever. The calm reassurances offered
by Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC that its protocols are effective and its information is "clear and
correct" are now a laughingstock. Amber Joy Vinson, the Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan,
actually called the CDC asking if it was all right for her to fly a commercial airliner with a fever
of 99.5 and was told to go ahead. Hours after she landed in Dallas, she developed Ebola symptoms.
premier questions Obama's mental state. She's the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness
and Response, a position created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that reports directly to the
Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her mission, according to the HHS website, is "to lead the
nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health
emergencies." Lead? Well, maybe she's leading from behind, because [Doctor Nicole] Lurie's
been nowhere to be found since Ebola showed up on U.S. soil.
spectacular incompetence turns deadly. President Obama, a short-term college professor
and failed community organizer who became a mostly absentee state senator and then an
all-but-invisible U.S. senator, has Petered out. Per the Peter Principle, he has risen to his level
of incompetence — some would argue far beyond it. The president — and the
president alone — let Ebola into America. He could have made one phone call (even on
Saturday, when playing his 200th round of golf as president) and said one sentence to protect all
Americans from the usually fatal disease: "No one from West Africa gets into the country."
the idiot with the clipboard?'. As news helicopters swarmed over Dallas' Love Field on
Wednesday evening to watch the second U.S. nurse to contract Ebola board a private plane bound for
Atlanta, one lone mysterious man stood out from the pack. Holding a clipboard and directing the
transfer, the unidentified man seemed to be the only person on the tarmac without protective
clothing, wearing just a button down shirt and slacks. While Ebola is not an airborne disease,
his presence so close to patient Amber Vinson's medical team sparked fears after he was seen
grabbing a container and hazmat trash bag from one of the workers' in full-protective gear and later
boarding the flight.
Travel to Curb Ebola. The threat of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States
is small; the object should be to keep it that way. Banning travel to and from West
Africa — most importantly, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where Ebola is
epidemic — is a commonsense measure that would help to keep the disease contained and the
risk of its spread abroad low. The White House, or the White House working with Congress, could
quickly and easily establish a blanket ban on travel. They could also provide for appropriate
exceptions to ensure that aid continues to reach afflicted areas.
dispatchers forbidden from saying 'Ebola' on the radio. City officials are so jittery
about causing widespread Ebola panic that 911 dispatchers have been forbidden from dropping any
"E"-bombs over the radios, The [New York] Post has learned. An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use more
vague terms when discussing the deadly disease, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.
"At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word 'Ebola' or
related terminology," according to the advisory, which was obtained by The Post.
Has Ebola Czar Nicole Lurie Been MIA? Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain called for
an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since Nicole Lurie, M.D.,
M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A.
Obama Calls For a Medical
'SWAT Team' To Fight Ebola. President Barack Obama called for monitoring the spread of
the Ebola virus "in a much more aggressive way" after a top-level White House meeting. He
directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to organize and send what he referred
to as a medical "SWAT team" within 24 hours of a diagnosis.
No, no, no. If there is one thing this country has
too many of already, it's SWAT teams.
The surrealism of Obama's Ebola.
"The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low"-President Barack
Obama, September 16 in a speech in Atlanta. Less than one month later, Obama's predictions were
proven fatally wrong. Within days of this extremely low chances of an Ebola outbreak in America
prediction, several Americans have been diagnosed with the virus with innumerable more potentially
exposed to it.
Obama's Ebola problem. The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening
to sink the Obama presidency. Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the
outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday [10/15/2014], when it was
revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital.
Declaration Planned for Ebola Fight. Dallas County Commissioners tabled plans to
declare a disaster over the Ebola virus at a Thursday [10/16/2014] meeting, deciding to restrict the travel of
health care workers exposed to the virus without it. Commissioners had been expected to make the
declaration Thursday, but went into a closed-door session at the start of an emergency meeting.
Afterward, the commissioners returned and said they believed a disaster declaration would ultimately
hurt Dallas more than it would help.
Ebola Twilight of Public Institutions. On Wednesday [10/15/2014] the World Health Organization
warned of the threat of a global plague, which can cause "vomiting, marked hypocalcemia, metabolic
acidosis, convulsions and, in rare cases, even death." Ebola? No, the WHO culprit is the
overconsumption of energy drinks.
The Bloomberg Disease.
One name that hasn't surfaced yet in respect of the floundering by the federal government in the
face of Ebola is Michael Bloomberg. Yet it was the former mayor of New York City who gave the nation
Thomas Frieden, who is one dangerous doctor and is the middle of the catastrophe. Mr. Bloomberg made
him New York City's Commissioner of Mental Hygiene, which is a post that tries to re-educate New
Yorkers so that they will accept passively living like socialists. Now Dr. Frieden directs the
Centers for Disease Control, where he wants to do the same thing. He is emerging as what the New
York Times, in a story on page one of its Web site this morning, calls the "face of the nation's
worry" and also, in respect of Ebola, the Obama administration's "flawed response." Because of the
government's blunders in the Ebola emergency, people are starting to look a harder look at Bloombergism.
May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight Ebola: Sources. President Barack Obama
issued an executive order on Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard and
Reserve forces to West Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak there. Under the mandate, the
secretaries of defense and homeland security can order to active duty some members of the Selected
Reserve and the Individual Ready Reserve mobilization.
Ebola in the Big Apple? CDC tells
NYC to get ready. Federal health officials are focusing their attention on New York as
a key potential Ebola point of entry, with a new report warning: "Ongoing transmission of Ebolavirus
in West Africa could result in an infected person arriving in NYC." The report from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention noted that New York is key entry point for those coming in from
West Africa, but apparently so far Ebola free.
On the Travel
Ban. The communications operation of the federal government has been classically
Obama-esque. At every turn they've over promised and under-delivered. It seems obvious to me that
the two main drivers of this failure are an undue prioritization of politics and a typical
overconfidence in the government bureaucracy. Whenever you listen to Friedan, Fauci or Obama talk
about this, they do so in a way that leaves you wondering what the real facts are. What are they not
telling us? At every turn they issue categorical statements about how things are under control and
that X or Y won't happen and when X or Y happen, they say it's because of a breach in
protocol they cannot identify.
'No Question' Ebola Outbreak Puts Obama 'In A Bad Light'. Former White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney said there is "no question" that the environment caused by the Islamic State,
Ukraine, and Ebola crises has put President Obama in a "bad light." "You don't get to choose the
crisis you deal with as a president," Carney said. "I think in the end, this is not a political
issue. It's an issue that has to be handled. There is no question in this environment it
all washes back on the White House and that puts him in a bad light."
nurse to be transferred to DC suburb. The first Dallas healthcare worker infected with
Ebola will be transferred to an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) near
Washington, D.C. The nurse, 26-year-old Nina Pham, will arrive in Bethesda, Md., after several
days of care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the
NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed the transfer, first reported
by NBC News, to lawmakers during a hearing on Ebola Thursday [10/16/2014].
Admin Predicted 25% Ebola Threat To U.S; Obama Downplayed. President Obama assured the
American public that our country's Ebola risk was extremely low, even after a federal
government-funded study quietly found a nearly 25 percent chance of Ebola reaching the United States
in September 2014. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the federal government's Models of
Infectious Disease Agency co-funded a September 2 analysis on the threat of Ebola's spread to
countries including the United States, Israel's Arutz Sheva reported. The analysis was circulated
among federal government officials prior to its September 2 publication date.
Embassies in Ebola-Stricken Countries Are Still Processing Visas for Non-US Citizens.
Despite the outbreak of Ebola, it is still possible to get a visa from the three West African
countries at the heart of the outbreak, and a key congressman is demanding to know why. Rep. Ed
Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, sent a sternly worded letter to
Secretary of State John Kerry about the Obama administration's handling of the Ebola epidemic in
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
NIH Doctors Treating 1st Nurse with Ebola Won't Be Under Travel Restrictions. Dr.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a House
subcommittee Thursday that doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., who will
be treating Nina Pham — the first nurse to contract Ebola from Liberian Ebola patient
Thomas Eric Duncan — will not be under travel restrictions. "According to the
guidelines that the people who will be coming into contact with her will be physicians, nurses and
others who will be in personal protective equipment, and therefore, they are not restricted," Fauci
told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee.
'I hugged and kissed' medical staff treating an Ebola patient — and 'felt perfectly safe
doing so'. President Obama Wednesday that the dangers of a widespread Ebola outbreak
in the United States are "extraordinarily low," pointing to his own contact with medical personnel
treating a patient infected with the virus. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with cabinet
secretaries and other top federal officials, Obama said Ebola is being "taken very seriously at the
highest levels of government," but stressed that the risk of infection for the average American
remains very low. Obama said he had been in close contact with nurses at Emory University
hospital who cared for two American Ebola patients.
82% want quarantine, 66% would block entry. As the Ebola crisis surges to the top
issue on the minds of Americans, a new poll finds that 82 percent of those following the issue
closely want to quarantine anybody who has recently traveled to the virus-stricken nations.
We'll consider Ebola travel ban. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director
Tom Frieden told a House panel Thursday he isn't ruling out a travel ban from Ebola-stricken
nations. "We will consider any options to better protect Americans," Frieden told the House
Energy and Commerce Committee at a hearing examining the federal government's response to the Dallas
Ebola cases. Lawmakers repeatedly pressured Frieden about a travel ban from Ebola "hot zones," a
move President Obama has resisted despite increasing public support for one.
calls up reserves to deal with Ebola in Africa. President Obama issued an executive
order Thursday [10/16/2014] allowing the Pentagon to call up reserve troops to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa.
Obama also opened the door to an Ebola "czar" to coordinate the response, saying that an
additional official may be helpful as his advisers juggle threats of terrorism and the upcoming flu
season. And while he said he had no "philosophical objection" to barring west Africans from
traveling to the U.S. from western Africa, he said he would continue to listen to experts who say "a
flat-out travel ban is not the best way to go."
Fish and Wildlife Service on Ebola: 'Consequence of Deforestation and Climate Change'.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted on its website an article that claims Ebola is a "direct
consequence" of manmade climate change. The article also stated that the virus specifically
threatens conservation efforts focused on ape and monkey populations in Africa, including those in
Guinea, one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak and where the U.S.-run Chimpanzee
Conservation Center is located. "The larger conservation connection, however, is perhaps less
obvious: Ebola appears to be a direct consequence of deforestation and human disturbance," the
Obama Go to Ebola Ground Zero? After a series of missteps in dealing with an Ebola patient from Liberia, two health
care workers who cared for the man are now infected — raising fresh concerns about the capacity of government
agencies, private health care systems, and the American public itself to grapple with the virus. Five questions quickly
came to mind.
Ebola Patient Traveled By Air Day Before Symptoms
Surfaced. The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of
Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.
The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth.
puts our security at risk. This is what happens when President Obama refuses to ban travel to America from Ebola-ravaged countries in
West Africa, strictly for political and politically correct reasons.
The Dallas case suggests that the disease is more contagious than Americans
are being told, given the fact that the nurse who was in contact with Duncan was wearing full protective gear. It certainly calls into question
Obama's statement that "you cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus."
By not banning flights — or
shutting the southern border — Obama is putting our national security at risk, to say nothing of the 3,000 U.S. troops whose lives are now
in danger after he nonsensically deployed them to Africa to fight the disease.
sending team of 16 Ebola experts to Dallas. A female hospital worker in Dallas tested
positive for the Ebola virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported early Wednesday
[10/15/2014]. A statement from the CDC says the preliminary test was performed overnight at the
Texas public health laboratory in Austin on a specimen from another worker who cared for Thomas Eric
Duncan, the Liberian man who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas a week ago.
absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research. This ad is simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking
point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation's ability to handle the Ebola outbreak. It mixes statistics — the budget for the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "cut" $585 million (the ad offers no date range) — with disturbing images of the outbreak and
various Republican leaders saying variations of the word "cut."
House Dems call for U.S. troops in Africa to
give direct Ebola care. A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola
patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are
performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass
(Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that.
New Ebola patient transferred to Atlanta. Federal
health officials said they are planning for more Ebola cases as 50 Dallas healthcare workers undergo "intensive follow-up" to catch signs they might have the virus.
"We are planning for the possibility of further cases in the coming days," said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on a call with
reporters. "The investigation is identifying additional healthcare workers who will be very closely [monitored]."
nurse flew on Frontier Airlines hours she was hospitalized. Amber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, had a fever of 99.5 degrees and
boarded a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, anyway — just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, CDC officials are trying to track down
all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday [10/13/2014] with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus.
Ebola and the
Stench of Democrat Desperation. One of the most fascinating things to me during this
election season has been the media's studious obliviousness to the obvious stench of desperation
surrounding Democrat campaigns. By comparison to the Republican disaster of 2006, the Democrats are
showing an equally obvious amount of fleeing the Democrat brand ID, the Democrat President, and
Democrat policies, and an equally obvious amount of fetid desperation in their attack ads.
A Texas College Deny Men Admittance Because Of Ebola? Are some students, expecting to
attend classes in North Texas, being denied a higher education because of Ebola? CBS 11 News
has learned that Navarro College is refusing to admit at least two Nigerian men to the school because of
where they're from.
the CDC put Dallas health care workers at risk? When I recently called for the
resignation of CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden, some of you may have thought I went too far. And yet
here we are, facing startling claims that the Dallas medical staff who responded to the first patient
diagnosed with Ebola in the United States — including a nurse who is now hospitalized with the
virus — had limited protocols in place. America, if you weren't worried by Frieden's
inadequacy before, you should be now.
Nurse's Boyfriend in Isolation for Possible Exposure to Ebola. There is some good news
today for Dallas nurse Nina Pham. The 26-year-old has Ebola, but has released a statement in which
she says that she is "doing well." She received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the
American missionary who contracted Ebola but survived it. Brantly survived in part thanks to a blood
transfusion that he got from a fellow Ebola survivor. The blood of Ebola survivors has antibodies in
it that fight the deadly virus, which kills about 70% of its victims.
now watching 125 people for Ebola signs. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention is now monitoring 125 people for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, including 76 who
came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease last week in
a Dallas hospital. CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters Tuesday [10/14/2014] that so far,
only one nurse who helped care for Duncan has contracted Ebola and no other people have been diagnosed
with the disease.
death rate rises to 70 percent, says world health body. Global health officials said
Tuesday [10/14/2014] that the death rate in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 70 percent, up from
50 percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement at a news conference in
Geneva, where officials said there could be up to 10,000 new cases of the virus every week within two months.
Brown: Anyone with Ebola can 'walk across' our 'porous' border. When I reported the
other day that GOP Senate candidate Tom Cotton had claimed ISIS is collaborating with Mexican drug
cartels to infiltrate the border and kill Arkansans, a number of folks joked on twitter that if
Cotton had thrown Ebola into the mix, he would have hit the Fox News Trifecta. It turns out that
at least two GOP Senate candidates are, in fact, linking Ebola to the border, and using that double
jolt of fear to attack Dem Senate incumbents.
cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care at Dallas hospital. A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area
of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and
faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.
General Still Silent On Ebola. On Wednesday [10/1/2014], Breitbart News reported that
the U.S. Surgeon General's office had not said anything about the ongoing Ebola crisis, as public
confusion, fear and frustration continue to mount. In fact, the lead story on the Surgeon General's
website on the first day of October was a message that September was "Fruits & Veggies — More Matters
Month!" Since then, nothing has changed: Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak is silent.
Mayor: 'It May Get Worse Before it Gets Better'. Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said Ebola
"may get worse before it gets better." "But," the public official promised, "it will get better."
[...] The comments were given at a news conference in Dallas this morning announcing that another
hospital worker in Dallas has been diagnosed with Ebola.
Is Risking a U.S. Ebola Outbreak for His Own Ambitions. Nearly 60 percent of Americans
want the government to shut down flights to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, sources
of the Ebola virus. Why isn't the White House playing ball? One theory: because once again,
President Barack Obama is serving his legacy at the expense of the country. Six years ago he put
his legacy-building healthcare legislation ahead of the need to create jobs and reboot our fragile
economy. Today, his ambition to be a hero to Africa is undermining common sense approaches to
protecting Americans from the Ebola virus.
Centers for Everything But Disease Control. So now the federal health bureaucrats in
charge of controlling diseases and pandemics want more money to do their jobs. Hmph. Maybe if they
hadn't been so busy squandering their massive government subsidies on everything but their
core mission, we taxpayers might actually feel a twinge of sympathy. At $7 billion, the
Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000.
Union: Ebola Patient Left In Open Area Of ER For Hours. A Liberian Ebola patient was
left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for
days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a
statement released late Tuesday [10/14/2014] by the largest U.S. nurses' union.
Restaurant Still Getting Five-Star Reviews. NBC medical correspondent Nancy
Snyderman's Ebola quarantine violation last week has made a victim of an unlucky restaurant in
Hopewell, New Jersey. Snyderman, reportedly a resident of nearby Princeton, was spotted Thursday [10/9/2014]
on a takeout trip to Peasant Grill specialty market in Hopewell Boro. At the time, Snyderman had
agreed to remain under quarantine after returning from an assignment in Liberia that left one member
of her team stricken with Ebola. After TMZ Sunday reported her public appearance, Snyderman got a
lethal dose of bad publicity, and the voluntary quarantine became mandatory.
Blood Transfusions From Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly Could Help Patients. Ebola
survivor Dr. Kent Brantly has donated the plasma in his blood to three patients in the last month,
echoing what one of his former patients did for him before he left Liberia. Brantly was caring for
sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan's Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the
first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July.
decades-old treatment that may save a young Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. In late
July, when it looked like Dr. Kent Brantly wasn't going to make it, a small news item escaped
Liberia. It spoke of Brantly's treatment — not of the Ebola vaccine, Zmapp, which Brantly
later got. But of a blood transfusion. He had "received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who
had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly's care," the missive said.
the world of Ebola, no room for error. They work in two-person teams, always. Their
temperature is monitored four times per shift. Safety meetings take place daily. In "Ebola world,"
there's no margin for error for the doctors, nurses and others taking care of people with the deadly
virus. "You must bat 1000 every day," said Ken Isaacs of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian
humanitarian relief group running medical facilities in challenging conditions in the heart of the
West African outbreak. "If you make a mistake, people die."
Nurses' union slams Texas
hospital for lack of Ebola protocol. A second health care worker at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health
officials said Wednesday [10/15/2014] — casting further doubt on the hospital's ability
to handle Ebola and protect employees. The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately
isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said.
2014 October surprise. Ebola has become the October surprise of this year's midterm
elections, with Democrats and Republicans doing battle over everything from restrictions on travel
to the disposal of a victim's remains. The U.S. public is increasingly fearful of the virus
following three cases in Texas and news that the fatality rate for infected patients has hit 70
percent in West Africa.
nursing union says NO US hospital can cope with Ebola. Nurses at the Dallas hospital
where the first patient died of Ebola in America have spoken out to insist there were no protocols
for dealing with the disease in place — and claim that no hospital in the country is
prepared to deal with the deadly virus.
Director Responds to Calls for Resignation, Faces Off with Megyn Kelly. CDC Director
Dr. Tom Frieden faced off with Megyn Kelly tonight over how the agency is dealing with cases of
Ebola in the United States. Kelly even brought up calls by her colleagues, including Bill O'Reilly,
for him to resign for his mishandling of the situation. Frieden kept assuring that despite a
smattering of cases in the U.S., the CDC is doing everything it can to make sure contact with others
is minimal and hospitals have the tools they need to treat. Kelly confronted him with past
assurances that Ebola would be stopped in its tracks and wouldn't be coming to the United States.
Preparation 'Will bankrupt my hospital!' Director Reacts to CDC Prep Call. Dr. Betsy
McCaughey appeared on Fox just after she had attend a CDC conference call with hospitals this
afternoon. Host Stuart Varney asked her what it would take to set up 50 hospitals to be ready for
Ebola. McCaughey's answer is stunning. According to her, after the CDC outlined its preparation
strategy, one hospital administrator responded, "What you're telling us would bankrupt my hospital!"
She said that that administrator represents a Southern California hospital.
the spread of Ebola by wiping out malaria with DDT. It is good to see President Obama
and his political machine finally wake up, sound the alarm and spring into action against the
ongoing global humanitarian crisis that is Ebola. [...] If it were not so tragic, it might be
comical to hear his minions squirm, vacillate, hem and haw about what Americans should do. One
minute, everybody is to remain calm. Then next, we are all supposed to "think Ebola" and monitor our
fevers and cease personal contact. One thing is absolutely certain: These people have been
exactly, completely, 100 percent wrong every step of the way.
Gutierrez: I have a duty to protect America, which is why I can't support a border security bill. You trust a guy
who openly admits his only loyalty is to the immigrant community to do what's best for the country at large, don't you? [...]
Meanwhile, Dick Durbin's blaming the Ebola epidemic in Africa in part on House Republicans' failure to pass the Gang of Eight
bill. If Boehner came back to him today with a pure border security bill that contains some provisions for fighting Ebola,
think Durbin would suck it up and sacrifice amnesty to pass it? Me neither.
The Angel of Death.
One of the most interesting things about the West African Ebola outbreak is that stopping the
disease has very little to do with hospital treatment. In fact, according to the WHO, it makes
almost no difference to survival whether a West African is taken to a hospital or not. [...] A
Liberian woman named Fatu Kekula reportedly nursed 3 out of 4 of her stricken relatives back to
health using only plastic trashbags to make up her protective equipment and a cell phone to consult
her family doctor on treatment instructions. She made the best use of what she had. By contrast
"government" response has been a shambles. They have made the worst use of what they had.
Ebola Crisis. Recent days have brought two alarming developments in the struggle to
contain Ebola. The campaign against the epidemic in West Africa, the only sure way to prevent the
spread of the virus to the United States and other countries, fell even further behind. And the
discovery that a nurse treating an Ebola patient in Dallas had herself become infected despite wearing
protective gear raised questions about the readiness of American hospitals to deal with Ebola patients.
The Editor says...
Think about this action for a moment. If it were Obama's goal to intentionally introduce Ebola into the U.S. and spread it around,
what would he do differently? He is taking 500 Americans (in this case, randomly selected from the 50 states) and sending them to Africa, exposing
them to the Ebola virus. Eventually those 500 people will return home (we hope), and eventually they will return to their home towns. When
the soldiers finish their 21-day isolation period, they are considered free of the disease. But how do we know 21 days is enough, and how will
we know the apparently healthy soldiers are not asymptomatic carriers?
outbreak: Nigeria 'a week away' from beating virus. Nigeria will be officially declared Ebola-free in
less than a week after containing the disease that has killed more than 4,000 people. Eight of the 20 people
infected in the country died and there have been no new cases confirmed since 8 September.
Ebola: The President
Is Responsible. [Scroll down] The point here is that for the first time in American history, the
AIDS epidemic saw the American Left politicize disease. Making the way a president handled a dangerous threat
to the public health a serious, legitimate up-front-and-in-your-face political issue. Now along comes
President Obama's struggle with Ebola. With precedent making it all too clear that the subject of a serious
health epidemic is now Exhibit A in terms of a president's managerial effectiveness or ineffectiveness,
the wisdom of his policies or the lack thereof.
urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola'. Every hospital must know how to
diagnose Ebola in people who have been in West Africa and be ready to isolate a suspected case, Tom
Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday [10/13/2014].
airport screening for Ebola actually work? Ebola panic is well under way. The
disease, which has killed more than 4,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has claimed
its first victims in the West, and Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has compared its spread to
that of the HIV virus. As the public grows more nervous, the British government — among
others — has announced that it is to begin screening passengers at Gatwick, Heathrow and the
Eurostar terminal. But will it do any good?
Has Failed In Its Job To Protect Americans From Ebola. The problem of invasion across
our border is no longer just a jobs problem. It's a national security problem, a welfare problem, a
public school problem and a dangerous disease problem. It's not a problem of accepting a few lost
teenagers who arrived unannounced and demanded admission. It's a problem of our public schools
suddenly being invaded by thousands of young adults who have never been to any school, who are not
familiar with basic hygiene, who can't read or write, who don't speak English or even familiar
Spanish (but speak one of 21 different Spanish or Indian dialects) and who may carry new diseases
such as EV-D68. It's a problem of requiring our newly burdened health care establishment to deal
with diseases that are not common in the U.S.
spent millions on wacky projects but now complains cuts killed off Ebola vaccine research. The
$30 billion U.S. National Institutes of Health blamed tightening federal budgets on Monday [10/13/2014] for
its inability to produce an Ebola vaccine, but a review of its grant-making history in the last 10 years has
turned up highly unusual research that redirected precious funds away from more conventional public health
projects. The projects included $2.4 million to develop 'origami' condoms designed with Japanese folding
paper in mind, and $939,000 to find out that male fruit flies prefer to romance younger females because the
girl-flies' hormone levels drop over time.
short on reasons to trust. The CDC has been unclear on how Ebola is transmitted, and has looked clumsy and
untrustworthy. Despite the CDC's assurances, Ebola fears persist. As Matthew Continetti writes: "Again, the
authorities behave irresponsibly and inscrutably. Again, the faces on our televisions say there is no cause for
alarm. ... These dangers are real, and pressing, and though the probability of their occurrence is not high, it is amplified
by the staggering incompetence and failure and misplaced priorities of the U.S. government. It is not Ebola I am afraid
of. It is our government's ability to deal with Ebola." The CDC's spate of problems with handling other dangerous
pathogens like anthrax, smallpox and deadly influenza samples doesn't inspire much confidence either.
screening at Heathrow airport blasted [as] 'a complete joke'. Britain's Ebola screening plans descended into chaos
on its first day today after people flying to the UK from high risk countries revealed the checks are not compulsory.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said airline passengers from West Africa must be checked for symptoms 'to make our country safe'
and warned the epidemic could be as deadly as Aids.
want flight restrictions from Ebola countries. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they
are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want
flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread. A new
poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support
restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent
would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease's spread.
to Nurses: Make a Mistake and You Die. On Sunday, health officials announced that a
nurse who had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola-infected Liberian, has the virus and is in
isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the same hospital where Duncan died.
This news exposes the falsehood behind the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's repeated
assurances for months that "U.S. hospitals can safely manage patients with Ebola." That's a whopper.
[...] Treating Ebola patients is a deadly job. More than 233 doctors and nurses have caught Ebola
and died in Africa this year.
Planned To Cut CDC Budget For Public Health Preparedness And Response. President Obama
proposed to cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) funding in his fiscal year
2012 budget proposal. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is currently blasting out
ads accusing Republicans of voting to cut CDC's Ebola-fighting capabilities in February 2011 by
voting for a bill to cut $60 billion from the federal budget, including from the CDC, in
anticipation of the fiscal year 2012 budget battle.
and fear spread, so Obama fundraises. [Scroll down] It was inevitable 21 days from a
midterm election that Ebola would also infect the nation's politics. The usual Washington suspects
call for flight bans, as if no one can change planes in Europe. They call for an Ebola czar, as if
another padded federal department would fix things right up. It's all just futile flopping for an
anxious population detecting the spread of an even more virulent virus: Fear. Here's the real
problem: There is no national leadership. We have a president. But he is no leader.
director Dr. Tom Frieden should resign. Right now, I'm not as afraid of Ebola as I am
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency held a press conference
Monday to provide an update on the transmission of Ebola to a nurse that cared for Thomas Eric
Duncan. After listening to this update, I have to say, I am more convinced than ever that CDC
director, Dr. Tom Frieden is not the right person for the job. And I say this because this latest
press conference consisted of him telling a room of reporters what anyone who has ever dealt with
Ebola in the past should have known.
CDC say we need to 'rethink' Ebola. What are we NOT being told about Ebola? How is
it that so many health workers around the world are now going down with this lethal virus? Why
should we continue to trust the official 'protocols' laid down for dealing with Ebola when there are so many
apparent 'breaches'? These are three very serious questions that need to be answered very quickly.
Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She? [Scroll down] What's particularly interesting
about this discussion, then, is that nobody has even discussed the fact that the federal government
not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department
specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The
woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously
invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she's still on the job even though three
years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company
with ties to a Democratic donor — and away from a company that was developing a treatment
now being used on Ebola patients.
The Fourth Horseman has Arrived.
On September 30 the first African to make it to the U.S. with Ebola was identified. By
October 8 he was dead. Ebola has arrived and, despite everything that the various agencies of the Obama
Administration are telling us — the Centers for Disease Control and Homeland Security — I have
no confidence it will not keep arriving. Rather than denying entry to those living in the nations where Ebola
exists, there is no indication that U.S. embassies have been instructed to not issue visas. [...] Britain and
France have ended flights to or from the affected nations. The U.S. has not. This provides zero
protection to flight crews, nor those at the arrival airports who process passengers. No mention is
made of our porous southern border that is trespassed daily.
The Fear Equation.
Last week, the Obama Administration announced that, at five major U.S. airports, passengers arriving
from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone will be checked for fever. That measure isn't likely to be
any more effective at detecting the Ebola virus than it was at finding SARS.
outbreak: Why Obama is allowing Ebolaphobia to spread. With the death of Thomas Eric
Duncan, news of a second possible case of Ebola in the Dallas area (that of Sgt. Michael Monning)
and worries that dogs and other animals could transmit Ebola, fears of a deadly epidemic in the
United States are bound to accelerate. The reality is that multiple deaths from Ebola are
likely in America, but the psychological toll is already far outpacing the physical one.
Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong.
A nurse contracts Ebola. An urgent care center in Boston shuts down when a sick man recently returned from Liberia
walks in. Health care workers complain they haven't been properly trained to protect themselves against the deadly
virus. Public health experts are asking whether the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partly to
blame. Here are five things they say the CDC is getting wrong.
The Centers for Disease Control
Loses Its Grip. I have lived long enough, now, to have seen it again and again.
Something goes badly wrong involving a corporation, a university, a religious denomination, or a
branch of government, and the executive in charge or a designated minion goes before the press to
engage in what is euphemistically called "damage control." The spokesman does not level with the
public. He or she tries to be reassuring and — more often than not — by lying,
succeeds in undermining confidence in the institution he or she represents. This is what is now
going on with the Centers for Disease Control.
You Can't Get Ebola 'Sitting Next to Someone on a Bus;' CDC: 'Avoid Public Transportation'. Speaking in a video message to
residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents
can avoid the disease, including: "You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus." At the same
time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans who travel to the Ebola-stricken nations to "avoid public
Head Blames Funding Cuts for Lack of Ebola Vaccine. Dr. Francis Collins, head of the
National Institute of Health, told Huffington Post's Sam Stein that an ebola vaccine might already
exist were it not for a decade-long slowdown in medical research funding. "NIH has been working
on Ebola vaccines since 2001," Collins said.
A Conflation of Viruses.
Is anyone surprised that after Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan succumbed as the first victim of the Ebola
virus to die on American soil his demise would become a cause célèbre for the race-hustling
Left? Of course not. The only surprise was that it was Jesse Jackson, whose exploits in racial
demagoguery have of late been plagued by a relative lugubriousness in comparison to more ebullient contenders
like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, who commandeered the train by insinuating himself among Duncan's family members
to accuse Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of bigotry for the sin of not saving its most high-profile patient.
Incompetence and Deadly Recklessness in Ebola Threat Response. Within the span of a
couple of weeks, the Obama administration and the director of the CDC have proven themselves to be
dangerously incompetent and reckless in dealing with the deadly threat that the Ebola virus poses to
the American people. Despite feeding us politically-correct bromides that we have little to fear
from Ebola and Obama's personal reassurances that "the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the
United States are extremely low," Ebola has reached America. People are infected, some are under
quarantine, many more are being monitored, and one has already died. Just last week, Tom
Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lectured the American people
that closing the border "would not work" in controlling the spread of Ebola to the United States.
In classic Orwellian newspeak he warned that restricting travel to and from West Africa would put
Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola.
General 'missing in action' after first Ebola patient in America died. When the Ebola
began to savage thousands West Africans, it was Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head, Dr.
Thomas Frieden, who promised Americans that a similar 'widespread outbreak' would not occur in the
U.S. [...] Frieden, not the 'Nation's Doctor,' has been at the forefront of the Ebola crisis
throughout the last several months, leading some Americans to wonder why the surgeon general hasn't
led the administration's efforts to stop the spread of the deadly disease in America.
Jackson, Dallas lawmaker blame racism for Ebola patient's death. Dallas County
Commissioner John Wiley Price and the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. have made similar arguments this week
that Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died because his
race and lack of "privilege" kept him from receiving the care he needed.
Ebola Out of America. I and many others are not comfortable with the idea of bringing
infected individuals into our midst when we can readily treat them elsewhere and happily receive
them back once the infectious danger has passed. When one does a logical benefit-to-risk
analysis, it is clear that the worst things that could happen by intentionally bringing this
dangerous disease to America are far worse than the best things that could happen. Some say
if we bring infected individuals here, it will accelerate research endeavors and a potential cure or
effective vaccination. Others say that not bringing infected citizens back demonstrates an
insensitivity toward wonderful people who risk their lives for others. I am sympathetic to these
arguments, and if we did not have safer alternatives, they would convince me.
fear Ebola virus COULD spread through the air and not just through contact with bodily
fluids. As the death toll from Ebola reaches 3,800, experts are warning that the virus
could mutate and become airborne, meaning that it could be caught by breathing it in. The public
is being told by health officials that the virus that causes Ebola cannot be transmitted through the
air and can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids — blood, sweat,
vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen — of an infected person who is showing symptoms.
However, several leading Ebola researchers claim that the virus mutating and spreading through the
air should not be ruled out.
bill for deceased Texas Ebola patient nearly $1,000 an hour. Caring for Thomas Eric
Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, may cost as much as $500,000, a bill that his hospital is unlikely
to ever collect. Duncan, who died Wednesday morning, was in critical condition at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he had been isolated since Sept. 28. He had been on a
ventilator, had been given an experimental medicine and is received kidney dialysis, a hospital
spokeswoman said Tuesday [10/7/2014]. His treatment likely included fluids replacement, blood transfusions and
drugs to maintain blood pressure. There's also the cost of security, disposing of Ebola-contaminated
trash and equipment to protect caregivers.
Isn't this what the Peace Corps is for? Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!
We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's
government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. [...] Of
course, the enemy the president has boldly and unhesitatingly sent our troops to fight is the Ebola
virus. Aren't there other parts of the U.S government suited to carry on this fight?
President Alfred E. Neuman.
How many people from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will arrive today on aircraft, ships and
across our open borders by car and on foot? Nobody knows. How many will, like the man who lies at
death's door in a Dallas hospital, be infected with the disease? Again, nobody knows, least of all our government.
[...] Let's be precise: no U.S. troops should be sent and those already there should be ordered back. The
good they can do is very little, and the risk to them is too enormous to require any soldier to take.
Official Dismisses Rand Paul's Concerns Of Ebola Threat To US Troops. On Sunday, Dr.
Anthony Fauci of the Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institutes and the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), dismissed Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) concerns that U.S. troops being sent to West African
nations with Ebola outbreaks could be in danger of contracting the disease. On CBS's Face the
Nation [10/5/2014], Fauci was asked about Paul's comments last week in which he expressed
concerns about Ebola spreading on ships like the "diarrhea viruses" that have ravaged cruise ships.
Quarantines Homeless American — Not Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Countries. When people travel from
Ebola-stricken nations to the United States, there is one certain way to prevent them from transmitting that virus here:
Quarantine them long enough to know they are not infected. Then there is a way that puts Americans at risk: Let
people travel here from stricken regions. Let them roam freely — until they show symptoms. Then trust
that you can rush them into isolation before they expose others. Which is the prudent — and
compassionate — policy?
Fails to Protect Us, Again. Of all the examples of incompetence and failure to protect
Americans that the Obama Administration has displayed, its failure to keep Ebola out of our country
may be the worst. Obama's number-one job is to keep dangerous people from coming into America, and
he has flunked the test.
Senator Ted Cruz Is Asking the Right Questions. Of all the uncertainty surrounding the Ebola epidemic,
one thing is true: the existing measures for keeping Ebola out of the United States failed, period. We
also know that the Obama administration, as it often does, has entered Wonderland — keeping Liberians and
citizens from Sierra Leone here illegally in the United States from being deported back to their homes. While
Obama doesn't take steps to use federal power to protect Americans by stopping the flow of potentially infected foreigners,
he exercises his authority to protect foreigners from returning home.
The Editor says...
There is currently only one person in the U.S. who is known to be suffering from an Ebola infection. That is not an epidemic.
Thomas Eric Duncan died 10/8/2014.
if the conspiracy theories are true? I found an article published by the Washington
Post on July 16 of this year reporting that [Thomas] Frieden had been called to testify on Capitol
Hill about researchers at his agency that had mishandled live anthrax and other deadly pathogens in a
number of mishaps over the past year or so. This came on the heels of federal officials finding
forgotten smallpox samples in a storage room at the National Institute for Health campus in Bethesda,
Maryland. They also discovered 12 boxes and 327 vials with pathogens that included the
virus behind dengue and spotted fever. When Frieden testified about the anthrax, his response was:
"We missed a critical pattern, and the pattern is an insufficient culture of safety." Really?
And this is the guy in charge of making decisions on Ebola?
'What We Are Seeing Now Is an Utter Absence of Common Sense'. The emergence of Ebola
as a global threat has highlighted deeper problems: The "maximum absurdity" of people calling travel
bans racist; and the failure of government to protect its citizens from a deadly disease, conservative pundit
Patrick Buchanan told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night [10/7/2014]. "You know, the post-World War II
generation, the greatest generation, had common sense. What we are seeing now is an utter absence of common
sense when people talking about, look, you know, we've got to open the doors to people who are good people; but
they're carrying a deadly disease that's comparable to the bubonic plague!"
is a greater clear and present threat to America than any terror group. From bird flu
to SARS, we're repeatedly told it's going to be the new Plague that will wipe everyone out and
then... it doesn't. Probably because the scare-mongering itself makes people take it seriously enough
to prevent it spreading. But there is something very sinister and frightening about this Ebola
outbreak, which has so far infected 7,100 and killed 3,300.
Ebola Be Death Knell for Democrats? Voters who ignored Obama's many disasters are paying attention to this one.
It is on American soil, it is effecting [sic] ordinary people like them, it is a human interest story, and it is scary.
It also shows government as it is — lying, incompetent, and not even aiming at the basic job of national security and safety.
How many voters will decide they disagree with Democrats who say it's best to import Ebola here and then quarantine exposed and dying Americans?
The government's tune is changing. CDC:
Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely. The Ebola virus becoming airborne is a possible
but unlikely outcome in the current epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday [10/7/2014]. The outbreak involves Ebola Zaire, a strain that is
passed through bodily fluids, not the air. But some experts have expressed fear about viral
mutations due to the unprecedented — and rising — number of Ebola cases.
seek to weaponize Ebola politically. First it was Politico spreading the talking point
that Republicans were exploiting Ebola by pointing out the failure and incompetence of the Obama
administration. Huffington Post joined that chorus of GOP Lawmakers Continue To Stoke Ebola
Fears. Now it's Van Jones making the argument that Democrats need to weaponize Ebloa for the
2014 campaign — politically of course.
Stop the flights now. The United States got its first scare from Ebola last week when
Thomas Eric Duncan, a man sick with the virus, traveled from Liberia to Dallas. This man was feared
to have been in contact with up to 100 people after he became contagious, all of whom had to be
individually evaluated by public health professionals for their exposure risk. Half of these
individuals are currently under observation. Nine of them considered to be at highest risk are being
checked twice daily for symptoms. Bodily fluids including vomit spread Ebola, and
Duncan — who presented himself to a Dallas hospital only to be misdiagnosed and sent
home — vomited on the sidewalk outside of his home. It took days before a properly
trained Hazmat crew was sent to the apartment to clean it. The human errors in this single case
highlight why it is urgent that we ban all commercial flights from the impacted countries to all
non-affected countries until the outbreak is contained.
Compares to Other Contagious Diseases. With Ebola making its way to the United States,
people are rushing to find more information on the deadly disease. The Centers for Disease
Control released a new chart on how contagious Ebola is compared to other diseases.
White Man Created Ebola To Kill Black People, Says Noted Scientist Louis Farrakhan.
With Ebola dominating the headlines, you might feel a looming dread. Can it happen to you and your
loved ones? How can you protect yourself? Is it too early to start freaking out about Ebola?
Well, you can relax, as long as your skin is white. That's according to the 100 percent sane and
rational Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who explains it all: [...]
Crawls Out From Under Rock To Declare Whites Invented Ebola To Kill Blacks. Louis
Farrakhan has crawled out from under a rock to spew another hatred-filled tome. His latest
revelation is a CIA weapon "that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it
will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for
your genes, for your race, for your kind." His latest rant is called "Justifiable Homicide, Black
Youth In Peril," and it's a whopper.
We Cannot Trust the White House on Ebola. On Thursday morning [10/2/2014], I received
my first well-produced Facebook message mocking those deluded souls, presumably on the right, who
are worried about the spread of Ebola. The only thing that surprised me about the message was that
I had not seen one sooner. The same people who gave us homophobia and Islamophobia (not to
mention racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, nativism, and climate denial) are about to give us
Ebolaphobia. As former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel notoriously said (while plagiarizing
Winston Churchill), "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."
Purse Chief Admits Ebola 'Out of Control,' Slams Drudge for Reporting It. Thursday [8/7/2014] at
the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, "Combating the Ebola
Threat," Samaritan's Purse's vice president of programs and government relations Ken Isaacs said,
"Ebola is out of control in West Africa," and then criticized the reporting on the crisis by saying,
"I look at the Drudge Report, it can drive a lot of panic."
On Ebola: 3000 US Troops Headed for Africa to Degrade and Destroy a Disease. I'm old
enough to remember when worrying about the ebola outbreak was said to be the business of paranoid
hysterics. [...] It's not even worth talking about. Just ignore ebola and it will go away.
That was then, and this is now. The Washington Post reports that President Obama has suddenly authorized
a far larger military intervention to combat ebola in Africa than his "boots on the ground" commitment to
battle the ISIS terror state:
Change is even worse than Ebola says British Medical Journal. Climate change is even
deadlier than ebola according to the editor of one of the world's oldest and most distinguished
medical journals. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal;
established 1840), claims in her latest editorial: ["]Deaths from Ebola infection, tragic and
frightening though they are, will pale into insignificance when compared with the mayhem we can
expect for our children and grandchildren if the world does nothing to check its carbon emissions.
And action is needed now.["]
Slavery Gives Us 'Responsibility' To Not Ban Flights From Liberia. David Quammen, an
author of multiple books on science and diseases, including "Ebola," and "Spillover," argued against
a ban on flights to Liberia by stating the US has a "responsibility" to the nation "given the fact
that this is a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery" on Thursday's
[10/2/2014] "AC360" on CNN.
the Corpses in Ebola Country. Ebola victims are most infectious right after death — which
means that West African burial practices, where families touch the bodies, are spreading the disease like wildfire.
put the Ebola outbreak in perspective. Over and over we hear rational scientific
explanations for why we shouldn't be afraid. For example, as opposed to HIV, you have to be very
sick with Ebola to spread it. That fact alone makes it much easier to contain the virus.
You also have to be in direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola to get
it. Unlike some other viruses, it doesn't spread through the air.
The Editor says...
Really? Then why are the doctors dressed head-to-toe in hazmat suits?
Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola. [#1] The Mainstream Media
Love to Lord Their Superiority Over Us[.] Accusing the hoi polloi of panicking and then
calling for calm is the first knee-jerk reaction of anyone who gets off on puffing themselves up as
Our Betters. And that is our media personified. I believe and worry that the need to preen their
superiority over us could affect the media's judgment. That's why the bloodless, slide-rule, Big
Government-worshipping Spocks at Business Insider are already accusing others of panic ... even though
no one is panicking.
Why Ebola's nothing
to worry about. We're now witnessing the worst Ebola epidemic ever — and on
your list of worries it belongs ... nowhere. Here's a rule of thumb about diseases: The rarer and
less likely they are to kill you, the more hype they get. The New York Times ran more than 2,000 articles
on SARS, which ultimately killed zero Americans.
The Fear Equation.
In early March of 2003, when SARS swept into Hong Kong from Southern China, the streets of one of
the world's most densely populated areas were practically deserted. Venders in kiosks sold face
masks and hand sanitizer to anyone brave, or foolish, enough to leave home. The fear of a new highly
contagious disease is understandable, and, with no effective treatment or vaccine for SARS, it was
difficult to know what to do. The World Health Organization recommended that officials in the
countries most affected warn people with a fever to stay off international flights. Hong Kong went
further, using infrared scanners and thermometers to take the temperature of more than thirty-six
million passengers as they arrived. Nineteen hundred and twenty-one of them had a fever, and forty
were admitted to the hospital. None developed SARS. (Canada and Singapore also scanned arriving
passengers. Neither country found anyone with SARS.)
Optics and Questionable MSM Smiley Narratives. Conservatives can be forgiven if, after
having carefully reflected upon a sampling of MSM Ebola narratives, they conclude that something
seems a bit askew. Certain optics and associated stories appear to put a giant smiley face
on the Ebola situation. Nothing to worry about here. Move along. However, certain
omissions raise troubling questions in regard to what we have been told — especially when
the omissions are conjoined with scientific findings on Ebola. [...] The MSM is obviously populated
by many people whose mouths are as big as their brains are tiny. It is therefore no surprise
that many such people do not know how to recognize when a question is really statistical in nature
and, if it is, how to analyze it.
I Aim To Misbehave.
The UK's top public doctor says the failure to find a cure for Ebola represents underscores "the
moral bankruptcy of capitalism". Does that mean we can expect an Ebola vaccine from a socialist
country any day now? Or one developed by the public doctor's public system?
about Ebola? You're worrying about the wrong disease. A deadly disease is set to hit
the shores of the US, UK and much of the rest of the northern hemisphere in the coming months. It
will swamp our hospitals, lay millions low and by this time next year between 250,000 and 500,000
worldwide will be dead, thousands of them in the US and Britain. Despite the best efforts of the
medical profession, there's no reliable cure, and no available vaccine offers effective protection
for longer than a few months at a time. If you've been paying attention to recent, terrifying
headlines, you may assume the illness is the Ebola virus. Instead, the above description refers to
seasonal flu — not swine or bird flu, but regular garden variety influenza.
The First Horseman.
Ebola is proving the proposition that when dealing with nature, if you lie you die. Nowhere is this clear[er]
than in Liberia where the poorly educated population is hiding victims, abstracting them from hospitals, attacking
doctors who they believe bring the disease or dumping Ebola corpses in the street, satisfied that by casting the
infectious corpses out of doors to be torn to pieces and spread abroad by dogs and carrion, have solved the problem.