Ebola: How It Spread & Ways To Protect Yourself

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As promised to readers last week, today’s subject is about the Ebola virus.  Some of the information is unsettling.  This Ebola outbreak is presenting much differently than was experienced with previous outbreaks.  First responders are calling the outbreak “Ebola virus disease” rather than “Ebola hemorrhagic fever” because not all who are infected present with visible bleeding as was seen during previous outbreaks.

(David’s note:  The current media coverage of Ebola is a prime example of “if it bleeds, it leads.”  The amount of fear mongering and disinformation being spewed is beyond belief.  This article is long, but it’s one that you might want to print out, mark up, and read multiple times so that you can remember it when you hear people spreading unfounded fear and rumors.  AND, if you’re basing your fear of Ebola on the movie “Outbreak,” keep in mind that the strain of Ebola in the movie doesn’t exist.)

Is it bad?  Yes…sort of.

The following excerpt was reported by the UK’s Mail Online on August 6th, 2014, reporter Anna Hodgekiss, about what Dr. Oliver Johnson is experiencing while attending to Ebola infected patients in Sierra Leone:

‘What is shocking is how healthy the patients look before they die and how quickly they decline.

‘A number of the Ebola patients I’ve seen look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths.’

Dr. Johnson also described the difficulties of working in the country –  which is recovering from years of brutal civil war – because many  thought the illness was a government conspiracy.

As of Thursday, August 7th, , there have been 1700 reported cases of Ebola, leading to the deaths of 932 people.

(David’s note:  To keep this in perspective, there are just under 2,000 global malaria deaths per day, 550 global typhoid deaths per day, and 2,500 motor vehicle deaths per month in the US alone.  Again…Ebola is in the news because it bleeds and can be made to sound novel and scary.)

The World Health Organization is reporting that the outbreak is spreading at unprecedented levels in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which has sparked growing world concerns that air travel may be the vector to spread the virus to other continents as travelers return home after visiting West Africa’s urban hot-spots.  Assuming this Ebola outbreak is the same sub-type as previous outbreaks, the virus is not airborne and can take up to 21 days for someone infected to experience symptoms, at which time they are considered contagious.

Over the past few days there have been two reported cases of travelers who had recently returned from affected areas of West Africa, became ill, and subsequently died: one in Saudi Arabia, and the other in Morocco. Patrick Sawyer was the first air travel related fatality tied to the Ebola outbreak and it is now being reported that others have been infected–detailed below.

Reported by U.S. News on August 6th, Associated Press release, A Saudi national , who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry.

Liberian dies in Morocco of Ebola-Internal Affairs Minister discloses as was reported by Heritage, a Liberian based newspaper.

CBS News reports that Ebola plane travel scare has officials on edge on July 29th, 2014. Here is a quick synopsis:

Patrick Sawyer traveled from Liberia, had a stop-over in Ghana, and then changed planes in Togo before arriving at his destination in Nigeria. His plans were to join his wife and daughters in Minnesota after a short stay in Nigeria.  However, upon landing in Nigeria he collapsed and died two days later at a medical facility.  Just before becoming infected, Sawyer had been caring for his sister who, it was later discovered, died of Ebola. 

Witnesses on the same flight as Sawyer have reported that the finance Ministry employee had diarrhea and was vomiting during the flight, which is the vector that may have infected other travelers who came in contact with Sawyer.  Immediately after Sawyer arrived at Nigeria, he was put into quarantine.  

Fellow travelers were advised about the symptoms of Ebola and were then allowed to leave the airport, joining a population of twenty-one million people.   

Even though travelers are being screened for the Ebola virus before being allowed travel, it is suspected that Sawyer didn’t exhibited any symptoms until well into the flight.  

An August 4th  News Online article reports that a doctor has become the second confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria after helping to treat a U.S. businessman who died from the disease. The following is an excerpt:

Nigerian authorities said tests were also being carried out on three other people who treated Patrick Sawyer after they reported similar symptoms.

The second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country is an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of the disease.

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As stated in a July 26th, 2014 U.S. News Health/Associated Press news release, Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel, dated July 26th, 2014:

The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola’s symptoms are similar to other diseases.

Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man’s flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola could possibly have spread to a fifth country.

Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won’t travel by airplane, according to Dr. Lance Plyler, who heads Ebola medical efforts in Liberia for aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.

“Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid,” he said.

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The Ebola Virus Claimed Its First Victims In 1976

As published in CBCNews article, Ebola outbreak in Guinea: 5 things you should know published on  March 24th, 2014, there are five distinct strains of the Ebola virus: Bundibugyo, Ivory Coast, Reston, Sudan and Zaire.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola hemorrhagic fever has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, but this Ebola outbreak seems to be much less fatal.  Claiming that Ebola has a 90% fatality rate is similar to saying that the flu kills 100 million people per year.

As anyone who has had the flu before knows, there are mild strains and nasty strains.  The same is true for Ebola, except right now it’s more of a case of “bad” strains vs. “horrible” strains.

The first outbreak  of Ebola was in Nzara, Sudan and Yumbuku, Democratic Republic of Congo near the Ebola River in 1976.

Humans first got the virus through contact with the bodily fluids of infected animals.  As WHO reports, “infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found dead or ill in the rainforest.”

At this time, there is no known cure for Ebola.  However, there are several experimental drugs, one of which was given to U.S. medical workers, who were recently flown to Atlanta for treatment after they contracted the disease.

Previously, outbreaks have largely been concentrated in remote areas of the Congo and Uganda and were far removed from populated urban centers, remaining mercifully within the confines of a single country.  This time, it struck Guinea and infected hundreds before it traveled to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

What are the symptoms?

CBCNews states in this same article that three of the five Ebola strains have been associated with Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), which is characterized by internal and external bleeding. The virus’s incubation period lasts about a week, but can be as short as 2 days or longer than 20 days.  Early symptoms can include chills, low-back pain, fatigue, diarrhea and headaches.

As the infection intensifies, individuals with Ebola hemorrhagic fever can experience bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, as well as the mouth and rectum.

“What happens, in any hemorrhagic fever, is your blood vessels start to leak, and so that’s why you get bruises in the skin,” says Dr. Jay Keystone, a renowned travel physician and professor in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto.

“If your blood vessels are leaking out of the gut, you’re bleeding [out of the] rectum, and if your bleeding is in the stomach, you’re vomiting up blood.”

Illness sets in between two to 21 days after infection. In most cases, the time between the start of the symptoms and death is one to two weeks.

While EHF leads to a lot of blood loss, that’s not usually the cause of death, Dr. Keystone says.

“You die of shock from bleeding, but it’s more than that,” he says. The victim gets a viremia, which is when a virus enters the bloodstream and as a result, gains access to the rest of the body.

“You start to get a breakdown of body function,: Dr. Keystone says. “The kidneys fail, you may get secondary pneumonia. But in this case, it’s an overwhelming infection which causes a breakdown of tissue, release of what we call antigens, and then essentially you get a total body failure.”

Later in the article, Dr. Keystone goes on to say: “The current strain is more virulent.” Even so, he points out that Ebola’s reputation overshadows the actual threat.

What terrifies the public is “the thought that 90 percent of people die,” and that “it kills you within a matter of a few days,” he says.

But Ebola, which has killed about 2,000 people since the late-‘70s, is inferior, in terms of efficiency, to a virus such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which “spreads quietly, silently, and millions get infected.”

With Ebola, “all the people who get it die,” he says, which prevents those hosts from infecting more people. (Note: these are not the statistics being reported with this latest Ebola outbreak)

The following are symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Weakness
  • Severe Headache
  • Joint and Muscle Aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Dry, Hacking Cough
  • Stomach Pain
  • Later Symptoms of Ebola Infection may include bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and rectum.

Spread Of Ebola Linked To Improper Barrier Techniques & Sub-Par Sterilization

As e-Med TV explains it, transmission of Ebola can occur through exposure to blood or bodily secretions of an infected person, or through direct contact with the person.  During previous and this recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, transmission of the virus in hospitals is reported to be common, especially when patients are cared for without use of proper barrier techniques and sterilization practice.

This necessary barrier is compromised, Med TV explains, while African healthcare facilities treat patients with Ebola without use of a mask, gown, or gloves.  In addition, when needles or syringes are used, they may not be of the disposable type , or may not have been sterilized, but are only rinsed before reinsertion into multi-use vials of medicine.  If needles or syringes become contaminated with virus and are then reused, numerous people can become infected.

(Ox’s note:  in some cases, you’ve got doctors and nurses with more patients than IV needles.  If they’ve got a patient who they KNOW is going to die if they don’t get an IV, it’s a calculated risk to try to sterilize a needle that was being used on an Ebola patient who just died.  When they die from Ebola, they’re reported as an Ebola death…not as someone who was going to die from something else but who was given a stab-in-the-dark chance to survive.

It’s important to realize that the medical conditions and practices aren’t like they are here…even if the doctors and nurses are American.  These are austere, sub-par conditions and they’re doing the best that they can with what they’ve got.)

What the CDC Has To Say

In The Washington Post article, CDC director: Ebola is “out of control” in West Africa but can be stopped, dated August 3rd, 2014, reporter Katie Zezima quotes Tom Frieden, the director for Disease Control as saying; “The plain truth is that we can stop Ebola.  This week.  We know how to control it.”

An excerpt from this article touches upon one of the culprits of the spread of Ebola:

Frieden said the CDC will put 50 staff members on the ground to help contain the outbreak. Ebola, he said, is contracted only when people come into contact with the bodily fluids of infected people or handle the body of someone who died from the disease. Burial practices in the affected countries often involve family members touching the body of an Ebola victim.

Frieden went on to say that the virus can be transmitted only by people who are showing symptoms.  Those who may have it but have not gotten sick cannot pass it to others.

U.S. Health workers Arrive at Atlanta, Georgia Emory University Hospital ForTreatment

Nancy Writebol, a hygienist who decontaminated patients entering and leaving an Ebola treatment area and Dr. Kent Bradly who treated West African patients were flown to Atlanta for medical treatment when they became infected with the virus.  Their transport and arrival in Atlanta had some concerned that the virus may spread here on U.S. Soil.  Before the plane departed, authorities were quick to explain that Whitebol and Bradly would remain on board the Gulfstream transport in an Aeromedical Biological Containment System which has multiple layers that prevent the patient from coming into contact with others, including care givers.

Writebol and Bradly have each received an experimental medication, ZMapp, to combat the Ebola virus.   Health givers report they are making significant improvements.

If Ebola Reaches the U.S.

In short, it has, and there’s not a lot to worry about right now.  IF the virus mutates and begins to spread between humans through the air, like the flu, then we’ve got a serious issue.  It’s happened in monkeys, but that doesn’t mean that it will or won’t happen in humans.

In the off chance that an airborne outbreak does occur in the U.S.  It would be advisable to stay at home if at all possible–which means having enough food and water to see you through for several months.  Just as with a natural disaster such as Katrina or Sandy, food and water will disappear off grocery shelves soon after a CDC or government advisory is made concerning an outbreak.

If for any reason you cannot remain at home,  keeping a barrier between yourself and those who may be infected is mandatory.  The CDC reports that contact with bodily fluids or secretions such as urine, blood, sweat, feces, vomit, seamen and saliva must be avoided to keep from contracting the Ebola virus.  Public transportation, public bathrooms and public water fountains must be avoided, as should public gathering spots such as restaurants, movie theaters,  or sports events.

In a worse-case scenario, mandatory quarantines may go into effect, which was written into law in 1944, and is overseen by the CDC.  At one time, the U.S. Had 55 quarantine stations across the nation, but since that time the number was reduced to 8 and over time shot back up to 20 with the threat of bioterrorism and the 2003 SARS epidemic.  If you would like to see the map,  click here for he CDC Quarantine Stations Map.

What is your stance on Americans being flown from West Africa to the U.S. to be treated for Ebola?  Do you believe public fears of Ebola spreading to other continents is rational, or paranoia?  Please sound off by commenting below.

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva

 

 

Comments

  1. Gary Powell says:

    I would certainly like info on the natural cures available. I have read numerous books on the cures? but am still ignorant on many different diseases and their symptoms, ect I am like the previous person that stated the good lord put cures on earth for most of the natural diseases. Hard to say about the “man made” creations. I don’t think we’ll ever learn to stop messing around with things like diseases, ect. There is nothing being created that is good for our survival (as far as diseases )

  2. Dr. Clifford,

    I would very much appreciate the link to your article on herbal medicing. Thank you in advance.

  3. Leigh Hassano says:

    I will not fly again and not from a fear of flying, I will pass on breathing recycled germs. I cannot believe we are flying the people who have contracted Ebola here to the states. Once again, geniuses at some governmental level are at work…

  4. Lockheed says:

    Hi Dr Clifford:

    I too, would sincerely appreciate your article / link on the herbal info.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Lockheed

  5. Hello Dr. Clifford,

    I would be very interested in your herbal info.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Maria

  6. Photina Cook says:

    Part of the problem is fanatic desire to curtail human reproduction. With 20th century farming techniques, we could feed at least 20 billion people sustainably (forever) and probably many times that. Still, we do need to curtail reproduction to a slow growth.

    In Africa, the panic to cut reproduction is so severe that women are give one-use injectable needles with birth control They are supposed to just throw those away after one use, like we would. But they are worth a month’s wages in Africa. What percent do you think are really thrown away? I understand the average one gets 20 uses, and they are sterilized between uses less than half the time.

    This explains why AIDS is not primarily a sexually transmitted disease in Africa, and why so many women get it there. It also explains why Ebola has surved and is becoming a serious threat. There will be one killer after another out of Africa until we face this problem.

    The most serious part of it is the idea that there are too many people in the world. That is the actual source of the holocaust–and the Irish Potato famine, and many other genocides. The Earth can provide for everybody.

    The most powerful prep you can make for SHTF is to spread the idea that humans survive by cooperation and that the more of us who work together, the better we survive any disaster.

    • 20 billion? The world is already on the brink, with crops at risk because of climate change RIGHT NOW. For example, only a fraction of California’s crop was even planted this year because of the conditions, and the droughts and wildfires are taking their toll as well.

      People take not only food, but land and water and unrenewable resources, and they want more and more and more. And they’re already fighting over it.

      Do you really think it’s OK for one species to push out everyone else?

      • Do you really think it’s OK for one species to push out everyone else? Yes if it is the human race.
        Ruth, why are you pushing climate change here? Taking the discussion off of the topic is a popular ploy and a rude one. Go pester Al Gore and leave the rationals alone. BTW, CO2 is, by definition, a greenhouse gas. However regular old water vapor is about 90 times more effective as a GHG.
        Also, water vapor comprises over 30 times the prevalance compared with CO2. Just go away and spread your pseudo science else where.

  7. FLOYD SMITH says:

    DR CLIFFORD I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE THE LINK TO YOUR LIST OF HERBS.THANK YOU.
    F.S.

  8. Dr. Clifford I would also appreciate information on herbal remedy’s. My daughter for her 8th grade science fair made colloidal silver for her project. It got 2nd place locally and she went Nationally and took 7th place. As I recall (she is 25 now) the hardest part was finding pure silver, we could only find it at a Pawn Shop and it wasn’t too hard to make. Thanks for input and please share your remedies. It is said God put everything man needs to survive on this planet, not the pharmaceutical company’s. I was sent a Power Point slideshow years ago titled God’s Pharmacy. It shows how certain vegetables and fruits that are good for us tend to mimic the part of the body it is good for. Such as carrots for eyes, carrots when sliced resemble the eye or kidney beans are good for kidney’s as the bean resembles a kidney, etc, etc…….

  9. Joseph-Lee Morehouse says:

    Wow – all this information too much to read and some of it hard to understand. Theorist saying all kind of crazy ideals about reducing whole populations . Lot of disinformation , conflicting information – I feel lost about this subject and nerves for my fellow preppers – this all sounds like the H1N1 flu scare a few years ago , this reminds me of the movie with Dustin Hoffman I think it called Outbreak . Let add flavor to this mad world Our government has stated today the Russians have been fling Nuclear bombers close to U.S borders near Alaska .
    Thank you for all this information , I will need to pull my medical books to understand some of the references. Have a Great Day!

    • Survival Diva says:

      Joseph,

      The important jest of it is if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. , there are ways to protect yourself:

      Hand sanitizer
      Disposable gloves
      N95 masks (they’re inexpensive)

      Public places should be avoided during an outbreak: schools, restaurants, malls, stores, public bathrooms, etc. Shaking hands or coming into contact with others should be avoided–sweat can carry the disease, as can all bodily fluids/secretions.

      Although Ebola is said to not be an airborne disease (that could change in a worst-case scenario), saliva CAN carry the virus of those who are infectious (droplets), therefore being around anyone coughing or sneezing or coming into contact with bodily fluids such as that found in a public restroom or drinking fountain can spread disease, so it should be avoided.

      When caring for someone who is ill, understanding the importance of wearing disposable gloves, a face mask, and the use of antibacterial hand soap is extremely important. Know that the virus can be spread to surfaces where someone ill is being cared for–for days, and longer in cold temperatures.

      Maybe someone else will decide to jump in here. . . there’s a lot to this. Hope this helps : )

      • Survival Diva,
        All good stuff. Especially ,N95 masks. BTW, they are more effective at keeping you from spreading something than becoming infected, but its much better than nothing. They are also more effective in this regard than surgical masks, which protect patents from infections from the caregivers, not the other way around. We don’t realize how often we touch something then touch our faces. I think there was a Myth Busters episode about this which was actually frightening.

        • Survival Diva says:

          Chuck,

          Agreed. N95 masks, disposable gloves, eye protection–all cheap and necessary if this thing goes south.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Opps!

      Forgot to include protective eyewear. I believe you’d have medical supplies, food and water covered already.

      • Joseph-Lee Morehouse says:

        Thank you for the post on what to do, it helps a lot.. We have medical supplies, 2 nurses , 1 nurse aid in our group . Thank you again.

    • I think that it is like playing Russian Roulette with people’s lives when you allow extremely contagious diseases into the Country. Just can’t imagine what they are thinking !! Hopefully God will look over out Country.

  10. Poor comparisons. I don’t know how many millions of miles are driven every month but I do know that after over fifty years of driving that I am still alive so I’m pretty sure that there is less than a ninety percent chance of dying every time I get into a car. The diseases listed do have treatments.

    The problem with ebola is that if it gets loose here we may see headlines that read “ONLY 2500 Deaths Last Month”. The fear with ebola is not what it did in the past but the potential for the future. The government keeps telling us that the disease is not airborne. Droplet borne is somehow different than airborne, according to the government. If I get ebola because someone in the same room coughs I don’t see a difference in airborne disease and an airborne droplet carrying a disease. This is not the first time I have heard the distinction between airborne ebola and droplet borne ebola, pretty thin argument if you ask me.

    So, what do we do? If you are sick, wear a mask. If you are taking care of someone put a mask on them. In Japan this is considered common courtesy, not because of ebola but for everything.

    Hand washing and the use of anti microbial gels will go a long way. Hands have so many tiny scrapes and cuts that we hardly notice it. That is why hands are considered a pathway to disease. That and rubbing your eyes and nose with your hands. Eye protection will also help.

    One of the bodily fluids seldom mentioned is sweat. If ebola gets going here I will quit hand shaking completely and I already have a supply of disposable gloves.

    • Droplet and sweat are hard to avoid without concerted effort. Summer can be hard to endure with long sleeves and long pants as well as coverage of any other part of the body which might have or suffer a break in the protective skin layer.

  11. Jay Sullivan VH says:

    Dr. Clifford,
    I also would very much appreciate the link to your article, and all the herbal information! Thank you so much!

  12. Please share any and all herbal medicines that you have knowledge of. I know the list may be long, but I will share this info. with all of my friends. I have contacts in alternative medicine circles that would appreciate it.
    Thank you in advance…………………………
    Hopeful Survivor

  13. There are many influential people who believe the world’s population needs to be reduced by as much as 90%. There is much evidence to suggest that the AIDS virus was created in a US lab and deliberately introduced into certain people groups as an experiment in population reduction. Whether this is true or not, everyone needs to realize there are people out there that want you dead. It is up to each of us to do whatever is necessary to protect ourselves. Don’t assume the government is going to take care of you.

  14. Simple…we DO NOT BRING THE VIRUS ONTO U.S. SOIL!!!
    If the CDC can “fix, treat or contain…” GO DO IT!
    Seriously?!?

  15. Christine Ortenzio says:

    I would very much like to receive this article – thank you!

  16. Sue the Frugal Survivalist says:

    All it takes is one infected person to arrive in the San Francisco airport.

    Since early symptoms mimic the flu, those first infected by the traveler ( not knowing they have been infected ) will probably stay home , thinking they have the flu. They will be helped by family members, until their symptoms become serious. Then, they will go to the doctor. In the meantime, they will have infected family and other caregivers. The doctor will ask if they have traveled to Africa. The answer will be no. So Ebola will not be suspected until symptoms are out of control. ( Hospital labs can’t test for Ebola. They must send blood samples to the CDC lab. There’s only one in the US ) .By that time it’s too late. Doctors, nurses, and other patients will have been exposed to the disease.

    Since there is presently no cure, it will only be a matter of time before this happens.

    Survivors will be those who can heartlessly leave loved ones at the first sign of illness. Most people cannot do that, and they will die, along with those they love. If doctors cannot avoid contracting the disease, how can family members avoid being infected when their child becomes ill ?

    Quarantine of the affected countries may be our only hope, and it may already be too late for that.

  17. Lee Isaak says:

    Can you send me the link to your article. Thank You!!!

  18. I seem to recall a totally ‘African’ epidemic of ‘strange flu’ that began publicly surfacing in the late 1970’s. A great many people ignored it or told people not to worry. The number of global deaths from HIV as late as 2011 was 1.7M people, so it’s apparently still killing…and no one really knows how it began or where, and questions are still being asked as to whether or not it was a ‘natural’ virus. And that virus is spread by blood alone.
    The WHO called the Ebola epidemic today “An International Crisis”. Why? Because it is.
    The Zaire strain of Ebola has always been fairly easy to contain with low death rates as it infects quickly and kills quickly and struck where there were low populations of people. Years ago, in the early 80’s when I first began studying Ebola professionally, the incubation period we counted on for containment was a quick 2 to 6 day time period. Now, the same strain is stated to have an incubation period of 2 to 21 days, which I find interestingly disturbing…and gives the virus many days to surface in it’s victims, who may have traveled all over the world by then.
    Perhaps the question you might want to get an answer to is, why did the UN, WHO and CDC do nothing until a week or so ago about this obvious epidemic. The Doctors Without Borders were begging them for help, too under-manned and under-funded to be able to do their jobs, and the countries involved had never seen such a rapid infection rate, since Ebola had historically only surfaced in smaller, less congested areas where local people hunt daily for their food.
    Also, it may be of interest that the ‘Zaire’ strain has somehow managed to double and triple it’s incubation period, seemingly on it’s own, and that, knowing this three months ago, still, the WHO failed to act, while the CDC was busy ‘patenting’ another strain of ‘natural’ Ebola.
    Monsanto has now invested heavily in the US Defense Company that is working on a vaccine. Big money if there’s a global epidemic.
    Too many questions and not enough actual facts in everyday news for me to buy any story that Ebola is not ‘really’ a threat. It shouldn’t have gotten this far as it is. Those of us who are researchers have long considered Ebola a definite threat should the incubation period extend itself. And BTW, the virus can live for a very long time on any surface it lands on. It’s not the flu. It only acts like it is in the first stage of infection.
    The number of deaths historically because of Ebola are low simply because it was quickly contained in it’s previous outbreaks.
    Listening to people who are trying to say it’s not a likely danger is simply replaying history. It was a mistake to not take HIV seriously when it could have been stopped and it’s a mistake to underestimate Ebola or ‘why’ it’s suddenly becoming an epidemic now.
    Should you panic? No. Should you travel without disposable gloves, surgical face mask (droplets cannot penetrate them and they’re inexpensive and disposable), and eye protection now? In my opinion, and this is not my first dance, no. And carry Lysol or some other spray disinfectant that will kill viruses in bathrooms and your suitcases, etc. as well.
    Stay calm and use proper means to protect yourself and your family. Common sense is a commodity often thrown aside by today’s media. They over-hype, but those fatigued by their hype often buy into ‘reasonable’ complacency because they want to downplay what they fear. Ebola Zaire is nothing to be complacent about.
    I know many of the medical people working in Africa right now. They’re professional and took all proper precautions…and no one used dirty syringes. What they’ve told me is that they are exhausted and overworked…and that leads to mistakes.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Sonia,
      “Perhaps the question you might want to get an answer to is, why did the UN, WHO and CDC do nothing until a week or so ago about this obvious epidemic. The Doctors Without Borders were begging them for help, too under-manned and under-funded to be able to do their jobs, and the countries involved had never seen such a rapid infection rate, since Ebola had historically only surfaced in smaller, less congested areas where local people hunt daily for their food.
      Also, it may be of interest that the ‘Zaire’ strain has somehow managed to double and triple it’s incubation period, seemingly on it’s own, and that, knowing this three months ago, still, the WHO failed to act, while the CDC was busy ‘patenting’ another strain of ‘natural’ Ebola.
      Monsanto has now invested heavily in the US Defense Company that is working on a vaccine. Big money if there’s a global epidemic.
      Too many questions and not enough actual facts in everyday news for me to buy any story that Ebola is not ‘really’ a threat. It shouldn’t have gotten this far as it is. Those of us who are researchers have long considered Ebola a definite threat should the incubation period extend itself. And BTW, the virus can live for a very long time on any surface it lands on. It’s not the flu. It only acts like it is in the first stage of infection.”

      Sonia, I watched the director of Samaritan’s Purse say they and Doctors Without Borders begged for help, but none came. This is unconscionable.

      I’ve had questions that couldn’t be confirmed or denied. So much misinformation on both sides of the fence’ CDC patent on a strain of Ebola, and why this latest outbreak is presenting so much differently than it had in the past. Understanding the conditions in West Africa, that exhaustion led to some mistakes, and that the virus can last on any surface for long periods of time will help readers. Thank you.

  19. violates all know containment protocols,which tells me they want it to spread,and it already is spreading from reports coming in from hospitals etc.

    Note: The multiple websites listed in this post was removed–it was recommended to visit infowars for information on the Ebola outbreak.

  20. Dr. Clifford,
    Please send us the link to your article about herbal remedies. This is very important information for those of us who stay far away from conventional medicine.

  21. Dr. Clifford
    I am interested in the herbal information also please:)

  22. I believe you have left out some very important information. From what I have read in information posted by CDC and Baylor College of Medicine is that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is the same as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) www.bcm.edu/departments/molecular-virology-and-microbiology/ebola and is relabeled to reduce fear. Granted this strain of Ebola does not induce bleeding to the extent of worse strains, but it has and will in some cases.

    www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.

    What this tell me is that an infected person could conceivably infect hundreds if not thousands in public places like restaurants, theaters, public transportation, public restrooms, schools, and so many other places where people may cough, sneeze, spit, or anything else humans do on a daily bases. The virus could then be picked up by any unsuspecting person coming in contact and then picking their nose or teeth, rubbing an eye, or even eating something without first washing their hands.

    I applaud your thoughts wish to downplay what’s going on, but please don’t cherry pick information to paint a picture. I work with facts and can only plan for future outcomes by not sugar coating the bad with the hope it all works out. It’s not time to panic nor is it time to go into complete isolation mode, but it is time to prepare for the worst by having the truth. Knowing is half the battle and planning/preparing is the other 45%. The remaining 5% is execution of your plan.

    I closing I will echo that there is a tremendous amount of fear mongering. Please, everyone, research reliable sites. CDC, Medical Research sites, Hospital sites, and so forth. Shy away from blogs and non-medical experts who appear to be everywhere and stick with the facts and then you don’t have to panic and can take care of your families.

    Be safe!

    • Survival Diva says:

      Paul,
      It’s been extremely difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff with this current Ebola outbreak. One of the most important facts being shared on the board today is that the virus can last for days on surfaces. Experts disagree on some very important levels, such as changing the name from Ebola Hemorrhagic fever to Ebola Virus Disease. What isn’t being debated is that this outbreak is presenting differently: the length of time it takes for those who are infected to show symptoms and that visible bleeding isn’t always evident.

  23. Left Coast Chuck says:

    In addition I would like to say this is a very good article with lots of common sense in it and some good referrals. Thanks for putting it up. It is a real service to your list members. It helps put some of the reports that have been circulating into perspective.

  24. Left Coast Chuck says:

    If you travel to Japan at any time, but especially during the flu season you will see hundreds if not thousands of Japanese wearing white masks. These are the typical surgical mask that operating room attendants and doctors wear. The Japanese, being a polite people, will done a surgical mask if they feel some kind of sickness coming on, be it a cold or the flue or anything that makes them feel a little under the weather. If flu is common, healthy people will also wear masks to cut down on transmission of whatever is going around. Together with the Japanese population who strongly believe in the masks as a preventative measure, I also believe that it helps cut down on the transmission of droplet and airborne disease. If you see how crowded life is in Japan and how little comparative disease they have, something is cutting down on person to person transmission. It is a habit we could well adopt in this country. A box of N95 masks is much cheaper than one trip to the E.R.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Left Coast Chuck,
      N95 face masks should be included with medical supplies. Thank you for mentioning this!

  25. Me too.

  26. Survival Diva says:

    Dr. Clifford,
    I would appreciate your sending the link to your article. Many of the readers, myself included, are interested in natural remedies.

  27. Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders is very readable study of a fictional weaponization and attack using Ebola, and how the attack can be contained and overcome. This could be our future if we had any competent Middle eastern enemies. Highly recommended.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Bob,
      Thanks for the heads up on Clancy’s book, Executive Orders! Many “fictional” books reveal the possibility of fact.

    • And what i quite interesting, is his controversial death last year! MANY people are investigating his death, as they believe he was murdered due to the truth behind this book!

  28. Good article Dave. However please let me clarify something that is contributing to misinformation.action.
    the medical definition of an airborne illness is a particle (usually fungal or bacterial) that travels through the air. Carried solely on air currents to the eyes mouth or airway of a host (imagine something akin to pollen).
    It is correct that Ebola is not transmitted this way…nor is Tb for that matter.
    For several decades now, we in medicine have understood that Tb is not airborne it is DROPLET transmission.
    influenza is not airborne either. It is spread via droplet transmission.
    droplet transmission is when respiratory secretions (saliva sputum nasal mucous etc.) are aerosolized (via sneeze cough spitting etc). The contagion while encased in the droplet of body secretions (saliva or mucous) becomes temporarily projected into air or suspended into the air and during that suspension comes into contact with a hosts eyes mouth nose or open areas on the skin.
    Also this is something to consider: eventhough the healthcare treatment facilities in west africa may not have the negative pressure patient rooms/isolation rooms that we have in the US but they are wearing double and triple gloves double gowns and aprons hoods masks and layers of protective gear that “should” be enough protection if the transmission was solely contact. Yet the 2 healthcare volunteers recently returned to the US became infected. I am certain that they did not receive a needle that was inadequately sterilized as their source of infection.
    droplet spray from a sneeze (for example) extends out in a 4 ft radius.
    the canadian medical article regarding transmission between pigs and monkeys of ebola without contact supports a droplet mode of transmission.
    Please refer to cdc guidance for healthcare workers for ebola
    www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html?mobile=nocontent
    true not airborne.

    BUT similar to Tb and influenza it is droplet spread (meaning the virus can also live within droplets on surfaces for a time).
    N95 masks hand washing and avoidance of public places are the best prevention practices.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Sue,
      Thank you for this clarification about droplet spray. I waded through probably 100 articles, compiling as much material as possible to present the facts, but not one medical related site I went to mentioned this. The CDC site info is greatly appreciated : )

  29. Thank you for this informative article. I was originally concerned about this outbreak of the Ebola virus and the two healthcare workers who were flown to the U.S. for treatment. However, knowing the facts as you presented them, has made me realize that the threat of a serious outbreak here is minimal right now. The information you provided about protection in case the disease becomes airborne was extremely helpful as well. At this time, I think a more serious problem is the threat of some sort of pandemic from the many illegal immigrants flooding into the country from South America. I know you have done other articles concerning pandemic threats, but I would like to know your thoughts on the immigration problem and the possible health hazards involved. Thanks again.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Jean,
      I’m planning to write another article in the near future about what we should protect against (disease wise) as the influx of illegal immigrants continues.

  30. Patrick sheehan says:

    Keep them in the country they contracted it in why would we want to risk an epidemic here endangering our citizens

  31. CDC “It does spread by air”

  32. Why would our government want to take chances and bring any type of infections that there is no cure for to the United States. People makes mistakes and it could spread here as in West Africa. I don’t care how safe it is compared to driving a car. You just don’t take chances with peoples lives unless their lives are worthless to you. They want ever driver of a car to be trained yet bad things happen, and people get hurt and die in vehicles that is 2500 deaths a month right here in the US alone. What is a few more from Ebola? Thank you Obamanightmare, or what ever you want to call it. The White house should be called the Death house.

  33. I will freely admit I know VERY LITTLE about ebloa like most people I have learned what little I DO know is from the net and what I have learned quite frankly SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME I have been VERY sick before with a BAD stomach flue that put me right in the icu for 3 days with all the same symtoms as this stuff so I kinda have a idea what can happen and IT AINT FUN obviously I lived but it scared the hell outa me so I think that kinda adds to why im VERY paranoid about this

  34. I work in the Uks Immigration departments Intelligence section. At first I was very concerned and as a Trade Union representative I felt my members were being inadequately protected. However, after reading the evidence of independent pandemic experts from the Defence school of Chemical, Nuclear and Biological Warfare school, I feel that the risk is manageable taking the basic precaution as I always would when dealing with any member of the public suspected of having any disease.

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