Recent Ebola Developments: What We Need To Know

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Since the recent post, Ebola: How It Spread & Ways To Protect Yourself, there have been new developments and reports on the Ebola virus that we need to be aware of.  Before we get started, it should be pointed out that the CDC and the WHO continue to assure the public that it’s extremely unlikely the Ebola virus will reach the U.S., and should it, there are steps we can take now to protect ourselves and our loved ones which are included in this post.

Here are some of the developments that are being reported on, not all of it discussed on the 6 o’clock news:

President to Send Military Assets to Combat Ebola

As reported in the Huffington Post article dated September 7th, 2014, written by Elsie Foley, Obama: U.S. Must Act On Ebola To Prevent ‘Serious Danger’, the U.S. will be sending military personnel and equipment to affected Ebola outbreak regions in an attempt to get the virus under control.  The following is an excerpt:

Although Ebola isn’t a threat to Americans now, President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday that it could become one if the U.S. fails to help prevent its spread in Africa.

The virus has killed a suspected 1,800 people in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  No confirmed cases have been reported in the U.S., but three Americans who were infected in Africa have been brought back back to the U.S. for treatment.

Obama told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that the U.S. needs to send military assets to set up isolation units and equipment to help contain the spread of Ebola. He said it will still take “months” before the problem is controlled.

“If we don’t make that effort now and this spreads, not just through Africa but other parts of the world, there’s the prospect then that the virus mutates, it becomes more easily transmittable, and then it could be a serious danger to the United States,” the president said.

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What wasn’t discussed was how will our military men be protected from becoming infected by the Ebola virus.

Our military takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and to obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over them, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Should this include fighting the Ebola virus?  And if so, will there be procedures put into place to protect our brave soldiers from harm and to safeguard that the virus is not inadvertently transmitted stateside.

In light of the rapid spread of this latest Ebola outbreak,  it is concerning that flights in and out of the affected areas are being allowed when the Ebola virus continues to spread, especially in light of the following CDC advisory.

CDC Advises Airline Personnel About Airborne Droplets

The Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel advisory by the CDC advises that droplets expelled into the air by sneezing, coughing or talking should be contained with a face mask for anyone showing symptoms of the Ebola virus during flight.

It is also advised that the use of compressed air not be used by cleaning crews, as doing so has the potential to spread infectious material through the air.

Concerns Over Airborne Ebola

As reported by science Reporter Matt McGrath in a November 15th, 2012 report Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmissions of Ebola, Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

The following is an excerpt:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection gets into humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids from a number of species including chimpanzees, gorillas and forest antelope.

The fruit bat has long been considered the natural reservoir of the infection. But a growing body of experimental evidence suggests that pigs, both wild and domestic, could be a hidden source of Ebola Zaire – the most deadly form of the virus.

Now, researchers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the country’s Public Health Agency have shown that pigs infected with this form of Ebola can pass the disease on to macaques without any direct contact between the species.

In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier.  After eight days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical of Ebola and were euthanised.

One possibility is that the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs.

Updates On The Spread Of The Ebola Virus

As reported by Abby Ohlheiser on August 29th, 2014 of The Washington Post in the article The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse, 20,000 people could eventually be infected.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

As the Ebola outbreak worsens — with the death toll spiraling and the World Health Organization warning that 20,000 people could eventually be infected — another West African country has confirmed that the deadly virus has crossed its borders.

Senegal confirmed its first case of Ebola on Friday, according to a statement from Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck. The patient, a Guinean national who traveled to Senegal, is in quarantine.

The news brings the number of countries impacted by the outbreak up to five: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal’s neighbor, Guinea, have seen the bulk of the 3,069 reported Ebola infections in the region, according to the WHO. More than half of those infected have died. The virus also spread to Nigeria through a traveling Liberian-American man. A separate outbreak of a different strain of Ebola has been reported in Congo.

There are conflicting numbers being reported, but The WHO estimates that 4,000 have been infected with the Ebola virus, leading to 2,000 deaths.  Liberia has been the hardest hit.

Food shortages are being reported across Ebola affected areas. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 3 News reported in a video and accompanying article, Hungry Ebola victim escapes Liberia that hunger caused one man who tested positive for the Ebola virus to escape a treatment center in search of food.

The following is an excerpt from that article which expounds upon the ongoing food shortage issues for the regions affected by the virus:

There were chaotic scenes at an outdoor market in Liberia after an Ebola victim escaped a treatment center in search of food.

He was seen wandering through the crowded market picking up bread. Eventually health workers in full protective outfits arrived and attempted to apprehend the fugitive patient.

The man, who did not appear visibly ill, resisted attempts to take him back to the treatment complex.

A Doctors Without Borders worker – with no protective gear apart from a pair of disposable gloves – helped to keep the angry locals at a distance, before also unsuccessfully trying to negotiate with the patient.

Eventually the man was carried, struggling, into the back of a vehicle and driven away. Everyone who came into contact with him is potentially in danger of contracting the deadly disease.

Locals say it is not the first time an Ebola patient has escaped from the treatment facility.

Liberia is the country worst-affected by the worst outbreak ever recorded, with almost 700 of the 1,552 reported deaths.

Labor shortages and disrupted cross-border trade caused by the deadly Ebola outbreak have sparked “grave food security concerns” in the worst-hit countries, the United Nations says.

Restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes, especially in towns and cities, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday.

“Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbors” said Bukar Tijani, FAO Regional Representative for Africa.

“With the main harvest now at risk and trade and movements of goods severely restricted, food insecurity is poised to intensify in the weeks and months to come.

“The situation will have long-lasting impacts on farmers’ livelihoods and rural economies.”

At current infection rates, the WHO fears it could take six to nine months and at least US$490 million (NZ$588 million) to bring under control, by which time over 20,000 people could be affected.

Quarantine zones imposed in the epicenter of the outbreak straddling the three countries will lead to food shortages for “large numbers” of people, the FAO said, with the main harvest season for rice and maize just weeks away.

How We Can Prepare

There is no crystal ball that can tell us if Ebola will reach U.S. shores. Based upon the assurances of the CDC and the WHO, it isn’t likely. But, taking a few cautionary steps will enable you stay out of harms way should it come to the U.S. is prudent.

  • Many of you have gone through the Survive In Place Urban Survival Course and remember Lesson 5 on Pandemic Viruses.  MOST of the strategies and treatments, including vitamin D, grapefruit seed extract, essential oils, adequate sleep, and more that prevent people from getting the flu will also work to prevent other viruses, like Ebola.
  • (David’s note:  I am a firm believer in essential oils.  They saved my life when I had drug resistant pneumonia almost 8 years ago and have knocked out countless viruses and bugs in our family in the years since.  BUT, the FDA recently decided to limit how people talk about them, so I’m not doing so anymore.
  • Have several months of food, water, prep goods and medical supplies on hand.  In a very worst-case scenario, it may be necessary to isolate until the danger has passed.  This would include not coming into contact with others. Symptoms of Ebola infection can take as long as 21 days to show after a victim contracts the virus. It is said that until symptoms have presented, the infected are not contagious.  It should also be pointed out that not much is understood about the Ebola virus, and different strains have been reported.
  • If Ebola should be reported to be airborne, it would be best to have N100 face masks on hand, as well as antibacterial soap, protective eye ware, nitrile disposable gloves, and Tyvek suits for those treating anyone ill (while keeping the patient isolated from others in a household).  Consider purchasing supplies now , as the suggested items may become difficult to obtain if an outbreak occurs in the U.S.  
  • Although it hasn’t been reported that the Ebola virus has become airborne, particulates from a sneeze, a cough, or talking can expose others to the virus, therefore the CDC recommends that a protective mask be worn by anyone who is infected.  It is just as important for those who are not infected to wear face masks, protective gloves and protective eye ware when in close proximity to others, or when in close proximity to a family member or member of a group who may have been exposed or exhibits symptoms, as the virus can spread through contact with mucus membranes.  It is possible for the virus to remain on surfaces for up to several days (this includes bedding).
  • Symptoms of Ebola per the CDC are as follows:
    • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
    • Severe headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain

    Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus, although 8-10 days is most common.

Have you been following the Ebola outbreak and are you preparing for any eventuality?  What’s your opinion about military involvement to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak?  Please sound off by commenting below!

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva

 

Comments

  1. Why is nobody discussing the 10ppm nano-silver protocol readily available from Natural Solutions Foundation at drrimatruthreports.com/wp-content/uploads/Analysis-of-DTRA-Nano-Silver-Study.pdf Colloidal silver solutions are available from almost anywhere, but the specified 10ppm Nano-silver solution is more difficult to find. NSF sells it of course, but there are other less expensive sources. Don’t take my word for this. Read the PDF, then perform your own due diligence. Our beloved gov is aware of it and continues to pour $ into big pharma to develop another vaccine! No thanks! They lie about everything else, why believe them on this?

  2. I am prepared to hunker down incase of an Ebola outbreak. Does anyone have any ideas as to decontaminating the mail?

    • Survival Diva says:

      MaryAnn,
      Excellent question. It suppose it depends upon what you’d be protecting yourself from. I believe the safest approach would be wearing disposable gloves, protective eyewear and an N-100 mask when handling mail. I would open mail outside the home, rather than bring it indoors. But if there’s a life-threatening outbreak, I would imagine collecting mail would not be a top priority.

      • Mary Ann and Diva;

        Interesting scenario. Here is my take on this issue, including the daily newspaper (if you get it delivered), etc. Using an N-100 mask and other protective gear (eyewear, gloves, perhaps Tyvek suit) seems an excessive waste of money and otherwise useful protective gear. I just ordered some N-100s and from what I have read, you should consider them to be a “one and done” use because once you take the mask off, there is NO way that you can insure that you are not getting viral or other contaminating particles on the inside of the mask. If you then reuse it, you are directly contaminating yourself. The cost of the N-100s seems to be going up and I would not be surprised if they become in short supply very quickly — similar to trying to buy .22 LR ammo in bulk. The same goes for eyewear, gloves (even though they are disposable, there is a finite supply of them, either in the store or in your stash), Tyvek suits, etc.

        If there is an outbreak of Ebola in the US and it looks like it is spreading, I can see four possibilities. There are undoubtedly more, but these four come to mind. (1) Run the risk of picking up the virus from opening your mail unprotected; (2) Open your mail fully outfitted in protective gear; (3) Stash your mail and other delivered items unopened and in the sun until the pandemic has passed and there has been sufficient time for oxygen, heat, light and moisture to inactivate the virus; or (4) Depend on the good old US Postal Service to run ALL mail through its decontamination facilities which were built to protect our wonderful Congresspersons against the anthrax scare of a few years ago.

        For me, option #4 is right down there with option #1 as being the least useful. I will most likely choose option #3 and save the protective gear for when it is REALLY needed (helping people rather than reading the latest advertising flyers stuffed in my mailbox).

        • Survival Diva says:

          Bob R,
          I would opt out of opening mail entirely,, but that is just me. Living in such an isolated area, the Post office does NOT deliver mail to this mountainside. Mail goes to a P.O. Box and I rarely have the need to make the 10 mile trek of rutted roads to get there (plus they just reduced their hours)–I pay utility bills online for that reason. But Mary Ann’s question about mail reminded me that many people depend upon mail delivery, which really is a dilemma. I agree with your #3 suggestion to stash mail. Where I live, it would be a “stash it in a container” to keep it free of snow and ice, but that would work : ) I wonder, though. . . would mail delivery continue during a full-blown pandemic? I can see the friendly mail delivery person staying home, rather than expose themselves to possible infection.

          • Diva;

            Great thought about the mail NOT getting delivered! All it would take is one contaminated piece of mail and the mail carrier comes down with Ebola. BAM! End of mail deliveries as well as mail deliverers. I think that you were correct in your initial response to Mary Ann — collecting and opening the mail would be a low priority, if for no other reason than it being unlikely that it would even be delivered — anywhere, even to a PO Box! In fact, ALL deliveries may come to a screeching halt — mail, newspapers, stuff from Amazon, gasoline to your local gas station, food to your grocery store. You get my drift. Panic or deaths from a spread of Ebola in this country could mimic the effects of an EMP-induced grid-down situation.

        • I thought about a microwave in the garage to nuke just the necessary stuff. The rest goes in the trash bin. I just finished reading the book “The Great Influenza of 1918. The government was not telling the public the truth about the threat, so people carried on as usual for quite awhile. Would a spin in the microwave work?

          • Survival Diva says:

            MaryAnn,
            Hopefully someone on the site with a medical background could answer this. My gut says don’t chance it, but I could be wrong. Anyone have an answer?

          • Mary Ann & Diva;

            Microwave ovens for home are tuned to excite water molecules. It is the excitement and subsequent hyper movement of water molecules that result in food being heated. To demonstrate this effect, run an experiment where you put DRY paper towels in your microwave and then turn it on for, say, one minute. Nothing happens. Next, drizzle a little water on the same paper towels and turn on the microwave again. PRESTO! The paper towels are now steaming hot.

            Getting back to your suggestion about sticking your mail in the microwave (assuming that it is even delivered), I’d put the mail in the microwave along with a small bowl of water and then turn on the microwave oven until the water boils. This way, the microwaves would excite the water molecules in the bowl, the boiling water would turn to steam, and the resulting steam would transfer in some part to the mail and the hot water (steam) along with the continuation of the microwave radiation should help to inactivate the Ebola viruses.

            BUT, there damn well better be something VERY important in that stack of mail for me to run the risk of running this experiment and taking the chance that it would not work and I’d end up bleeding to death on the floor with a handful of advertising flyers clutched in my pale, cold hands.

  3. Grapefruit seed extract sold as that, GSE, NO LONGER CONTAINS GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT. FDA (For the Death of America) raided the manufacturer, said they would close them down if they did not comply with removing the active ingredient. The label changed, but no overt warning is there. You can buy PURE grapefruit seed extract for soap making, sheep dips, animal treatments, etc. online. It is very caustic and smells bad. I put drops of it in liquid soap to make real cleansing soap because grapefruit seed extract isn’t just antibacterial; it kills virus, yeast, mold, fungus, bacteria and anaerobic bacteria. And parasites.
    The old ebola was not easily transmissible and killed within days or even hours. ‘They’ have reworked the organism, and probably will continue to do so.

  4. Scott Mattson says:

    I just can’t see putting our military in harms way for this emergency. It doesn’t fall under any military protocol. It would be more practical to use the State Department, Peace Corps or CDC to augment Doctors w/o Borders or an echelon of African government above where direct contact with the disease is occurring. We have the ability to be a lot more creative than “send in the Marines!”

  5. Sending the military to combat Ebola only reinforces my belief the military is a way to get rid of patriots sending them into harm’s way without regards for their safety. That is my opinion.

  6. Sue the Frugal Survivalist says:

    I’ve been following the ebola crisis closely on-line. The affected countries are poor and don’t have adequate medical resources under normal circumstances. They are not equipped to stop this epidemic. On-line news shows video of ebola patients lying in the dirt outside hospitals because the hospitals are full and can’t properly care for the patients they already have. Relatives don’t know what to do. They followed government advice to take their relative with ebola symptoms to the hospital. After being turned away because the hospital has no more beds, what do they do?

    This epidemic is going to get very bad. They aren’t telling the truth about the fatality rate. If 4000 people are currently infected, and 2000 have died, that’s not a 50% fatality rate. You have to count the number who actually recover from the disease. They aren’t reporting that statistic. I suspect they aren’t reporting the true fatality rate because we would all be terrified when the first cases appear in the U.S.

    When a hospital ( Kaiser South Sacramento ) within five miles of me reported they had a suspected ebola case in isolation, this epidemic really hit home for me. Apparently south Sacramento has a large community of people from South Africa. I didn’t know that. Like other people, they take vacations home to visit family and have relatives and friends from South Africa come to visit them. Kaiser South Sacramento is my health plan hospital.

    It took a couple days for lab tests sent to the CDC to show the patient at Kaiser didn’t have ebola. During the two day wait, I warned my daughter to reschedule her baby’s routine check up at that hospital so she wouldn’t be there while the patient was in isolation. I also shopped to fill any holes in my food supply. I bought 12 gallons of bleach,and enough dry dog and cat food, toilet paper, ramen, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, vitamins, wheat, rolled oats, beans, split peas, sugar, and canned vegetables, to last at least six months with other supplies already in my home.

    Our hospitals may be better equipped than those in South Africa, but how many beds do they really have if patients must be in complete isolation ? I don’t believe any hospital is staffed to handle an epidemic with a 90% fatality rate, an incubation period of up to 21 days, and symptoms that could be at first mistaken for the flu. How can you fight a disease like this when the only way to avoid infection when caring for the patient is to be covered, head to foot, with a hazmat suit ?

    I’m afraid we are going to have a rough time of it once the disease hits the US.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Sue the Frugal Survivalist,

      I have heard the same, that the numbers being reported are far under the actual numbers.

  7. Bob Rixford says:

    It would seem to me there are other Groups/Organizations better trained and equipped to handle a medical mission such as helping to control the spread of Ebola, than the U.S. Military.

    It seems as if the U.S. Military is everyone’s ‘go-to’ source of aid whenever they don’t know how to deal with a particular situation. That is not the purpose of our military. True, they will always respond, and they usually do so to great effect; but, the point remains, that is not their role.

    Why would we not spend a fraction of the amount and fund special operations by organizations (like Doctors Without Borders, etc.) who have the expertise, and maybe the equipment, to deal with health related crises? These groups are already trained for such events; and, for a fraction of the cost, could be supported with additional equipment and mobilized in a fraction of the time. In addition, the equipment provided could then be stored and be available for the next unforeseen event that may come along. Over time there will be non-governmental organizations with the training, expertise, experience, and equipment that can respond to any world-wide, or domestic crisis that comes up.

    Where appropriate, groups such as Mercy Chefs (that provide emergency food supply and preparation) – others that provide shelter – the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other non-governmental agencies that are equipped and experienced to supply clothing and general medical assistance, will become stronger, more experienced, and build up a stockpile of supplies for emergencies ranging from earthquakes, mudslides, hurricanes, floods, and tornandos in the U.S. to tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. in other parts of the world.

    I feel the money the U.S. spends to respond with help to other parts of the world should be invested in these organizations – with perhaps transportation and logistics expertise provided by the U.S. government for those instances where such movement of personnel and supplies is beyond the capability of the NGO – would be money well spent to provide a long-term, stand-by, capability by organizations better focused on their specific areas of expertise. The military offers unneeded equipment to civilian police forces; why can other equipment and supplies, from other agencies, not be made available to these NGOs?

    The long-term goal should be for the entire FEMA function to be transferred to these private sector agencies. The combined mission of responding to both domestic and world-wide emergency situations will keep management capabilities sharp, skills honed, equipment maintained, and supplies fresh. . . . . at an overall, more efficient cost, that is encouraged by private sector desire to provde the most bang for the available buck.

    • John LaBanc says:

      The U S is sending military infectious disease and research experts, not combat forces. These are some of the best and most respected in the medical community and work closely with the CDC, WHO, and other authoritative medical organizations.

  8. Sending our military boys and girls to an ebola population will NOT “get the disease under control”. It’s impossible. What? – shoot the germ? stupid and irresponsible to pur our military in such unnecessary danger. I bet there isn’t another country who would do such a thing. This will infect and kill our servicepeople who will bring the disease back with them. Apparently, that’s exactly what obama wants. It’s also hypocritical to use the threat of quarantines at home then turn around and allow the diseased to enter freely. Outgrageous and egregious.

  9. Joseph-Lee Morehouse says:

    Article very good , will look into the essential oils, thank you.
    I had a odd thought about the Ebola virus doesn’t it seem odd that every time there was a out break since it was discovered in the seventy that it was in isolated ares and in small numbers and the military has always near by or involved in these area ? Any number of groups if they could weaponize this disease could devastate half of the world . I may sound crazy but I don’t believe these new out breaks were by chance or accident , these people are being used as a study case to see what varietals this virus may have or could have with the right conditions. Sound crazy huh.

  10. Ebola WILL get to the US, regardless of what the CDC and WHO say. It is inevitable, based on the ease of international travel and relative lack of safeguards at the airports of departure.

    What bothers me the most of this blog is the 2012 Canadian report that Ebola can cross species. Once the virus is transmitted to the US, it then has the POTENTIAL for infecting and residing in pigs, bats, etc, that are part of the US fauna — both domesticated and wild. If we couple this cross-species infectivity with it possibly being spread by airborne transmission (sneezing, coughing, etc), the resulting scenario gets real ugly.

    I don’t mean to cause panic, but let’s face if folks, the spread of Ebola may solve many of the world’s political conflicts by wiping out a large chunk of the human population. However, getting from today to when the virus is truly gone may well be a long, hard slog with many casualties.

    That is unless there is a very effective vaccine developed quickly that is cheap, produced rapidly in mass quantity, easily distributed, easily administered and does not require much in the way of refrigeration.

    • Lady Life Grows says:

      A few years ago, I read a book on diseases, how they spread and what factors “help” a virus to grow. They have to be able to infect enough new victims to survive. Isolating the sick means that only a very mild disease can spread. Deadly diseases do not survive unless they take a long time to kill, like cancer.
      If Ebola does arrive in the US, it will be attenuated within a year and mutate into just another flu.
      Right now, our schools and workplaces heavily encourage sick people to come to school or work. We’d become a healthier nation if we changed the incentives.
      —-
      As to using anybody’s military, it sounds like they need airdrops of FOOD. We can and should be very generous to the affected nations, and that must include a PROMISE that plenty of food will be delivered to anybody quarantined. That promise must be kept. This article revealed to me that one of the reasons for ebola’s high death rate is starvation. That is an outrage!

      • Lady Life;

        You are wrong about a killer virus needing a long life by the host if it is to spread. Humans with the Ebola virus have a very short life (a few weeks) from infection to death yet the virus has been around (ie, reported) at least since the 1970s. What a killer virus really needs is ease of transmission (even the health care workers are getting infected!) and a lack of either resistance or treatment by the hosts. That’s what we have with this current epidemic. And that’s why it is so worrisome.

    • I don’t trust the CDC at all, as they have proven that they have committed fraud on several occasions in order to promote vaccines. Vaccines themselves have mostly proven themselves unsafe and inffective. My daughter was nearly killed twice by vaccines, and her immune system has been severely compromised ever since.

      That being said, I agree with and appreciate the suggestions David has given to support your immune system with Vitamin D, (especially from sunshine when possible), essential oils, and I’d suggest tons of high quality probiotics, (or make your own sauerkraut for a fraction of the cost),, vitamin C, and yes to a good night’s sleep everynight.

      I think we have done enough unnecessary military intervention already, and that this may be an intentional attempt to jeopardize our military personel IN ORDER to bring ebola virus back to the US, so that big drug companies can push through untested and unsafe vaccines, with no liability, and can go one step closer to mandating that everybody take the vaccine, even if they don’t believe it is good for them. (I’m appalled by the treatment of the man who escaped the treatment center, and though presenting no symptoms was hauled back there against his will. Didn’t you write that it wasn’t contagious if the person isn’t presenting sypmtoms? What if the treatment center was forcing him into an unsafe environment for himself?)

    • Survival Diva says:

      Bob R,
      I agree. It seems inevitable that there will be cases of Ebola on U.S. soil. I am concerned, however., about everyone getting inoculated should a vaccine become available without extensive studies. The Guardia vaccine is an example of that concern. . . many healthy young females received that vaccine to guard against the Papilloma virus and the results for some was horrific, yet the public was not made aware of the side effects.

      • Diva;

        I understand your concerns over vaccines, especially untested ones such as we may get for Ebola. When she was an infant, our daughter received the small pox vaccine. Her arm became red and severely swollen. The docs said that she must have gotten a bad batch of the vaccine. For a while, we were not sure whether she would lose the arm or even her life.

        With that said, vaccines have been the single biggest public health advancement in reducing death due to infectious diseases. More people have been saved from vaccination than from any other public health advancement. The only thing that comes close is that of antibiotics. Vaccination coupled with antibiotics have single-handedly nearly doubled life expectancy in the 1900s.

        Given a choice between receiving an experimental Ebola vaccine vs running the risk of catching the virus if/when it reaches the US, I’d opt for the vaccination. But then again, I’m a (now retired) scientist and I love “running the experiment”. Somebody’s gotta be the guinea pig.

  11. I feel that our military should stay out of this. Since most of the spread is from hungry people escaping containment camps, why don’t these countries use their militaries to spread food home-to-home, ensuring less contact? That might be a good time to kill off the warlords, too, eh? See a quarantine escapee? Shoot him/her before they can spread more death. It should cut down on the future escapees, too. That’s more humane. (Use poisoned trank darts to minimize blood spatter.) Got riots? Hose ’em down with sanitizer by the truckload.

    Stop any sick person from flying, period. Isolate countries, who have ebola cases now, from flying at all until the outbreaks are handled. This AIN’T rocket science, guys. Isolate, minimize inter-contact, sanitize common places, and the problem goes away on its own.
    If they make food free and available at homes, all this stops NOW. That’s a whole lot cheaper than what they’re doing now.

    Until we get our own country free from massive debt, we should also stop -all- foreign aid, including the $5B/yr to Israel (who only spends it on weapons). Until we stabilize this country, we should’t be tossing money around. I’d cut our gov’t by half (to start, and that does not include our fighting forces), weed out the abusers in the welfare, WIC, HeadStart, and food stamp programs, and invest in retraining of the outsourced. Many of these people could go directly into medical jobs after retraining, reducing the strain on hospitals. Retraining and temporary unemployment benefits would cost us a whole lot less than paying several entire branches of the US gov’t who all do the same jobs. Keeriste! We need to stop the bleeding here before worrying about other countries. We have hungry and starving (I refuse to use stupidarse buzzwords such as “food insecure”. Ptui!) right here in the USA, fer Chrissake. Let’s find some compassion for _ourselves_ some time soon, huh? Militarize the borders and end the constant drug, infectious disease, and illegal alien problems, including tangoes who are walking across right now.
    The problem is, the US government doesn’t really -want- it stopped. How else can they warrant the upcoming imposition of martial law? It’s only a matter of time, folks. We, the people, need to remember who is supposed to be in control of our government and ensure that the craziness stops here and now.

    • I agree with all you say except the part about Israel , they are our only real allies in that area and as for spending it on weapons ,its to protect themselves only .

      • JohnTC, I’d agree if I hadn’t seen the Israelis misuse force against unarmed people time and time again. I’m pro-Israel, but don’t condone all their actions by any means. And if the Muslims don’t start going after ISIS and the 10% of themselves who are actively promoting terrorism, maybe it’s time to consider all Muslims tangoes. We need to eradicate this before it breaks out on our shores. Crom knows how many tangoes waltz in over the borders each day! My neighbor, a devout Christian lady, wants to carpet bomb Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and other terrorist hotspots, from border to border. I’m tempted to agree, because war is war. Get on with it and get it DONE. No more Vietnams, Koreas, Iraqs, and Afghanistans. We can’t afford to lose our finest sons when they may be needed right here soon, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

        • pat gillette says:

          DO you know we have only WON five wars—and they were the ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL wars! Get back to our Constitution people – DEMAND it! ALl these other “spread the democracy “conflicts are NOT Constitutional PERIOD! Neither is foreign aid and “nation building”! Sure, we can have “friends” but a friend doesn’t need to be paid off or persuaded to BE our FRIENDS. Israel is our friend AND helping her comes with a blessing for US!

    • To LBJ. As one who has visited Israel more than once, I agree that they are our only ally in that area, but I disagree that we should stop providing foreign aid to them. They are a “Christian” nation, more or less, and they are surrounded by fanatical Muslim nations that want to destroy any nation that doesn’t agree with their sharia law, including the US. Sharia is what has largely been driving the fanatics in Gaza that keep firing rockets at civilians in Israel during the cooling off periods. They don’t care who they hurt or kill as long as they are not Muslims.

      I agree that we need to seal up our borders, especially now that ISIS is passing thru Mexico to get into the US. That is the real threat to this country and our freedoms, the religious fanatics that are determined to conquer or kill all of us Christians.

  12. I think our military has no place in this fight. They are not skilled nor equiped to do anything. Many WILL die. Perhaps that is Obama’s idea.

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