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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Policy Change?

According to U.S. considering quarantine for returning Ebola health workers: CDC (dated the evening of October 24, 2014):
The Obama administration is considering quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa...
There's also this (dated October 24, 2014, 7:01 P.M., EDT): Two U.S. states [New York and New Jersey] to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones.

Consider this: CDC Says NYC Ebola Doctor Cleared Enhanced Airport Screening.

Meanwhile, those with visas from the Ebola Hot Zone are still streaming in at the rate of some 4500 people a month. No federally-imposed quarantine for them?

27 comments:

  1. Gee, maybe the CDCs protocols weren't "all that" after all.

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    1. Thersites,
      The problem: the incubation period allows a virus carrier to travel extensively before being hit by the virus and showing obvious signs of Ebola.

      While Ebola is not airborne in the medical sense (that is, floating through the air like dust allergens), it is transmitted via aerosolization (very small droplets from coughing, for example). Breathe in those tiny droplets, and Ebola has the entryway into the next possible victim.

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  2. BTW, the governors of Connecticut and New York are Democrats. If I'm not mistaken, both men are running for re-election in November.

    Just sayin'.

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    1. You'd have a hard time getting any serious leftist to claim Andrew Cuomo.

      He lost enough votes to an unknown in the primary to pretty well kill his national ambitions.

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    2. Yes, they are very much Democrats, AOW.
      Nobody gives a damn what 'serious leftists' think because this is Cuomo's choice, not theirs.

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  3. That NY and NJ got out in front of the Feds proves once more that the Feds have dropped the ball on controlling the borders. The Feds no longer can be trusted to make common sense decisions to protect American citizens.

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    1. The Feds no longer can be trusted to make common sense decisions to protect American citizens.

      Indeed, that is the bottom line.

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  4. Meanwhile, Toddler With Ebola In Mali May Have Infected Many People: WHO.

    I don't like what I'm reading on the web tonight -- particularly after my over-many-years research related to the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic.

    Yes, yes, I understand that the methods of transmission differ. But the way things are starting to line up is not comforting.

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  5. I wish and pray that Ebola would go back to the pit of hell from whence the pathogen came.

    My father (1911-1998) lost his sister to the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919. I will never forget Dad's words about his sister (when I was researching the family tree and asked him about his sister):

    “The undertaker came and embalmed Chrissie and the house — and dumped the blood behind the barn.”

    The Influenza Epidemic started slowly, but once it got going, the numbers of deaths exploded.

    Even as advanced as science and medicine are in the 21st Century, they do have their limitations.

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    1. First paragraph from the above link:

      With all of the news headlines sounding the alarm of Ebola in Africa and the US, many are unaware that not only has Ebola reached Europe, but it has claimed the lives of more than you would think. According to an article published today in The Daily Beast: If you were surprised to hear the news that a Sudanese United Nations worker died of the deadly Ebola virus in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday, you might be even more surprised to learn just how many Ebola patients there are elsewhere in Europe.

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    2. Still. the number of deaths in the West from Ebola contracted in the West is zero,

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    3. But you need to ask yourself... is the risk from infection from ebola in the world rising or falling today? Until they turn the corner in Africa, the risk to the West is rising at an exponential rate.

      What does the number of deaths have to be before the Left will agree that precautions need to be implemented? One? Ten? A hundred? A thousand? Ten thousand?

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    4. Duck,
      Yes. Thank God.

      But I must say that the two nurses got extraordinary care.

      The NIH/CDC facilities are among the best such facilities in the world. Not every hospital can produce those results, and the matter of few beds at NIH/CDC facilities should be a cause for concern.

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    5. Because THIS is the current situation...

      Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads, says WHO – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone record 10,114 cases.

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      But the true toll may be three times as much: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases.


      Here's the curve.. The infections could reach 1.2 million in six months.

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  7. Thersites,
    is the risk from infection from ebola in the world rising or falling today?

    The honest answer to that question much be "Yes!"

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  8. from Time Magazine today...

    In a new report published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers from Yale School of Public Health used modeling to compare estimates of case numbers in Liberia to currently available resources as well as those resources promised by international bodies. Their data show that without significantly scaled up efforts, there will be 170,996 cases of Ebola and 90,122 deaths related to the virus in Montserrado County by Dec. 15. But, the researchers say that if there’s a significantly ramped up effort that provides 4,800 treatment beds and a fivefold increase in detection and diagnostics in November, there could be 77,312 cases prevented by the same date.

    Here’s the problem: The United States, for example, has only promised 1,700 beds to all of West Africa. Clearly, those numbers do not match up, making catastrophic projections for case and death tolls all the more realistic.


    The problem is going to get much MUCH worse.

    Ducky is whistling past the graveyard.

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    1. Thersites,
      Ducky is whistling past the graveyard.

      That could become literal -- not a mere metaphor.

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  9. WE THE PEOPLE are fed up: Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers.

    NY, NJ, CT, and now Illinois. Which state will be next and take the proper steps? The federal government won't -- or hasn't thus far, anyway.

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  10. The New Jersey nurse says that medical professionals don't need to be quarantined. Her argument:

    "Quarantine Doctors and other medical professionals? Why? They know what they're doing, don't they?

    Is there a bowling alley around here?"

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  11. I could well be that there is no viable law suit possible against Texas Presbyterian Hospital -- on Thomas Eric Duncan's behalf, that is. See Duncan Lied To The 2nd ER Nurse.

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