Breaking news: Liberia To Prosecute Man Who Brought Ebola To U.S. because he lied on the form they use about being exposed to ebola directly.
Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart slams media for Ebola fear-mongering because he is delusional:
On Wednesday evening’s edition of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart addressed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The U.S. is more than equipped to prevent the spread of the virus, but for some reason the media hasn’t gotten that memo.
Stewart showed clips of cable news coverage using ominous music and frightening graphics… Hide your kids, hide your wife, cable news warned, Ebola is coming for you.
Just up in the news: 5 People Are Infected With Ebola Every Hour In Sierra Leone. Stewart’s belief that our system works is naive in the extreme. We now know that the hospital that turned away the ebola African fellow KNEW he was from the ebola region but he had no insurance. Then, they took him back only when forced by the CDC. This isn’t a joke topic, Stewart is all freaky out crazy over if it is too warm (it isn’t) and thinks we are all going to die due to being warm (it isn’t warm, winter is around the corner here) but this mega-dangerous very contagious nearly always deadly disease is…a joke to him!
He makes fun of conservatives about this??? Now obnoxious. This isn’t a left/right issue. This is a life/death issue. The US is so unready for this disease, they are still debating how to dispose of stuff that infected people touch! There are no vaccinations but now people are working on this very thing, thank goodness. Here is an interesting, informative interview from Germany:
E.Sutton (Thanks!) here on the blog alerted me to this video about a microbiologist doctor who is wearing a suit saying, ‘CDC Lies’ warning us about this epidemic:
SPIEGEL: Why did WHO react so late?
Piot: On the one hand, it was because their African regional office isn’t staffed with the most capable people but with political appointees. And the headquarters in Geneva suffered large budget cuts that had been agreed to by member states. The department for hemorrhagic fever and the one responsible for the management of epidemic emergencies were hit hard. But since August, WHO has regained a leadership role.
Yes, funding dropped because the Bilderberg gang who run Europe and the UN, thought we didn’t need this anymore. But now they are scared because they are vulnerable, too. Instead, money has been wasted on starting and running endless wars against Muslims and Russia with China as the next victim for chaos creation. Well, they got chaos in spades and it will backfire on all the elites in the long run just like WWI did.
Cuts to World Health Organization budget intensify Ebola epidemic – World Socialist Web Site: cuts up to one billion dollars just as the ebola outbreak began. The UN last month decided, rather slowly, to add $600 million because of this out of control event. Since it began doubling in size every week, panic is setting in for good reason. This is a very bad sign in any disease particularly one that kills virtually everyone who shows symptoms.
SPIEGEL: There is actually a well-established procedure for curtailing Ebola outbreaks: isolating those infected and closely monitoring those who had contact with them. How could a catastrophe such as the one we are now seeing even happen?
Piot: I think it is what people call a perfect storm: when every individual circumstance is a bit worse than normal and they then combine to create a disaster. And with this epidemic, there were many factors that were disadvantageous from the very beginning. Some of the countries involved were just emerging from terrible civil wars, many of their doctors had fled and their healthcare systems had collapsed. In all of Liberia, for example, there were only 51 doctors in 2010, and many of them have since died of Ebola.
SPIEGEL: The fact that the outbreak began in the densely populated border region between Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia …
Piot: … also contributed to the catastrophe. Because the people there are extremely mobile, it was much more difficult than usual to track down those who had had contact with the infected people. Because the dead in this region are traditionally buried in the towns and villages they were born in, there were highly contagious Ebola corpses traveling back and forth across the borders in pick-ups and taxis. The result was that the epidemic kept flaring up in different places.
The US is even more mobile. How will Texas contain this epidemic? They are still struggling to find out how many people touched this man who very definitely had this disease? They can’t, quite frankly, since he went all over the planet earth with many people trapped in various ways really close to him. He used public transportation all over the place! With AIDS, if you shook hands or rubbed against some sweat or dried tears, you didn’t die of AIDS. Very close, sexual contact had to be made or via IV abuse which is very intimate. With this disease, being in slight contact, shaking hands, for example, can give you the disease!
Piot: In large cities — particularly in chaotic slums — it is virtually impossible to find those who had contact with patients, no matter how great the effort. That is why I am so worried about Nigeria as well. The country is home to mega-cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt and if the Ebola virus lodges there and begins to spread, it would be an unimaginable catastrophe.
SPIEGEL: What can really be done in a situation when anyone can become infected on the streets and, like in Monrovia, even the taxis are contaminated?
Piot: We urgently need to come up with new strategies. Currently, helpers are no longer able to care for all the patients in treatment centers. So caregivers need to teach family members who are providing care to patients how to protect themselves from infection to the extent possible. This on-site educational work is currently the greatest challenge. Sierra Leone experimented with a three-day curfew in an attempt to at least flatten out the infection curve a bit. At first I thought: “That is totally crazy.” But now I wonder, “why not?” At least, as long as these measures aren’t imposed with military power.
Listen carefully, everyone: the ONLY way to control this level of epidemic is via military power. Not foreign troops bringing in tents but full blown restrictions on movement, to prevent the disease from spreading plus military controlling anyone providing services just like the communist Russians did with Chernobyl and the Japanese refused to do at Fukushima! No other entity can enforce the only solution: total shutting down of contacts, travel and movements of any sort.
Here is a fine example from our own past: Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
During the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5000 or more people were listed in the official register of deaths between August 1 and November 9. The vast majority of them died of yellow fever, making the epidemic in the city of 50,000 people one of the most severe in United States’ history. By the end of September, 20,000 people had fled the city. The mortality rate peaked in October, before frost finally killed the mosquitoes and brought an end to the epidemic in November. Doctors tried a variety of treatments, but knew neither the origin of the fever nor that it was transmitted by mosquitoes (which was not verified until the late nineteenth century).
The mayor and a committee of two dozen organized a fever hospital at Bush Hill and other crisis measures. The assistance of the Free African Society was requested by the city and readily agreed to by the members, based on the mistaken assumption that native Africans would have the same partial immunity to the new disease as many had to malaria, the most common source of fever epidemics during the summer months. Black nurses aided the sick and the group’s leaders hired additional men to take away corpses, which most people would not touch. Blacks in the city died at the same rate as whites, about 240 altogether. Some neighboring towns refused to let refugees in from Philadelphia, for fear they were carrying the fever. Major port cities such as Baltimore and New York had quarantines against refugees and goods from Philadelphia, although New York sent financial aid to the city.
The Yellow Fever Epidemic in New Orleans – 1853 the militias quarantined the city and shot anyone fleeing it. They also shot off cannons like crazy to ‘fix the air’ which they thought was the miasma was causing the disease. They didn’t know mosquitos were the vector. With ebola, the vector is bats.
SPIEGEL: The virus is continually changing its genetic makeup. The more people who become infected, the greater the chance becomes that it will mutate …
Piot: … which might speed its spread. Yes, that really is the apocalyptic scenario. Humans are actually just an accidental host for the virus, and not a good one. From the perspective of a virus, it isn’t desirable for its host, within which the pathogen hopes to multiply, to die so quickly. It would be much better for the virus to allow us to stay alive longer.
SPIEGEL: Could the virus suddenly change itself such that it could be spread through the air?
Piot: Like measles you mean? Luckily, that is extremely unlikely. But a mutation that would allow Ebola patients to live a couple of weeks longer is certainly possible and would be advantageous for the virus. But that would allow Ebola patients to infect many, many more people than is currently the case…it is clear that the virus is mutating.
ALL viral diseases mutate if they run wild. We still have the Black Plague, for example. But we have medication for this which is why it doesn’t kill millions of people anymore.
This event was recent, in Madagascar offshore of Africa. In a remote village, the bacteria reappeared thanks to rats there and caused a small epidemic which was fixed by doctors flying in and administering the proper antibiotic. But the evolution of viruses are faster and harder to prevent. Thus, the greater fear of this epidemic aside from the super scary fact, there is no medical way of stopping this thing so far.
Stewart, using his perch where he fear mongers like crazy about ‘global warming’ which is a phantom problem, is pure evil if he is mocking this very real, definite problem. A total fool, in my estimation.
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