Pseudo-Polio Enterovirus And Ebola: Both Are Viruses and Both Are Very Easy To Transmit To Others

We always have various epidemics rolling around this planet because viruses evolve rapidly when they find a good home base and are always probing defenses.  Were Giant Viruses the First Life on Earth? There is good reason to think so!  If viruses had memories, they would remember the era half a billion years ago when oxygen was produced by single celled creatures. Oxygen is poison for viruses but then they happily took up residence inside the bodies of all living things.  Periodically, they kill their hosts.  For some reason, we are being plagued quite literally by viruses this year.  One of these is the enterovirus which is a form of polio.

 

An 11-year-old in Dallas is paralyzed in his right arm and doctors are blaming an outbreak of enterovirus while Two adults die in Denver hospital after showing symptoms of enterovirus.  Here is information from our government about this particular noxious virus:  Non-Polio Enterovirus Infection: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) – CDC

 

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.

 

Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.

 

Wow.  Sounds exactly like how ebola is passed, too.  But this year’s enterovirus is unusual:

 

In general, a mix of enteroviruses circulates every year, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years. Small numbers of EV-D68 have been reported regularly to CDC since 1987. However, this year the number of people reported with confirmed EV-D68 infection is much greater than that reported in previous years.

 

Another thing in commmon with ebola is, there is no vaccination nor any cure, one has to endure it and hope that giving oxygen and other palliative moves will somehow work. But not always, alas.

 

Now more bad news about ebola:  How to get into America with Ebola: Ibuprofen and a lie.  Yes, the ‘take temperatures to see if anyone is running a fever’ is ridiculous.  It doesn’t work inside Africa nor at airports or anywhere.  More and more people who flew to Africa to either help out or to do news stories are coming down sick.  They are then flown home to various hospitals.  This will turn into a flood as Africans see how the Duncan family and friends are getting first class care at great expense.

 

Ordeal at the Dallas Ebola apartment comes to an end: Quarantined family are moved to a secret location after Hazmat team arrived FIVE DAYS after victim was diagnosed.  They were moved to a gated community and I wonder if the people there know this, wherever this is.  The uninsured in U.S. raise Ebola risk which is very much something I have pointed out not to mention armies of comments at news sites.

 

Ordinary citizens can see clearly the problems.  Nurses and doctors are demanding training and supplies in case they have to do the isolation stuff and I think this is a good thing since this is also a problem with the polio-type virus, too.  Are hospitals spreading this disease due to poor handling procedures?

 

CDC have not contacted second family in Ebola ‘quarantine’ for 24 hours – and now they are sneezing and coughing and stuck inside with their baby’s soiled diapers according to the families who seem pretty clueless about how to deal with all this.  Which is the entire problem: this is a very, very difficult disease to deal with!  But then, I notice the polio-style virus is also taking off which may be due to the fact that the main form of virus, polio, is no longer menacing us so vaccinations for it are over. Has this reduced herd immunity for the similar virus?

 

Cuban Doctors, Nurses Head To West Africa To Help In Ebola Fight but I seriously doubt they know how to avoid contagion, either.  And will bring it home to Cuba which is next door to us.  Then there are cruise ships.  Already, they are floating plagues that bring all sorts of ugly viral infections ashore.  They travel to third world ports and are serviced by third world cheap labor staff and are pretty filthy due to high turnover and quick turn overs with no time to clean germs.

 

Two years ago, while in New Jersey where these ships disgorge passengers, I got a viral infection from one of the cruise ships, it was in the news.  And it turned rapidly, in 48 hours into a very dangerous case of pneumonia and I had to go to the hospital and spend the night there on oxygen.  Much of our modern global transportation system is a breeding ground or vector/carrier of diseases which we get to share with everyone on earth.  Alas.

 


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13 responses to “Pseudo-Polio Enterovirus And Ebola: Both Are Viruses and Both Are Very Easy To Transmit To Others

  1. shirt

    whatever you do, do not accept that free head scarf from the Ivory coast.

  2. CK

    The Cubans avoided the Aids plague; they will avoid the Ebola confection also. The Cubans used quarantines quite effectively even thought they had proportionately much higher percentages of young men on duty in Africa than the US or European ex colonizer nations had.

  3. Alaskan Ice

    http://news.yahoo.com/haiti-bans-citizens-un-mission-against-ebola-224834000.html

    Sensibly, nations on this hemisphere like Haiti with staggering HIV/immunodeficiency vulnerabilities do not want to risk importing opportunistic viruses like Ebola that are running rampant in an HIV/immunodeficiency continent like Africa.

  4. emsnews

    m: That blog is crazy.

    Talk about insane. Well, there is one way to discover the truth. Go to Liberia and tell them this is fake. Be sure to shake hands and kiss everyone you meet.

    Then don’t come back. I don’t want this disease here.

  5. Jim R

    Today, I watched a clip of the DFD pulling up to Mr. Duncan’s apartment in hazmat trucks.

    They were donning firefighting slickers, that will surely deflect all viruses! /sarc

    I wonder if we won’t be reading about that guy with the jet-washing unit in a couple weeks. Followed by assorted Dallas firefighters. These people have no clue what they are dealing with.

  6. Luke

    EMS, I once heard JR talk. I also knew of his site and that article. JR, about 20 years ago warned of ‘GMOs’ and accurately so. He said the 1% will own the GMO food and it will make people sick. They also will own the pharma and the chemical plants [GMOs take 5x as much weed killer etc]. So he is right in some ways. He tried to fight the ‘1%’ with what he called ‘The Great Boycott’.

  7. emsnews

    Africa has virtually no GMO food nor weed killer, etc. This is coming straight from the jungle to our front doorstep via very primitive systems.

  8. m

    EMS:, my reason for linking to Rappoport’s “47 Questions” post is that, so often, it’s difficult to tell what is real and what is pretext for something else. It’s happened many, many times, as I believe you know.

  9. Jim R

    m.
    Rappaport might have been right about something sometime, but he couldn’t be more wrong on this.

    The propaganda lie this time is “everything’s under control”, just like it was when Fukushima blew up.

    It is because the people in charge, who are supposed to be wiser than everyone else, have not the faintest fucking clue what to do now.

    If you had read The Hot Zone you would understand. If the CDC and related agencies are very very lucky, this epidemic will fizzle and die out over the next few months. But this is the ‘hottest’ virus to get loose in recent history, and so far it is still spreading exponentially. It could be llike the 1918 flu, but with a more dramatic presentation.

  10. emsnews

    It is NOT ‘fizzing out’. It is expanding and now popping up all over Africa, increasingly.

  11. shecky

    It appears that the virus has mutated, gaining a longer period of incubation. This would allow hosts to travel farther and mingle more than before. Thus the virus is less “hot” in that it will not burn itself out locally. It is still apparently quite virulent.

    It may be that intensive care in the US will yield a lower mortality rate, but a real contagion would quickly overwhelm existing medical resources, so that heroic care will not be available to most. Heck, I bet ER’s are swamped already by people with pollen allergies who think they are dying.

    It will be interesting to see how we handle this challenge. That there was not a quarantine of West Africa internationally, months ago, is absurd. That there is not lone now is insane!

  12. Maddie's Mom

    We can’t whip up a pandemic if we close borders and/or restrict travel.

    I repeat myself, but it’s as if it’s deliberate.

    And allowing all those potentially-diseased persons into the country from South America might just help things along, eh? I had read that tens of thousands more were expected this fall, but we don’t hear any more about that now, do we? 😉

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