The roaring incompetence of the CDC and other agencies is glaringly obvious, they have no clue how to deal with ebola: Second Ebola-stricken nurse, 29, arrives in Atlanta as it’s revealed she was given permission by CDC to fly on a commercial flight the day before she was diagnosed – despite her expressing concern because the CDC GAVE HER OK TO FLY: Second Ebola-infected nurse was cleared to board plane after she called agency for permission — her fever did not reach 100.4 degree mark, a slightly lower fever was supposedly OK?
It is ridiculous. Nurses caring for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan didn’t wear hazmat suits for TWO DAYS after he was admitted to hospital and I bet few hospitals have enough hazmat suits for constant care of patients.
‘Who’s the idiot with clipboard?’ Disbelief and panic as mystery man WITHOUT a hazmat suit is seen helping 2nd Ebola nurse board her plane to Atlanta, disposing waste and then boarding the jet which is why our troops in Liberia will come home sick and carrying germs of this disease. Few people know how to carry out all protocols. I used to work at a top university computer chip research lab and I ran the protocols for cleanliness and chemical exposure and even wrote a book for the university about how to run such a tight secure lab…which the OSHA staff liked so much, this was used to draw up protocols for computer manufacturing laboratories (this was way back in 1996).
All such facilities have to have a clean place to robe and disrobe and they cannot be the same place if one is handling toxic chemicals or germs. Understanding how to do this is very, very difficult and most people are quite unable to figure out how to do this without very strict rules of engagement. I have seen photos of US troops learning to disrobe ebola staff wearing ONLY gloves! This is insane.
The fellow following the hazmat suited people with the sick nurse was utterly unable to understand that he was NOT supposed to touch ANYTHING. Period. Without a full suit, himself! Even if there is zero exposure, he still has to follow protocols because one error can lead to spreading the disease. I remember when I imposed strict protocols on scientists at the lab, they were very unhappy and annoyed and tried to deliberately ignore these rules until I called in the OSHA people after I was fired.
OSHA agreed with me, not them.
Back to the ebola stories today: ‘A victim of a broken system’: Thomas Eric Duncan’s nephew RIPS Dallas hospital in scathing op-ed complaining about how ‘inept’ the hospital was that hosted this killer. Yes, he is now a killer. These people feel zero shame. The family that hadn’t seen this diseased man for over 17 years suddenly got the money for him to come here exactly after he was definitely exposed to a dying neighbor who he helped carry. He and they knew he might be diseased.
Mumbling that he come from Liberia while not telling anyone how much he was exposed to the disease, was his insane and nasty choice. He didn’t say, ‘I might have ebola.’ Instead, he trotted back to his new home, hoping it was nothing big. Now, they blame everyone for all the stupid, horrible things they chose to do. I say, deport them all.
Obama orders federal Ebola SWAT team to any hospital with an infected patient which will last how long? A month? A year?
A total of 8997 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been
reported in seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the
United States of America) up to the end of 12 October. There have been 4493 deaths.
Data for epidemiological week 41 are incomplete, with missing data for 12 October from Liberia. This
reflects the challenging nature of data gathering in countries with widespread and intense EVD
transmission. These challenges remain particularly acute in Liberia, where there continues to be a
mismatch between the relatively low numbers of new cases reported through official clinical
surveillance systems on one hand, and reports from laboratory staff and first responders of large
numbers of new cases on the other. Efforts are ongoing to reconcile different sources of data, and to
rapidly scale-up capacity for epidemiological data gathering throughout each country with
widespread and intense transmission.
It is clear, however, that the situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, with
widespread and persistent transmission of EVD. An increase in new cases in Guinea is being driven by
a spike in confirmed and suspected cases in the capital, Conakry, and the nearby district of Coyah. In
Liberia, problems with data gathering make it hard to draw any firm conclusions from recent data.
There is almost certainly significant under-reporting of cases from the capital Monrovia. There does
appear to have been a genuine fall in the number of cases in Lofa district, but a concerted effort will
be required to sustain that drop in cases and translate it into an elimination of EVD in that area. In
Sierra Leone, intense transmission is still occurring in the capital Freetown and the surrounding
I would suggest the numbers of ill and dead in Africa are three to four times higher than official counts. This isn’t burning out, it is burning wider and wider.
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