Oh don’t worry…it is very hard to get. Should we believe this dribble?
By de Andréa
October 2, 2014
About 100 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.
This all because of one man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled from Liberia to Dallas to visit relatives and fell ill on Sept. 24.
Health officials are focusing now on containment to try to stem the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading beyond Dallas.
Funny I remember listening to the CDC spokesman say that Ebola is very, very, very’ hard to get, and yet it is spreading like wild fire in West Africa. He also said it couldn’t spread to the U.S. because we have much better health services in the U.S. and are better equipped, plus we have protocols to better handle a pandemic than Africa is. Oh really???
The Dallas emergency room mistakenly sent Duncan home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had just been in, and lived in, Ebola-ravaged West Africa. The patient explained to a nurse last Thursday that he was visiting the U.S. from Africa, but “that information was not widely shared”, said Dr. Mark Lester, who works for the hospital's parent company.
So ‘where were’ the protocols in the U.S. to handle a pandemic from West Africa? Moreover the fact that he came from West Africa and was sick didn’t seem to engage these so-called superior protocols, being sick and coming from West Africa should have been a red flag clue.
So much for our superior health services, now they are looking at a potential 100 people who may have contracted this very difficult to get deadly disease. What are they all doing in Africa, and the U.S. for that matter, to cause this difficult to spread disease, to spread so easily and so fast? Maybe they are French kissing a lot!
Don’t you think the decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release Duncan definitely put others at risk of exposure to Ebola until the man went back to the ER a couple of days later when his condition worsened?
“Among the people being monitored are the 12 to 18 people who first came into contact with the infected man — which federal health officials have said include three members of the ambulance crew that took him to the hospital, plus a handful of schoolchildren — as well as others those initial people had contact with.” spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said. "The number of people who are now part of the contact investigation has grown to more than 100," she said.
Neroes was unable to specify how’ those initial 12 to 18 people came in contact with the larger group, nor could she provide specifics about the ages of those being monitored. No one is so far showing symptoms, she said, and health officials have told them to monitor their own conditions in the coming weeks.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said Thursday it has list of about 100 potential or possible contacts but that the official "contract tracing number may be lower," department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in a statement. The statement did not say specifically when the official number will be released, but that the current figure is due to caution and includes people who had brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home.
Oh! The plan! I’m so glad they have a plan.
'That's how we're going to break the chain of transmission, and that's where our focus has to be," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday.
Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Edward Goodman said the patient had a fever and abdominal pain during his first ER visit, not the riskier symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Duncan was diagnosed with a low-risk infection and sent home.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is reviewing how the situation would have been handled if all staff had been aware of the man's circumstances.
David Wright, regional director of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wouldn't say if the hospital was under investigation. Wright said that in cases they do handle, federal investigators examine if a hospital complied with a "reasonable physician standard" in deciding whether to admit a patient with a potential medical emergency. What about the pandemic protocol the CDC talked about? It looks like it is likely blowin’ in the wind.
Duncan has been kept in isolation at the hospital since Sunday. He was listed in serious but stable condition.
Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 10,000 people in West Africa and killed more than 4,300 so far, possibly more than 100 thousand will be infected by the end of the year, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia is one of the three countries hit hardest in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus. The so-called experts say the disease is not contagious until symptoms begin. It spreads only by close contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.
In Texas, neither the ambulance crew nor the children have showed any symptoms and were being monitored under guard at home. It was not clear how Duncan knew the children, but his sister said he had been visiting with family, including two nephews.
Duncan left Liberia on Sept. 19, flying from Brussels to Dulles Airport near Washington. He then boarded a flight for Dallas-Fort Worth, according to airlines, and arrived the next day. He started feeling ill four or five days later, Frieden said.
Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC's Center for Global Health, said Duncan did not show signs of disease before boarding the plane in Monrovia. Since the man had no symptoms on the plane, the CDC stressed there is no risk to his fellow passengers.
The CDC has received 94 inquiries from other states about illnesses that initially were suspected to be Ebola, but after taking travel histories and doing some other work, most were ruled out. Of the 13 people who actually underwent testing, only one — Duncan — tested positive.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I don’t know about you, but I have a healthy mistrust of the CDC. If for no other reason than just because it is the Federal Government. As I said earlier if this is so hard to get…like AIDS, it must be from an exchange of bodily fluids, and only after one is obviously sick. Just what are all these people doing while they are sick? Having sex? Or are they just French kissing.
I have often wondered just how a disease is going to kill up to two thirds of the world population according to Biblical prophecy. Could it be because we are deceived by the CDC and lulled into a false since of security?
Latest: Liberia to prosecute man who brought Ebola to U.S. - alleging that he lied on an airport questionnaire about not having any contact with an infected person.
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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