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Lifting the lid on Pandoras box of ebola

October 13, 2014

P.1Most of us have at one time or another seen a movie where the actors are in a high security laboratory dressed in what looks like space suits. The premise of the scene is usually that the actors are working to figure out how to stop some new deadly bio-weapon. The equipment and the laboratory are modeled on the ones in use by the CDC in Atlanta and other military facilities. Up until a month or so ago I did not know that ordinary hospitals around the United States were also equipped with these secure laboratories. After all they must be if our government brought the most deadly disease on the face of the earth to these hospitals instead of the CDC or military bases.

I can think of no sane reason why we would bring to our shores the ebola virus, then again I also can see no reason why we do not shut down travel completely between the US and any nation that has ebola running rampant. As of today France, Great Britain and Saudi Arabia have restricted travel to these nations… and here in the US if your coming from an country that has ebola we have you fill a questionnaire out and take your temperature.

What happens if there is a suspected traveler with a high temperature, do we take them to the nearest ER or quarantine them in a local hospital that has no experience dealing with deadly diseases? What about the other people on the airplane who came into contact with that traveler? Or what about the plane itself, is it decontaminated or put out of service?

Today we also are dealing with something new, the first person to contract ebola within the US. One would think that anyone, especially a nurse, working in a secure area of a hospital that had a patient with ebola would take every precaution to not infect themselves. And I am assuming that this nurse did follow all guidelines so just how did she get the virus?

Our government has stated that ebola is not airborne
but if the nurse did follow all guidelines how did she become infected,
and more to the point how many others did she infect?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2014 6:42 am

    Hey Pete – a couple of things regarding your most recent post; actually very few hospitals in the US are equipped with ‘level IV’ containment facilities such as one finds at CDC or USAMRIID. These are extremely expensive to build and operate; what most hospitals do have are ‘isolation wards’ which mimic many of the ‘level IV’ capabilities but are not true level IV facilities. What you mentioned towards the end of your blog is the nightmare scenario; that Ebola Zaire has mutated to the point it can be passed between humans either via the air through just breathing or by something like coughing. In both cases the organisms would be airborne via tiny droplets of moisture we regularly exhale. Under these circumstances we’d be in real trouble and the spread of the disease would be akin to the most contagious influenza’s but with much more lethal results. This fear is part of why most physicians want to stamp out the Ebola outbreak at the source as the disease has been burning in western Africa the longest time and hence if mutations were to occur we would most likely first see them in that area. This is a very serious situation and the government is flat out lying to ‘We the People’ regarding the situation and its possible development in what appears to be an attempt to prevent widespread panic. All told things are not looking good and could even get more out of control very quickly…

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  2. Del permalink
    October 14, 2014 8:05 am

    Well said newbie.

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  3. Jon permalink
    October 15, 2014 12:00 pm

    Your posts are always thought-provoking & once again, Newbie, you’ve spoken for a good number of us.

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