The Threat Is Real

You may have heard about the two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia last week. You may have also heard that the president has authorized a medical evacuation for both of them to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to be treated. The first of those, Dr Kent Brantly, arrived in Atlanta today, August 2nd 2014. The other one, Nancy Writebol, will arrive in the next few days. This is the first time Ebola has been in the states.

So answer me this why then on April 8th 2014, 5 months ago, did congress get briefed, after the fact by the way, that National Guard units in all 50 states have been given biological identification kits, which are used to detect the Ebola virus.

Why were these kits fielded in National Guard units in the states and not in active Army units overseas that might actually come in contact with the virus. If the DoD was as worried about Ebola coming into the US they would have given these units to the TSA at the airports, where it might actually do some good instead of with National Guard units who aren’t involved with screening inbound travelers to the US? Who are the National Guard going to use these kits on, and why?

Ladies and gentlemen the threat is here, and the threat is real.

 

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4 thoughts on “The Threat Is Real

  1. This is not the first time Ebola has been here. The news stories often feature misleading headlines. This is the first time a human patient with active disease has been brought here for treatment, that’s all. Ebola manifests in various monkey species, and it has been studied here for more than twenty years.

    There are several kinds of Ebola, and one of the mutated strains was unexpectedly found in macaques at a research lab in Reston, Virginia way back in 1989. Labs have been studying the virus, and have had samples on hand since then. The CDC campus in DeKalb county has been working on a vaccine since 1999.

    • You do know that the Reston virus as it is called, that was in the crab eating macaques in Virginia was non transferable to humans. There are 5 types of Ebola virus, 3 are transmissible to humans, and 2 are not, this is the 1st time a strain of human transmissible Ebola has been in the states. The Ebola viruses the CDC has are the non transmissible types. They can study these types and manufacture vaccines that they think will protect against the virus, thus the one single dose of medicine they had that they sent to Liberia to be given to one of the Americans, which Dr. Brantly told them to give to Mrs. Nancy Writebol. They have no clue how to deal with this virus, and everyone in the hospital they brought this patient to is now is serious danger of contracting the disease. It has recently been reported that over 100 of the volunteers treating the patients in Africa, even with proper protection have contracted the disease. This is a tragic mistake by the government, seeing as how they could have sent a team of CDC experts with a mobile hospital that is just as good as the hospital they brought Dr. Brantly too. With the track record of the CDC for losing and misplacing deadly viruses and bacteria, this should make everyone stop and think.

  2. I did some more research, but I could not find evidence of hundreds of volunteers treating the infected contracting the disease. 340 volunteers have been evacuated, because the social upheaval caused by the outbreak has made it hard to guarantee their safety. There are three other volunteers in isolation as a precaution, since they have no symptoms. Though there are 13,000 infected as of news stories in the past ten hours, the infected are family members and others who came in contact with symptomatic patients without using personal protective gear.

    I’m a health care worker. I have worked in ICUs and around highly infectious diseases. It’s not as easy to contract the disease as you have suggested. As far as securing surfaces goes, bleach kills anything, even Ebola. We don’t have a vaccine, but IV fluids and blood transfusion improves survival chances at least 30%. It can’t get through gloves, gowns and a properly fitted splash guard or mask. Yes, there’s always a risk from a needle stick. The solution is to go slow.

    I agree the CDC and NIH have administrative problems that caused them to mishandle samples, but that has nothing to do with the facts about what diseases can or can’t do, and how they are transmitted. The biggest threat of all is fear caused by ignorance. That’s the one that’s making Africans threaten aid workers with weapons.

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