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  • There Are Now 10,000 People Who Have Been Sickened By Ebola (and it's getting worse)

    10/25/2014 10:08:21 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 10-25-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Stephanie Nebehay October 25, 2014 The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia. Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been raising living standards in the region. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...
  • NJ official: Female health care worker who'd been in Africa isolated with fever

    10/24/2014 6:48:33 PM PDT · by boycott · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ray Sanchez, Jason Hanna and Shimon Prokupecz
    New York (CNN) -- One day after New York officials announced a Doctors Without Borders physician had tested positive for Ebola, another person who treated patients in West Africa developed a fever and was put in isolation at a northern New Jersey hospital. The second health care worker, a woman who hasn't been identified by name, did not have any Ebola symptoms upon arrival Friday at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey health department spokesman Donna Leusner said. Yet things changed in the hours that followed. According to Leusner, "This evening, the health care worker developed a fever and is...
  • Ebola vaccine trials could start in Africa in December: WHO

    10/24/2014 8:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/24/2014 | Kounteya Sinha,TNN
    LONDON: One million doses of an Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. Vaccines, "several hundred thousand" of which will be produced in the first half of the year would be initially made available to front line health workers in West Africa as early as by December 2014. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general, said: "While we hope that the massive response, which has been put in place will have an impact on the epidemic, it is still prudent to prepare to have as much vaccine available if they are...
  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    10/24/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Richard Weizel
    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ... Ebola fears have also touched one of the world's most reclusive countries, North Korea, which will bar entry...
  • Family, friends of Thomas Duncan protest outside hospital

    10/23/2014 11:29:47 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 58 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | Oct 23, 2014 9:46 PM CDT | myfoxdfw.com Staff
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has admitted that mistakes were made in the treatment of the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, and his family members have been very critical of the hospital since his death. Some family members and friends went to Presbyterian to stage a silent protest Thursday night. The silent protest boiled over into strong emotions, with some speaking out about their feelings.
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,517 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Bumps Ebola Effort to $100 Million

    10/23/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Maggie Fox, senior health writer
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Thursday he would raise his Ebola-fighting investments to $100 million, with programs to train doctors in Massachusetts and to build special containment units to evacuate any who get infected. Allen, the shyer sidekick of billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, wants to use the cash both to strategically help the fight against Ebola and to attract even more money. “The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Allen said in a statement. “To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a...
  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/22/2014 6:24:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies
    NEWS.VA ^ | 10.10.2014
    The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Health Commission has criticised the Government’s planned nation-wide Tetanus vaccination campaign. The statement has expressed deep concern regarding the vaccinations. It says that the campaign leaves many questions unanswered hence the alarm. This is contained in a media statement released by the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya currently meeting at St Patrick’s Pastoral Centre, Kabula in Bungoma. The statement is co-signed by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru of Embu Diocese with his counterpart, Bishop Joseph Mbatia of Nyahururu on behalf of the Commisssion of the Bishops' Conference. The Commission includes 24 health facility managers drawn...
  • CDC Ebola Plane N163PA Scheduled To Go to Africa Tonight?(Atlanta-Bermuda-Dakar)(Vanity)

    10/22/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Flightaware ^ | 10-22-2014 | TCRLAF
    It appears that the one of the CDC's Ebola patient planes will soon be on the move again, heading to Africa. This is from the flight-following website FlightAware. 23-Oct-2014 GLF3 Bermuda Int'l (TXKF / BDA) Dakar (GOOY / DKR) 06:25AM ADT 03:33PM GMT Scheduled 23-Oct-2014 GLF3 Cartersville (KVPC) Bermuda Int'l (TXKF / BDA) 02:10AM EDT 05:27AM ADT Scheduled http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N163PA
  • Ali Mazrui, scholarly voice for African empowerment, dies at 81 (Kenyan Muslim, wanted reparations)

    10/22/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Matt Schudel, The Washington Post
    Ali Mazrui, a Kenyan-born political scientist who was one of Africa’s leading public intellectuals and whose nine-part 1986 television documentary, “The Africans,” was praised in some corners but criticized in the United States as a diatribe against the West, died Oct. 12 at his home in Vestal, New York. He was 81. His death was announced by Binghamton University, the State University of New York, where Mazrui was a faculty member. The cause was not disclosed. Mazrui, the scion of a prominent Islamic family in Kenya, had been one of the foremost scholars of African politics and society since the...
  • If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

    10/22/2014 7:22:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 10/22/2014 | Maria Cheng
    LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month. The hardest-hit West African nations have been checking passengers since summer, but the new work is a reminder of how much easier it could be for the virus to travel outside the outbreak region if those measures weren't in place — and that screening can't catch every case. Since the Ebola outbreak was first identified in March,...
  • Ebola lockdown: British plan to send 3,000 UK troops to Sierra Leone(title shortened)

    10/21/2014 5:19:34 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 11 replies
    Mail On Line ^ | 10/19/2014 | Mark Nicol
    Ebola lockdown: British plan to send 3,000 UK troops into Sierra Leone to set up military blockades to restrict movement in attempt to stop the virus spreading Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nick Carter heads review of UK response to disease One suggestion is to use Royal Navy ships to patrol its coastal waters Oxfam said lack of Western military personnel in West Africa puts lives at risk Charity wants troops to deliver vital supplies and build treatment centres Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798713/3-000-uk-troops-germ-warfare-style-ebola-blockade-plan-sierra-leone.html#ixzz3GpOlWDAk Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
    Bloomberg - link and title only.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Ebola, race and fear (Only in the US, of course)

    10/21/2014 12:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    BBC News Echo Chambers ^ | October 21, 2014 | Anthony Zurcher, Editor, Echo Chambers
    The examples of Ebola hysteria in the US are starting to get too numerous to count. Two students from Rwanda, 2,600 miles away from West Africa, are sent home from a New Jersey elementary school for 21 days. A Maine high school teacher is given three weeks off because she attended a convention in Dallas, Texas. A Texas college sends out letters to prospective students from disease-free Nigeria that informing them that they are no longer accepting applications from countries with "confirmed Ebola cases". A Pennsylvania high-school football player is met by chants of "Ebola" from the opposing team. A...
  • Now an African country is screening incoming Americans and Spaniards for Ebola

    10/21/2014 8:48:33 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 9 replies
    WP ^ | 10/21/14
    The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States last month brought with it a fair share of panic to American shores, with questions raised about travel bans on the West African nations hit hardest by the disease and airport screening to find and isolate those who are already sick.
  • Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    10/21/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21 2014 | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.
  • Who Is Louise Troh? Fiancée Of Dallas Ebola Patient Thomas Duncan Will Write Book About Experience

    10/20/2014 11:44:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Philip Ross
    When Thomas Duncan flew to the U.S. from Liberia in September, it was to marry his longtime girlfriend and fiancée, 54-year-old Louise Troh. Now, 12 days after Duncan died from Ebola at a hospital in Dallas, Troh will be released from quarantine, and she plans to write a book about her experience, according to CNN. “I do have a story to tell, and I look forward to telling it in my own way at the right time,” Troh, who is a nurse’s assistant at a nursing home, said in a statement on Sunday. She added that even though the quarantine...
  • CNN’s Isha Sesay is ‘an angry black woman’ over Ebola

    10/20/2014 10:36:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    South Africa's News 24 ^ | October 20, 2014 | Thinus Ferreira
    Dar es Salaam – The CNN International (DStv 401) anchor Isha Sesay whose parents are from Sierra Leone – the epicentre of the Ebola pandemic devastating West Africa – says she is "an angry black woman" over the media coverage and the world's inadequate response to Ebola. "I am an angry black woman. I have a very tense relationship with the story because I'm living in the United States but my family is in Sierra Leone. My mother, brother, grandmother – most of my family – are in Sierra Leone right now.” Isha Sesay was speaking as a panelist member...
  • CNN Columnist: Americans don't care about Ebola in Africa, because they're racists

    10/20/2014 3:45:29 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 49 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/20/14 | Robert Laurie
    A CNN "journalist" named John D. Sutter wants to scream "racism" and the station is eager to help. Apparently, as MSNBC has shown, that's how failing networks think they'll turn their fortunes around Ah, CNN. At one time, Ted Turner’s news network was the only one of its kind. These days, it’s near the bottom of a rather large pack, and has become the most banal example of an entire genre. When your claim to fame is “doing slightly better than MSNBC” you know things are bad. Perhaps, like their closest rival, CNN’s years of painfully obvious bias have something...
  • Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission to West Africa Won’t Get Full Protective Gear

    10/20/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Nashville Public Radio ^ | 10/20/2014 | Blake Farmer
    Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. “They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military...
  • How many American lives will be threatened by 7th Century ignorance and agenda driven politics

    10/20/2014 10:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/20/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The cleansing of all bodily orifices of dead Ebola victims by relatives of the same gender is a big factor in the uncontrollable spread of this deadly disease in West Africa. Yet our corrupt media refuse to fully vet this principle cause of contagion thereby allowing silence to spread the hemorrhagic disease. Ancient burial traditions, so deeply rooted in the native culture that government authorities are unable to bridge the gap of distrust, really are big factors because healthy relatives are required to put their hands into the Ebola bodies, still warm, just after death. And commonly known is the...
  • What Does It Mean for an Ebola Outbreak to End?

    10/20/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Time ^ | 10-20-2014
    Nigeria’s most recent outbreak of Ebola is over, the nation’s government and World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday. But — with fear of Ebola continuing to grip the world — what does that even mean? How does the WHO know that Nigeria is in the clear? The answer, it turns out, is very specific: The WHO says a country can declare their outbreak to be over when it makes it through 42 days without a new case.
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • Current Global Ebola Outbreak Traced Back to 2-y.o. Child Fed Infected Bat-Meat in Guinea…

    10/20/2014 3:17:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Bushmeat -specifically bats known to carry strains of the deadly Ebola virus- is now believed to be behind the start of today's unsettling Ebola crisis.  The first victim of the current outbreak in humans was a two-year-old child in Guinea -who’s family hunted bats for food- and it's starting to look like the common African practice of eating bushmeat could very well be responsible for the mess we now find ourselves in. The family said to have introduced the disease to the human race are from the village of Gueckedou in SE Guinea, where bats known to carry the Ebola virus are...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama’s Public Health Experts Can’t Be Trusted

    10/19/2014 4:24:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday dismissed President Obama’s newly appointed Ebola czar as a “political operative” without the medical background necessary for the job — and he urged Americans to ignore the judgment of government health officials because they “are repeating the administration’s talking points.” Cruz is one of a number of politicians calling for a more drastic response to the disease which, to date, has infected two Americans, both nurses who cared directly for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who contracted the disease in his home country and fell ill in Texas. Cruz’ and other Republicans have...
  • 101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa

    10/19/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 144 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/19/14
    Unbelievable. Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission in West Africa. They’re being sent to West Africa – but won’t get full protective Hazmat suits.
  • Media: Germany 'working to build Ebola transport plane'

    10/19/2014 12:33:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    A German newspaper has reported that the government is developing a special aircraft designed to transport Ebola patients. At present, only the US has planes equipped for the task. The German government has commissioned flag carrier Lufthansa to develop special aircraft equipped to carry patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Citing government sources, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that officials planned to develop several planes that were designed to safely carry such highly infectious patients. According to the paper, the planes are meant to be ready by mid-November, which is when the first German...
  • Family of Ebola victim Duncan holds memorial service in N.C.

    10/18/2014 8:06:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Ray Sanchez
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Are you on the front lines of Ebola? We'd like to hear your story.As questions continue to swirl about how to deal with the ever-growing fears of Ebola, relatives of the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States gathered to grieve Saturday. Wiping tears from their eyes, family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan told CNN affiliate Time Warner Cable News Charlotte he was a "compassionate and respectful young man." As relatives said their final farewells to Duncan, a Liberian national and father of four, at Rowan International Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, they...
  • Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak?

    10/18/2014 6:47:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    BBC News Health ^ | October 18, 2014 | Melissa Hogenboom
    Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis? The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten. The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child's family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus. Bushmeat or wild animal meat covers any animal that...
  • Oct. 18: The latest developments in Ebola

    10/18/2014 1:32:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Obama: US can’t cut itself off from West Africa President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also pushed back against calls for the U.S. to institute a travel ban. Lawmakers have called it a common-sense step to prevent more people with Ebola from entering the U.S., but Obama said such a ban would only hamper aid efforts and screening measures. “Trying to seal off...
  • The Worst Of The Ebola Outbreak Is Yet To Come

    The Economist October 18, 2014 On March 25th the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a rash of cases of Ebola in Guinea, the first such ever seen in west Africa. As of then there had been 86 suspected cases, and there were reports of suspected cases in the neighbouring countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia as well. The death toll was 60. On October 15th the WHO released its latest update. The outbreak has now seen 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola. All but 24 of those have been in Guinea (16% of the total), Sierra Leone (36%)...
  • Air France unions seek to stop flights to Guinea

    10/18/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    the Local (France) ^ | 18 Oct 2014 10:32 GMT+02:00
    Air France flight attendant unions on Friday called for a halt to services to the Guinean capital Conakry due to concerns about a "serious risk" of spreading Ebola. The daily Air France Paris-Conakry flight "carries a serious risk of spreading the epidemic, particularly in our country," read a statement from the two unions of flight crew and commercial staff. They called for a closure of the route until the epidemic is under control. They also slammed what they called totally inappropriate protection from Air France -- which provided them with "a simple pair of gloves" -- and called for more...
  • Obama Claims 'Experts' Told Him 'What We're Doing' is FAR More Effective than Any Africa Travel Ban

    10/18/2014 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 45 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    First Dear Leader told us we couldn't ban travel from east African nations with Ebola victims lying rotting in the streets because it would 'hamper aid efforts'... like the United States of America doesn't have an Air Force or anything- NOW the story goes that his bungling, incompetent administration's reactive, paralyzed-by-some-racial-narrative response to the crisis is 'more effective' according to  'experts in the field' that he's consulted. And you know what Obama 'experts' look like. But as Churchill once said, 'No matter how beautiful the strategy, one should at least occasionally look at the results'... indeed. I can understand him not wanting to...
  • Hagan Flip Flops Again, Issues Third Position On Ebola Travel Ban

    10/17/2014 9:19:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Caroline May
    Not again! After being for a travel ban, then changing her position to say such restrictions would not work, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is back on board with a travel ban. “I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa,” Hagan, who is running for reelection,
  • Possible Ebola Patient Who Recently Traveled to Africa Isolated at Inova Hospital in Virginia

    10/17/2014 1:39:30 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    A woman who recently returned from Africa and was found vomiting today has been transferred to and isolated at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Officials are scrambling to find everyone the woman has had contact with recently. The woman became sick at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, and started to vomit near the Pentagon. She was on a tour bus and, if found to have Ebola, could have potentially exposed dozens to the extremely deadly virus. The most recent reports state that hazmat teams belonging to Arlington County were at the scene of where the woman started vomiting on the...
  • An Ebola travel ban would be completely unprecedented - Here's why (Spinning for Obola)

    10/17/2014 1:08:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's a lot of information out there on the Ebola crisis. And now, the issue's gone political with increasingly vocal talk on Capitol Hill and in midterm campaigns calling for a travel ban to keep the disease from spreading in the U.S. Let's sort through the muck and get to the facts:What's all this talk about a travel ban to deal with the Ebola outbreak?Some Republican lawmakers and a handful of Democrats are calling for a travel ban on people from the West African countries most affected by the disease. In Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, more than 4,400 people...
  • U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training (Unbelievable!)

    10/17/2014 12:14:17 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10.17.14 | Tim Mak
    As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus. American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly. Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to arrive have been holing up in Liberian hotels and government facilities while the military builds longer-term infrastructure on the ground. For soldiers at Fort...
  • Aid group leader: Africa's Ebola standards higher than CDC's

    10/17/2014 11:43:46 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    U.S. standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa, according to the leader of a group treating victims of the virus in Liberia. “We’re not comfortable with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] procedures,” Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Hill. When Samaritan's Purse health workers treat patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy and hold safety meetings every day. In U.S. hospitals — such as Texas...
  • Woman Who Had Been to West Africa Vomits on Bus Near Pentagon

    10/17/2014 11:24:15 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-17-2014 | Breitbart via WUSA
    WUSA in Washington DC reported that a woman who claimed she had recently been to West Africa vomited in a bus inside the Pentagon parking lot on Friday. According to WUSA, the woman vomited in the parking lot around 9:10 a.m. in the Pentagon’s parking lot. Officials in Arlington said that “the individual allegedly indicated that she had recently visited western Africa. Out of an abundance of caution, all pedestrian and vehicular traffic was suspended around the South Parking lot, while Arlington County responded to the scene.” The woman was taken to the Virginia Hospital Center, but did not exit...
  • Press freedom muzzled in Ebola affected countries

    10/17/2014 10:13:51 AM PDT · by Prospero · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10/1 | Maximilian Borowski
    Christian Mihr, from the German branch of Reporters without Borders (RSF) claims the press is increasingly muzzled in reporting flaws and difficulties in crisis management. Report lists incidents in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • Obama hosted leaders of Ebola-plagued West African countries at August summit

    10/17/2014 9:58:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Judi McLeod
    Ebola carriers exposing Americans to the deadly Virus? Did any Ebola carriers visiting the White House to attend Obama’s first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on August 4-6 precede the late Thomas Eric Duncan in potentially exposing Americans to the deadly virus? Dozens of high-ranking government officials from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were in attendance at the Summit, some accompanied by entourages. The three West African countries—where the Ebola outbreak was already claiming lives—were listed on the White House guest list in alphabetical order.
  • Obama DHS Expediting Visa Requests From Ebola-Infected Countries

    10/17/2014 9:33:33 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 35 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jim Hoft
    Now this… The Obama administration is making it easier for Africans from Ebola infected countries to stay in America. The US Department of Homeland Security is expediting visa requests from Ebola-infected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States.
  • Lagos Lawmakers Commend 591 Nigerian Volunteers To Liberia

    10/16/2014 11:03:02 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 2 replies
    Leadership ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | NAN
    Some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday commended 591 Nigerian professional health workers who volunteered to help in the containment of Ebola in affected countries. They gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Mr Taiwo Kolawole, the Deputy Speaker, said that there was nothing wrong in assisting the affected countries in such a pathetic situation.
  • Seeing Ebola through Obama's eyes

    10/16/2014 10:57:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | October 17, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    The nephew of the black African who brought Ebola to the United States doesn't blame his uncle. He blames us. He writes in The Dallas Morning News that his uncle did everything right in Liberia, but still got Ebola, and wasn't treated correctly in the U.S. The claim is that he had a right to be on U.S. soil and that it's our fault he's dead. I suspect this is how President Barack Obama views Ebola. How else do you explain his opposition to a common-sense ban on travel to the U.S. by people from Ebola-infected countries? Tragically, Obama's alternative...
  • Army Secretary: 'I Certainly Would Not Suggest to Any Family, Don't Be Worried'

    10/16/2014 7:49:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Ebola is "a very concerning matter," Secretary of the Army John McHugh told reporters on Wednesday. "I certainly would not suggest to any family, don't be worried, don't be concerned. Every time a solider goes forward on any mission, there's concern. And -- and this is a very concerning matter." Hundreds of U.S. military personnel are now in Liberia to help that country deal with its raging Ebola epidemic. Thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months. McHugh said the U.S. military has been working "very, very closely" with its own medical experts as...
  • WHO Sounds The Alarm On Ebola: 'The Situation Is Deteriorating'

    10/16/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    BI ^ | 10-16-2014 | Pamela Engel
    Pamela Engel October 16, 2014While the US is panicking about three Ebola cases in one month, parts of West Africa are deteriorating rapidly, with little sign that the region is getting the outbreak under control. Ebola has hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone the hardest because these countries don't have healthcare systems that are equipped to handle the disease. Nurses at hospitals in these countries are "lightly trained and minimally protected" and Ebola patients are dying "surrounded by pools of infectious waste," according to a report in The New York Times. Some hospitals don't have access to running water, soap,...
  • Abandonment of BringBackOurGirls campaigns

    10/16/2014 4:12:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    People's Daily ^ | 16 October 2014
    Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared – except for families in Nigeria. Abuja, Nigeria – Six months after the armed group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls from a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok, 219 remain in captivity after 57 escaped. That may come as a surprise to many because the April 14 mass abduction that drew global shock, condemnation, and media attention has since been largely forgotten – except in Chibok that is. Every day at Unity Fountain in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, family members of the girls, community members,...
  • Obama's Next Executive Order: Sending The National Guard to Fight Ebola in Africa

    10/16/2014 12:53:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    resident Obama will sign an executive order as soon as today deploying National Guard troops to Ebola stricken countries in West Africa according to a report from NBC News.President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to help contain the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News. The sources said that eight engineers and logistical specialists from the Guard, both active-duty and reservists, would probably be included in the first deployment. They are expected to help build 17 Ebola treatment centers, with 100 beds apiece....