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  • In the U.S., gun violence kills blacks at twice the rate of whites

    09/19/2014 10:23:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-18-14 | Amina Khan
    The risk of dying from a gunshot wound is twice as high for African Americans as it is for white Americans, according to a new study based on 11 years’ worth of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of firearm-related fatalities in the U.S. was 9.05 per 100,000 people for whites and 18.51 per 100,000 people for blacks. When factoring in the 3.38 deaths per 100,000 people of other races, the country’s overall gun-related death rate was 10.21 per 100,000 Americans, researchers reported Thursday in the journal BMJ Open. That racial...
  • The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean

    09/18/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Scott McCartney
    The Middle Seat The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean With the Ebola Crisis in the Background, Standards for Disinfecting Planes Vary Based on Time, Class Just how clean are airplanes? Do they really get scrubbed down after each flight? WSJ's Scott McCartney joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break with the answers. By Scott McCartney Updated Sept. 17, 2014 The Ebola crisis and heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel have focused concern on what airlines do to keep planes clean. It's a murky area without clear regulatory standards. The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn't...
  • doctor: gov’t ‘tight-lipped’ on respiratory virus, may be from illegals

    09/17/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    BREITBART TV ^ | 9/17/14 | IanHanchett
    Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”
  • Centers for Disease Control Quiet about Open Border Policy. Why?

    09/17/2014 6:32:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/17/2014 | James Longstreet
    Who is telling the Centers for Disease Control to stand down on illegal immigration? Making certain that nefarious diseases do not enter our country should be integral to the workings of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For logic would suggest that to control a disease, one must control its movement or introduction. When illegal immigrants flow into the United States, the CDC cannot do their job. For this reason alone, the CDC should be protesting that which is transpiring regarding illegal immigration. They should be demanding a secure border. The apparent conclusion is that this agency has been politicized....
  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter U.S.

    09/16/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Paul Bedard
    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to...
  • CDC Issues Ebola Checklist: 'Now is the time to prepare'

    09/15/2014 9:38:52 AM PDT · by scouter · 179 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.
  • Virus hitting Midwest could be ‘tip of iceberg,’ CDC official says (Central America Carriers?)

    09/08/2014 5:39:53 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    CNN Wires via Fox2Now ^ | September 8, 2014
    (CNN) — A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri and possibly throughout the Midwest and beyond, officials say. The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported now could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases. “We’re in the middle of looking into this,” he told CNN on Sunday. “We don’t have all the answers yet.”
  • Another U.S. doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia: missionary group

    09/02/2014 2:01:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | September 2, 2014,
    Serving In Mission said that another doctor from the United States was infected with Ebola while treating patients in the obstetrics ward of a hospital in the west African country. Meanwhile, Doctor Without Borders warned that the world is losing the battle against the deadly disease. ... The situation will likely worsen because restrictions on movement are preventing laborers from getting to farms and the harvest of rice and corn is set to begin in just a few weeks
  • CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

    09/02/2014 10:11:45 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    CBS News, Atlanta ^ | 9-2-2014 | CBS
    <p>ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.</p> <p>Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.</p>
  • CDC Director: Ebola in Africa now an ‘epidemic,’ ‘completely out of control’

    09/02/2014 6:46:05 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 87 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 2, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Friedman did not return from his visit to West Africa, where the worst outbreak of Ebola in history has spread to five countries and killed at least 1,500 people, with any good news. Friedman told CNN hosts on Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is currently “completely out of control” and is now an “epidemic.” The CDC director added that “it will get worse in the future and our window of opportunity to turn it around is closing.”
  • CDC Addresses Allegations on Vaccine-Autism Link Omission

    09/01/2014 12:50:02 PM PDT · by porter_knorr · 89 replies
    Sharyl Atkinson's Blog ^ | 8/291/47 | Sharyl Atkinson
    CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson has alleged that a 2004 study he co-authored omitted key data that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism,” said Thompson in a statement issued through his attorney Wednesday.
  • African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

    08/30/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Ronnie Cohen
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides well-documented health benefits to infants and their mothers. But African-American women are about 16 percent less likely to nurse their newborns than white women, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • You May Have a New Strain of Ebola and Test Negative

    08/30/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 84 replies
    Rapidly Mutating Ebola Renders Diagnostic Tests Inaccurate - AKA: You May Have a New Strain of Ebola and Test Negative An international team of scientists — some of whom succumbed to the virus during the course of their research — has sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes from 78 patients in Sierra Leone, creating a valuable trove of genetic data for scientists and health care workers struggling to bring the growing outbreak under control. ... "We were able to sequence and analyze our samples with about a 10-day turnaround. This is unprecedented, as earlier studies have usually taken many months with...
  • E-cigarette group demands CDC retract ‘deceptive’ research

    08/29/2014 8:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A trade group representing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry is contesting a new government study that claims the largely unregulated products lead teens on a path to tobacco cigarette smoking. 
 The American Vaping Association blasted this week’s study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describing the assertion as “plain deceptive” and calling for the paper’s retraction. The industry posits that e-cigarettes can actually help smokers quit, though they are prohibited from marketing the devices as a cessation tool. “There is no evidence e-cigarettes are gateways to smoking, and in fact, for millions of Americans they are...
  • Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    08/29/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 23 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert but cautioning against alarm. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued no specific recommendations for colleges, some state health departments, including in South Carolina and North Dakota, have spelled out for...
  • Report: Dogs Eating Dead Bodies Of Ebola Victims On Liberian Streets

    08/29/2014 7:04:16 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 32 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | August 27, 2014 11:55 AM
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Dogs in one community in Liberia are reportedly eating the remains of dead Ebola victims lying on the streets. The New Dawn reports that the Liberian government buried bodies of those suspected to have died from Ebola a few weeks ago in Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia. A number of dogs were reportedly seen pulling the bodies out of the graves and eating the remains. Alfred Wiah tells The New Dawn that the government’s Health Ministry was called about the incident but that officials did not do anything about it. “We are very disappointed in the...
  • CDC whistleblower makes statement regarding cover up of relationship of MMR and autism

    08/28/2014 8:24:02 AM PDT · by mgist · 78 replies
    Morgan Verkamp ^ | 8/27/14 | William Thompson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-AUGUST 27,2014 STATEMENT OF WILLIAM W. THOMPSON, Ph.D., REGARDING THE 2004 ARTICLE EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998. I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report...
  • Feds Claim Freedom is Bad For Your Health

    08/24/2014 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to ban smoking… Everywhere. Well, at least everywhere someone might be working, so I guess that’s not as many places as you might think. (Hat tip to Obamanomics.) The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested banning all tobacco consumption at every work place in the nation… Because, ya know, the nanny-state can never be too big, right?The ban would apply to not only office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores, but it would also apply to any outdoor location (such as construction sites, landscaping work, and...
  • Samaritan’s Purse Doctor Recovered from Ebola

    08/21/2014 5:43:01 AM PDT · by condi2008 · 77 replies
    Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today after completing his recovery from the deadly virus.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

    08/19/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline
    A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
  • If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools

    08/13/2014 8:26:38 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/12/2014 @ 7:53AM | Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    Considering the nature of the Ebola virus, and the medical infrastructure we have to combat its spread, the diagnosis of some cases on American soil shouldn’t be reason to panic. We have a plethora of tools and public health practices to readily combat its spread. Yet because the virus is so dangerous, and feared, its arrival in America would likely to trigger a robust response from our public health establishment.
  • Health Dept. working with CDC to rule out Ebola in patient

    08/17/2014 5:42:32 PM PDT · by exbrit · 16 replies
    KOAT ^ | 8/17/14 | N/A
    The woman had been in Sierra Leone, Africa, and left earlier this month. Leone is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola. The woman was a teacher and had no known exposures to Ebola.
  • NMDOH Working with CDC to Rule Out Ebola in Patient (New Mexico)

    08/17/2014 3:00:28 PM PDT · by Wage Slave · 25 replies
    Out of an abundance of caution, the New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform tests to rule out Ebola in a 30-year-old woman who developed sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever. The woman is at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque in stable condition. The woman had been in Sierra Leone, Africa, and left there earlier this month.
  • Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

    08/15/2014 2:16:09 PM PDT · by Qiviut · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 15, 2014 1:31 PM EDT | Mike Stobbe
    The accident happened in January at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A lab scientist accidently mixed a deadly strain of bird flu with a tamer strain, and sent the mix to another CDC lab and to an outside lab in Athens, Georgia.
  • No known exposure

    08/15/2014 5:53:42 AM PDT · by null and void · 5 replies
    CDC ^ | CDC
    Persons with no known exposure were present in an EVD outbreak affected country* in the past 21 days with no low risk or high risk exposures. 1 Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., healthcare personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations); or b) having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD case while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see...
  • The deadliest disease of all

    08/14/2014 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Disease is the absence of health. Although many diseases still have the potential to end our life we have found ways to combat them and avoid the deadly pandemics of the past. History tells us between 75 and 200 million people died in Europe during the middle years of the 14th century. It took just six years to sweep across the continent and reduce the population by at least 1/3. Those who survived were emotionally and financially destroyed. Because of modern medicine and a clearer understanding of the how and why of epidemics we are at much less risk of...
  • Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

    08/11/2014 8:22:14 AM PDT · by Raebie · 32 replies
    CDC ^ | August 7, 2014 | CDC
    Low risk exposures A low risk exposure includes any of the following •Household member or other casual contact1 with an EVD patient •Providing patient care or casual contact1 without high-risk exposure with EVD patients in health care facilities in EVD outbreak affected countries* 1 Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., healthcare personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., droplet and contact precautions–see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations); or b) having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking...
  • Feds Bend CDC Rules for Sick Illegal Immigrants

    08/08/2014 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 21 replies
    August 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas Individuals and families immigrating to the U.S. legally are required to pay for and undergo medical examinations by approved physicians; those who are deemed as having "inadmissible health-related conditions" are not allowed into the country. But the same standards are not applied to illegal immigrants, many of whom remain in the U.S. despite testing positive for diseases that would prevent law-abiding migrants from entering. ...tens of thousands of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally. Some ...individuals have tested positive for illnesses including tuberculosis, chicken pox, and other viruses...most of them are not immediately deported. .. they stay and...
  • CDC Chief: Ebola's Spread to the United States 'Inevitable'

    08/07/2014 7:08:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 8/7/2014
    Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden said "We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens" who will travel in the infected African countries and come "here with symptoms."He added, "It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the US who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere."
  • Ebola's spread to US is 'inevitable' says CDC chief

    08/07/2014 2:52:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8-7-14 | Kerry Sheridan
    Ebola's spread to the United States is "inevitable" due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities said Thursday. Related Stories US issues travel warning for Ebola-hit countries AFP U.S. advises against non-essential travel to countries hit by Ebola Reuters New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control' AFP Death toll from Ebola in W. Africa hits 887: WHO Associated Press W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths Associated Press Already one man with dual US-Liberian citizenship has died from Ebola, after becoming sick on a plane...
  • CDC: New York Hospital Patient Doesn't Have Ebola

    08/07/2014 8:55:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/07/2014
    A patient kept in isolation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on suspicion of having the Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease, according to a statement from the New York hospital. “The patient is in stable condition, is improving, and remains in the care of our physicians and nurses,” the hospital said today in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the patient wasn’t infected with the virus, the hospital said.
  • CDC Refuses to Identify Where Previous Ebola Tests Originated

    08/06/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/6/2014 | John Sexton
    Tuesday evening the CDC confirmed to Breitbart News that six individuals in the United States had been tested for Ebola. Those tests came back negative, but the CDC would not identify the states where they originated. [....] Tuesday afternoon, Breitbart News contacted the CDC with two questions. First, in which states were the six people who had been tested located? Second, had the tests come back and what were the results? The CDC's Director of Public Affairs sent a brief response which answered the second question but sidestepped the first. "The six previous tests were all negative and sporadic in...
  • Welcome to Ebola: Population "Dumb"

    08/05/2014 7:44:30 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 123 replies
    Self | 8/5/14 | Me
    I love how the media, in a frantic attempt to cover Obama’s tracks, is working overtime to convince us Ebola is not deadly or highly contagious. Check, please! There are documented cases of trained experts contracting Ebola while wearing environmental suits and dying. So far, more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines fighting the virus have ended up contracting Ebola themselves. This is happening despite the fact that they go to extraordinary lengths to keep from getting the disease. I have no problem providing the best possible treatment for those two courageous Americans who were merely...
  • Feds Face Growing Ebola Fears

    08/05/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Time ^ | 8-5-14 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Federal health officials are facing a surge in reports of possible Ebola cases from hospitals and health departments, none of which have been confirmed but which highlight a moment of growing domestic concern about an outbreak that has claimed over 800 lives in Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told TIME on Tuesday that it’s received several dozen calls from states and hospitals about people who are ill after traveling in Africa. “We’ve triaged those calls and about half-dozen or so resulted in specimen coming to CDC for testing and all have been negative for Ebola,” CDC spokesman...
  • We Know How to Stop Ebola says CDC Chief

    08/05/2014 6:51:32 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 35 replies
    wsbradio ^ | 08/04/14 | wsradio
    http://www.wsbradio.com/news/news/we-can-stop-ebola-cdc-chief-vows/ngtDx/ So we know how to STOP Ebola. So it isn't a problem, right? Except for all the poor souls who get it before it is STOPPED. Interesting perspective, no prevention, just reacting. Same difference now between safety and security. No more safety, which is about prevention, only security which is about identifying the perp after the crime. No more safety anywhere.
  • CDC Chief: US Won't 'Seal Borders' Against Ebola

    08/03/2014 1:38:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 113 replies
    Newser ^ | August 3 2014 | Polly Davis Doig
    (Newser) – The US is treating the American doctor who contracted Ebola, and isn't about to turn tail on the virus. "Ebola’s scary, and it’s understandable that with a deadly disease, people are concerned," says CDC director Tom Frieden, but for those who would have us turn victims away, "the plain truth is, we can stop Ebola. We know how to control it. We’re not going to hermetically seal the borders of the US. We’re reliant and interdependent with the world for travel, for trade, for the economy, for our families and communities." Frieden tells ABC, via Politico, that the...
  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

    08/03/2014 11:49:24 PM PDT · by Kozak · 20 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | Aug 3 2014 | Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines
    Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
  • Ebola virus: American doctor with deadly disease 'is improving' after arriving back on U.S. soil

    08/03/2014 8:25:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 62 replies
    Mirror ^ | 08/03/2014 | Piers Eady
    An American doctor brought back to the US aftercatching the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia is improving, heath officials have said. Dr Kent Brantly, 33, is being treated in a special isolation ward in Atlanta and was able to walk with help from an ambulance.
  • Map:Here’s Where They’ll Send Those Suspected of Ebola or “Respiratory Illnesses”

    08/03/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 52 replies
    freedom outpoat ^ | 8-2-14 | Mac Slavo
    Despite concerns around the globe that the Ebola virus may continue to spread and mutate into something even more deadly, the director of the CDC attempted to assuage fears about the possibility of an outbreak on U.S. soil. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” director Thomas Friedman told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “That is not in the cards.” But while the CDC downplays the potential threat, emergency planners behind the scenes have been getting ready since as early as April of this year. In a report presented to Congress while the virus...
  • Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone [CDC Update]

    08/03/2014 5:48:32 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 68 replies
    Centers for Disease Control ^ | July 31, 2014 | CDC
    Outbreak Update The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria announced a cumulative total of 1323 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 729 deaths, as of July 27, 2014. Of the 1323 clinical cases, 909 cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus infection. In Guinea, 460 cases, including 339 fatal cases and 336 laboratory confirmations of EVD, were reported by the Ministry of Health of Guinea and WHO as of July 27, 2014. Active surveillance continues in Conakry, Guéckédou, Boffa, Fria, Siguiri, and Kourourssa Districts....
  • U.S. CDC Lab Inspectors May Have Risked Public Safety: Documents

    08/02/2014 4:44:46 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-2-2014 | David Morgan
    David Morgan Sat Aug 2, 2014 Reuters) - U.S. laboratory inspectors charged with protecting the public from the release of deadly pathogens were repeatedly criticized by a federal watchdog for overlooking biosafety lapses long before this year's anthrax scare at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Newly released federal documents show that oversight gaps at the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) may have contributed to biosafety lapses at six laboratories handling pathogens including smallpox, influenza and monkeypox. As a result, the inspectors may have put public safety at risk. "We found that DSAT did not...
  • More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

    08/01/2014 3:43:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014 | Daniel Kelley
    (Reuters) - Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. ... Symptoms, which develop three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. In rare cases it is fatal. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said the United States averaged 28 cases of chikungunya each year...
  • CDC: Gay Population 2.3%; Thanks to Media, Americans Think Number is 13 Times Higher

    07/15/2014 10:40:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 7-15-2014 | Kristine Marsh
    Everyone knows there are gays and lesbians in everybody’s family. And no office would be complete without a sassy gay character. And just about every other kid in high school is wresting with his sexuality. I know. I watch TV. Except it isn’t true, and the Centers for Disease Control just proved it. A new comprehensive study by the CDC with over 33,000 participants has confirmed earlier estimates; less than 3 percent of the U.S. population self-identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Earlier, much smaller-scale surveys have put that number at 4 percent. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), published...
  • Outbreak on the Border

    07/14/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    free beacon ^ | 7/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • Press Neglects Reporting on Real Life 'The Strain' Crossing Border

    07/14/2014 11:03:52 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 1 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 14, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Paging Dr. Ephraim Goodweather! Paging Dr. Ephraim Goodweather! I know you are in the middle of a family counseling session in order to gain custody of your son but we have an extreme emergency. No, not a virus outbreak on a plane that killed most of the passengers and crew. This outbreak of "The Strain" is much worse since it is real life. What makes it particularly dangerous is that most of the media has shirked its responsibility and has meekly accepted the severe restrictions placed upon it by the federal government, including agreeing not to question medical personnel.
  • Universities to host ‘National Gay Blood Drive’ (Free at Last- Free at Last)

    07/14/2014 8:13:08 AM PDT · by equalator · 49 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 7-11-2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Universities across the country are hosting a National Gay Blood Drive today to encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its current policies which prevent gay men from donating blood.Activists have pushed for gay men to be able to donate blood for the past several years. In 2010, a government health committee heard testimonies and reviewed the policy, but ultimately recommended keeping the ban and researching alternative policies. Those at the blood drive today will be given the opportunity to sign a petition against the FDA’s policy which will be sent to the White House.
  • After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs

    07/13/2014 10:14:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-13-2014 | RICHARD FAUSSET and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria. But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so — and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about...
  • The Strain (Show be Rewritten to Send Ephraim Goodweather to Border?)

    07/14/2014 5:35:40 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    Self | July 14, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Did anybody else while watching the premier of "The Strain" last night think that a mostly non-fiction version of "The Strain" could have been written? Instead of an alien Strain outbreak requiring the services of Ephraim Goodweather on an airplane, his services would have been required at the border AND all the other places the illegal kids have been sent. In some ways the REAL LIFE scenario is just as creepy as the fiction version of "The Strain." In some ways even creepier because instead of a few weirdos helping spread the fiction Strain, in the real life case the...
  • Universities to host ‘National Gay Blood Drive’

    07/11/2014 9:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Campus Caller ^ | 7-11-14 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    •Men who have sex with other men have been banned from donating blood by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1977. •According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010. Universities across the country are hosting a National Gay Blood Drive today to encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its current policies which prevent gay men from donating blood. According to the FDA’s website, men who have sex with other men (MSM) have an increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and other types of infections that can...