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  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

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

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 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>
  • Is Climate Change To Blame For The Ebola Outbreak?

    10/21/2014 8:35:51 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 2014-10-21 | Ruth Schuster
    From ecological destruction to changing weather patterns, man bears ultimate responsibility for the spread of deadly diseases. Climate change is no longer controversial – it's happening. And some experts say it's responsible for the spread of Ebola to humans, as well as the increasingly frequent outbreaks of the deadly disease....
  • 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 · 23 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...
  • Top Scientist: This Version Of Ebola Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’

    10/20/2014 4:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | October 19, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads. Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know. For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be "a very different bug" from past versions. Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns. And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly proclaim that we know precisely how this virus behaves. Not only is...
  • Ebola crisis is testing Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

    10/19/2014 1:19:23 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 11 replies
    Dallas (Leftist) Morning News ^ | 19 October 2014 01:06 AM | RANDY LEE LOFTIS, SARAH MERVOSH AND MARC RAMIREZ
    Ebola appeared out of nowhere. A delayed diagnosis, a patient’s death and two infected nurses reflected a cascade of mishaps while “Presby,” as the hospital charmingly is called, became linked to a fearsome disease and global exposure of the worst kind. This has been a hospital under siege. Ever since the night when a man from Liberia entered the emergency department — one that, as few know, is run by an outside contractor, not the hospital — a new reality has altered Presbyterian’s course.
  • 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...
  • Pandemic Preparedness Protocol Being Instituted by Many

    10/18/2014 10:01:21 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 23 replies
    Prepare Now, Not Later
    With mishandling of the Ebola threat by the feds, many are taking matters into their hands so they don't become victims. By following Pandemic Preparedness Protocol (or P3), citizens may be what stop Ebola in its tracks. P3 is a simple five level system to protect oneself and their families from Ebola or other outbreaks. It requires frequent evaluation by the person of their risks. In other words, what are your risks and have they changed? So if you travel, or are around those who do, your risk are higher. Is there an outbreak or case in your town? Your...
  • Obama: 'We May See More' Ebola Cases in America

    10/18/2014 8:46:25 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 62 replies
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that "we may see more" cases and said fighting the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders, and the media to 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 an entire region...
  • 'Ebola suits' selling well at local health, nutrition store

    10/17/2014 8:07:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | October 17, 2014 | Ellie Bogue
    There is no mistaking you are at the right place: A large sign in the window of HealthKick Nutrition Center, 10174 Maysville Road, lets you know "We Have Ebola Suits." Step in and on a table just inside the door is a stack of boxes with white Tyvek suits, sizes small, medium, large and extra large. David Morris, owner of the store, said he had already sold 35 of the suits by noon Thursday. A tall blond enters the store, and Morris helps her determine her size. She buys two suits. One for her and one for her husband. The...
  • Six Reasons to Panic (over Ebola)

    10/17/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2014 | Jonathan V. Last
    As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order. (1) Start with what we know, and don’t know, about the virus. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies claim that contracting Ebola is relatively difficult because the virus is only transmittable by direct contact with bodily fluids...
  • Airline notifying 800 people in Ebola scare: Amber Vinson's symptoms may have come earlier

    10/17/2014 2:23:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    KETV-TV / CNN ^ | October 17, 2014 | Faith Karimi and Greg Botelho
    A nurse infected with Ebola may have had symptoms sooner than originally believed, authorities say, and an airline is notifying up to 800 passengers linked to flights she took between Dallas and Cleveland. In addition to Amber Vinson's round trip, Frontier Airlines is also reaching out to others who were in five subsequent flights that used the same plane. Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, a day after she returned from Cleveland to Dallas aboard a Frontier Airlines flight. The nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was part of a team that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed...
  • Here's How an Ebola Quarantine Would Work in America

    10/16/2014 9:45:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rebecca Leber
    On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Amber Vinson, the second Dallas health care worker with Ebola, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on the day before she reported symptoms. Vinson apparently showed no symptoms while on the return flight to Dallas, meaning fellow passengers are at extremely low risk. Still, CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a press conference, "she should not have been on that plane." It's unclear if the CDC or officials ever instructed the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital workers caring for Thomas Duncan to avoid crowded areas and not to fly. Vinson,...
  • Nurse may have had symptoms of Ebola longer than first thought

    10/16/2014 8:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 16, 2014 | Greg Botelho
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Are you on the front lines of Ebola? We'd like to hear your story.A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might have been contagious while flying on not just one, but two commercial flights, officials said Thursday. Amber Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, one day after she took a Frontier flight from Cleveland to Dallas. Tests later found that Vinson -- who was among those who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, at Dallas' Texas Health...
  • The Ebola effect is felt across DFW

    10/16/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Health blog ^ | October 16, 2014 | Gordon Dickson
    Churches are suspending Communion traditions and encouraging congregants not to hold hands or kiss. New York Giants football players are second-guessing whether their wives should accompany them on a road trip to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. And at the State Fair of Texas, even Big Tex is urging visitors to wash their hands. Dallas has seen only three cases of Ebola, but it’s top of mind for almost everyone. Healthcare experts remain confident they can stop the deadly virus in its tracks, and they say there is little chance of an outbreak in...
  • Ebola outbreak ‘running much faster’ than response

    10/16/2014 6:05:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WTKR-TV / CNN ^ | October 16, 2014 | Doris Taylor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The current Ebola outbreak is “running much faster” than the international response to it, the co-discoverer of the virus said Thursday. “This is the first Ebola epidemic where entire nations are involved, where big cities are affected,” Peter Piot, a microbiologist and a former undersecretary general of the United Nations, told Global Public Square host Fareed Zakaria. “And I continue to be worried that the response to the epidemic is really running behind the virus.” According to the World Health Organization’s latest update, there have been almost 9,000 confirmed and suspected cases, with almost 4,500 deaths. However, the WHO warned...
  • Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have had symptoms almost a week ago - BEFORE she left Dallas

    10/16/2014 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 16, 2014 | Louise Boyle
    Complete Headline:Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have had symptoms almost a week ago - BEFORE she left Dallas for Ohio, went bridesmaid dress shopping, and flew BACK to Texas Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have been showing symptoms of the deadly virus as early as last Friday - before she flew to Ohio for the weekend and then back to Texas. The CDC made the shocking announcement on Thursday, after Miss Vinson was revealed as the second medical worker in Dallas to contract Ebola from the U.S.'s 'patient zero' Thomas Duncan. On October 10, Miss Vinson, 29, may have had...
  • Health officials probing death of Arizona boy for possible enterovirus

    10/16/2014 11:15:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    MSN News / Reuters ^ | October 16, 2014 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX - Health officials are investigating whether a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide killed a six-year-old boy in Arizona, officials said on Wednesday, adding that it would take more than a week to get an answer. Officials said the tests are being conducted on the first-grader from Vistancia Elementary School in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria, to determine his cause of death and if he had been infected with the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) when he died. "It's still too early to tell," said Jeanene Fowler, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. "There...
  • African Leaders: Ebola Could Lead to Food Crisis

    10/16/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 9 replies
    News24 ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    African Leaders: Ebola Could Lead to Food Crisis Des Moines - Financial aid and global co-ordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the centre of the Ebola epidemic said on Wednesday. In Sierra Leone, where thousands are infected and more than 900 have died, 40% of the nation's farmers have abandoned their fields, said Joseph Sam Sesay, minister of agriculture, forestry and food security. The region of the country that grows coffee and cocoa beans has been struck hard by Ebola. About 90% of agricultural...
  • Congressional Democrats Fight The Idea Of An Ebola Travel Ban

    10/15/2014 9:46:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Congressional Democrats are siding with the Obama administration — and against a growing number of Americans — when it comes to a government mandated travel ban from Ebola hotspots in Africa. While 67 percent of Americans support the idea of a travel ban, many elected Democrats are decidedly against the idea. The Hill reports, “House Democrats are pushing back hard against proposals to institute a travel ban in the fight against the Ebola virus.” Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told The Hill, “I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines [of entire countries]. We...
  • First-grader at Vistancia Elementary in Peoria dies after battling serious respiratory condition

    10/15/2014 3:15:14 PM PDT · by ri4dc · 30 replies
    ABC News 15 Arizona ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | abc15.com staff
    PEORIA, AZ - A Peoria elementary school student who was battling a serious respiratory condition has died, the school district confirmed. News of the student's illness sparked concerns Tuesday over the possibility that enterovirus 68 had made its way into Arizona.
  • Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases

    10/15/2014 12:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 15, 2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    The Continent prepares for the virus to spread, but for many, it’s already here. ROME, Italy — If you were surprised to hear the news that a Sudanese United Nations worker died of the deadly Ebola virus in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday, you might be even more surprised to learn just how many Ebola patients there are elsewhere in Europe. The World Health Organization maintains that there are eight confirmed cases of the deadly virus in Europe tied to the current outbreak: two dead missionaries in Spain, one dead doctor in Germany, one cured man and one doctor in...
  • Book explores Ebola and 'End Times' prophecy

    10/15/2014 11:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 14, 2014 | Michael F. Haverluck
    As the Ebola outbreak continues to stir many across the globe into a panic, biologist Sharon K. Gilbert is busy researching not only the physical toll this disease will take on populations, but whether Ebola plays a role in the End Times. Gilbert uncovers the magnitude of the worst Ebola epidemic ever recorded and finds clues divulged through the media and the Scriptures in her newest book, Ebola and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. With Ebola already arriving on the American mainland, many are wondering how devastating this virus will be both here and abroad. Keeping abreast of the...
  • Survey: Four Out of Five Nurses Have Gotten No Ebola Training At All

    10/15/2014 11:45:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 15, 2014 | Gabrielle Canon
    A new survey conducted by the National Nurses Union shows US hospitals may not be adequately prepared to handle Ebola patients, should the virus continue to spread. Out of the 2,200 nurses who responded to the union's questionnaire, 85 percent reported that their hospitals had not provided education on Ebola. 76 percent said their institution had no policy for how to admit and handle patients potentially infected with the virus. More than a third claimed their hospitals didn't have enough safety supplies, including eye protection and fluid resistant gowns. The survey results were announced on Sunday, just after the Centers...
  • Ebola air scare in the US: Infected nurse flew on Frontier Airlines HOURS she was hospitalized ...

    10/15/2014 10:46:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 93 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Complete Headline: Ebola air scare in the US: Infected nurse flew on Frontier Airlines HOURS she was hospitalized ...and now the CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard her planeAmber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, was on a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, the Centers for Disease Control are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. Everyone who...
  • Ebola strain appears to be different

    10/15/2014 9:56:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Times Record News ^ | October 15, 2014 | John Ingle
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WICHITA FALLS, Texas - This strain of Ebola virus is different, a local infectious disease doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Bob McBroom said most Ebola outbreaks in the past have numbered 500 patients or less. This one, mostly in West Africa, has resulted in close to 10,000 cases worldwide, including the first transmission case in the United States. “I think it may be an increase in population, or it may be a change in the virulence of the virus,” he said. “It’s hard to say. But certainly with what’s going on now in Africa is a lot different from what type...
  • Look Back 250 • Quarantine during 1918 Spanish flu epidemic saves lives

    10/14/2014 6:54:58 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 37 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 10/4/2014 | Tim O'neill
    ST. LOUIS • On Oct. 5, 1918, the city health department issued this warning: “Avoid persons with colds.” Dr. Max C. Starkloff, health commissioner, knew that wasn’t nearly enough. Two days later, with Mayor Henry Kiel’s strong backing, he issued an emergency order closing schools, theaters, pool halls, playgrounds and other public places. The strategy was known as “social distancing,” and the motive was to fight the Spanish flu that was sweeping the world. The misnamed influenza would kill many more people than the ghastly meat-grinder known as the Great War. The order was extreme, but it worked — St....
  • WHO: Up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week by December

    10/14/2014 5:37:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The World Health Organization is warning on Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa may explode in the coming days as the disease spreads exponentially. In the three West African nations most stricken by the outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, the WHO warned that there could soon be as many as 5,000 to 10,000 new cases per week by December. “The outbreak is still expanding geographically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and accelerating in capital cities, Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general in charge of the Ebola response, said in a briefing with reporters in Geneva,” Bloomberg...
  • 700 Plus Infected With Enterovirus D-68

    10/13/2014 9:04:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    KAMR-TV / NBC News ^ | October 13, 2014 | Erika Edwards
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Michigan toddler Madeline Reid died Friday in her parents' arms. Doctors say she'd been battling Enterovirus D-68 when her heart failed. Lab tests will have to confirm the Enterovirus was directly responsible for the death of Madeline, 4-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey, and 4 others. Nearly 700 people, mostly kids, have been infected with Enterovirus D-68 in 46 states....
  • Floyd: Critical test for Dallas: Can we trust authorities on Ebola?

    10/12/2014 9:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Jacquielynn Floyd
    Scary, unprecedented; Dallas is Ground Zero for Ebola.We are Ground Zero now for a shattering series of firsts: The first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. The first to die of the terrifying disease. And now, with news that a nurse who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan is positive for the virus in preliminary tests, Dallas is the site of the nation’s first documented case of Ebola transmission. It’s scary. It’s unprecedented. It’s also the occasion for a critical test of the relationship between citizens -- us -- and our political and medical authorities. Either we believe...
  • Sales of gas masks, bio-hazard suits & foil blankets soar as 'survivalists' prepare for Ebola...

    10/12/2014 7:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2014 | Jennifer Smith
    * Survivalists warned families would not cope if an epidemic happened now * Families 'must take it upon themselves to prepare for worst in advance' * Experts advise avoiding all human contact and stocking up on supplies * In worst case scenario flee to uncontaminated area with emergency kits Stocking up on drinking water and avoiding all human contact are among steps that will have to be taken to avoid an Ebola epidemic, survivalists have warned. To avoid contracting the deadly virus people will have to barricade themselves in their homes if the infection spreads, they say. Their advice comes...
  • Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus D68, a pernicious strain of a spreading virus

    10/11/2014 10:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 11, 2014 | Greg Botelho
    A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in two months. Madeline Reid died at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she had been transferred "for advanced services," according to the Detroit hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini. "The CDC confirmed EV-D68 after her arrival here, and she subsequently succumbed to her illness," Valentini said. A Facebook page, dubbed "Team Maddie!," devoted to the 21-month-old's plight also confirmed the sad news. "Madeline Reid became our angel at 2:55 p.m. (Friday)," read one post. "She passed peacefully...
  • Experts: Ebola Outbreak, Black Death 'Plague' Spread From Africa as Viruses

    10/11/2014 9:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 11, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Most assume that Black Death quickly ravaged the fourteenth century western world was a bacterial bubonic plague epidemic caused by flea bites and spread by rats. But the Black Death killed a high proportion of Scandinavians -- and where they lived was too cold for fleas to survive. A modern work gives us a clue into this mystery. The “Biology of Plagues” published by Cambridge University Press analyzed 2,500 years of plagues and concluded that the Black Death was caused by a viral hemorrhagic fever pandemic similar to Ebola. If this view is correct, the future medical and economic impacts...
  • Ebola in Brooklyn? Teen hospitalized after showing symptoms of fatal virus

    10/11/2014 12:05:32 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 84 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11 October 2014 | Chris Spargo
    A Brooklyn teenager was rushed to the hospital yesterday after showing symptoms consistent with Ebola. The 14-year-old boy had a fever and was feeling fluish according to officials who spoke to the Daily News. He was brought to Brookdale Hospital where tests are being run to see if he has the disease. He is currently in isolation. The boy was apparently in Sudan for two weeks and hospitalized there as well, but lied to officials about being sick so he could fly home. Now, NYPD is working with officials to see if any of his family members should also be...
  • Gov. Perry Visits Troops Deploying to West Africa in Fight against Ebola

    10/09/2014 6:11:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Gov. Perry Visits Troops Deploying to West Africa in Fight against Ebola More than 500 troops from the 36th Engineer Brigade, 1st Medical Brigade and 85th Civil Affairs Brigade stationed at Ft. Hood are expected to deploy to Liberia by the end of this month. Approximately 200 troops stationed at Ft. Bliss, but assigned to aviation units at Ft. Hood, will also deploy. Their mission will be constructing facilities to be used in the housing and care of Ebola patients. The troops will not have contact with Ebola patients. The servicemen and women from Ft. Hood are part of a...
  • HHS secretary: There may be other cases of Ebola in the U.S.

    10/09/2014 9:59:17 AM PDT · by illiac · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/9/14 | Philip Klein
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said that despite the best efforts of health officials, Americans have to prepare for the reality that there may be more cases of Ebola in the United States. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! “We had one case and I think there may be other cases, and I think we have to recognize that as a nation,” Burwell said at a media breakfast hosted by the journal Health Affairs and held at the Washington, D.C. offices of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Burwell’s comments come as screening of travelers from Ebola-affected countries...
  • Poll: Majority of Blacks Believe There Would Be Ebola Cure if Outbreak Originated in US or Europe

    10/08/2014 11:01:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 8, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Nearly six in ten black Americans (59 percent) believe that there would already be a cure for the deadly Ebola virus had it originated in Europe or America. A YouGov/Economist poll also found that 62 percent of Americans think "more would have been done" to combat Ebola had it not originated in West Africa. Forty-two percent of Americans also believe there would be a cure had the virus originated in Europe or the U.S. while 23 percent do not think that would be the case....
  • US military personnel on Ebola mission to handle blood samples

    10/07/2014 8:02:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | October 7, 2014 | Justin Fishel
    The U.S. military mission to combat Ebola in West Africa is facing questions about the serious health risks American troops will encounter in heading to the epicenter of the deadly outbreak. According to officials, a small group of trained military medical technicians on the ground will not be required to make direct contact with patients infected with the Ebola virus. However, they will have to handle infected blood samples, which Pentagon officials acknowledged Tuesday could be just as dangerous, if not more. Already, three mobile-testing labs, staffed by three or four technicians each, have been deployed in Liberia as part...
  • Local ‘Preppers’ Stock Up For Improbable U.S. Ebola Crisis

    10/06/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WWJ-TV ^ | October 6, 2014
    DEARBORN (WWJ) – While U.S. health officials say there’s no cause for widespread concern over Ebola, some in metro Detroit are busy with survival preparations — just in case. Garron Strickland, manager of Harry’s Army Surplus in Dearborn, says “preppers” have been stocking up on package water, MRE meals, heaters, gas masks, and other items as they tend to do with outbreak or other concerns on the horizon. Also popular, Strickland, said, are “bug-out bags” equipped with supplies to last someone a few days on the go....
  • Letter: Feds treat Ebola like a hangnail

    10/05/2014 6:12:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    SitNews ^ | October 5, 2014 | Charlie Freeman
    I do not understand how the U.S. leaders can poo poo the potential threat of a pandemic. If they're trying to prevent panic, they're doing a poor job of it. My self, I'd feel more secure if I saw some effort at containment. Aparently none of the "highly trained" people ever read a history book. The Black Plague was too far back for these people to think about, but the world wide influenza epidimic of the early 1900's should be close enough for a look. This was a time of coal fired steam ships. Most travelers would have died weeks...
  • 'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'

    10/04/2014 3:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 4, 2014 | Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch, The Observer
    Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire.Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen? I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who...
  • Scouter's Ebola Projection Update - 10/4/2014 - (Vanity)

    10/04/2014 10:01:00 AM PDT · by scouter · 44 replies
    Scouter | 10/4/2014 | Scouter
    I have received a number of FReepmails asking for an update on my projections, in light of recent news. Here it is. Please read and understand the following notes: Because the rate of transmission differs in each country, the model now makes individual projections based on a Daily Transmission Rate (DTR) calculated for each country, and adds them together to produce the numbers presented below. While the model can use any date range, I've used the the range from 9/1/14 to 10/1/14. In other words, the DTR for each country is based on the number of cases on September 1...
  • Origin of AIDS Pandemic Traced to the Democratic Republic of Congo

    10/03/2014 10:09:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    trove ^ | October 3, 2014 | Elliot Hannon, Slate
    Three decades after the world witnessed HIV begin to take its devastating human toll, scientists have isolated where the pandemic started in Kinshasa, in what was then Zaire, and now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The revelation is outlined in the journal Science, which dated the origin of the pandemic as early as the 1920s. While the virus is thought to have crossed into the human population years earlier, the Guardian notes, it remained largely localized until it reached Kinshasa, which catapulted throughout the region, and then world. A confluence of social factors led to what the authors call a...
  • Ebola Scare Hits Washington, Latest of About 100 Alerts to CDC

    10/03/2014 9:19:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2014 | Gillian Mohney
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Days after a person was diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil for the first time, officials are reportedly investigating a possible Ebola infection in Washington, D.C. At Howard University Hospital, a patient is in stable condition after presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola, according to a statement today from the hospital. The patient had recently traveled to Nigeria, where the Ebola outbreak has killed eight people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with medical providers to monitor the patient's progress, officials said. Officials are also monitoring an inmate at Cobb County Jail in...
  • Report: Thomas Eric Duncan Came to the United States Because He Had Ebola

    10/03/2014 8:02:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 3, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Thomas Eric Duncan aka Patient Zero traveled to the United States out of desperation. He knew that he had been exposed to Ebola, and knew that he could not get treatment where he lived in Liberia. He had seen a friend turned away from three hospitals, and then die of the disease. So according to his former boss, he made the trip to the United States to obtain treatment. Monrovia (Liberia) Daily Observer reports. About Duncan being aware of his medical condition before he left Liberia, his former boss, Mr. Henry Brunson, 60, manager of SafeWay Cargo, a licensed agent...
  • Hazmat crews clean up, quarantined quartet move out due to Ebola case

    10/03/2014 7:27:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 3, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Jacque Wilson and Chris Welch
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A Dallas apartment where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States had stayed is finally getting a thorough cleaning, days after the diagnosis left four people quarantined there with soiled towels and sweat-stained sheets from the Ebola patient. After some delays, the first of three phases in cleaning the apartment began Friday afternoon. By around 5:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. ET), the effort was continuing but at least the sheets and towels had been moved out. Crews also worked to remove three mattresses, each of which the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan slept on, city of Dallas spokeswoman...