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CDC confirms Ebloa in U.S.

Well, this is not good:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case diagnosed in the United States.

Guy gets infected in Liberia, flies over to visit family, then starts getting sick here in the U.S.

CDC team is enroute, people who were exposed to the patient while sick are in quarantine.

Now, before we all batten down the hatches and crack open the cases of MREs, the CDC is saying those on the flight over or who were exposed to the patient prior to him showing symptoms are not at risk. According to CDC Director Tom Frieden via Fox News:

“It's only someone who's sick with Ebola who can spread the disease,” said Frieden. “Once those contacts are all identified, they're all monitored for 21 days after exposure to see if they develop a fever.”

Frieden added that while it is possible that someone who had contact with the patient could develop Ebola in the coming weeks, he has no doubt the infection will be contained. At this point, he said, there is zero risk of transmission to anyone on the flight with the patient because he was not showing any symptoms at the time of travel.

Still, having the Atlantic Ocean as a barrier was much more comforting than some reassurances from the CDC. The CDC is always reassuring the general population in pretty much every zombie movie, ever, and we all know how well that turns out...

Just another example o' current events to motivate you to get to work!


  1. I saw this yesterday on the news, definitely a pucker factor. Like you said, not enough to freak out, but it's enough to make you grab another extra can of soup at the store.

  2. They have contained this one. Plenty more flying in and our from that area who are not on the radar. Wash your hands, distance, clean surfaces and use caution generally.

    1. It's not contained. CDC is trying to make contact with approx 100 individuals he had contact with during the 4+ days he was contagious. That's a pretty large population.

      CDC says no one on the flight is exposed because he was not symptomatic. How do they know? BECAUSE HE SAID SO!!

      Median time to show symptoms is 5.5 days per CDC. This means half of people show symptoms in less than 5.5 days, and half more. He arrived on 9/19, and went to the hospital with symptoms (and was turned away) on 9/26. The probability he was contagious on the plane is greater than zero.

      CDC also says that the contagious droplet size is small enough that the effective airborne transmission range is 3 feet. When then say it's not "airborne," they are splitting hairs - "airborne" means the transmissible droplet size is small enough to be transmitted 10 to 30 feet.

      Further, it IS contagious on contact. How many surfaces did he touch while he was showing symptoms? He sneezes on his hand. Reaches in his pocket and gives his roommate $5 to go get some tylenol at the store. Roommate takes the cash in hand, goes to the store and touches 6 apples before selecting one. The clerk handles the apple and the tylenol bottle AND the cash. Meanwhile, 10 other people come in and touch the apples, and 4 people take them home for their family to eat. On the way home, roommate stops to get his car inspected, where the inspector gets in and the touches the steering wheel. Not only have his “personal contacts” been exposed, but layers and layers of potential exposure.

      Let’s say this thing runs up to 100 or 200 confirmed cases. At that point a significant portion of the 3,000,000 people who live in the Dallas Fort Worth area will FLOOD the hospitals with everything from a cold to allergies to the regular flu because it MIGHT be ebola. Each of them will have to be isolated until testing is done (24-48 hrs?).

      Our medical infrastructure can. not. handle that. No matter how prepared they say they are.

    2. Agreed. I was giving CDC the benefit of the doubt based on their official statement. As in, even so...

      Your perspective is consistent with what I've read. This virus will bust out even if Patient One didn't cause it. I guess we have hundreds of patients incubating and more off gassing symptoms right now. Not contained.

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  4. Aerosolizing ONE DROP of Ebola Infected Blood Can Kill 500,000 People


  5. "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston is an excellent, if slightly sensational, read about the Ebola family of viruses. In regards to it going airborne, the Army and CDC thought it highly probable that the Reston strain of the virus DID become airborne. However, Reston was asymptomatic in humans; it killed monkeys but did not harm humans. "The Most Dangerous Strain Chapter" chapter near the end of the book discusses this.

    On the upside, at least in theory the US has the healthcare infrastructure to deal with an outbreak. Trying to deal with an Ebola outbreak in countries with minimal to no healthcare infrastructure is a worst-case scenario that has unfolded in the afflicted African nations.

  6. http://youtu.be/XasTcDsDfMg

    Monumental stupidity (average iq of 67-69 in that region) and superstition play a big role in why diseases are mutating and becoming more difficult to control. It's the virus you don't know about that's really the most dangerous strain. The US healthcare infrastructure is not even remotely prepared to deal with disease like Ebola.

    1. http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/zoonotic-infections/news/online/%7Bca3aa4e3-2af5-4813-8e02-c0b552f404a0%7D/genomic-sequencing-reveals-more-than-300-mutations-in-2014-ebola-virus

  7. I think someone said "I think it's time to show the Americans how exceptional they are NOT." So with the wave of a pen and the turn of a head (or two), viola !! Somebody's gonna make sure, regardless of our medical/technological superiority, that we get a big ole dose of what the poor third world countries are getting. This is the apology tour on steroids.

    You'll never convince me all of this wasn't completely intentional. Our reactions were tested when they brought that first doctor and medical assistant over. When the people didn't raise absolute Cain, they started slipping them in. (Who really knows how many are actually here?)

    False news stories came out weeks ago "Ohio woman suspected of Ebola infection!!!" And so on..... all false reports. A little desensitization for the masses. But get ready folks, here they come.

    Do you think it was a fluke that this guy flew over here and hung out in a busy airport for four hours? Do you think it was a fluke that he vomited outside the apartment building and the CDC didn't cordon off the area instead of allowing the apartment superintendent to pressure wash it down the storm drain?? (yes, this apparently actually happened.)


    For those who may be too young to remember, we've been hearing about (and fearing) Ebola since I was a teenager (maybe early 20's) and I am now in my late 40's. How is it we contained it and kept it at bay for all these years and now, all of a sudden, it's here?

    Yes, I believe it was/is intentional. The objective isn't to change our political opinion or agendas. The objective is to break our will.

    1. http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/intro/bio_ebola.htm