CDC bombshell: Ebola spread to USA
Friday, August 08, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Tags: CDC, Ebola pandemic, survival tips
(NaturalNews) The spread of Ebola to the USA is "inevitable," said the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Tom Frieden made the statement in a House Subcommittee hearing, adding that he does not think there will be a "large Ebola outbreak" in the U.S. Does he think there will be small ones?
Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations at the Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse warned "the world is woefully ill-equipped to handle the spread of Ebola," reports Yahoo News. (1)
"It is clear that the disease is uncontained and it is out of control in West Africa," he told the hearing. "The international response to the disease has been a failure."
"If you read the Ministry of Health status reports coming out every day from Liberia, I don’t mean to be dramatic, but it has an atmosphere of ‘Apocalypse Now’ in it," said Isaacs, as reported by Breitbart.com. (5)
The spread of Ebola to the U.S. will likely happen due to international air travel, CDC head Frieden warned. Today’s Ebola outbreak is the largest ever recorded in history. Is the CDC perhaps preparing America for an announcement that Ebola is now being found in U.S. patients?
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its highest alert activation over the Ebola outbreak," reports CBS News. (4) "CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced on Twitter Wednesday that their operations center has moved to a Level 1 response."
America is nowhere near prepared for an Ebola outbreak
Mac Slavo from SHTFplan.com just posted a really important story that I recommend you read. It’s entitled What You Need to Do to Survive Ebola BEFORE the Panic Starts.
As Slavo rightly points out, if there is even a single case of Ebola appearing on the streets of America, the masses will outright panic.
Michael Snyder from The Economic Collapse Blog (7) also makes a powerful point in this recommended article, where he says:
Yes, we may be able to provide "state of the art care" for a handful of people, but if thousands (or millions) of Americans get the virus you can forget about it. Our health industry is already stretched incredibly thin, and we simply do not have the resources to handle a tsunami of high risk Ebola patients. And of course conventional medicine does not have a cure for Ebola anyway.
Outbreak will immediately turn to panic
In truth, almost nobody is America is prepared for an Ebola outbreak — not the people, not the hospitals, not the grocery stores and certainly not the government.
Even a small, local Ebola outbreak would result in a mandatory lock down of people in their own homes. The government’s phrase for this is "shelter in place," and it was invoked at gunpoint during the Boston Marathon bombings.
The problem with all this is that the very minute the public gets word of Ebola spreading in America, people will launch into panic buying of everything you can imagine: gasoline and fuel, water, storable foods, chemical sanitizers, ammunition, firearms and so on. Think "zombie apocalypse" and you’ll get the idea.
Case in point: The announcement that the water supply in Toledo, Ohio was poisoned due to chemical agricultural runoff caused an immediate and total wipeout of water supplies from store shelves.
Hawaii just experienced the same thing, reports Intellihub: (2)
Due to the recent weather warnings, local stores have been mostly cleared out of bottled water and other essential supplies, such as batteries, in anticipation of the coming storms.
"Residents of Hawaii are cleaning out stores of supplies in anticipation of power outages and major flooding," says USA Today. (3)
Even worse, some residents are finding they are completely on their own, with other residents utterly unwilling to help them. As Mike Tsukamoto says in this USA Today video (3):
"There was a woman there [at the Costco store] who had a crutch, and she was asking people if they could help her, and no one would help and she was pretty upset. She told me that nobody cares to help anyone in times like this, and all they care about is getting stuff for themselves and clearing out."
Storms pass quickly; but pandemics keep spreading
Hurricanes quickly pass, but an Ebola outbreak might keep spreading and lingering for a very long time. What will the average unprepared American do after 3 days of lockdown? Five days? A month?
Most people could not survive more than a week or two without needing emergency supplies from the grocery store. It’s not difficult to imagine 911 call centers being flooded with desperate cries for food after just 3-5 days of lockdown.
An Ebola outbreak lockdown would also grind the local economy to a halt. No one showing up for work means no economic activity. It also makes you wonder who’s supposed to run the power plants, water treatment facilities, emergency services and law enforcement. Anyone who thinks under-paid cops are going to run around the streets trying to keep the peace when there’s an Ebola outbreak on the loose is living in a fantasy dreamland.
Ebola has the potential to cause widespread economic destruction beyond its medical casualties. That’s why it has been selected and preserved by numerous governments as a bioweapon. Some people are convinced, in fact, that the current pandemic in West Africa is a "trial run" for a larger release somewhere else, but I have to caution that’s mere conjecture and no evidence has yet surfaced to support the accusation.
Solutions for Americans and Canadians
So what you do to prepare for the Ebola spread into America that the CDC now calls "inevitable?"
First, you should substantially increase your personal preparedness in terms of supplies of food, water, emergency medicine, sanitizing liquids (like plain bleach), batteries for flashlights and so on. An Ebola outbreak may come to your neighborhood without warning, and the government may announce a mandatory quarantine without notice. You could suddenly find yourself stuck in your own home with no access to a grocery store for weeks.
Secondly, it’s probably a wise idea to stock up on natural anti-virals that might be beneficial against Ebola. Although I must caution you that there are no clinical trials of anything treating Ebola — not medications, not herbs, not anything — there are many natural substances with well-documented antiviral effects that have near-zero risk of any downside. Those include vitamin C powders, anti-viral herbs like elderberry, Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas and immune-boosting minerals like zinc and selenium.
Many people are right now saying colloidal silver might combat Ebola, although I personally haven’t investigated this issue and therefore can’t say whether silver might be effective as an internal defense against Ebola. Don’t count on the government to test this, of course: they’re only interested in high-profit drugs, not affordable natural solutions.
Avoiding immune-suppressing substances is a key strategy for strengthening your immune response to most viral infections. This means now is probably a good idea to stop smoking, stop using chemical fragrance laundry detergents, stop using cheap personal care products, stop taking medications that suppress immunity, and stop eating foods that contain immune-suppressing chemicals, additives and preservatives.
The stronger your immune system, the better your chance of survival if an Ebola outbreak happens near you. This is wisdom the CDC will never publicly encourage. The entire medical system is wholly opposed to the idea of people strengthening their own immune systems and therefore not needing "miracle" drugs or vaccines.
So if you want to be safe from Ebola, it’s entirely up to you. No government official or public health department is going to tell you the truth you need to hear: If you want to survive a serious outbreak, you’d better have weeks worth of water in your home, and months worth of food. You’d also better have some cash, sanitizers, flashlights, radios and the whole gamut of survival preparedness items that you can read about on other sites like The Organic Prepper.
Don’t wait until the government announces the coming pandemic. By then, it’s too late. If you ever find yourself in a crowd of people, lining up to get food, water or medicine, you’re already way behind the curve.
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WHO expects ‘many thousands of new
cases’ of Ebola within three weeks
(NaturalNews) The World Health Organization is sending a dire warning out to the world. There have been nearly 2,300 confirmed deaths from the Ebola pandemic. In Liberia, people are being instructed to shelter in place, with martial law locking down entire villages. Food shortages and strikes have ravaged the region. Since last December, nearly 80 health workers have been killed by the virus. Ebola is spreading so fast in Liberia that the WHO is now warning the United Nations that there will be many thousands of new cases coming over the next three weeks.
At the beginning of September, WHO stated publicly, "Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially."
WHO projects that the "number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centres."
They reiterated, "Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks."
WHO is basically saying that the viral pandemic could double or triple in scope throughout September. WHO is urging humanity to prepare and is calling on aiding nations to ramp up their efforts to stop Ebola. WHO has stated that the affected regions need three to four times the current aid to combat Ebola, citing shortages of something as basic as emergency beds. WHO remarked that conventional Ebola control measures "are not having an adequate impact," reporting that "a hot source of potential virus transmission" is something as simple as motorbikes and taxis in West Africa.
Over half of Ebola cases ending in death
The death rate from Ebola is shocking, taking out at least one person for every two affected. As it travels, it evolves. In Liberia alone, 1,871 cases have been documented, and from those, 1,089 have resulted in death. Throughout Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, a total of 4,269 cases have been confirmed and over half (2,288 people) have become casualties.
With a 21-day incubation period, the Ebola virus doesn’t illicit any symptoms in infected people for up to three weeks. This means that people infected in late August may not show symptoms until mid-September. This makes Ebola spread even faster and more sneakily, since people don’t realize that they’re passing the virus on until it’s too late.
US CDC worried
US CDC Director Tom Frieden has come out to the media stating that the "window is closing" to halt a GLOBAL pandemic. The CDC is basically hinting that the US may be an easy target for Ebola outbreaks.
"This is different [from] every other Ebola situation we’ve ever had," stated Frieden. "It’s spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast."
How are you preparing?
A prominent group working to contain Ebola in West Africa, Doctors Without Borders, is also warning the world about Ebola’s potential global spread. "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," said Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders.
"Ebola treatment centers are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered."
As Ebola abounds, could you imagine what such an epidemic would look like in a major city anywhere in the world? In a globally connected world, with intercontinental travel and high-density populations, loaded with immune-system-suppressed populations, something like Ebola could turn cities into scenes from an apocalyptic movie.
To avoid that dark scenario, you can optimistically prepare by stocking up on antiviral herbal extracts, teas and ground herbal powders like eleutherococcus root.
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"What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time."
– Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014
"This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity."
– Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council
"The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen – or even imagined."
– Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Emergency rooms are closed, many hospital wards are as well leaving people who are sick with heart disease, trauma, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, malaria and all the everyday health emergencies with nowhere to go."
– Dr. Richard Besser, health and medical editor for ABC News
"This is different than every other Ebola situation we’ve ever had. It’s spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast."
– Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
"The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years."
– Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014
"It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets."
– Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders
"Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."
– Official WHO statement
"In 2012, a team of Canadian researchers proved that Ebola Zaire, the same virus that is causing the West Africa outbreak, could be transmitted by the respiratory route from pigs to monkeys, both of whose lungs are very similar to those of humans."
– Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014
"Liberia, population four million, has fewer than 250 doctors left in the entire country." (Because they’ve all been killed by Ebola or fled the country.)
– Sheri Fink, published in the New York Times on Aug. 16, 2014
"Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. It is now spreading like wild fire, devouring everything in its path. The already weak health infrastructure of the country has been overwhelmed… The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State."
– Liberian Minister of National Defense Brownie Samukai, quoted in the Daily Mail
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Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola
Sunday, August 03, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Tags: Ebola patent, vaccines, profit motive
NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as "EboBun." It’s patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here. (Thanks to Natural News readers who found this and brought it to our attention.)
Patent applicants are clearly described on the patent as including:
The Government Of The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary, Department Of Health & Human Services, Center For Disease Control.
The patent summary says, "The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"; Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America) on November 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291."
It goes on to state, "The present invention is based upon the isolation and identification of a new human Ebola virus species, EboBun. EboBun was isolated from the patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in a recent outbreak in Uganda."
It’s worth noting, by the way, that EboBun is not the same variant currently believed to be circulating in West Africa. Clearly, the CDC needs to expand its patent portfolio to include more strains, and that may very well be why American Ebola victims have been brought to the United States in the first place. Read more below and decide for yourself…
Harvesting Ebola from victims to file patents
From the patent description on the EboBun virus, we know that the U.S. government:
1) Extracts Ebola viruses from patients.
2) Claims to have "invented" that virus.
3) Files for monopoly patent protection on the virus.
To understand why this is happening, you have to first understand what a patent really is and why it exists. A patent is a government-enforced monopoly that is exclusively granted to persons or organizations. It allows that person or organization to exclusively profit from the "invention" or deny others the ability to exploit the invention for their own profit.
It brings up the obvious question here: Why would the U.S. government claim to have "invented" Ebola and then claim an exclusively monopoly over its ownership?
U.S. Government claims exclusive ownership over its "invention" of Ebola
The "SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION" section of the patent document also clearly claims that the U.S. government is claiming "ownership" over all Ebola viruses that share as little as 70% similarity with the Ebola it "invented":
…invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae… In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO:
1. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboBun.
Ebola vaccines and propagation
The CDC patent goes on to explain it specifically claims patent protection on a method for propagating the Ebola virus in host cells as well as treating infected hosts with vaccines:
In another aspect, the invention provides a method for propagating the hEbola virus in host cells comprising infecting the host cells with the inventive isolated hEbola virus described above, culturing the host cells to allow the virus to multiply, and harvesting the resulting virions.
In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising the inventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
No medical reason to bring Ebola to the United States
This patent may help explain why Ebola victims are being transported to the United States and put under the medical authority of the CDC. These patients are carrying valuable intellectual property assets in the form of Ebola variants, and the Centers for Disease Control clearly desires to expand its patent portfolio by harvesting, studying and potentially patenting new strains or variants.
Dr. Bob Arnot, an infectious disease specialist who spent time on the ground in developing nations saving lives, recently told Judge Jeanine, "There is no medical reason to bring them here, especially when you see how well Dr. Bradley was." (2)
There is, however, an entirely different reason to bring Ebola patients to America: so they can be exploited for medical experiments, military bioweapons harvesting or intellectual property claims.
Surely, medical authorities at Emory University and the CDC are working hard to save the lives of the two patients who have been transported to the U.S. But they are also pursuing something else at the same time: an agenda of isolating, identifying and patenting infectious disease agents for reasons that we can only imagine.
Only hoping to save lives?
On one hand, it’s worth pointing out that the CDC’s patent on Ebola is at least partially focused on methods for screening for Ebola and treating Ebola victims with drugs or vaccines. This seems like a worthwhile precaution against an infectious disease that clearly threatens lives.
On the other hand, why the patent? Patenting Ebola seems as odd as trying to patent cancer or diabetes. Why would a government organization claim to have "invented" this infectious disease and then claim a monopoly over its exploitation for commercial use?
Does the CDC hope to collect a royalty on Ebola vaccines? Is it looking to "invent" more variants and patent those too?
Make no mistake that billions of dollars in profits are at stake in all this. Shares of Tekmira surged over 11% last Friday as pressure was placed on the FDA to fast-track Ebola vaccine trials the company has set up. "Health campaigners have started a petition which has already been signed by approximately 15,500 people on change.org pressurizing FDA to approve the drug in the minimum possible time frame," reports BidnessEtc.com. (3)
Carefully scripted medical theater
With this, we start to see the structure of the elaborate medical theater coming together: A global pandemic panic, a government patent, the importation of Ebola into a major U.S. city, an experimental vaccine, the rise of a little-known pharmaceutical company and a public outcry for the FDA to fast-track the vaccine.
If Act II stays on course, this medical theater might someday involve a "laboratory accident" in a U.S. lab, the "escape" of Ebola into the population, and a mandatory nationwide Ebola vaccination campaign that enriches Tekmira and its investors while positioning the CDC with its virus patents as the "savior of the American people."
Yes, we’ve heard this music before, but the last time around it was called Swine Flu.
The formula is always the same: create alarm, bring a vaccine to market, then scare governments into buying billions of dollars worth of vaccines they don’t need.
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Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Thursday, July 31, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Tags: Ebola outbreak, drug treatments, Monsanto
(NaturalNews) A global outbreak of deadly Ebola is underway and has crossed national borders. One infected victim of the horrifying disease flew on international flights, vomiting on board and exposing hundreds of people to the deadly virus which can be transmitted through airborne particles. Ebola has an 8-10 day incubation period, meaning thousands of people could be carrying it right now and spreading it across the cities of the world without even knowing it.
Passengers in Hong Kong and the UK have already shown symptoms of the disease and are being tested, reports USA Today. (2) The Peace Corps has evacuated its volunteers from the region after two were exposed to Ebola. (3)
"Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is ‘justified’" reports the Daily Mail. (1) "He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic."
Ebola is the closest thing to real-life zombie infections
With apologies to those victims who have suffered the horrible fate of Ebola, I’m offering a medically accurate description here as a warning to everybody else. Believe me when I say you do NOT want to contract Ebola. Warning: Graphic language below.
Ebola is a gruesome disease that causes cells in the body to self-destruct, resulting in massive internal and external bleeding. In its late stages, Ebola can cause the victim to experience convulsions, vomiting and bleeding from the eyes and ears while convulsing, flinging blood all over the room and anyone standing nearby, thereby infecting those people as well. This gruesome ending is the reason Ebola spreads so effectively. The virus "weaponizes" the blood, then causes the victim to fling it around on everyone else almost like you might see depicted in some horror zombie flick.
"Hemorrhaging symptoms begin 4 – 5 days after onset, which includes hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, bleeding gums, oral/lip ulceration, hematemesis, melena, hematuria, epistaxis, and vaginal bleeding," reports the Pathogen Safety Data Sheet from the Public Health Agency of Canada. (8) That same publication also explains, "There are no known antiviral treatments available for human infections."
Read that again: There are NO KNOWN TREATMENTS for human infections.
Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor tragically died yesterday from an Ebola infection. Although well trained in infectious disease, even he underestimated the ability of this insidious killer to leap from person to person. Around half of those infected with Ebola die, making it one of the most fatal diseases known to modern medical science. And yet medical staff around the world still aren’t exercising sufficient precautions when interfacing with infected patients.
Monsanto and Dept. of Defense help fund pharma company that could earn billions from Ebola treatment
There are some experimental drugs under development by pharma companies that show some promise, but nothing is commercialized yet. (9)
One fascinating development worth investigating further is that TEKMIRA Pharmaceuticals, a company working on an anti-Ebola drug, just received a $1.5 million cash infusion from none other than Monsanto. Click here to read the press release, which states "Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing novel RNAi therapeutics and providing its leading lipid nanoparticle (LNP) delivery technology to pharmaceutical partners."
The money from Monsanto is reportedly related to the company’s developed of RNAi technology used in agriculture. The deal is valued at up to $86.2 million, according to the WSJ. (11)
Another press release about Tekmira reveals a $140 million contract with the U.S. military for Ebola treatment drugs:
TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, is being developed under a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Medical Countermeasure Systems BioDefense Therapeutics (MCS-BDTX) Joint Product Management Office.
Additional Tekmira partnership are listed at this Tekmira web page.
Not to invoke any charges of collusion or conspiracy here, but a whole lot of people are going to have raised eyebrows over the fact that Monsanto just happened to be giving a cash infusion to a key pharma company working on an Ebola cure right in the middle of a highly-publicized Ebola outbreak which could create huge market demand for the drugs. The fact that the U.S. Department of Defense is also involved with all this is going to have alternative news websites digging hard for additional links.
Sadly, the history of medicine reveals that drug companies, the CDC and the WHO have repeatedly played up the severity of disease outbreaks in order to promote sales of treatment drugs. I’m not saying this outbreak isn’t very real and very alarming, of course. It is real. But we always have to be suspicious when windfalls profits just happen to line up for certain corporations following global outbreaks of infectious disease. Vaccine manufacturers, remember, made billions off the false swine flu scare, and tens of millions of dollars in stockpiled swine flu vaccines later had to be destroyed by the governments that panicked and purchased them.
Has air travel doomed humanity to a pandemic outbreak?
Air travel creates the "perfect storm" for Ebola to devastate humanity. It all starts with these irrefutable facts about air travel:
1) All passengers are confined to the same enclosed space.
2) All passengers are breathing THE SAME AIR.
3) Ebola can become airborne via very small particles in the air, and just a single Ebola virus riding on a dust particle is sufficient to infect a human being (see below).
4) Following the flight, infected passengers then intermingle with thousands of other people at the airport, each doing to a different unique destination somewhere else across the country or around the world.
5) The speed of air travel vastly out-paces the speed of governments being able to deploy infectious disease prevention teams.
A global pandemic wipeout from Ebola, in other words, could originate from a single person on a single international flight. And it could circle the globe in less than 48 hours.
Just one organism is sufficient to infect a new host
Just how much Ebola virus does it take to infect someone? Alarmingly, as the Public Health Agency of Canada explains, "1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans." (8)
Read that again: it takes just ONE aerosolized organism (a microscopic virus riding on a dust particle) to cause a full-blown infection in humans. This is why one man vomiting on an international flight can infect dozens or hundreds of other people all at once.
Some experts fear that has already happened. As the Daily Mail reports: (1)
Nigerian health officials are in the process of trying to trace 30,000 people, believed to be at risk of contracting the highly-infectious virus, following the death of Patrick Sawyer in Lagos. It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Lyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia.
Dave Hodges of The Commonsense Show reports: (7)
A desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer. A total of 59 passengers and crew are estimated to have come into contact with Sawyer and effort is being made to track each individual down. There is an inherent problem with this "track down". Presumably, some of the passengers connected to other flights, which known to be the case. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that only 20 people, a low estimate given the nature of the airports that Sawyer was traveling in, were connecting to other flights, the spread of the virus would quickly expand beyond any possibility of containment because in less than a half a day, nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. Within a matter of a couple of hours, Sawyer’s infected fellow travelers would each have made contact with 200 other passengers and crew. Hours later, these flights would land and these people would go home to the friends, families and coworkers across several continents.
CBS News adds: (4)
"Witnesses say Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian Finance Ministry employee en route to a conference in Nigeria, was vomiting and had diarrhea aboard at least one of his flights with some 50 other passengers aboard. Ebola can be contracted from traces of feces or vomit, experts say."
American family members quarantined in Texas
A U.S. doctor named Dr. Kent Brantly has reportedly contracted Ebola. "Brantly and the couple’s 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease," reports CBS News. (3)
That same story goes on to say, "Amber Brantly and the children are in Abilene, Texas, under a 21-day fever watch," which is essentially a quarantine. This means the necessary quarantine of American citizens on U.S. soil has already begun.
Nobody is yet talking about what all this might mean if a large U.S. city shows an outbreak of infections. Will the federal government use the military to quarantine an entire city? Ultimately, it must! And make no mistake: this possibility is already written up and on the books for national emergencies. One declaration of martial law is all that’s required to seal off an entire U.S. city at gunpoint.
Another CBS News article reports: (4)
"If it gets into a big city, that’s everybody’s worse nightmare," said Dr. Tim Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at University of Texas Medical Branch, in an interview with CBS News. "It gets harder to control then. How do you quarantine a big city?"
The answer, by the way, is by deploying America’s armed forces against its own citizens in a domestic national emergency scenario. Everybody in the federal government already knows that. It’s only the mainstream media that pretends such plans don’t already exist.
Ebola detection kits deployed to all 50 U.S. states
Although the federal government’s official reaction to all this is low-key, in truth the U.S. government is rapidly preparing for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak reaching the continental USA.
As reported above, the U.S. Department of Defense already has a $140 million contract awarded to Tekmira for its Ebola treatment drugs.
Additionally, as SHTFplan.com reports: (5)
The Department of Defense informed Congress that it has deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams in all 50 states, according to a report published by the Committee on Armed Services. Some 340 Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) units have thus far been given to emergency response personnel. The systems are "rapid, reliable, and [provide] simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens."
On one hand, we might all applaud the government’s preparedness actions in all this. It’s smart to have diagnostic systems deployed nationwide, of course. But it begs the question: When was the government planning on telling the public about all this? Probably never. There’s no sense in causing a panic when half the people won’t survive an outbreak anyway, they figure.
The perfect bioweapon against humanity?
I also need to make you urgently aware that Ebola is a "perfect" bioweapon. Because of its ability to survive storage and still function many days, weeks or years later, it could be very easily harvested from infected victims and then preserved using nothing more than a common food dehydrator.
As the Public Health Agency of Canada explains: (8)
The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4 (C) for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70 C.
To translate this into laymen’s terms, this means the Ebola virus can be:
• Stored in a liquid vial and easily smuggled across international borders.
• Dehydrated and stored in a dried state, then easily smuggled.
• Frozen at very low temperatures where it remains viable indefinitely.
Once dried, contained or frozen, Ebola pathogens can be smuggled into target countries with ridiculous ease. In the United States, for example, people can literally walk right through our Southern open borders with zero security whatsoever.
Open borders is an open invitation for bioweapons terrorism
Once inside the target country, a bioweapons terrorist could then easily infect people in public transit hubs such as subway stations, airports, bus stations and so on. Unfortunately, spraying a few Ebola particles into people’s faces is ridiculously easy, especially if the terrorist carrying out the activities decides he is on a suicide mission and doesn’t care about self-exposure.
An outbreak of Ebola in a major U.S. city would quite literally threaten the public health of the entire nation. That’s why an "open borders" policy in the middle of a global Ebola outbreak is unconscionable from the point of view of public health. CDC officials must be tearing their hair out over this issue.
Think about it: America is a country where public health officials freak out and go crazy when two children acquire whooping cough in a public school in Maryland. But when tens of thousands of people are streaming into the country, unbounded, with near-zero medical scrutiny in the middle of an international Ebola outbreak, federal officials do almost nothing at all. If there is an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., this is most likely how it will arrive.
Number of Ebola cases is ‘increasing
exponentially,’ World Health Organization
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: Ebola, virus transmission, World Health Organization
(NaturalNews) The Ebola crisis has taken a major turn for the worse as the World Health Organization (WHO) announces that the number of infected individuals is now "increasing exponentially." The uptick is particularly concerning in Liberia, where the international agency says the worst is yet to come.
Among the 4,269 known cases of Ebola in West Africa, nearly 2,300, a little over half, have resulted in death. And roughly half of these deaths have occurred in Liberia, according to the United Nations, with the rest reportedly hailing from nearby Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.
In a recent announcement, WHO warned that the numbers appear to show an exponential increase in infections across West Africa, and that things will get worse before getting better. Underscoring the unusual spread of the disease, experts say Ebola is particularly problematic in the larger cities, and especially in those where public health facilities are lacking.
But the situation is most extreme in Liberia, where entire communities are facing rapid infection due to poor containment measures and a lack of medical personnel. According to data compiled by WHO, some 152 healthcare workers in Liberia are known to have contracted Ebola, and 79 of them have already died.
Liberia was already lacking in adequate medical personnel prior to the outbreak, with only about one doctor available for every 100,000 people. In a country of 4.4 million people, this is a major problem, especially as the death toll mounts and infected individuals have nowhere to turn for treatment and quarantine.
"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," reads a harrowing statement recently issued by WHO.
"In Monrovia, taxis filled with entire families, of whom some members are thought to be infected with the Ebola virus, crisscross the city, searching for a treatment bed. There are none. As WHO staff in Liberia confirm, no free beds for Ebola treatment exist anywhere in the country."
Nutrition, not ZMapp, likely cured American doctors infected with Ebola
WHO officials are aiming to completely stop the spread of Ebola in both Senegal and Nigeria, where infection rates are still relatively small. But the agency is urging aid organizations both locally and internationally to take further action in Liberia.
In its announcement, WHO warned that aid groups in Liberia will "need to prepare to scale up their current efforts by three- to four-fold" in order to control the spread of Ebola. At this point, the return of infected individuals to their respective villages threatens to spark "flare-ups" that, in the immediate future, will likely lead to massive spikes of infection.
As far as the three American healthcare workers who were returned to the States for treatment, the two who received experimental ZMapp are reportedly recovering. But experts say ZMapp may not have been responsible for this, as both patients received high-dose, intravenous nutrition and carefully monitored fluid-replacement therapy.
These interventions, admit workers at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where the couple was treated, are more than likely the real cure, one that will be difficult to administer in West Africa, especially as the already inadequate infrastructure there is pressed beyond its limits.
"The Ebola outbreak has just driven home the inadequacy that’s there," stated Dr. Barbara Knust, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Ebola response unit, before a recent meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Liberia runs out of hospital beds as Ebola
cases increase exponentially,
overwhelming healthcare system
Friday, September 12, 2014 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: Ebola, hospital beds, Liberia
(NaturalNews) As West Africa’s Ebola epidemic continues to worsen, local healthcare systems are being completely overwhelmed. In Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, there is not a single bed available for any more patients.
The WHO reports that more than 4,200 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in West Africa, leading to at least 2,296 deaths. Troublingly, 49 percent of all cases and 47 percent of all deaths had occurred within the 21-day period before September 6, indicating that the spread of the disease may be accelerating.
"As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload," the WHO said in a statement. "Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks."
Shortage worsens disease transmission
The complete absence of treatment facilities has led many Liberians to pack into taxis and ride around in search of some place that will accept their sick relatives. When no such facility can be found, the WHO reports, many families simply return to their homes. This places the entire family and anyone else they come into contact with at an increased risk of contracting Ebola.
Disturbingly, the bed shortage has also therefore turned taxis themselves into a sources of potential Ebola transmission, as the vehicles are not being disinfected after use by sick passengers.
Yet the bed shortage is unlikely to alleviate any time soon. One report counts the number of beds at Ebola treatment facilities at just 570 in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone combined.
In Sierra Leone, the growing crisis moved the government to announce a three-day curfew for September 19-21. Other than for business deemed essential, no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed on any street in the country for the entire period, in order to "ensure that the dreaded disease is checked," the government said.
"Making a sacrifice for three days and living for another 20 or more years is better than not making the sacrifice and you die within 21 days," said President Ernest Bai Koroma.
During the curfew, 20,000 volunteers will be dispatched to visit every single home in the country of 6 million, looking for Ebola patients.
"Likely Ebola cases will be identified or dead bodies will be referred to contact tracing, referral or burial teams," said Steven Ngaoja, head of Sierra Leone’s Ebola Emergency Operations Centre,
U.S. no better prepared?
The rapid spread of the disease has overwhelmed not just local health care systems, but also the WHO’s disease-monitoring programs. According to Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO Department of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases, authorities know that official estimates of Ebola cases and fatalities are far too low.
"We know that the numbers are under-estimated," Briand said. "We are currently working to estimate the under-estimation."
"It’s a war against this virus," Briand said. "It’s a very difficult war. What we try now is to win some battles at least in some places."
If Ebola were to spread globally, even the healthcare systems in wealthier countries could be overwhelmed. According to a report released by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General on September 8, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is "ill-prepared" for a public health crisis even on the scale of the 2009 influenza pandemic, let alone a global Ebola outbreak.
In 2006, Congress allocated $47 million to the DHS to prepared for a national medical crisis. The September 8 report found that millions of dollars of this money were spent on equipment or supplies that are now unnecessary, worthless or missing. For example, investigators found more than 4,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in a DHS storage facility that had been expired for as long as four years.
Animals could spread Ebola to 15 more
African countries, warn Oxford scientists
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: Ebola, Africa, animal transmission
(NaturalNews) At least 15 African countries, primarily in the central regions of the continent, are at high risk of Ebola being spread by animals, in addition to the previous seven countries that have reported cases of zoonotic transmission of the disease, according to new research out of the UK. Predictive models created by researchers from Oxford University suggest that the current Ebola outbreak will eventually be spread eastward by wildlife, affecting countries like Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in the coming months.
Since the believed-to-be strain of Ebola currently spreading originated out of Central Africa, it remains a mystery how it ended up sparking the worst outbreak in history on Africa’s western coast. But experts say it will eventually return to its homeland, where tens of thousands of people face infection and possible death.
According to the research, which was published in the journal eLife, fruit bats, the primary vector for the disease, will likely spread the disease to humans living in Africa’s central region. It is believed that multiple species of fruit bats are capable of carrying the disease, some without symptoms, and that these creatures will infect other bats and animals such as monkeys and rodents.
Since many people in Central Africa eat bats and monkeys — these and other creatures are commonly referred to as "bush meat" — the likelihood that infected animals will eventually infect humans is strong. This is especially true among people groups that eat the meat of these creatures raw rather than cooked, drastically increasing the likelihood of infection.
"Our map shows the likely ‘reservoir’ of Ebola virus in animal populations, and this is larger than has been previously appreciated," stated Nick Golding, a researcher at Oxford’s Department of Zoology, and author of the study. "This does not mean that transmission to humans is inevitable in these areas; only that all the environmental and epidemiological conditions suitable for an outbreak occur there."
Current Ebola outbreak spreading most deadly known strain
According to experts, there are five known strains of Ebola — Zaire, Sudan, Tai Forest, Bundibugyo, and Reston. Zaire, the strain currently believed to be spreading throughout West Africa, is the most virulent, while the others are less dramatic and much easier to contain. Reston is the only strain that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has never sparked an outbreak.
Because of their sheer proximity to one another, the following countries have the highest risk of seeing Zaire spread by animals for the first time within the coming months: Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Malawi.
You can view a "heat" map of the most likely areas where Ebola will spread next here:
As of this writing, the WHO has confirmed that the current Ebola outbreak has already killed 2,288 people. Half of them, says the agency, died just within the last three weeks, indicating that the spread of the disease is picking up at an exponential rate. Suspected new cases of Ebola are also starting to emerge in both Europe and North America, suggesting a global pandemic threat.
"The number of new cases [of Ebola] is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them," stated the WHO in a recent news release.
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