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US government mincing words to avoid widespread panic over Ebola outbreak

We are in the grips of the most deadly Ebola outbreak in history, and Ebola came very close to taking that flight to the Unites States just yesterday.

Doctors carrying the body of an Ebola victim
CDC

Was it not just yesterday that headlines stated that the CDC said the risk of Ebola coming to the US was low?

Today on HLN a specialist on Ebola says it will come to the US, and people will be alarmed. This comes only after the overnight event that could not ignored as serious. Now the media is trying to prepare Americans gently for the announcement of the first person being diagnosed in the US in order to try to prevent the "shock factor" that could lead to widespread panic.

According to Fox News "One reason why the Ebola virus's spread is possible in theory is that it can take up to 21 days for an infected person to show symptoms."

However, HLN's specialist went on to say that people with the disease would be too sick to be up spreading the disease, and they would be quarantined. An American died at an airport from the disease before he had the chance to board the flight, but there is no way to tell how many he came into contact with who were able to make their flight connections.

American dies from Ebola, and he almost boarded a flight to the US sparks a change in US case risk factor overnight!

It was just yesterday the CDC announced a level 2 travel notice and a warning to US doctors telling them to prepare for the outbreak as it is only a flight away from the US. The travel notice was issued to 3 other countries leaving many to ask, why these countries?

To many it seems like facts are not being released until the CDC and Government officials have no choice but to release them, and all of the things that are being releases seems to be a form of conditioning for the fall out to come.

According to the Purdue University's science team's research Ebola may be mutating.

Another concern is being kept quiet because it could change everything, and that is the concern that the virus could mutate like many others have been doing in the last few years hence becoming airborne. It is not believed to have mutated yet, or has it?

"Ebola has a biochemical structure similar to retroviruses carried by birds, making a common evolutionary origin more likely:There can be no doubt now that an ancestral virus had a shell that evolved to become the shells of the Ebola virus and bird retroviruses," said professor David Sanders. He also said that there is a genuine worry by scientists that the Ebola virus is mutating and becoming airborne.

In his formal statement he noted that, "Ebola could mutate and become airborne. Recent outbreaks have suggested it can evolve on its own, and Ebola sub-types have shown the ability to be spread through airborne particles under research conditions; One strand, Ebola-Reston, may have been transmitted from monkey to monkey through the air in a Virginia science lab. So far there have been no similar transmissions involving humans."

In 2012 Canadian researchers also witnessed airborne contamination from primate to pig of the Ebola virus. The disease came from the Congo back in 1976. To date there is no cure or hope of survival for those who become infected with it, and it is highly infectious. In many places infected people are considered "dead men walking," Though there are some that do survive Ebola has a staggering 90% fatality rate.

Symptoms may start with something as simple as a sore throat. A rash on the body may or may not be present. The headache may become crippling, and fever as well as the other symptoms are very sudden.

West Africa has grounded flights and are sealing come boarders. However, it is no longer contained to the area.

Americans can only hope that when it does come to the US it is contained quickly like they are trying to tell us it will be. It is the lack of concern or urgency in the media that is alarming people though when compared to flu outbreaks, SARS, MRSA and other things that have been recently reported on. Many feel like the media's reports on Ebola feel very controlled.

The truth is if an Ebola outbreak happens and gets bad enough you can count on marshal law to be exercised as well as mass quarantines. It can wipe out entire communities, and it will be treated seriously should it come to the US.

This sounds like something out of the apocalyptic movies, and that is because it is the horror that these movies are birthed from. This is real, and it is on our doorsteps, so there is little comfort in the comforting words the media is being forced to offer.

"Ebola is one flight away from the US, CDC issues a level II emergency to US doctors telling them to prepare."

While Ebola should be a plane ride from anywhere, but only 3 countries were put on level 2 alert. A lot of Americans today think this is something that only happens in places like West Africa, but it is a very real threat in the US despite the comforting words the media are trying to offer the masses.

The virus was carried from one region to another by a passenger, Patrick Sawyer. He was the first American to die from Ebola since the onset of the outbreak. His ailing sister whom he was caring for turned out to have the disease. Mr. Sawyer was only 40 years old.

The plane he was on landed in Lagos, Nigeria which is home to more than 20 million people. There is no way to know if anyone making connecting flights was infected by Sawyer who was on his way home to see his daughters.

It is now a waiting game. The city has moved into emergency response mode until cleared.

This is the first reports of Ebola ever being transported by a host on an airliner.

Stephan Monroe of CDC’s National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases said that Ebola “Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population,” told reporters in a conference call. It’s because you have to be in direct contact with someone who is ill to become infected ans that transmission is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.” He also stated that, “Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious."

It was also said that it is not more than a low risk factor of being transmitted to the US, but the fact is today we are seeing a very real risk of it coming here. With this information developing just overnight the only things we do know is that this is both deadly and unpredictable.

This is especially true with Ebola having an incubation period of up to 21 days. It would not be difficult for someone to get to another area of the world before showing any symptoms. Still, travel is on a level II alert but not being restricted in and out of the US by the CDC.

There are quarantine stations in all of the major airports.

If someone needs to be isolated the quarantine stations are in place, and physical force will be used if it becomes necessary. This is not just for those showing signs of Ebola but also for those showing signs of tuberculosis,cholera, bubonic plague, bird flu or any other infectious disease.

Monroe said, “People are not infectious prior to becoming symptomatic,” he stressed. And once in the U.S., doctors should isolate a patient quickly. “We are fairly confident that the standard of care in the U.S. would prevent much of the transmission of the virus were to show up here."

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that, “We do not anticipate this will spread in the US if an infected person is hospitalized here but we are taking action now by alerting healthcare workers in the US and reminding them how to isolate and test suspected patients while following strict infection control procedures.” He also said that was the reason for the CDC having had issued the still active “level 2” alert as well as the alert to American doctors.

Monroe said, “We need to build systems to find cases quickly before they spread; meaning a strong health system throughout the region,” and that “until we get all of the virus put out, there is always the possibility that it will reignite.” According to WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC only after no new cases are documents for 6 weeks will the outbreak be declared over. That is 2 incubation periods.

The outbreak right now is the most deadly strain of the virus known as the Zaire ebolavirus.

This is the first West African outbreak, and they were not trained or prepared for the virus or its effects. People were not listening to the warnings, they were continuing to make contact with others and ignoring prevention measures. In a sense it was denial on behalf of a community.

The US cannot afford to adopt this same false security.

If the disease comes to American borders it is vital that the outbreak is identified within 24 hours. This could be difficult with the incubation period being from 2 to 21 days. Even though they are only contagious when symptoms come on, how many will unknowingly they infect once they do? After all the early symptoms are often confused with a bad bought of travelers diarrhea or the flu.

After the outbreak is identified the host's travels and actions will be traced to its point of origin if possible. The patient will be isolated and others he or she came into contact will be tracked down. There will be an increase in protective clothing by medical personnel and maybe in the community. There may or may not be marshal law and a military presence. Certain homes, hospitals or towns may be quarantined.

Tracking down everyone that the host came into contact with may be the most problematic part of the process. According to the Lancet "The geographical spread of cases and movement of people in and between the three countries presents a huge challenge in tracing those who might be infected." With that being said a few patients in Sierra Leone are missing fearing medical treatment and personnel are not going to help them. This only increases the odds of an outbreak.

The best case scenario is the outbreak will end with one patient when it does hit US soil, however, the worst case scenario is far more grim. This is where someone is unknowingly infected and once they become contagious make connection with many more people, a lot of whom will unknowingly do the same once they fall ill causing an epidemic like the one we are witnessing in West Africa now. Professionals say even then it is unlikely that it will spread beyond that town or city. I think the terminology there should have been "hopeful".

According to the ministry of health, the following countries have now been infected:

  • Sierra Leone
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria

Had the infected traveler, Patrick Sawyer, not been quarantined after turning himself over, the US would now be on this list. The virus according to the World Health Organization has killed 672 of the 1,201 infected since July 23, 2014. Optimistically 40% of those infected in the current outbreak so far have survived.

What is startling is that the current outbreak has been going on since late 2013 where is emerged in Guinea. Only when doctors began falling ill recently and dying has the media started reporting on the epidemic. With the world being so globally connected many feel we should have known a long time ago. It has since hit some major capital cities.

The Zaire ebolavirus is known for killing up to 79% of those infected in previous outbreaks. These numbers do not include the 2013/14 outbreak.

The Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian group. They have actually noted that there are at least 12 villages in the Guinea area that are very likely to have Ebola, but conditions are too unsafe for them to go in and access the fatality or survival rates let alone offer a prognosis.

We are being told that if Ebola makes it to American soil it will not pose a public health risk. According to the ministries of health it is infectious and not contagious. It caused internal hemorrhaging and renders the body unable to clot or fight viruses. It can take a mere few hours to take a strong and healthy individual to the brink of death, and the only way to fight it is to not come into contact with it. The aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières reports that the outbreak is "out of control with no cure or specific treatment beyond immediate intensive care."

I would beg to differ, this sounds like a public health risk to me, considering no one knows how it will go once it is here.

This WARNING is not just for people who have recently traveled.

It is unlikely the first case will be reported immediately the public. These things are announced only when it is necessary, and many times once it hits the news it is much larger than is being reported.

If you have any of the following symptoms call 911 immediately.

You can also contact the CDC or the Infectious Disease Control Unit in your area. Make sure you are clear on the phone with your concerns and suspicions so that the proper precautions can be taken.

Ebola causes extensive internal bleeding. It leads to death from shock. Symptoms are as follows, and it is very aggressive. Again, it only takes hours to kill a perfectly healthy host.

  • sudden onset of fever
  • muscle pain
  • weakness, headaches
  • a sore throat
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

As the infection worsens, it leads to internal and external bleeding. The epithelial cell wall in blood vessels are broken down, and they begin to leak fluids. It has a 90% fatality rate. The infection can spread even after the host has died.

Though the host is only contagious once symptoms appear, please note that Patrick Sawyer started experiencing his symptoms on a 3 hour flight.

Family members and health care professionals are at the highest risk.

Do not come into contact with anyone, and keep household members in another room. Do not let them leave the home until they have been screened. Do not attempt to go the the emergency room. Your treatment will be done in isolation, and it should start as early as possible if you have any hope of survival.

The fact is if you have Ebola there you already only have a slim chance of survival, and leaving the home will only increases the risk of the disease spreading. You need to know if that is what is going on, so make the call without hesitation. If in fact you are infected it is vital that not only you get medical help right away, but that the proper channels are also made aware to prevent further outbreak.

Ebola is very infectious, and the contact to become infected is actually very minimal.

Bleeding from orifices is one of the more unusual and memorable symptoms causing bleeding from the eyes, rectum , ears, mouth, and nose.

For some external bleeding is the first tale tell sign that it is Ebola that they are dealing with. However, even without he presence of bleeding the above signs should not be ignored especially if the come on fast and hit hard. Symptoms can set in anywhere from 1 to 22 days after exposure to an infected person. Death is usually a relief to the sufferer and it takes from 6 to 16 days to occur. This is a painful disease that leads to a horrific end.

According to the CDC what actually kills people is shock caused by multiple organs sanctimoniously failing or failing in very close proximity to one another. Bleeding doesn't always occur, and once it does the chances of having infected others is very high.

With all of this hitting the news just days after an entire China town was put on lock down because of an outbreak of bubonic plague "End Watch Christians" are saying this is all pointing to something very big, and whether you are a believer or not it has to cause you to take pause & wonder if this is all leading to the end of, at the very least, the way of the world as we once knew it?

It is important to be aware the the risk is very real, not only now, but always in a connected world like the one we live in today. So, yes. the world we once knew is gone, so we have to change the way we live in it if we want to continue to evolve with it.