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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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If the disease is so contagious, why would "America" even let anyone in the country that comes from the countries the disease originates, don't give a damn who they are, what color they are??? If people are let in who have the disease, to be treated, obviously there's a chance the disease will spread. There are no inoculations/medications to stop this disease.  What's that sickness that's killing children?  

 

Why is "America" at war in foreign countries when the stuff here is beyond serious?? When everyone's dead from war, disease, decapitations, what's the millionaires'/billionaires' money going to do, fly away in the wind?? Yachts will be bobbing in the seas, empty.  Mitt Romney's elevator will just be in the mansion doing nothing.  All the white people will be white skeletons.  That'll be a drag. There'll be no one alive to be Holier than Thou anymore. Racism will finally be eliminated.   Do human beings really think they're SMART??  Why??

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Originally Posted by Norland:

If the disease is so contagious, why would "America" even let anyone in the country that comes from the countries the disease originates, don't give a damn who they are, what color they are??? If people are let in who have the disease, to be treated, obviously there's a chance the disease will spread. There are no inoculations/medications to stop this disease.  

 

 

 

That's what I want to know.  

 

Remember when Ebola first hit, they were saying that it was Airborne.  And, what happened to all the "bleeding from every orifice" that was the symptoms of having Ebola?  Now people are dropping like flies in that part of Africa, but without any footage/picture of all this "bleeding from every orifice of the body", etc.

 

I don't know what's really going on, but I don't think that people are being told the truth, or the whole truth about this disease; and I find if very suspect that America is taking such a dangerous, easily spread, deadly disease [from Africa (supposedly)] so nonchalantly.  

 

Something is up.  

 

If I'm in a hospital and there is an Ebola patient anywhere in that hospital, I'm getting my butt up and going the hell home, because another thing that the "Medical Establishment" does not tell people is that hospitals are no longer sterile environments and hospitals are under no policy or legal obligation for it to be so.  Even NECU units are not sterile in hospitals, and that same doctor that may have examined the Ebola patient will probably be making "rounds" throughout the hospital to see other patients, and going down to the hospital cafeteria to eat lunch, etc., etc.

 

I think that no one from any of the effected countries should be allowed in the country until this disease is under control.  

 

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Yeah, when Germ Warfare comes home to roost.  

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Like I said before, why didn't the forced Africans have Ebola?  They laid in every bodily fluid in existence for months, naked as jaybirds, no baths, no running water, funk everywhere.  Where was the Ebola then? Got off those damn ships, looked at the strangest folks they'd ever seen, got some rags thrown on them and off they went to the cotton fields.  They must have been healthy as all get-out.

 

White man got a 300 year free ride out of them in all ways imaginable. African women cooked their damn food.  Was anyone worrying about any kind of "hand washing" then??  They had outhouses.  No water for "hand washing".  Did Black and White people wash any damn thing on their bodies then?  That disease the Natives got from those blankets, did Africans also get that too; where Africans here?? I read where they had heaps of perfume!! Yuck!! Where was the EBOLA??

 

America's confusing to me, don't care how much I read, doesn't matter the age, there's no words!!  The whole world's something else these days!! Ugh!!!! 

After 3 White Americans Get Treated with Ebola Drug, Officials Haven’t Given It to Duncan in Dallas

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With Dallas on high alert for signs of whether the Ebola virus might be spreading beyondThomas Eric Duncan, an inescapable question has emerged: Why hasn’t Duncan, a Liberian man, been given the ZMapp miracle drug?

 

The drug was used to successfully treat three white Americans who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa — Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Rick Sacra and aid worker Nancy Writebol.

 

But with Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., in critical condition inside Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, there is no plan to give him the drug.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told reporters that the doctors treating Duncan fear that the experimental medication may worsen his condition — so instead he’s just receiving supportive care.

 

But Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said Sunday on Face the Nation that the supplies of ZMapp are depleted, with none available to treat Duncan. Fauci said the drug won’t be available for six to eight weeks.

It was odd that these two major health officials were peddling different stories to the media about the drug.

 

Duncan’s family also doesn’t understand why he hasn’t received the experimental drug.

 

“I don’t understand why he is not getting the ZMapp,” Joe Weeks, Duncan’s nephew who lives with Duncan’s sister Mai, told ABC News.

 

Duncan first arrived a week and a half ago late on a Thursday night at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital because he didn’t feel well. Apparently, a nurse at the hospital asked about travel as part of normal procedure. When he told her he had recently returned from West Africa, that triggered no alarms in her head. He was sent home with antibiotics.

 

“Regretfully, that information was not fully communicated throughout the full teams. As a result, the full import of that information wasn’t factored into the full decision-making,” Texas hospital official Mark Lester said.

 

The New York Times reported that neighbors saw him vomiting on the ground outside the apartment complex two days later as he was being hustled into an ambulance.

 

“His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place,” resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said Wednesday, according to the Times.

 

Weeks told the Today show that he actually called the CDC himself because he did not feel hospital officials in Dallas were acting with enough urgency.

 

“I called CDC to get some actions taken because I was concerned for his life and he was not getting the appropriate care,” Weeks said on television. “And I feared that other people might get infected if he was not taken care of.”

 

Duncan, a former chauffeur from Liberia, is now in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while health officials monitor about 50 people who may have had contact with Duncan, including nine believed to be at “high risk” for exposure.

 

Duncan’s family has been placed in quarantine and the apartment where they lived has been sanitized by cleanup crews — as much of Dallas trembles from fear.

 

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

 

 

 

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Like I said before, if the Slaves didn't get Ebola after laying in every body fluid known to man for 3 to 6 months or more, I'll put the worrying on hold for awhile. That disease affecting children that paralyzes them is a concern right now for me, because I'm surrounded by babies here and there.

 

If humanity would take a damn chill pill for awhile, we wouldn't have to worry about all this shit.  God's trying to send everyone a message; no one's hearing a damn thing.

 

White folks, you won't be spending all your damn pennies you've accumulated by the millions and trillions, when you're ALL deader than door nails. Guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it's all going to be your fault!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're all so smart and superior!!!!!!!! Yes, you are!!!!!!!!!!!

Dallas Ebola Patient Receives Experimental Drug

Posted: 10/06/2014 2:55 pm EDT Updated: 10/06/2014 4:59 pm EDT
 
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Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is now receiving an experimental drug called brincidofovir, according to a statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Duncan had begun to receive the treatment Saturday afternoon and is currently in critical condition.

Brincidofovir, which is still in the experimental phase, was just approved by the FDA on Monday for use in patients with Ebola, according to a statement by biopharmaceutical company Chimerix. Test tube experiments have revealed that brincidofovir acts against Ebola in the same way the drug fights other viruses like adenovirus and smallpox, according to a statement from the company. Animal testing for Brincidofovir against Ebola is ongoing.

"Based on in vitro data from work conducted by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health suggesting brincidofovir's activity against Ebola, we are hopeful that brincidofovir may offer a potential treatment for Ebola Virus Disease during this outbreak,” said M. Michelle Berrey, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of Chimerix, in a press release about the FDA authorization.

The drug has been in development for “years” and has been used on 900 patients to date, according to the press release. It was being tested in large-scale human trials for the treatment of cytomegalovirus and adenovirus infections, and had received FDA's “fast track” designation for CMV, adenovirus and smallpox when FDA approval came for use of the drug on Ebola patients.

Cytomegalovirus is a common, global virus that is related to chickenpox and infectious mononucleosis, according to the CDC. While most people who get the virus rarely show any symptoms, the virus can be dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, babies and fetuses. It spreads through contact with bodily fluids. Adenovirus causes mostly non-serious illnesses in human beings, like rash, pink eye, fever, diarrhea and respiratory illness, according to the CDC, but can be fatal in immunocompromised patients.

Another experimental Ebola drug known as ZMapp was administered to several healthcare workers, with mixed results. Two American who received the drug lived, but it's not yet clear if and how ZMapp helped them survive the illness. Supplies of the drug have run out, and it takes months to produce more.

This post has been updated with more information from the hospital about Duncan's treatment.

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U.S. officials leading the fight against history's worst outbreak of Ebola have said they know the ways the virus is spread and how to stop it. They say that unless an air traveler from disease-ravaged West Africa has a fever of at least 101.5 degrees or other symptoms, co-passengers are not at risk.

 

"At this point there is zero risk of transmission on the flight," Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said after a Liberian man who flew through airports in Brussels and Washington was diagnosed with the disease last week in Dallas.

 

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Other public health officials have voiced similar assurances, saying Ebola is spread only through physical contact with a symptomatic individual or their bodily fluids. "Ebola is not transmitted by the air. It is not an airborne infection," said Dr. Edward Goodman of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the Liberian patient remains in critical condition.

 

Yet some scientists who have long studied Ebola say such assurances are premature — and they are concerned about what is not known about the strain now on the loose. It is an Ebola outbreak like none seen before, jumping from the bush to urban areas, giving the virus more opportunities to evolve as it passes through multiple human hosts.

 

Dr. C.J. Peters, who battled a 1989 outbreak of the virus among research monkeys housed in Virginia and who later led the CDC's most far-reaching study of Ebola's transmissibility in humans, said he would not rule out the possibility that it spreads through the air in tight quarters.

 

"We just don't have the data to exclude it," said Peters, who continues to research viral diseases at the University of Texas in Galveston.

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Dr. Philip K. Russell, a virologist who oversaw Ebola research while heading the U.S. Army's Medical Research and Development Command, and who later led the government's massive stockpiling of smallpox vaccine after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, also said much was still to be learned. "Being dogmatic is, I think, ill-advised, because there are too many unknowns here."

 

If Ebola were to mutate on its path from human to human, said Russell and other scientists, its virulence might wane — or it might spread in ways not observed during past outbreaks, which were stopped after transmission among just two to three people, before the virus had a greater chance to evolve. The present outbreak in West Africa has killed approximately 3,400 people, and there is no medical cure for Ebola.

 

"I see the reasons to dampen down public fears," Russell said. "But scientifically, we're in the middle of the first experiment of multiple, serial passages of Ebola virus in man.... God knows what this virus is going to look like. I don't."

U.S. To Increase Airport Screening For Ebola

Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC in Atlanta, said health officials were basing their response to Ebola on what has been learned from battling the virus since its discovery in central Africa in 1976. The CDC remains confident, he said, that Ebola is transmitted principally by direct physical contact with an ill person or their bodily fluids.

 

Skinner also said the CDC is conducting ongoing lab analyses to assess whether the present strain of Ebola is mutating in ways that would require the government to change its policies on responding to it. The results so far have not provided cause for concern, he said.

 

The researchers reached in recent days for this article cited grounds to question U.S. officials' assumptions in three categories.

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  • Why is the US sending soldiers to a region of Africa where China has oil interests? "Africom" is getting larger and larger. Ebola sounds like a good way to get those pesky Africans off of *our* resources. Is anything in the news not scripted? Great job, Texas, the CDC, airlines, all...
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"One hundred percent of the individuals getting on planes are screened for fever before they get on the plane," Frieden said Sept. 30. "And if they have a fever, they are pulled out of the line, assessed for Ebola, and don't fly unless Ebola is ruled out."

 

Individuals who have flown recently from one or more of the affected countries suggested that travelers could easily subvert the screening procedures — and might have incentive to do so: Compared with the depleted medical resources in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the prospect of hospital care in the U.S. may offer an Ebola-exposed person the only chance to survive.

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A person could pass body temperature checks performed at the airports by taking ibuprofen or any common analgesic. And prospective passengers have much to fear from identifying themselves as sick, said Kim Beer, a resident of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, who is working to get medical supplies into the country to cope with Ebola.

 

"It is highly unlikely that someone would acknowledge having a fever, or simply feeling unwell," Beer said via email. "Not only will they probably not get on the flight — they may even be taken to/required to go to a 'holding facility' where they would have to stay for days until it is confirmed that it is not caused by Ebola. That is just about the last place one would want to go."

 

Liberian officials said last week that the patient hospitalized in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, did not report to airport screeners that he had had previous contact with an Ebola-stricken woman. It is not known whether Duncan knew she suffered from Ebola; her family told neighbors it was malaria.

 

The potential disincentive for passengers to reveal their own symptoms was echoed by Sheka Forna, a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and Britain who manages a communications firm in Freetown. Forna said he considered it "very possible" that people with fever would medicate themselves to appear asymptomatic.

It would be perilous to admit even nonspecific symptoms at the airport, Forna said in a telephone interview. "You'd be confined to wards with people with full-blown disease."

 

On Monday, the White House announced that a review was underway of existing airport procedures. Frieden and President Obama's assistant for homeland security and counter-terrorism, Lisa Monaco, said Friday that closing the U.S. to passengers from the Ebola-affected countries would risk obstructing relief efforts.

 

CDC officials also say that asymptomatic patients cannot spread Ebola. This assumption is crucial for assessing how many people are at risk of getting the disease. Yet diagnosing a symptom can depend on subjective understandings of what constitutes a symptom, and some may not be easily recognizable. Is a person mildly fatigued because of short sleep the night before a flight — or because of the early onset of disease?

 

Moreover, said some public health specialists, there is no proof that a person infected — but who lacks symptoms — could not spread the virus to others.

"It's really unclear," said Michael Osterholm, a public health scientist at the University of Minnesota who recently served on the U.S. government's National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. "None of us know."

 

Russell, who oversaw the Army's research on Ebola, said he found the epidemiological data unconvincing.

"The definition of 'symptomatic' is a little difficult to deal with," he said. "It may be generally true that patients aren't excreting very much virus until they become ill, but to say that we know the course of [the virus' entry into the bloodstream] and the course of when a virus appears in the various secretions, I think, is premature."

 

The CDC's Skinner said that while officials remained confident that Ebola can be spread only by the overtly sick, the ongoing studies would assess whether mutations that might occur could increase the potential for asymptomatic patients to spread it.

 

Finally, some also question the official assertion that Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air. In late 1989, virus researcher Charles L. Bailey supervised the government's response to an outbreak of Ebola among several dozen rhesus monkeys housed for research in Reston, Va., a suburb of Washington.

 

What Bailey learned from the episode informs his suspicion that the current strain of Ebola afflicting humans might be spread through tiny liquid droplets propelled into the air by coughing or sneezing.

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"We know for a fact that the virus occurs in sputum and no one has ever done a study [disproving that] coughing or sneezing is a viable means of transmitting," he said. Unqualified assurances that Ebola is not spread through the air, Bailey said, are "misleading."

 

Peters, whose CDC team studied cases from 27 households that emerged during a 1995 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, said that while most could be attributed to contact with infected late-stage patients or their bodily fluids, "some" infections may have occurred via "aerosol transmission."

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Skinner of the CDC, who cited the Peters-led study as the most extensive of Ebola's transmissibility, said that while the evidence "is really overwhelming" that people are most at risk when they touch either those who are sick or such a person's vomit, blood or diarrhea, "we can never say never" about spread through close-range coughing or sneezing.

 

"I'm not going to sit here and say that if a person who is highly viremic … were to sneeze or cough right in the face of somebody who wasn't protected, that we wouldn't have a transmission," Skinner said.

 

Peters, Russell and Bailey, who in 1989 was deputy commander for research of the Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Frederick, Md., said the primates in Reston had appeared to spread Ebola to other monkeys through their breath.

 

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  • Why is the US sending soldiers to a region of Africa where China has oil interests? "Africom" is getting larger and larger. Ebola sounds like a good way to get those pesky Africans off of *our* resources. Is anything in the news not scripted? Great job, Texas, the CDC, airlines, all...
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The Ebola strain found in the monkeys did not infect their human handlers. Bailey, who now directs a biocontainment lab at George Mason University in Virginia, said he was seeking to research the genetic differences between the Ebola found in the Reston monkeys and the strain currently circulating in West Africa.

 

Though he acknowledged that the means of disease transmission among the animals would not guarantee the same result among humans, Bailey said the outcome may hold lessons for the present Ebola epidemic.

 

"Those monkeys were dying in a pattern that was certainly suggestive of coughing and sneezing — some sort of aerosol movement," Bailey said. "They were dying and spreading it so quickly from cage to cage. We finally came to the conclusion that the best action was to euthanize them all."

 

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Lord, when you catch this shit in Africa, you're treated like some kind of wild animal.  Everyone's scared shitless to go near you.  It's beyond horrific.  I saw a naked man just lying in a truck, naked from the waist down because of uncontrollable diarrhea; no body cared; he fell off, it was worse than watching a four-legged animal with a disease.  Black folks, in Africa, catch something really bad, you're on your own; die, covered up, thrown into a grave. No family; nothing.

 

If there's anything like returning from the afterlife, I'm going to put my dibs in to come back whiter than a god damn snow ball.  I want my ass to be so white until it glows in the dark!!!!!!

It would be the same way here or anywhere else because of how infectious the disease is, especially if we had no more hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses than Liberia.

 

However, I believe that most of these people are dying and not surviving mainly because they are not getting intravenous nutrients and hydration until they recover from a disease where the nature of the disease causes extreme diarrhea, which causes dehydration and an inability to keep food and drink down.  

 

But, I still say that there is something that is just not right about this "Ebola", which they have be "researching" and "studying" in American "research labs" since the '70s [or before].  

They need some clean water, sanitary facilities, soap, toilets, housing.  Every time Africans are shown, they're damn poorer than church mice.  Someone must have some money over there.  Hit those god damn leaders up.  They're not suffering from Ebola, walking around there looking like Black White men. Correction:  ...walking around there TRYING to look like........ (failing miserably.)

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital

Family: “I trust a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care”

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Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies [AP)
 

DALLAS — The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.

Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, died at 7:51 a.m., the hospital said.

“This hurts deeply,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during a city council meeting. “We were hoping this was not going to happen.”

Duncan, a Liberian citizen who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian for 10 days.

He had come to Texas to reunite with a long-lost son and the teen's mother, Louise Troh, a former sweetheart from when she lived in Liberia. Troh is being kept in quarantine because she had contact with Duncan, but released a statement following his death.

“His suffering is over," Troh said. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all."

The state health department said they will follow recently issued CDC guidelines for handling Duncan's body, which could remain contagious for several days. The health department said Duncan's family agreed with their request to cremate him.

“The cremation process will kill any virus in the body so the remains can be returned to the family,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. No protective gear is needed to handle the remains after cremation.”

Duncan’s death comes four days after his condition was downgraded from serious to critical. Over the weekend, he had begun receiving brincidofovir, an experimental antiviral drug that recently gained emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

“He fought courageously in this battle,” the hospital said in a statement.“Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.”

Troh and three of her family members have been in quarantine for more than a week because they were living in the same apartment with him. On Tuesday, Duncan's son, Karsiah, travelled from West Texas to try and see his father for the first time in 16 years.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan at this time, especially his fiancée, Louise, their son, Karsiah, and all those who loved him,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.“We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease. We offer prayers of comfort and peace to everyone impacted by his passing.”

Duncan is the first person known to die of Ebola in the United States. The virus, which is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa in 2014, the World Health Organization estimates.

CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said Duncan's death is a reminder of the“deadly enemy" ravaging West Africa.

“(Duncan) is the face that we associate now with Ebola," Frieden said.

Five Americans who were diagnosed with Ebola in Africa have returned to the U.S. for treatment since late July. Aid workers Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Rick Sacra made full recoveries. WHO said one of its doctors was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Sept. 9. No other details have been released. Ashoka Mukpo, a cameraman working for NBC News, arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment on Monday.

Duncan’s illness and treatment sparked controversy. He arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 from Liberia, one of the areas hit hardest by the outbreak.

 

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His neighbors in Monrovia told reporters that five days before his flight, Duncan helped a pregnant woman get to the hospital in a taxi. She was convulsing and vomiting. The woman died at home hours later, after being turned away from a crowded Ebola treatment ward.

 

It is unclear if Duncan knew the woman had Ebola, but Liberian government officials said they plan to prosecute him for lying on health forms he completed at the airport on Sept. 19.

Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of someone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.

CDC officials said Duncan didn’t have a fever or symptoms of Ebola when he boarded his flight in Liberia, which made multiple stops. He also had a three-hour layover in Washington, D.C., before arriving in Texas.

Five days after getting to Dallas, Troh drove Duncan to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian. Hospital officials said he showed up in the middle of the night with a fever of 100.1 degrees, abdominal pain for two days, a sharp headache and decreased urination. The hospital said Duncan told them he had not experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhea — strong indicators of Ebola.

[Related: Questions and answers about the US Ebola case]

Federal guidelines published in August state that someone in Duncan’s condition and who was known to have been in West Africa should be placed in isolation and tested for Ebola. Instead, Duncan was given a prescription for antibiotics and sent home.

Hospital officials initially blamed a flawed records system for the mix-up but have since retracted that explanation. No other explanation has been given for how the Ebola diagnosis was overlooked.

In her statement on Wednesday, Troh thanked several members of the Dallas civic and faith community for their support, but did not mention the hospital.

I trust a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care,” Troh said.

Duncan’s condition had worsened by the time he was brought back to Texas Health Presbyterian two days after being discharged. He was reportedly vomiting as paramedics put him in the ambulance at the apartment complex where he had been living with family and friends.

Those paramedics are among seven health care workers who are now being monitored for Ebola symptoms. Three people from the apartment, including Troh, are also considered to be high risk since they had direct contact with Duncan.

An additional 38 individuals, including a man who was treated in the same ambulance after it had been used to transport Duncan, are considered low-risk contacts but will be monitored for 21 days, the maximum period it may take for symptoms to appear. No one being monitored has shown signs of the illness thus far, officials said.

Texas Health Presbyterian immediately isolated Duncan upon his second arrival at the hospital. According to the Dallas Morning News, the hospital may have violated federal guidelines by delaying a blood test for Ebola.

According to the report, other testing and blood work was done first to rule out other causes. The Ebola test wasn’t performed and confirmed until two days after Duncan was placed in isolation.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, called the mishandling a "teachable moment" and issued a nationwide alert to all hospitals updating them on how to appropriately respond to possible Ebola cases.

On Wednesday, Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, acknowledged the hospital's efforts to care for Duncan.

“The past week has been an enormous test of our health system, but for one family, it has been far more personal, Lakey said. Today, they lost a dear member of their family. They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts. The doctors, nurses and staff at Presbyterian provided excellent and compassionate care, but Ebola is a disease that attacks the body in many ways. We’ll continue every effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect people from this threat.

 

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Ebola panic is getting pretty racist

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The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. "Is he a citizen?" reporters repeatedly asked. "Is he one of us?" they meant.

<q class="right">"IS HE ONE OF US?" THEY MEANT.</q>

 

The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia. The disease rages in West Africa, and has therefore largely infected people of color. But somehow Americans were among the first to get a dose of Zmapp — the experimental anti-Ebola drug — this summer, despite the fact that Africans have been dying from the current Ebola epidemic since its emergence in Guinea in December. There are a lot of reasons for that, of course. The drug is potentially dangerous and only exists in short supply. It’s also extremely costly. And it originated in Canada, so it's unsurprising that North America controls its use.

 

And now that Ebola has "reached" the US, American privilege — white privilege, especially — is floating to the surface, in even less subtle ways.

The difference in treatment for US patients and African patients is stark, beyond the use of experimental drugs. Some Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa don’t have access to fuel to power ambulances, and many health workers lack the protective gear to stave off infection. Which is why it's so strange that Duncan's health has been used as an excuse to voice concerns about the presence of foreigners in Dallas. Instead of asking government officials why the WHO has a much smaller budget than the CDC or why it has suffered massive cuts in the last two years, Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.

 

DUNCAN’S HEALTH IS AN EXCUSE TO VOICE CONCERNS ABOUT FOREIGNERS

 

Yesterday, The Raw Story wrote about how immigrants living in the same neighborhood as Duncan’s family were facing immense discrimination. Some have been turned away from their jobs, David Edwards writes, while others have been refused service in restaurants. The color of their skin and their accents makes them a target, even though they never came into contact with Duncan, and therefore pose zero risk. It doesn’t matter: they’re dark-skinned and foreign. They’re in Dallas. They might be infectious.

Now, an ugly new hashtag has emerged: #Obola, a coinage that was popularized thanks to a tweetby conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza, and a Michael Savage radio segment. If you don’t get the reference, I don’t blame you. The President’s name doesn't exactly resemble "Ebola." But D’Souza, a known "birther," has somehow managed to liken a name like Obama with a disease that’s raging in Africa — not in the US. Predictably, this has given racist xenophobic Americans a banner to rally around.

 

America: your xenophobia is showing. Many have lost sight that the only way to become infected with Ebola is by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of someone who’s showing symptoms. Others have ignored the fact that, so far, no one who came into contact with Duncan has developed symptoms of Ebola. Instead, there are calls for larger quarantines in Dallas — or a continent-wide one in Africa — which would only lead to more infections, and a greater sense of panic.

<q class="center">XENOPHOBIC RHETORIC HAS DEHUMANIZED INDIVIDUALS DEALING WITH A TERRIBLE DISEASE</q>

Ebola is scary because it causes quick, gruesome deaths. But it isn’t easy to transmit. Had we acted sooner, had we prevented the WHO’s budget from being cut, we probably wouldn’t be dealing with such large numbers of infected people now. It’s not like we don’t know how to stop Ebola — we’ve done it in the past. That’s what we should be talking about. We should be asking why the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa happened in Spain, a country that recently experienced public health cuts.

We’re playing catch-up, and the CDC is optimistic. But when people spend more energy on dehumanizing individuals in Dallas than on urging politicians to help the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone, we all lose out.

 

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[Ebola Economics]

 

 

World Bank issues dire warning about Ebola's economic impact

Grave diggers prepare for new Ebola victims outside an Ebola treatment center on October 7, 2014, near Gbarnga, in Bong County in central Liberia.  JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTON - The economic impact of the Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of next year if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads to neighboring countries in West Africa, the World Bank Group said Wednesday.

The World Bank's assessment said the economic impact of Ebola is already serious in the three countries and could be catastrophic if it becomes a more regional health crisis. The CDC said last month that unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up significantly and quickly, the disease could infect up to 1.4 million people by mid-January in two nations, Sierra Leone and Liberia, alone.

 

"With Ebola's potential to inflict massive economic costs on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the rest of their neighbors in West Africa, the international community must find ways to get past logistical roadblocks and bring in more doctors and trained medical staff, more hospital beds and more health and development support to help stop Ebola in its tracks," said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.

He added that the enormous economic cost of the current outbreak to the affected countries and the world "could have been avoided by prudent ongoing investment in strengthening health care systems."

It is far from certain that the epidemic will be contained by the end of the year, so the report estimated the economic costs of two scenarios as the battle against the disease continues. The report estimated that the economic impact could top $9 billion if the disease is rapidly contained in the three most severely affected countries, but could reach $32.6 billion if it takes a long time to contain Ebola in the three countries and it spreads to neighboring nations.

 

The economic impacts of the disease are affecting Western nations as well. Spain and the U.S. are the two Western countries who so far have transported their infected citizens out of West Africa at great cost.

It is estimated that the first two flights alone bringing sick American missionaries back from West Africa cost $2 million. So far, 4 Americans have contracted the disease abroad and been flown back to the U.S. for treatment.

CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports air travel and Ebola have become a major concern for the U.S. government, which will be spending an untold sum to fastrack changes to improve airport screenings for the virus.

The Coast Guard has also announced new, additional protocols for screening for the disease.

Additionally, the U.S. government has committed a large number of military and humanitarian resources to help combat the disease's spread in West Africa itself.

The economic impact could be limited if immediate national and international action stops the epidemic and alleviates the fear factor, the report said. Fear about the disease is causing neighboring countries to close their borders and airlines and businesses to suspend their commercial activities in the three worst-affected countries.

 

The World Health Organization estimates that Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa and infected at least twice that many.

It is unclear still how successful efforts to halt the disease will be.

In Sierra Leone, bodies of Ebola victims have been left in the streets because of a strike by burial teams, who complain they have not been paid.

Health Ministry spokesman Sidie Yahya Tunis says the situation is "very embarrassing" and said money was available to pay the teams. He promised to provide more information on Wednesday.

In Spain, officials said a second nursing assistant has been placed under observation for Ebola in a Madrid hospital where a colleague became infected after working with two Spanish missionary priests who contracted the disease in West Africa and later died at the center.

It was not known whether the second assistant also treated the two priests. The infected nursing assistant is the first person known to catch the disease outside the outbreak zone in West Africa during the current epidemic.

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