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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 11:36 AM
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At democratic party rally at an all black high school in an almost all black county Obama is dissed:

Obama talks, Audience Walks:

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rally-attendees-leave-event-after-obama-bega n-speaking/



So muleone,

What is the point you are trying to make? Enlighten us with specifics.

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The point is obvious.



Not really. So you make a post but won't back it up with your perception - whatever that may be. That's big of you but not unexpected.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 11:54 AM
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At democratic party rally at an all black high school in an almost all black county Obama is dissed:

Obama talks, Audience Walks:

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rally-attendees-leave-event-after-obama-bega n-speaking/



So muleone,

What is the point you are trying to make? Enlighten us with specifics.

________________________________________

The point is obvious.



Not really. So you make a post but won't back it up with your perception - whatever that may be. That's big of you but not unexpected.

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If you are unable or unwilling to understand the importance of the two posts I nor anyone else can help you.

You can't fix stupid.


 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 12:18 PM
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At democratic party rally at an all black high school in an almost all black county Obama is dissed:

Obama talks, Audience Walks:

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rally-attendees-leave-event-after-obama-bega n-speaking/



So muleone,

What is the point you are trying to make? Enlighten us with specifics.

________________________________________

The point is obvious.



Not really. So you make a post but won't back it up with your perception - whatever that may be. That's big of you but not unexpected.

__________________________________________________

If you are unable or unwilling to understand the importance of the two posts I nor anyone else can help you.

You can't fix stupid.




So in essence you are spineless & won't answer a question directed at a post you made. You truly are a piece of work. You're earning your stripes on this site but not in a favorable way. You command zero respect on this board.


 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 12:30 PM
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At democratic party rally at an all black high school in an almost all black county Obama is dissed:

Obama talks, Audience Walks:

http://freebeacon.com/politics/rally-attendees-leave-event-after-obama-bega n-speaking/



So muleone,

What is the point you are trying to make? Enlighten us with specifics.

________________________________________

The point is obvious.



Not really. So you make a post but won't back it up with your perception - whatever that may be. That's big of you but not unexpected.

__________________________________________________

If you are unable or unwilling to understand the importance of the two posts I nor anyone else can help you.

You can't fix stupid.




So in essence you are spineless & won't answer a question directed at a post you made. You truly are a piece of work. You're earning your stripes on this site but not in a favorable way. You command zero respect on this board.



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You are obviously unable or unwilling to read the information in the links and understand what it means.

Why should I have to explain it to you?

Yea, I know liberals don't want to hear the bad news for Obama but it is what it is: The Obama presidency is a failure and a vast majority of Americans know it.



 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 03:00 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/20/health/ebola-overreaction/index.html?hpt=hp_t 2

Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction
By Saeed Ahmed and Dorrine Mendoza, CNN
updated 12:41 PM EDT, Mon October 20, 2014

(CNN) -- This is getting ridiculous.

While the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it's generated in the United States is unreal.
You can count the number of documented cases in America on two hands -- and still have fingers to spare.

There are eight confirmed cases. And in each one, the patient was either infected in Liberia or Sierra Leone, or had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian returnee who's the sole fatality of the disease in the U.S.

Health care professionals, both within the government and those with little reason to parrot a party line, insist that the chances of any of us catching the virus are minuscule.

If we really need something to worry about, they say, worry about getting your flu shots. From 1976 through 2007, flu-related causes killed between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the U.S.

And yet, the disproportionate hysteria over Ebola multiplies contagiously.

Relatives afraid to take in Ebola orphans Spanish nurse's aide now Ebola-free Are pets exposed to Ebola a threat?

Mel Robbins, a CNN commentator and legal analyst, has given it a name: Fear-bola.

"Fear-bola attacks the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking," she says. "It starts with a low-grade concern about the two health care workers diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas and slowly builds into fear of a widespread epidemic in the United States."

How bad is it?

So bad that nearly two thirds of those queried in a Washington Post/ABC News poll said they're concerned about an epidemic in the U.S.

So bad that the Centers for Disease Control, in the first week of October, fielded 800 calls from concerned Americans.

So bad that even after a Dallas lab worker -- who isolated herself in her cabin during a Carnival Cruise because she may have possibly handled Duncan's clinical specimen -- was cleared, the Moore, Oklahoma, Public Schools asked students and faculty who were on the same cruise not to come to school.

Here are some more examples of our overreaction:

From Nigeria? Not this year

Navarro College, a two-year college about 60 miles from Dallas, sent out rejection letters to some applicants from Nigeria because the country had a few Ebola cases.

"With sincere regret, I must report that Navarro College is not able to offer you acceptance for the Spring 2015 term," the letter read. "Unfortunately, Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases."

The college called it "the responsible thing to do."

"At this time, we believe it is the responsible thing to do to postpone our recruitment in those nations that the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department have identified as at risk."

Incidentally, Nigeria had 19 cases, but none in the last 43 days. In fact, the World Health Organization declared it Ebola-free on Monday.

Get sick in a parking lot, force a shutdown

A woman boarded a shuttle bus in a Pentagon parking lot Thursday, got off and vomited. A hazmat team responded, the area was cordoned off, military officials going to a Marine Corps ceremony were temporarily quarantined, the woman was put into isolation.

A Pentagon spokesman said it was "out of an abundance of caution."

The woman didn't have Ebola.

Get sick on a plane, stay in the bathroom

A passenger who vomited in the aisle of an American Airlines plane from Dallas to Chicago was allegedly told to stay in the lavatory for the rest of the flight. "They told her to stay in the bathroom, and she stayed in the bathroom," Martha Selby, a University of Texas professor who was on the flight, told the Houston Chronicle. "They said, 'We can't let you out.'"

The airlines told the paper that the woman wanted to stay in the bathroom, and that "there were no concerns related to Ebola."

The woman didn't have Ebola.

Go to a conference, go on leave

An elementary school teacher in Maine was put on 21 days' leave - the incubation period for Ebola -- because she went to Dallas for an education conference. While there, she stayed at a hotel about 10 miles from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a patient died of the disease.

Still, parents were concerned, and the school district said it obliged.

Here's how the Portland Press Herald put it into perspective: About 5 million Americans passed through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in August, the latest month for which statistics are available.

The woman, of course, didn't have Ebola.

Go to a funeral, go on vacation

A middle school principal in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, who went to his brother's funeral in Africa is now on a weeklong paid vacation. Why? Because parents pulled their kids out of school Friday once they learned of the trip. And where in Africa did the principal go? Zambia, which has reported a total of zero Ebola cases.

The principal didn't have ... you know the rest.

Don't like the team, taunt the player

A West African high school soccer player in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, was taunted with chants of "Ebola" by players of the opposing team during a game earlier this month. The opposing team's head coach and assistant coach resigned the next day.

The player ... so on and so forth.

Yell 'Ebola,' trigger panic

Last week, a masked man in a Los Angeles public bus yelled, "Don't mess with me, I have Ebola!" The bus driver was quarantined and the bus taken out of service.

The man disappeared. But officials doubt he has Ebola.

Pat down = paid leave

A TSA agent at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is now on paid administrative leave because he/she pat down Amber Vinson. She's one of the nurses who contracted Ebola after treating Duncan. And before her illness was apparent, she took a Frontier Airlines flight to Cleveland, then a flight back to Dallas.

The agent wore gloves during the pat down, the TSA told Newsnet5 in Cleveland. And yet, the leave was "out of an abundance of caution."

Never mind that Ebola is only spread through direct contact with blood, sweat, feces, vomit, semen and saliva. And the uninfected person would have to have a break in the skin that would allow entry of the virus.

The agent hasn't shown signs of Ebola.

Game the system, stoke hysteria

A newly booked inmate in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas hit on a novel way to be spared the gen pop: Tell the guards you just got back from Africa and you're experiencing Ebola-like symptoms.

He was taken away from other inmates to a hospital, the staff put on protective gear, the area was decontaminated, CNN affiliate News 3 reported Sunday.

Turns out, the guy not only didn't have Ebola, he's never been out of the U.S., let alone to Africa.

The examples go on and on, and each new day brings a couple of fresh ones.

And with flu season coming up -- with its symptoms of fever, ache and fatigue that are very similar to Ebola's -- expect the hysteria to ramp up.

"All we've known of Ebola is that it's some exotic disease in a faraway land that kills people in a very gruesome way. That's all we knew about it -- most Americans did -- until a couple of months ago," says CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"So, it's going to take some time to reset some of that thinking."

 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 04:52 PM
This Ebola issue is far from over.

Obama sent 4,000 American military personnel to the “hot zone” in West Africa.
Add to that many NGO healthcare workers.

As their deployments end or they are rotated out, where will they be go?

Democrat congressmen Shelia Jackson Lee and Keith Ellison are demanding that Obama order U.S. servicemen to get actively and directly involved with the Africans diagnosed with Ebola.

The U.S. has 4 hospitals competent to handle Ebola patients with 2 beds each.
When the American soldiers and NGO healthcare workers return to the U.S. where will they go?

The Obama administration so far has no plan, much like his ISIS response, no plan.

How long does Obama intend to leave our people in West Africa and what will he do to take care of them when they return?

Obama has no idea, no plan. Reacting to a crisis or leaving it to the next president is not leadership.

Question for the Obama liberals: What is the plan? Is there a plan?


 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 05:02 PM
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This Ebola issue is far from over.

Obama sent 4,000 American military personnel to the “hot zone” in West Africa.
Add to that many NGO healthcare workers.

As their deployments end or they are rotated out, where will they be go?

Democrat congressmen Shelia Jackson Lee and Keith Ellison are demanding that Obama order U.S. servicemen to get actively and directly involved with the Africans diagnosed with Ebola.

The U.S. has 4 hospitals competent to handle Ebola patients with 2 beds each.
When the American soldiers and NGO healthcare workers return to the U.S. where will they go?

The Obama administration so far has no plan, much like his ISIS response, no plan.

How long does Obama intend to leave our people in West Africa and what will he do to take care of them when they return?

Obama has no idea, no plan. Reacting to a crisis or leaving it to the next president is not leadership.

Question for the Obama liberals: What is the plan? Is there a plan?




You are the gift that keeps on giving. Do you know what these troops will be doing? Did you even bother to check into it? You are one of the people LeglizHemp was talking about in his most recent post. (that probably flew right over your head.)

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140930/NEWS08/309300063/U-S-troops-head- Africa-Ebola-mission

About 1,400 soldiers will head to Liberia in October to help support the fight against the Ebola virus that is spreading across West Africa, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

The Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of those soldiers, while the other 700 will be mostly combat engineers culled from Army units across the force, Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

The soldiers will be among the total of 3,000 U.S. troops whom the Pentagon plans to send into West Africa this fall.

About 300 of the troops from the 101st Airborne will come from the division headquarters, and they will serve as the Joint Force Command for the mission. They are expected to arrive by the end of October.

“Operation United Assistance is a critical mission,” said Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, in a statement. We will coordinate all of the Department of Defense resources in Liberia to support USAID and the government of Liberia to contain the Ebola virus and, ultimately, save lives.”

In addition to the 101st soldiers, elements of four III Corps units have been notified for possible deployment to support the mission in Africa, said Col. Christopher Garver, spokesman for III Corps, in a statement.

They are:

?Multiple headquarters elements and units from the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colorado.

?An element from the 1st Armored Division Aviation Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas.

?An element from the 1st Medical Brigade of Fort Hood.

?A small element from the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, also of Fort Hood.

The U.S. military mission will include building 17 100-bed hospital facilities and a health care facility for infected physicians and health care workers.

U.S. troops will not provide direct care to patients infected with the Ebola virus, according to the Pentagon.

More than 3,000 people have died in the current Ebola epidemic and at least 6,574 have been infected, according to the World Health Organization.

Dr. Steve Monroe, deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said during a conference call on Tuesday that the outbreak is considered nearly contained in Nigeria and Senegal, which saw just 20 and 1 case, respectively.

But in the most affected nations, including Liberia, where troops are heading, and Sierra Leone, the number of cases are doubling roughly every three weeks, he added.

“The most important thing we can do right now is get cases in isolation so we can stem this outbreak,” Monroe said.

The CDC estimates the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it’s not contained.

Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy for the Kaiser Foundation, said more than 300 U.S. government workers are in the affected countries, including 28 employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development, more than 100 CDC workers and roughly 200 military personnel.

Those troops include Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa and Operation United Assistance, as the deployment is being called, and dozens of Navy Seabees who are laying the foundations for construction of the new Ebola care facilities.

When the 101st Airborne Division soldiers deploy, Volesky will take over for Williams, who will return to his duties as commander of U.S. Army Africa.

About 300 soldiers from the division headquarters will deploy to Monrovia, said Lt. Col. Brian DeSantis, the 101st Airborne’s spokesman. The rest of the soldiers will come from the division’s sustainment brigade and the 86th Combat Support Hospital.

The remaining 700 or so soldiers, as announced by Kirby, will come from across the Army.

“It will be very humanitarian-assistance focused,” DeSantis said.

Deploying units will include lift aviation, field hospital assets, transportation soldiers and engineers, he said.

While deployed, the soldiers will be responsible for building some Ebola treatment units and providing logistical support to USAID.

“We also have the responsibility of setting up the training for approximately 500 aid workers per week that will go out and actually staff the [Ebola treatment units],” DeSantis said.

Another priority is force protection, he said.

“We’re making sure all the soldiers who deploy, not just from Fort Campbell but across the Army, get all the training required to protect themselves from Ebola,” he said.

Deploying soldiers should have a “very, very low” risk of contracting Ebola, DeSantis said.

“If anything, there are other health risks we’re more concerned about, and we’ll mitigate those,” he said.

One example is malaria, which is more prevalent in Liberia than Iraq or Afghanistan, he said.

“Protecting the health of our Soldiers is our number one priority,” Volesky said in his statement. “Before our Soldiers deploy they will be trained on how to protect themselves from Ebola and all other potential health risks found in Liberia.”

A DoD spokeswoman said last week the department will make “every effort to ensure that U.S. personnel on the ground and all health care workers” are protected.

Troops will receive regionally specific training on Ebola prevention, malaria prevention and other medical threats and also are required to have immunizations ranging from chickenpox, influenza and hepatitis to yellow fever and pneumococcal vaccines, according to a DoD official.

The department has been involved in research on Ebola treatments and preventives for more than two decades.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research received approval to begin safety testing of a potential vaccine.

However, health experts, including Monroe and Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Medecins Sans Frontieres, have cautioned that an effective vaccine is still months from development.

“In the meantime, we need to increase the access to isolation units,” Delaunay said during a web seminar for reporters Tuesday sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will form a headquarters element for the 3,000-troop mission that is estimated to last about six months.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 05:23 PM
Everybody Panic!!!


 

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  posted on 10/20/2014 at 05:39 PM
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I blame Obama for the Kardashians.

 

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  posted on 10/21/2014 at 07:54 AM
http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.621873

Latest updates / Ebola vaccine trials to begin in West Africa in January, WHO says
U.S. issues new wardrobe guidelines for Ebola healthcare workers; Ebola patient released from Atlanta hospital; U.S. CDC calls for better training with protective gear in new Ebola guidelines.
By Haaretz | Oct. 21, 2014 | 2:43 PM

2:43 P.M. Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.

New confirmed cases of Ebola that emerged Monday in two Ebola zones in and around the capital Freetown numbered 49, the National Ebola Response Center reported Tuesday. There are 851 total confirmed cases in the two zones, called Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural, the center said. But there were no new cases in the eastern districts of Kenema and Kailahun, which previously had been an epicenter of the outbreak. There was no immediate official explanation of what has caused the drop in reported new cases there. (AP)

2:35 P.M. Ebola vaccine trials to begin in West Africa in January, WHO says

A top World Health Organization official says the hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data about whether they are safe by December — and they could be in experimental field use by January.

Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, says clinical trials planned or underway in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are being accompanied by a push among governments for immediate "real-world use" of an approved Ebola vaccine.

She told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that, if the vaccines are deemed safe, tens of thousands of doses would be used in a West African trial in January.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib also promises a thorough public audit of the agency's early missteps in responding to the Ebola outbreak that has already killed over 4,500 people. (AP)

8:53 A.M. U.S. issues new wardrobe guidelines for Ebola healthcare workers

Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

The new guidelines set a firmer standard, calling for full-body garb and hoods that protect worker's necks; setting rigorous rules for removal of equipment and disinfection of gloved hands; and calling for a "site manager" to supervise the putting on and taking off of equipment.

They also say health workers who may be involved in an Ebola patient's care should repeatedly practice and demonstrate proficiency in donning and removing gear — before ever being allowed near a patient.

And they ask hospitals to establish designated areas for putting on and taking off equipment, whether it's a room adjacent to an Ebola patient's room or a hallway area cordoned off with a plastic sheet. (AP)

2:26 A.M. U.S. CDC calls for better training with protective gear in new Ebola guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday it has set up new guidelines for health workers taking care of patients infected with Ebola that require better training in taking off and putting on protective suits.

The CDC also said that no skin can be exposed by workers taking care of a person infected with Ebola and that supervisors need to monitor workers as they put on protective suits and take them off. (Reuters)

12:44 A.M. Ebola patient released from Atlanta hospital

An Ebola patient who's been treated in Atlanta since early September has been released, hospital officials said Monday.

The man was released Sunday from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, after he was determined to be free of the virus and no threat to the public.

He was transported to the hospital on September 9 after arriving in Atlanta on a jet. The World Health Organization disclosed that a doctor who had been working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone had been evacuated out of Africa when he tested positive for the disease.

Emory is one of four U.S. hospitals with specialized treatment units for people with highly dangerous infectious diseases. The others are in Maryland, Nebraska and Montana.

The unidentified patient's time at Emory — nearly six weeks — is perhaps the longest stay of an Ebola patient at a U.S. hospital. None of the seven others was admitted for more than 3 ½ weeks. (AP)

 

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  posted on 10/21/2014 at 11:00 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/20/health/ebola-travelers-study/index.html?hpt=h p_t2

Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might fly each month
By Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 11:32 AM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014

(CNN) -- Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might board an international flight each month in West Africa, according to a new study, and potentially spread the deadly virus to other countries.

Scientists used a model to predict that, on average, three people who are infected with Ebola will leave Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in each of the coming months to fly to another country. They based their model on scheduled flights for September 1 to December 31, 2014, historic flight itineraries from 2013, and Ebola surveillance numbers from the current outbreak. The results were published in The Lancet this week.

"We understand there could be global risks associated with the current outbreak," said study author Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine at the University of Toronto. "We wanted to understand what those risks were."

Three passengers per month, or 2.8 to be exact, was around what Bogoch was expecting. Considering the number of people living in these West African countries, he says, the prevalence of the disease is still relatively low. Guinea, for example, has around 11.4 million people, and just over 1,500 recorded cases of Ebola.

Nonessential travel to and from these countries has also been reduced significantly over the past six months.

Of the approximately 500,000 travelers who flew out of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013, more than half flew to one of five countries: Ghana, Senegal, the United Kingdom, France and Gambia. In fact, the study authors say the likelihood of someone traveling to the United Kingdom or France with Ebola is about eight times higher than the likelihood of someone traveling to the United States with the disease.

Of course, Ebola has already come to the United States.

The study authors note that the majority of people flying out of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are traveling to other low- or middle-income countries. As one hospital in the United States has had some trouble preventing transmission, experts question whether less-equipped nations will be able to stop the virus.

"If you look at how challenged the U.S. has been in dealing with this one imported case, I think it's really important for WHO and other countries to up the preparedness in areas where they might have less resources," said Dr. Jesse Goodman, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Georgetown University, who was not involved with the study.

The researchers also looked at the effectiveness of airport screenings in stopping the spread of the Ebola virus. Overall, they concluded that exit screening is more effective than screening passengers for Ebola when they arrive in another country. Exit screening at three airports is easier, Bogoch says, and requires fewer resources than doing entry screening at hundreds of airports around the globe.

But even exit screening, he says, is unlikely to have much effect because of the virus' long incubation period.

Someone can be infected with Ebola for up to 21 days before becoming symptomatic. That's how Thomas Eric Duncan made it to the United States with the virus; his temperature was taken before he boarded, but his symptoms didn't start until several days after his flight landed.

Airport screenings are "a control measure, but an imperfect control measure," says Dr. William Schaffner, an expert on infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

Schaffner compares it to making fresh-squeezed juice: Airport screenings, from a fundamental public health point of view, he says, are "very much squeeze with very little juice."

The bottom line is that the vast majority of our resources, Bogoch said, should be focused on preventing the spread of infection in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"If there are fewer cases in West Africa, fewer (infected) people will be boarding planes to other parts of the world," he says. "That said, we still have to be prepared elsewhere. Because we know from experience that it can land on our doorstep."

 

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  posted on 10/23/2014 at 10:10 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/23/health/new-york-possible-ebola-case/index.htm l?hpt=hp_t1

NY doctor recently back from West Africa tests positive for Ebola, officials confirm
By Ray Sanchez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
updated 10:27 PM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014

New York (CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posted at 10:20 p.m. ET]
After confirming that tests showed a patient tested positive for Ebola, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that authorities are "as ready as one could be for this circumstance." He noted that the situation in his state is different than what happened in Dallas, where a man was diagnosed with Ebola and two health care workers who treated him contracted the virus.

"We had the advantage of learning from the Dallas experience," Cuomo said.

The governor said that it's believed four people came in contact with the person, and authorities are in contact with all four of those people. It is not yet clear whether authorities where counting only those people who came into contact with the man after he became symptomatic.

The Ebola patient finished his work as a doctor in the West African country of Guinea on October 12, left Africa two days later via Europe, and arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on October 17, New York City health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said.

He had no symptoms throughout his journey and immediately after arriving in the United States, said Bassett, who added that he checked his temperature twice a day after returning to the United States.

[Previous story, posted at 9:25 p.m. ET]

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN.

The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea about 10 days ago, and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night.

The physician, employed at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday morning, the official said.

At a news conference Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to allay public concerns about the spread of the deadly virus, saying that "careful protocols were followed every step of the way" in the city's handling of the case. The hospitalized doctor has "worked closely" with health officials, the mayor said.

The doctor exhibited symptoms of the Ebola virus for "a very brief period of time" and had direct contact with "very few people" in New York, de Blasio told reporters.

On his Facebook page, Spencer posted a photo of himself in protective gear. The page indicates he went to Guinea around September 18 and later to Brussels in mid October.

"Off to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders (MSF)" he wrote. "Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history."

In a statement, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital said the doctor was "a dedicated humanitarian" who went to "an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population."

"He is a committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first," the hospital statement said. "He has not been to work at our hospital and has not seen any patients at our hospital since his return from overseas."

The CDC had people packing up to go to New York on Thursday, and a specimen from the physician was to be sent to Atlanta for testing, an official familiar with the situation told CNN's Elizabeth Cohen.

Investigators took the case seriously from the outset because it appeared the doctor didn't quarantine himself following his return, the law enforcement official said. The doctor traveled to Brooklyn and then back to Manhattan on Wednesday night, the official said.

In a statement Thursday, Doctors Without Borders confirmed that the physician recently returned from West Africa and was "engaged in regular health monitoring." The doctor contacted Doctors Without Borders Thursday to report a fever, the statement said.

The law enforcement official said the doctor was out in public. Authorities also quarantined his girlfriend, with whom he was spending time since his return from Africa.

The doctor began feeling sluggish a couple of days ago, but it wasn't until Thursday, when he developed 103-degree fever, that he contacted Doctors Without Borders, authorities said.

The case came to light after the New York Fire Department received a call shortly before noon Thursday about a sick person in Manhattan. The patient was taken to Bellevue.

New York's Office of Emergency Management was expected to activate its emergency operations center in Brooklyn, with the focus of tracking down anyone who may have come into contact with Spencer, the law enforcement official tells CNN.

Mark Levine, a city councilman who represents the doctor's Manhattan neighborhood, said earlier Thursday, before news broke of the doctor's positive test, that city health department workers were canvassing the area, distributing information on the disease door-to-door, according to CNN affiliate WABC.
"The goal right now is to make sure people don't panic," he said.

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The health department said a special ambulance unit transported a patient suffering from a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

The doctor returned to the U.S. within the past 21 days from one of the three West African countries currently facing the outbreak of virus, the health department statement said.

Bellevue Hospital is designated for the "isolation, identification and treatment of potential Ebola patients" in the city, the statement said.

"As a further precaution, beginning today (Thursday), the Health Department's team of disease detectives immediately began to actively trace all of the patient's contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk," the health department statement said.

"The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim," the statement said, adding that the disease is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan, the state heath department said.

Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. But fears about its spread has mounted since the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States was hospitalized in Texas last month.

Thomas Eric Duncan, who had flown from Liberia to Dallas, died on October 8. Two nurses who treated him became infected with the virus and are undergoing treatment, with the cases raising questions about the ability of local and federal officials to deal with an outbreak in the United States.

 

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It is a good news Friday!

Nina Pham aka: Nurse #1, has been cleared to be discharged from NIH.

No word yet about her dog...

 

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What will nurse do after beating Ebola? Hug her dog, of course
By Michael Martinez and Mark Bixler, CNN
updated 4:04 AM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014

(CNN) -- Nina Pham was the first person to catch Ebola on U.S. soil, and now, 13 days after testing positive, she has been declared free of the deadly disease.

Her first order of business will be to hug her dog, Bentley, she said Friday.

She invoked God and science in expressing gratitude for her ongoing recovery from a disease that has no established cure.

"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she said. "Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team."

Later Friday, President Barack Obama met Pham in the Oval Office and gave her a big hug.

Prayer sustained her, and she thanked people around the world who prayed for her, Pham told reporters Friday at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

The nation saw a cheerful and composed Pham, dressed in a bright turquoise top and matching necklace, when she strode to a bank of microphones moments after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said she was free of the virus.

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She thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American physician who also survived Ebola, for donating his plasma to her while she was sick.

But she's not entirely out of the woods, she said.

"Although I no longer have Ebola, I know that it may be awhile before I have my strength back," Pham said. "So with gratitude and respect for everyone's concern, I ask for my privacy and for my family's privacy to be respected as I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog, Bentley."

Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, remains in quarantine until the end of the month in Texas, but Pham "will be able to visit, hold and play with him tomorrow," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Friday.

"I know that will be good for both of them," said Jenkins, who oversees the Ebola response in Dallas.

A 'stressful and challenging' time

Pham, 26, who grew up in a Vietnamese family in Fort Worth, Texas, graduated with a nursing degree in 2010 and just months ago received a certification in critical care nursing, which deals with life-threatening problems.

The Ebola experience, she said, was a "very stressful and challenging" time for her.

Without direct reference to the continent, she alluded to how Ebola has ravaged West Africa in an unprecedented outbreak that the World Health Organization says has caused almost 10,000 confirmed or probable cases of infection and 4,877 deaths as of this week.

"I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate," she said.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called Pham's case "a pretty apt reminder that we do have the best medical infrastructure in the world."

"The track record of treating Ebola patients in this country is very strong, particularly for those who are quickly diagnosed," Earnest said. "The fact that she has been treated and released I think is terrific news."

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Can pets get or spread Ebola?

Pham was among the doctors and nurses in Dallas who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. His diagnosis came after he returned from a trip to West Africa, and he died on October 8.

Three days later, Pham tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first person in the United States to contract Ebola on American soil. That sent waves of anxiety through the network of health care workers -- and beyond.

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Those anxieties deepened on October 15 when a second nurse in Dallas, Amber Vinson, tested positive for Ebola. Vinson had flown from Dallas to Cleveland and back, prompting an airline to warn passengers on both legs of her trip as well as passengers who took subsequent flights on an aircraft she used. Some schools closed. Health departments monitored dozens of people.

None of them has tested positive for Ebola.

Pham said Friday that her thoughts are with Vinson, who is getting treatment for Ebola at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.

Vinson is steadily regaining her strength, and her spirits are high, her family has said. Doctors can no longer detect the virus in her body, but they have not yet determined when she will be discharged, the hospital in Atlanta said Friday.

 

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I was not aware of what has been done in NY regarding Ebola, but now I am and it is quite scary. Of course the major metropolitan hospitals have to be able to screen, assess and diagnose someone propertly. But they have been good at that with any other type of disease, but now our Governor here in NY has declared EIGHT hospitals as treatment centers. In the entire US, there are only four bio containment centers. A biocontainment center is a place with the specialized facility to quarantine, isolate a patient sufficiently enough to prevent anyone else from catching the disease they have.

FOUR containment centers in the entire country, but now New York will have eight just here. North Shore Hospital is building a special containment unit in Glen Cove, separate from the rest of their hospital. The other one on Long island as a designated center is Stony Brook.

Bellevue in NYC is good because they have four isolation rooms within their Infectious Disease ward and they have a laboratory located within that ward so that the samples do not travel anywhere else in the hospital. The Dr.'s and nurses who treat patients there wear special protective clothing so that no part of their skin anywhere on their body is exposed. They wear helmets, not just surgical masks, gowns and gloves. For anyone transported to the hospital, their protective clothing is removed from them by someone else cutting the infection control clothing off the person from behind. They cannot even remove their own gowns etc. The disease is too dangerous.

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/10162014-ebola-preparedness-plan

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/address-future-infectious-disease-outbreaks-1 42947845.html;_ylt=A0LEV1.6FEtUk2cAfDBXNyoA

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/15/creating-regional-ebol a-hospitals/17321161/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/24/new-york-new-jersey-set-up-mandatory -quarantine-requirement-amid-ebola-threat/

Indeed, in discussing the new plan, Cuomo and Christie said a policy of voluntary quarantine simply does not go far enough. “Voluntary quarantine – you know it’s almost an oxymoron. This is a very serious situation,” Cuomo said. “Voluntary quarantine – raise your right hand and promise you’re going to stay home for 21 days. We’ve seen what happens.”

At the airports, they now take the temperatures of incoming travelers if they have been to one of these countries. In the Governor's press conference one of the authorities there with him noted that no planes come directly from Africa to JFK, they come thru Brussells, Belgium, and Paris, France first.

Someone else asked if the US would close their borders to protect people, the answer was no, because they don't want sick people wandering around infecting people, this way, they have to come thru the airport, can be screened there and then whisked off to a screening and containment center if necessary.

8 out of 12 nationwide bio-containment centers in NYC and Long Island.



 

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NYC likes to go big when something happens or could happen. Look at how the city changed after 911, the surveillance systems they put in place are some of the best in the world, so good they haven't really had to be used to their full potential.
 

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The difference between US vs UK Ebola news coverage
Russell Howard's Good News

Published on Oct 24, 2014
Russell Howard looks at the extreme difference in coverage of Ebola in the UK and USA.


 

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/25/health/us-ebola/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Quarantined nurse: New Ebola policy in N.J., N.Y. an 'ordeal'
By Ray Sanchez and Elizabeth Cohen, CNN
updated 6:29 PM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014

New York (CNN) -- A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health care workers returning from West Africa caught local and federal officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of Ebola without cutting the flow of medical aid to the hardest-hit West African countries.

The policy of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly implemented Friday by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie. The announcement came one day after a New York doctor who treated patients in Guinea became the first Ebola case diagnosed in the city and the fourth in the United States.

The mandate came as a surprise to the federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention in Atlanta, according to a federal official familiar with the situation.

"They're not happy," the official said of the CDC. "These two governors said, 'Take this, federal government.' They're very worried we won't be able to get physicians or nurses to go (to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak)."

A New York City official called more stringent screening "a real stunner."

Quarantined nurse slams travel policy

"They did this without consulting the city, and that's not a good thing," the official said of Cuomo and Christie. "They didn't let anyone know in advance."

On Saturday, the CDC said that it sets the baseline recommended standards, but state and local officials have the prerogative to set tighter policies.

"When it comes to the federal standards set by the CDC, we will consider any measures that we believe have the potential to make the American people safer," the CDC said in a statement.

Nurse worried about mandatory quarantines

The two-state policy was implemented the same day that nurse Kaci Hickox landed at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after working with Doctors Without Borders in treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

Hickox, in an Op-Ed piece in The Dallas Morning News, wrote that she was ordered placed in quarantine at a hospital, where she tested negative in a preliminary test for Ebola. Still, hospital officials told her she must remain under mandatory quarantine for 21 days.

Hickox wrote that she was held at the airport and questioned by various health workers after her flight landed about 1 p.m. At first, her temperature -- taken with forehead scanner -- was 98 degrees. Hour later, she wrote, she was upset at being held without explanation. Her cheeks were flushed. Another scanner check recorded her temperature as 101 degrees.

She eventually got a police escort, sirens blaring, to a hospital, when her temperature was again checked in an outdoor tent. On the oral thermometer, her temperature was recorded as 98.6. And she tested negative for Ebola, she wrote in the Dallas newspaper.

"I had spent a month watching children die, alone," she wrote. "I had witnessed human tragedy unfold before my eyes. I had tried to help when much of the world has looked on and done nothing... I sat alone in the isolation tent and thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the same ordeal. Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?"

New Jersey health officials confirmed Saturday that a preliminary test showed that she does not have Ebola. But she will remain in quarantine at a hospital in Newark for at least 21 days under the new policy.

Hickox wrote about her last night in Sierra Leone. She recalled watching a 10-year-old girl die in a tent, away from her family.

"With few resources and no treatment for Ebola, we tried to offer our patients dignity and humanity in the face of their immense suffering," Hickox wrote. "We need more health care workers to help fight the epidemic in West Africa. The U.S. must treat returning health care workers with dignity and humanity."

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett is concerned that the mandatory quarantine will discourage doctors and nurses from volunteering to take care of Ebola patients in West Africa, according to her spokeswoman.

"We just want to make sure we don't inadvertently discourage volunteers who are going to West Africa to help control this epidemic,"said health department spokeswoman Jean Weinberg.

The New York-New Jersey airport screening procedures now require anyone who had direct contact with Ebola patients to remain in quarantine for up to three weeks.

In addition, people with a travel history to the affected regions but with no direct contact with Ebola patients will be "actively monitored ... and, if necessary, quarantined," according to the new policy.

"This is not the time to take chances," Cuomo said Friday. "This adjustment in increasing the screening procedures is necessary. ... I think public safety and public health have to be balanced and I think this policy does that."

New federal policy starts Monday

The new guidelines in New York and New Jersey add to the federal policy requiring all travelers coming to the United States from Ebola-affected areas to be actively monitored for 21 days, starting Monday.

Already, such travelers landing at five U.S. airports -- New York's Kennedy, Dulles International, New Jersey's Newark Liberty International, Chicago's O'Hare International and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta -- must go through enhanced screening.

Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in what health officials call the worst outbreak of the disease in history.

Just four Americans -- all health care workers -- have contracted Ebola.

On Friday, the National Institutes of Health said Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse, had been declared free of the Ebola virus.

Public health experts say there's plenty of scientific evidence indicating that there's very little chance that a random person will get Ebola, unless he or she is in very close contact -- close enough to share bodily fluids -- with someone who has it.

How the Ebola virus spreads

New York Ebola patient in isolation

On Thursday, a New York doctor who had traveled on a humanitarian mission to Guinea, where he had treated Ebola patients, developed symptoms and has been hospitalized in Manhattan. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. He arrived back from Guinea on October 17 and had limited his public interactions but did not eliminate them, according to officials.

Spencer's fiancee, who has been under quarantine at Bellevue, has been cleared and has no symptoms, according to Jean Weinberg, a city health department spokeswoman. Two friends of Spencer are under quarantine outside the hospital and are being monitored, though they feel healthy.

Spencer's activities, which include riding in subways and cabs, have sparked a sharp public debate about how to deal with people who have traveled to West African countries ravaged by the disease.

On Saturday, one of the places visited by the Spencer, The Gutter bowling alley in Brooklyn, reopened after extensive decontamination work. And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dined on meatballs at a Manhattan restaurant visited by the doctor.

Should the focus of American policy be to do everything to prevent anyone who has visited the most ravaged regions from entering the United States, even if it discourages health care workers from going there?

Some U.S. lawmakers, such as Rep. Andy Harris, favor a strict three-week quarantine. (That duration is significant because it takes anywhere from two to 21 days from the time a person is exposed to Ebola to when he or she shows symptoms of it; if more time than that passes without symptoms, a person is considered Ebola-free.)

"In return from being allowed to come back into the country from a place where a deadly disease is endemic, you'd have to enter a quarantine facility and be supervised for 21 days," the Maryland Republican told CNN.

But other officials say while that policy could prevent some cases of Ebola in the United States over the short term, it could backfire if highly trained American doctors have less incentive to travel to Africa to fight the disease.

"These individuals who are going there to serve are the people who will end this crisis," de Blasio said. "We can't have the illusion that we can turn away from it and some day it may end. If we took that attitude, this would be a truly devastating global crisis."

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CNN's Joe Sutton, Daniel Burke, Greg Botelho, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Poppy Harlow, Haimy Assefa, Kristina Sgueglia and David Shortell contributed to this report.

 

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OK OK.......I am personally heading to NYC to check out the situation personally
 

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A nurse who treated patients in Sierra Leone flew back to JFK and tells what happened to her.

http://www.dallasnews.com/ebola/headlines/20141025-uta-grad-isolated-at-new -jersey-hospital-as-part-of-ebola-quarantine.ece

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/nyregion/nurse-in-newark-tests-negative-f or-ebola.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East&region=F ooter&module=TopNews&pgtype=article

The forehead temperature scanner used at the airport said her temperature was 101 degrees, when in fact her temperature was 98.6. After travelling 2 days on planes, she gets interrogated, for 7 hours, is given a granola bar and water, then sent for quarantine to a hospital in Newark.



 

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A nurse who treated patients in Sierra Leone flew back to JFK and tells what happened to her.

http://www.dallasnews.com/ebola/headlines/20141025-uta-grad-isolated-at-new -jersey-hospital-as-part-of-ebola-quarantine.ece

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/nyregion/nurse-in-newark-tests-negative-f or-ebola.html?action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East®ion=Footer&a mp;module=TopNews&pgtype=article

The forehead temperature scanner used at the airport said her temperature was 101 degrees, when in fact her temperature was 98.6. After travelling 2 days on planes, she gets interrogated, for 7 hours, is given a granola bar and water, then sent for quarantine to a hospital in Newark.






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Kudos to Cuomo and Christie for having the balls Obama and the CDC lack. Admirable that she volunteered; but f-u you go into quarantine. So what if she has no symptoms? It takes 21 days to be clear and this is how we protect our citizens from getting sick.
 

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so far no sign of ebola. i am working dilegently checking every bar i see. i will keep you posted.
 

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Kudos to Cuomo and Christie for having the balls Obama and the CDC lack. Admirable that she volunteered; but f-u you go into quarantine. So what if she has no symptoms? It takes 21 days to be clear and this is how we protect our citizens from getting sick.

Quarantine or not, based on her account she was not treated with any dignity whatsoever and made to feel like a drug smuggler or potential terrorist. That is not right. What's worse it that it could discourage others from volunteering and if the end result of the reaction/overreaction at home is to discourage others from volunteering on the front lines of this fight, then I'm afraid it is just a matter of time before the fight will be lost.

 

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Kudos to Cuomo and Christie for having the balls Obama and the CDC lack. Admirable that she volunteered; but f-u you go into quarantine. So what if she has no symptoms? It takes 21 days to be clear and this is how we protect our citizens from getting sick.

Quarantine or not, based on her account she was not treated with any dignity whatsoever and made to feel like a drug smuggler or potential terrorist. That is not right. What's worse it that it could discourage others from volunteering and if the end result of the reaction/overreaction at home is to discourage others from volunteering on the front lines of this fight, then I'm afraid it is just a matter of time before the fight will be lost.


I usually tend to agree with you; but she was treated as someone under quarantine. I just don't see "self" quarantine as a viable option; and I think our governments first responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our global responsibility comes after.

 
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