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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 12:17 PM
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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.


What does "treated as someone under quarantine" mean exactly? Does it mean treated like a dog?

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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 01:21 PM
It should mean kept in isolation (equivalent to a low level medical settig) for 21 days till the incubation period is over. I think it is unclear whether she was treated poorly or was just pissd off that she was being isolated
 

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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 02:04 PM
Actually I think it is quite clear that she was treated poorly and Christie and Cuomo are a pair of boobs.
 

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Not as booby as the Obama spokesperson who said there was no medical reason for quarantining people without a proven infection. We have no mechanism to determine if the virus is contagious in the day or two before fever/etc starts. We haven't tracked the people.

Don't know how old you guys are but the Appoll 11 Astronauts were quarantined when returning from the moon just in case.

And what exactly do you have to prove her mistreatment other than her statement that I was mistreated?

 

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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 03:07 PM
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Not as booby as the Obama spokesperson who said there was no medical reason for quarantining people without a proven infection. We have no mechanism to determine if the virus is contagious in the day or two before fever/etc starts. We haven't tracked the people.

Everything I have read, with no dissent from any medical authority that I have seen, is that it is not contagious unless a person symptomatic. You are the first person I have seen say that is not the case, and you did not post any links to support what you are saying.

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Don't know how old you guys are but the Appoll 11 Astronauts were quarantined when returning from the moon just in case.

What does this have to do with ebola? Not even apples and oranges, more like apples and dump trucks.

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And what exactly do you have to prove her mistreatment other than her statement that I was mistreated?

Thanks for making my point...this is something that we would say about a suspect in a crime, not someone who went into the hot zone to try to make a difference on humanitarian grounds. Why should we not believe her?

 

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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 04:20 PM
Is Obama waiting for his political handlers to tell him what to do (again)?

Fog of Ebola war: White House stance unclear as military leaders urge US troop quarantine

Published October 27, 2014 - FoxNews.com

The White House would not say Monday whether President Obama thinks U.S. troops returning from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa should be quarantined, as the U.S. Army unilaterally imposed that policy on its own troops and the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended the rest of the military follow suit.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel currently is considering the Joint Chiefs' recommendation to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine for all returning troops. At Monday's daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged that Hagel might coordinate with the White House on that decision.

But when pressed by Fox News on what the president's position is, Earnest would not say.
"We will let the Department of Defense make an announcement," Earnest said. Asked how the U.S. could send troops to West Africa without a clear plan on procedures for leaving the Ebola battlefield, Earnest said: "We're going to let science drive that process."

The comments reflected the latest area of confusion in the ever-evolving U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Over the weekend, the White House put pressure on New Jersey and New York over policies quarantining returning health care workers. But it remains unclear where the White House -- and Hagel himself -- stands on applying that standard to returning U.S. servicemembers.

So far, the Army is the only branch to take that step. In a decision Fox News confirms was made by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, the Department of the Army has issued guidelines ordering troops returning from West Africa into a 21-day isolation, separated from their families and other troops.

Currently, a team that consists of Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams and 11 other troops is being held in isolation in a building at their base in Vicenza, Italy, after returning from Liberia.

"There are several dozen more people due in, and they will go through the same procedure," Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, adding that "no specific event or incident" triggered the policy.

Asked if Hagel thought the Army's decision was a good idea, Warren said "he would have to get back" to Fox News on the question.

The secretary is deliberating, and no final decision has been made. "Secretary Hagel has a big problem," one senior U.S. official told Fox News, referring to the decision he has to make.
If the Pentagon does decide on a 21-day quarantine for all returning personnel, it would represent a major shift in its Ebola response policy. And it could put them at odds with the White House.

"The Obama administration is going to war with New York and New Jersey, but its own military is recommending the same thing," a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

Earnest stressed Monday that the Defense Department's policy for all branches has "not been settled and implemented yet."

He also drew a distinction with the policies implemented in New York and New Jersey, noting that they singled out health workers.

Earnest said the administration wants to make sure that government policies "do not serve as a disincentive" to doctors and nurses.

The current military plan, outside the Army, is only to quarantine those individuals who may come in contact with infected patients.

Defense Department officials have made clear that no personnel are going to be treating infected patients and that the vast majority of the troops in Liberia are logistical experts who are establishing the medical infrastructure for health care workers outside the Department of Defense.

But a growing number of U.S. military personnel are being deployed, and would be affected by any blanket quarantine order. As of Friday, 686 U.S. troops were in West Africa as part of that mission, with hundreds more expected to have arrived over the weekend.

If Hagel accepts the recommendation from the Joint Chiefs, it would put the Defense Department in line with New York and New Jersey, which have faced the ire of the White House for such mandatory quarantine policies for returning health workers.

Amid that pressure, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Monday said a health care worker quarantined after she returned from Sierra Leone -- and who threatened a lawsuit -- has been cleared to go home.

The state Department of Health said the patient, Kaci Hickox, has been symptom-free for 24 hours, and "is being discharged" after being evaluated in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health department said Monday that the patient was subject to quarantine at first because she had direct exposure to people suffering from Ebola in West Africa. At this point, though, she has requested to return to Maine, and the state says that will be arranged "via a private carrier."

"She will remain subject to New Jersey's mandatory quarantine order while in New Jersey," the department said. "Health officials in Maine have been notified of her arrangements and will make a determination under their own laws on her treatment when she arrives."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced late Sunday he had loosened some of the restrictions in the mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine he had ordered along with Christie this past Friday

Under the new guidelines, health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring if they have no symptoms. Family members will be allowed to stay. The state will pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization.

Meanwhile, in New York a 5-year-old boy returning from West Africa reportedly was taken to a local hospital Sunday with possible Ebola symptoms. He was reported to have a 103-degree fever.

Earlier Sunday, the White House expressed concern about what it called the "unintended consequences" of the mandatory quarantine, telling Fox News that the Obama administration is working on new federal guidelines on returning health care workers exposed to Ebola, realizing the concern among Americans about a potential outbreak on U.S. soil.

Virginia also will start actively monitoring travelers from the three West African countries. Last week, Connecticut quarantined a family of six, along with three others. The family of six was quarantined after TSA flagged them due to their travel to West Africa.

Fox News' Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin and Ed Henry contributed to this report.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2014 at 04:27 PM
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Not as booby as the Obama spokesperson who said there was no medical reason for quarantining people without a proven infection. We have no mechanism to determine if the virus is contagious in the day or two before fever/etc starts. We haven't tracked the people.

Everything I have read, with no dissent from any medical authority that I have seen, is that it is not contagious unless a person symptomatic. You are the first person I have seen say that is not the case, and you did not post any links to support what you are saying.

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Don't know how old you guys are but the Appoll 11 Astronauts were quarantined when returning from the moon just in case.

What does this have to do with ebola? Not even apples and oranges, more like apples and dump trucks.

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And what exactly do you have to prove her mistreatment other than her statement that I was mistreated?

Thanks for making my point...this is something that we would say about a suspect in a crime, not someone who went into the hot zone to try to make a difference on humanitarian grounds. Why should we not believe her?


1 - If you've ever had a cold you know that often times in retrospect that you say "I didn't feel right yesterday." Same thing here - the exact moment when one is "symptomatic" "contagious" with anything is often a hindsight thing. It is when I'm sick.

2 - The fact that she was a humanitarian volunteer ; again; does not make her judgment re: her treatment legion. The next time I tell my wife she's not treating me well and she says that's not true please come to my house and tell her "what reason do we have to doubt him." She obviously was saying I can monitor myself very well thank you; and even if that was true not everyone can be trusted.

3 - re: moon the point is when there is uncertainty and possible public health risk I just like to err on the side of public safety. Again; I worked at St. Vincent's at the start of the AID's epidemic. If you only knew the number of gay men who when warned of their contagion said "I got it in the bath houses and I'm going back there to leave it." Not everyone is as upstanding (and I mean that seriously having read your posts over the years) as you.

 

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Not as booby as the Obama spokesperson who said there was no medical reason for quarantining people without a proven infection. We have no mechanism to determine if the virus is contagious in the day or two before fever/etc starts. We haven't tracked the people.

Everything I have read, with no dissent from any medical authority that I have seen, is that it is not contagious unless a person symptomatic. You are the first person I have seen say that is not the case, and you did not post any links to support what you are saying.

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Don't know how old you guys are but the Appoll 11 Astronauts were quarantined when returning from the moon just in case.

What does this have to do with ebola? Not even apples and oranges, more like apples and dump trucks.

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And what exactly do you have to prove her mistreatment other than her statement that I was mistreated?

Thanks for making my point...this is something that we would say about a suspect in a crime, not someone who went into the hot zone to try to make a difference on humanitarian grounds. Why should we not believe her?


1 - If you've ever had a cold you know that often times in retrospect that you say "I didn't feel right yesterday." Same thing here - the exact moment when one is "symptomatic" "contagious" with anything is often a hindsight thing. It is when I'm sick.

2 - The fact that she was a humanitarian volunteer ; again; does not make her judgment re: her treatment legion. The next time I tell my wife she's not treating me well and she says that's not true please come to my house and tell her "what reason do we have to doubt him." She obviously was saying I can monitor myself very well thank you; and even if that was true not everyone can be trusted.

3 - re: moon the point is when there is uncertainty and possible public health risk I just like to err on the side of public safety. Again; I worked at St. Vincent's at the start of the AID's epidemic. If you only knew the number of gay men who when warned of their contagion said "I got it in the bath houses and I'm going back there to leave it." Not everyone is as upstanding (and I mean that seriously having read your posts over the years) as you.


1. Is this the opinion of a medial professional based on medical training? If not, it is useless information.

2. That is a silly analogy. There is nothing about her statements about how she was treated that lead me to believe she should not be believed or that she was "obviously" meaning something else.

3. The moon analogy doesn't work for me on so many levels that it is tough to know where to start. But I get your point. I am not saying that quarantine is a bad idea, I am saying it should be done in a more dignified and humanitarian way than it was done in this case. If the quarantine's continue, I sincerely hope they figure that out.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2014 at 12:27 PM
Even more good news !

Nurse #2 from the Dallas Hospital and sent to Emory Hospital in Atlanta is going home today.

BTW - Antone heard from Obama's Ebola Czar? Seems to be missing in action similar to Obama's Ebola response...


 

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 11:47 AM
NY recently revised the quarantine rules for those who showed no symptoms but had to be quarantined anyway just for public safety sake. They agreed to let those quarantined stay at home for the 21 days,. Now we hear that the nurse who was allowed to remain under home quarantine, has challenged her quarantine by going out twice. (though she is staying in Maine)

http://news.yahoo.com/showdown-imminent-over-nurses-quarantine-maine-060038 440.html

Nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. It was the second time in two days that she left her home in remote northern Maine, along the Canadian border. On Wednesday evening, Hickox came out and briefly spoke to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

Remarks: A Nurse ought to know better. She has no symptoms, but symptoms can come out at a later time, which is the reason for the quarantine. If we are going to have these showdowns, then then the solutions are:

1) Mandatory quarantine under the auspices of health officials wherever they set up the facility (even if it is in a FEMA camp)

2) Stop sending/allowing US citizens to go to countries with people that have deadly disease. Let the other African nations, which do have cities and health care wokers send their own people in, and leave us out of it.

3) Refuse exit/entry visas for health care workers to these countries.

4) Limit Compassionate care and humanitarian aid to sending medicine and supplies for the doctors, nurses from other countries to via cargo containers unloaded at ports of call. Let them send in their own people.

We do not need to live in a police state, or have epidemics,pandemics here. The above suggestions will prevent it.

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 12:03 PM
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Remarks: A Nurse ought to know better. She has no symptoms, but symptoms can come out at a later time, which is the reason for the quarantine.

She should know better than who exactly? The know-nothing politicians who are implementing these quarantines, or the health care professionals with actual medical training (like her) who dispute that there is a medical or public safety necessity for how they are being implemented, or the reporters and media types who are camped out in front of her home and seem to have no problem interacting with her and even [gasp!] shaking her hand?

It is sad and sickening to watch how she is being vilified unmercifully by people who have no clue what they are talking about because their fears are being stoked by politicians who have chosen to throw the constitution to the wind and succumb to all the unnecessary hysteria.

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The above suggestions will prevent it.

Actually, the above suggestions would move us a few steps closer to a police state and violate the most basic tenants of what this country is about, not to mention destroying liberties provided by that little document called the Constitution of the United States of America.



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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 01:34 PM
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Remarks: A Nurse ought to know better. She has no symptoms, but symptoms can come out at a later time, which is the reason for the quarantine.

She should know better than who exactly? The know-nothing politicians who are implementing these quarantines, or the health care professionals with actual medical training (like her) who dispute that there is a medical or public safety necessity for how they are being implemented, or the reporters and media types who are camped out in front of her home and seem to have no problem interacting with her and even [gasp!] shaking her hand?

It is sad and sickening to watch how she is being vilified unmercifully by people who have no clue what they are talking about because their fears are being stoked by politicians who have chosen to throw the constitution to the wind and succumb to all the unnecessary hysteria.

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The above suggestions will prevent it.

Actually, the above suggestions would move us a few steps closer to a police state and violate the most basic tenants of what this country is about, not to mention destroying liberties provided by that little document called the Constitution of the United States of America.


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A nurse is trained in infection control, they know more about how disease spreads, and the dangers than other people who are not health care professionals. For disease to enter someone's body, you need the disease, and a portal of entry. The entry can be dry, cracked skin. In this case the nurse does not think she has it, otherwise she would not be shaking anybody's hand. If she thought there was the possibility that she was infected, she would stay in the house. Unfortunately, if she is wrong, she has risked other people's lives. That is the purpose of quarantine to prevent that.

 

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A nurse is trained in infection control, they know more about how disease spreads, and the dangers than other people who are not health care professionals.

You should have stopped right here.

 

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A nurse is trained in infection control, they know more about how disease spreads, and the dangers than other people who are not health care professionals.

You should have stopped right here.



The bottom line is that there is a 21 day incubation period; which means that any time up to 21 days she could get sick; and around the time she gets sick she is potentially infectious. There is a small but real risk; and this is a very contagious disease with severe consequences. I think the small risk outweighs the benefits; many health care providers do to - and I am a physician. There is no 100% certainty - and you choose your side based on how you view risk/benefit balancing.

But that nurse is a jerk - said she'd self quarantine and now says f-u. The gov't keeps responding that this will dissuade people from volunteering; but they never say there is no chance of infection. It is small; it is real. How small is not 100% certain

 

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  posted on 10/31/2014 at 01:28 PM
Thank goodness that rational thinking, not to mention respect for the US Constitution, wins out over fear and hysteria...

FORT KENT, Maine —Kaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Hickox must continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state health officials to ensure continuity of monitoring. The judge said there's no need to restrict her movements because she's not infectious because she's showing no symptoms.

With the judge's ruling, a state police cruiser parked outside her home drove away.

The state went to court Thursday to impose restrictions on Hickox until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, contended confinement at her home in northern Maine violated her rights.

There was no immediate comment from state officials.

The judge thanked Hickox for her service in Africa and acknowledged the gravity of restricting someone's constitutional rights without solid science to back it up.

"The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola," he wrote. "The court is fully aware that people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational."

Hickox, 33, stepped into the media glare when she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said earlier in the week.

The legal action is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

In a court filing, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention backed away from the state's original request for an in-home quarantine and called for restrictions that fall in line with federal guidelines.

Hickox remains at risk of being infected with Ebola until the end of a 21-day incubation period, Dr. Sheila Pinette.

"It is my opinion that the respondent should be subjected to an appropriate public health order for mandatory direct active monitoring and restrictions on movement as soon as possible and until the end of the incubation period ... to protect the public health and safety," she wrote.

http://www.wcvb.com/news/life-goes-on-for-nurse-in-standoff-over-ebola/2945 1340

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  posted on 10/31/2014 at 02:20 PM
well the death toll continues to double every 30 days still but it looks like the survival rate is increasing. the next 30 days, it will be interesting to see if the infection rate starts declining

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2014/11/01/Ebola-death-toll-rises-fewe r-cases-in-Guinea-than-thought--WHO/

Published: Saturday November 1, 2014 MYT 2:45:06 AM
Updated: Saturday November 1, 2014 MYT 2:45:06 AM

Ebola death toll rises, fewer cases in Guinea than thought - WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, slightly revising downwards its figures for cases mainly due to "suspected cases in Guinea being discarded".

The toll reflects a rise of 31 deaths since the United Nations agency reported its previous figures on Wednesday, while the number of overall cases fell by 136.

"Of the eight Guinean and Liberian districts that share a border with Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), only one in Guinea is yet to report a confirmed or probable case of Ebola virus disease," the WHO warned in the statement.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for the bulk of infections of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, but there have been sporadic cases in Nigeria and Senegal, both now declared Ebola-free, as well as Spain, the United States and Mali.

A 2-year-old girl who brought Ebola to Mali may have had contact with up to 141 people, 57 of whom have yet to be traced, according to experts from the WHO and U.S. Centers for Disease Control concerned it could spread in Mali and beyond.

Liberia, the worst-hit country, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, though the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the WHO said on Wednesday.

All 83 contacts of a health care worker in Spain infected with Ebola have completed a first 21-day incubation period for the virus, but a second one must follow before the country can be declared free of the disease, the WHO said on Friday. The nurse treated two Spanish priests repatriated from Liberia and Sierra Leone who later died.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Dominic Evans)

 

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  posted on 10/31/2014 at 03:23 PM
Seems like a nurse should be the first to understand the need for quarantine after exposure. Still, now she is a national media sensation, that's fun, and maybe she will get lots and lots of money from media exposure. She deserves all the attention and rewards she can, after being on the front line.
 

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  posted on 10/31/2014 at 04:04 PM
I highly doubt she was the only medical worker to come back from the hot zone in the last 10 days, or was the only one to self monitor and go out in public.

also.....if she did her job right in africa and followed all the protocols, she was never exposed.

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Even more good news !

Nurse #2 from the Dallas Hospital and sent to Emory Hospital in Atlanta is going home today.

BTW - Antone heard from Obama's Ebola Czar? Seems to be missing in action similar to Obama's Ebola response...




How is this good news??? She had Ebola!!! She should be quarantined forever! You can never be too careful! Come on man, we've had 4 cases of Ebola in America!!! This is a major outbrake! She's going to kill us all!!! Damn that Obama!!!!

 

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  posted on 11/2/2014 at 09:26 AM
1 - re: the nurse in Maine. The governor said "How can we trust her to monitor herself; she has lied every step of the way."

2 - Article in NY Times today say health officials estimate that by next year there will either be a handful of new cases in the US; or up to 130. DOes anyone have a clue how that will tax our healthcare system? Or how 130 can turn into 1000 very quickly?

3 - err on the side of caution. There is still too much we don't know about this disease.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2014 at 10:23 AM
more stupid people doing stupid things

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/11/05/kentucky-teacher-resigns-ami d-ebola-scare.html


Kentucky Teacher Resigns Amid Ebola Scare
Wednesday November 5, 2014 9:55 AM

CBS NEWS - An elementary school teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, has left her job after being put on paid "precautionary leave" for 21 days over fears of Ebola - even though she'd never been to a country affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The teacher, Susan Sherman, resigned from St. Margaret Mary Catholic School after being put on leave following a mission trip to Kenya.

Sherman told CBS Louisville station WLKY the school asked her to stay out of the classroom because of concerns from students, parents and parishioners. She blamed the decision on ignorance.

Sherman, a registered nurse, and her husband, Paul, a retired surgeon, had gone to Kenya on a medical mission with a faith-based volunteer group called Kenya Relief, the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper reported.

"We don't have Ebola in Kenya," Steve James, the founder of Kenya Relief, told the paper.

The Louisville archdiocese acknowledged that the Kenyan village where Sherman went was located "in Eastern Africa, thousands of miles from West Africa, where the main outbreak of the virus is located." But the school said it was moving ahead with plans to replace her.

This is not the first case of misplaced Ebola fears impacting people who had no apparent risk of exposure to the disease.

Last week, a family in Milford, Connecticut, filed a federal lawsuit after their daughter was barred from third grade when she returned from attending a relative's wedding in Nigeria.

The girl, Ikeoluwa Opayemi, was told to stay home from Meadowside Elementary School for 21 days "due to concern from certain parents and teachers that she could transmit Ebola to other children," according to the lawsuit. The virus has a three-week incubation period.

Nigeria, like Kenya, currently has no known cases of Ebola. In July, a man from Liberia - which does have a serious outbreak - flew into Nigeria, developed Ebola symptoms and died, infecting several health care workers in the process. But the World Health Organization says there have been no new cases in Nigeria in months and that the outbreak there was successfully stopped.

In the Bronx, two middle school boys originally from Senegal - which is also officially Ebola-free - said students have been harassing them with Ebola taunts.

The only actual Ebola case known in the U.S. right now is that of Dr. Craig Spencer, a doctor in New York City who was infected while treating patients in Guinea. He is listed in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2014 at 11:13 AM
Those are really stupid things; being triply vigilant re:Quarantine for people who have had potential exposure is a different story
 

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  posted on 11/7/2014 at 08:21 AM
http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/morning_call/2014/11/dallas-expected -to-be-declared-ebola-free-today.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium= feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+industry_6+(Industry+Health+Care)

Dallas expected to be declared Ebola free today
Nov 7, 2014, 6:23am CST

Dallas is expected to be declared Ebola free on Friday, as the final person being monitored by health officials is expected to come off the watch list.

The Ebola outbreak began in early October when Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with the disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital. He died of the disease there on Oct. 8.

Two nurses who cared for Duncan, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, later were diagnosed with the disease and were eventually transferred to hospitals in other cities where they recovered.

A total of 177 people were on the Texas Department of State Health Services watch list, the agency said. Included on the list were family and friends of the victims, as well as community members who might have had contact with them.

The last person on the list was a hospital worker who handled medical waste on Oct. 17, the agency said. No new cases have been reported, the agency said.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2014 at 08:26 AM
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A look at the worst-ever Ebola epidemic by numbers
Maria Cheng AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) — As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic:

13,042 and 4,818:

According to an update this week from the World Health Organization, there have been 13,042 Ebola cases and 4,818 deaths since the first child died of the virus in December — but those figures include all probable, suspected and confirmed cases and are subject to change as more information becomes available. The numbers have actually dropped slightly in the past week because numbers fluctuate as more data becomes available, and as probable and suspected cases are either discarded or confirmed.

Experts warn the number of cases and deaths are likely far below the actual numbers, as people may be reluctant to seek care and officials are too overwhelmed with control efforts to record every single case. The vast majority of patients are in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Cases and deaths are typically only recorded days after people become symptomatic or die, which complicates a real-time understanding of Ebola.

"We are definitely getting a delayed picture of the outbreak," said Sebastian Funk, a lecturer in infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "It's difficult to tell if we are reaching a turning point or if there will be a doomsday scenario. I could see it going either way at the moment."4,707:

According to WHO, 4,707 beds are needed across West Africa in Ebola treatment clinics; at the moment, just 22 percent of the necessary number are operational. The agency estimates a further 2,685 beds are needed for basic Ebola clinics where minimal treatment is provided and people are mostly isolated while waiting for test results. At the moment, just 4 percent of beds in these community clinics are available.

Given the uncertainty around case numbers, Funk says things like bed occupancy are a good sign of how the outbreak is evolving. "We really need to see numbers go down for several weeks to be confident it's a real trend," he said.

546:

WHO reports that 546 health workers have been infected with Ebola, of whom 310 have died. Since Ebola is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of a patient, health workers are at high risk of catching the disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that no skin be showing in a health worker treating Ebola patients.

Eight:

There are now eight countries that have reported Ebola detected on their soil: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the U.S. Other countries like Britain, France and Germany have taken in people sickened by the deadly virus in West Africa but they have not reported any spread of the virus there.

Four:

There have been four cases of Ebola in the U.S. and a single death — Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country, who later died at a Dallas hospital. Three other cases of Ebola have been reported in the U.S., all in health workers who had direct exposure taking care of Ebola patients.

Two:

It took two months for Britain to build and open its first Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone this week, an 80-bed facility with a dozen other beds reserved for infected health workers. The Kerry Town clinic, near the capital, Freetown, is the first of six centers to be built by the U.K. in Sierra Leone. It includes a triage center, ambulance pads, laboratory, pharmacies and decontamination units. In about the same time that it took to build the Ebola clinic, Sierra Leone has reported more than 3,500 cases of Ebola.

One:

There is one remaining American hospitalized with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer in New York, a physician who worked for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. He continues to show improvement, remains in isolation and is in stable condition.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2014 at 07:08 PM
this one i don't care if people like media matters or not....they have documented this well.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/11/07/with-midterms-in-the-rear-view- fox-no-longer-te/201498

With Midterms In The Rear-View, Fox No Longer Terrified Of Ebola
Research 2 hours and 55 minutes ago ››› LIS POWER

Fox News pivoted its stance on the public health threat posed by Ebola after leading the charge in media stoking fears about the disease in the weeks prior to the midterm elections. The network is now downplaying the urgency of increasing funding for Ebola research and relief efforts while criticizing President Obama's request of a multi-billion dollar Ebola emergency appropriation from Congress.



President Obama Requested $6.2 Billion Emergency Funds For Ebola Research And Relief

President Obama Requested More Than $6 Billion In Emergency Funding To Fight Ebola At Home And Abroad. According to a November 5 article in The Washington Post, President Obama sent a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Election Day requesting a congressional appropriation of emergency funding to contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa, secure the United States against future outbreaks, and speed up the development of vaccines and other treatments for the disease:

The request asks for $4.6 billion immediately and an additional $1.54 billion as a contingency fund in case the epidemic worsens. The administration's request includes $2.43 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And $1.98 billion would go to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the lead agency for the U.S. response in West Africa.

The State Department would get $127 million to help with medical support and evacuation of workers overseas. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, would get $112 million for developing new technologies that could be used to treat Ebola and other infectious diseases until a vaccine can be developed.

Among other objectives, the emergency money would fund the creation of 50 Ebola treatment centers in the United States and buy personal protective equipment for health-care workers. It would also boost screening at airports and borders. [The Washington Post, 11/5/14]

After The Midterms, Fox News And Betsy McCaughey Question Whether Ebola Should Be A Focus

Fox's Peter Johnson, Jr.: Is The Ebola Crisis "Worthy Of All That Money Being Shipped Overseas?" During the November 7 episode of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox contributor Peter Johnson, Jr. hosted an interview with Betsy McCaughey in which they criticized President Obama's request for emergency funds to fight Ebola:

JOHNSON: President Obama asking congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa. But is this crisis worthy of all that money being shipped overseas? Would it be better spent on deadly diseases threatening Americans right here at home right now?

[...]

MCCAUGHEY: It's totally out of proportion, Peter. Five thousand people have died from Ebola. No Americans. Three hundred and sixty thousand Americans die from cancer every year. The president wants to spend a hundred times as much, per Ebola victim, as per cancer victim. That tells you what's going on here. [Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, 11/7/14]

Betsy McCaughey: "The President May Be Exploiting" The "Man-Made" Sense Of Danger. During the same segment, Betsy McCaughey argued that President Obama is exploiting the so-called "sense of danger" in the U.S. caused by Ebola, which she called "a man-made problem." She went on to blame the World Health Organization and the White House for the spread of Ebola and reiterated calls for "travel restrictions" to and from West Africa:

MCCAUGHEY: The president may be exploiting the sense of danger right here in the United States. But the fact is, here in the U.S., the sense of Ebola as a danger is a man-made crisis. All previous Ebola outbreaks were confined to one continent, Africa. This virus does not have wings. But the World Health Organization and the White House are giving it wings, airplane wings, allowing it to spread to North America, Europe, Australia, other continents of the world. [Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, 11/7/14]

Before The Midterms, Fox News Gave McCaughey A Platform To Amplify The Ebola Crisis

Your World: Money To Fight Ebola "Could Be Much More Wisely Spent Overseas." While appearing on Fox News' Your World on October 9, McCaughey advocated for sending money overseas to fight Ebola, rather than spending the money here in the United States (emphasis added):

MCCAUGHEY: Let's discuss also the preparations that are being undergone now in cities all across this country, especially in the five airport hubs, such as Chicago and New York, to prepare hospitals, to prepare transportation workers, to prepare EMS, first responders. Hundreds of millions of dollars preparing them in case there's an Ebola case here in the United States again. When in fact that money could be much more wisely spent overseas. [Fox News Channel, Your World with Neil Cavuto, via Media Matters 10/9/14]

Hannity: Obama Is Misleading The Country About The Possible Spread Of Ebola. While appearing on a "panel of medical experts" during the October 15 episode of Fox News' Hannity, McCaughey accused President Obama of lying to the American people about Ebola. She went on to criticize Obama for saying that an Ebola outbreak was unlikely:

HANNITY: What the president said earlier, in the unlikely event it gets here. He said the chances are low for an outbreak. And then of course, the head of the CDC, Dr. Frieden, he went out there and said, oh you don't need a special room, you just need a private room with a private bathroom.

MCCAUGHEY: Listen to the weasel words both of them used. Frieden said early on, there won't be a wide spread, he said a spread will not be likely, right? And tonight the president said, well, there may be more cases but it won't spread widely. Well what do they mean by that weasel word "widely," how many deaths are acceptable? One, two, 10? It's unacceptable for Americans to die from Ebola. [Fox News Channel, Hannity, 10/15/14]

Fox News Helped Hype Fears About Ebola Prior To The Elections

Fox's Peter Johnson, Jr. Suggested The Federal Government Is Holding Back Ebola Treatments. While discussing the shortage of the Ebola treatment drug ZMapp on the October 7 edition of Fox & Friends, Johnson suggested the shortage was "a poor example of federal government intervention" and blamed the federal grant structure for limiting production of the drug. [Media Matters, 10/7/14]

Fox's Dr. Ben Carson Stoked Fears That Someone Could Pay A Lab Worker $1 Million For Ebola-Tainted Urine. Appearing on Fox News' Your World, Fox contributor Dr. Ben Carson was featured in a segment on Ebola in August and warned, "we have to guard against worse-case scenarios" such as a lab worker selling Ebola-tainted urine. [Media Matters, 8/6/14]

 

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