Thursday, August 7, 2014


Second US aid worker infected with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

Specially equipped plane carrying 59-year-old Nancy Writebol transports victim to Emory University hospital A second American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while responding to the outbreak in west Africa arrived in the US on Tuesday.

A specially equipped plane carrying 59-year-old Nancy Writebol took off from the airport in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, late on Monday night. The plane made a refuelling stop in Maine before arriving in Atlanta on Tuesday morning.

Brantly and Writebol contracted Ebola while working in Liberia for a North Carolina-based evangelical Christian group, Samaritan’s Purse.

Brantly arrived in the US over the weekend, and was taken to the Atlanta hospital’s isolation unit, which is said to be among the best in the country. On Sunday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr Thomas Frieden, said Brantly’s condition had improved. zmap drug

Meanwhile, doctors at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City say they are running tests on a man who had recently traveled to “a west African country where Ebola has been reported”.

In an apparent attempt to avoid hysteria, U.S. health authorities are withholding details about a number of suspected Ebola victims from the public. During a segment concerning the admission of a potential Ebola victim at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta revealed that there have been at least six cases at the hospital which prompted doctors to test for Ebola but that the details were not divulged publicly.

“There have been about a half a dozen patients who have had their blood tested because of concern, those particular patients their stories were not made public,” said Gupta, adding, “I’m not sure if that’s because of heightened concern by the hospital or what that means exactly.”

Gupta also appeared to suggest that patients being tested for the Ebola virus were not being kept in isolation when he stated, “This isn’t the kind of thing that they worry about spreading to other patients in the hospital, spreading to people who are walking around the hospital. This is not an airborne virus.”

Gun confiscations and martial law are both plausible government responses to an Ebola outbreak in America considering recent policies by the Obama administration and the fact that the military has been preparing for domestic deployment for the past several years.

Back in 2009, CNN reported that U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) wanted to “establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities” in the event of a severe outbreak in America.

“The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” wrote CNN correspondent Barbara Starr. “There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include personnel from all branches of the military.”

Despite repeated assurances that the Ebola virus cannot be transmitted via airborne particles, the CDC is concerned about that very outcome and has directed airline staff to take steps to prevent the spread of “infectious material through the air.”

While Ebola is highly contagious, the risk of a full blown pandemic has been downplayed by health authorities because, according to our current understanding of the virus, Ebola, “is not airborne and is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, including sweat and blood.”

However, with concerns rising that the current strain of the virus, which is the worst in history and has killed 887 people, could in fact be airborne, the Centers For Disease Control has implemented steps to prevent its spread via international air travel.

A CDC advisory entitled Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel reveals that the federal agency is concerned about airborne contamination.

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