The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its highest-level alert for an “all hands on deck” response to the crisis in West Africa. Ebola seems to be spreading across the world thanks to the world of modern aviation and medical officials that chose not to isolate parts of Africa from the rest of the world. While President Obama proclaimed we are prepared and that the disease is "not easily transmitted," it appears this is not true at all. Time will tell us quickly.
Ebola could fizzle out leaving the world waiting for some other disaster to take us down. However thinking that living in a developed nation will curb the spread of this disease is unreasonable. If anything, it might make things worse because our workplaces, homes, methods of entertainment and all of those things that we love so much about living in the west, are the things that viruses depend on to spread.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, said, “This Ebola outbreak is unprecedented. The single most important thing to understand about protecting Americans from Ebola is that it has to be stopped at the source in Africa.” Why he is not shouting out to quarantine the countries in the center of the epidemic is mystifying to say the least.
The Geneva-based U.N. health agency said, "A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola," the WHO said in a statement after a two-day meeting of its emergency committee on Ebola. "The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it," the WHO’s director-general Margaret Chan told reporters. "The declaration … will galvanize the attention of leaders of all countries at the top level. It cannot be done by the ministries of health alone." Anyone smell martial law coming down the road?
Modern healthcare system will be completely overloaded in a worst-case scenario. It is a bad time to have to depend on western medicine with all its lies. Because western medicine is not open to use its intelligence, Ebola will probably spread faster than any efforts to contain it. Vaccines and experimental drugs are months if not years away. The next few weeks will give us a mountain of information about what to expect next, even if we live far from the maddening crowd. These following essays will give parents at least a chance that western doctors and health officials would deny them.
Nigeria’s health minister has declared a health emergency as the deadly Ebola virus gained a foothold in Africa’s most populous nation, according to news reports. “This is a national emergency. Everyone in the world today is at risk. The experience of Nigeria opens the eyes of the world,” Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu told the country’s House of Representatives.
In treating Ebola, doctors have only containment, not yet a cure though they are already promising us effective vaccines and miracle drugs that might arrive too late to make any difference. Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He says, “This outbreak has had a higher proportion of healthcare workers that have been infected than what we’re used to dealing with. I really don’t think we know the answer of why yet, quite honestly. I think there’s just a lot of political issues at play. A lot of the treatments that we work on – in fact all of them – none of them are approved for use on humans at this time.”
Most international airlines flying to West Africa in the grip of the deadly Ebola outbreak are counting on stepped-up passenger screening as they continue serving the region. This attachment to free travel potentially sets up a worst-case scenario and we are already receiving reports from around the world of the virus spreading.
Ghana may be recording its first case of Ebola if tests on the blood samples of a Burkinabe man suspected to have died of Ebola proves positive. The man who was rushed to the Bawku Presby Hospital in the Upper East Region from Burkina Faso, died on arrival.
A Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic missionaries in Liberia has died of Ebola, the charity she worked for said today in Madrid. Chantal Pascaline died early today “due to Ebola at the Hospital of Saint Joseph of Monrovia” in the Liberian capital.
Benin has reported two cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the west African country. Health Ministry official Aboubacar Moufiliatou said that a man suspected to have contracted the virus had died.
In the days since the two American workers have returned to America, Samaritan’s Purse has heard widespread concern about their reintegration. “People are afraid to get around them—husbands, wives, no one knows if it’s safe,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to give them a safe place to be, but imagine how difficult it is for American citizens—and all citizens—to suffer from this,” he said. Some from the communities where the two Americans came from reportedly have expressed concern about them infecting other residents. “This is a nasty, bloody disease; I could give you descriptions of people dying that you cannot even believe.”
Dr. Ken Isaacs of the Samaritan’s Purse, says that the epidemic is inciting panic worldwide that, in his opinion, may soon be warranted. “We have to fight it now here or we’re going to have to fight it somewhere else.” In the days since the two American workers have returned to America, Samaritan’s Purse has heard widespread concern about their reintegration. “People are afraid to get around them—husbands, wives, no one knows if it’s safe,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to give them a safe place to be, but imagine how difficult it is for American citizens—and all citizens—to suffer from this,” he said. Some from the communities where the two Americans came from reportedly have expressed concern about them infecting other residents. “This is a nasty, bloody disease; I could give you descriptions of people dying that you cannot even believe.”
According to an anonymous person who supposedly works in a hospital laboratory:
“I work in a hospital laboratory at a major hospital in a major Metro Area. My wife works clinical micro for the same company. I’m very well versed in just about everything a STAT lab in a hospital can, and does do. My wife on the other hand, actually majored in micro, with emphasis on virology. So I wanted you all to know a few things about this outbreak that became apparent to us as it began to spread.”
#1. Something has changed. This virus used to have a much shorter incubation period. And it would kill within a week. The mortality rate was much higher once upon a time. However, this is not the case anymore. Based on the sheer number of infected, the virus it seems, may have found a way to transmit itself easier. Typically when a virus "evolves" it gains in one area, while giving ground in another. It makes sense to me that Ebola gave up alot of it’s lethality, for the ability to spread itself easier, and incubate much, much longer.
#2. Africa is a mess. There is no way to tell how many are infected. Once upon a time Ebola would strike a village and wipe everyone out, and that was it. It would kill so fast that it could not spread out of the hotzone. Because of what I said above that is not the case anymore. On a continent where borders still mean very little to the native population, it is a scary mix. Even if the CDC or the WHO wanted to get accurate numbers, it would be hopeless due to the unknown number or people that distrust western medicine, refuse to get help, or wander around from village to village. The infrastructure simply does not have the same capabilities we do in the west.
#3. Even in the United States, out of all the various hospitals I have worked at, there is no hope of containing anything like this. One of the largest hospitals I worked at only had two reverse flow isolation rooms. Two, let that sink in for a minute. If this thing goes as bad as some think it will, we are, quite literally, screwed. Patients only show up to the hospital when they go symptomatic. So by the time they get there, they’ve already infected their entire family, their work group, and anyone they got within a few feet of on the way to the hospital. When they get there the ER nurses would treat it either like Flu, or Sepsis. But the whole time the patient is infecting all of them. And all of them, in turn, begin to infect everyone else in the exact same way. If this is as virulent as the WHO thinks it might be, by the time people realize what is going on, there will be more sick people than there would be beds available at every hospital in the US combined.
Because nothing a hospital can test immediately will be able to tell anyone that you are carrying the most deadly hemorrhagic fever currently known. Honestly, if a person came into a busy ER with a fever, the triage nurse would put them in the waiting room until a non-urgent room opened up in the back. They simply have no way to know who is carrying what.