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First American to Contract Ebola, Nurse Nina Pham with her beloved King Charles Spaniel, Bentley

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers and The Daily Mail.

UPDATE:

At press time Nina Pham’s condition has been downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘fair’.

 

  • According to the American Hospital Association’s scale used to describe a patient’s health, a ‘fair condition’ is listed as worse than a ‘good condition’  
  • Miss Pham, 26, contracted Ebola at Texas Presbyterian in Dallas after volunteering to treat U.S. ‘patient zero’ Thomas Eric Duncan
  • She was transported to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland on Thursday night
  • Head of the facility said Nina was a ‘trooper’ in her fight against the virus and resting comfortably but extremely fatigued 
  • Dr Fauci denied that Miss Pham was deteriorating adding that she is sitting up, talking with staff and eating

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Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who became the first person to be infected with Ebola in the United States, smiled and joked with her colleagues Thursday, an emotional video shows.

Pham was recorded by her treating physician at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, who thanks her for taking care of the first Ebola ­patient on US soil, Thomas Eric Duncan.

“I love you guys,” an emotional Pham says as she wipes away tears.

“We love you, Nina,” the doctor says.

After the video was made, Pham was transferred from Texas to a National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, DC.

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The 56-second YouTube video shows another health care worker in attendance, wearing a full mask and other protective gear.

“Come to Maryland, everybody,” Pham jokes as the team tells her to get better.

Pham was closely involved in the care of Duncan, a Liberian who flew to Dallas via Brussels and Washington. He died of Ebola on Oct. 8 at the Dallas hospital.

According to Texas Health Presbyterian, Pham asked that the video be posted.

 

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Government’s Misplaced Priorities and The Price You Continue To Pay

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Our government extorts taxes from us whether we like it or not. They have the power and they know how to use it. They then set the priorities on how to spend your money. You have no say in the matter unless; that is, you think your ballot box decision are the final word. How’s that worked out for you? Right! So, we are supposed to take comfort that our political elites, from their vantage point on Capitol Hill, can be trusted set the proper priorities for spending your hard-earned cash.

The thing about government’s misplaced priorities is that the negative dividends continue for years, decades, or maybe forever. Further more, the price Americans pay for these misplaced priorities is much more than dollars you pay in taxes. Much more! For example, ask yourself: How many wars _ oh, let’s say since the days of President Woodrow Wilson _ have Americans had to fight that most Americans were against US involvement? Think about the blood and treasure and ruined economies and ruined lives that Americans paid and continue to pay.

In recent times, probably no war was less supported by the American people than the Iraq War that President George Bush insisted we fight. The reason this war was necessary, President Bush told us, was that we (the government) had credible intelligence that the Saddam Hussein government had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), which were a threat to America’s national security. To the chagrin of the America people across the political spectrum, ten years of war turned up no WMD. As a result, there’s been no end to the criticism Bush has received from both the Left and the Right and that would include yours truly. I have been a consistent critic of the Iraq War. Today, however, my good friend and operator of the Spellchek blog opened my eyes to a startling truth. You really must read this article. You will learn for example, that President Bush was not relying  on “credible intelligence reports” Saddam had WMD. He didn’t have to rely on speculative intelligence reports because he knew Saddam had WMD because he knew that Germany and the US had given Saddam WMD. Congress was told about the WMD given to Iraq in 1991! (The article has links to impeccable sources.) So, you might ask: Why would the US give WMD to Saddam? Because he was fighting a war with Iran. In other words, as the enemy of our enemy, he was prioritized as a temporary friend. You. also, might ask why in ten years no WMD were found? It’s been speculated that Saddam had time to move them somewhere safe; like Syria , maybe? Both Assad’s forces and the militant’s forces have been accused of using chemical (WMD) in the raging uncivil war in Syria. Could they be Saddam’s? Now, ISIS is said to have acquired chemical WMD and are using them against the Kurds in northern Syria. (I guess the UN missed some.) By the way, the Spellchek article has a link to an article with graphic photos of some of the dead that show no signs of bullet holes or shrapnel wounds _ just blisters and skin falling off, and open sores. Those misplaced priorities have a way, as my friend points out, of coming back and biting you in the ass.

Okay, let’s take a look at the man with the absolutely worst record of setting priorities that do great harm to the well being of Americans, President, Barack Hussein Obama. You. my fellow Americans, will be paying in countless ways for his misplaced priorities for a very long time. Consider the ramifications of Obama’s apology tour, the bail-out of the criminal Wall Street Banks, using the $800 billion stimulus package to reward his crony friends and bail-out his union buddies at GM and Chrysler, while screwing the bondholders and breaking our nation’s bankruptcy laws. This list could get very long, so, let’s move along to some current issues confronting Americans.

Enterovirus D68 and President Obama’s Open Border Policy

Enterovirus D68 has become pandemic across the United States.  A half a dozen or so children have died, so far. There are reports this morning of three more cases in Orange County, California. Many Americans have been worried about the recent surge of “unaccompanied children” from Central America crossing our southern border bringing communicable diseases with them. Please take a look at this article and learn what President Obama knew about Enterovirus D68 in Central America, when he knew it, when he knew the children would becoming and what diabolical plans were made well in advance of their arrival, including dispersing them all across America so that if there was a breakout of Enterovirus D68, they wouldn’t be concentrated in one place, which would alert Americans as to the cause. He even wrote a special secret Executive Order, giving the federal government unprecedented powers to quarantine those “suspected” of having a respiratory disease. Clearly, the priority of creating future Democratic Party voters is more important than the health of Americans.

Political Correctness Trumps Threat From Ebola

You know this is true, don’t you? But, if you need any more proof or ammunition, please read these two articles at Questions and Observations, here and here.

I hope I have shown you how the misplaced priorities of our government can and do have long-term ramifications that you pay for, in many  ways, and you keep paying for years after the Priority Misplacer has left office.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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BREAKING: CDC Allowed Second Nurse With Ebola To Board Flight AFTER She Called To Report She Had A Fever…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

It is now being reported that the CDC knowingly allowed the second American to come down with the Ebola to travel by plane even though they knew she had a fever.

One health official said to me somebody dropped the ball. I then called the CDC and the agency said that this nurse, nurse Vinson, did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5.

But the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her fever wasn’t 100.4 or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of high risk. Now I think what’s disconcerting to people is that you would think common sense would tell you, well, after the first nurse, Nurse Pham became sick with Ebola, you would have thought, well, out of an abundance of caution let’s just keep her there and not have her get on the flight.

 

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Breaking News: Ebola Strikes Second Health Care Worker in Texas

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DALLAS (AP) — A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.

The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms of Ebola, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday. She was in isolation within 90 minutes, Jenkins said.

Health officials said the worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died Oct. 8.

The department said a preliminary Ebola test was conducted late Tuesday at a state public health laboratory in Austin, Texas, and came back positive during the night. Confirmatory testing was being conducted at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Officials said the health care worker was interviewed to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures. It said others who had interactions with the worker or possible exposure to the virus will be monitored.

It’s not clear how the second health care worker contracted the virus, and authorities declined to say what position she holds at the hospital or the type of care she provided.

Officials have said they don’t know how the first health worker, a nurse, became infected. But the second case pointed to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed personal protective garb.

The CDC is assisting the hospital with this second infected person.

“An additional health care worker testing positive for Ebola is a serious concern, and the CDC has already taken active steps to minimize the risk to health care workers and the patient,” the CDC said in a statement.

“What happened there (in Dallas), regardless of the reason, is not acceptable. It shouldn’t have happened,” Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of NIH, said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Fauci said he envisioned the CDC taking “a much more involved role” in establishing the proper training protocols for Ebola cases.

The CDC said its experts had taken part in interviewing the second health care worker to identify any contacts or potential exposures in the community.

But is the CDC’s help a case of ‘too little, too late’?

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, has acknowledged that the government wasn’t aggressive enough in managing Ebola and containing the virus as it spread from an infected patient to a nurse at a Dallas hospital.

“We could’ve sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed,” he said Tuesday.

Frieden outlined new steps this week designed to stop the spread of the disease, including the creation of an Ebola response team, increased training for health care workers nationwide and changes at the Texas hospital to minimize the risk of more infections.

“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient — the first patient — was diagnosed. That might have prevented this infection,” Frieden said.

The stark admission came as the World Health Organization projected the pace of infections accelerating in West Africa to as many as 10,000 new cases a week within two months.

Major mistakes were made treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient from Liberia that was ‘patient zero’.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, appearing Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, sidestepped questions about whether she had complete confidence in the Texas hospital where the health care workers have been diagnosed with Ebola or whether they should be transferred to one of four specialized hospitals. “We will keep all options and considerations right now,” she said.

In a conference call late Tuesday, the nation’s largest nurses’ union described how the patient, Duncan, was left in an open area of the emergency room for hours. National Nurses United, citing unidentified nurses, said staff treated Duncan for days without the correct protective gear, that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling and safety protocols constantly changed.

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of Nurses United, refused to say how many nurses made the statement about Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, but insisted they were in a position to know what happened.

A total of 76 people at the hospital might have been exposed to Duncan, and all are being monitored for fever and other symptoms daily, Frieden said. Nurse Nina Pham contracted the virus while caring for Duncan. Health officials are monitoring 48 others who had some contact with Duncan before he was admitted the hospital where he died.

Maybe the CDC should take a page from Firestone. Yes, Firestone – the tire company. As we covered here at CH2.0, Firestone’s rubber plantation in Harbel, Liberia got hit by Ebola, and when no hospitals around them were capable of treating the virus, they jumped in the deep end and set up their own Ebola isolation building.

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee’s wife arrived from northern Liberia. She’d been caring for a disease-stricken woman and was herself diagnosed with the disease. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay. It built its own treatment center and set up a comprehensive response that’s managed to quickly stop transmission. Dr. Brendan Flannery, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team in Liberia, has hailed Firestone’s efforts as resourceful, innovative and effective.

But the Firestone Ebola facility isn’t just treating their own people who are infected, they are also taking in patients from across the region.

Currently the only Ebola cases on the sprawling, 185-square-mile plantation are in patients who come from neighboring towns.

When the Ebola case was diagnosed, “we went in to crisis mode,” recalls Ed Garcia, the managing director of Firestone Liberia. He redirected his entire management structure toward Ebola.

It didn’t take them long to figure out that they were on their own, and rather than looking to a government for help, they decided to meet the crisis head on, and handle it themselves.

Garcia’s team first tried to find a hospital in the capital to care for the woman. “Unfortunately, at that time, there was no facility that could accommodate her,” he says. “So we quickly realized that we had to handle the situation ourselves.”

The case was detected on a Sunday. Garcia and a medical team from the company hospital spent Monday setting up an Ebola ward. Tuesday the woman was placed in isolation.

“None of us had any Ebola experience,” he says. They scoured the Internet for information about how to treat Ebola. They cleared out a building on the hospital grounds and set up an isolation ward. They grabbed a bunch of hazmat suits for dealing with chemical spills at the rubber factory and gave them to the hospital staff. The suits worked just as well for Ebola cases.

Firestone immediately quarantined the woman’s family. Like so many Ebola patients, she died soon after being admitted to the ward. But no one else at Firestone got infected: not her family and not the workers who transported, treated and cared for her.

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Hat/Tip to Nick Fagge and Mia Di Graaf at The Daily Mail.

It is being reported that the second person to contract the Ebola virus has received a blood transfusion from a surviving patient, in hopes that anti-bodies in his blood will help her battle the disease.

The Texan nurse diagnosed with Ebola has received a blood transfusion from survivor Dr Kent Brantly, reports claim. 

It is the third time Dr Brantly has donated blood to Ebola victims after medics discovered he had the same blood type as previous patient Dr Nick Sacra and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who is still being treated.

Incredibly, nurse Nina Pham, 26, has also matched with Brantly and today received a transfusion of his blood in a move that doctors believe could save her life.

So far, Ms. Pham seems to be doing well.

Pham has been in quarantine since Friday after catching the disease from ‘patient zero’ Thomas Eric Duncan – the man who brought the deadly virus to America.     

Brantly is believed to have traveled to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Pham worked, to make the donation on Sunday night.

Today, Pham’s condition was described as ‘clinically stable’.

Ms. Pham isn’t the first person Dr. Brantly has donated his blood for.

Those who have survived Ebola have antibodies in their blood which can help new sufferers beat the disease.

Dr Kent Brantly was flown back from Liberia to the U.S. after contracting Ebola during his missionary work for Samaritan’s Purse.

He survived after receiving a dose of the experimental serum Z-Mapp and round-the-clock care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. 

On September 10, Dr Brantly donated blood to a fellow doctor, Dr Rick Sacra, who also contracted Ebola during his work in West Africa and survived the disease.

Last Tuesday, he was on a road trip from Indiana to Texas when he received a call from Ashoka Mukpo’s medical center in Nebraska telling him his blood type matched Mukpo’s. 

He also offered his blood to Thomas Eric Duncan but their blood types didn’t match.

 

 

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Nina Pham is being described as very caring, Christian person who got into nursing to help people.

Friends and well-wishers have paid tribute to Miss Pham and praised her as a big-hearted, compassionate nurse dedicated to caring for other.

Raised in Vietnamese family in Fort Worth, she graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

She obtained her nursing license in August 2010 and recently qualified as a critical care nurse.

A friend told the Dallas Morning News: ‘When she got accepted into nursing school she was really excited. Her mom would tell how it’s really hard and a bunch of her friends quit doing it because it was so stressful. But she was like, “This is what I want to do”.’

A devout Christian she regularly attends mass at the Lady of Fatima Church.

Tom Ha, who taught her bible class, told the paper: ‘The family is very dedicated and go out of their way to help people. I expect, with the big heart she has, she went beyond what she was supposed to do to help anyone in need.’

When news of Ms. Pham’s infection by the Ebola virus broke, the Director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden released a statement that seemed to place the blame on Nina Pham.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) Dr Thomas Frieden has blamed a ‘breach in protocol’ of infection control lead Miss Pham to catch Ebola.

Mr Duncan arrived in Texas from Liberia on September 20. He began showing symptoms of Ebola three days after his arrival and was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday 28. He died on Wednesday October 8. 

Presbyterian’s chief clinical officer, Dr Dan Varga, said all staff had followed CDC recommended precautions – ‘gown, glove, mask and shield’ – while treating Mr Duncan.

Dr. Frieden made that statement on the CBS program, Face The Nation.

“We’re deeply concerned about this new development,” Dr. Thomas Frieden said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I think the fact that we don’t know of a breach in protocol is concerning because clearly there was a breach in protocol. We have the ability to prevent the spread of Ebola by caring safely for patients.”

Then Dr. Frieden and the CDC seemed to backtrack on his ‘breach of protocol’ statement.

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Here are some facts about the Ebola virus:

 

SPREAD OF A DEADLY PLAGUE: HOW WILL AMERICA CONTAIN EBOLA?

WHEN IS EBOLA CONTAGIOUS?

Only when someone is showing symptoms, which can start with vague symptoms including a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea.

HOW DOES EBOLA SPREAD?

Through close contact with a symptomatic person’s bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen. Those fluids must have an entry point, like a cut or scrape or someone touching the nose, mouth or eyes with contaminated hands, or being splashed. That’s why health care workers wear protective gloves and other equipment.

The World Health Organization says blood, feces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, while the virus is found in saliva mostly once patients are severely ill and the whole live virus has never been culled from sweat. 

WHAT ABOUT MORE CASUAL CONTACT?

Ebola isn’t airborne. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said people don’t get exposed by sitting next to someone on the bus.

‘This is not like flu. It’s not like measles, not like the common cold. It’s not as spreadable, it’s not as infectious as those conditions,’ he added.

WHO GETS TESTED WHEN EBOLA IS SUSPECTED?

Hospitals with a suspected case call their health department or the CDC to go through a checklist to determine the person’s level of risk. Among the questions are whether the person reports a risky contact with a known Ebola patient, how sick they are and whether an alternative diagnosis is more likely. Most initially suspicious cases in the U.S. haven’t met the criteria for testing.

HOW IS IT CLEANED UP?

The CDC says bleach and other hospital disinfectants kill Ebola. Dried virus on surfaces survives only for several hours.

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Ebola: Patient Number Two – Health Care Worker in Hospital

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Hat/Tip to Melissa Repko and Sherry Jacobson at The Dallas Morning News.

Well, it happened. An American citizen has  contracted the Ebola virus. She is a health care worker in a hospital in Dallas, Texas.

A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital health care worker in Dallas who had “extensive contact” with the first Ebola patient to die in the United States has contracted the disease

The infected person detected a fever Friday night and drove herself to the Presbyterian emergency room, where she was placed in isolation 90 minutes later. A blood sample sent to the state health lab in Austin confirmed Saturday night that she had Ebola — the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

The director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that the infection in the health care worker, who was not on the organization’s watch list for people who had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, resulted from a “breach in protocol.”

“We have spoken with the health care worker,” who cannot “identify the specific breach” that allowed the infection to spread, said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. The CDC has sent additional staff members to Dallas to “assist with the response,” he said.

Ebola is nothing to be messed around with, and even trained health care workers are at risk. The second patient contracted the illness on her second contact with the first Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan.

Frieden said exposure can result from a “single inadvertent slip.” He cautioned: “Unfortunately it is possible in the coming days we will see additional cases of Ebola” in health care workers.

Texas health commissioner David Lakey said the health care worker had “extensive contact” with Duncan. The nurse, who missed two days of work before going to the emergency room, is believed to have had contact with one person while symptomatic. Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, can only be transmitted from infected people showing symptoms.

“We have been preparing for an event like this,” Lakey said.

The identity of the second victim has not been released, due to the wishes of the family.

Presbyterian chief clinical officer Daniel Varga said the exposure occurred during Duncan’s second visit to the hospital. Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, went to the Presbyterian emergency room Sept. 26 and was sent home with antibiotics only to return to the hospital on Sept. 28. He was diagnosed with Ebola and died Oct. 8

Officials haven’t released the name of the health care worker or her job description. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he has spoken to the health care worker’s parents, who have asked for privacy.

“Let’s remember that this is a real person who is going through a great ordeal. So is that person’s family,” Jenkins said.

The second Ebola patient lives in the 5700 block of  Marquita Avenue in East Dallas, where the person’s apartment was decontaminated Sunday. While the CDC didn’t consider the person to be at “high risk” of contracting Ebola, the health care worker had been monitoring for signs of the disease, including checking for fever twice daily.

The person’s car was decontaminated and the common area of an apartment complex was cleaned by a hazardous-material team Sunday. A pet also lived in the person’s apartment.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who visited the neighborhood Sunday morning, said that her dog, which could potentially harbor the virus, is “very important” to the health care worker. Rawlings said workers are “finding a very safe and isolated place for the dog,” where the animal can be monitored.

Rawlings, however, dismissed a rumor that he was taking the dog in.

The second victim’s neighbors are upset that she contracted the disease, and baffled as to how it happened.

Dallas police have cordoned off the East Dallas apartment, where a frenzy of news media and helicopters circling above have drawn neighbors outside. Police officers and a CDC representative talked to residents Sunday morning and distributing papers about Ebola symptoms.

“It just breaks my heart. … She was just an innocent woman who took care of someone who was sick,” said neighbor Colleen Watson said. “She did her job, and probably with full empathy and kindness, and for this to happen to her is so much sadder than any other case.”

Dina Smith was holding her 3-year-old daughter, still in disbelief that the first contracted case was just a block away. She said Mayor Mike Rawlings and staff members from the mayor’s office visited Sunday morning and talked to residents.

“I’m not particularly concerned because from everything I heard, she was a nurse and took every precaution,” Smith said. “But you hear the helicopters overhead and see the news, and it makes you pay more attention.”

Lindsey Carpenter, 33, said her roommate had searched on the Internet to find out why news helicopters were flying over their neighborhood. He barged into her room at 9:30 a.m. when he found an answer: “There’s an Ebola patient in the neighborhood.”

Carpenter, who works in a hospital in Lewisville, said she hopes Presbyterian investigates how the nurse contracted Ebola — especially because she was exposed to Duncan during his second visit to the hospital.

“They were prepared with hazmat suits and everything,” she said. “I wonder how she got it. It’s really puzzling. There’s probably more to the story that we don’t know.”

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How Many Americans Must Die Of Ebola Before Obama Bans Travel From Ebola-Stricken Countries?

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Hat/Tip to Terence P. Jeffrey at CNS News.

As Obama’s approval rating plummets, you would think that might make him rethink some of his asinine decisions, if for no other reason, than for the ‘optics’.

CNSNews.com asked a tough question of the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki – and that is, “…Is it one American contracting Ebola, is it five, is it ten? At what point would the policy have to be reexamined and seen as imprudent?”

Ms. Psaki’s answer?

Well, just like her boss, President Obama, she gave a long, rambling non-answer. But she did drop this little tid-bit in her PC response: “…by isolating these countries, it would make it harder to help them. It will spread more there, and we’d be likely to be exposed more here.”

Did you get that?

By allowing people from Ebola-stricken countries to bring the disease over here, we are SAFER than if we stopped allowing them to come here.

Yeah, made no sense to the staff here at CH2.0, either.

(CNSNews.com) – State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki would not directly respond Thursday to a question from CNSNews.com asking her how many American Ebola victims would be an acceptable price for the American people to pay for the administration’s policy of allowing people to travel to the United States from three Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa—without even putting them through a quarantine period.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy for dealing with travelers entering this country from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, which are currently experiencing an Ebola epidemic.

Under this policy, travelers from these countries will be checked on arrival at five U.S. international airports to see if they have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. They will also be questioned to see if they admit having had contact with an Ebola victim.

So the Obama guidelines do absolutely nothing to quarantine travelers possibly infected with Ebola.

“The illness has an average 8-10 day incubation period (although it ranges from 2 to 21 days),” says the CDC. “CDC recommends monitoring exposed people for symptoms a complete 21 days. People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.”

Because the virus has this 21-day incubation period, the new policy implemented by the CDC and DHS will not allow the U.S. government to know for certain whether the people it is allowing to enter the United States from the Ebola-stricken countries of Africa are carrying the virus. Like Duncan, they may be carrying it and not yet showing symptoms.

Here is the complete exchange between CNS News and State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Kerry said of U.S. efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak: “We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa and we need borders to remain open.”

In light of Kerry’s remarks and Dr. Frieden’s cost-benefit analysis supporting the government’s policy of allowing people from Ebola-stricken regions to enter the United States without even going through a quarantine period, CNSNews.com asked State Department Spokeswoman this question on Thursday:

“When measured in terms of American lives that might be affected by this–American lives lost or permanently altered by Ebola–is there a point at which that cost-benefit analysis tips and it would be seen as a mistake to have let people to travel here without a quarantine period? Is it one American contracting Ebola? Is it five? Is it ten? At what point would the policy have to be reexamined and seen as imprudent?”

Psaki’s response did not say how many American Ebola victims would be an acceptable number.

She said: “Well, one, I think what you’re referring to in part is some of the new announcements that were made by the White House or are in the process of being made about measures that are being put into place to screen over 94 percent of passengers arriving from Ebola-affected Western African countries. We continue to take steps and evaluate what steps that can be taken to, of course, not only protect American citizens but continue to treat–do everything we can to address this outbreak.

“And I would also note,” Psaki continued, “that Dr. Frieden has also made comments that by isolating these countries, it would make it harder to help them. It will spread more there, and we’d be likely to be exposed more here. So there are reasons for finding ways to address this and address it in ways that are – don’t intervene as – with passengers, while still allowing these countries to travel.

 

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With the Ebola outbreak in the news we here at the Worldwide Headquarters of Manhattan Infidel™  are taking a moment out of our busy schedule to give our readers the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control on how to protect yourself.

Q:  What is the Ebola virus?

A:  The Ebola virus (or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) is a highly contagious and deadly disease.  There is no known cure.

Q:  Where did the Ebola virus originate?

A:  Some say Africa, though of course that is speculation and racist.

Q:  But weren’t the first recorded cases from sub-Saharan Africa?

A:  We are scientists.  We are not interested in your “facts.”

Q:  What causes Ebola?

A:  Intolerance, racism and capitalism.  Countries with low tax rates usually experience outbreaks.

Q:  What are the symptoms of Ebola?

A: Fatigue, headache, joint paint, vomiting and diarrhea are the first outward signs of infection though the underlying cause is most likely resistance to the Prophet Muhammad.

Q:  I hear there is an outbreak in Africa and an African man flew to Dallas and became sick.  Is this true?

A:  It is irrelevant where the sick person came from.  We at the CDC are not interested in that.

Q:  But if he did come from Africa shouldn’t we, as a precaution, ban flights from countries with known infectious outbreaks?

A:  Your question betrays your underlying racism and makes me sick.  Granted, not “Ebola” sick but sick from moral outrage that in the 21st century we still have to put up with people like you.

Q:  It’s not a racist question.  It’s common sense.  Wouldn’t the best way to prevent an outbreak in the United States be to ban flights from countries known to have outbreaks?  We temporarily banned flights to Israel over the summer because of the war and feared for the safety of Americans.  Isn’t it the same principle?

A:  The two cases could not be more different. Israel is an occupying power and we banned flights hoping to inflict economic damage on them that would bring them to enter negotiations with the Palestinians.  Quite frankly I am surprised by the ignorance of your question and have already alerted the IRS to possible irregularities in your tax returns.

Q:  But I just want to protect America!  I think we should stop flights from infected countries in Africa.

A:  Why do you hate black people?

Q:  I believe I might be infected.  What can I do?

A:  Try vomiting all over your home.  Then go outside and vomit on your front lawn. Make sure that your neighbors see you vomiting so that they will come to your assistance.

Q:  But won’t that infect my neighbors?

A:  Not if they are progressive and favor higher taxes and redistribution of wealth.

Q:  What about washing my hands?

A:  Yeah right.  Since when has washing ones hands ever kept anyone healthy? Besides, washing ones hands is racist.

Q:  I just vomited all over my home and front lawn.  Teams in HazMat suits have ordered me back inside. Shouldn’t I be taken to a hospital?  

A:  What? And infect hospital workers?  No. The safest thing for you to do is to go back inside. If you have any meat in your refrigerator use the meat to clean up the vomit.  This will disinfect your home.  It also means the meat is safe to eat.

Q:  Really?

A:  I think so.  We are kind of new to this whole infectious outbreak thing.  But this advice comes from Jenny McCarthy so we know it’s reliable.

Q:  So I have nothing to fear?  Ebola has no chance of coming to the United States?

A:  None whatsoever.  Unless an infected man flies to this country or crosses our borders.  But what are the chances of that happening?.

Q:  Thank you for your help and information.  I feel better already.

A:  Don’t mention it.  We at the CDC exist to fight the spread of such infectious diseases such as Ebola and we urge all Americans to vote Democrat.  Only through higher taxes can we prevent an outbreak.

Well I for one feel much safer knowing the Government is on the case.

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Obama Scrapped CDC Rule Giving Feds Power to Block Travelers with Deadly Diseases

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Hat/Tip to John Blosser at Newsmax.

The safeguards that were in place to protect American citizens from exposure to deadly diseases by persons from immigrants were removed by President Barack Obama and his administration. Why? Who knows? Maybe to better fit in with his globalization agenda for America? Or maybe it was for the same reason the ACLU lauded this action when it occurred back in 2010.

Four years ago, quietly and without public notice, the Obama administration scrapped quarantine plans from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which could have blocked travelers with the deadly Ebola virus from entering the U.S.

The Daily Caller reports that the rules, which would have given the federal government quarantine power over sick airline passengers, likely would have stopped Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian resident and the first case of Ebola reported in the U.S., from ever setting foot in the country and bringing Ebola with him.

Duncan may have infected up to 100 people before being confined to an isolation ward in a Texas hospital.

In 2010, when the quarantine plan was dropped, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Christopher Calabrese told USA Today: “The fact that they’re backing away from this very coercive style of quarantine is good news.”

And the tiny country of Botswana knows how to and, more importantly, is willing to protect its citizens.

Even Botswana has imposed a travel ban on those from countries with an Ebola outbreak, with Health Minister John Seakgosing telling The Voice, “This is a nation’s health security and Ebola is very serious and deadly. We cannot afford to take that chance.”

What Obama and the other ‘Progressives’ don’t understand is that our Federal Government derives its powers and even its very existence from We, the People. And its main duty is to protect the citizens of the United States of America. By thinking “globally,” and letting their bleeding hearts tell them how mean and cold and impersonal the U.S. by enforcing its borders, they not only fail at their duty, but they fail We the People.

Some people actually do recognize this fact, it is just too bad there aren’t more of them in the Obama administration.

Mark Krikorian, president of the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote in the National Review: “The idea that we allow people from those countries to board planes for the U.S. so long as they don’t have a fever is absurd.

“Much of our political class is simply uncomfortable with the idea that border and immigration controls should be used vigorously and unapologetically to protect Americans. You can hear the objections now: It would be xenophobic. It might stigmatize West Africans. Those countries will object to our State Department that they’re being discriminated against.

“The Ebola incident is simply part of a broader trend of cosmopolitan hostility to the idea of national borders as a security tool,” Krikorian wrote.

Read the full story here.

 

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Champion Of The 1.6 Percenters

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“I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Homofascism – “a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free speech rights, loss of employment, and having the word ‘hate’ attached to you in some form.”

According to a new survey by the Center For Disease Control, only 1.6% of Americans identify themselves as homosexual.  Which begs the question, why does the President of the United States spend his presumably valuable time pandering to a tiny segment of the public while generally ignoring the customs of the 98.4% of us who like our eggs, so to speak, sunny-side up?

Since we’re talking percentages, here’s another one to ponder: 71% of the people who voted for Obama now regret it.  The other 29% have been dead since the turn of the century.  

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Orville Redenbacher Scandal Widens

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Eat my popcorn!  Don’t worry about your testicles!

The controversy surrounding Orville Redenbacher and his iconic brand of popcorn grows deeper with each stunning revelation.

The scandal first erupted when several college students made trips to emergency rooms complaining that they couldn’t sleep, were nervous, couldn’t concentrate and that their testicles had dropped off.

“At first we though they were Business Administration majors because, you know, like capitalism is evil” said one ER doctor.

But then more people from different walks of life started complaining of the same symptoms.

Doctors from the Center for Disease Control arrived to conduct an investigation.  What they found surprised and troubled them.

Before we even arrived we were sure that what we were looking at was the result of global warming or pollution caused by too many people driving gas-guzzling SUVs.  Because we in the government are concerned our citizens aren’t taking the threat of climate change seriously or taking appropriate steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

But after conducting tests and talking with those infected the CDC discovered that there was one thing everyone had in common:  They all ate Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.

Chemical analysis were conducted on Redenbacher’s popcorn which revealed the presence of alarmingly high quantities of anabolic steroids.

When asked to explain this Redenbacher said:

I needed an edge.  A reason for people to come back and eat my popcorn.  Come on why pick on me?  Everyone’s doing it.  All the major popcorn brands are juiced up. And if juicing is wrong why does Melky Cabrera eat my popcorn every morning?

Despite Mr. Redenbacher’s protestations, his popcorn was placed on the controlled substance list by the Food and Drug Administration.  Redenbacher’s factories have been shut down and his popcorn burned in large bonfires.

Once access to Redenbacher popcorn was restricted those complaining of symptoms returned to normal.  Said an CDC agent:

Our citizens are sleeping more, are less nervous and can concentrate. Sadly their testicles haven’t grown back but that’s probably a good thing, what with the Republicans declaring war on women and denying free birth control to people.

Redenbacher’s  shut-down factories will reopen soon, run by the Government and selling green hybrid cars that run on gasoline and electric power.

As for Redenbacher, he has gone into hiding though rumor has it he has joined the Rolling Stones’ entourage and is supplying Keith Richards with popcorn.

When reached for comment Richards denied this though he also said that the government should “keep its hands off my popcorn!”

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