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From The Los Angeles Times:

Ebola virus heading to the U.S.: Here’s why you don’t need to panic
By Christine Mai-Duc

With Emory University Hospital in Atlanta planning to receive and treat two U.S. citizens who are sick with the Ebola virus, some Americans have expressed fear that a deadly outbreak — which has killed at least 729 people in West Africa — could spread in the United States.

If you’re one of them, you can calm down. Health officials say there is virtually no danger to the public. Here’s what you need to know about the deadly virus:

What’s the likelihood of a major Ebola outbreak happening in the U.S.?

Remote, according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If an Ebola patient were to be identified here, American health systems would quickly identify, isolate and treat the person, along with anyone who may have come into contact with him or her.

The chances are “remote,” according to the article. However, unless the author is using the incorrect word, the word “remote,” when referring to probabilities, does not mean none, does not mean zero.

The CDC and the World Health Organization say it’s very unlikely that American travelers to West Africa could contract the disease, since they would have to come in direct contact with an infected person’s blood, organs or other bodily secretions.

Weak healthcare systems in West Africa have led to the virus spreading rapidly there. So have traditional burial rituals that involve washing the bodies of loved ones after death.

These paragraphs tell us why the probabilities of Ebola spreading here are very small, which is helpful, and why the Ebola virus is spreading almost uncontrollably in West Africa, but, again, we are being told that the probabilities of Ebola spreading in the United States are not zero.

Why are we bringing people known to have Ebola into the country?

Evacuation to the U.S. ensures that the two aid workers will have access to “modern medical facilities and technology” that could save their lives, a White House spokesman said Thursday.

Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol both contracted Ebola while working in Liberia and are in serious condition, according to Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse. Plans are underway to transport them to the U.S. by early next week.

A lot more at the original.

Dr Brantly and Mrs Writebol are both brave people, and American citizens. By bringing them back to the United States, they will certainly receive better care. But, as Dr Sanjay Gupta reported on CNN,1 there are — or now were — no known cases of the Ebola virus or Ebola hemorrhagic fever anywhere in the Western hemisphere. We may have a lot of respect for Dr Brantly and Mrs Writebol — I certainly do — but it is just plain stupid to bring people infected with a deadly, contagious virus to a place where that virus has never previously spread. Precautions are wise, and precautions are great, but accidents happen, things can go wrong, and one mistake here could mean the deaths of a lot more Americans, could mean the spread of a disease that was previously not here.

After all, the patients were working with Ebola patients, they knew the risks, they knew the danger, and knew the precautions which had to be taken . . . and they were still infected. Dr Gupta reported that it is believed2 that another health care worker, a local, came in contact with the disease, became infected, and came to work sick, coming in contact with Dr Brantly and Mrs Writebol outside of the isolation areas, and that is how they became infected. While we assume that the workers at Emory University Hospital will take extreme precautions, it has to be remembered that not every worker there is a doctor or nurse or health care professional: there are janitors and laundry service and other people, not all of them well-trained, working at hospitals, performing essential functions without which a health care institution cannot function.

Dr Brantly and Mrs Writebol are both very brave people, but they should have been treated in the area in which the disease is already present. Such would probably lessen their chances of surviving Ebola hemorrhagic fever, which is regrettable, but would not introduce the Ebola virus into the Western hemisphere, where it will probably, but not definitely, be contained.

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  1. Saturday, 2 August 2014, between 11:00 and 11:10 AM
  2. From the tone of that part of the report, I’m not sure that this part isn’t just speculation.

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  1. After all, the patients were working with Ebola patients, they knew the risks, they knew the danger, and knew the precautions which had to be taken . . . and they were still infected.

    Or, to borrow from the movie Airplane: “They bought their tickets, they knew the risk. I say, let ‘em crash!”

  2. •Sister Toldjah: Justice Ginsburg: An all-female SCOTUS would’ve ruled differently on #HobbyLobby

    My post there – Ya gotta wonder why so many left wing females go out of their way to look as unattractive as possible. Ginsberg in particular has the sort of prune-faced look of someone who hasn’t gotten laid since the Civil War.

  3. Ya gotta wonder why so many left wing females go out of their way to look as unattractive as possible.

    That’s why I laugh when the Sandra Fluke’s run around crying they need some third party to pay for their birth control. Birth control? Are you shitin’ me? They should be beggin’ us to pay for make-up and facial reconstruction surgery.

    But there does seem to be some correlation between the self-serving, vile and hate filled souls of leftists and their just-as-ugly exteriors. I ask, have you ever met a truly happy leftist? I haven’t.

  4. If BO is so keen on bringing these two Ebola Patients back to the USA, why doesn’t he take them to Martha’s Vineyard with him? Afterall, it’s an isolated island and not a major population center, and BO would, as president, have the best doctors with him. They all can vacation on an isolated part of the island, and if Ebola does get loose, it’s on an island which would be easy to quarantine.

    Or if BO would be uneasy with Ebola breaking out on the island, he could demand that several hundred illegal MS13′s from the border be brought to the island. Martha’s Vineyard should get its FAIR SHARE like other places in the country.

    What could go wrong either way?

  5. As the Editor speculated:

    BREAKING — Obama Signs Executive Order 13295 — Detain Or Quarantine Americans Who Merely Show Signs Of “Respiratory Illness”

    This is REALLY getting bad, folks. SERIOUSLY B-A-D!

    (by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars) — As the Ebola outbreak continues to cause concern, President Barack Obama has signed an amendment to an executive order that would allow him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of “respiratory illness.”

    The executive order, titled Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases, amends executive order 13295, passed by George W. Bush in April 2003, which allows for the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”

    The amendment signed by Obama replaces subsection (b) of the original Bush executive order which referred only to SARS. Obama’s amendment allows for the detention of Americans who display, “Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”

    Moron this here:

    http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/breaking-obama-signs-executive-order-13295-detain-or-quarantine-americans-who-merely-show-signs-of-respiratory-illness

  6. The THICK PLOTTENS:

    OBAMA Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases DATED 31 July 2014 | EBOLA?
    August 1st, 2014

    Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases
    EXECUTIVE ORDER
    - – – – – – -
    REVISED LIST OF QUARANTINABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 264(b) of title 42, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Amendment to Executive Order 13295. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005, section 1 of Executive Order 13295 shall be further amended by replacing subsection (b) with the following:

    “(b) Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. This subsection does not apply to influenza.”

    Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    BARACK OBAMA

    LINK -

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/31/executive-order-revised-list-quarantinable-communicable-diseases

    DOES THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE EBOLA OUTBREAK!

  7. To be fair, Justice Ginsberg didn’t have much help from her parents when it came to looks, so there wasn’t a whole lot she could do about it.

    PJ O’Rourke penned a hilarious description of a left wing old bag he met once on a trip to the USSR: “Hers wasn’t the ugliness of birth but rather the ugliness of a lifetime of bad character, pique, and petty malice”

    Suits “Justice” Ginsberg to a “T”!

  8. Plus, like I said, Ginsberg goes out of her way to look unattractive. The hair pulled back in a tight bun, the oversized bug-eyed glasses that make her face look even more thin and hatchet faced than usual, etc. It’s a look that says to men “Don’t even think about having sex with me, because your dick would feeeze solid and snap right off!”

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  10. Envisage this scenario …

    Someone with Ebola exposure, knowingly or not, enters the US illegally across the southern border. They expose more people before their illegal crossing, who also cross. They are detained and placed into a holding area, exposing more people, both Border Patrol or ICE or other detainees. Perhaps they are deported, perhaps they are given over into the custody of others in exchange for a promise to appear for a judicial hearing on whether or not they should be allowed to stay. Meanwhile, they continue to expose an ever-widening number of people. Those exposed continue to expose others, and the infection fans out in an unstoppable and untrackable pattern. Voila, a pandemic.

    Too much of the discussion on the Sunday talking heads programs this morning talked about carriers being identified on incoming flights, being properly quarantined and treated … with no appreciation for the porous border and lack of medical screening that occurs.

  11. That’s a scenario which becomes more probable if the Ebola virus makes it to our hemisphere . . . which now it has, even if supposedly only in isolation.

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