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More Than 100 Health Workers Fighting Ebola Have Contracted It Themselves

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Ebola - YouTubeSomething is different this time.  This is the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history, and this particular strain appears to be spreading much more easily than others have.  So far, 1,323 people have been infected in the nations of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  Of those 1,323 victims, a whopping 729 of them have died.  But a number that is even more alarming was buried in the middle of a Reuters report on Friday.  According to Reuters, “more than 100 health workers” that have been fighting Ebola in Africa have contracted the virus themselves.  Considering the extraordinary measures that these health workers take to keep from getting the disease, that is quite chilling.  We are not just talking about one or two “accidents”.  We are talking about more than 100 of them getting sick.  If Ebola is spreading this easily among medical professionals in biohazard body suits that keep any air from touching the skin, what chance are the rest of us going to have if this virus gets out into the general population?

In case you are tempted to think that this could not be possible and that I am just exaggerating, here is the relevant part of the Reuters article that I was talking about…

More than 100 health workers have been infected by the viral disease, which has no known cure, including two American medics working for charity Samaritan’s Purse. More than half of those have died, among them Sierra Leone’s leading doctor in the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, a national hero.

This has the potential to be the greatest health crisis of our lifetimes.

But don’t just take my word for it.  The following is what the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, just told the press about the disease

“If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.”

That certainly doesn’t sound good.

Remember, there is no vaccine for Ebola and there is no cure.

Most of the people that get it end up dying.

And right now even our most extreme containment procedures are failing to keep health workers from contracting the disease.

I put the following quote in an article the other day, but I think that it is worth repeating.  The health professionals that are on the front lines of the Ebola fight in Africa are going to extraordinary lengths to keep from getting the virus…

To minimise the risk of infection they have to wear thick rubber boots that come up to their knees, an impermeable body suit, gloves, a face mask, a hood and goggles to ensure no air at all can touch their skin.

Dr Spencer, 27, and her colleagues lose up to five litres of sweat during a shift treating victims and have to spend two hours rehydrating afterwards.

They are only allowed to work for between four and six weeks in the field because the conditions are so gruelling.

At their camp they go through multiple decontaminations which includes spraying chlorine on their shoes.

But those precautions are not working.

More than 100 of them have already gotten sick.

So why is this happening?

Nobody seems to know.

Like I said, something is different this time.

A top Liberian health official has already stated that this outbreak is “above the control of the national government” and that it could easily develop into a “global pandemic”.

It is absolutely imperative that this disease be contained until experts can figure out why it seems to be spreading so much more easily than before.

But instead, health officials are beginning to ship Ebola patients all over the planet.

In fact, two American health workers that have contracted Ebola are being shipped to a hospital in Atlanta

Two American medical missionaries diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia could be back in the USA next week for treatment at a special medical isolation unit at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, the U.S. State Department said Friday.

The State Department did not name the two individuals, saying only that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was facilitating their transfer on a non-commercial flight and would “maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States.”

One is to arrive Monday in a small jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The second is to arrive a few days later, said doctors at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, where they will be treated.

Could this potentially spread the virus to our shores?

I am sure that they are taking as many precautions as they can.

However, even if those patients do not spread the disease to this country, the reality of the matter is that it will always be just a plane ride away.  All it takes is for one person carrying the virus to get on one plane.

And if Ebola does start spreading in the United States, it could change life in this nation almost overnight.

We could very easily see forced quarantines and draconian restrictions on travel.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “This Is What Could Happen If Ebola Comes To The United States“.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  If more than 100 health workers fighting the virus have already contracted it, that means that it is already completely and totally out of control.  If this virus does start spreading globally, it has the potential to kill millions of people.  It could potentially be the greatest disaster that any of us have ever seen.

Let us hope and pray that it does not come to that.  But these latest developments are more than just a little bit alarming.

  • HecatesMoon

    When I got interested in the whole homesteading, prepping thing. It was out of anxiety. On occasion that anxiety has been rekindled briefly then dissipated almost as quickly as it came. But otherwise, anxiety left me, and I’ve continued along actually being the happiest I have ever been, and stopped doing it because I was worried and did it because… it just makes me happier. I found general contentment with my chickens and rabbits and garden and learning all these new things….
    NOW…. I am experiencing genuine fear. I’ve never been so afraid. We could all be stars in a new, but really unglamorous horror flick.
    I saw an article earlier…. people in the comments saying how all of us that don’t want these people brought back over here are cruel. It’s good to be humane…. to be kind. There is a line though… between kindness and utter stupidity for the sake of sensitivity??!!! Kindness would be a web cam where the families can sit and “visit” and spend the time and say good-byes. Bringing them HERE…. oh jeez!
    This has been my sudden, random, rambling blog drop in of the month….

    • K

      Hello Hecates. Anything that would help treat these people, could be flown over to them. This is the usual arrogance of man. Our technology will protect us. What if they hit severe air turbulence, and the seals are compromised? What if there is an incident on landing? They are not bringing them back to treat them, they intend to experiment on them. There seems to be an ebola vaccine, all be it a very crude one. Not yet approved for use on humans. Also with the high incidence of healthcare professionals contracting it. I am sure some of our less mentally balance scientists, can not wait to study it. Try to not be afraid. You and I have both taken precautions, to be able to live at least a while without outside resources. That will give you an advantage. What works for me is to do everything I can to prepare, and leave the rest with God. So I have no fear. Although I will admit to a little bit of anger, at this insanity.

      • piccadillybabe

        This just could be another ploy to upset the American populace. Those plastic tents looked pretty flimsy and easily punctured with a common kitchen knife. Who are they trying to kid? Flying people infected with ebola half way around the world is like holding a match to gasoline, hopefully the inferno would kill the virus.

      • Kim

        At the very least, quarantine them in one location. We have a case up in BC, in my neck of the woods, and two in Georgia, is that right? Way to cover both coasts…

        What if this virus turns out to be airborne?

        • K

          Can we say cover story? What did they really bring back from Africa? Let me see. If I was an insane Government, and wanted to bring back a large amount of ebola. For my scientists to play with. Would I use a mercy flight that no one would look at too closely? Why do I think that? I just watched a gravely ill person, walk into a hospital, with very little help. Gravely ill people often can not even stand without help. Much less walk in a cumbersome isolation suit. To say what I saw, does not make sense. Would be the understatement of the year.

          • Sandbagger

            I also thought it strange the way he stepped down off the ambulance and walked along with barely any help. For all we know, it could have been a CIA agent posing as an Ebola patient.

  • Chin

    We are bring them back to find a treatment for Ebola, and if we do, we will find the vaccine. The CDC probably is already on to a cure, but need to try it on these 2 deserving candidates. We’ll see in the coming weeks. If we do find the treatment or cure, it could keep the US dollar from collapsing. But if not, then we’re all doomed whether the economy collapses or not.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Go virus go!

    • Cynical Guy 42

      Do you think it’ll turn into a plague? Reminds me of that Bible prophecy about a disease killing off I think it was about a third of the global population.

      • Tatiana Covington

        It could do so, all too easily. This does not surprise me. I first read about this back in 1962, in Stewart’s SF novel “Earth Abides”, in which a supermeasles takes us out, more than 99%.

        Also see King’s “The Stand” (expanded version) and Robinson’s “The Years of Rice and Salt”.

        Only 750 dead? Come on, virus, you’re not trying hard enough!

        • Guest

          You’re a very sick person.

          • Tatiana Covington

            Not really, but thx.

        • jaxon64

          You are vile..sick in the mind. You would get along well with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and all the other atheist, genocidal freaks…you’d probably release it yourself and kill our children and loved ones if you could, wouldn’t you sicko.
          You should be locked away. People who wish for mass amounts of excrutiating and horrific deaths upon innocents needs to be seperated from society.

  • Firstgarden

    Well, wert I to perish, I would soon seek the arms of the Saviour.

  • stingray

    hope get cure!

  • MIchael in Chicago

    Said no west african ever.

  • JB

    “All it takes is for one person to get on a plane” – or hop across the border…

  • DJohn1

    IF you put a dye on all surfaces where this virus has been, you may have a chance of containing it. But that is not possible. The dye would clearly show where a chance of infection is. Anyone touching this dye would also know where the infection points are and avoid them.
    Have any people survived the virus at all?
    Those people have immune factors. That may act as a temporary vaccine. Blood transfusions may actually transport those immune factors to people infected with the virus. Possible, not a real good solution to anything.
    The Atlanta facility has the two patients now so no one listened about keeping them out of the country. It is a done deal. The people responsible for this “not listening” need to be put in jail IF it all goes wrong like we suspect it will. Holding professionals responsible for their decisions is going to be new ground in a court of law.
    Bet every one of those 100 workers your talking about thought they were safe and using good precautions against the virus.
    So I predict it is only a matter of time before an Atlanta Worker gets infected.
    I remember MASH on TV. Frank Burns, Doctor and Major by rank, is likely to be a number of doctors in reality. Think about that personality when dealing with people that do not listen to common sense. They are always slippery. Liars come to mind.
    They made a sequel book on MASH. It was after the war and everyone was in civilian life. They hired Frank as administrator for the hospital. He was constantly asked his opinion on this patient and others. The MASH team always did exactly the opposite of what he recommended. He had the unique ability to be 100% wrong 100% of the time. In the meantime, they flattered his ego mercelessly. He was the greatest doctor of them all! As long as everyone does exactly opposite of what he says.
    I suggest anyone involved get daily injections of Vitamin D and C. That may have a positive effect. Only a doctor would know how much is a maximum dose to keep things from getting out of hand.
    If I were setting up a facility, it would be as isolated as possible.
    Robots would be doing all the cleaning. Disposable Robots that can be destroyed at will as necessary. Science Fiction? No, we have the tech to do it.
    3-D printing might be a solution to quickly getting them up and running without a lot of tooling.
    The real problem is these people are sick. We are talking about fluids all over the place. That is what is so difficult to contain.

  • Handog

    When the MSM says don’t worry I start to worry.

  • Handog

    Ya, that’s why they transferred him in a tent wearing a rubber body suit.

    But don’t worry. Listen to the MSM.

  • imp