The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer

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Questions - Public DomainHow in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus?  That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer.  The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening.  We are just assured that Ebola “is not airborne” and that getting infected “requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person”.  If this is true, then how have more than 170 health workers caught the disease?  These workers are dressed head to toe in suits that are specifically designed to prevent the spread of the virus.  So how is this happening?  I could understand a handful of “mistakes” by health workers, but this is unlike anything that we have ever seen in the history of infectious diseases.  These health workers take extraordinary precautions to keep from getting the virus.  If it is spreading so easily to them, what chance is the general population going to have?


Overall, more than 1,700 people have been officially infected and more than 900 people have officially died so far.  But an official from Samaritan’s Purse says that the real numbers are probably far, far higher

Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Program and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse, painted an even bleaker picture. According to the World Health Organization, West Africa has counted 1,711 diagnoses and 932 deaths, already, which could represent only a small fraction of the true number. “We believe that these numbers represent just 25 to 50 percent of what is happening,” said Isaacs.

In a six-hour meeting with the president of Liberia last week, Isaacs said workers from Samaritan’s Purse and SIM watched as the “somber” officials explained the gravity of the situation in their countries, where hundreds lie dead in the streets. “It has an atmosphere of apocalypse,” Isaacs said of the Liberia Ministry of Health’s status updates. “Bodies lying in the street…gangs threatening to burn down hospitals. I believe this disease has the potential to be a national security risk for many nations. Our response has been a failure.” Isaacs 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 an official statement released on Monday, the World Health Organization even admitted that some potential Ebola patients “are being turned away”…

The recent surge in the number of cases has stretched all capacities to the breaking point. Supplies of personal protective equipment and disinfectants are inadequate. The outbreak continues to outstrip diagnostic capacity, delaying the confirmation or exclusion of cases and impeding contact tracing.

Some treatment facilities are overflowing; all beds are occupied and patients are being turned away.

Like I have said before, this has the potential to become the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.

Up until this point, the outbreak has been primarily limited to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

But now it is starting to pop up in more countries around Africa.

For example, the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria has reached ten…

Nigeria on Monday confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital Lagos, bringing the total number of people in the country with the virus to 10.

Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the latest confirmed case was a female nurse who came into contact with a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola in a Lagos hospital on July 25.

In addition to Sawyer, another nurse who had contact with him died last week, while seven other people have been confirmed to have the virus in the city, he added.

And it looks like we may now have our first case of Ebola in Rwanda

Rwanda’s health officials have placed a man suspected of suffering from Ebola in isolation at King Faisal Hospital Kigali. A statement by the Ministry of Health released on Sunday indicates that the patient had been tested with results still expected. Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory, and results will be available in 48 hours, the statement said. The suspected case is a European medical student, according to the statement. It is the first suspected Ebola case in Rwanda since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. The government urged the public to remain calm and vigilant, as the ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

All the preventive measures needed in line with national standards are already in place, including surveillance systems and emergency management systems, it assured, adding “Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant.” This will enable timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases to safeguard Rwandans, the statement concluded.

Over in Ghana, a man that just died is being tested for the Ebola virus…

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. The Medical Director at the Hospital, Dr Joseph Yaw Manu, who confirmed the incident to Citi News, said they sent the blood samples for testing because the man was brought in showing symptoms of Ebola. In an interview with Citi News, Dr. Manu said the patient was bleeding from his nostrils which raised their suspicion he may have died of the Ebola disease. Dr. Manu said they are awaiting the results from the blood sample test to verify the cause of death. He gave the assurance that the hospital is prepared to battle the disease. This is the fourth suspected case of Ebola reported in Ghana; two in Kumasi, one in Accra and now the Upper East Region.

Lastly, the little nation of Benin is now reporting two potential cases of Ebola

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. “Fortunately, blood samples have been taken from the deceased patient to examine if his death was linked with Ebola,” Moufililatou told the state television Thursday night. He said another man has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the deadly virus after returning from the Nigerian city of Lagos. “Blood tests from the suspected case will be conducted in laboratories approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm or deny the infection,” he said. The WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an “international public health emergency” as the virus reportedly continues to spread through the region in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. According to the latest WHO report, Ebola has killed 932 people in West Africa. The Ebola virus, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and also spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected person or someone who has died of the disease. Medical doctors say common symptoms of Ebola include high fever and headaches, followed by bleeding from openings in the body. If the cases turn out to be Ebola, this would be the fifth country in Africa where the virus has spread.

We are quickly getting to the point where it will become impossible to contain this virus.

And if it spreads to the United States, we are going to be in a massive amount of trouble.  The truth is that we are not prepared for an Ebola pandemic, and such a crisis would create a massive wave of panic and fear all over this country.

Unfortunately, despite the risks, we continue to bring people back to this country before we know that it is safe to do so

Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine.

The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said.

Missionaries from the North Carolina-based Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan’s Purse have been working to help combat the world’s worst outbreak of the disease. Two of the relief workers, Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, contracted the disease and are being cared for at Emory University hospital in Georgia.

Why couldn’t those individuals just be quarantined over there an extra three weeks in a safe area and then come home?

All it takes is one sick person.  Once the disease gets here and starts spreading, there isn’t much that we can do about it.  There is no cure for Ebola, and according to the New York Times it is going to be quite a while before one is potentially available…

The drugs that could potentially treat those already infected and the vaccines to protect healthy people from infection are all in the earliest stages of testing. And even if they do pass muster in clinical trials, they cannot be produced in large quantities quickly enough to stem the widening epidemic anytime soon.

And the CDC agrees with this assessment

“We do not know how to treat Ebola or vaccinate against it — and it will be a long time before we do.”

Those are very sobering words.

For now, our health officials are telling us that we have very little to be concerned about.

But they can’t even tell us why more than 170 health workers have caught the virus.

So let’s hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

  • infowolf1

    maybe they aren’t being that careful when they take the protective suits off and put them away, maybe they touch something? only the inside is clean, not the outside.

  • K

    Well Michael, there have been a few changes. They now admit contagious at 3 feet away, contagious if you spend prolonged period in the same room. Also they have now admitted ebola can survive several days outside a host. This is what they are admitting to. I suspect the truth is a bit worse than this.

  • Newtonian

    Clearly, you haven’t been to the parts of Africa where this is going on. You can have the finest protective clothing and the most rigorous decontamination procedures conceivable but sooner or later you have to take that protection off. Then you are standing on dirt, surrounded by blowing dirt. People live in huts manufactured from scrounged sticks, chinked with manure. The sick have crapped all over themselves and in the early stages they move through the community freely. Vomit is spewed and then poorly washed away with as little of the precious water as possible. (Can’t avoid what you can’t see.) They avoid the health care workers and their cleaning methods because they are suspicious and afraid. Everything/anything you touch can have been smeared with virus laden hands moments earlier. And the closer in you get to the hot zones, the more likely it is that the the dirt, the clothes of people brushing past you, the doors of the cars you enter to get out of the area are contaminated. Quarantine them? Where? In that rag of a military surplus tent over there with a rag for a door? Who is going to guard them to be sure that nobody leaves? The stink is unbelieveable and you won’t be able to get it out of your head for days after you leave the country.

    None of these situations are the state of affairs in the first world countries so these fears of ebola epidemics in areas of modern health care are totally unfounded. In even a semi-clean environment, the current virus will have a hard time spreading.

  • Pam

    It is much harder this week to find information on Ebola. Seems our media has found something else to talk about.

  • DJohn1

    This Ebola virus is probably as contagious as the common cold.
    The differene is most common colds go away after a little time.
    Ebola doesn’t go away, you basically get it and die.
    The problem is we are social animals. We meet at church, at various clubs, at bars, and some just at the local grocery stores.
    Each of these places are notorious for passing whatever bug is going around this year.

  • Undecider

    Get plenty of Vitamin-C. Nuff said!

  • Guillaumé

    Michael, I do believe I can answer your question but it is in an article format of which I wrote 2 years ago.
    Please allow me to send it to you and I promise I wont bore you. However, my answer is not what one would imagine.

  • OB

    “The one question that nobody can seem to answer”…

    Michael, have you actually bothered to ASK anyone? I know this stuff. I can tell you EXACTLY how healthcare workers in full positive airflow bio gear can get it.

    The problem is not the positive airflow suits. It’s the chaos theory that comes into play when removing the suits and in the interplay between sterile/safe environments and the perimeter.

    Picture this: you’re taking off your suit and removing your gloves. This is BY FAR the most dangerous part of the process. There’s an enormous amount of shedding (think, little individual virii that fall off) and contact with exterior surfaces. Those surfaces are then promptly sterilized (with bleach right now) and then the workers head to shower.

    It’s a good process, but the problem with microscopic organisms and virii is that it’s not a perfect process. There’s always the chance that something adheres to your skin, your hair, an article of clothing or a surface.

    Typically, in most cases — the clean-room / positive airflow system works very well, but in some cases it does not. Why?

    Because in virology there’s a concept called “viral load”. Simply put it means: How much of the stuff needs to get into your system to make you sick? Is it one individual strand of the stuff? Or is it thousands or tens of thousands?

    I’m not sure there’s an answer with Ebola, but I’d be willing to bet that the required viral load for transmission is very, VERY low. This is highly problematic — but it does NOT suggest that the virus is truly airborne. It does however suggest that the current safety standards, while normally adequate for quarantine, may not be adequate in this case. Furthermore, what we’re also witnessing here is how absolutely crappy the safety standards in many of these countries actually are.

    You write a good blog, Michael. But you jump to hyberbole and fear-mongering way too easily.

    In a first-world environment of educated health-care workers and REAL safety standards, this quarantine would work far more effectively. In Africa? It’s a serious, serious problem.

    • BlackSmile

      Great, so you know something about the subject. Your answer explains how a very odd case of a single individual or so can get infected. You trying to say 170 workers got infected this way?! The question still remains, How?

    • A Dodgy Bloke

      Your assuming these people are in a positive airflow environment when they take their suits off. Sky News has done some good reporting on this, and I have yet to see a positive airflow suit. If the “viral load” is as low as you suspect, that the suits these guys are wearing and slap dash nature of some of the operations I’ve seen then 175 dead hearth care workers sadly seems low.

  • jim

    Something not mentioned of importance, in this article and elsewhere, is that lack of sanitation and proper diet has resulted in a much lower immune system of the folks in the Southern regions of Africa. This is the same reason why HIV spread like wildfire there, but is mostly confined to drug needle users and sexually promiscuous people in the West. Ebola will not spread to anyone in the US, except for those who have unhealthy lifestyles.

  • The 1944 Bretton woods global trade system reached maximum potential in 2008…since then has been an engineered bounce that has been turning into a collapse back down since late 2013.

    The global economy inflated up the past 6 roaring decades…is collapsing to oblivion.

    It’s a just in time economy…it stops for any reason…and good bye.

    All you see going on globally is connected to the global collapse.

    You all are nationalist slaves of the globalist master system…

    This Ebola is engineered somehow…It will be used as a scapegoat…

    1976 was a spike…1995 was a spike…2014 is a spike.

    All 19 years apart…All golden years divisible by 19.

  • The 1944 Bretton woods global trade system reached maximum potential in 2008…since then has been an engineered bounce that has been turning into a collapse back down since late 2013.

    The global economy inflated up the past 6 roaring decades…is collapsing to oblivion.

    It’s a just in time economy…it stops for any reason…and good bye.

    All you see going on globally is connected to the global collapse.

    You all are nationalist slaves of the globalist master system…

    This Ebola is engineered somehow…It will be used as a scapegoat…

    1976 was a spike…1995 was a spike…2014 is a spike.

    All 19 years apart…All golden years divisible by 19.

  • dan

    Anything coming from the communist WHO/UN are generally lies. Psychological warfare to cause Fear, uncertainty and doubt!

    • Jacq

      …and compliance!

  • MediaMike

    Israel has caused yet another genocide. Want something done about it? Send 100 or so infected people to Israel. THAT will break out the ACTUAL antidote to this Ebola/hemorrhagic fever/rabies virus they created at USC.

  • Venice

    Can we learn anything from the experience of others at the hand of the el-ites, or are we going persistently fall into a group program? You know, dividing into groups of people with blue toenails versus people with bronze colored ones. My point is: didn’t the United States government use biological warfare on the First Natives? And haven’t this same government conduct eugenics policies upon African-Americans, including the infamous Tuskegee Experiments? Are we to maintain such high levels of self induced deception that we believe that the same sickening monstrosity that could psychopathically carry out such evil, would not eventually turn on the rest of us? Well, it doesn’t make a difference now for the answer is most certainly blowing in the American wind!

  • jerrynAtl

    Hummm…, let’s get it here in the US, start an epidemic with a few thousand people dead and then all the Pharmaceutical companies will make billions and billions of dollars!

  • josh

    This whole thing is most likely just as the swine flu was. Completely made up by the WHO in order to sell a lot of vaccines. Why anyone still believes anything that comes from them is beyond me.

  • Guest

    Umm must say that we find this strange as well
    check out has info

    Additionally, A large segment on Ebola was posted today, scroll down to it.

    There is a fairly large segment about ebola up today on this site, and I
    do think it is something to worry about. I do not believe this strain
    is natural as the nurse says farther down this page, I believe it is
    intentional because this particular “mutation” is just too perfect and
    coincides perfecly with an American biotech firm “studying” ebola in
    Sierra Leon, and a patent on both the virus and a cure for that virus
    that has surfaced and is on Google in Google patents (which simply
    quotes the patent office.) Normally I would call bunk, but the fact
    that patent surfaced on and is posted by a legitimate source is
    downright spooky, and worse? It is dated 2007 which fits hand in glove
    with the biotech firm’s work in Sierra Leon.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    If Ebola was airborne the number infected would be in the hundreds of millions by now and the dead in the millions, Ebola would be wide spread all over the world, and things would already breaking down in many places. As some of the posters have pointed out this part of Africa was a basket case before the outbreak. The out break has just made a bad situation much worse. I suspect there is a lot we don’t know about Ebola. That and the combination of hysteria, rumor, and conspiracy theories rampant in these nations about this outbreak have not helped.