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Ebola updates & linked articles

The newest links and information will be posted here at the top.
7 October 2014 – News item about Cuba sending doctors to Ebola hotspots in Africa. Same article says world is criticizing Israel for doing nothing. After criticism put Israel in a bad light the foreign minister now say they will do something. Doing any just talk are two different things. Cuba has medical personnel in Africa now with more on the way.

Well a GOP nitwit is using Twitter to demonstrate his astonishing lack of knowledge. He can Twitter and thus one would think he could Google for accurate information on Ebola. Nope. This assh#le wants anyone with Ebola to be put down. His Twitter posts are a testimony to the willful and deliberate stupidity of a select species of human. Ebola is not 100% lethal.
This quote from the Guardian article below from some with real knowledge of Ebola and treatment outcomes counters Mr. Dumb ass’s tweets: “Whether a person survives or doesn’t is greatly dependent on when they present for treatment,” she said, “having appropriate treatment and where they get it.”

Guardian news has this article with information about the survivability percentages depending on an early diagnosis and early treatment. That medical staff in Dallas that turned away patient #1 . . . . But then there are stories of the poor being turned away or refused care, dying on the waiting room floor in LA. Add Ebola to the mix – poor people having little access to medical care – both in Liberia and in big city USA – that is where epidemics grow and fester. Dallas screwed up, neither the nurse nor the software was to blame. Treating an epidemic – or avoiding an epidemic and a pretty business model don’t play well together.

Across the US, health experts and officials have insisted that the US has the infrastructure and resources to combat the disease. The reason the disease is so deadly in west Africa is because of the poor health systems in place, they say.

“The biggest misconception is its fatality rate,” said Aileen Marty, professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University, answering questions during a Reddit AMA.

Marty spent a month treating Ebola patients with the WHO and CDC in Nigeria.

“Whether a person survives or doesn’t is greatly dependent on when they present for treatment,” she said, “having appropriate treatment and where they get it.”

Good thing the LIbertarians (political party and political philosophy) are not in charge of public health in the U.S.. The blog post at this link does a good job of reviewing poor media coverage of the Ebola out break in Africa. And then as patients arrive in the U.S. Hint – fear sells news.


The news on Ebola is evolving so for my convenience I am posting links and updates below. The link to my earlier article about the Dallas, TX case of Ebola is here.

News about the trickling into Africa Ebola hotspots of U.S. Military personnel. Numbers reported are not consistent. The goal seems to be about 4,000. The stock photos do not look encouraging. Photos of military guys wearing camouflage ponchos and carrying rifles.

More on the mishandling of the Dallas, Texas Ebola case. INSURANCE. In other words who is going to pay. From the first days of the roll out of Obamacare my concern was what happens if America has an epidemic? The privatization of health care and promotion of health insurance will be meaningless if we are hit by an air borne flue like virus. The flue epidemic of 1918 comes to mind. Or there was a huge epidemic during the Census year 1860. That epidemic impacted data collection – which is probably why we have some idea how wide spread the 1860 epidemic was.

But in addition to lapses at the Dallas hospital where Duncan is being treated, officials say they are fielding inquiries from hospitals and health workers that make it clear that serious questions remain about how to properly and safely care for potential Ebola patients.

A CDC official said the agency realized that many hospitals remain confused and unsure about how they are supposed to react when a suspected patient shows up. The agency sent additional guidance to health-care facilities around the country this week, just as it has numerous times in recent months, on everything from training personnel to spot the symptoms of Ebola to using protective gear.

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