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First case of Ebola in U.S. may have contacted 12-18, incl. 5 children, while showing symptoms

This is a follow-up of Steve’s post this morning on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S.– a Liberian national who recently came to Dallas, Texas from Nigeria. Both Liberia and Nigeria are among the West African countries stricken by the terrible epidemic that has a 60-90% fatality rate.

The patient is identified by Liberian health officials and The Associated Press as Thomas Eric Duncan. He has been kept in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas since Sunday.

The latest:

Duncan may have infected a second man. Even worse, Duncan had come into contact with five children in five separate Dallas schools over the weekend. Altogether, Dallas health officials said today that they believe Duncan had come in contact with at least 12 to 18 people when he was experiencing symptoms and, therefore, was infectious. So far, none of his contacts has been confirmed to be infected.

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USA Today reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, Zachary Thompson, said “there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient. So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”

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The AP reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said that the five students were in school this week after possibly being in contact with the man over the weekend. But Miles says the students are showing no symptoms and are now being monitored at home. As an added precaution, Miles says additional health and custodial staff will be at the five schools the students attend.

Although the first Ebola man may have infected a second individual as well as five students, Zachary Thompson continues to insist that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that the infected man, Thomas Eric Duncan, arrived in the United States on Sept. 20 aboard a commercial airliner. Officials said Duncan had shown no symptoms of the disease while on the flight and that he had posed no threat to other passengers.

Duncan worked at a shipping company in Monrovia, Liberia, but had just quit his job, giving his resignation in early September, his boss said. Duncan’s neighbors in Liberia said he had gotten a visa to the United States and had decided to go. He lived alone, but has family in the United States.

Authorities also said an early opportunity to put Duncan in isolation, limiting the risk of contagion, may have been missed because of a failure to pass along critical information about his travel history. Duncan had sought medical help but was sent home, two days before he was finally admitted into the hospital.

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Duncan boards flight from Liberia.
  • Saturday, Sept. 20: Arrives in Dallas to visit family.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: Duncan develops symptoms of Ebola, including fever.
  • Friday, Sept. 26: Seeks care at hospital but is sent home.
  • Sunday, Sept. 28: Placed in isolation at Dallas hospital.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30: Lab confirms Duncan has Ebola.

Unlike Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking matters very seriously. He said at a news conference today: “This case is serious. This is all hands on deck.”

Health officials are continuing to track down other people who might have been exposed to Duncan after he began showing symptoms, and will monitor those individuals every day for 21 days — the full incubation period of the disease. Most people develop symptoms within 8 to 10 days. As a patient becomes sicker and the virus replicates in the body, the likelihood of the disease spreading grows.

Health officials insist the disease is only spread by people with symptoms, such as diarrhea or vomiting. But a 2012 Canadian research study casts doubt on that, showing that the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air across two animal species.

Ebola in West Africa

Meanwhile, The Daily Caller reports the happy news that 13,500 people from the Ebola-stricken countries of Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia have visas to visit the United States, according to federal data.

The data don’t show how many of those people are already in the United States, but visitors from those countries should be excluded until they can show they’re free of Ebola, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that pushes for low-scale immigration.

Under current policies, only people with obvious Ebola symptoms are excluded by border officials. But a person can be infected with the disease, and not show any symptoms, for up to 21 days.

All of which led Dr. Jesse L. Goodman, a former Food and Drug Administration chief scientist and top infectious disease specialist who’s now a professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, to say that given the exposure of several people to the Ebola virus by patient zero Duncan, it’s likely that many more will be infected.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Dr. Goodman warns that while Americans shouldn’t panic, it’s best to prepare for the worst. He said in a statement:

“If anyone did not agree before, bringing the epidemic in Africa under control is an absolute emergency and requires a massive effort and global commitment now long overdue. This is a matter not just of preventing death and suffering in Africa, but, as this case brings home to the U.S., of global safety and security.

While there is an expectation that this case, and likely future ones, can be contained, it is important not to be overconfident and to continuously, now and in the future, reexamine both how the virus is behaving and also the public health and medical response to see what can potentially be improved.

It is critical for hospitals and health care workers everywhere to be sure they are alert, obtain travel histories and, if there is any question at all it could be Ebola, contact CDC and, while sorting things out, act to isolate a sick patient returning from an epidemic area.”

Goodman suggested that travel be limited to the area in West Africa where the epidemic is raging. “If less people traveled, risks may be reduced, and active follow-up and education of travelers could also be facilitated.”

Just wait till the U.S. soldiers — including 700 of the 101st Airborne Division who are heading to Liberia in late October — whom President Ebola is sending to “combat” the pandemic in West Africa, come home . . . .

H/t FOTM’s DCG and Anon

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~Eowyn

Ebola Is Here. It’s In Dallas. Yup, Let’s Just Keep Letting Them In.

Dear President Obama, As Columbus has been remembered by your liberal puke friends for genocide. So  shall you for allowing only God knows what into this country in the way of infectious diseases. That will be your legacy in 500 years.

God forgives, the dead and dying might find that a little harder to do.————————————————————————————-

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Updated: October 1, 2014 8:43 AM

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/cdc-confirms-patient-in-dallas-has-the-ebola-virus/

CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has Ebola Virus

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the patient, now isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services all participated in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the information that the individual who tested positive had traveled to Liberia. The person left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20 with no virus symptoms. Frieden said that it was four or five days later that the patient, who is believed to be male, began developing symptoms and was ultimately admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday, September 28.

Ebola Patient’s Arrival In North Texas

“We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them, and they tested positive for Ebola,” Frieden stated. “The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.” After the confirmation statement, Frieden went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it is a PCR test of blood.

As far as the medical condition of the infected patient, Frieden said that he “is critically ill at this point.” Presbyterian Hospital would not confirm the condition of the individual, citing the patient’s right to privacy. CBS 11 News learned late Tuesday evening that the man is communicating with health workers and telling them when he is hungry.

The patient is in a special isolation section of the Intensive Care Unit and is being watched through glass walls. Officials said that an important part of his treatment is making sure that he is well hydrated.

An Exclusive Look Inside Isolation Rooms

After confirmation of the virus, the City of Dallas was put on Level 2: High Readiness. The city is now working closely with DCHHS and the CDC.

Doctors said that the patient will remain in North Texas and be treated at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Frieden expained why that decision was made, saying that almost every hospital in the U.S. with isolation facilities can do isolation for Ebola. “We don’t see a need, from either a medical or a infection control standpoint, to try and move the patient,” he said.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the patient, now isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services all participated in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the information that the individual who tested positive had traveled to Liberia. The person left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20 with no virus symptoms. Frieden said that it was four or five days later that the patient, who is believed to be male, began developing symptoms and was ultimately admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday, September 28.

Ebola Patient’s Arrival In North Texas

“We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them, and they tested positive for Ebola,” Frieden stated. “The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.” After the confirmation statement, Frieden went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it is a PCR test of blood.

As far as the medical condition of the infected patient, Frieden said that he “is critically ill at this point.” Presbyterian Hospital would not confirm the condition of the individual, citing the patient’s right to privacy. CBS 11 News learned late Tuesday evening that the man is communicating with health workers and telling them when he is hungry.

The patient is in a special isolation section of the Intensive Care Unit and is being watched through glass walls. Officials said that an important part of his treatment is making sure that he is well hydrated.

An Exclusive Look Inside Isolation Rooms

After confirmation of the virus, the City of Dallas was put on Level 2: High Readiness. The city is now working closely with DCHHS and the CDC.

Doctors said that the patient will remain in North Texas and be treated at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Frieden expained why that decision was made, saying that almost every hospital in the U.S. with isolation facilities can do isolation for Ebola. “We don’t see a need, from either a medical or a infection control standpoint, to try and move the patient,” he said.

Rest Of Story HERE!!!

~Steve~      Buckle up my friends, cause I think this could get ugly.

 

If You Like Your Dr. You Can Keep Your Dr…..Not!

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Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same
complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require hip surgery.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day
and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an
appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray,
which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery
scheduled for 6 months from then, pending the review boards decision on
his age and remaining value to society.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever taken to a vet.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen on Obama care…
In November if there is no change in government we’ll all have to find a
good vet!

~Steve~                               H/T  Hujonwi

Elderly couple to die together by assisted suicide even though they are not ill

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DailyMail: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first “couple” euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill. Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.

Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, said they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed. The children have gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.

The couple, from Brussels, are receiving regular medical treatment for age-related ailments. Francis has received treatment for prostate cancer for 20 years and is unable to spend a day without morphine and Anne is partially blind and almost totally deaf. They always go out shopping together because they are both scared that one day the other will not return home.

They decided that life in a care home was not an option because of  their fear they would end up bedridden without the strength to insist on euthanasia. They are also afraid that a good retirement home would cost more than their combined pensions and that they would have to dig into their savings to afford it.

They planned to commit suicide on February 3 next year, their 64th wedding anniversary, by placing plastic bags over their heads after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. “We want to go together because we both fear of the future,” said Francis. “It’s as simple as this: we are afraid of what lies ahead. Fear of being along and above all, fear of the conseque4nces of loneliness.”

He told Moustique, a Belgian online news service, that they eventually opted for euthanasia because they were too scared to attempt to commit suicide. “It takes courage to jump from the 20th floor and I am unable even if I wanted to do it,” said Francis. “It takes courage to hang, it takes courage to jump into the canal. But a doctor who makes you a shot and lets you gently fall asleep? It does not take courage.”

Their son, John Paul, 55, approached their doctor to request their euthanasia – which was legalized in Belgium in 2002 – but the doctor refused because there were no grounds for it. John Paul found another doctor willing to perform he killings in an unnamed hospital in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium in which 82% of euthanasia cases are performed.

Francis said he and Anne were grateful for the arrangement. “Without our son and our daughter, it would never have succeeded,” he said. “We are not sad, we are happy,” he continued. “When we were told we could leave life together smoothly we were on a little cloud. It was as if we had spent all that time in a tunnel and suddenly we came into the light again.”

The couple’s daughter has remarked that her parents are talking about their deaths as eagerly as if they were planning a holiday.

John Paul said the double euthanasia of his parents was the “best solution”.  “If one of them should die, who would remain would be so sad and totally dependent on us,” he said. “It would be impossible for us to come here every day, take care of our father or our mother.”

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DCG

More than half of homo-bisexual men with HIV go untreated

Due to the never-ceasing drumbeat for a cure for HIV/AIDS — a drumbeat begun, championed, and continued by the homosexual “community” — untold hundreds of millions of dollars, including taxpayer money (via the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC), have led to medical science developing a dizzying array of, by my count, 51 drugs to manage HIV.

The treatment is called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). HAART extends lives and slows the spread of the AIDS virus by maintaining the function of the immune system and preventing opportunistic infections that often lead to death.

And yet, MORE THAN HALF of homosexual and bisexual men with HIV in the United States don’t take these life-saving drugs.

How perverse is that.

Kim Painter reports for USA Today, Sept. 25, 2014, that a new CDC report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. found that fewer than half of infected gay and bisexual men in the United States took those medications in recent years. Treatment was especially scant among young men and black men,

David Purcell, deputy director for behavioral and social science in the CDC’s HIV prevention division, says men may stay away from treatment out of denial, because they don’t understand the need, don’t have insurance or for many other reasons, including perceived stigma. “People may not want to go to a clinic that is called ‘the HIV clinic’,” he says. Some may perceive health care providers in their communities as homophobic. Young men may not know how to manage health care basics, such as making appointments.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Victim Card

The report shows that 77% of gay and bisexual men newly diagnosed in 2010 got some initial care, as evidenced by lab reports from 19 areas around the country. But just 51% of all infected gay and bisexual men in those areas got continuing care. An additional nationwide analysis found 49.5% were prescribed drugs that can suppress the virus, preventing it from destroying the immune system. Those medications can allow patients to live for decades and greatly reduce their risk of spreading the virus.

Drug treatment rates were just 30% in infected men under age 25 and rose with age, reaching 68% in men 55 and older. Rates also varied by race; black men got treatment less often than Hispanic and white men.

Federal health officials started recommending treatment for everyone with the virus, including those at the earliest stage of infection, in 2012.

Noël Gordon, a project manager at the Human Rights Campaign, a “gay rights” advocacy group, says the age differences in care also may reflect differences in how younger and older men perceive the HIV threat. “Older gay and bisexual men lived through the crux of the crisis and have lost friends and partners,” he says. Younger men are less likely to know others with HIV experiences or to talk about HIV among friends.

CDC says nearly 600,000 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are men who have sex with men, and two-thirds of new infections still occur in that group. Infection rates among “gay” and bisexual men, especially young men, have been rising in recent years, despite targeted prevention efforts. About one-third of infected “gay” and bisexual men don’t know they are infected.

In a separate Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Thursday, about one-third of “gay” and bisexual men said they had never been tested. More than half said a doctor had never suggested it, most likely because nearly half of “gay” and bisexual men had never even discussed their sexual orientation with a doctor.

It is now 33 years since AIDS was first discovered and diagnosed among homosexual men in the United States. There is simply no excuse for this willful ignorance and refusal to engage in safe sex and get treatment.

And yet, despite all this, the homosexual “community” and their enablers will continue to goad the American people that we must do more! and pour more money! into “Research For A Cure!”.

Money for medical research is a zero-sum game: More money for AIDS research means less money for other diseases, especially those like Lyme Disease that are not self- and behavior-induced like HIV/AIDS.

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~Eowyn

Vote-rigging in referendum on independence for Scotland; 1 in 4 Americans favor secession

On September 18, 2014, in a record voter turnout of 84.59%, the people of Scotland seemingly rejected independence from the United Kingdom by a whopping 55% “no” vs. 45% “yes”.

Scottish unionists won by a wider-than-expected 10-percentage-point margin, to the surprise of everyone because right up to the actual referendum, polls had shown a neck-to-neck race between “yes” and “no”.

It is, therefore, sobering that clear and visual evidence of vote fraud has been uncovered, as shown in this video, where a vote counter is seen periodically moving ballot sheets from the “yes” to the “no” pile, and where stacks of ballots are piled up in the “no” section when the top ballots can be seen to have the “yes” box checked off.

[H/t FOTM's Gingercake for the video]

So who/what is thwarting Scotland’s independence?

How about TPTB of the European Union, for one?

Two days before the Scottish referendum, Dina Spector reports for Business Insider:

The Scottish independence movement will embolden other active separatist groups in Europe to win their freedom, whether or not Scotland votes to secede from the UK on Thursday. From Catalonia and Basque Country in Spain to Veneto, South Tyrol, and the island of Sardinia in Italy to Flanders in Belgium, ‘the precedent of the vote on self-determination will reverberate around the Continent,’ The New York Times writes. If you want a rough idea of how European borders would have to be redrawn if regions with a separatist agenda got their way, you can look at the map below, put together by the European Free Alliance [EFA], to which “40 progressive nationalist, regionalist and autonomous parties throughout the European Union” belong.

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Map of Europe's secessionist movements
Meanwhile, back in the good ol’ U. S. of A., a new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that as many as a quarter of Americans, or 1 in 4, are open to their states leaving the union — a move no U.S. state has tried in the 150 years since the bloody Civil War that led to the end of slavery in the South.

Some 23.9% of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly support or tend to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3% of the 8,952 respondents strongly oppose or tend to oppose secession.

Some other findings of the poll:

  • The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states generally favor the idea more than Democrats and Northeasterners. By region, the idea was least popular in New England, the cradle of the Revolutionary War, with just 17.4% of respondents open to pulling their state out. It was most popular in the Southwest, where 34.1% of respondents back the idea. That region includes Texas, where an activist group is calling the state’s legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot.
  • Anger with Obama‘s handling of issues ranging from Obamacare to the Islamic State (aka ISIL) jihidasts drives some of the secessionist feeling. Mordecai Lee, professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, who has studied secessionist movements, said interest in secession “seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama.” Brittany Royal, a 31-year-old nurse from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, said anger over Obamacare made her wonder if her state would be better off on its own, “That has really hurt a lot of people here, myself included. My insurance went from $40 a week for a family of four up to over $600 a month for a family of four. The North Carolina government itself is sustainable. Governor (Pat) McCrory, I think he has a better healthcare plan than President Obama.”
  • Others say long-running Washington gridlock prompted them to wonder if their states would be better off striking out on their own. Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who (ironically) lives on disability payments from the federal government, said, “I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done. The state would be better off handling things on its own.”

~Eowyn

‘Family Glitch’ in Obamacare to Impact 1.9 Million Americans

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FreeBeacon: Vague language within Obamacare will result in nearly 2 million Americans being unable to afford health insurance, according to a new report by the American Action Forum (AAF).

The so-called “family glitch” occurs when an individual is offered health insurance through their employer but the plan is not extended to the rest of their family. Due to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) interpretation of the law, other immediate family members are not eligible to receive subsidies for insurance, even if their income is below the federal poverty level.

The AAF has estimated that 1.93 million Americans will be affected by the glitch, making it “practically impossible” for them to obtain affordable health care coverage.

“The ‘Family Glitch,’ as it has become known, is an odd and particularly problematic side-effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” the report said. “Since several provisions of the law are rather ambiguous, they unfortunately combine to create a perfect storm where obtaining affordable health insurance is practically impossible.”

Under Obamacare, Americans below 138 percent of the poverty line are eligible for Medicaid coverage, and anyone up to 400 percent of the poverty level can also receive subsidies to help pay for insurance purchased through the health exchange.

However, this provision does not apply to families who have been offered employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), even if it is only offered to the individual employee.

“This provision of the law lacks clarity on the point of whether or not the coverage offered must be family coverage, or whether individual coverage is sufficient,” the AAF said. “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through rule making, has interpreted the statute as only requiring an employer to offer individual coverage, and pegged affordability at 9.5 percent of the employee’s household income. The glitch occurs when one (or both) spouses are offered affordable individual ESI under the IRS definition, but family coverage is either not offered or is unaffordable.”

“Spouses and children of an employee offered ESI could be unable to afford the employer plan, but because it is offered to one family member, the rest are made ineligible for subsidies in the Exchanges,” the report added.

Using census data from April 2013, AAF estimated 947,000 spouses and 984,000 children could fall into this category, and left uninsured. The glitch will affect up to 428,000 women and 519,000 adult men. If Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding expires, 2.28 million children would also be affected, according to AAF.

The provision could have unintended consequences for employees in the middle class, forcing them to not accept higher paying jobs out of fear of losing subsidy eligibility to pay for their family’s health insurance.

The AAF also said the glitch could result in families choosing to separate or divorce, in order to keep subsidies.

“The family glitch is just one of many problems that will inevitably arise from the ACA’s complete restructuring of the health care system,” the report concluded. “It is an unintended consequence that creates hardship and perverse incentives for American families struggling to obtain affordable health insurance. This year alone 1.93 million Americans will be impacted by this glitch and that number will likely increase as the employer mandate goes into effect.”

elections have consequences

DCG