Tag Archives: Centers for Disease Control

Deadly Ebola virus jumps from Africa’s jungles to urban centers

UPDATE (Aug. 3, 2014):

See “Can out-of-control Ebola epidemic hit America?” and “Obama signs Executive Order for detention of Americans showing signs of ‘respiratory illness’

Update (June 21, 2014):

The Director of Operations of the charity group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says the ebola epidemic is now “out of control” in West Africa. Dr Bart Janssens warns that the epidemic would spread to more countries, unless there’s a stronger international response. (Source)

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Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses with a high fatality rate of 60 to as high as 90%.

There is no vaccine. No cure.

First identified in 1976 in the sub-Saharan jungles of Zaire and the Sudan, Ebola was transmitted to humans via the blood or bodily fluids of an infected fruit bat or monkey.

Symptoms typical of a viral infection begin 2 days to 3 weeks after contacting the virus — those of fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. Then it gets worse, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Then it gets even worse. The infected starts hemorrhaging or bleeding from the body’s mucous membranes — mouth (gums), nose, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

Ebola1The present 2014 Ebola outbreak began in February in the remote jungles of Guinea in West Africa, then spread quickly, crossing the borders into Liberia and Sierra Leone.

As of April 10, 157 suspected and confirmed cases and 101 deaths have been reported in Guinea, 22 suspected cases in Liberia including 14 deaths, 8 suspected cases in Sierra Leone including 6 deaths, and 1 suspected case in Mali.

In the past, an Ebola outbreak was quickly contained because lack of roads and transportation in rural Africa helped to quarantine the infection. But Richard Engel reports for NBC News, April 14, 2014, that now, for the first time since the deadly virus first appeared 38 years ago, Ebola has jumped from the jungle to an urban area — Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with a population of 2 million.

Dr. Jagatic described it as the biggest known Ebola outbreak an urban area: “It’s probably one of the more complicated outbreaks because it is occurring in a very densely-populated urban area, unlike previous outbreaks.”

Guinea is trying to contain the virus by prohibiting passengers with flu like symptoms — fever, diarrhea, or joint pain — from boarding plane flights.

Health officials do not expect the virus to go global. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institutes of Health says, by its methods of transmission, it’s “very unlikely” that Ebola will spread to the United States.

Human-to-human transmission occurs via direct contact with blood or bodily fluids (from diarrhea or vomiting) from an infected person, or by contact with contaminated medical equipment such as needles. Since the virus continues to live inside a dead person, transmission can also occur via embalming an infected dead person. Men who survive may be able to transmit the disease sexually via sperm for nearly 2 months.

In late 2012, Canadian scientists discovered that the deadliest form of the virus could be transmitted by air between species, from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them, leading to fears that airborne transmission could be contributing to the wider spread of the disease in parts of Africa.

Some scientists believe that the Plague of Athens, which wiped out about a third of its inhabitants during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), may have been caused by Ebola.

Given the lethal nature of Ebola, and since no approved vaccine or treatment is available, it is classified as a biosafety level 4 agent, as well as a Category A bioterrorism agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has the potential to be weaponized for use in biological warfare.

~Eowyn

CDC: 62% of HIV-positive men had unprotected anal sex

Yesterday, FOTM’s Trail Dust did a post on homosexual activists bringing pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The reason for the FDA’s policy is, of course, to prevent sodomites from transmitting the HIV-AIDS virus to recipients of blood transfusion.

Today, we have the latest findings from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to substantiate why the FDA must continue the ban and not succumb to political pressure. More than 6 out of every 10 U.S. men (62%) who report being HIV-positive said they had unprotected anal sex with a male partner in the last year. 

Sodomites call unprotected (no condom) anal sex “bareback,” as in riding a horse bareback, without a saddle. Whee! Such fun!

There’s even a website for sodomites to hookup with other sodomites for “realtime bareback sex“.

Eyebleach Warning! 



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Benjamin Fearnow reports for CBS Atlanta, Dec. 3, 2013, that the Centers for Disease Control report, “HIV Testing and Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men who have Sex with Men,” noted that the population of men having sex with men (MSM) is a small proportion of the US population; however, this group represents the majority of people diagnosed with HIV.

In 2011, men who had sex with men accounted for at least half of persons diagnosed with HIV in all but two states. Anal sex is cited by the CDC as having the highest-risk practice for HIV infection.

“High HIV prevalence, lack of awareness of HIV-positive status, and unprotected anal sex” between gay, bisexual and other men are cited by the CDC as contributing to continued new infections among this population.

However, only 67% of sexually active MSM reported getting an HIV test in the past year.

Unprotected anal sex among MSM increased from 2005 to 2011, and in 2011 one-third of HIV-positive MSM who did not know if they were infected reported unprotected sex with a partner who said they were HIV-negative or did not know either.

The researchers wrote that “Sexually active MSM should be tested at least annually for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Sexually active MSM can take steps to make sex safer such as choosing less risky behaviors, using condoms consistently and correctly if they have vaginal or anal sex, reducing the number of sex partners, and if HIV-positive, letting potential sex partners know their status.”

If you care about the integrity of America’s blood supply (you never know when you or a loved one will need a blood transfusion), tell the FDA to keep its present policy banning homosexuals from donating blood.

To contact the FDA, click here.

See also “Medical consequences of homosexual sexual behaviors.”

~Eowyn

1 of 5 Young Americans Engage in Anal Sex

The human body is not designed to accommodate anal intercourse.

Whereas the vagina has natural lubricants and is composed of a mucus membrane with a multi-layer stratified squamous epithelium that allows it to endure friction without damage and to resist the immunological actions caused by semen and sperm, the anus is a delicate mechanism of small muscles that comprise an “exit-only” passage. With repeated trauma, friction and stretching, the sphincter loses its tone and its ability to maintain a tight seal.

Consequently, anal intercourse leads to leakage of fecal material that can easily become chronic. Moreover, the intestine has only a single layer of cells separating it from blood. Therefore, any organisms that are introduced into the rectum have a much easier time establishing a foothold for infection than they would in a vagina. The single layer tissue cannot withstand the friction associated with penile penetration, resulting in traumas that expose both participants to blood, organisms in feces, and a mixing of bodily fluids.

Furthermore, ejaculate has components that are immunosuppressive, designed to allow the sperm to evade the immune defenses of the female. The fragility of the anus and rectum, along with the immunosuppressive effect of ejaculate, make anal-genital intercourse a most efficient manner of transmitting HIV and a whole host of other infections. [For a list of the diseases, go here.]

A real place in France, but pronounced "on-new". LOL

Despite the health hazards of anal sex, Reuters reports, March 3, 2011, that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in 2006-2008, 21% of U.S. young men and 20% of young women said they have had anal sex.

The report did find that the number of U.S. teenagers and young adults who say they are abstaining from sex has slightly increased. Among Americans ages 15 to 24, 29% of women and 27% of men reported not having any sexual contact compared with 22% in 2002.

At the same time, however, more young women report having sexual contact with each other. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found a growing number of young women who said they have had some form of sex with another woman, rising to 13% in the latest survey, from about 12% in the 2002 survey. In contrast to the number of young men reporting same-sex encounters falling from 5% to 4% over the same time period.

Although more young Americans are abstaining from sex, there is an overall increase in reports of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, especially among 15 to 19-year-olds. The bacterial infection is the most common STD in the United States and can lead to complications if untreated. Some people have no symptoms, making it easier to spread.

Of youth aged 15 to 24 who said they have had sex, nearly 63% of women and 64% of men had oral sex compared to nearly 69 percent in 2002.

The CDC’s findings for 2006 to 2008 are based on interviews with about 13,500 men and women ages 15 to 44. Overall, it found few changes in the nation’s sexual patterns compared to CDC’s last survey in 2002.

~Eowyn