CDC now admits "in theory" Ebola can be transmitted by air

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From the beginning of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has insisted that the deadly viral hemorrhagic fever (in the infection’s horrific end stage, the victim bleeds from every orifice) can only be transmitted via direct contact with a victim’s bodily fluids — blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, nasal charge, or semen.
This, despite a Canadian research in 2012 which found the Ebola virus to be transmitted by air between one animal species (pigs) and another (monkeys).
On Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in a press call, however, CDC Director Tom Frieden for the first time admitted that, in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms.

Ebola virus

Ebola virus

As reported by Elise Viebeck for The Hill, 

Frieden said, “There are certainly theoretical situations where someone sneezes … and you touch your eyes or mouth or nose,” and catch the virus from any transmitted particles. 

“[But] realistically you can say what may be theoretically possible as opposed to what actually happens in the real world” — whatever that means.
It also doesn’t help that at the same press call, under intense questioning from reporters, CDC officials and those from the Texas health department and the City of Dallas repeatedly declined to provide details about the steps being taken to prevent an Ebola outbreak in America.
Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey refused to identify or describe the four individuals who have been quarantined in Dallas due to possible exposure to Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian native who flew from Nigeria to Dallas (through Brussels and Washington, DC) though infected with the virus. Duncan is the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., his condition having been upgraded from “serious and stable” to “critical.”
Lakey would not explain why the quarantine order was necessary, saying only that it brings “confidence” that key medical monitoring will take place. Another official said later that the four individuals sought to leave home in spite of the quarantine, but would not provide more detail. In a separate later press conference, health officials referred to the quarantined as Duncan’s “family members,” although those “family members” have been identified in news accounts as being Duncan’s fiancée and her children. (How is a not yet married fiancée a “family member”?)
Officials confirmed that roughly 100 people across America are being questioned about possible exposure to the virus — up from reports of more than 80 earlier in the day. Only a “handful” likely could have caught the virus, they said, and no one but Duncan is showing symptoms.
At the press call, officials also refused to answer other questions from reporters:

  • Why weren’t the four individuals quarantined in a medical facility?
  • How many of Duncan’s younger contacts were in school this week?
  • Why weren’t soiled linens that likely carry the virus immediately removed from the apartment in which Duncan was staying? Instead, it took 5 days before workers in HazMat suits went into the apartment to remove the contaminated bed sheets and towels.

The press conference became increasingly confrontational.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings scolded journalists for being “part of the problem” while, at the same time, calling the response to the case “at best, disorganized.” He said, 

”It is, at best, disorganized out there and we have some members of the press that are creating a bit more of that. We need everybody to be professional.”
Journalists complained about the lack of information as officials left. 

”Is this transparency?” asked one reporter. “You bring us all here and then only take six or seven questions? … I have a job to do.”

Marburg virus

Marburg virus

Meanwhile, the Chinese government news agency Xinhua reports the cheerful news today that another deadly hemorrhagic fever, Marburg, has broken out in the East African country of Uganda after samples taken to the Uganda Virus Institute tested positive.
Elioda Tumwesigye, Uganda’s minister of state for health told reporters that one person has so far died on Sept. 28 and 80 others are being monitored, “The Ministry of Health would like to inform the country of an outbreak Marburg which has so far killed one person. Another person who has developed signs is being monitored.”
According to the World Health Organization, Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola. The illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly, with severe headache and malaise. Marburg’s fatality rates have varied greatly, from 25% to more than 80% (in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1998-2000), to even higher in an outbreak in Angola in late 2004.
In West Africa, it is estimated that the current Ebola epidemic has left more than 3,000 people dead.

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0 responses to “CDC now admits "in theory" Ebola can be transmitted by air

  1. Reblogged this on SilentSoldier.

  2. That’s just their way of saying they were wrong……again.

  3. I wonder how many people Patient Zero managed to infect in the three days he was allowed to roam around Dallas after landing mere hours after president Barry Jihadi Ebola told us that no one with Ebola was going to be allowed to fly into this country?

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  5. CDC… last to admit anything.

  6. Not to worry. President Ebola will solve the problem!

  7. This is a late addition to this article and probably won’t be seen much, but today I’m wondering more just exactly what the role of CDC is in all this.
    As pointed out by James Longstreet at American Thinker, the head of CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden, has said something VERY puzzling (and to me, rather alarming) on his blog:
    “Isolating communities also increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to co-operate to help stop the spread of Ebola.”
    So let me get this straight…. we can’t quarantine and isolate, which actually WOULD stop the spread of Ebola, because that would increase the distrust people have in government? Meanwhile, he sees it as more important that the people be cooperative (pronounced “com-PLY-ent”) in order to “help” stop the spread of Ebola??
    We could already see the lack of effective action being taken, and this very puzzling peek into the mind of Dr. Frieden may pull back the curtain a little more to show why.

    • I see the CDCs role in this will be to push “experimental” vaccines, such as Brincidofovir (made by Chimerex, Inc.) 2 points: 1. the drug was originally made for smallpox and 2. the name of the company implies genetic mixing of different species. I wonder how Chimerix, Inc. came up with the idea that this smallpox vaccine also works on Ebola….hmmmm
      So far, Brincidofovir has been used on patient zero in the US and he is still alive as far as I know. But, I see the US government instead of actively working to control ebola, they will passively do so by requiring vaccinations of experimental drugs (which are being fast-tracked through the approval process by the FDA with Gates Foundation involvement in the clinical trials as well).
      A new drug called ZMapp was given to Dr. Brantley and his associate and they successfully recovered from Ebola and the rest of the drug is supposedly “used up” for now. Follow the money…..Big Pharma will profit big time from ebola in the US.

  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting post. It appears that the CDC are giving out questionable information to keep the public grounded and not in a state of panic, – so they assume. However, what they are doing is obvious. They do not know enough about these viruses to tell us anything that is accurate.

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