It's a puzzlement.
And too late now.
National Institutes of Health workers in West Africa had an employee who knew about promising research the U.S. government had funded on a serum that had been tested only in monkeys.
Within days, doses of the unproven treatment had made its way in frozen vials across the ocean and was administered to Brantly and Writebol.
President Obama has done something that's never been done.
President Obama ordered the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to bring two Americans suffering from the Ebola virus into America.
We sent a specially-equipped Gulf Stream III.
It's an air ambulance equipped to handle highly contagious patients
and keep them shielded and protected from attending medical staff and the flight crew.
Why are we doing this?
Why didn't we send American medical personnel to where these two Americans are and treat them in a quarantine situation somewhere closer to them?
Yes, the Ebola virus is ALREADY HERE in labs where a small select core of physicians are trying to create a vaccine.
But whole SHIFTS of nurses and TEAMS of doctors will be going in and out of the two infected patients' rooms.
This disease spreads very easily.
Two doctors treating Ebola patients -- decked out in full hazmat gear have died.
One was 39 years old, wearing full hazmat gear.
I don't know how it got inside a hazmat suit, but it did.
That's THE point.
It killed a doctor in a full hazmat suit!
And they DON'T KNOW HOW IT GOT THERE.
The doctor had to have made some kind of a mistake,
BUT THAT JUST MEANS MISTAKES CAN BE MADE.
Even with full hazmat gear, you can get this virus.
It's not all that hard to get once you are around somebody who has it.
Especially if you do not know the person has it. The incubation period is three weeks.
So I can't think of a reason why anybody would want to bring people suffering from it into this country.
What eventually happens is, the first couple of weeks with Ebola you think you have the flu -- or if you are in Africa you might think you have malaria.
The point is that it's not immediately detectible,
except if you go to the doctor the first couple of days you think something's wrong.
Now, most people when they get the flu don't go to the doctor. They think it's the flu, and they just take it easy for a while.
After two weeks, other symptoms emerge --
and the other symptoms include organ failure, because the Ebola virus permeates veins and arteries.
All you have to do is come in contact with any bodily fluid. It's not contagious --
Well, I shouldn't say that: Sneezing and so forth.
A study conducted in 2012 showed that Ebola was able to travel between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and were never placed in direct contact.
Though the method of transmission in the study was not officially determined,
one of the scientists involved, Dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada,
told BBC News that he believed that the infection was spread through large droplets that were suspended in the air.
"What we suspect is happening is large droplets; they can stay in the air, but not long; they don't go far," he explained.
"But they can be absorbed in the airway, and this is how the infection starts,
this is what we think, because we saw a lot of evidence in the lungs of the non-human primates that the virus got in that way."
In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier.
After eight days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical of ebola and were euthanised.
One possibility is that the monkeys became infected by inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs.
Ebola IS an airborne virus.
Think sitting in a crowded movie theater, standing in a LONG Wal-Mart line, or attending a college ball game.
I understand compassion for two caring physicians who contracted an incurable disease courageously treating unfortunates half a world away.
I also have compassion for the millions of Americans in this country when it has been shown that
being in a FULL HAZMAT SUIT CANNOT KEEP YOU SAFE FROM THE INCURABLE DISEASE.
Did President Obama play politics with the lives of millions of Americans in a country as yet uninfected?
Thanks to Mason Canyon, here is how "safely" the CDC works:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 11, 2014 released a report on its investigation into a June anthrax incident at one of its labs,
a process that led to new revelations that another of its labs unintentionally sent a sample containing highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza to another lab.
In a new development regarding another pathogen incident at a federal lab,
CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said ongoing tests on six vials labeled "variola" that had been abandoned in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus yielded live smallpox virus.
He called the three lab incidents serious and troubling, and said workers at CDC's labs, as well as the American people, depend on the CDC to protect their health. "These events should never have happened," he said.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
DO YOU TRUST THE GOVERNMENT?
DO YOU TRUST THE MEDIA?
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