Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Georgia, the Feds, the CDC, Emory, and Ebola

Ebola is spreading across west Africa and has now entered the State of Georgia.  Two confirmed cases of Ebola infection people are here in metro Atlanta, the patients housed a few miles from Dunwoody at Emory hospital.  But don't worry; the Government will keep you safe.  All is well.  Don't read blogs, Tea Party rants, or any other media criticizing the CDC.  Just live life, YOLO!

From the CDC web site:  The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has statutory responsibility for preventing the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable diseases in the United States.

Don't worry about that introduction of Ebola to metro Atlanta. It's only two people, and they are Americans.  No way would our country's leaders allow sick people to flow into the United States of America.  No way.

So, who is in charge in regards to Ebola-infected people coming to Georgia?  Can, or will, the State of Georgia stop the CDC and the Feds from importing more Ebola victims?

The Georgia Department of Health (DPH) is the state agency in charge of preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.  But don't believe that for a second.  Just as the Feds bribed subsidized sponsored funded our education department with Race to the Bottom Top grants and backdoored Common Core (Common Core is a set of standards, not curriculum.  Why our Dept of Ed doesn't modify the curriculum in GA is a mystery and ignored by our political types) they, via the CDC, fund Georgia's Department of Public Health with tens of millions of dollars.  You telling me a governor or health department official in Georgia will say 'no' to someone giving them tens of millions of dollars?  

Do know the State of Georgia has broad powers when it comes to quarantine and isolation.  It has the power to restrict people coming in to Georgia. But don't look for Georgia to interfere when the Federal Government is in charge.  Sure, our Republican leaders in Georgia will say 'hell no' to Common Core and the Feds to win an election, but when it comes to Ebola and bringing infected patients to Georgia, all is well.  What's the worst thing that can happen?

The CDC suggests Americans avoid travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, but Delta flights today from Conakry to Atlanta are all on time.  

The CDC admits that the incubation period, from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear, is as long as three weeks.   And what happens to these patients?  There is no cure for Ebola, is there?

What happens if the CDC wants to fly in to Atlanta 250 patients at a time, to treat for Ebola?  Will the State of Georgia stop it or simply ask for more money?

If offered a ride tomorrow in this ambulance are you accepting?


Head over to the official Micheal Savage site for his educated response:

The madness of Ebola is only matched by the madness of America.
Let’s start with common sense. If a member of your family has the viral illness known as the common cold, what do you normally do? Well, you try to avoid contact with that person. Certainly, you want to avoid them sneezing on you or the droplets from their cough spreading anywhere in the house.
 You both isolate and avoid an infected patient. Well, Ebola is a viral illness. Common sense would dictate you isolate and avoid contact with patients, because in this case the disease is often fatal.
And yet, the morons who are running America are bringing infected patients to America, allegedly to treat them, but we all know it is an untreatable disease. It can only be managed. The entire story of bringing these Ebola patients from West Africa to America stinks to high Heaven. There is much more involved.
But let us look at what Ebola is. Ebola is one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers. In the field of epidemiology, it is known as a non-vector-borne infectious disease. That means it is not transmitted by an insect or other vector. Other similar non-vector-borne infectious diseases you may have heard of would include:
  • Hantavirus, contracted from rodent droppings
  • Lassa fever
  • Marburg virus
Hemorrhagic diseases that are vector-borne, transmitted by mosquitoes, include dengue and yellow fever.
While each of these diseases is different, they are all hemorrhagic fevers, with some common symptoms including flushing of the face and chest; small red and purple spots; bleeding; swelling caused by edema; low-blood pressure; and shock. In some cases symptoms are more dramatic than in others.

Why are they bringing patients to Atlanta when they should be treated in Africa?
Well, I think you have to look at the money involved. But before we follow the money as to what’s involved in terms of the potential vaccine profits, let us look at the disease itself.

Ebola is one of various viral hemorrhagic fevers. There have been notable hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in history. In Cocoliztli, Mexico, in 1545, there was an outbreak that wiped out a great part of the population. There was the great yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia in which nearly 10 percent of the population of 50,000 succumbed to the disease. In Congo in 1998 to 2000, there was an outbreak of Marburg virus disease. And, of course, there is now the ongoing West Africa Ebola outbreak with record numbers already dead and spreading rapidly.
So here are some questions. All these experts on television are telling us it’s perfectly safe and we need not worry. And the lamest answer comes when you ask them how the medical doctor who they brought to Atlanta contracted Ebola in Africa. Their answer is always the same: “Oh, an accidental needle prick.”
This is nonsense. It is possible they were experimenting on the poor African villagers and the disease got out of control. Now, they are bringing in highly infectious patients into this nation that is Ebola-free. In doing so, they are violating the primary rule of contagion: isolation. They are now using this: “We must fight our fears or remain compassionate.” This story is unraveling.

We all know that for the full-blown Ebola hemorrhagic virus, there is no drug on the planet that is going to cure it. But as of now, in the monkey model there are drugs that can arrest early stages of infection. Why have they brought an infected doctor and another patient from the area of contagion to Emory University in the U.S. when these individuals could treated just as well in Africa? Perhaps they are using these two patients as guinea pigs in a trial for a new vaccine from which billions are to be made if successful.


Bob Lundsten said...

250,000 people die every year from the FLU
In the US 350,000 die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Take a moment to read this letter from the Head Nurse at Emory:

I’m the head nurse at Emory. This is why we wanted to bring the Ebola patients to the U.S.
These patients will benefit -- not threaten -- the country.

By Susan M. Grant August 6
Susan Mitchell Grant, RN, is chief nurse for Emory Healthcare.

An ambulance arrives with an Ebola victim at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta)

A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States.

Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it. Emory University Hospital has a unit created specifically for these types of highly infectious patients, and our staff is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures and protocols. But beyond that, the public alarm overlooks the foundational mission of the U.S. medical system. The purpose of any hospital is to care for the ill and advance knowledge about human health. At Emory, our education, research, dedication and focus on quality — essentially everything we do — is in preparation to handle these types of cases.

Further, Americans stand to benefit from what we learn by treating these patients. (Bound by federal law, Emory cannot name the patients. The HIPAA Privacy Rule forbids health-care institutions from releasing identifiable health information.) Ebola won’t become a threat to the general public from their presence in our facility, but the insight we gain by caring for them will prepare us to better treat emergent diseases that may confront the United States in the future. We also can export our new knowledge to treat Ebola globally. This pathogen is part of our world, and if we want eradicate these types of potentially fatal diseases before they reach our shores uncontrolled, we have to contribute to the global research effort. Today, diseases do not stay contained to one city, country or even continent.
Most importantly, we are caring for these patients because it is the right thing to do. These Americans generously went to Africa on a humanitarian mission to help eradicate a disease that is especially deadly in countries without our health-care infrastructure. They deserve the same selflessness from us. To refuse to care for these professionals would raise enormous questions about the ethical foundation of our profession. They have a right to come home for their care when it can be done effectively and safely.
As health-care professionals, this is what we have trained for. People often ask why we would choose to care for such high-risk patients. For many of us, that is why we chose this occupation — to care for people in need. Every person involved in the treatment of these two patients volunteered for the assignment. At least two nurses canceled vacations to be a part of this team. They derive satisfaction from knowing that, after years of preparing for this type of case, they are able to help, to comfort and to do it safely. The gratitude they receive from the patients’ families drives their efforts.

As human beings, we all hope that if we were in need of superior health care, our country and its top doctors would help us get better. We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care.

Anonymous said...

why couldnt they send a crew and a mobile lab to Africa instead?