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CDC Chief Says: Ebola’s Spread to The US Is ‘Inevitable’

From an unfazed Agence France Presse:

Ebola’s spread to US is ‘inevitable’ says CDC chief

By Kerry Sheridan | August 7, 2014

Washington (AFP) – Ebola’s spread to the United States is "inevitable" due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities said Thursday.

Is it inevitable due to our open borders and because we will not restrict flights? And why should we worry if the outbreak isn’t likely to be "large"? It will be large for anyone who gets it.

Already one man with dual US-Liberian citizenship has died from Ebola, after becoming sick on a plane from Monrovia to Lagos and exposing as many as seven other people in Nigeria.

What does ‘exposing’ mean in this instance? Did he exchange body fluids with these seven people? If not, they’re not supposed to have anything to worry about.

More cases of Ebola moving across borders via air travel are expected, as West Africa faces the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic virus in history, said Tom Frieden, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

"It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the US who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere," Frieden told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

"We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens and others who go from these three countries — or from Lagos if it doesn’t get it under control — and are here with symptoms," he said.

"But we are confident that there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the US." …

We wonder what Mr. Frieden’s definition of "large" is?

Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations at the Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse warned that the world is woefully ill-equipped to handle the spread of Ebola… "In the hours after death with Ebola, that is when the body is most infectious because the body is loaded with the virus," he said.

"Everybody that touches the corpse is another infection." …

What’s this?! That sure sounds like Ebola can be contracted without an exchange of bodily fluids.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 8th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “CDC Chief Says: Ebola’s Spread to The US Is ‘Inevitable’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Stopping it at the airports

    Heh. With the southern border as porous as pouring water through sand …

    I wonder if ISIS has heard the news about Obama’s Fake Border? Spetsnaz? Red Chinese sappers? The Bomb Master of Pakistan? Crazed genetic terrorists with a vial of rapidly developing recombinant DNA retrovirus?

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