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Could Ebola Spread to the United States?
livescience.com ^ | June 27, 2014 06:29pm ET | Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer

Posted on 06/28/2014 4:48:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin

One reason why the Ebola virus's spread is possible in theory is that it can take up to 21 days for an infected person to show symptoms. That's ample time for someone with Ebola to travel a long distance by plane and arrive in the United States or Europe, said Derek Gatherer, a researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom who studies virus genetics and evolution. [5 Things You Should Know About Ebola]

But if an infected person arrived in the United States and showed symptoms, doctors would be quick to suspect Ebola based on the patient's travel history, and isolate the patient, Gatherer said.

"Western medical services would probably cope quite well with catching Ebola as it arrived, because we'd be aware of people coming from Ebola-affected areas," Gatherer said.

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, agreed. Health officials do not think that there is a risk of sustained spread of Ebola in the United States, he said.

"Ebola is not going to come to the United States and become embedded in the United States," Schaffner said.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


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1 posted on 06/28/2014 4:48:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It’s a low rate infectious disease, you actually have to be in contact with body fluids.

If it ever became airborne...


2 posted on 06/28/2014 4:50:01 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BenLurkin

No. Whitey’s immune to it. /S

More seriously, we used to understand the concepts of public health and quarantining of immigrants. Now, Obama and the Dems seemed to have forgotten these things, or at least submerged them under the imagined importance of an open border.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 4:50:21 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BenLurkin

With the Kenyan’s Kiddie Krusade invasion in full spead ahead mode it isn’t “could” it spread here, it’s WHEN.


4 posted on 06/28/2014 4:52:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Even without the open borders it WILL get here.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 4:55:58 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: BenLurkin

Yep


7 posted on 06/28/2014 4:57:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: BenLurkin

I think it could and would be catastrophic. Here wide open borders no one is allowed to look into peoples business if they ain’t a wasp. Our geothermal care system is crippled by obama care


8 posted on 06/28/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: al baby

Health. Care dang auto correct


9 posted on 06/28/2014 5:01:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: BenLurkin

Only for a short while.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 5:02:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
***"Ebola is not going to come to the United States and become embedded in the United States," Schaffner said.***

Don't bet it won't!

11 posted on 06/28/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

bump


12 posted on 06/28/2014 5:15:30 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: BenLurkin
Tom Clancy wrote a Jack Ryan novel about developing an virulent airborne Ebola strain that was weaponized.

Fantasy? Maybe....

13 posted on 06/28/2014 5:19:23 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc
Rainbow 6 is my favorite Clancy novel
14 posted on 06/28/2014 5:25:14 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: BenLurkin

If it wasn’t a “human rights violation” the dimwits would enforce a quarantine.


15 posted on 06/28/2014 5:30:23 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Surgeon General Warning: Operation of Government Motors vehicles may be hazardous to your health)
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To: BenLurkin

JFK...Miami International...the Border Station at Tijuana? Yup,you betcha!


16 posted on 06/28/2014 5:31:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

They would only do it when it affects them. The fact that it might affect the average American is irrelevant.


17 posted on 06/28/2014 5:32:04 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BenLurkin

We have over 12 million people that snuck across our border illegally and no one knows where half of them are.
We had 19 terrorist hijackers roaming around th country learning how to murder 3000 Americans and no one knew who they were or what they were doing.
Yes Ebola and anything else can get here...........


18 posted on 06/28/2014 5:32:48 PM PDT by 48th SPS (Not Republican. Not a Democrat. I am an American)
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To: BenLurkin

With the opening of our southern border and the influx of illegals bringing in that and a multitude of other diseases, it will only be a matter of time.


19 posted on 06/28/2014 5:33:16 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Jonty30

Airborne - don’t give the Kenyan any ideas.


20 posted on 06/28/2014 5:34:00 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: ScottinVA

Especially since the twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic foreign born Kenyan is taking foreign invaders and flying them all around the country.

This is where I live.......

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Immigrant-Children-Long-Island-Bethpage-Peregrine-Park-264751041.html

Check the news to see when they will be dumped where you live next


21 posted on 06/28/2014 5:36:56 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think geographically limited outbreaks of ebola are possible in the United States. Necessary for this to occur would be very close human contact with sharing of bodily fluids intentional or not, as well as poor sanitation and a reluctance to go to the doctor when early symptoms arise. That could be poor slum areas with recent immigrants crammed too many to an apartment, or it could be a bath house in The Castro District. I suspect it skews heavily toward urban.


22 posted on 06/28/2014 5:37:04 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin

This is what FEMA is counting on. That is why they are arming.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 5:38:58 PM PDT by jetson
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To: jetson

It’ll just walk over the border and be welcomed with opened arms


24 posted on 06/28/2014 5:40:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BenLurkin

If it will knock us from First world status to third world levels, the kenyan would welcome it in a heart beat


25 posted on 06/28/2014 5:42:47 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: MRourke85

Perfect storm to declare martial law.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 5:43:56 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: BenLurkin

Aids spread from Africa. Other diseases can as well.


27 posted on 06/28/2014 5:50:23 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: BenLurkin

Ebola is a virus that is too efficient a killer for its own good. Even in Africa, with no medical attention at all, outbreaks burn themselves out.

It kills so thoroughly there are no survivors to continue spreading it.


28 posted on 06/28/2014 6:06:20 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: BenLurkin

There is, BTW, a perfectly native virus with symptoms not totally dissimilar to those of Ebola.

Hantavirus. Killed my sister’s best friend in CO. Works much faster the Ebola. Dead in 72 hours from exposure.

Generally spread by inhaling dust with mouse urine on it.


29 posted on 06/28/2014 6:08:57 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: BenLurkin
The article is correct in saying that Ebola could make it to the United States and is correct in saying that the disease probably could be contained quickly. However, the disease would spread beyond "patient zero" and we would see more than 600 fatalities that have occurred in Africa so far.

The article is incorrect in saying that medical establishments would quickly recognize and isolate Ebola patients. It is not a disease practitioners ever see outside one or two lectures. It would present as a mystery disease at first, another vague flu-like collection of symptoms. Samples sent to CDC take longer than the movies to be analyzed. By the time it has become a hemorrhagic case in 4-5 days, it is too late for that patient and an unknown number have been exposed.

The article is correct in stating that is conveyed by bodily fluid contact. It is incorrect in saying that being in the same room with an Ebola patient with no precautions is safe. Bodily fluids include droplets, which are airborne, and the virus has been shown to be transmitted via airborne droplets in primates and is theorized in human outbreaks. Also, the virus can survive on contaminated surfaces, wet or dry.

30 posted on 06/28/2014 6:13:25 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: Jonty30

It is airborne through droplets and has been shown to be passed in primate studies that way. It is also thought to occur human to human.

Just one bloody cough.

That is why droplet and fluid precautions are required - facemask, mouth and nose mask, outer infection covering, gloves, etc.


31 posted on 06/28/2014 6:16:31 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: BenLurkin

Hmm. Eight or 9 hour flight. Anything is possible. Of course those with white privilege invented it to kill black people. HUH?


32 posted on 06/28/2014 6:26:43 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: 48th SPS

I would not be surprised if terrorists swallowed a time release capsule containing ebola and flew into the country, drove across The Canadian border, etc. with orders To head to not only the major population centers but smaller centers without the medical resources to deal with it. Once it kicked off from within the country THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WOULD BE MASSIVE. The economic disruption would be beyond calculation.


33 posted on 06/28/2014 6:28:32 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: BenLurkin

Oh gee. Nah. We’re safe. We protect our borders from third world invaders that might be infected with horrible diseases. Right? Yeah.


34 posted on 06/28/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: BenLurkin

Yes, it will. Obama is inviting people to enter our country from 3rd world countries, with no screening. It will happen, because Obama facilitated it by demanding that our immigration laws not be enforced.


35 posted on 06/28/2014 6:45:07 PM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: BenLurkin

The question brings a resoUnding yes for those hopefuls at the WHO


36 posted on 06/28/2014 7:18:38 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: BenLurkin

Make Ebola a Gay disease and it will get a free pass.


37 posted on 06/28/2014 7:33:04 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: BenLurkin
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Yeah, they'll be coming here to see if they can get free treatment. And I'll tell you what: If I was a scumbag leader of a craphole country in Africa, I would spend the 2000 dollars, or whatever it costs, to fly my sick people to Stupidwhitemanland and get them the hell out of my country.

38 posted on 06/28/2014 8:16:32 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: Ophiucus

bttt


39 posted on 06/29/2014 6:13:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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