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  • Meet the new U.S. military force that Obama is deploying to fight Ebola

    09/21/2014 10:44:40 AM PDT · 73 of 95
    Covenantor to logi_cal869

    Well, it’s a strange critter, this United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. It’s a uniformed service under direct control of HHS.

    The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC),[5] also referred to as the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, is the federal uniformed service of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

    Along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is one of two uniformed services that only consist of commissioned officers and has no enlisted or warrant officer ranks, although warrant officers have been authorized for use within the service.[6] Officers of the PHS are classified as noncombatants, unless directed to serve as part of the armed forces by the President or detailed to a service branch of the armed forces.[7] Members of the PHSCC wear the same uniforms as the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard (when assigned to the Coast Guard) with special corps insignia, and hold ranks equivalent to those of naval officers. Officers of the PHSCC receive their commissions through the PHSCC’s direct commissioning program.

    As with its parent division, the PHS, the PHSCC is under the direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The PHSCC is led by the Surgeon General who holds grade of vice admiral.[8] The Surgeon General reports directly to the Assistant Secretary for Health who may hold the rank of admiral if he or she is a serving member of the PHSCC.

  • Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

    09/19/2014 6:51:54 AM PDT · 41 of 41
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe; Black Agnes; Dark Wing

    What’s the ROE was also the first question that popped into my mind.

    Becomes of paramount importance once the manner of attack is revealed, stones and knives. How does that play out on prime time news?? We know that question will rule the decision making process at the WH.

    What is to be allowed if our troops are the targets of urine or feces? Will WH allow these to be considered deadly weapons? Recall that at West Point, Liberia at the start of that attempt at quarantine, the West Pointers reacted in just such manner to local police/troops.

    Already West Africans are questioning the “true purpose” of US troops. Just go to the African news sources and read the comments. What of the indigenous islam population and the wackadoo mullahs?

    This is becoming a re-enactment of Joseph Conrad’s works.
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    Ebola Team Killed in Cold Blood in Guinea

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    By: AFP, News24
    2014-09-19 07:45
    Conakry - Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday.

    The bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a primary school in the village of Wome, government spokesperson Albert Damantang Camara told AFP, adding that the victims were “killed in cold blood by the villagers”.

    BBC quoted Guinea’s government as saying the bodies included those of three journalists and three doctors.

    “Three doctors and three journalists disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - near where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded,” the report said.

    An Al-Jazeera report said on Thursday that three of the bodies had their throats slit.

    It was not immediately clear what prompted the violence, but the spread of Ebola has been accompanied by mistrust and paranoia by villagers who feel the government and international community cannot be trusted.

    The gruesome discovery came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said more than 700 more Ebola cases had emerged in West Africa in the past week, the report said

  • ‘Interceptor’ cellphone towers found near White House, Senate

    09/18/2014 12:26:26 PM PDT · 16 of 38
    Covenantor to Black Agnes

    I must have one of those towers in my area. Since the “service has been upgraded” in the last two months, my reception has plummeted to 300 bps 80% of the time. And I can see a cell tower from my study window!

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/18/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT · 2,181 of 2,296
    Covenantor to ElenaM

    I suspect that that the English spoken in Liberia is not quite the same as spoken here.

    Most baffling of all:

    pproximately 300 infected patients have survived Ebola treatment in Liberia since the outbreak here from March to September, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, has announced.

    Since

    From latest CDC page
    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html?mobile=nocontent

    Liberia

    Total Case Count: 2710
    Total Deaths: 1459
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 812

    They’re using serious opiates and North Korean calculators. That’s the only explanation.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/18/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · 2,177 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Covenantor

    http://m.allafrica.com/stories/201409180480.html/?secid=10052

    About 300 Survive Ebola - Official
    18 September 2014 , By Winston W. Parley, Source: New Dawn
    (Photo: FrontPageAfrica)
    Approximately 300 infected patients have survived Ebola treatment in Liberia since the outbreak here from March to September, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, has announced.

    Appearing on “Truth Breakfast Show”, a live broadcast talk show on Tuesday in Monrovia alongside foreign partners from the World Health Organization and the US’ Center for Disease Control, Mr. Nyenswah said if all of the survivors were combined since the outbreak in March, “We have close to 300 survivals.”

    He named treatment centers at the JFK, ELWA unit one, two and three, among others, as areas where the cases were treated. Nyenswah, who chairs the government’s Incidence Management System, said things were “gradually improving with what they do in ending the outbreak”, expressing confidence that the WHO’s prediction could be disproved if such positive response continues.

    He noted that in Lofa County’s Ebola Treatment Unit where weeks ago, 100 positive cases were being admitted, emerging report is now indicating that cases have reduced between five and ten as a result of the community engagement.

    According to him, the prospect was that in two or three weeks, if the current scale of intervention continues at the community level, “We can reduce the cases in two or three weeks to zero cases in Lofa.”

    Working closely with partners here, Nyenswah said community mobilization and awareness is critical, in terms of providing them active case surveillance, checking for sick and dead people or visitors, among others.

    As a result, he boasted that today, West Point Community, has become a success story, and further named Ashmum Street, Rock Valley, New Georgia Community, Caldwell, St. Paul Bridge, Diggsville, ELWA, Seventy Second, Police Academy, and others as organizing themselves in the process.

    Notwithstanding, the coordinator of the Ebola fight stated that infection prevention and control still remain very critical, stressing that training health workers, providing them PPEs, and what they need, are very important to winning the fight.

    “If you look at the laboratory services since the outbreak and where we are today, you will note that we have only one lab, which was at the Liberia Institute of Bio Medical Research.”

    At this lab, he said they conducted 30 to 40 tests per day. However, with the increase of the lab for three across Liberia, he said they can now perform around 300 to 400 tests a day on Ebola cases. Additionally, he said the labs are expected to be expanded to additional three - one in Bong, one of [Clay Ashland], and one in the Southeast Liberia which will total six labs in the country.

    As regards community dwellers’ demand to have test results before releasing dead bodies to health team, the Assistant Minister pleaded that “it won’t be possible because Ebola lab is not a rapid diagnostic test that runs in fifteen minutes like malaria. He said instead, that Ebola lab takes between four to eight hours.

    While acknowledging increased support that Liberia has been receiving from partners in the past three weeks, Mr. Nyenswah said challenges still remain, explaining that to build and run an ETU with 100 beds for a month costs around two million dollars.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/18/2014 11:25:04 AM PDT · 2,174 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing

    News24.com

    2014-09-18 18:17
    Dakar - The World Health Organisation says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating.

    Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. The number of people believed to have killed is now more than 2,600, an increase of roughly 200 from the last estimate, WHO said on Thursday. Most deaths have been in Liberia.

    The new figures from the UN health agency show that the disease is thought to have sickened more than 5 300 people. Just under half of those cases were recorded in the last three weeks.

    Some 318 health care workers have been sickened, and about half have died.

  • Elevator Operators in the Capitol make Big Bucks Pressing Buttons for Senators

    09/18/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · 35 of 42
    Covenantor to Moonman62
    42k may seem like a lot too some, but not for one that must live in the DC are.

    There are two different worlds in DC. The published avg rentals are for wh.. Uh, gentrified neighborhoods. Sons of Obama live in the other 'hoods.

  • 'Exosuit' Mission to 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Begins

    09/17/2014 10:21:28 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    Covenantor to BenLurkin
    Greek sponge divers in the early 1900's free diving to 200 ft? Hellofa working dive. Much better when they started using these.

    The exoskelo suit seems like overkill when submersibles are available to do far more than a solo diver in that suit.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/17/2014 6:07:53 AM PDT · 2,074 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing
    The Obama administration is also planning to send hundreds of thousands of Ebola home health and treatment kits to Liberia, as well as tens of thousands of kits designed to test whether people have the disease.

    What fresh hell is this?

  • 15.9.1916: First tank in action

    09/15/2014 12:11:51 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Covenantor to PGR88
    Indeed he did.

    Here's a photo of the Mark I

    Worth reading the specs on this at wiki.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_heavy_tanks_of_World_War_I

  • 15.9.1916: First tank in action

    09/15/2014 11:44:28 AM PDT · 1 of 11
    Covenantor
    98 years ago the first tanks appeared on the battle fields of the Great War.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 2:35:12 PM PDT · 1,943 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Black Agnes
    Chart graphic from your link: https://asunews.asu.edu/20140911-ebola-transmission-rate-research
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT · 1,936 of 2,296
    Covenantor to ElenaM

    My Chesterton tag line is so apropos that I don’t envision the need for a change in this millenium.

    ;>)

    This source provided me with a concise and relatively understandable ( as lay man) source of info.

    The most surprising thing about ZEbola is the speed with which it turns the immune systems first responders to its advantage, co-opting them as it were.

    From the cited link:
    https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Infection_Mechanism_of_Genus_Ebolavirus

    @end of article
    .....Meanwhile, the immune system is going haywire (Fig 21). Interferons are not being made because VP35 interferes with nearly every step in the process [2]. White blood cells are trapped inside the circulatory system because sGP limits their movement [49]. Macrophages and monocytes are releasing a cocktail of proinflammatory cytokines that destroy the vascular endothelium, but also activate the coagulation cascade. This puts your body in a paradoxical state in which you can die of hypovolemic shock from massive hemorrhage, or from catastrophic thrombosis, the formation of blood clots around the body [17]

    That certainly recalls the relatively recently postulated role of cytokine storms in the Spanish Flu’s high fatality rate among the young and healthy.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 12:59:16 PM PDT · 1,931 of 2,296
    Covenantor to sten

    Thanks again.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 12:56:40 PM PDT · 1,929 of 2,296
    Covenantor to ElenaM

    More grateful thanks. You’ve given me enough to put me on another track.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT · 1,928 of 2,296
    Covenantor to ElenaM

    Bless you for your reply. I realized only later that I needed to use diiferent search terms ( and a virology dictionary ).

    That ZEbola is one devious as well as lethal rascal.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 10:51:47 AM PDT · 1,921 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Covenantor

    https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Infection_Mechanism_of_Genus_Ebolavirus

    @end of article
    .....Meanwhile, the immune system is going haywire (Fig 21). Interferons are not being made because VP35 interferes with nearly every step in the process [2]. White blood cells are trapped inside the circulatory system because sGP limits their movement [49]. Macrophages and monocytes are releasing a cocktail of proinflammatory cytokines that destroy the vascular endothelium, but also activate the coagulation cascade. This puts your body in a paradoxical state in which you can die of hypovolemic shock from massive hemorrhage, or from catastrophic thrombosis, the formation of blood clots around the body [17].

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    Cytokine storms

    A JOLLA, CA—February 27, 2014—Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm”—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus....

    http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/2014/20140227oldstonerosen.html

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/12/2014 8:22:58 AM PDT · 1,910 of 2,296
    Covenantor to ElenaM

    A nagging thought has been flitting back and forth in the back of my brain. So here are some stupid questions.

    If Zebola is assumed to spread solely through human to human fluid contact and we are warned not to touch mouths, noses, and eyes where is its micro point of attack? How does it reach the blood stream where its real attack and propagation begin? Through mucosa?

    And furthermore, while not defined as a respiratory disease, has the path through the pulmonary system, where vital gas exchange occurs oxygenating the blood, been eliminated as a major avenue of attack? Need lungs necessarily become congested upon viral attack? If the primary goal of Ebola is to reach blood cells can the pulmonary system be considered merely a transit point?

    All this is a roundabout way of asking by what route does the Zebola virus reach its goal?

  • Living in a Sharia Enclave in America

    09/11/2014 10:58:04 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    Covenantor to Fightin Whitey

    Ahh crap! It's a guy again. Inshallah

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/11/2014 7:04:48 AM PDT · 1,844 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Shelayne
    ....a MSF doctor, which said that when they (the Drs) are talking with someone, they make sure they are standing 2 meters away and to the side of the person, when they are not wearing protective clothing....

    Yeah, that sounds as if it’s really “hard to catch”, doesn’t it?

    Well, reality once again rears its ugly head and mocks the "three foot droplet" safety protocol that some FR poster insists on posting ad infinitum.

  • Sierra Leone Expects to Uncover 100s of Hidden Ebola Cases

    09/11/2014 6:55:14 AM PDT · 2 of 13
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe; null and void; Black Agnes

    Sierra Leone tries short term curfew to find bodies and the afflicted.

  • Sierra Leone Expects to Uncover 100s of Hidden Ebola Cases

    09/11/2014 6:52:51 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    Covenantor
  • New generation AMRAAM to boost Turkey’s air firepower

    09/11/2014 6:43:47 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    Covenantor to sukhoi-30mki
    Turkey just today offers more proof that they should be denied advanced weapons and have their muslim asses kicked out of NATO

    http://m.dw.de/english/mobile.A-17914542-9097.html Excerpt

    .... The AFP news agency quoted a Turkish government official as saying that Ankara would not permit a possible US-led coalition to attack IS in Iraq and Syria from its air bases.

    "Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.... End excerpt

    Have you considered taking your blinders off?

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 8:20:25 PM PDT · 1,823 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Black Agnes; Smokin' Joe; null and void; Dark Wing
    Was reading PFI posts just now regarding this.

    Another Getty Photo of same scene

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/liberian-street-artist-stephen-doe-paints-on-september-8-news-photo/454961816

    What's the first thing you notice at left of wall?

    I think the reference is to the PBS film Dark Wing mentioned.

    PFI- Pixcie's post:

    "And did you notice - one of Fallah's early symptoms was that he was coughing.

    That's not good. That's not supposed to happen either.

    The documentary was filmed in July."

    http://singtomeohmuse.com/viewtopic.php?t=5725&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=2055

    Clearly the graphic shows the danger of ebola transmission via coughing droplets, as the vomiting warning is next.

    Certainly makes one wonder, about short distance aerosol spread when film and graphics are taken together. Then again Fallah may have had a concurrent ailment as PFI poster notes.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 8:02:38 PM PDT · 1,820 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Covenantor

    Official: U.S. military’s response to Ebola hampered by lack of expertise with virus

    By Lena H. Sun September 9
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/official-us-response-to-ebola-hampered-by-lack-of-expertise-with-deadly-virus/2014/09/09/343e5cd8-385d-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

    Despite President Obama’s call for increased involvement of the U.S. military in the fight against the rapidly escalating Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the United States is hamstrung by a lack of military medical personnel with expertise dealing with the deadly virus, a top official in charge of coordinating the U.S. response said Tuesday.

    “There isn’t an existing cadre of people who have experience in treating this epidemic other than” the aid group Doctors Without Borders, said Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    The Pentagon announced Monday that it would set up a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia to help provide medical care for health workers responding to the epidemic, prompting criticism from international aid groups and global health advocates who said the action was paltry compared with the need in the hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Lindborg said Tuesday that the hospital is intended to provide health care for foreign workers, not Liberians. The goal of the hospital is to “provide assurance that there will be quality health care available for health workers” who have or might volunteer to go to any of the affected countries, she said.

    The World Health Organization has said the outbreak is “increasing exponentially” in Liberia. In Montserrado County alone — where the capital, Monrovia, is located — there is a need for 1,000 treatment beds; only 240 exist.

    The Defense Department has provided some equipment, supplies and staff in the region since the outbreak began months ago. But the expectation was that Obama’s remarks on Sunday would produce more substantive action and that the U.S. military, with its enormous logistical capacity, extensive air operations and highly trained medical corps, could address gaps in the response quickly.

    But the United States does not have a workforce trained in the special protocols for Ebola, Lindborg said. WHO is currently training 500 new workers in Liberia, and the U.S. government is supporting that effort, she said.

    “I would like to know, do they think the response to date by the U.S. government will make any difference in the course of events in the current epidemic?” said Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, which has been the aid group working most actively since the outbreak began months ago.

    During the same news briefing Tuesday, a top Pentagon official declined to provide specifics about other military assets that could be deployed.

    “We’re continuing to evaluate where to best support the overall effort,” said Michael Lumpkin, assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflicts.

    The Pentagon is providing two fully-equipped diagnostic labs to Liberia to help with testing and the tracing of infected patients, he said.

    A senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because planning is still underway suggested that additional U.S. assistance is likely. “We’re considering options and, to be sure, our response will be commensurate with how the president views this outbreak: as a national security priority,” the official said.

    USAID said it is sending 1,000 treatment beds for direct patient care and $10 million to transport 100 health-care workers from member countries of the African Union to the affected region, bringing the total amount spent by the United States to more than $100 million since the outbreak began.

    The death toll has climbed to at least 2,296 in West Africa, WHO announced Tuesday. The new figure, current through Saturday, shows a staggering spike of nearly 200 new deaths recorded in one day. West Africa has 4,293 total cases of confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola infections, a number that could rise as high as 20,000, WHO has warned.

    More than half of the epidemic’s deaths (1,224) and nearly half of all cases (2,046) have been in Liberia. The country has become so overwhelmed that only 31 percent of Ebola cases in Liberia have been lab-confirmed through blood tests, WHO said. Another 47 percent of Liberia’s cases have been deemed “probable,” which means the have been evaluated by a clinician, according to WHO. Probable cases also include people who had suspected cases and died and had a link to someone with a confirmed case.

    Several factors account for why so many Liberian cases aren’t confirmed by labs, WHO spokesman Daniel Epstein said Tuesday. Among them are the sheer volume of cases in that country, poor infrastructure and the limited number of Ebola labs and staff throughout West Africa.

  • Report: Golf courses nixed President Obama

    09/10/2014 3:22:25 PM PDT · 16 of 29
    Covenantor to PistolPaknMama

    Guess which country clubs will be visited by the:

    EPA. - Those ponds...what? Water hazards? No, they’re ponds, see the definition. Where’s your revised environmental impact statement showing compliance with EO10092014? Don’t have it! Shut the joint down til you get approval.

    There’s a couple of folks from Dept of Interior want to talk to you. Said something about a polyester spotted owl darter being found here. Endangered species act violation I’m guessing.

  • Homeland Security Advisor Quits After ‘Inevitable’ Return of ‘Caliphate’ Tweet

    09/10/2014 1:59:30 PM PDT · 86 of 92
    Covenantor to dsutah

    Just kidding. But they do look the same

  • Homeland Security Advisor Quits After ‘Inevitable’ Return of ‘Caliphate’ Tweet

    09/10/2014 1:50:15 PM PDT · 83 of 92
    Covenantor to dsutah

    False alarm. Wasn’t Miley topless, was Bieber.

  • Is There a “Privilege” Gap in Education?

    09/10/2014 1:43:19 PM PDT · 17 of 61
    Covenantor to Kaslin

    Author, and maybe editor, are grossly inflating parents concern and commitment to their childrens education.

    If the parent or parents are semi-literate the child has no model for learning. And will have no reading material beyond micro-wave meal packaging and 40 oz malt liquor labels. By the time first grade rolls around too many have been conditioned to look upon natural curiosity as a quality to avoid or hide deeply. Next time a recycle truck passes by, ask the crew how many newspapers or magazines they collect from poor neighborhoods.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 1:31:14 PM PDT · 1,803 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing
    Adding photos of Monrovia, Liberia traffic to illustrate crowded urban conditions. Looks a lot better than Detroit, parts of Philly and DC. Cleaner as well.

    Rolling fomite depositories. Keeping in mind the recently posted study that found a single fomite deposit on a door lever managed to transfer to 60% of total office staff in 120 minutes. Most any virus remains viable in that time

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 12:19:51 PM PDT · 1,798 of 2,296
    Covenantor to machogirl

    Air Marshal stabbing story gets stranger.

    http://m.news24.com/news24/Africa/News/Nigeria-No-evidence-US-air-marshal-attacked-in-Lagos-20140910-2

    Nigeria: No evidence US air marshal attacked in Lagos

    2014-09-10 15:53

    Lagos - Nigeria’s aviation authorities on Wednesday said there was no evidence for the US claim that one of its air marshals was attacked as he tried to board a flight in Lagos.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday that the marshal, who was on duty, was attacked with a syringe on Sunday and was undergoing treatment in Houston, Texas.

    A spokesperson for the federal airports authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, said in a statement that officials were aware of the reports and had been in contact with US diplomats.

    A security team from the US mission in Nigeria had reviewed security camera footage from the Lagos airport of the air marshal, he said.

    But he added: “Preliminary observation from the CCTV [closed-circuit television] footage did not show evidence of such [an] occurrence.”

    A US embassy spokesperson in Nigeria declined to comment when asked by AFP about the footage, and referred to an earlier statement by US state department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf.

    Harf told reporters in Washington on Monday: “We can confirm reports that an unknown assailant injected a substance into the arm of a US federal air marshal at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria.”

    US law enforcement agencies were collaborating with their Nigerian counterparts to investigate the incident, she added. The FBI said the marshal was not in danger.

    The incident raised fears the syringe could have carried some form of the Ebola virus because Nigeria is one of the West African countries where the deadly epidemic has spread.

    Eight people have been killed and dozens infected with the fever in the current outbreak, which has killed nearly 2 300 in three other West African states.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 12:01:25 PM PDT · 1,795 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing

    We’ll see how much longer the AU, WHO, and UN vocal resistance to serious quarantine lasts.

    “The enormous task of addressing Ebola has revealed persistent and profound institutional weaknesses, including in the security sector,” she said. “As the demands pile on, the police face monumental challenges in planning and implementing large scale operations.”

    Yeah, no kidding. The countries’ executives, administrators and families are above the rules, Sawyer with ten times the status and perks.

    President Sirleaf grasps that Ebola has become an existential crises for Liberia but maybe the tipping point has already occurred. Looking at the incomplete data from Liberia which is die enough, it is clear that they are totally swamped. Obama’s promise of a high tech 25 bed field hospital is futile gesture in light of the phantom patients that keep streaming from hiding places in search of medical help. How does one tracking these moving mini-hot zones in a crowded mobile urban environment?

    Do you see any sign of a competent supply train in place at this time? As per your numbers and analysis, and that of others, if a supply bridgehead is established next week, it’s too little, too late, IMO.

  • Unstoppable: is Ebola mutating with unknown consequences before our eyes?

    09/10/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT · 2 of 53
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe; null and void; Black Agnes

    Bleedin’ plague ping

  • Unstoppable: is Ebola mutating with unknown consequences before our eyes?

    09/10/2014 11:17:48 AM PDT · 1 of 53
    Covenantor
    Interesting new Ebola virus info.
  • New generation AMRAAM to boost Turkey’s air firepower

    09/10/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    Covenantor to sukhoi-30mki

    All the more reason given Turkey’s current regime, the growing vitriolic Islamacist cultural changes that is destroying the secular nature of the government set up by Ataturk. We no longer need the listening tracking stations on the Turko-Russian border nor their unreliable mindset displyed in denying our troops staging and transit in the second Iraq war.

    A moslem is a moslem is any enemy of western civilization period.

    In which specific peace keeping operations is turkish prescence critical or even necessary? In fact, what peace keeping operation has ever been successful beyond being a momentary suspension of hostilities?

    As for the European part of NATO, it’s long past time for them to re-arm and train up. The false promise of peace with the collapse of the Soviet Union is now evident to even the most willfully ignorant.

    The tip off should have been the total absence of holding any of the Red Monsters to account. Not one single prosection of crimes against humanity. Zip, zero, nada, none.

    Turkey has always been an enemy of the Christian west and will remain so.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 3:17:58 AM PDT · 1,792 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Ken H

    Thanks for the wiki link. Nice compilation. Note that all the case data there is derived from the same WHO source we post here.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/10/2014 3:14:40 AM PDT · 1,791 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Ken H

    Thanks for the wiki link. Nice compilation. Note that all the case data there is derived from the same WHO source we post here.

  • New generation AMRAAM to boost Turkey’s air firepower

    09/10/2014 2:24:55 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    Covenantor to sukhoi-30mki

    Time to vote Turkey out of NATO instead of upgrading their weapons systems.

  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 5:27:55 PM PDT · 45 of 68
    Covenantor to Shelayne

    No, it’s up to date 6-sept-14 including Liberia. Check the total on the spreadsheet with WHO report. But...Liberia is falling apart,so the accuracy is a bit suspect. Too many cases trying to find a clinic spot. It sounds like the Liberians are running helter-skelter seeking relief, not easy to find, much less count.

  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 4:14:27 PM PDT · 41 of 68
    Covenantor to PghBaldy
    Is it really getting worse, or are they counting better?

    It really is getting worse and WHO's tally is strongly suspected of being understated.

    See sten's post:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3202246/posts?page=34#34

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/09/2014 3:38:45 PM PDT · 1,783 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing; sten; Black Agnes; Tilted Irish Kilt; Jim Noble
    (Reposting FR sten's response, chart, graph, and comments from other thread for record.) the charts haven't updated yet. the avg daily has gone vertical about as bad as it can get.  

    sure glad we didn't close the border or shutdown flights.. especially with that 2-3 week gestation period 34 posted on Sep 09, 2014 05:39 PM by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)

  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 3:27:20 PM PDT · 38 of 68
    Covenantor to sten; Smokin' Joe; null and void; Black Agnes; Dark Wing
    Sten, thanks for the data and graph. I'm copying it for the others.

    Grim reality about to get really ugly. Read on the PFI forum that Liberia's president is warning of existential threat Ebola poses for the country, the hardest hit. Mercy

    I suspect whatever resources promised or pledged to Liberia will be far too little and too late. Promised supplies and beds are already inadequate for current patient count. MSF stated the minute they opened a larger station they were overwhelmed by phantom patients, people they never expected. Full scale panic is likely in less than a week.

  • Ebola evacuations to US greater than previously known

    09/09/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT · 18 of 51
    Covenantor to Coyote Choir; Kartographer

    Since it is a State Dept.contract we can safely assume that diplomats and family have priority flying ambulance evacuation. Might be a visiting VIP there, but if they’re really VIP’s they wouldn’t be there, would they.

    African head of state is a possibility.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/09/2014 12:51:13 PM PDT · 1,779 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Dark Wing; Smokin' Joe

    Unrecorded State Department Angel flights?

    Ambassadors and family?

    Joe, Did you include USAMRIID at Fort Detrick in your count?

    I’ve got NIH just south of me, USAMRIID a short drive north, and the big NIH monkey farm a 20 min drive away.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/09/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · 1,778 of 2,296
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe

    Italy May Have its First Ebola Patient

    http://m.news24.com/news24/World/News/Italy-may-have-its-first-Ebola-patient-20140909

    Rome - Italian doctors are investigating a suspected Ebola patient in central Italy, the health ministry in Rome said on Tuesday.

    The ministry gave no further details but the local Corriere Adriatico newspaper said the woman, a resident of the town of Civitanova Marche near Ancona, was around 40-years-old and had recently returned to Italy from Nigeria.

    The hospital in Ancona where she has been transferred declined to comment. No comment was immediately available from regional health authorities.

    If confirmed, the case would be first known instance of Ebola in Italy.

  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT · 2 of 68
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe; null and void; Black Agnes; Dark Wing; Shelayne

    New WHO Ebola count

  • Ebola Kills 2,288, Nearly Half in Past 21 Days

    09/09/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT · 1 of 68
    Covenantor
  • Meningitis outbreak concerns Shelby Co. TN doctors

    09/09/2014 12:08:39 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    Covenantor to DannyTN

    Thanks for remembering this and keeping the thread on an even keel.

  • Ebola spread exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected in Sept - WHO

    09/09/2014 10:02:28 AM PDT · 45 of 48
    Covenantor to Cowboy Bob

    Read how quickly viruses can spread in a western civilization environment, the common office space.
    60% of office staff acquired test virus from a single fomite source within two hours. How’s that for speed?

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3202070/posts

    Follow the short version link to the MailOnline article

    “Infections can spread from an office door handle to half the workforce in just two hours, new research has found. 

    Using tracer viruses, a study found as much as 60 per cent of workers in the building carried the bug planted after 120 minutes....”

    “Study found between 40 and 60 per cent of office contaminated in two hours

    Pushing buttons in lifts and touching phones spread infection quickest 

    Disinfectant wipes and regularly washing hands is best way to kill germs  

  • Hundreds tested for TB in Lynn

    09/09/2014 9:39:40 AM PDT · 8 of 61
    Covenantor to Smokin' Joe

    Wonder what that report to the CDC looked like in identifying the index case. “Beast Riders
    “ from way south?