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  • Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

    01/17/2015 3:22:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jack Healy
    When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into “Breaking Bad”-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • Airline notifying 800 people in Ebola scare: Amber Vinson's symptoms may have come earlier

    10/17/2014 2:23:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    KETV-TV / CNN ^ | October 17, 2014 | Faith Karimi and Greg Botelho
    A nurse infected with Ebola may have had symptoms sooner than originally believed, authorities say, and an airline is notifying up to 800 passengers linked to flights she took between Dallas and Cleveland. In addition to Amber Vinson's round trip, Frontier Airlines is also reaching out to others who were in five subsequent flights that used the same plane. Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, a day after she returned from Cleveland to Dallas aboard a Frontier Airlines flight. The nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was part of a team that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed...
  • 2nd Ebola case in Texas caused by breach in protocol, CDC chief says

    10/12/2014 12:15:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/12/2014 | KURTIS LEE, MICHAEL A. MEMOLI
    A federal health official said Sunday there was “clearly” a breach in protocol that led to the infection of a Dallas healthcare worker with Ebola in what is thought to be the first U.S. transmission of the deadly virus. “We’re deeply concerned about this new development,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think the fact that we don’t know of a breach in protocol is concerning, because clearly there was a breach in protocol. We have the ability to prevent the spread of...
  • No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

    10/03/2014 3:01:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/03/2014 | MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
    Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has killed about 70 percent of people infected in West Africa.The Ebola case in Dallas is the first one diagnosed outside Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. And the health care system in Texas didn't quarantine the man right away. He was sick with Ebola — and contagious — for four days before he was admitted to the hospital. But when you look at health...
  • Wait, You Can Have Ebola and Still Board a Plane?

    10/01/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/01/2014 | Olga Khazan
    A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas has become the first Ebola case to be diagnosed within the U.S., the CDC reported Tuesday, and he is currently in isolation at Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Americans have been warned not to travel to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone, but they obviously can—and do. So how are countries keeping suspected Ebola patients (well, most of them, anyway) contained within their borders? Thermometers, mostly. People are screened for elevated temperatures before they're allowed to board planes departing from the countries where Ebola is raging. Fever is one of the earliest symptoms...
  • Odds on when the movie Outbreak or Contagion airs

    09/30/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    Self | 09-30-14 | ealgeone
    I predict by this weekend.
  • Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'

    09/22/2014 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations...
  • German hospitals ready for Ebola patients

    08/01/2014 7:42:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Aug 2014 16:50 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s high-tech isolation wards remained on alert on Friday, ready to receive Ebola patients should they be required to. German airports seemed less prepared for the potential dangers of the viral epidemic, however. Hamburg’s University clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) said on Friday it remains prepared and ready to take Ebola patients from the outbreak in west Africa, despite not expecting any in the immediate future. […] The infectious Ebola virus has killed 672 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since February in the world’s largest ever recorded outbreak of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is still struggling to...
  • Whooping Cough Cases Nearing 900

    07/19/2014 5:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Andie Adams
    If the rate stays on track, 2014 could break 2010's record high of 1,179 casesSan Diego County has seen more than double the number of pertussis cases this year compared to last, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Nine new instances of whooping cough, which may have left others exposed, brings the county’s total to 895. Just 120 cases were reported by this time last year, and for the whole of 2013, 431 cases were confirmed. “The county and state are experiencing an epidemic of pertussis,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., a county public...
  • DOCTOR WARNS — US Schools Could Face HEALTH CRISIS as Immigrants Enter Classrooms This Fall (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 32 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Elaina George, an ear, nose, throat and chest specialist from Atlanta, told Charles Payne on FOX News today that the US could be facing a health crisis as the thousands of newly illegal children enter the classrooms this fall. “There’s an example in Maryland, where parents got a letter from the school that there children had been exposed to an illegal child who had TB who was one of their classmates. So this fall it is potentially possible that these children entering the school systems could be carrying all sorts of things, diseases that are not on the radar.”...
  • Disease Tsunami Washing Across Our Border

    07/18/2014 9:59:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 18, 2014 | IBD EDITOTIALS
    Immigration: With medical professionals overwhelmed by border chaos, illegal aliens are being sent across the U.S. without basic health screening, raising the prospect of epidemics of diseases once thought eradicated. As unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded across President Obama's open borders are dispersed nationwide from Nebraska to Illinois to Massachusetts, concerns have arisen that the nation's health has been put at risk by poor and even absent medical screening. An internal Department of Defense memo obtained by ABC News reports that the director of refugee health at Health and Human Services "has identified a breakdown of the...
  • Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border

    07/17/2014 6:10:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Josh Margolin
    The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned. The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.
  • Outbreak on the Border

    07/14/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    free beacon ^ | 7/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Have Lice So Bad ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces

    07/07/2014 9:17:55 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Todd Starnes told Sean Hannity on FOX News tonight that the illegal immigrant children held at Lackland Air Force base in Oklahoma are bringing diseases into America. The children have tuberculosis, scabies and lice so bad you can see them running down their faces. “It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas… The federal government is covering up the...
  • Immigration Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps

    07/07/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    SNIP The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. More than 7,000 children have been processed through the two camps, according to a BCFS official. They allege that only 119 children have been treated for lice, 22 for scabies, and one for the H1N1 Flu. BCFS says the most common illnesses seen...
  • 240,000 Illegal Aliens Since April – President Obama Intentionally Overwhelming U.S.

    07/05/2014 2:13:38 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    Last Refuge ^ | July 5 2014 | sundance
    In two months President Obama has placed almost a quarter million illegal aliens into target communities around the U.S.   Nothing about this is random, uncoordinated or unplanned. WASHINGTON DC - The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article. A second New York Times article reports revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to...
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • Obama's Open Borders Put Nation's Health At Risk

    07/02/2014 6:01:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Border: Doctors and nurses at an alien detention camp are threatened with arrest if they talk about the risk of contagion from the influx of unaccompanied children into the U.S. Give us your poor, your tired, your infected. Last weekend, at least two confirmed cases of the swine flu virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in South Texas, a stark reminder that the conditions created by President Obama's orchestrated invasion of the U.S. are ripe for viral outbreaks that jeopardize the health of American citizens. It was reported last week that at least one...
  • Obama Won’t Visit Southern U.S. Border While in Texas, but Here’s What He Will Be Doing

    07/02/2014 11:40:35 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 2 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will not be visiting the southern U.S. border anytime soon, even though he will be in Texas next week for a fundraiser. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has invited Obama a few times to visit the border to assess the immigration crisis that has evolved as tens of thousands of unaccompanied children try to cross into the United States. But Earnest said Obama at this point has not accepted. illegal immigration Barack Obama Rick Perry Texas fundraising politics President Barack Obama is in Texas next week for a fundraiser,...