Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD, a severe, often fatal, illness in humans, is formerly known as “Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.”
Where does it come from? According to one CDC report, it is a virus originating in wild animals and transmitted to people in several ways. However, though the originating host of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the disease can be spread in numerous ways. Some researchers believe that while the first patient may have contracted the disease through contact with an infected animal, according to the CDC, the virus can then be spread in several ways.
Here are several examples from the CDC:
“Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to (the) urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola (and) objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus.”
Apparently, Ebola may initially have been contacted and spread as a result of “handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. The first EVD outbreaks apparently occurred in remote villages in Central Africa. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with, and spread, the Ebola virus.”According the latest info from the CDC, “there is no evidence that mosquitoes or other insects can transmit Ebola virus.”
While it may have originated with wild animals, it spreads rapidly in humans via human-to-human transmission. However, since it is a “relatively new” disease, extensive research (though recently launched) has not come up with the same sort of cure and preventive measures associated with more common diseases like smallpox, TB, etc. Consequently, there is a great deal of concern arising in the medical community and among health-care providers because they (and family members) apparently are at the highest risk for contracting the disease. Since it is unknown precisely what degree of contact with an infected person is necessary for infection, the problem of infected persons traveling and associating with the general public is causing great concern.
For example, a recent Carnival Cruise Lines ship with a possible Ebola case on board was turned away from a number of ports (including our friendly neighbor, Mexico) and returned home to dock in Galveston, Texas. A health-care worker was thought to be infected and was restricted to her cabin before she tested negative for Ebola. (I wonder how many people this passenger came in contact with before she was screened and subsequently cleared of Ebola?) This concern is also being echoed by flight crews, ground crews and airport security teams handling people who may have been subjected or exposed to the disease. Hospitals, doctors and nurses are forming groups to protest the lack of Ebola preparedness in hospitals and demand that it be addressed.
Apparently, there has not been sufficient research to determine precisely how much contact is required for transmission of the disease; many are extremely concerned. This is especially true for those who may have been on other flights with people who have the disease, including one airline passenger, Thomas Duncan, who died after infecting the nurse who treated him. Adding to the level of concern is the recent Obama decision to send almost 4,000 troops (not medically trained personnel) to assist in the heart of the epidemic in Africa.
Let me ask you a question: If you knew your next door neighbor had a deadly, highly communicable disease, with no treatment available, would you invite them to the spend the summer with you, or, having such a big compassionate heart, have them move in with you and your children?
Well consider this: Unknown to many is an extremely peculiar step being taken by the Obama administration. Despite the fact that some 82 percent of people polled recently want to quarantine anyone from, or who has visited, stricken regions, the Obama administration is apparently expediting visas into America for people from certain countries. According to one report, “The Washington Post reported the number of visas issued to Liberians by the U.S. has spiked, with about 3,500 granted last year. Another 10,000 were given to citizens of Guinea and Sierra Leone.” As a point of interest, the top countries with widespread outbreaks of Ebola are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Oh yes, and by the way, the new Ebola czar, a Democrat and accomplished political operative, has absolutely no medical background. But then, you wouldn’t really expect an ex-community organizer to hire someone with real expertise in such an arena, would you?
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