Thursday, October 02, 2014
U.S. Government To Blame For Ebola's Arrival In America
It's almost as if President Barack Obama and his administration wanted the deadly Ebola virus introduced into this country. The Liberian national who boarded a flight to enter the U.S. on a tourist visa on September 19 knew that he had been exposed to several people infected with Ebola who died within days. Four days before he boarded the plane, Thomas Eric Duncan carried his landlord's pregnant daughter who was convulsing to a clinic to be treated for the disease. The 19-year old woman died the next day after she was turned away from a crowded hospital. The landlord's son and three neighbors who also came in contact with the daughter died from Ebola days later. Because Duncan wasn't showing symptoms when he boarded a plane days later, still within the disease's incubation period, he was allowed to board a plane bound for the U.S. Although a person can carry the disease for 21 days before becoming symptomatic, policy permitted a passenger to board a plane as long as they weren't sick at the time of boarding. The White House has told reporters they see no need to change that policy. President Obama has even signed an executive order that would prevent U.S. immigration officials from removing inadmissible Liberian nationals from the country for at least 24 months on humanitarian grounds.
The U.S. government acknowledges that there are currently 13,500 like Duncan from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa who hold visas that allow them to travel to the U.S. uninhibited. Duncan worked for FedEx in Liberia, but he quit his job right after obtaining the visa in order to visit a son living in the U.S. Duncan no doubt intended to stay permanently in the U.S. after entering on his U.S. visa. The astronomical cost of treating Duncan's deadly disease will now be picked up by taxpayers, laying aside his potential exposure of dozens of others who came into direct contact with him after he became sick with Ebola after his arrival in the U.S.. News reports indicate that he was sent home with antibiotics on September 26 when he showed up sick at a hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, in Dallas despite telling the people who treated him at the hospital that he had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia only days earlier. You can bet the hospital was most concerned about getting him out the door as quickly as possible since they knew he had no insurance or means to pay any medical bills that he incurred. Duncan spent two days in his son's Dallas apartment getting sicker and sicker before he was finally transported by ambulance to the hospital and diagnosed with Ebola. The ambulance which transported him remained in use for another two days before it was taken out of use. At least five children who attend four different schools came in contact with Duncan while he was sick with Ebola.
Texas officials say there are at least 18 people altogether who are being monitored for exposure to Ebola. Some news reports claim he may have had direct contact with as many as 80 people after he became symptomatic. Dr. Mark Lester at Texas Health Presbyterian acknowledges that Duncan had informed a nurse who saw him that he had recently arrived from Liberia but claims that the "information was not fully communicated throughout the whole team," whatever that's supposed to mean. The government assures us that hundreds of airline passengers who came in contact with Duncan have no fear of contracting the disease because he was asymptomatic at the time he traveled. Duncan traveled on three different planes during his journey from Liberia to Dallas. He flew from Liberia to Brussels where he boarded a plane bound for Washington's Dulles Airport. He then boarded a third flight to Dallas. U.S. health officials insist the disease can only be communicated one a person shows symptoms. They also insist that the disease is not air-borne like other common viruses, although some dispute that contention. We are told that a person must come into contact with an infected person's bodily fluids in order to communicate the school. Why have so many health care workers who take extraordinary precautions to protect themselves while treating Ebola patients contracted the disease in Africa if it's not an air-borne disease?
The Obama administration has been reassuring the public for months that there was no significant risk posed to Americans by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. It refused to alter any travel policies regarding people from the affected regions of Africa in an effort to minimize risks to Americans. What's even more troubling are reports that there was a public tweet from a large government supplier of emergency response products specializing in "high risk events" to Disaster Assistance Response Teams to be prepared to activate in the month of October. That suggests that someone not only knew that Ebola was coming to America but when it was expected to arrive here. There are some who even speculate that the particular strand of Ebola spread during this latest outbreak had been weaponized to maximize its spread. Previous outbreaks of the disease on the African continent since it was first discovered in 1976 have been very localized in mostly remote areas where very few people were infected by the disease. Earlier outbreaks were all easily contained, unlike the outbreak that began earlier this year in West Africa.