Still nothing to worry about. Really. Don’t worry.
The World’s Smartest Man has assured us over and over again that when it comes to Ebola we “have nothing to fear but fear itself”.
Under the U.S. plan, 3,000 U.S. troops will be sent to a new command center in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, to help with the transportation of supplies and other personnel.
U.S. forces will construct 17 health care facilities of 100 beds each to isolate and treat victims. The U.S. mission will also set up a facility to train 500 health care workers per week.
“An already very weak public health system is near collapse in these (West African) countries. Patients are being turned away and people are literally dying in the streets,” Obama said. “Here’s the hard truth: in West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes we have not seen before. It’s spiraling out of control, it is getting worse, it’s spreading faster and exponentially.”Outbreak could spread
That would mean “profound political and economic and security implications for all of us,” he said. “This is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security, it’s a threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economics break down, if people panic. And that has a profound effect on all of us, even if we are not directly contracting the disease.”
Sounds reasonable. “transportation of supplies and other personnel”. No exposure, no problem.
Then a few weeks later, as is often the case, the other shoe drops.
A few dozen U.S. troops will have exposure to laboratory samples from potential Ebola patients by running testing facilities in Liberia, the head of U.S. Africa Command said.
While most of the 4,000 troops authorized to deploy to the west African country won’t have direct exposure to the virus — as Pentagon officials have previously emphasized — three or four specially trained personnel will run each of as many as seven testing labs, Army General David Rodriguez said today at a Pentagon news conference.
“They are specifically trained to do that,” Rodriguez said of the lab personnel, which he called a “specialty element” of the larger force.
Notice that the “3,000” is now “4,000” and that “A few dozen U.S. troops will have exposure to laboratory samples”. Still though, no problem – proper handling, training, direct contact with bodily fluids, blah, blah, blah.
Now comes this: Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
Oops. Evidently, trained personnel with protective clothing and operating in a secure environment while taking all necessary precautionary measures can, in fact become infected with the ebola virus. Right here in Dallas, not in the festering hellhole of Liberia where apparently family members are licking the body parts of the freshly dead while eating infected monkeys.
These troops will all be coming back to the US – one way or another. In effect, we will be importing ebola. Probably not too big a problem though because we won’t close our borders to aspirin-taking West Africans as long as they pinky-swear that they don’t have ebola symptoms and have not been exposed to it, so what does it matter if our own returning soldiers are exposed?
One last thing. Re-read the quoted text beneath “Outbreak could spread” and think about how it applies to the unimpeded infestation coming across our southern border…
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