The lying will continue until confidence improves.

ObamaPinocchioI’m tired of writing about ebola.  But, like Silvio, “just when I thought I was out they pulled me back in.”

It can only be contracted by coming in contact with bodily fluids.  Um, not so fast.  According to USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook on page 117:

In several instances, secondary infections among contacts and medical personnel without direct body fluid exposure have been documented. These instances have prompted concern of a rare phenomenon of aerosol transmission of infection.

They are not alone.  the University of Minnesota is claiming that ebola is airborne.

Then there’s the part about the bodily fluids having to be those of an infected ebola victim.  That “victim” can be an animal.

Can dogs get Ebola?

Yes. After the 2002 Ebola outbreak in Gabon, researchers from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that many of the animals that came into direct contact with disease, later tested positive for it.

It is believed the dogs contracted the virus by scavenging for infected bushmeat, but it could also have been transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected human.

However the virus had no harmful effect on the canines as they showed no symptoms and did not become ill or die.

The “temperature threshold” being used to alert for the infection?  Ehhhh, not so much.  According to a recent WHO study, about 1 in 8 of those who died didn’t present with an elevated temperature.

The study, sponsored by the World Health Organization and published online late last month by the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed data on 3,343 confirmed and 667 probable cases of Ebola.

The finding that 87.1% of those infected exhibited fever — but 12.9% did not — illustrates the challenges confronting health authorities as they struggle to contain the epidemic.

U.S. health officials have repeatedly emphasized that fever is a reliable sign of infectiousness. As a defense against the spread of the virus to this country, the Obama administration has ordered that passengers arriving from West Africa at five U.S. airports be checked for fever.

But you needn’t worry about anything at all.  The World’s Smartest Man is on the job.  He is about to appoint a “czar”.  That will take care of everything.  Finally he’s showing serious leadership.  The frontrunner for the czar job is an attorney with no (0, nada, zip) medical experience, but high level Administration experience as a “spokesperson”.  In other words, a Spin Doctor rather than a medical doctor.  Because “perception is reality” is the operative phrase in managing this situation.  Not facts.  Perception.  The Ministry of Truth is in full crisis management mode.

 


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