City hospitals evaluate 2 from Liberia who fell ill en route to O’Hare
Two people who arrived at O’Hare International Airport from Liberia have been placed under observation at Chicago hospitals, under the city’s procedures for handling Ebola, after they fell ill during their flights, officials said.
Health officials stressed that “at this time there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola and there is no threat to the general public.”
In fact, the officials said they decided against testing the two for Ebola after initial medical evaluations but did send them to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for observation. They are being kept in isolation.
The two hospitals are among four in Chicago that have agreed to take Ebola patients from other hospitals and health care providers should any cases appear in the area. The others are Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The child had vomited during a flight from Liberia to O’Hare, city health officials said. Upon landing, the child was screened by federal authorities and was found to have no other symptoms and no known risk of exposure. The child was taken to Lurie “out of an abundance of caution” and was undergoing observation in isolation.
Following city guidelines, the child’s family was under quarantine until the evaluation was completed.
The other passenger, an adult traveling alone from Liberia, reported nausea and diarrhea during another flight from Liberia. The passenger reported having been diagnosed with typhoid fever in August but had a normal temperature and reported no known risk of exposure to Ebola during a screening.
The person was taken to Rush for medical evaluation and observation, health officials said.
Ebola patient at NIH in Maryland upgraded to ‘good’ condition
Ebola patient at NIH in Maryland upgraded to ‘good’ condition
The city released no other details of the passengers or their flights.
By Joseph R. Carducci
October 21, 2014
As we have all heard, Obama has appointed an Ebola Czar (or Tsar, if you prefer) to help coordinate the response that his own Regime seems to be continually muddling. Of course, we can question the choice on the grounds that the man tasked for this job, Ron Klain, has no experience with Ebola, the CDC, or health in any way.
Having said that, many people think that appointing a political operative could be exactly what the Regime needs right now. They argue that Mr. Klain is a very strong administrator and can organize things very effectively. He was formerly the Chief of Staff for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.
Ebola Czar Hasn’t Even Started Work Yet
Although he was appointed last Friday to this new post created by Obama (and no doubt he had prior knowledge this would be happening in order for him to prepare), he has still not begun his new duties. He has already missed at one big, all hands on deck, cabinet level meeting regarding the Ebola situation and now there is news of another missed meeting.
Mr. Klain has reportedly sent his regrets to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was invited to testify this Friday regarding the Ebola response. And he declined, citing the fact that he has not yet officially started in his new position and will not be able to attend this committee hearing, which will be held this Friday.
I guess this is pretty much in keeping with his commander in chief. We know how fond of missing meetings Obama has become. After all, our leader has managed to attend less than half of his daily presidential briefings. For those of you who have forgotten, it was in these meetings that Obama was regularly (i.e. daily) updated as to the status of the ISIS threat for more than a full year.
Obama Continues to Place Politics Above Safety
According to a Fox News report, the new Czar is expected to start sometime this week. It should be interesting to think about how this new position could possibly improve the almost non-existent response from Obama. After all, Obama most likely is not going to consider imposing any type of travel restrictions on Ebola stricken countries simply because this new Czar says he should.
On top of all this, Representative Tom Price (Rep, GA) made a great point about how to think of this new position:
“That the president chose a political operative rather than a health care expert to head up his administration’s response to an outbreak of a deadly disease says a lot—and nothing positive—about the White House’s line of thinking.”
Once again, the Obama Regime proves they place politics at the forefront of everything else. They still care more about Africa than the United States, as our troops are still in harms way and Obama has said nothing about how to ensure their safety while working with this infectious disease. At least it seems as if the Ebola virus and outbreak may be starting to retreat. We can only hope.
What do YOU think? Is Obama creating this new position a good idea? How about choosing a political operative rather than a health care expert? Should we expect much of anything from this new approach?
Ebola can go airborne but hasn’t in West Africa because it’s too warm, researchers conclude
Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.
After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.
“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”
“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”
The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms.
“While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added.
It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.
A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study.
“There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated.
The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza.
“Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.
And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.
“The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated.
The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates.
“How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site potlblog.com suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.”
According to WHO, “98% [of confirmed cases] have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval.”
The fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan will be released from quarantine today. However, the CDC mandated 21-day quarantine period Louise Troh along with her son and two nephews endured is only half of the recommended period.
The World Health Organization states, “Recent studies conducted in West Africa have demonstrated that 95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. WHO is therefore confident that detection of no new cases, with active surveillance in place, throughout this 42-day period means that an Ebola outbreak is indeed over.”
The CDC will also release 43 people held under quarantine that had contact with Duncan while he was symptomatic.