Second US Citizen Infected With Ebola In Liberia, Which Shuts Down Borders To Slow Epidemic

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Update, one which many will say has been long overdue: Liberia Shuts Border Crossings to Slow Ebola Spread. From Bloomberg:

  • Liberia Shuts Border Crossings to Slow Ebola Spread: Allafrica
  • Only major border crossings at Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing, Ganta Crossing to remain open, says, citing Liberian govt statement.
  • At those entry points, testing centers to be set up; “stringent” preventive measures to be announced
  • New travel policy by Liberia Airport Authority on inspection, testing of all passengers to be strictly observed
  • There will be restrictions on public gatherings incl. solidarity marches, demonstrations
  • Hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers, video clubs to play 5-min. film on Ebola awareness, prevention
  • Govt vehicles to be commandeered, as needed, to support health delivery system
  • All govt facilities, public places to install/provide public access for hand-washing

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It was a few short hours ago when we reported that as part of the escalating Ebola epidemic in West Africa a US doctor, Kent Brantly had himself succumbed to the deadly virus. Moments ago we found out that a second US doctor from the same aid organization in Liberia, Nancy Writebol, has been infected with Ebola.

Writebol in a June 2011 photo from the Rafiki missionary foundation

From CBS:

Two U.S. citizens are now reported to be infected with the deadly and incurable Ebola virus in West Africa.


The first American reported to have contracted the disease is an American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia, who tested positive for the deadly virus, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse issued said in a news release on Saturday. 


The second person who reportedly tested positive for Ebola is a woman employed by an aid organization in Liberia who is a married mother of two.


In a statement on Sunday, Samaritan's Purse said: "Nancy Writebol is employed by SIM in Liberia and was helping the joint Samaritan's Purse/SIM team that is treating Ebola patients at the Case Management Center in Monrovia."


Writebol's age and hometown have not been released at this time.

What is most disturbing is that the two physicians have contracted the lethal disease despite apparently taking much needed precations to avoid infection as the following photos below demonstrate.


Dr. Kent Brantly assists two ELWA Hospital staff in transporting an Ebola patient from the triage unit to the isolation unit in the rain on Tuesday July 22, 2014, in Liberia.



Dr. Kent Brantly (right) collects a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient in the ELWA isolation ward in Liberia

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Sun, 07/27/2014 - 16:54 | 5010421 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Modern-day heroes. My thoughts are with their families.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 16:56 | 5010426 strannick
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He wad working for the Christian missionary group, Samaritans Purse. God bless him.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:01 | 5010445 Bad Attitude
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Clearly, even the precautions taken by doctors may not be enough.

Last night I was reading the CDC Ebola guidelines for airline workers. The CDC guidelines look laughably inadequate based on what we seeing happen elsewhere.

It's time for Obama to step up to the plate and start bringing people fearing the Ebola outbreak in Africa to the US. /s

Forward (over the cliff)!

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:27 | 5010458 AlaricBalth
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They are better people than I. My prayers are with Nancy.

David and Nancy Writebol
Serving in Liberia
From: United States of America

Who we are:
David and Nancy sensed God's calling to them to enter missions early in their marriage. The timing for their call would not be until they raised their two sons and left successful careers in the software industry and education. God has prepared and equipped them to serve through a variety of life and ministry settings. They joined SIM in 2013 after 14 years of service to orphans and other vulnerable children, serving in the the countries of Ecuador and Zambia. They are currently serving in Monrovia, Liberia.

What we do:

Nancy, as Personnel Coordinator, serves the missionaries and short-term teams in Liberia, helping with their entry into the country. She coordinates the member care and vitality of these servants. She also serves the CNA and nursing staff at the hospital in developing a culture of patient care and compassion.

Edit: Nancy Whitebol is not a physician. She is support staff and nursing coordinator. Which leads to the question, how virulent is this particular strain of Ebola? And what were the circumstances in which she came into physical contact with an infected person?

What information is being withheld so as to not incite panic? Has this strain of hemorrhagic fever gone airborne?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:27 | 5010538 smlbizman
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you know you are in trouble when duct tape is part of ur answer.....

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:35 | 5010555 Publicus
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The more you fight an evolutionary foe, the stronger it becomes.


Checkmate, humans.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:45 | 5010594 Manthong
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Coming to a border town near you?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:55 | 5010610 cifo
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Yet, she has a 40% or so chance to survive.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 18:16 | 5010688 The Juggernaut
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Not a V-for-Vendetta-biological-attack-to-quarantine/absolute-control-the-greater-public just yet. 

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:07 | 5011133 strannick
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I would say this guy checkmated tedious, incremental evolution, and leapfrogged right to the Omega of the line.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:19 | 5011165 Pemaquid
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The googles say it all.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:32 | 5011193 Four chan
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religious nuts bring about the rapture, how fitting. im quite sure thats how all these missionaries on their psychosis induced missions want to expire.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:09 | 5011278 11b40
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Sorry you are so hollow and judgmental. Do you not believe there are those who truly feel a calling to serve?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:19 | 5011295 Four chan
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yes i do believe there are those who wish to die a sanctimonious death in far away lands as a final altruistic orgasm.


and if they can help us end the same way they are glad to do it.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:26 | 5011320 quasimodo
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What a shallow minded putz. Brain damage from getting knocked around by your avatar?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:47 | 5011362 Miffed Microbio...
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Agreed, I'm a charitable giver only locally but I do have respect for those who do this work. Especially since they raised their children first. It is their lives to choose the way they see fit. However, it they got into some trouble and expected to be rescued I would have a problem.

Choosing this path must be made carefully, realizing you may go to your death. These people are not ignorant " do gooders". Even knowing the risks, they went anyway. I am humbled.


Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:45 | 5011500 CCanuck
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+100 Well stated Miffed! Personal Responsibilty.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:18 | 5011553 Oh regional Indian
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Please don't be so easily humbled.

Each of these places had good, working health care in their own  traditional way.

By demonising/making a witch doctor, well, a "witch" doctor, the ugly face of allopathic medicine was shoved down Africa's throat. 

Willing dupes or otherwise, these doctos are no deifiable people. Please. 

Stay home and take care of your own dying, sick, sicker everyday population before bringing your missions to distant shores.

Same shit here in India, giving anti-biotics to remote villagers where garlic used to be enough for the most part.

Road to hell, paved, good intentions. Go figure...

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:35 | 5011577 dogbreath
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Garlic  -  comes in easy chewable tablets,  10 to a bulb.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:26 | 5011644 Drunk In Church
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I've always felt that a biological agent would be the death of us all.  Bitchez.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:44 | 5012525 Zerozen
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Wild garlic is actually a very powerful antibiotic, just as effective as many pharmeceutical antibiotics.

That being said though, one shouldn't compare traditional medicine from around the world with African witch-doctoring. I grew up around that shit and believe me it's a special kind of superstitious stupid. Examples of some of the nonsense I've seen over the years:

1. "Black" sangomas (as in, evil or dark) making mutis (medicines) out of human body parts. Every couple of months there'd be a story in the local papers about someone getting caught with a human hand in a plastic shopping bag while taking it to the sangoma to make a muti, or something along those lines.

2. Cure your Aids by having sex with virgins

3. Cure your Aids by pricking 100 other people with an infected needle

4. Diagnose your disease (and also tell your future while we're at it) by throwing goat knuckle-bones on the floor

5. Make a robber bullet-proof so that he can pull off that break-and-enter heist by giving him a special potion

If I sat around for another 10 minutes I could probably add another 10-15 examples to this list.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:54 | 5012564 Four chan
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are you folks really suggesting garlic can cure ebola? 

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:07 | 5013878 BigJim
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From the sounds of it, nothing allopathic can either.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:34 | 5011579 FreedomGuy
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Yeah, well what are the survival rates before antibiotics and after? If they are the same then stick with the garlic, for sure.

Apart from that is does not invalidate the charitable impulse and the desire to help our fellow humans as best we can.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:17 | 5011966 Truthseeker2
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:12 | 5011542 MsCreant
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I marked you down (I know you don't give a shit) the thing is, I think there are folks EXACTLY like you describe and to not admit that is reductionist thinking. They scare me too. Bush 2 struck me that way.

I would ask you to not be so narrow to think that ALL folks who feel called to serve do so out of some kind of mental pathology of some kind. To lump them in with the holly roller suicide/rapture brigade you describe is also reductionist and damn unfair.

Some people (unlike you and me) really have dropped their ego and live in that mindset much of their waking time. 

Mostly, if you are a young person, no matter how fucked up our leaders are, no matter how fucked up your elders around you might be, there is good in the world and love is NOT a lie. You need to stay open to it if it has not been your experience yet.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:48 | 5011601 Four chan
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i can respect your post. 

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 02:35 | 5011704 UselessEater
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Unfortunately the youngesters who go abroad especially to Africa to help often see trauma too much to bear. These stories are not given to them before hand. The kids want to give their time & help before they are locked into family & work commitments as appreciation for the advantages they have had.

Noble, sweet and terribly sad when they (often, not always) encounter the horrible reality of situations that, even when told second hand, is traumatic to hear. Volunteering and serving is kindest when the volunteers are extremely well prepared and toughened up; even then I hesitate to recommend the experience given the risk.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:12 | 5011620 Triple A
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youre a smart dude who hates life

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 18:41 | 5010759 RafterManFMJ
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Clearly we see the need to RUSH illegals to all points the US by the Feds; don't want them becoming acute UNTIL they are in their target cities and towns.

Or is I too cynical?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:00 | 5010971 nmewn
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No you weren't.

Its why nations/tribes/regions/people have borders.

Oh yeah, eat shit Pelosi.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:15 | 5011006 sylviasays
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Last week on MSNBC, California Democrat Nancy Pelosi offered her deluded opinion on the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children pouring into America. Pelosi downplayed the notion that paying for these children would be a strain on America’s financial resources, and said the U.S. government should treat the children like “baby Jesus,” who was himself “a refugee” trying to be freed “from violence.” Nancy Pelosi, who is worth millions, owns Skellenger Lane Vineyard in Napa Valley and Zinfandel Lane Vineyard in St. Helena. How many illegals is Pelosi planning to import to slave away on her wineries?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:17 | 5011019 nmewn
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Someone should ask Nana how many she is going to place inside her mansion.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:13 | 5011497 CCanuck
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That bitch will have plenty of baby jesus children from heaven, refugees running from violence, seeking protection and a low wage job making wine.


She is a Pedrophile, ya know.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:21 | 5011029 overmedicatedun...
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not just nancy pestulance osi, tonight on fox a bowtied pundit, stated: we could send 20 or so kids from the border to every state, every county, 20 kids each and problem solved, in light of the ebola news he speaks this death sentence. incredible we are screwed.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:59 | 5011254 Oldwood
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George fucking Will.

Its so damned easy for these fucks spouting their bleeding heart moral pontifications from on high, never having to worry about if THEIR job is going to be next. Not having to worry about if THEIR kids are stuck in a shit school using english as a second language. Not worrying if THEY will have to use a public health clinic loaded up with third world disease riddled "immigrants".

Why the fuck doesn't HE leave his doors unlocked at night and let twenty or so needy Central American ms13 members camp out in his daughter's bedroom.

All of these power hungry fucks embrace "the collective" in one form or another. If its not other peoples money, its other peoples jobs, or healthcare or simply community. Obviuosly it takes a village, a multicultural, non english speaking, unemployed government dependent village.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:16 | 5011291 nmewn
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George Will is forever doomed to the Graveyard of Statist Theorists in my book for one simple reason.

From his position, he "thoughtfully" abrogated anothers right to defend themself, to the state because he lives in a place with 24/7/365 security and cannot see it. 

He will never be forgiven by me.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:08 | 5011420 AlaricBalth
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George Will is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Rockerfellerian Trilateral Commission. He is a well paid interlocutor and wordsmith whose single purpose is to further perpetuate a false left/right paradigm. Will is considered a bastion of the right wing, yet embraces the elite intellectual globalist doctrine of the organizations he haunts.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:20 | 5011444 overmedicatedun...
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g will, I did not post his name bowtie was enough, his advice struck at this moment as so imperial, let it go down with "let them eat cake"...his cure for the border: "ship them all to every city every state "and with a syphilitic mouth, dead eyes ..looking askance at an angle to the camera as if he could not bear to look upon the little people.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:12 | 5011541 Miffed Microbio...
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Yeah, I'll admit it. That haughty, sanguine toffee- nosed asshole did fool me long ago. I was impressed with his intellectual arguments and thought he represented conservatism well. Ok, I was still deep in the matrix and the R/B team paradigm. Then I finally realized he was a pedantic non worldly elitist with neocon overtones. Now just looking at him makes me want to take a shower.

The stupid things one falls for when one is young and foolish. Thank God life smacked me in the head before it was too late.


Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:17 | 5011549 MsCreant
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I'll confess to one even worse. I voted in presidential elections and thought it mattered. ;-)

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:39 | 5011995 Tall Tom
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Me as well, ladies, add me in to that stupidity.


I was fortunate to be awakened. It was 9/11 that demonstrated to me that I needed to open my eyes.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:06 | 5012027 tarsubil
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Group recovering-neocon hug?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:43 | 5011594 FreedomGuy
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It's so damned easy to be a modern lib-collectivist. You give other people's stuff away in the name of compassion and it doesn't cost you a cent. You can demand a doubling of the minimum wage because you don't have to pay it. You demand free medical services because you don't have to pay it or even do it. You can make up fake rights and demand all sorts of things you don't have to provide or pay the price for.

The last part it doesn't matter if any of their stuff works, either. All that matters is that they cared and got credit for giving away other peoples' stuff.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:48 | 5011600 mkhs
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  "...should treat the children like “baby Jesus,” ..."


So is Nancy saying we should crucify them?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:12 | 5011621 James
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Pelosis' husband owns Star-Fish tuna in Amerian-Samoa off the coast. All sorts of tax breaks/exemptions.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:38 | 5011487 NoPension
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I'm reading stories that opine Obama is trying to force an impeachment. The point is it will rally the base, and stave off a landslide loss in November.

In light of all that is going on, it makes too much sense.

And that is some messed up shit. A politician, risking the populace, for political gain. It's not that I think that's so new, at least these pieces of shit used to try and hide it.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:17 | 5011632 Things that go bump
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Most of the population is too apathetic to rally to anything. 

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 04:22 | 5011804 AnAnonymous
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Its why nations/tribes/regions/people have borders.

Ah, that is it. Understanding how this non event with such a low death toll in an area 'americans' usually despize appeals to them was not a given.

It is all connected to the 'american' border meme, should illustrate the danger of having open borders (African countries do not have open borders for some people, people who can move freely from one country to another are 'american' people, the others are stuck down, but who cares? Anything goes for 'american' fantasy)

Shwooo, it takes an 'american' to reach that failed conclusion on open borders and stuff.

For others, the relationship is not that obvious.

In the meantime, the congo war, that was also a border issue, made an average of 150, 000 dead people by day over six years. Did somehow beat that ebola thing but the conclusions on borders does not appeal the same way to 'americans'. It does not fit their immediate feelings so...

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