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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NoWayJose's picture

I have always wondered how well they dress when inside a containment area - but what happens to the infected clothing, gloves, masks, etc when they come out? How do you partially remove ANY of it without exposing yourself to the rest of the contaminated clothing you are still wearing? Ebola doesn't look like the kind of stuff you kill with a 3 minute dust off when you walk out of the containment area.

disabledvet's picture

Looks like a field hospital to me. "Contaminants everywhere." These folks were/still are playing with fire..."tickling the dragons tail" as it were.

Hopefully in their risk taking they aren't accidentally spreading the virus.

Still no comment from "zee authorities."

Pheonyte's picture

They're scrubbed down with bleach and then the gear is burnt so it can never be re-used. The problem is that they can only wear those protective outfits for 15-20 minutes at a time before they overheat, so it's not like they're fully protected at all times. 

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Positive pressure air flow would extend the wear time. A small air compressor and some rubber tubing up a pant leg kind of jerry rig (no offense to our German members). It's Liberia, you have to innovate.


I got guns, ammo, water, food storage. PMs, out in the country away from the city FSA hordes and here comes a god-damned flesh eating microbe. You just can't win!

Things that go bump's picture

They are supposed to get sprayed with bleach before the outer wear is removed. They strip down to their underwear before they put the hazmat on. Lots of that stuff is supposed to be for single use. I wonder if they are following guidelines. A past outbreak of Ebola was spread around by a group of nuns running a clinic who reused single use needles. 

Monty Burns's picture

Being Africa I'd say a local 'entrepreneur' will sell them off to some unsuspecting dupe.

Senduko's picture

"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."

So who's shitting their pants yet? Are they sure its just EBOLA? There might be some truth in this tinfoil thing that other poster posted.

TeamDepends's picture

Stop with the "tin foil".  You had better believe they have untraceable (to ensure plausible deniability)  bio-weapons orders of magnitude worse than Ebola.  At the "right" moment they will be released.

SF beatnik's picture

Soviet defector Ken Alibek's book "Biohazzard" is an eye opener. The Russians had weaponized dozens of pathogens, tweaking their virulence. They accomplished feats of genetic engneering that the West then thought were impossible.

Lots of water under the bridge, since then. Some expert recently said that it will soon be possible for a clever boy with a million dollars to build his own biological weapon that will wipe human beings from the face of the earth.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Guess who he works for now?

New team jersey, new lifestyle and Dollars instead of Roubles.

The more things change...

SF beatnik's picture

well, he's a shark, but he's our shark.

Weird thing, I gather that he's somewhat disabled by allergies, a result of exposure to many pathogens. (I think tularemia was one.) They sent his immune system haywire. 

SuperRay's picture

Ebola in Africa, Pneumonic plague in Colorado, Bubonic plague in China.  Whatever you want most to do before you die, you'd better do it soon

strannick's picture

As in getting right with God, like this guy

kaiserhoff's picture

Time to shut down air travel to West Africa.

We can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

CheapBastard's picture

I am not sure they can control it once it hits a certain momentum...people spread around like fleas:


Haitian Illegal Immigration Through Puerto Rico Is Skyrocketing Too

kaiserhoff's picture

True enough.  Most quarantines are a fool's errand.  At best you buy time.  Time for the silly thing to burn out, time to find some meds that work, or at least who is most and least at risk.  Any or all of that might help, but I'm not optimistic.

This may not be the big one, but the big one is not far away.

Silver Alert's picture

"Time to shut down air travel to West Africa."


Why?  I'd be more worried about air travel coming from West Africa.

g speed's picture

time for TSA to jump in with both hands --- they are the screeners so "lets do your job" TSA heros---save the nation fro the Ebola terror--

SF beatnik's picture

Somehow I don't expect much help from the TSA.

SF beatnik's picture

No, you're on your own.

Prepare to stay home for three months. If you're lucky, thugs won't break in and steal your food and water.

(Should we be culling our huge thug population in preparation for one nasty future?) 

Things that go bump's picture

They'll be just as busy being sick and dying as everybody else.

Silver Alert's picture

"(Should we be culling our huge thug population in preparation for one nasty future?) "


Culling?!  The government is busy importing thousands more.

balolalo's picture

Someone is getting sloppy here.  

Just imagine how bad it could be if someone was trying to weaponize these sort of bugs.... oh wait...

Jam's picture

Send Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka's ass back to Japan where he belongs.

IndyPat's picture

That shit is for pikers.

I got a joke for ya. How's about monkey viruses (SV40) in the polio vaccine?
How's about a parabolic spike in soft tissue cancers from there on?

Read about Dr. Mary's Monkey....

Urban Redneck's picture

Remember how Nigeria claimed the guy from Liberia's MoF hadn't come into contact with anyone unaccounted for before collapsing the arrivals hall...

Apparently Juncker's long lost Nigerian cousin has been replaced:

"The victim, who worked for the Liberian government, collapsed at Lagos international airport after arriving on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital Lome on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian government."

This is like watching the keystone cops chase OJ through LA...

Tall Tom's picture

Togo will be in the news next.


Damn. I thought it would be China...

Q-Q-Q's picture

On zerohedge we are inundated with articles about truly parasitic human beings whose ONLY gauge of success in their life is wealth and power. As the bankers and politicians feed on the remaining carcass of the economy it's good to point the spotlight at the the intelligent people out there making sacrifices to better humanity. I wish them a speedy recovery. What is the bigger disease and threat to mankind, ebola or banking? At least ebola doesn't strutt around as if it's doing you a favour!

blabam's picture

The dude is already dead. 

Creeps's picture

Let me know if there is any change in his condition.

Colonel Klink's picture

Fractional reserve banking is obviously a greater threat to humankind, usually spread and perpetrated by those inhuman among us.  It has taken more lives in its history than, Ebola.  We seem to be trying to eradicate Ebola, while losing the war (so to speak) to the bankster class.

farmboy's picture

The banksters will lose I am sure. FRB started as a mean to leverage up the financial world to the industrial world as the industrial revolution started in 1800 but in our days with QE is a thought experiment that has gone horrible wrong. I totally agree to your comment, the wars of the future will be financial ones, but banksters will lose it is in their genetics. I have never seen in my life so many incompetent and untalented people at (investment) banks expecting lots of money just because they are there.

Anusocracy's picture

Obviously government is a far greater threat to mankind than fractional reserve banking.


AnAnonymous's picture

This disaster shows the importance of closing borders.

Signed: an American.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


This disaster shows the importance of closing borders.

Signed: an American.

Huh, nope.... buzzer.... wrong.

Shows the importance of closing borders to non-'americans'.

AnAnonymous's picture

We, Americans, can go wherever we want because we own the fucking world.

Signed: an American.

wcvarones's picture

Succumbed means died.

I don't think he has died.

The Magus's picture

Why is her marital status, number of children, age and home town relevant?

Seek_Truth's picture

So that those that know them but don't know yet that this occurred may pray for a recovery, God willing.

And to move others to do the same, so that they are more than just names.

lawton's picture

Crazy stuff. What happens if this stuff makes it to the US or Europe etc. somehow ?

djsmps's picture

What happens???  Obama will go on some fund raising trips.

TeamDepends's picture

When sane Americans demand government contain the outbreak, Barry will claim they are being racist against a disease of African origin.

Mike in GA's picture

And golfing.  Don't forget golfing.  It's what he does.

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

And sucks balls, can't golf for shit!

XenoFrog's picture

If it happened in the US it would be locked down hard by the CDC. Ebola is actually ironically less of a threat because of its short incubation period. It makes the virus easier to track and quarantine.  The only reason it's an issue in Africa is because their healthcare system is garbage and the governments inept in every way.