25 Critical Facts About This Ebola Outbreak That Every American Needs To Know

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

What would a global pandemic look like for a disease that has no cure and that kills more than half of the people that it infects?  Let's hope that we don't get to find out, but what we do know is that more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines of fighting this disease have ended up getting it themselves.  The top health officials in the entire world are sounding the alarm and the phrase "out of control" is constantly being thrown around by professionals with decades of experience.  So should average Americans be concerned about Ebola?  If so, how bad could an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. potentially become?  The following are 25 critical facts about this Ebola outbreak that every American needs to know...

#1 As the chart below demonstrates, the spread of Ebola is starting to become exponential...

Ebola Outbreak - Photo by Leopoldo Martin R

#2 This is already the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history by far.

#3 The head of the World Health Organization says that this outbreak "is moving faster than our efforts to control it".

#4 The head of Doctors Without Borders says that this outbreak is "out of control".

#5 So far, more than 100 health workers that were on the front lines fighting the virus have ended up contracting Ebola themselves.  This is happening despite the fact that they go to extraordinary lengths to keep from getting the disease.

#6 There is no cure for Ebola.

#7 The death rate for this current Ebola outbreak is over 50 percent, and experts say that it can kill "up to 90% of those infected".

#8 The incubation rate for Ebola ranges from two days to 21 days.  Therefore, someone can be carrying it around for up to three weeks without even knowing it.

#9 For the first time ever, human Ebola patients are being brought to the United States.  And as Paul Craig Roberts so aptly put it the other day, all it would take is "one cough, one sneeze, one drop of saliva, and the virus is loose".

#10 This has already potentially happened in the United Kingdom.  A woman reportedly collapsed and later died on Saturday after she got off of a flight from Sierra Leone at Gatwick Airport.

#11 A study conducted in 2012 proved that Ebola could be transmitted between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages and that never made physical contact.

#12 This is a new strain of Ebola, so what we know about other strains of Ebola may not necessarily apply to this strain of Ebola.

#13 Barack Obama has just signed an executive order that gives the federal government the power to apprehend and detain Americans that show symptoms of "diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled."

#14 And as I noted the other day, federal law already permits "the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease".

#15 According to the CDC, there are 20 quarantine centers around the country that are prepared to potentially receive Ebola patients...


#16 The CDC has set up an Ebola "quarantine station" at LAX in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

#17 The largest health emergency drill in New York City history was conducted on Friday.

#18 The federal government will begin testing an "experimental Ebola vaccine" on humans in September.

#19 We are being told that the reason why we don't have an Ebola vaccine already is due to the hesitation of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in a disease that has "only affected people in Africa".

#20 Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began.  One of the stated purposes of this research was to study "the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons".

#21 According to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, researchers from Tulane University have been asked "to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak".  What in the world does that mean?

#22 The Navy Times says that the U.S. military has been interested in studying Ebola "as a potential biological weapon" since the 1970s...

Filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon since the late 1970s, mainly because Ebola and its fellow viruses have high mortality rates — in the current outbreak, roughly 60 percent to 72 percent of those who have contracted the disease have died — and its stable nature in aerosol make it attractive as a potential biological weapon.

#23 The CDC actually owns a patent on one particular strain of the Ebola virus...

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as "EboBun." It's patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here.

It is being reported that this is not the same strain that is currently being transmitted in Africa, but it is interesting to note nonetheless.  And why would the CDC want "ownership" of a strain of the Ebola virus in the first place?

#24 The CDC has just put up a brand new webpage entitled "Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals".

#25 The World Health Organization has launched a 100 million dollar response plan to fight this Ebola outbreak.  Others don't seem so alarmed.  For example, Barack Obama is getting ready to take a "16 day Martha’s Vineyard vacation".

Many are attempting to play down the threat from this virus by stating that unless you "exchange bodily fluids" with someone that you don't have anything to worry about.

If that was truly the case, then how in the world have more than 100 health workers contracted the virus so far?

Health professionals that deal with Ebola take extreme precautions to keep from being exposed to the disease.

But despite those extreme measures, they are catching it too.

So if this virus does start spreading all over the globe, what chance is the general population going to have?

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Overfed's picture

I figgered we were about due for an itemized list from Mike Snyder. Events like this demand itemized lists detailing just how fucked we really are.

ZerOhead's picture

#27  Don't exchange body fluids with cadavers...

CrazyCooter's picture

Duck and cover! Duh!



ZerOhead's picture

#29  Don't cough or you may be forcefully quarantined with real ebola sufferers....


0b1knob's picture

#30 Even after a person is "cured" they continue to shed virus in their bodily fluids for months.  Some people may even become carriers like typhoid Mary.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

If anyone is considering stopping drinking or smoking, now is really NOT a good time.

knukles's picture

Anybody else read this and connect the bio-weapons dots....already being tested and asked to stop?
Man made and spreading by design

The NWO and Cloward-Piven Wet Dream

fonzannoon's picture

It must be bad because they are not even mentioning it in libtardnews.com


ZerOhead's picture

It's going to be fine folks... really.

Sure... you'll probably feel like shit for a couple of weeks... cough up some blood... piss out some blood... maybe even bleed out of your eyes ears ass and nose for a bit... but hey... then it's all over.

Just don't get your heart set on having too many visitors...

ZerOhead's picture

And fluids... Lots of fluids...

chumbawamba's picture

And while you're getting bed rest be sure to read every Michael Snyder column in he's eever wrote so you can be sure you haven't missed anything that you need to be absolutely hysterical about!

I am Chumbawamba.

rehypothecator's picture

"#19 We are being told that the reason why we don't have an Ebola vaccine already is due to the hesitation of the pharmaceutical industry to invest in a disease that has "only affected people in Africa"."   


Why, oh why, is the price of invesment so high?  Because, perchance, the FDA's approval process costs upwards of a billion dollars and takes nearly a decade?  "For our own protection?"  

Matt's picture

Would you really want people injected allegedly deactivated viruses into people without any controlled testing?

Real Estate Geek's picture

Amen brother.  Otherwise you end up with tragedies like the Thalidomide babies.

rehypothecator's picture

People with terminal diseases are denied new treatments because they aren't yet "proven safe and effective."  Do you want the federal government making choices like that for people who are willing, and who are going to die anyway?  

Second, if a medication killed 10% of those who took it, and cured the other 90% completely, it would never be approved.  Which means the feds are denying patients the choice to take a 10% risk of death in order to be cured. I can't find that denial of choice as an enumerated power in my copy of the Constitution.  Prosecute people who commit fraud, including by misrepresenting the effects of a medication, but otherwise let the market decide.  There are people willing to take unapproved medications, but the law says no.  

Matt's picture

You are assuming the death of the patient is the worst possible outcome.

Injecting a modified strain or dead ebola into someone who has ebola, may mutate the ebola, which could be a far worse outcome than simply killing the dying person.

Lots of unknowns with viruses, bacteria, and all these meds going through people and into water systems.

Real Estate Geek's picture

Well, they seem to be trying hard to moot the whole "only in Africa" problem.  Soon, the money spigot can be opened double-wide! 

Problem, solution, reaction.

cnmcdee's picture

Those infected was doubling every 30 days and looks like that number is going to 25 or 20. If the cases start doubling even every 30 days we'll have the following.

887 Now
1700 Aug - 20
3400 Sep - 20
6800 Oct - 20
13600 Nov - 20
28200 Dec - 20

Merry Christmas by the time 28.200 people are infected it will have come to the United States and developed nations and you are going to get to enjoy your Christmas under quarantine martial law.

We need to be flying in 50 plane loads of bleach and disinfecting EVERYTHING 3 X A DAY IN THOSE NATIONS.

They should be adding it to the water table.

They should be handing it out free in the supermarkets.

Lets get real. Many of these people cannot afford TOILET PAPER. How do you HONESTLY EXPECT THEM TO STOP AND FIGHT EBOLA THEMSELVES??!!

Stop! Looking to the health authorities to contain it, this is a war on the bug. We either take the fight to Ebola, or Ebola is going to take the fight to US!

Aussiekiwi's picture

And fluids... Lots of fluids...


Drinking beer as we speak, no worries there mate.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

High dose Vit C is powerful therapy as Vit C is an oxygenator. I have done IV high dose C and anyone and everyone had better stock up and learn how to do "bowel tolerance" high dose C.

Aussiekiwi's picture

'bowel tolerence'????, i think I'll take my chances with Ebola

Silky Johnson's picture

HEll of a way to lower unemployment, just get rid of all the potential employees.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I am mentioning it.  Who decided to let the two victims (American citizens) in?  There may be good humanitarian reasons, but who decided to let Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol in?

Whoever did decide, it is ultimately the President's call.  Yes, this is a hit piece and very harsh, but the stakes are very high.

And down on the southern border?

"President Ebola"


California Nightmares's picture

Quite possible that with advanced medical treatment in the USA (rehydration techniques, say), "the two victims" will be brought back from near death.


People all over the world will take note.

Got ebola? Fly to NYC or LA and check in at a hospital emergency room.

Socratic Dog's picture

Umm, rehydration is an advanced medical technique?  Hippocrates might beg to differ.

Our "advanced" medical techniques will all go out the window in the face of an overwhelming number of cases. Treating DIC with blood products is resource-intensive.  And requires a lot of donated blood.  Which might present a bit of a problem.

For another "advanced" medical technique, look up the 1919 flu epidemic and asprin.  There is a quite convincing school of thought that says the high fatality rate was caused by the "advanced" treatment used: toxic doses of asprin.  Very profitable for the drug companies, though.  Sound familiar?


Freddie's picture

According to the Vineyard of the Saker web site posters - the MSM is not reporting that the poor Ukrainian conscripts are getting slaughtered by the Western Ukraine militia.  They are letting these starving kids surrender.  They are feeding and clothing them and allowing them to go to Russia or go back home.  

Someone needs to go after that evil scum oligarchs in Kiev. 

The evil vermin like Obama, McCain, Soros and Nudelman, along with those in Kiev, caused this.

Sinnedi's picture

Knuckles you are spot on. Talks about it in this video. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=13QiSV_lrDQ

Urban Redneck's picture

Read what?

Hopefully it wasn't written by someone who can't call the BSL3 Kenema Lassa Fever Laboratory at KGH by its proper name... Yes, the dots can be connected that way, but pointillism is not analysis, and everything I've actually read so far is the former.

spieslikeus's picture

Guess I'm the real redneck here; have to break out the dictionary again

Urban Redneck's picture

It's not that complicated.

MOST of the recent speculation can be directly traced to this blog post and (intentionally? incendiary) misnaming of the facility as the "Kenema bioweapons lab" The post is littered with false information, ignorance of basic practices in West Africa, spurious conclusions, and assumptions for which there is not only no evidence, but there is actually contradictory evidence. None of which means foul-play isn't possible, but it is difficult to take anyone seriously who would base their thesis on such trash. Hence, the use of the misnomer is a red flag for identifying either intentional disinformation distribution or an inexcusably sloppy foundation.

What USAMRIID was doing with re-testing the samples of hemorrhagic fever going back to 2006 for ebola is publicly available information.

The research into Lassa fever and a Lassa fever vaccine at the level 3 facility is also publicly available information.

The expansion of research for diagnostic and vaccine products from Lassa-specific to broader spectrum hemorrhagic fever is also publicly available information.

Speculation that can be readily explained by what is already known and well documented is not evidence of anything.

However, what else persons at the facility might have been doing remains unknown. But, if the actual development of a more readily transmissible strain of ebola was being conducted in a BSL3 facility, there would likely be a string of dead bodies before the outbreak began 200 km away. It is possible to speculate that that a more appropriate facility such as the USAMRIID lab at Fort Detrick might have sent something to KLFL at KGH, and that something either escaped and traveled 200km before infecting anyone, or (even more remotely) that someone at KLFL intentionally took something 200km, but there is no evidence of this.

Antifaschistische's picture

of everything I read in this article of sickness and disease, the only thing that makes me sick is this...

"For example, Barack Obama is getting ready to take a "16 day Martha’s Vineyard vacation"."

Brian's picture

Those who are downplaying the threat are not living in the real world.

It may be true that it would be *possible* to contain the outbreak in a first-world country if the citizens all put country-first and played by the "rules," but in the USA, there is zero chance of that happening.  Let's face reality - people here exchange plenty of bodily fluids.  Sit on the same bus seat, touch the door-knob, pull the slot-machine handle, touch the same glass, share a cigarette........

Not to mention what happens when an infected person decides that they *want* to spread this disease...

They should be way, way more concerned about this, and off to educate the public right away.

fonzannoon's picture

Brian, 4 years ya been here and this is your first comment? I'm with you 100% btw.

Hulk's picture

I can lend you my bubble boy wireless keyboard fonz, just till this thing passes...

NemoDeNovo's picture

GOOGLE Homeopathy Ebola <--- Homeopathy does offer a cure for ebola, research for yourselves!

john39's picture

they are using a drug derived from tobacco...  


posted this vid earlier... if you can get real pure tobacco, it is a powerful healing substance:


beyond that, salt loading.... 


americanspirit's picture

john39 - you don't have to look for real pure tobacco - you can grow it yourself no matter where you live.



Theta_Burn's picture

No mention of the Indica/Sativa blends anywhere?

FEDbuster's picture

Ebola Fear Stress Syndrom should be good enough to finally go down and get my medical marijuana card, shouldn't it?

Manthong's picture

I’m putting chronic degenerative Obamanausea down on my application.

Hulk's picture

DUDE !!! This is the bubble boy wireless keyboard thread...

NemoDeNovo's picture

WOW I fucking post something that is PROVEN to treat/cure Ebola and I get junked 7 times and not one green arrow?  I fucking give up on humanity, we deserve to DIE!!!!

MsCreant's picture

No down from me. From Phil Collins:

Oh no, not this confused again
Oh no, not the same mistakes again
You're taking it all to heart
You're taking it all too hard

Nobody For President's picture

Well, I followed your advise and googled Homopathic ebola and got a bunch of hits, almost all of which declared homopathic remedies psudo-science (or worse).

The 'proven cure' involves rattlesnake venom and other poiseness snake venoms and other stuff, and there is not one 'proof' that any of this has aided one single Ebola victim, Not one. 

Used to be fraudsters with magic medicines were called 'snake oil salesman'. Now they are selling snake venom.

Same stuff, different year.

shouldvekilledthem's picture

Actually snake (and other) venoms are a crucial substance used by old and modern medicine too.

I agree that homeopathy is a scam though.

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Nemo, I'm going to give you a down arrow for caring what the hell people you never met think.

Hell, they might just be bots. last time I looked in the mirror I seemed quite mechanical myself.

Hook Line and Integrated Circuit


TahoeBilly2012's picture

Homeopathy has many benefits, but I doubt there is one effective for Ebola. Stick with high dose ViT C therapy, only hope is mass immune system awareness and C can do that.