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Troops Deployed In West Africa Ebola Clinics As 2 More Nigeria Cases Revealed; Saudi Blocks Travelers

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Following Monday's announcement that it will not issue pilgrimage visas to pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia due to concerns regarding the spread of the Ebola virus, Saudi Arabian officials have admitted they are testing samples from a man who had returned recently from a business trip to Sierra Leone for suspected Ebola infection. With the virus having killed at least 887 people, Saudi Arabia is getting serious, "we have communicated the instructions to the officials at all ports of entry."

 

As Al Arabiya reports,

Saudi Arabia was testing samples from a man who had returned recently from a business trip to Sierra Leone for suspected Ebola infection, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

 

It said the man, a Saudi in his 40s, was at a hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

 

On Monday, the ministry announced it will not issue umrah and hajj visas to pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia due to concerns regarding the spread of the Ebola virus.

 

“We have communicated the instructions to the officials at all ports of entry,” said Khalid Marghalani, MOH spokesman, according to the Saudi Gazette.

 

“We have trained our personnel on how to identify and deal with Ebola cases and control virus infection, should it happen.”

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The virus has killed at least 887 people in West Africa.

According to the World Health Organization, there now have been a total of 358 deaths in Guinea, 255 deaths in Liberia, 273 deaths in Sierra Leone and one in Nigeria.

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And then there's this:

  • BA SUSPENDS FLIGHTS TO, FROM LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE TILL AUG 31

No way out...

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But it gets worse.

 

 

As The Nigerian Tribune reports, Lagos officials (4th most populous city in the world at over 20 million) has revealed that two of the people that had contact with the dead Liberian Ebola victim, Mr Patrick Sawyer, has shown symptoms of fever.

This was made known by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, while addressing newsmen in Lagos, to give an update on the virus.

 

According to Idris, the two persons, whose names he did not disclose, were among the 70 contacts being monitored and investigated for symptoms of the disease by the state government and health partner bodies.

 

He, however, noted that none of the said two had tested positive to Ebola Virus, adding that the state government would continue to monitor all contacts with the victims till the 21-day incubation period of the virus expired.

 

"Our rapid response team is currently tracking the contacts of persons exposed to the dead passenger. The contract tracing team is following 70 contacts of the virus case and linking them to clinical support when needed.

 

"Two suspect cases had fever, they are under observation and so far have tested  negative to the virus.

 

"The monitoring of suspect cases will continue until the end of the period of 21 days from their exposure to the victim," he said.

 

...

 

Also speaking, the state Director of Public Health, Dr Yusuph Qudus, said the  public health officials had been collaborating with their Lagos and federal counterparts to control the spread of the disease.

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But have no fear, there's no risk to it spreading according to US officials. Even as a Columbus, Ohio person was tested (and found negative) for Ebola and we await the NYC Mt.Sinai Ebola case results.

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Perhaps the most concerning, as we reported likely previously, is the deployment of troops across West Africa to maintain peace:

  • *SIERRA LEONE DEPLOYS HUNDREDS OF TROOPS TO EBOLA CLINICS: AFP

And as Reuters reports, troops are now being deployed to manage the chaos...

 
 

Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Monday under an emergency plan to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed more than 826 people across West Africa.

 

Panic among local communities, which have attacked health workers and threatened to burn down isolation wards, prompted regional governments to impose tough measures last week, including the closure of schools and quarantine of the remote forest region hardest hit by the disease.

 

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Long convoys of military trucks ferried troops and medical workers on Monday to Sierra Leone's far east, where the density of cases is highest. Military spokesman Colonel Michael Samoura said the operation, code named Octopus, involved around 750 military personnel.

 

Troops will gather in the southeastern town of Bo before travelling to isolated communities to implement quarantines, he added. Healthcare workers will be allowed to come and go freely, and the communities will be kept supplied with food.

 

In neighbouring Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and ministers held a crisis meeting on Sunday on putting in place a series of anti-Ebola measures as police contained infected communities in the northern Lofa county.

 

Police were setting up checkpoints and roadblocks for key entrance and exit points to those infected communities and every resident would be stopped. Nobody would be allowed to exit quarantined communities. Troops were fanning out across Liberia to help to deal with the emergency.

 

"The situation will probably get worse before it gets better," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told Reuters. "We are over-stretched. We need support; we need resources; we need workers."

 

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Director of Liberian National Police Chris Massaquoi said last week that troops would place forces in areas where crowds had previously stoned health workers. He added that all protests, demonstrations and marches had been forbidden.

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Sadly, just as we warned here, this 'containment' was entirely foreseeable.

 

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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:29 | 5051344 hedgeless_horseman
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It is much easier to not worry and be happy when one has taken steps to prepare for the worst.  How long could you survive a quarantine, given your current level of preparedness?

Fear we are returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one's life?

Item 2

Develop a basic mindset.  Here are some ideas.  Commit to prepare for zombies, so that currency collapse, EMP, hurricanes, revolution, world war, or anything else will seem relatively mild.  Understand that the time to make a plan and prepare is before, not after a zombie invasion.  Understand that there is no way you can plan or prepare for every contingency, but doing something today goes a long way to peace of mind, and eliminating any regrets should the shit actually hit the fan.  Realize that everything is likely to cost more next year, if you can get it, so better to buy it now.  Acknowledge that nobody really knows if, what, when, or how anything in the future is going to happen...it is all just speculation.  Finally, always remember that, "on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero," so don't get too worked up, or go into debt, just because of this little exercise in paranoia.

 

Item 6

Purchase the items on the following shopping list to outfit your home.

·         5,000 rounds ammo for training; $2,500.

·         Purchase and install Door Jamb Armor and dead bolts on all your exterior doors; $1,000 for 4 doors.

·         A bullet proof vest; $500.

·         Install a professional alarm system, or better if you live in the country get a big dog and have you both protection trained; $50/month.

·         12 months of food storage (2,400 cal/day) with > 20 year shelf life ;$4,500.

·         If you have well water get a SimplePump.  If you rely on city/municipal water, and there is not a swimming pool in your backyard, then get at least one waterbed; $1,000.

·         A hand-crank emergency radio and a couple of hand-crank flashlights; $50.

·         Purchase and store several cases of liquor; $500.

·         If it gets cold where you live, then purchase

o   A mummy style sleeping bag like a Wiggies; $250.

o   At least one set of heavy wool pants and wool parka, such as Columbia's Gallatin Range ; $350.

o   A pair of warm boots, wool socks, warm gloves, and a wool hat; $350.

o   Two sets of Patagonia long underwear; $120.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:29 | 5051369 kaiserhoff
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The numbers are still small, but nothing about this looks good.  As Cougar pointed out yesterday, this thing has not been loose in a city yet, until perhaps now.  That will change everything.

Also the continuing deaths of health care workers make containment seem almost impossible.  If I were called in to work on an Ebola patient, I might find a pressing need to go fishing.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:32 | 5051377 McMolotov
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Eeeeeeebolaaaaaa!!!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:37 | 5051395 ACP
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Why doesn't SA just send them to the southern US border? They'll be accepted without question.

 

No passport, no problem!

Have a highly contagious deadly disease that may bloom into a global pandemic? Come to the US and the 0bama regime will release you into the general population!

It's all good!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:03 | 5051493 Pure Evil
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Its for the good of the children don't cha know.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:09 | 5051516 DoChenRollingBearing
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Who made the decision to let the two Americans into the USA?

OK, I understand the humanitarian reasons, and the fact that they are American citizens (doing Not Pure Evil in W Africa) needing urgent treatment, but I STILL have not heard who authorized them to come in.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:28 | 5051588 Citxmech
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Reminds me of that scene in Alien where Riply, as ranking officer, refuses to let Kane back in the ship because of the facehugger - but Ash opens the door anyway.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:04 | 5051728 Latina Lover
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Ebola will likely reach the US via private jets flying in wealthy africans in full bug out mode.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:48 | 5051890 Miffed Microbio...
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If I recall correctly, Ash was a government plant. Specifically on the ship to retrieve the Alien for warfare. To draw a parallel would be too cynical?

Miffed;-)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:56 | 5052180 Almost Solvent
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Corporate plant (not much difference) but Ripley had the best line in the sequel:

 

"I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage."

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:01 | 5052204 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Too cynical is not possible.  Your analogy is probably quite accurate.  And I am sure their were many "Ripleys" at CDC that wanted to make the right decision and not break quarantine but were overruled by the political hacks above them.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:59 | 5052188 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Awesome someone else is making the Alien association.  I made the same comparison on George Washington's Ebola thread.  I am re-watching the movie tonight as comparison just won't go away.

While I hope the 2 Ebola victims brought to the US recover, I can't help but wonder if precautions were ignored b/c of political concerns:  the doctor was associated with Samaritan's Purse the organization founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham "friend" of countless politicos of all stripes.  Not to mention the added bonus of pleasing the megachurch sheeple by saving one of "their own".  Visions of more votes and money in an election year.  Perhaps arrogance and incompetence was what led to this idiotic decision as much as pure malice...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:32 | 5051603 Whoa Dammit
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The story in the Atlanta rumor mill is that Samaritan's Purse made a phone call to Dr. Ribner at Emory and asked if Emory would accept the two Ebola patients. Dr. Ribner said yes and then informed the Emory administrators of what he was going to do. Instead of firing his ass on the spot, the Emory administration (known for place keeping until retirement) apparently said "Um.. Ok" as did any governmental officials who were contacted. All flight arrangements, including the landings at Dobbins AFB were supposedly made by DOD and NATO contractor Phoenix Air.As an aside, The mayor of Atlanta and the governor of Georgia have yet to say diddly squat about the whole mess.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:53 | 5051628 Pure Evil
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They might have allowed them back in the US only after it was proven that the serum worked.

If the serum had not worked they might still be in Africa.

That may be why the woman came over second since it was said that she needed two doses of the serum.

Maybe they were giving her another week to see if she would recover before bringing her over. Ain't as if they didn't have two special purpose planes just for this scenario.

But, of course, being that we're the last to know anything, that's not much encouragement if you find yourself bleeding out your arse in a month or two while lying in a pool of your own sweat and vomit.

And, try to remember its not Obama's fault. He was playing 18 holes when all this went down.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:12 | 5052268 Lost Word
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Caught on Tape: Government supported scientist Jokes about creating deadly virus:

To kill more than 25 percent of population:

http://truthstreammedia.com/scientist-working-on-govt-ebola-drug-joked-a...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:32 | 5051825 kaiserhoff
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Cover story for Barry's sorry ass.  Air Force planes are going to Africa on a fool's errand, with no approval from the White House?  Boooll  Sheeeet.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:03 | 5052218 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Not surprising if true.  And what kind of idiot would give you a down vote for this??

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:21 | 5051791 Kirk2NCC1701
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Ricola will take care of that Eeeebolaaaa cough for you.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:40 | 5051420 Lost_River
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not been loose in a city yet...but

now the Nigerians are saying they didn't isolate the American, Sawyer, on his first day in (the magacity) Lagos.

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Nigerian-official-says-7-more...

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-08-05/nigerian-official-says-7-more-...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:54 | 5051471 IridiumRebel
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http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/5/second-ebola-patientarriv...

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Nigeria on Tuesday reported eight suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus after confirming a new case one day earlier. All eight people who are suspected of having Ebola came into contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died from the virus in Lagos last month after flying there from Liberia.

A doctor who helped treat Sawyer was confirmed to have the disease on Monday. 

The announcement from Nigeria — amid West Africa's devastating outbreak, which has killed at least 887 people — came one day after Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said it was testing a man who recently traveled to a West African nation where Ebola has been reported. He arrived at the emergency room with a high fever and a stomachache but was in good condition, hospital officials said.

The New York City Health Department, after consulting with the hospital and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a statement Monday evening that the patient is unlikely to have Ebola.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it is testing a Saudi man who showed symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever after a recent trip to Sierra Leone. The 40-year-old man is in critical condition and is being treated in the isolation unit of a hospital in the western city of Jiddah.

The World Health Organization said on Monday that the toll from Ebola has risen to 887 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and that more than 1,600 people have been infected. The West African outbreak is the worst Ebola epidemic ever recorded. In the most recent effort to help contain the spread of the disease, the World Bank announcedthat it will provide as much as $200 million to help contain the virus.

And in the first cautionary measure by a non-African airline, British Airways has suspended all its flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia until Aug. 31, citing the “deteriorating public health situation in both countries.” The CDC has warned people in the U.S. against nonessential travel to the affected region.

n the U.S., a plane carrying a second American aid worker infected with Ebola, Nancy Writebol, was due to arrive in Atlanta from West Africa on Tuesday, where she will receive further treatment for the virus. A specially equipped medical aircraft carrying her landed at Bangor International Airport in Maine on Tuesday morning to refuel, television station WCSH of Portland reported.

Writebol, 59, a missionary who had been working in Liberia disinfecting protective suits, will be treated by infectious-disease specialists in a special isolation ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where an American doctor, Kent Brantly, also infected with Ebola while working in Liberia, is being treated. Writebol and Brantly had been working on a joint team for missionary organizations SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse.

Writebol and Brantly both saw their conditions improve by varying degrees in Liberia after they received an experimental drug previously tested only on monkeys, a representative for Samaritan's Purse said. The treatment, ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, is aimed at boosting the immune system's efforts to fight off Ebola and is made from antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the virus.

In a statement, the company said it was working with LeafBio of San Diego, Defyrus of Toronto, the U.S. government and the Public Health Agency of Canada on development of the drug, which was identified as a possible treatment in January.

The drug is made in tobacco at Kentucky BioProcessing, a subsidiary of Reynolds American, in Owensboro, Kentucky, said spokesman David Howard. The plant "serves like a photocopier," and the drug is extracted from the plant, he said.

Kentucky BioProcessing complied with a request from Emory and the international relief group Samaritan's Purse to provide a limited amount of ZMapp to Emory, he said.

The Kentucky company is working "to increase production of ZMapp, but that process is going to take several months," Howard said. The drug has been tested in animals, and formal testing in humans is expected to begin later this year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must grant permission to use experimental treatments in the United States, but the FDA does not have authority over the use of such a drug in other countries, and the aid workers were first treated in Liberia. An FDA spokeswoman said she could not confirm or deny whether the FDA granted access to any experimental therapy for the aid workers in the U.S.

"Ebola is a tricky virus, and one day you can be up and the next day down. One day is not indicative of the outcome," Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA said. But "we're grateful this medicine was available."

Brantly received a unit of blood from an Ebola survivor, a 14-year-old boy who had been under his care. That seems to be aimed at giving Brantly antibodies that the boy may have made in response to the virus.

Emory University Hospital has one of the nation's most sophisticated infectious-disease units. Patients are sealed off from anyone not in protective gear. Ebola is spread only through direct contact with an infected person's blood or other bodily fluids, not through the air.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, but several in addition to ZMapp are under development.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:48 | 5051451 Sudden Debt
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If you look to the numbers since januari, it multiplies X30 every 6 months.
So if it lasts another 18 months...
And he only way these outbreaks stop was when it just stopped. Mostly because of a lack of hosts. Now it's in the big cities so who knows.

But I still don't know... There's this little voice that is screaming bullshit in the back of my head...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:05 | 5051504 Jugdish787
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Your bullshit meter is probably going off because it is hard to imagine this actually happening. If cases blow up in the next few weeks this could be the real deal and time to bail.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:19 | 5051784 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Don't worry, with our collective limited attention span this will all become boring after another few weeks just like Fukushima. Fukushima is a disatster of historic proportions that is getting worse and worse every single day and has far more potential to destroy life, ALL FORMS OF LIFE, than Ebola. Ebola is limited, presumably to mammals (I assume it kills more than humans) whereas Fukushima can take out an entire food chain from single celled to multi celled, invertebrate and vertebrate.

Ebola piques our attention at the moment because it parallels many Hollywood movie plots, which is predominatly the terms in which we think. Look at anyone being interviewed at the site of a disaster and more often than not they exclaim "It's just like a movie". Give it a few weeks and regardless of how many people are keeling over we'll be on to the next Hollywood movie life script. It's gotta be time for some dirty bombs going off in NYC in which case John Maclean may save the day.

 

 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:13 | 5051737 BrosephStiglitz
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Assuming a that kind of function.  ~60% mortality rate too..  and I am in one of the most population dense regions of the world.

Fuck.  My.  Life.  Time to stock up on food/water and hope for the best.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:26 | 5051812 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Hate to break this to you but if you are in the northern hemisphere you are slowly but surely being exposed to higher and higher levels of plutonium, ceasium, strontium and all their lovely bedfellows. Radiation exposure is known to lower the immune system. Throw ebola into the mix and we may just have the absolute perfect storm.

Talk about Murphy's Law on steroids. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:52 | 5051465 Urban Redneck
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It has been loose in a city, and been relatively contained... It hit Conakry in the 3rd week of March which has a population of over 2 million.

Guekedou is no small town itself with a population over 1/4 million (about the same as Newark NJ or Orlando FL) and it's only a stone's from ground zero.

However, back then it also wasn't killing as many healthcare workers, despite lower awareness of dangers and protocols, so who knows if something has changed since then.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:06 | 5051508 Pure Evil
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Has there been any follow up to the health care workers story?

Like in how they became infected. Was it due to negligence, lack of critical containment suits? Did they run out of Clorox?

What exactly happened other than some story line saying a 100 health care workers have been infected?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:24 | 5051800 Urban Redneck
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I have not found any detailed analysis or breakdown of suspected causes but here's an outline/timeline

maybe mid April, one-off stories of single staff members started popping up with mentions that they may also have been caring for a relative or friend outside of the isolation centers.

In late May once the infections across the border in Liberia and Sierra Leone started picking significantly, stories of multiple staff members becoming infected started popping up in those places.

In June it the stories of Doctors (as opposed to nurses or other staff) started and there were over 50 towns with outbreaks but Guinea appeared to have peaked (and it is the most bass ackward and dysfunctional of the three countries on the front line).

Then in early July shit just went insane (or the body count from from June's infections was tabulated depending on perspective). Entire staffs from smaller facilities, doctors from actual hospitals (with better training and equipment). In addition to Sheik Humarr Khan, at least seven other staff at KGH died - these people have treated hemorrhagic fever 365 days a year for decades, so while one might attribute half a dozen staff at a single backwoods clinic to a tragic procedural failure, that doesn't explain 1) the local experts 2) city hospital doctors or 3) the western experts.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:25 | 5053025 atthelake
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Looking at the pictures of health care workers in scrubs and masks shows they were not protected, at all. Scrubs are not protective. They're just medical clothes.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:52 | 5051689 mygameon
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+100 for you. Roflmao with the phrase "rapid response team" in this article. It is Nigeria for fuck sakes!! The only rapid response will be the outflow of PM physical when TSHT. There also might be some nice girls made into ho's during the collapse also....

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:55 | 5051916 Seek_Truth
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"The numbers are still small"

Yeah, but it's the month over month average increase in mortality rate that's kinda eye opening:

March 2014
Cases - 151
Deaths - 95
Mortality - 63%

April 2014
Cases - 338
Deaths - 160
Mortality - 47%

Increase in mortality from previous month: 168%

May 2014
Cases - 436
Deaths - 222
Mortality - 51%

Increase in mortality from previous month: 139%

June 2014
Cases - 779
Deaths - 481
Mortality - 62%

Increase in mortality from previous month: 217%

July 2014
Cases - 1603
Deaths - 887
Mortality - 55%

Increase in mortality from previous month: 184%

Based on these four samples:

Average increase in mortality per month: 177%

The 4 data sets above yield a simple average mortality increase of 177%/month.

Using that as a basis for projection:

August 2015: 3,412,196 deaths (cumulative)

August 2016: 3,226,545,501 deaths (cumulative)

And just for the heck of it:
September 2016: 5,710,985,686

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:29 | 5052564 IridiumRebel
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Maff!

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:54 | 5052846 SilverRhino
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:31 | 5051372 medium giraffe
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Save us, God of shopping, save us!  I sacrifice my personal credit on the altar of your magnificent benevolence!  Grant us more stuff, bless us with thy knick-knacks.  Only shopping can save us now, so shop like you've never shopped before!  Oh woe is me.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:12 | 5051386 hedgeless_horseman
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If you can grow it, steal it, borrow it, make it, or mine it, then by all means do so!  Or if you already have everything you need to be self-sufficient for an extended period of time, then good for you.

How long could you survive a quarantine, given your current level of preparedness? 

Does eating at restaurants (with the waiter sneezing on your lunch) and grocery shopping in Lagos (below) sound very appealing to you?

Wet clean up...aisle two...we have another puker...

"...a substance known as the vomito negro, or the black vomit. The black vomit is not really black; it is a speckled liquid of two colors, black and red, a stew of tarry granules mixed with fresh red arterial blood. It is hemorrhage, and it smells like a slaughterhouse. The black vomit is loaded with virus.”

 

-The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston

 

Those poor souls running out of food, water, medicine, ammunition, and fuel in Eastern Ukraine and Gaza would probably like to do some shopping about now.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:16 | 5051532 medium giraffe
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The one thing missing from your list - knowledge.  How many edible plants grow where you live? Can you identify them? Can you find water? Do you know how? Can you capture water from the environment? Do you know how to make simple poultices?

You can't take 400 tins of beans with you if you need to leave.

Knowledge, then knick-knacks.  You can't buy your way out of trouble (though we might try as consumerdroids), but you can have a positive Will To Live if you have the confidence of your own knowledge.  Better to spend money on training courses than on something you can probably improvise. Knowledge weighs nothing.

Do those people in the photo look to you like they have the knowledge and will to survive? Or are they all still hopelessly dependent on the system?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:28 | 5051582 medium giraffe
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The stuff you missed off that post in order to focus on the shopping list.  Gotcha.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:39 | 5051639 janus
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other than a couple pistols, a single rifle and some dried food-stuffs, i tend to think the prepping stuff is potentially disasterous.  all the efforts to prep may bind a near-sighted individual to a situation in which he's already invested faith, even though he may know his location is in great danger, the faith required to prep will anchor him there.

being nimble, prickly, small, quick, mobile and staying in the shadows is always wisest in situations of widespread panic.

and, yes, a dog is man's best friend -- mark it well, bitchez.

woof-woof,

janus

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:38 | 5051636 Spastica Rex
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You can take a lot of dried beans with you.

If there's no access to water and heat for boiling, then I guess it probably doesn't matter.

Eat your lamb's quarters.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:54 | 5052641 Implied Violins
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Sardines are probably the best canned food to have. Small, light, easy to open, high in nutrients and protein, tastes good cold. After that, peanut butter/other nuts have a high calorie content and last a long time. Vitamin C and other multivitamins, and a bunch of dried rice/quinoa and you're good for a while if you have a water source. A good portable water filter is critical.

If it came down to it though I doubt I could eat long pig. I'd rather just use a bullet and feed the others.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:42 | 5052986 medium giraffe
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You wouldn't have to eat longpig, plenty of plants, insects and small animals about.  Longpig probably a bad idea anyway, you might suffer from the same prion protien issue that causes mad cow disease (CJD).  I think Janus nailed it above - keep it light and evade.  There is so much food in the environment if you know where to look.  You don't even need to carry multivits.  Boil up pine needles and drink that for high vit c doses.  

Dying because you were defending a load of 'stuff' or carrying too much 'stuff' is absurd. The more you know, the less you carry. 

If I was going to carry a food source, it would probably be lard - highest calorific content per weight, used on arctic treks for this reason. 

Aboriginal races are the ideal to aim for, the ultimate survivalists.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:17 | 5051778 Kirk2NCC1701
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I thought it was a Walmart store.  My bad.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:34 | 5052728 BringOnTheAsteroid
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When you see images like this does it ever make you wonder if any of these people are thinking to themselves it might be a good idea not to have so many kids?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:35 | 5051389 junction
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Mecca a No Go? Next stop Manhattan. 

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:37 | 5052891 nc551
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Hedgeless, Check out rainy day foods (walton feed) out of utah.  You can get a 1 year supply of basic food in superpails (>20 years) for about $800 shipped last time I bought. 2225 calories per day, >60gr protein, maybe 80.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:32 | 5051345 medium giraffe
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pfft.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:35 | 5051390 mastersnark
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How unpatriotic of you. Any good American is freaking out right now.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:27 | 5051355 jefferson32
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On his death bed, Pasteur denounced the germ theory of disease.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:31 | 5051376 kaiserhoff
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Him and most of Africa apparently.

Gawdhelpus.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:33 | 5051387 jefferson32
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In many instances, fear of having catched the disease will produce the symptoms one expects.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:26 | 5051360 Last of the Mid...
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No chance of it coming to the US. Until it does. This may get really intresting. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:42 | 5051428 kaiserhoff
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Yeah, who takes a business trip to west Africa now?

Can't these people read?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:30 | 5051371 Atomizer
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We have to see if Ohio suspect doing fine, or suddenly passes away. Air in the IV (intravenous) can propagate a new storyline.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:40 | 5051421 cossack55
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Jon Rappaport has an interesting take on the unreliability of the US testing methodology.  www.nomorefakenews.com

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:08 | 5053007 atthelake
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The ELISA and PCR are used in other illnesses and, in some, they have MANY false negatives. If you're very sick and there is no immune response, the tests shows negative.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:32 | 5051382 crazybob369
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I wonder if this whole recent zombie phenomenon isn't just some part of a giant gov psy-ops operation. Get people used to the "zombie" threat, introduce a disease that makes the infected act/look like zombies, then peg those you don't like as being infected and ship them off to "quarantine" centers. No muss, no fuss. The terrified public will go along with it, fearing exposure to those zombies, and just like that the .gov have no dissenting voices. Wicked!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:33 | 5051385 Gringo Viejo
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At least the Sauds (MFs that they are), are exhibiting common sense.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:36 | 5051397 surf0766
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Common sense returned after they kicked the brotherhood out

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:38 | 5051405 Gringo Viejo
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PS: My Quote Of The Week (from wrsa.com) "If the bodies of the members of the Warren Commision had been found on rural roads, disemboweled and burned, America would not be where it is today." Think about it.......

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:35 | 5051391 Rusty Shorts
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EBOLA PATENT US20120251502 A1 - Why Does U.S. Government Have PATENT RIGHTS on the EBOLA VIRUS?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkHL2K7CmZg

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02 | 5051447 AlaricBalth
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Read the patent. It is for the antibodies and detection kit. The US only has rights to 16.67%. The other applicants have the remainder.
This is one conspiracy theory that needs to be put to rest.

The CDC and other government health organizations claim rights to certain patents that their personnel worked on. It allows them to recoup money spent on research. Consider it like a Venture Cap investment. Some pay off yet most do not.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:04 | 5051495 Urban Redneck
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As long we're playing nice and pointing out things the extremist wing of the tinfoil hat brigade should actually read to put the disinformation in better context:

http://vhfc.org/media/news/memoriam-dr-sheik-humarr-khan

http://vhfc.org/media/news/press-release-vhfc-continues-response-ongoing...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:39 | 5051414 NoWayJose
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Need to test out the quarantine SOP which was drawn up for the USA.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:39 | 5051417 Frank N. Beans
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"That escalated quickly."

-- movie quote

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:51 | 5051459 MidwestJester
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I mean that really got out of hand fast!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:39 | 5051418 kill switch
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Talk about apocalypse I thought I would add another as if we need it.....

 

 

http://www.vice.com/vice-special/apocalypse-man-part-5

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:41 | 5051423 Dr. Engali
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When you're bleeding out your eyes and anus just keep telling yourself..,,, it can't make it to the U.S..... Open borders are good for the eCONomy..... it can't make it to the U.S........ Open borders are good for the eCONomy. At least you'll know you blew it out your ass for the greater good.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:10 | 5051520 Urban Redneck
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Even if ebola never made it to the US (or outside of CDC Atlanta), do you really think Obozo would ever revoke the EO he signed the other day and surrender the power of arbitrary imprisonment and suspension of habeus corpus?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:25 | 5051565 Dr. Engali
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Nope. I expect just the opposite. I expect him to abuse it and broaden it's scope.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:50 | 5051429 IridiumRebel
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http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/08/05/ebola-panic-gets-blown...

"REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!"-Kevin Bacon

 

https://time.com/3083184/ebola-cdc-outbreak/

Look at the pic in the above Time article. Does that look like it's not airborne? Or are they just being overprotective?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:54 | 5051444 Blankenstein
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More medical personel in Nigeria showing symptoms and now they are saying the man who died from ebola after getting off the plane in Lagos was not immediately quarantined.

"Nigerian health authorities acknowledged Tuesday that they did not immediately quarantine a sick airline passenger who later died of Ebola, announcing that eight health workers who had direct contact with him were now in isolation with symptoms of the disease."


 "Initially authorities told reporters that the risk of any exposure to others was minimal because Sawyer was whisked into isolation after arriving at the airport with symptoms of Ebola."

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/nigerian-official-show-ebola-symp...

 

 

 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:04 | 5051496 Four chan
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how are those doing the whisking, lol what a joke.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:06 | 5051506 Tinky
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"Sure, go ahead and do some shopping, but come back later today so that we can check you again."

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02 | 5051491 Jack D. Ripper
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True Facts About the Fruit Bat Will Leave You Wanting a Pet Fruit Bat

http://www.themarysue.com/true-facts-about-the-fruit-bat/

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:11 | 5051522 Evil Bugeyes
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Has anyone considered the possibility that this might be a new weaponized strain of Ebola created and spread by the World Health Organization in order to secure more funding?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:14 | 5051526 Smuckers
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...Aaaand we're gone. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:18 | 5051537 Smuckers
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I wouldn't worry too much. They will soon make some hedonic adjustments that will lower the infection rate dramatically. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:19 | 5051542 NoWayJose
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If doctors who are treating patients can catch Ebola, what can you expect when three Ebola victims - bleeding from their mouth and eyes - come staggering toward a check point manned by a group of unprotected 19 year olds? I see some automatic weapons fire followed by bodily fluids being widely spread out on the ground.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:28 | 5051574 Pure Evil
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And don't forget the aerosolizing effects of high velocity rounds hitting soft tissue.

Think JFK getting his brains blown out in Dealey Plaza in the Zapruder film.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:29 | 5051589 Smuckers
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In the army manual for describing symptoms to look for, they will replace "explosive rectal blood-shots" with "colorful fart box". There isn't a 19 year old alive that wouldn't stick around to see that second description up close. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:51 | 5051682 smokintoad
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How long until we hear "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:35 | 5051834 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Not long, except the "village" might be NYC.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:22 | 5051558 Frank N. Beans
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I like how when there's an outbreak of a contagious disease, we have all these health care and security people rushing TOWARDS the source of the outbreak.  SEND IN MORE HEALTH WORKERS!  SEND IN THE ARMY! 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:56 | 5051700 smokintoad
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If Ebola could talk...   http://youtu.be/lRcle-JgnFA?t=51s

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:38 | 5051638 Make_Mine_A_Double
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Short airline stocks. Even if this doesn't go critical mass it's going to knock the shit out of the airlines.

And probably any other example - say live sports crowds, or concerts - where large crowds are compressed.

But seems to Deep State can't decide whether to terrorized the sheepeople with fear or a keep a lid on the real deal lest the eCONomy go into the deep freeze.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:49 | 5051674 Pure Evil
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If they can suppress those animal spirits down till about mid November everyone should have Merry Christmas.

Happy Green Shoots everyone!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:17 | 5051770 Overdrawn
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Putin is threatening to stop US/European airlines flying to the Far East using Russian air space in retaliation for the latest round of sanctions.  The additional costs are about 4 hours flying time for each flight, RT estimate about $1 billion a month. (or every 3 months can't remember).  So prices will rise and fewer people will travel.  I agree, short airline stocks.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:47 | 5051669 Bemused Observer
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Wow, as if the Ebola wasn't enough. Now they're gonna go and throw Liberian and Sierra Leone military troops into the mix. Lord only knows what THAT will mutate into. If I was a villager within 100 miles of the place, I'd be high-tailing it out of there now...

God, these poor bastards...what a place to find you've been born into.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:49 | 5051676 Pure Evil
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I ain't to thrilled with the state of flux in the USSA either.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:36 | 5051840 BringOnTheAsteroid
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"God, these poor bastards...what a place to find you've been born into".

Hang on, wait,  what, are we talking about Sierra Leone or Detroit?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:57 | 5051681 One And Only
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If Obama had a son he would have had Ebola and his name would have been Trayvon.

Anyone from Western Africa afflicted with Ebola will be granted temporary work permits as long as they enroll in Obamacare by October 1st and vote Dem!!!!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:00 | 5051711 Overdrawn
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Information about containing the spread of the Black Death during the Elizabethan era  1563

There was nowhere to hide from the disease, nobody was safe, not even the monarch.  Queen Elizabeth was terrified of the disease and implemented quarantine measures to try to ensure the safety of herself and her courtiers.  With the outbreak of Bubonic Plague in 1563, the Queen moved her court to Windsor Castle where she erected gallows and ordered that anyone coming from London was to be hanged. 

 

Information about containing the spread of Ebola duering the Elizabethan era 2014

 

There was nowhere to hide from the disease, nobody was safe, not even the monarch.  Queen Elizabeth was terrified of the disease and implemented quarantine measures to try to ensure the safety of herself and her courtiers.  With the outbreak of Ebola in 2014, the Queen moved her court to Windsor Castle where she errected gallows and ordered that anyone coming from London was to be hanged.

 

How times change.

http://www.william-shakespeare.info/bubonic-black-plague-elizabethan-era...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:03 | 5051725 Joebloinvestor
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I would bet the Saudis are freaking out.

Forget the suicide vest, just infect a "martyr" and let him drop dead in an airport or anywhere important.

 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:38 | 5051848 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Why would they be freaking out. You've got to admit, 72 virgins is a little tempting.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:11 | 5051989 are we there yet
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72 virgins with ebola just waiting.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:18 | 5052526 BringOnTheAsteroid
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And jesus and mohammed bickering over who really is the prophet.

Jesus: Daddy, tell Mohammed I am the last and true messiah and can you tell him to stop making those slashing signs across his neck.

Mohammed: Alu Alakbar

God: That shit doesn't work up here Mohammed, and jesus h christ will you stop whining. 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:13 | 5051758 reTARD
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Rule #1: Cardio.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:41 | 5051855 Kirk2NCC1701
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You can bet the people in the Snow Belt aren't sweatin' it.  Ebola is tropical:  loves heat, hates cold.  Dies at <4C.

That's why The Walking Dead series is based in Atlanta.  If it were in Minneapolis, it would be only one episode, and be called The Frozen Dead.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:57 | 5053000 atthelake
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Minneapolis and all of the Snow Belt have a spring, summer and fall.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:46 | 5051881 djsmps
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Only in Obama's America do we welcome Ebola sufferers, whom we are told to call Dreamers.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:08 | 5051975 are we there yet
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Ebola survivors would likely vote democrat, so let them in.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:24 | 5052053 Chaos_Theory
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Even after they're dead! 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:39 | 5052121 AgentScruffy
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...their cats will vote too.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:00 | 5051934 potato
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I can't believe the fear-mongering. If this virus was half as bad as some here suggest, the African city of Lagos would have millions dead by now. Everyone relax and go read the H1N1, swine flu, bird flu posts on ZH from last year.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:29 | 5052347 Parrotile
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Don't be so certain in jumping to this conclusion.  The infection cycle takes appreciable time, AND for those living in poverty (which is most of the Lagos population), healthcare is something that happens at home, using "traditional methods", behind closed doors, well away from the view of their not-so-well-funded and probably not-so-motivated Public Health officials.

We (Western observers) just don't know. Yet. . . . . .

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 21:12 | 5051992 Fix It Again Timmy
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I'm trying to think 10 years into the future and am finding that to be a particularly difficult exercise....

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:13 | 5052158 AgentScruffy
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Mr. CDC head, says, Don't fear the Ebola.

Check out this tweet:

 ·  Aug 4

We fear Ebola because it’s so unfamiliar. But I am confident our fear must not outweigh our compassion.
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:36 | 5052733 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Just like an army general who has no hesitation sending his troop into battle while he is safely tucked up in his office with his tea service, canteen lunch laid on and car parking space.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:11 | 5052263 f16hoser
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Introduce Ebola to keep the Chinese/Russians out of Africa (Gold/Oil). Brilliant.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:23 | 5052321 Parrotile
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Ebola is not a "Global" problem (crisis level) yet. Hopefully the current outbreaks will be contained, and the transmission cycle broken.

Nevertheless it is important to note the number of cases (and fatalities), especially in comparison with the case / fatality timeline of the recent H5N1 scare, on a time-by-time comparison basis.

We are certainly not "out of the Woods" yet, and, as is the case of all "new" viruses undergoing adaptation to their "new" host, we may be in for some surprises, hopefully good (reduced mortality), but possibly bad (i.e. VERY bad).

If things DO turn out "Very Bad", you'll be certain that the World's Governments will be coming up with some inventive "solutions" - most of them very bad for the population in affected centres., possibly along the lines of the comment in Aliens 2. . . . .

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:30 | 5052357 marcusfenix
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anybody read or heard anything about suspect zero currently holed up in Mt. Sinai?

I haven't, nothing new since last night and you know by this time they have run every possible test and panel on this guy...

all those other possibles, all those other suspected cases turned out negative test results quicker than the ink could dry on the report that they were suspects in the first place...

but not this one, this guy is special for some reason.

I hate to keep kicking at it, but something ain't stirring the cool aid here and the longer this unexplained blackout continues the more it looks like he might just be the first unintentional positive in North America.

interestingly the severity of the current outbreak in west Africa is being attributed to it originating in one or more heavily populated urban areas, highly mobile populations in constant close contact with each other using large scale and crowded public transportation systems. this describes NYC to a t, the city that never sleeps.

say what you will about the poor health conditions in west Africa, which is a common refrain for those who hold fast to the belief that this has no chance of affecting us in any major way. but consider that while those conditions have existed for a long time now in Africa this is the the first time in the 50 year history of the virus it has hit this hard, spread this fast and infected  so many health care professionals including perfectly healthy American Doctors and nurses. which leads us to to a very reasonable assumption it's not the conditions that have changed, it's the virus.

and are we really any better suited to fight this? we are the worlds largest consumers of synthetic prescription medications, many of which have a negative impact on the immune system , our diets are laden with highly processed GMO foods with plenty of artificial ingredients and produced with chemicals that were manufactured in a lab. we have the highest obesity rate in the world and our public water supplies are often laced a chemical that has been connected to everything from pregnancy and birth complications to autism, ADHD, thyroid disorders and various cancers. in short we are not as healthy of a country as many would like to believe we are. 

so where are we now? on the verge of a life altering incident that will forever change the world as we know it? or will we remain, as many assert, safe inside out red, white and blue bubble viewing this terrible incident from afar with little or no consequence to ourselves? I'm not sure anybody really knows exactly how this will all play out at this point, maybe one, maybe the other or maybe something in between.

but I do know that there are red flags popping up and there seem to be more of them every day, a feeling of unease is stetting in and it is a feeling that it would not be wise to ignore.         

 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:03 | 5052480 Dublinmick
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Wow the Saudi Wahhabbi Israelis actually plan on living.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:56 | 5052647 bigmango
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.....and since this outbreak began in February over 300,000 people have died from malaria and about 600,000 have succumbed to TB. But you never let a good opportunity to scare the sheep go to waste.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:26 | 5052982 atthelake
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X22 Report, on YouTube, mentions the stock ownership of tptb in companies that will make Billion$ in a mandatory vaccine program. He says, if tptb own large amounts of stock in those companies, then you know it's a set up.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:25 | 5052983 atthelake
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X22 Report, on YouTube, mentions the stock ownership of tptb in companies that will make Billion$ in a mandatory vaccine program. He says, if tptb own large amounts of stock in those companies, then you know it's a set up.

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