The Department of Homeland Security’s has announced that passengers flying into New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago on flights originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be “subject to secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States. These airports account for about 94 percent of travelers flying to the United States from these countries. At present there are no direct, non-stop commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to any airport in the United States.”
WHO Ebola expert Pierre Formenty gave a presentation on the Ebola virus in Geneva on August 5th, which seems to have been the basis for the WHO declaring a public health emergency a few days later.
Yet, Formenty’s presentation includes a chart showing that Ebola cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in no way matched the profile of an out of control epidemic as WHO claimed.
In fact, the last week in the survey shows a decline as well as the virtual disappearance of Ebola in Guinea.
Bear in mind the Ebola cases in the presentation include probable, suspected as well as lab confirmed cases, so the data is a mess anyway.
Also, the presentation shows clearly than Ebola is a biosecurity level 4 disease — BSL 4 — under WHO’s and every other regulatory framework in the world, including the CDC’s. So, the failure of the CDC to recommend BSL 4 protective gear to US medical staff is deliberate and, frankly, criminal act.
Does the chart below look like an out of control, ever expanding epidemic as WHO, MSF, the CDC and Obama claim?
If so, why aren’t the cases growing continuously in all three countries at a more or less equal rate? Why are they. in fact, dropping?
In Guinea on July 21st, for example, there were only about 11 Ebola cases, about a quarter of the nearly 40 cases in May, which is not the profile of a contagious, out of control disease.
In Sierra Leone, the cases of Ebola reach stability at around 60 new cases — probable, suspected and lab confirmed — for several weeks in June and July, also not the profile of an out of control epidemic.
In Liberia, Ebola appeared in March, disappeared in April and reappeared six weeks later in May, again not the profile of an out of control epidemic.
So, Pierre Formenty was absolutely right to say that Ebola was not out of control during the press conference with Glenn Thomas.
In a repeat of the 2009 swine flu scandal, WHO has once more hyped an epidemic in order to declare an emergency – and again for the profit of pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline producing an untested Ebola jab and given immunity from the damage once more.
And here the BSL 4 level circled in red:
Thank you to Andrea Santander for sending this presentation.
In the spirit of countering conflict with counter-intuition, I offer the following:
IN PRAISE OF MEEKNESS
Gentleness and kindness are not weakness or bleakness, but the greatness of meekness, the elixir of life and fixer of strife.
*LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS MASSIVE DECLINE IN EBOLA
*ONLY 329 CASES IN EBOLA TREATMENT CENTRES IN LIBERIA SINCE OCTOBER 19TH
*MORE THAN HALF THE 750- BED CAPACITY FOR TREATING EBOLA IS EMPTY
*FOYA COUNTY WHICH HAD 80 PEOPLE ADMITTED AT THE PEAK OF THE EBOLA HAS HAD NO NEW CASES AND ITS 120 BED TREATMENT CENTRE IS EMPTY
*LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR CITIZENS TO REMAIN VIGILANT
*WHY IS OBAMA SENDING 4000 TROOPS AND THE NATIONAL GUARD AND PLANNING 17 NEW TREATMENT CENTRES WHEN EBOLA IS ON THE WAY OUT?
*HATS OFF TO THE LIBERIANS FOR CONTAINING THE EBOLA OUTBREAK WITH SO LITTLE HELP AND SO FEW RESOURCES
FRONT PAGE AFRICA REPORTS ON THE DROP IN EBOLA DEATHS:
LIBERIA’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER REPORTS:
Less Than 400 Ebola Cases Nationwide as Ebola Declines, Says Dorbor Jallah
Tue, 10/21/2014 – 00:49 admin
–BUT the Public MUST Continue ALL Safety Measures
Restrictions on the movement of people, quarantining of communities and positive response to the frequent washing of hands and avoiding infested dead bodies have helped to reduce the infection rate of the Ebola virus throughout Liberia, according to Mr. James Dorbor Jallah, Deputy Incident Manager for support services at the Incident Management System.
Moreover as the Dry Season approaches in Liberia, he said, intense heat and sunlight will contribute to Liberia’s effort to eradicate the disease. The Ebola Virus has been described as ‘fragile’ by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and is easily destroyed by heat and sunlight.
The Incident Management System, (IMS) is the body that has replaced the National Ebola Taskforce set up by the Liberian government earlier in the Ebola fight, headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Mr. Jallah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Monrovia Sunday that despite the optimism, “We should remember that we are still fighting the Ebola Virus disease and, therefore, there is no need for celebration.” Instead, he emphatically stated that the Liberian public should continue to take all safety measures, including regular hand washing, refraining from touching infected persons or dead bodies, avoiding all cultural and traditional practices that could spread the disease and avoiding movement from one area to another.
According to Mr. Jallah, coordinated information reaching his office from the various Ebola Treatment Units, (ETUs), indicates that across the country, “there are less than 400 people who are in treatment.”
“Therefore,” Jallah said, “there are more than 300 ETUs that are empty, which means they are without people who are being treated for the virus.” The latest report has also made it clear that decisions and recommendations approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and implemented by the Liberian government have worked to reduce increased infection from the insidious disease, Mr. Jallah said.
“All of us should continue with the measures outlined in this fight,” he said, “because the less than 400 people being treated in the various ETUs is still a high number,” he noted.
With particular reference to the six hardest hit counties of Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Margibi, Jallah said, “Lofa County, particularly Foya and Barkedu, have registered less than ten persons in treatment in the last couple of weeks.”
At the peak of its infection, Jallah said, nearly eighty people were admitted at the ETU in Foya, with most of the cases coming from Quarduboni.
“The infection reduced tremendously when the communities in Lofa and citizens from areas in Monrovia, including religious leaders, got involved,” Jallah disclosed. “They implemented the measures issued by government and that has brought relief,” he said.
Jallah said, “Currently, Foya has reported no new cases and the 120 bed ETU is empty.”
While these reports show a success story, the World Health Organization, (WHO) has indicated that there could be 10,000 infections weekly in the coming weeks in Liberia. But with the dry season now in Liberia, as mentioned earlier, nature could work to support the fight against Ebola, according to health officials.
Since there are “sparks” of cases now and then, according to Jallah, “Liberia is still in the woods, meaning the country is not yet out of danger. However, recent reports on the decline in the use of the ETUs do not support the WHO’s dire prediction.
Jallah, whose division coordinates and ensures the effective provision of non-medical support to the Incident Management System, (IMS), said the re-organization of the National Ebola Task Force, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is effective in its fight against the disease.
He insisted that what could be considered as a success story came about and would continue if Liberians and residents take the following measures daily: Avoid touching sick or dead persons; Avoid movement from one community to another, particularly for people who may have been exposed to the virus and If one gets exposed to the virus, observe the 21-day quarantine.
Other measures are: Avoid contact with sick, symptomatic, or dead person’s saliva, excretion, vomit, urine, semen, etc.; Wash your hands regularly and Wash your hands when entering AND leaving buildings, since it is possible for an infected person to leave a virus on surfaces and other areas which people find easy to touch, such as door handles and stair rails.
Meanwhile Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Incident Manager of the Incident Management System of the Ebola Response, corroborated Mr. Jallah’s report yesterday in a phone interview and added that since October 19, there have been 329 patients in ETUs with 725 bed capacity across the country.
“While we are encouraged by such a prospect, it does not mean we are free from the disease,” Nyenswah said. “It is too early to determine why there are not many cases and we are investigating.”
Nyenswah said there are possibilities that “We have Ebola infected individuals in our various communities,” stressing on the need to follow measures outlined by the Liberian government in its fight against the disease.
In addition a source at the Foya Ebola Treatment Unit, (ETU), confirmed to the Daily Observer yesterday in a telephone interview that “in the last two and half weeks, there have been no new cases.” This corroborates information from the nerve center in Monrovia.
CDC has issued new guidelines for workers dealing with Ebola patients which should have been issued years ago.
The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:
•All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
•No skin exposure when PPE is worn
•All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off.
All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.
The absolutely shocking experiences of Texas nurses left to handle Thomas Duncan without any protocol should result in jail time for CDC director Thomas Frieden. You can read their statement and sign their petition below.
Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United
National Nurses United, 10/15/14
This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham.
The RNs contacted National Nurses United out of frustration with a lack of training and preparation. They are choosing to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. Read the rest of this entry »