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Sunday, September 7, 2014

From Africa - With Love

The Ebola outbreak has dropped off the front pages, pushed aside by news from the Middle East and Ukraine. That doesn't mean that hemorrhagic fever has gone away. Far from it. My solution would be to quarantine Africa aggressively. That's not politically correct, so we go to Plan B, which is to wait until it's unleashed on the world to get serious about containing the infection. AGGRESSIVE Containment is the only realistic way to deal with it since the 'cure' won't work on a large scale (as outlined below by the CDC).
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control: “Vaccines and treatments may come along, but right now what we have are tried and true methods that we have to scale up. They have worked in prior outbreaks but we are not getting to scale,” Frieden told “CBS This Morning.” “The epidemic is going faster than we are. We need to scale up our response. We can hope for new tools and maybe they’ll come, but we can’t count on them.”


Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control. 
“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.” 
Frieden, who visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will tell Washington tomorrow that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling upward.” The CDC director explained that these countries still need help to deal with the deadly outbreak. 
“We need to support countries with resources, with technical experts and with cooperation. Too many places are sealing off these countries,” Frieden told CBS News. “If we do that, paradoxically, it’s going to reduce safety everywhere else. Whether we like it or not, we’re all connected and it’s in our interest to help them tamp this down and control it.”
The World Health Organization says that 20,000 could die before the disease is brought under control.The death foll currenly tops 1500, which means we have a long way to go before we can say that the outbreak is being managed.

The US has been fortunate in avoiding the disaster, but how long can that last? The CDC director thinks Ebola's spread to the US is "inevitable," so it really is a question of time.


8 comments:

  1. Can't we do what we are always accused of - and get Ebloa to ISIS?

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    1. I am sure that we have the capacity. But how would Barack's conscience handle it? Hahahaha. Right, no conscience. Somebody should give him a million bucks and he'd approve it.

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  2. Just wait until this reaches the Horn of Africa and North Africa - then the fun really begins as refugees flood into Egypt and flee across the Mediterranean to Italy and beyond. If it hits Mexico we're done. We'll all be wearing hazmat suits.

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  3. But...but... YOUR solution is not politically correct LL... sigh... Reality be damned, if it's not a PC solution, this administration WON'T play, until it's too late.

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    1. Obama should travel to the blighted areas and embrace "his brothers"... That would solve one problem.

      Biden and Pelosi should accompany Obama and share the love... That would solve two more.

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  4. How many dead people equal Politically Correct?

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    1. I don't think that The One cares unless it's him that's dying.

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