1st Ebola diagnosis in the U.S.: Is it time to start panicking?

Posted: October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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(CNN) — For the first time, a patient in an American hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola.

The unidentified man, who is being treated at a Dallas hospital, didn’t show symptoms until after four or five days of arriving in the United States from Liberia.

Citing privacy concerns, official are being tight-lipped about how he contracted the virus or how he’s being treated.

Shortly after the news broke Tuesday evening, more than 50,000 tweets about Ebola flew through Twitter in a one-hour period, many of them panicked responses.

Should we be concerned?

The short answer: no.  View image on Twitter

Now let’s get to the long answer.

Could the patient’s fellow passengers be infected?

The patient being treated in a Dallas hospital flew from one of the Ebola hot zones — Liberia — to Texas.

But his fellow passengers aren’t thought to be at risk because you can only contract Ebola through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who’s actively sick with with it.

It’s not like a cold or the flu, which can be spread before symptoms show up. And it doesn’t spread through the air.

“It’s very unlikely that (Ebola victims) would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers,” said Stephen Monroe of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What’s to stop other Ebola patients getting on a flight and coming here?

The CDC has issued warnings to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries grappling most with the outbreak.

And it’s also working with airport officials in those nations, and in Nigeria, so that every person getting on a plane is screened for fever.

“And if they have a fever, they are pulled out of the line, assessed for Ebola and don’t fly unless Ebola is ruled out,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

How do the airport authorities know what to look for?

Those stricken with Ebola suffer ghastly symptoms — including vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, fever and unexplained bleeding.

That’s part of the reason why the odds of getting Ebola from plane passengers is very low, the International Air Transport Association said.

“It is highly unlikely that someone suffering such symptoms would feel well enough to travel.”

What’s being done when the planes land in the U.S.?

The United States isn’t planning on banning flights coming from the hot zones in West Africa, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in August.

But once the flights land at a U.S. airport from one of these countries, passengers are screened once again.

“And there are facilities available that if an individual is detected exhibiting these symptoms, that they can be quarantined and promptly evaluated by a medical professional,” he said.

Are those procedures being followed?

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said when she and two colleagues recently returned from reporting in Liberia, they got a mixed bag of responses from Customs and Border Protection officers.

“We all said we were journalists who had just been in Liberia covering Ebola,” Cohen said. “One of my colleagues was told, ‘Oh, OK, welcome back home, sir’ — and (was) just let in — that was it.”

Cohen herself got a different response.

“I was told, ‘Wait a minute, I think I got an e-mail about this,’ and the border patrol officer went and consulted with his colleagues,” Cohen said.

That officer later told her she should check her system for 21 days.

“I said, ‘What should I be checking?’ And he wasn’t sure,” Cohen said.

The third colleague merely had his boots checked to see if there was mud on them.

“Three very different responses. They can’t all be the way to do it,” Cohen said. “I was surprised at how sort of chaotic it felt.”

So, how did Dallas patient slip through?

The Ebola patient in Dallas didn’t start showing symptoms until several days after he landed in the United States, Frieden said.

Isn’t he putting others at risk?

The paramedics who took the patient to the hospital have been isolated, the chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CNN. None have shown symptoms of the disease so far.

The ambulance that carried the patient – ambulance # 37 – was in use for two days after the transport but was adequately decontaminated, said Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed.

Frieden said the patient himself may have had contact with some people after showing symptoms but before he was isolated.

A CDC team was headed to Texas to help investigate those contacts.

“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here,” Frieden said.

How is this not concerning?

Although there’s no vaccine and no cure, the one real advantage we have with Ebola is that doctors know how to control it.

Ebola isn’t “some mystical pathogen (with) some bizarre mode of transmission,” said Bruce Ribner, director of Emory University Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit

And we have the resources to contain it.

How are we so confident?

For starters, the United States has the luxury of better health care compared to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The U.S. has facilities that can “do the kind of isolation that apparently is very difficult to do within the health care infrastructure in the African countries that we are talking about,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health.

Secondly, remember Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol? The doctor and the American missionary were infected in Liberia, brought to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, placed in isolation units, treated and discharged.

They were the first humans with Ebola to ever arrive in the United States. And they are fine.

CNN’s Jen Christensen, Madison Park, Ben Brumfield and Dana Ford contributed to this report.

This should be no scare according to what the Bible says God’s word has warned these things will happen the same way it happen to Egypt in the book of Exodus 15:26 it says And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Did you hear that if we follow the commandments of God we will not have these diseases. God is calling us back to the Eden diet to preserve our health in Genesis chapter 1 and 2. But sadly we have been disobedient flesh food and being promiscuous by not honoring marriage which God has given us we have become sick. Notice what the article said  about what causes this Ebola virus. “Ebola can only spread from contact with the blood or body fluids of a person or animal who is sick with of has died from Ebola”.  The Bible says there will be pestilences (Luke 21:11). Sickness and disease is running rapid and when God sees we are hurting he hurts.   The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? Jeremiah 8:20-22. God has warned us that flesh food will be poison to our bodies. The Bible says in Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish(weaken diseased), with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. God wants to keep you in good health follow his plan the Eden plan. You know the devil has come to seek and destroy but God wants to give you Life! The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10



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In these morally challenged times – when billions are embezzled through corporate fraud when trusted, spiritual leaders prove false when lying in politics seems to be the norm when those you depend on the most often hurt you the deepest – is there anything left you can trust? Yes! You can fully trust the Bible! Why? Just take a look at the evidence… …

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