By Michael Snyder – The American Dream
How did a health worker in Dallas wearing full protective gear catch Ebola if the virus “does not spread easily”? Just last week, Barack Obama declared to the public that you cannot get Ebola “sitting next to someone on a bus”, and yet a nurse in protective gear that was taking extreme precautions to avoid being exposed to the disease has just caught it. The head of the CDC says that there must have been a “breach in protocol” somewhere, because of course the CDC guidelines regarding the transmission of this virus could never be wrong. Even with everything that has happened, our public officials are still insisting that Ebola is “difficult to catch”. But could it be possible that they are wrong? More than 200 health workers over in Africa that were treating Ebola patients in full protective gear have ended up contracting Ebola themselves. More than 100 of them have died. We were told that would never happen in the United States because we are so much more advanced than they are over in Africa. But now it has happened. Our very first Ebola case passed the virus to a health worker that was treating him. If Ebola can be transmitted to health workers this easily, what chance is the general public going to have during a full-blown Ebola pandemic?
The misinformation that the U.S. government continues to put out is absolutely staggering. We are being led to believe that you basically have to slather yourself in someone’s body fluids in order to catch Ebola from them. Just consider what Barack Obama said just last week…
“First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu,” Obama said in the video released by the White House Thursday. “You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus. You cannot get it from another person until they start showing symptoms of the disease, like fever.”
Obama also said that “the most common way you can get Ebola is by touching the body fluids of someone who is sick or has died from it, like their sweat, saliva or blood, or through a contaminated item like a needle.”
The mainstream media is saying the same thing.
In fact, CNN insists that Ebola is “difficult to catch”…
Ebola is actually difficult to catch. People are at risk if they come into very close contact with the blood, saliva, sweat, feces, semen, vomit or soiled clothing of an Ebola patient, or if they travel to affected areas in West Africa and come into contact with someone who has Ebola.
If Ebola is indeed “difficult to catch”, then why are so many health workers wearing protective suits getting the disease?
Perhaps our public officials and the mainstream media should be honest and admit that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know.
Just recently, the Los Angeles Times ran a story that included testimony from top Ebola experts essentially admitting as much…
Dr. C.J. Peters, who battled a 1989 outbreak of the virus among research monkeys housed in Virginia and who later led the CDC’s most far-reaching study of Ebola’s transmissibility in humans, said he would not rule out the possibility that it spreads through the air in tight quarters.
“We just don’t have the data to exclude it,” said Peters, who continues to research viral diseases at the University of Texas in Galveston.
Dr. Philip K. Russell, a virologist who oversaw Ebola research while heading the U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Development Command, and who later led the government’s massive stockpiling of smallpox vaccine after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, also said much was still to be learned. “Being dogmatic is, I think, ill-advised, because there are too many unknowns here.“
And it has been demonstrated in a laboratory setting that Ebola can spread through the air from one animal to another. Just check out the following excerpt from a news story about a study that was conducted back in 2012 that I included in a previous article…
When news broke that the Ebola virus had resurfaced in Uganda, investigators in Canada were making headlines of their own with research indicating the deadly virus may spread between species, through the air.
The team, comprised of researchers from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, observed transmission of Ebola from pigs to monkeys. They first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus. Ebola-Zaire is the deadliest strain, with mortality rates up to 90 percent. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The animals were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.
Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. In pigs, Ebola generally causes respiratory illness and increased temperature. Nine days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.
Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too. It is possible that the first two monkeys infected the other two, but transmission between non-human primates has never before been observed in a lab setting.
So when they tell you that they know exactly how Ebola spreads they are lying to you.
And the “protective gear” that they are giving to our medical personnel is completely inadequate to prevent the spread of Ebola.
If something is not done quickly, the nurse in Dallas and the Spanish nurse that recently contracted the disease will just be the first in a long string of health workers that get the virus in the western world.
Ebola is a biosafety-level 4 (BSL-4) pathogen.
To prevent the spread of the disease, health workers need to be wearing BSL-4 equipment.
But that equipment is very, very expensive, and so our health officials have been cutting corners.
And as WND recently reported, there is only one BSL-4 care facility in the entire country available to the general public…
Have you wondered why Ebola patients are being sent to Omaha, Nebraska?
It’s because one physician, Dr. Philip Smith, had the foresight to set up the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit after the Sept. 11 attacks as a bulwark against bioterrorism. Empty for more than a decade, used only for drills, it was called “Maurer’s Folly,” for Harold Maurer, former chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The unit has a special air handling system to keep germs from escaping from patient rooms, and a steam sterilizer for scrubs and equipment.
It could handle at most 10 patients at a time, but one or two would be more comfortable, owing to the large volume of infectious waste.
It is the largest of only four such units in the U.S., and the only one designated for the general public.
So what are we going to do if dozens or hundreds or thousands of Ebola patients start popping up around the country?
At this point, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is already admitting that “there may be other cases, and I think we have to recognize that as a nation“.
The truth is that we could potentially be facing the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen, and our health officials do not have a handle on it.
In fact, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease recently stated that “it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever.”
Let us pray that this crisis fizzles out somehow, because we are rapidly approaching a tipping point.
If Ebola starts spreading widely inside the U.S., the authorities are going to be powerless to stop it.
The key is to nip this outbreak in the bud. One of the first things that Barack Obama should have done is to ban air travel for all non-essential personnel between the United States and the outbreak zones. But he has simply refused to do that. This borders on criminal negligence, and hopefully his foolishness will not result in countless numbers of American deaths.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that there is another possible case of Ebola in the Boston area…
Harvard Vanguard Medical Center in Braintree was evacuated on Sunday afternoon as a man with Ebola-like symptoms was isolated outside the clinic.
The clinic confirmed in a statement Sunday afternoon that a patient who had recently traveled to Liberia arrived at Harvard Vanguard complaining of a headache and muscle aches.
“Out of an abundance of caution we immediately notified authorities and the patient was securely removed from the building and put into an ambulance now headed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,” Harvard Vanguard Chief of Infectious Disease Ben Kruskal said.
Hopefully that will turn out to be a false alarm.
There have also been reports of potential cases in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Australia, Turkey, Brazil, Greece and France over the past few days. But as I write this, none of those potential cases has been publicly confirmed.
But what we do know is that Ebola continues to spread at an exponential rate in Africa. If it continues to do so, it is inevitable that travelers will bring it to other areas of the globe as well.
So what comes next?
This article first appeared at The American Dream: They Have Been Lying To You About How Easily Ebola Spreads
About the author:
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.
Read his new book The Beginning of the End