GOVERNMENT OVERCONFIDENCE … INCOMPETENCE GREET DEADLY DISEASE
By FITSNEWS || So … the deadly Ebola virus is in the United States.
But don’t worry … the federal government is on top of it. In fact the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Dr. Thomas Frieden – is continuing to downplay the risks associated with the disease, vowing it will be contained.
Before Ebola landed on our shores, Frieden assured Americans an outbreak in the U.S. was “not in the cards.”
Now that it’s here – specifically at a hospital in Dallas, Texas – Frieden is vowing the government will “stop it in its tracks.”
Is he being over-optimistic? According to Bloomberg, the Ebola patient in Texas was sent home from the hospital with antibiotics after he first sought treatment for his symptoms. It wasn’t until two days later that the patient was placed in isolation – meaning there’s a strong possibility he could have passed the virus on to others during the period when he was contagious.
After an incubation period ranging from two days to three weeks, Ebola victims begin experiencing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Eventually their kidneys and livers begin to shut down, a process accompanied by mass internal hemorrhaging.
There is no treatment and no cure for the virus – which spreads via bodily fluids.
“The agency is working to identify anybody who had contact with the man and track them down,” Bloomberg reported.
Great … just great.
Ebola is expanding exponentially in West Africa – where more than 3,000 people have already died from the disease.
“We only open one of our centers for 30 minutes, just to admit people who can fill in the beds of the people who died overnight,” a doctor told The (U.K.) Guardian. “This is how bad it is. And the rest of the day, we are turning patients back home to go and infect their neighbors and loved ones. So this is not at all under control.”
As many as 1.4 million people could contract the disease over the next four months, experts say.
But don’t worry … a little “population control” every now and then is a good thing, right? At least that’s what the authors of U.S. president Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law seem to think.
In fact that may explain why Obama’s administration has been blocking development and testing of the one drug that’s show signs of promise in treating Ebola. ZMapp – an experimental “antibody cocktail” – was used to successfully treat two American doctors who contracted Ebola while working with patients in Liberia.
Of course they were only treated after the drug received an “emergency exception” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Meanwhile the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – which gets billions of tax dollars a year – identified ZMapp in February 2011 as a likely treatment option for Ebola, but then never moved forward with development or testing.
“That’s why we don’t have an Ebola countermeasure,” a former biodefense expert told Bloomberg’s Businessweek.
Damn.Excellent article Fits.
Have to concur, hype (outside of the title) kept to the minimum, factual, terse but not excessively so…
Interesting that Obama was playing boogieman a few weeks ago regarding ebola, now he’s all “no big deal”.
“Interesting that Obama was playing boogieman a few weeks ago regarding ebola, now he’s all “no big deal”.”
Duh! That’s because he is behind it – catch up, slowpoke!
I didn’t say that, you did. I’m just saying it seems to be two very contradictory tones.
He’s “behind it?” Now Obama is responsible for the Ebola outbreak? You guys are getting weirder and weirder.
“He’s “behind it?”
Karolyn – I guess my sarcasm font needs to be a little bolder!
Make no mistake, SCBlues is a fucking weirdo.
If only there was some settled science out there that could handle this.
There is, but you wing nuts don’t believe in science.
No Tom, I believe in science but I also know that it is never settled.
If the government makes a big deal out of something (global warming, swine flu, heterosexual AIDS transmission, ISIS etc)… it’s not.
If they downplay something…be very afraid…
What if they provide mixed messages about it as they have every single thing that’s happened in the last six or so years?
If they give mixed messages, it gives them that much more to choose from as sound bites. They can argue both sides of the argument… nuanced thinking and all that….
So what you’re saying is that it depends on what the meaning of the word “is”, is?
black is simply a slightly darker white.
Little known factoid – in solids, black is the presence of all color and white is the absence but in light, White is the presence of all colors and black is the absence of all colors…
I’m Black Irish and 3% Neanderthal … so how does that work? :>)
That makes you a mutt, just like most of the rest of us.
Bought everything but the zuit suit months ago
Gosh, I always wanted a Zoot Suit.
“What if they provide mixed messages about it as they have for every single thing that’s happened in the last six or so years?”
You certainly cannot trust black folks – and they’re always on CP Time too!
Interestingly, in solids, black is the presence of all color and white is the absence but in light, White is the presence of all colors and black is the absence of all colors…
“Colored People’s” time.
5 to 10 minutes earlier than TBG time.
You know it. Blues is a creature of habit.
Obama is gonna fuck America one way or the other.Just his latest attempt?
LOL … CP time? I’m already late to the party.
“If the government makes a big deal out of something (global warming . . .”
Certainly no surprise to see the global warming deniers on here in force. The irony being of course that global warming is probably the bigger threat to the United States. Oh well!
One person mentions global warming and that constitutes a “force”? One thing nobody can deny, you’re an idiot.
I don’t he is an idiot. Cut off at the brain stem, maybe.
One thing for sure that even SCBlues might agree on: Never in history has raising taxes changed the weather.
You would deny it too if you knew much AlGore was making off of it. BTW: Did you see the uncut version of Unconveniant Trutt? Where the camera crew actually does kill that poor Polar Bear.
The problem is that God hates black people. Just ask Willard Romney.
This AIN’T western Africa!!!!!
That fact aside, as I posted on the other Ebola article, maybe its time for Mother Earth to do some purging of homo sapiens and leave it to Polar Bears,Hawks,Eagles,Wolves,rabbits,quail,dove, otters,white-tailed deer, Aardvarks,orangatains, and other “critters’ mentioned in Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” flick.
Humans are sooo overrated and not near as noble!!!!!
So you are proponent of Malthusian theory?
To a degree–yes
Most famines are a result of natrual conditions such as drought/flood or crop disease/infestitation which would prevent crops and animals from providing adequate nutrition for the population at hand thus causing a decrease in said population untill the ratio of “food” is proportional to the number of consumers and able to sustain said population.
Environmental conditions(I’m refering to “natural” environmental here) have resulted in great migrations of people ove the ages and will continue to happen as long as we are on this planet. The DOD has actually stated that population migration as a result potable water shortage can become a national security issue. Water rights may very well be a source of conflict in the near future.
Bubonic Plauge (i.e. “Black Death”) in the mid 1300’s was greatly exacerbated by unsanitary conditions and population density (overcrowding) in European cities. It took approximately 150 years for Europe to recover and social/economic structures were greatly altered.
it is certainly no stretch that due to the onset of the jet age and increased ability to travel cheaper, it is difficult to contain an epidemic but I do think it can be marginalized
I am also a semi-Machiavellian.
Well, kill yourself.
Right after you do!!!!!
Nope, you’re the pathetic moonbat bemoaning human existence, I’m quite satisfied being at the top of the foodchain.
Just go explain that to a Polar Bear,Tiger, Great White Shark or Komodo Dragon (sans weapon of course) and let’s see where you are on the food chain list then Skippy
Speaking of the “food chain” and the ranking there of:;It just so happens that if organisms WAY low on the food chain die off (like maybe plankton….) your pompous overbearing superior attitude ass will die along with the rest of us.
There could be some justice in that!!!!!
Speaking of plankton, just remember that Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!!!!!!!
But the word “Redskins” is being eradicated by the Obama/Clyburn FCC…that’ll be good….(:
Two good ones in two days, you’re on a roll!
Ah, the good ol’ “population control” talk. That’s when you know we’re walking off into Looney Tunes land. If Ebola spreads it will be a really bad fuck up, but come on.
Look down, one of the site lefties is saying Ebola is a good thing for Mother Earth. Spend billions feeling up toddlers and Grannies at the airports while a guy who went to Liberia to check on his relatives’ well being points and laughs. Can we get any more ridiculous in our policies?
I’m no “leftie”
I’m a card-carrying member of the NRA and my SC hunting/fishing license is up to date!!!!!
You got something against the right to arm bears???????
So you’re a big, hairy gay guy,too???
Why don’t you suck on my tool and find out????
Put it under one of those CDC microscopes so he can see it.
So you’ve been scoping me out have you???
Are you also a faithful follower of Brother John Birch and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church?
Your wife still unhappy because you don’t have a garage?
I believe you are referring to social darwinism. That is is right wing theory not a left wing theory. I.E. if you can’t afford health care, you die. As stated by Ron Paul. Problem is you are going to take a lot of other people with you when you are dying from a virus.
I think the high fives from the usual suspects are hilarious. If you had stuck to the real story and had not thrown in the partisan lies, you might have had a good article. But as it is you are just a partisan hack. So Ebola is now the fault of Barak Obama, and the affordable care act. Not only that, Obama wants a lot of us to die. I mean really. This is why you guys are referred to as wing nuts. How can anyone take you seriously? Except other wing nuts.
The truth is this is a very dangerous disease. Fortunately its transmission is through bodily fluids, and unless it mutates it is not an airborne virus . That makes containment significantly easier. The African nations lack the resources to contain the virus. We do not. One of the major reasons the African nations are having a problem with containment, is the people do not trust the government and will not take sick family members to the hospitals. Further there are not enough hospitals to hold them all.
So here is the bottom line, you hate government, but government funded research will find a cure for this disease, and Government will contain this disease. They are the only ones who can. Without government involvement this disease will spread unchecked.
Assuming of course some right wing uber-capitalist wanting to make a buck does not spread the virus so they can sell the cure. (If we are going to discuss nutty right wing conspiracy theories we may as well discuss far more likely left wing conspiracy theories.)
“This happens because Ebola damages the brain in some way that isn’t known. The classic masklike facial expression appears in all primates infected with Ebola, both monkeys and human beings. They act as if they were already embalmed, even though they are not yet dead. The personality may change: the human patient becomes sullen, hostile, agitated, or develops acute psychosis. Some have been known to escape from the hospital.
This makes me wonder whether some of the “irrational” behaviour of Ebola cases is a reflection of the damage they’re suffering, not of their traditional culture.”
Kinda what you said and i was saying………..This ain’t Western Africa!!!!!
But maybe it is time to pull out my tape of “Contagion” just in case……..
A good movie on so many levels that…………………..
For those of you who think “it can’t happen here” please take a minute and click on the link to the Great Pandemic web site that tells the story of the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/
Yes, it was almost 100 years ago but we didn’t have 8-10 hour trips on a plane from Africa to the US back then. Mobility was a fraction of what it is today. If you want to know a significant contributer to the end of WWI, look no further than the Spanish Flu
In case you missed it, here’s another thing you need to know about: Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-30/mosquito-virus-spreading-in-u-s-that-walloped-caribbean.html
Patrick Sawyer was in Nigeria for all of 2 days, of which 99% was in the hospital and he still 20 people got Ebola from him, so who knows how many people have been exposed to Ebola by this guy.
At this point I’d like more information about where the people are that he was living with. Did they all share one small bathroom? Are they three or four kids in school somewhere?
Don’t panic. All is well. We, your government, have this under control. The Secret Service is investigating.
This has to be a worst case scenario for the small government, keeping government out of health care crowd. Don’t you Ayn Rand types believe in social Darwinism? Doesn’t letting poor people who cannot afford health care die fit right in with your social order? Won’t Ebola speed that process up?
Left to you guys, we would all be doomed. There would be no government agency to fight this disease. And people who could not afford health care would be dying in their homes spreading the disease left and right. Just as they are in Africa. Why, because in Africa they can’t afford health care, and there are no government resources to help them. You are watching an experiment in low taxes and no government play itself out.
And how about you let the churches handle it types. Where are the churches in Africa? Why are they not dealing with this problem?
lol. Yeah, we must have a massive government because otherwise, YOU WILL ALL DIE FROM DA EBOLA. We probably need to expand unemployment benefits for another 99 weeks or
Hey, you are the one who has been screaming for government intervention,and saying we are going to die from Ebola if we don’t get it. I was only talking about the right’s efforts to get government out of health care. But feel free to make dumb comments if you want.
You do realize that people in Liberia are not being turned away because they can’t pay but because there’s no room for them right? But feel free to invent a false narrative that matches your political ideology.
You don’t get it! It’s the churches fault they hold mass in grass huts and that IV’s are a luxury in Africa.
Its not the churches fault. They do not have the ability to deal with this. The nuttyness is anyone thinking we should leave this to the churches.
I think nuttyness would be the notion that a bankrupt country can send troops to stop a virus, but hey, to each their own.
Save the world!
We can’t. You are right. We have waited way to late to make sure the third world has access to quality health care. Now it might effect us. Now we will have to pay a much higher cost to contain a disease that could have been caught and contained much earlier with a lot fewer deaths.
But hey, there is no money to be made providing health care to poor people.
lol…I should have seen the global pitch for a form of Obamacare coming! Shame on me.
That’s right William, there’s no such thing as scarcity, just selfish people.
We cannot enact a health care system in another country. But for our own good, if nothing else, we should advocate for quality healthcare for all people, and assist poor countries in developing a health care system.
If poor Africans had access to health care his disease could have been eradicated or contained. We will cure it. But now many more will die in Africa, and if it comes here the cost will be much higher.
“But now many more will die in Africa, and if it comes here the cost will be much higher.”
You have no proof of this.
Not only that, like most progressives, you’re completely economically illiterate.(and that’s not an endorsement for the GOP)
You have no idea of the costs involved even if we discuss this notion of pathological altruism you are suggesting.
The US is bankrupt for all intensive purposes, we can’t afford to take care of our own, let alone other nations.
The world will not function long term on the back of printed wealth and even then, that method could never sustain what you are describing for any significant duration. You are in essence, living in a fantasy land where your desires, while noble(disregarding the fact you implicitly endorse theft, but for “good” reasons in your mind), are completely out of touch with reality.
This is not a false narrative. There is no room because the people are poor and cannot pay for the services, and there are insufficient government services to pick up the slack. If they could afford to pay there would be room, if the government provided health insurance or built hospitals there would be room. This is very much a case of low taxes and no government services resulting in the spread of a deadly disease.
The same would happen here if right wing nuts ran the government, and implemented their no money let them die policy.
Your as big a dumb ass as the CHURCH people that just came back to Charlotte with Ebola that they contracted from helping in AFRICA. Way to go trying to squeeze your world view in to the story, true or not, Idiot.
Hey you squeeze your world views into every story, and most of it is a lie. Obama is the devil, he wants to kill innocent people . All Government is evil. We don’t need government to be involved in public health care. Actually, everything I said was true about the far right.
Why is it dumb to want to serve others?
Actually, a lot of of the hospitals and medical personnel are funded/ provided by the Catholic Church. No press or photo ops, just serving a need.
So are you saying we do not need to be concerned? The churches will solve the problem, and contain the outbreak? Government need not be involved.
I would say that government, whether African or American, doesn’t need to be involved. Their track record to this point says it all.
I’m rooting for Big(& sometimes evil)Pharma myself.
Yes because that worked so well with the plague in the middle ages.
Yes, this time around is JUST like the middle ages. lol
So I guess we better try something different than relying on the churches.
Big pharma will get involved when it starts to spread in the America and Europe. Then they can make money.
That’s probably true, but it doesn’t change the fact they have a much better chance at stopping it that governments around the world. (short of said government at least enacting travel restrictions)
It will be stopped by government action or not at all. The cure will come from government sponsored research, and if necessary to contain the disease government will enact travel restrictions.
However, it is impossible to police every inch of every border. Whose travel do we restrict? How do we know that plane from London does not carry 20 people who went to London from Liberia last week. The US cannot isolate itsself from the world. Quarantining an entire region would take total world cooperation. That will likely not happen anytime soon.
So who will be doing the research that the government sponsors? Pharma, that’s who.
Regardless your points, enacting travel restrictions certainly reduce the numbers of those infected from exposing other populations, it’s not even debatable.
There has got to be a Youtube out there of William fellating Big Government between an SUV and a fence at a Sakerlina tailgate.
C’mon! Someone please post it.
Not quite. It’s not on Youtube because gay sex is still verboten on the YT and he’s taking it like a champion Japanese hot dog eater.
Ebola is being blown way out of proportion. It’s obviously not a very successful virus. There is an ongoing outbreak in West Africa an area with very little medical infrastructure, death rituals that spread the virus, and superstitions about treatment that spread the virus further. This is an environment that leads to rapid spread of disease, but even with the environmental factors it hasn’t manage to kill 5,000 people in the seven months of the outbreak. Tens and maybe hundreds of thousands of people have traveled from the outbreak area since the outbreak began in February and all of one infected person has made it in to the United States (not counting the two that were brought back for treatment as we knew what was going on with that). Add to this mix that the Soviets tried to weaponize Marburg a very similar virus in the same family (Filoviridae Virus) and where highly unsuccessful only killing a few lab workers via needle stick and other such mishaps.
There have been numerous Ebola, Marburg, and other hemorrhagic fever outbreaks going back in human history and they are always small and rather contained. If and that’s a big if one of these hemorrhagic fever mutates to be come airborne (not droplets of body fluids actually airborne) I’ll start worrying, until then smallpox, a mutated bubonic plague, and malaria (since we can’t use DDT to control mosquitoes any more) are much more worrisome.
You left out some form of mutated Influenza virus from that list. Far more likely to become a Pandemic than Ebola. But we should not underestimate Ebola. I think its rather long incubation period makes containment complicated.
Even a return the 1918 influenza strain would be problematic because only people born before 1955 or so have any immunity to it so I should have included that as well. My understanding is Ebola is not contagious during the incubation stage, only once a victim is symptomatic. That information came from a medical professional I know that works in Atlanta, she was trained directly by the CDC so take it for what it’s worth (which could be a lot or nothing at all). While Ebola is a concern it’s not the worst thing we could be up against.
SECOND POSSIBLE EBOLA CASE IN DALLAS
Texas Gov Perry giving press statement on Ebola live right now.
Oh boy I can sleep a lot better tonight knowing that…………
EBOLA PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ….. DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a handful of school-aged children who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola are being monitored.
I think the since the majority of serial killers are white males that we should no longer let white males enter the United States . . .
Suits me fine, why don’t we just expand the program a little and let no one in for a while….
How many serial killers are white male immigrants? You seem dumb.
You tell me all knowing one – what is the immigration status of every white male serial killer. You are stupid.
You’re the one making the comparison about banning the immigration of white males in response to people saying we need to ban the immigration of people from Western Africa.
It’s not a very good comparison unless the white male serial killers are immigrants or foreigners coming over to visit- like the ebola patient is. The fact that I have to explain this to you saddens me.
“You’re the one making the comparison about banning the immigration of white males in response to people saying we need to ban the immigration of people from Western Africa.”
I said not one word about “banning immigrants”. Lots of white males enter the United States daily via air travel and they have absolutely nothing to do with immigration. The fact that you do not even understand this is frightening in itself.
God you’re dense.
What happened to “You seem dumb.”?
I never tire of that one.
You’re an idiot….factor the number of white males in the country to the number of black males, the percentage of black serial killers by population the virtually the same…another liberal myth busted.
Wrong.The majority of serial killers are females….they kill 1.3 million babies a year.
This just In… WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health experts are monitoring “a handful” of people who were potentially exposed to Ebola through physical contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States, the top U.S. public health official said on Wednesday.
But hey, don’t worry, think about rainbows…
Guy went to the hospital, never told anyone that he had just come from Liberia, and was sent home. Two days later, he comes back and they realize he has ebola. Lord knows how many people he exposed during those two days he was definitely contagious.
Actually, the story coming out today is that HE DID TELL THEM HE’D BEEN IN AFRICA…
Airlines scramble to track down hundreds who came in contact.
And of course the entire population of Atlanta was wiped out when we recently brought two American citizens infected with the Ebola Virus back here for treatment at Emory. LOL
And I know, I know – this is all President Obama’s fault. From the time he was born in Kenya and his parents conspired with newspapers in Hawaii to print fake birth announcements so when he became President that there would be cover, they were also already carrying around vials of Ebola infected blood so he could release it in the United States to create demand for the Affordable Care Act . . .
Come on SC, it’s fun to play with the hyperbole but let’s examine the facts:
The two health care workers who went to Emory were transported under incredibly high isolation protocols.
The unnamed “dude who went to Dallas” flew to Belgium first then flew on home on a regular commercial flight. He went to the hospital to seek treatment and they sent him home despite “…having spent weeks preparing for just such a contingency…”. It was two days later before the patient came back and they finally realized there was something wrong with him.
“Come on SC, it’s fun to play with the hyperbole but let’s examine the facts . . .”
The fact is that the same folks who were squealing that life as we know it was over when those two folks were brought to Emory are now on here blaming the Ebola Virus on President Obama!
“GOVERNMENT OVERCONFIDENCE … INCOMPETENCE GREET DEADLY DISEASE”
Eeek! Eeek! I am so scared. LOL Fits plays you boys like a fiddle!
You’re another idiot and your argument is flawed. From what is plastered by medical experts across the internet, there is reason for alarm. Now go play with yourself before a dragon comes and swoops you up and takes you away to never-never land.
Everybody has had enough of your stupid bullshit; you pathetic sociopath.
“Everybody has had enough of your stupid bullshit; you pathetic sociopath.”
LOL And you think that you speak for “everybody”?? What mental disorder is that? And why don’t you post under your regular posting name, chickenshit!
They will be in front where you can see them outside the window. Your phone when they arrive with sound with just one ring with no caller ID. Look for the dark tinted window SUV.
Why all the skulduggery just to deliver a pizza?
SCB…Don’t forget to tip.
SCBlues has a brain disease. It’s called “Liberalism.” Liberals speak often of tolerance, but they only tolerate Liberals and Liberal ideas. For instance, Liberals hate Christianity and conservative Bible believing Christians are persona non grata in any gathering of Liberals. Liberals are extremely intolerant concerning Christianity because of its insistence upon personal responsibility and moral absolutes. Liberals know that a society without moral absolutes and a society without strong emphasis upon personal responsibility will fall like a ripe apple into their greedy socialist clutches because self reliance and rugged individualism are traits that are only found amongst moral peoples who come from strong families.
“SCBlues has a brain disease. It’s called “Liberalism . . .”
SCReds has a disorder – it is called being a chickenshit as it has to invent a posting name to post under.
Why are all conservative males such pitiful, pathetic weenies?!?
You are a thick-headed trog. I have seen skeet with more sense than you have.
“You are a thick-headed trog”
Chickenshit strikes again! You are an extremely flaccid weenie!
It is hard to believe how incredibly stupid you are. Stupid as a stone that the other stones make fun of. So stupid that you have traveled far beyond stupid as we know it and into a new dimension of stupid.
“It is hard to believe how incredibly stupid you are”
It is not hard at all to believe how stupid you are – it is all right there in black and white, chickenshit.
Do you really expect your delusional and incoherent ramblings to be read? Everyone plonked you long ago. Do you fantasize that your tantrums and conniption fits could possibly be worth the $0.000000001 worth of electricity used to send them? Your life is one big W.O.M.B.A.T., and your future doesn’t look promising either.
“Everyone plonked you long ago”
You’re reading them, stupid chickensnit! LOL Keep posting – I’ve go to go now and buff my nails – and plan my funeral as I know I am going to die from Ebola like the entire population of Atlanta did when Ebola patients were treated there! LOL
We need to trace your bloodline and terminate all siblings and cousins in order to cleanse humanity of your polluted genes. The good news is that no normal human would ever mate with you, so we won’t have to go into the sewers in search of your git.
You are my beotch now. I control you.
Meet me in Moore! Bring a dildo!Make it Blue!
It’s SCPD/GT/Emily/Todd/Gary/What or Who the fuck ever they are today it’s easy to tell by the writing style. Don’t feed it.
Oh boy! Food fight! Food fight!
You don’t know many practicing Christians, do you?
They’re: I can sin any way I want as long as I’m pre-saved. And, that ‘go and sin no more’, man, that does not apply to me.
Where do so many people get off saying that liberals hate Christianity? That is one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard. I do have liberal tendencies, although I am probably more Libertarian, and the only thing I really dislike (I don’t “hate” anything/anyone) is people pushing religion down others’ throats and looking down on those who are not Christian like there’s something wrong with them. Most of my friends are Christians, my family is Christian, and some are even liberal Christians.
…some are even liberal Christians.
Methodists or ELCA Lutherans?
Mosquito Virus Spreads In USA. – SC DHEC Monitoring – Could Make Appearance In South Carolina.
A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America.
The virus is called Chikungunya, an African name meaning “to become contorted.” While the illness, first identified in Tanzania in 1952, has long bedeviled Africa and Asia, the only recorded cases in the U.S. before July involved patients who contracted the virus abroad.
Now, 11 cases have been confirmed as originating in Florida, spurring concern this may be the beginning of the type of explosive growth seen elsewhere from a disease that has no vaccine or cure.
Wait until this mysterious respiratory disease in children really catches on later in the flu season, thanks to the immigration boondoggle.
Let’s see, we have some troops and no ground wars going on at the moment, so…let’s send them to Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic. Genius! Oh, after they are good and exposed, we will have to bring them back. Its a good thing they are well trained in disease prevention and that they always follow orders. Otherwise they might just bring Ebola back to the U.S. Does anyone see something wrong with this picture?