THIS WILL HELP (NOT) …
Which is exactly off to the best start …
Ron Klain – vice president Joe Biden‘s former chief of staff – will manage the White House’s response to Ebola domestically and in West Africa.
Wait … what? What are we doing in West Africa?
Good question … Obama keeps sending American troops directly in the path of this rapidly spreading disease (500 U.S. troops are in Liberia already, more are en route). These soldiers have been tasked with building a new hospital and other Ebola treatment facilities.
Like we said after the botched initial response to the first U.S. case of Ebola … it’s like they want this thing to spread.
Critics pounced on Obama’s decision.
“Is he serious?” U.S. Rep. Andy Harris tweeted, referring to Klain as a “government bureaucrat.”
When the first U.S. case of Ebola turned up in Dallas, Texas, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Dr. Thomas Frieden sounded a defiant tone.
“There is no doubt in my mind … we will stop it here,” he said. “We are stopping it in its tracks in this country.”
That didn’t happen, though …
Instead, 29-year-old Amber Vinson – one of the Texas nurses who treated the first U.S. Ebola patient (and who has since contracted the disease herself) – not only wasn’t quarantined, she actually took a pair of commercial airline flights after working with the infected patient. In fact she took one of those flights after she began showing symptoms.
FITS has been following the Ebola saga at the national level closely … as has everyone else, apparently.
First discovered in 1976, Ebola is a virological taxin that is spread through bodily fluids. Its current outbreak – which began in December 2013 in West Africa – has killed 4,500 people and infected 9,000.
After an incubation period ranging from two days to three weeks, Ebola victims begin experiencing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea – at which point they are contagious. 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. Also, Ebola has a fifty percent mortality rate – meaning one out of every two people who contract the disease die from it.
So yeah … let’s send our soldiers right in the thick of it and hope for the best, right?