Friday, October 17, 2014

Drilling the CDC: Ebola.

Welcome to Ebola-gate . A subcommittee hearing, and
scandal . How safe are we , how
much are they are letting us believe?
With a potential crises looming . The Federal Government has begun "hearings" in a "sub Committee" . There is always a red herring in these "Watergate" type investigations it reveals a symptom of gross negligence on our government , it also reveals that the nation has no safety protocol on protecting it's citizens. (1) > Even though the treat of Ebola was known to the CDC for over 40 years since it was identified . A House panel sharply questioned health officials Thursday over the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, as well as steps to prevent an outbreak of the disease in the United States. FIRST of ALL I have said before on this blog that "sending infected people to civilian hospitals for treatment only raises the level of exposure to the public." I am telling  you my readers this has a "genie out of the bottle effect" . It's creepy for sure , I liken it to the Stephen King novel " The Stand" I fear that nothing would stop it , as our government would like us to believe in these hearings that they know how to contain it . To contain it it would require isolation at a military facility.No body understands that Ebola is highly  contagious , and in some documents going back in the 1970's it was one of the viruses that was considered for weponization before the official banning of any world wide "bio-weapons" .NOW the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden and other government officials faced tough questions from members of both parties after a second Texas nurse was diagnosed with Ebola, but the line of questioning from Republicans and Democrats on the investigative committee pushed two contrasting paths to keep the disease from spreading in the U.S. Is there any politics at play here? Note ,Congresswoman Diana DeGette, (D-Colo.), faulted the House subcommittee charged with investigating the spread of Ebola for failing to act on her request to hold a hearing on Sept. 2 – more than two weeks before Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the U.S., traveled to Dallas from Liberia. “I’ve been on this committee for a long time: I’ve seen SARS, I’ve seen bird flu, H1N1, and I knew this could be happening,” DeGette told msnbc’s Chris Hayes Thursday. “So on Sept. 2, I asked the chairman if I could have a hearing on Ebola. We’re not having a hearing now until two and a half weeks before the election.” All the while acknowledging that because of the 21-day incubation period, someone could pass pre-takeoff and post-landing screenings without yet  exhibiting symptoms.  Having a hard time understanding the logic here.   And I am sorry but the Reps that brought up the "Government shutdown" and funding cuts are despicable politicians.  Perhaps we should dig into some of the stupid things NIH and CDC have spent money on versus priorities... Budget stagnation “for more than a decade” was cited by some Democrats as the reason an Ebola vaccine has not yet been developed. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) blamed funding woes on the lack of vaccine progress. The NIH budget increased by $1 billion in fiscal year 2014. BioLink Genetics, a division of American-based company, BioProtection Systems, licensed the rights to a potential Ebola vaccine developed in Canada. The Ebola vaccine is currently undergoing human trials at Walter Reed. The Defense Department reportedly has a contract with BioProtection Systems. HOW about a travel ban? This is another political punching point , is treated as if such a "ban" would insult minorities ,(2)> But the administration’s top health officials were reluctant to embrace a travel ban on citizens of the most affected countries, saying limited official options will only force travelers to go underground to cross borders. With air travel, the U.S. tries to spot travelers who come from or through Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, take their temperatures and try to monitor them later. If they are banned from traveling to the U.S., they will take more circuitous routes that get past screenings, said(3)>  Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's obvious that the CDC can't stop Ebola from coming into the U.S., we don't need the head of the CDC to keep coming out and apologizing for his "fool proof" plan every time someone is getting infected. Nevertheless, the government's response, no matter who was in charge, was typical: FEMA did not perform any better following Superstorm Sandy in 2013. The reason? Bureaucracy is bureaucracy, no matter who is sitting in the White House. The only difference is the kind of press you get.

(1)> The Ebola outbreak has spun out of control in three countries in West Africa, where more than 4,000 people have died from the virus. Now, some lawmakers have raised the question of imposing a travel ban for those coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. (2)> What he's saying is that a travel ban from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will force people to sneak across borders in Africa in order to travel from their unrestricted airports here.This is a ridiculously stupid argument because people can't just board a plane in, say, Nigeria without a passport, and the surrounding countries in Africa have sealed their borders from citizens of ebola ravaged countries. Stupid argument from a stupid administration.Ebola needs to be eradicated, but so does the left. (3)> And that is why Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Dr. Thomas Frieden keeps changing his story regarding the burgeoning Ebola outbreak in Texas: Because neither he nor his agency a) were prepared to deal with it; or b) have any idea what to do next. They are simply winging it, as evidenced by the director's own recent admission.

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