The CDC among other agencies tells us that we shouldn’t panic in the face of an epidemic and then posts on their websites that we can expect more of the same. There are several cases where a government agency identifies a problem after the fact and then tells us to expect more of the problem as if they are powerless to effect change to an adverse condition. Some times they even predict it but do nothing to prevent a problem to protect the American people. Why?
DHS watched the massive influx of illegal immigrants from Central America and predicted that the numbers would swell. How do they know this and what are they doing to prevent it? Nothing!
The CDC now reports four deaths from enterovirus but won’t correlate it to the paralysis some precious children are getting and yet states that there will be more cases as more get the bug and spread the disease. And after a huge surge of the virus in 41 states, the CDC won’t tell us if it’s related to the influx of immigrants. We deserve to know if it’s related or not. I just think the timing is suspicious so the authorities should refute it with facts or admit the causal relationship.
The CDC did recognize Ebola as a huge threat and supposedly primed the U.S. health system to be on the look out. Even the president brought attention to it by going to the CDC in Atlanta last week. He told us that the chances of it coming to America were very remote and now we know that isn’t true. He’s also sent 3,000 U.S. soldiers to combat it which is about 50% more than he’s committed to degrading ISIS.
I’m going to ask a weird tin-hat question here, just as Steve Doocy from FoxNews did to the CDC Director. Why did Obama visit the CDC on 9/16 and what did he know then? Here’s the calendar of events, but the first one necessarily deserves attention from this source, when we almost had our first case of Ebola in July. It should have been the wake-up call:
July 24: Nigerian authorities confirmed that a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer, had collapsed in Lagos after flying there from the Liberian capital, Monrovia, and tested positive for Ebola; Sawyer died on the night of July 24-25. This is alarming. So far, Ebola has been confined to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia—war-torn and largely rural west African countries. But Lagos is different; not only is it Africa’s biggest city, with 21 million people. It’s also one of the world’s most densely populated. And perhaps scariest of all, it’s a center for international travel—meaning that if it’s not contained, the virus could easily go global.
Sawyer’s was the first-ever recorded case of Ebola in Nigeria, according to the Nigerian Tribune. So far, the Nigerian government’s efforts to contain it inspire little confidence. The World Health Organization says that Sawyer, who worked for the Liberian finance ministry, turned himself in to Nigerian health authorities after he began vomiting and having diarrhea in the middle of the three-hour flight from Monrovia to Lagos. Nigeria’s health minister says authorities are currently trying to track down an unspecified number of the 100 or so other passengers on the flight.
[…] Stephan Monroe, Deputy Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC, began the call by confirming that the Ebola outbreak is the worst in history. Since March of this year, he said, more than 1,201 people in three different West African countries have been infected, resulting in more than 672 deaths. “This is a rapidly changing situation,” said Monroe. “We do expect more cases in the coming weeks and months.” For this reason, the CDC says its response will be more of a “marathon” than a sprint.
*UPDATE* The Ebola victim who sparked fears that a historic outbreak of the disease could spread globally was an American citizen, it was revealed last night.
Patrick Sawyer died this week after becoming noticeably ill on a flight from Liberia in West Africa, where the worst ever outbreak of Ebola is gathering pace, to the city of Lagos in Nigeria.
His case sparked alarm across the globe because he was able to board an international flight while carrying the incurable disease – potentially infecting other passengers who could fly across the world in a nightmare scenario for health experts.
Indeed, the specter of Ebola arriving on America’s doorstep became real today with as it was revealed Patrick Sawyer was due to return home to Coon Rapids, Minnesota in August.
His devastated wife, Decontee Sawyer, 34, shudders when she thinks how close Sawyer came to returning home to the States for his daughters’ birthdays carrying the dreaded virus.
‘It’s a global problem because Patrick could’ve easily come home with Ebola,’ Decontee said. ‘Easy. Easy. It’s close, it’s at our front door. It knocked down my front door.’
Mid Aug- The sister of Thomas Eric Duncan visited him in Monrovia, Liberia.
9/4- Duncan abruptly quits his job at a FedEx affiliate; boss knows he has a son in the US.
9/15- Duncan helps his landlord’s daughter to the full hospital in a cab and back again after they sadly deny her for lack of space and then she died some hours later.
9/16- Mr. Obama visits the CDC in Atlanta and warns “It’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down,”. He described the task ahead as “daunting” but said what gives him hope is that “the world knows how to fight this disease.”
9/20- Duncan arrives in Dallas
9/24 – Duncan shows symptoms (unknown until he was admitted).
9/25 – Duncan goes to Dallas hospital about 10pm
9/28- Duncan is transported by ambulance to same hospital and is finally quarantined.
Now it’s confirmed that Duncan knew he had Ebola, lied on his exit form in Liberia, and came to America for treatment, knowing he was risking others lives but didn’t care. He is not a U.S. citizen. If this Liberian man is the cause of the death of others, he should be charged with negligent homicide for knowingly putting others at risk.
So I want to know when did he get the Visa to travel? Was it issued with the normal 2-3 week period or was it expedited?
Is it a coincidence that Obama visited the CDC just 4 days before the arrival of Patient Zero?
Two recent American travelers returning from other countries said that no special precautions were taken while going through customs. A doctor arriving in Atlanta donned in a hazmat suit with the words, “CDC Is Lying” was simply asked if he had tobacco or alcohol to report. Another woman said no one took her temperature and asked if she had mud on her shoes.
I don’t think it’s time to panic yet, but it will be unless the CDC and all the other agencies involved with keeping the public safe batten down the hatches on their procedures. If their plan is to simply put pictures up in Customs and hand out flyers to educate travelers on Ebola symptoms, that’s not going cut it. Nor is their latest plan for keeping Ebola out of our country:
White House Spokesman Josh Earnest seemed to dismiss the idea that Ebola could spread throughout the U.S., and made no mention of a travel ban in his Wednesday briefing.
“There are protocols in place where those individuals who are leaving West Africa and traveling to the West are screened,” he said. “We’ve also provided guidance to pilots, flight attendants and others who… are sort of responsible for staffing our transportation infrastructure, we’ve given them guidance for monitoring the health and well-being of travelers, to ensure that if they notice individuals who are exhibiting symptoms that seem to be consistent with Ebola, that the proper authorities are notified.”
He also said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are watching for people with symptoms as they cross the border.
Honesty and having capable people at the helm are crucial when the public is at risk of something unknown. So far, the CDC is not projecting confidence with their shifting stories nor is the administration in dealing with this realistically. We don’t need a hashtag campaign. We need a closed border and vigorous screening at Customs here and abroad.