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Dallas Ebola Patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, Dies

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Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, the patient with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the Liberian man at the center of a widening public health scare, died in isolation at a hospital here on Wednesday, hospital authorities said.

The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, also offered some assurance to Dallas residents. “I remain confident in the abilities of our health care professionals and the medical advances here in the U.S.,” Mr. Rawlings said, “and reassure you we will stop the Ebola virus in its tracks from spreading into our community.”

After Mr. Duncan arrived at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sept. 20, he set off a chain of events that raised questions about health officials’ preparedness to detect and contain the deadly virus. His case spread fear and anxiety among those he encountered, however briefly, and turned the places, vehicles and items he touched into biohazardous sites that were decontaminated, dismantled, stored or, in some cases, incinerated.


There is currently no plan to close borders or stop flights.  The CDC Chief thinks banning flights from ebola-stricken countries by allowing it to spread more rapidly at the source.  That, in turn, would make it more likely to spread here.  I'm not sure I get that logic since it would have to get here before it could spread here, which if far less likely to happen if there are no flights from outbreak areas.

Why not have limited aid/medical transport flights but ban commercial airlines?  Wouldn't that significantly reduce the risk while still allowing help to get through?  It certainly seems better than the "we can't tell who has it so why bother trying" approach.

Ebola Patient Zero Thomas Duncan arrived here via not one, but three flights from Liberia, through Brussels, to Dulles Airport in D.C. and finally on to Dallas, Texas. When he left Liberia, he straight up lied on the questionnaire they presented him with about whether or not he had been exposed to anyone infected with Ebola. So step one on their “rigorous” protocols for stopping Ebola from leaving the country failed. Utterly.

That’s because, and feel free to send in the scientific documentation to correct me if I’m wrong here, but questionnaires have not been shown in any studies that I am aware of to stop freaking viruses from spreading!

Secondly, Duncan was not showing any symptoms when he left the country, so when they took his temperature to see if he had a fever, they came up with nothing…even though he still had Ebola. That’s because it can take up to 21 days for someone to present with symptoms. That’s three weeks. So protocol two also failed, indeed proving that simply taking people’s temperatures is not a good enough preventative measure.

Why? Because again, you can’t stop Ebola with a thermometer and a worksheet. These are not really valid safety measures. This is probably why Virologist Heinz Feldmann, who has been studying Ebola and working on a vaccine for two decades now, told Science Magazine in September that he felt the most unsafe, of all places he’d been to in Monrovia, specifically  because their Ebola screening measures were quote “a disaster”.

But beyond that, what in the hell is the CDC Director even talking about? The Ebola patient came here on a flight. If we stop flights, how will that “backfire” and cause more Ebola here? Pardon my caps, BUT WE WOULDN'T HAVE EBOLA HERE RIGHT NOW IF THEY HAD STOPPED FLIGHTS!

story | by Dr. Radut