While the border controls are non-existent and people come and go from Ebola stricken countries
With the arrival of Ashoka Mukpo to a hospital in Nebraska, and a total of five Americans repatriated from Africa after contracting Ebola, the United States is in the early stages of panic about the disease.
The small group of Americans who are allegedly sick with Ebola have now joined Eric Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who last week became the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, where in recent days authorities have been studying several suspected cases even in the capital, Washington D.C., where the alleged victim turned out not to be contaminated with the disease.
The scenario is one of panic, as it happened with H1N1. Every little suspicion of Ebola is almost always treated as a potential infection, even before contagion is confirmed. Entire families have been put in quarantine against their will and some parents have checked their children out of school fearing that they may also be infected with Ebola.
Although the figure is infinitely less than in Africa, where the death toll is said to have exceeded 3,000, U.S. authorities are working on a second front containment: preventing panic. But this initiative has not worked very well, especially because Barack Obama had spread complacency before the first case of Ebola appeared in the US.
Obama’s inaction to close the borders and to suspend flights from western African countries most likely served as a preamble to the lack of attention to real potential cases of infection.
Despite presenting many symptoms of Ebola, such as fever, doctors who treated Eric Thomas Duncan during his first visit to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas discharged him after prescribing mere antibiotics.
For over 48 hours, Duncan was a very sick man, living among clueless friends and relatives, until he was admitted on 28 September, after being in direct contact with at least one hundred people. Now the US health authorities are closely monitoring 100 people who may develop Ebola.
Furthermore, although the diagnosis of Duncan was confirmed on Monday, 29, he spent days until specialized equipment was used to remove bedding, towels and other possible materials that were in contact with the house where the man lived when he began developing symptoms.
Duncan’s relatives, including his girlfriend, remained isolated in that apartment since his diagnosis. Among the other people were his girlfriend’s son and two other adults, who later were taken to another house to maintain strict monitoring if symptoms developed.
There are just over one hundred people believed to have had contact with the patient when he already had some symptoms of Ebola.
Nevertheless, the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Thomas Frieden, said from the outset that the United States would be able to contain Ebola, but stressed that people could not lower their guard until a stop was put on the epidemic in Africa.
“As long as the epidemic in Africa is unfolding, there is a possibility that an American or someone of another nationality there comes back after contracting Ebola,” he acknowledged in an interview Monday.
“So we are working with medical services to quickly identify possible cases, isolate them and treat them,” he said.
Frieden participated in a meeting convened at the White House to assess the situation on Ebola.
The US President, who described the epidemic as a matter of “high national security priority” also wanted to send a reassuring message, to assert that the probability of an outbreak in the United States is “extremely low.” However, very few people now trust whatever Obama says. After all, he admitted that the US as a whole dropped the ball when attempting to prevent contagion. Furthermore, the US borders remain wide open and people continue to enter the country from Africa without being screened for Ebola.
However, Obama confirmed that his government is studying, among other preventive measures to improve health checks at American airports for passengers from flights of the countries most affected by Ebola, but so far the government ruled out imposing a ban trip from these nations, as some politicians requested.
“It is something we are considering at the moment,” said his spokesman, Josh Earnest.
Obama also announced his intention to increase the “pressure” for the international community to increase its aid to combat Ebola in Africa, which he already called for at the UN General Assembly last month.
Ebola outbreak or biological false-flag
A new report surfaced on Infowars.com, that claimed a former CIA operative had warned about a coming Ebola false-flag event. According to reporter Paul Joseph Watson, a former case officer identified as Robert David Steele, warned during an interview that “a staged Ebola false flag attack was on the horizon” just two weeks previous to the first case being detected.
Apparently, Steele, a CIA clandestine services case officer, warned the public about what he thought was a coming biological false-flag event. Steele was as specific as he could have been. “I’m hearing about is a simulated Ebola attack in which they actually use bio-chemical weapons that dissipate, but then they pretend that it’s Ebola and that it has been brought here by Saudi martyrs,” added Steele.
According to the report by Paul Joseph Watson, Steele then continued:
“If Ebola virus hits in the USA it will be, in this order or probability a) a false flag bio-chemical stand-in; b) volunteers already in the USA infected by Saudi clinicians; or c) white “virgins” not known by the USA to be associated in any way with terrorism, infected in Europe. It could also be a combination — there are rogue elements in the USA that would be more than happy to kill citizens for effect — and there are rogue elements among our “allies,” including the Zionist government of Israel, that would be equally happy to screw the big shiksa (Israel) or Great Satan (Saudi Arabia).”
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, Spain has seen its first Ebola case. The victim is a nursing assistant. She got sick after treating two Spanish priests who are suspected to have dies of Ebola. Now, health authorities are trying to locate the people with whom the patient has been in contact with to monitor their health status.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.