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Oct 20 08:16

Cruise Ship Carrying Hospital Worker Docks, Blood Tests Negative for Ebola

A cruise ship carrying a Dallas hospital worker who may have handled fluids from an Ebola victim docked in Texas early Sunday, and the passenger at the center of a scare headed home. The Carnival Magic returned to a port in Galveston just after 6 a.m. EDT — a day after a helicopter landed on the cruise ship to pick up a blood sample from the passenger.

Oct 20 08:14

Dallas officials: 120 still on Ebola monitoring

Texas health officials say 120 people are still being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people who got the disease in Dallas.

Officials said Monday that 43 of 48 people on an original watch list had passed the 21-day incubation period for the viral disease and are now in the clear.

Oct 20 08:14

Initial blood test shows Spanish nurse now free of Ebola

An initial test Sunday showed there are no longer any traces of Ebola in the blood of a Spanish nursing assistant hospitalized with the virus for nearly two weeks, Spanish authorities said.

Oct 20 08:13

Rand Paul’s claim that the White House suggested Ebola transmission is like AIDS

This is an interesting set of remarks from Sen. Rand Paul regarding the administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Did the administration suggest Ebola was like AIDS? Did it play down the possibility of direct contact?

Oct 20 07:43

Mad Scientists at Kenema Unleash Ebola Epidemic

I presented the case for the Kemena bio-lab as the source of spreading the Ebola outbreak in Saturday’s post, and I had to circle back and debunk the debunkers. It states on the hospital consortium’s own website that it is involved in research on lethal diseases at Kenema. The trump card, or the rest of the story, is in this post.

Indeed, starting in January, the consortium running the Kenema lab inked a $140 million deal with Department of Defense and a pharma company called Tekmira to conduct Phase I Ebola vaccine trails at Kenema on humans [see "Tekmira Doses First Subject in Human Clinical Trial of TKM-Ebola" press release].

The information provided begs the question: Where did they get the human subjects?

Oct 20 07:08

FLASHBACK MAY - Experiments could cause deadly bird flu pandemic, scientists warn

Scientists have created a new and highly contagious form of bird flu that could trigger a deadly global pandemic if accidentally unleashed, according to concerned researchers.

Oct 20 07:08

FLASHBACK 2012 - A CIA gambit in Pakistan threatens a global vaccination program

As an intelligence operation, it must have seemed like pure genius: Recruit a Pakistani doctor to collect blood samples that could identify Osama bin Laden’s family, under cover of an ongoing vaccination program. But as an ethical matter, it was something else.

The CIA’s vaccination gambit put at risk something very precious — the integrity of public health programs in Pakistan and around the globe. It also added to the dangers facing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in a world that’s increasingly hostile to U.S. aid organizations.

Oct 20 07:07

Is Ebola virus man-made, a biowarfare agent? Evidence of Dr Raymond Horowitz

Oct 20 07:06

Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals.

Oct 20 07:05

Perry’s Priorities: Photo-Op at Auschwitz More Important Than Combating Ebola Outbreak in Texas

Whereas a visit to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall may evoke some religious sympathies, a visit to the infamous Auschwitz I camp, with the often depicted words “ARBEIT MACHT FREI” at the gate, will likely trigger more powerful emotions. So that was the plan. The photos of Perry posing before the gate would be available to be released at the most opportune time during campaign season. However, at least one image did leak out into the public domain prematurely. (Note that the proper way to visit the Auschwitz I camp, which the holocaust industry propagandists have declared a “holy” site, appears to entail keeping both hands in your pockets, unless you have to hold an umbrella with the other one.)

Oct 19 09:42

County Ebola threat response outlined by local health care officials

Oct 19 08:09

CEO of Dallas hospital's parent company apologizes for Ebola response

The CEO of the parent company of the Dallas hospital where two nurses have contracted Ebola from a patient who died there earlier this month has apologized for some aspects of the hospital's response to the deadly virus.

Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan issued the apology in the form of a full-page letter published in Sunday's editions of The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Oct 19 08:08

Contacts of First Dallas Ebola Patient Count Down to All Clear

All of the 48 people who had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States will no longer have to be monitored for the virus at the end of the day today, the Dallas official spearheading the county response said.

Thomas Eric Duncan's fiancee Louise Troh and her family will have their active control order lifted at the end of the day, according to the Texas State Health Department.

"They will no longer need to stay home starting Monday," the statement said. "Someone will formally bring the release to them on Monday."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not quite the 21 days the CDC said was required, is it?

Oct 19 08:06

Ebola-linked cruise ship passenger cleared

A cruise ship plowed through the waters of a Texas port on Sunday with precious cargo on board -- the end of a small Ebola scare. A passenger had been loosely linked to the only patient to die from the disease in the United States, but health authorities cleared her after an odyssey at sea.

After voluntarily isolating herself in her cabin, she remained symptom-free, and her lab tests looked good, the Galveston County Health Authority said. She and a travel partner were allowed to disembark.

Oct 19 08:04

101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.

“They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.

Oct 19 07:32

FLASHBACK - Bayer Aspirin company knowingly sold AIDS-tainted drugs to hemophiliacs for profit

Oct 19 07:30

Flu Vaccine Mixed with Deadly Avian Flu Virus

Oct 19 07:14

WEAPONIZED: The Case For Ebola Coming From a Bioweapons Lab

Before we make up our mind on the question of a genetically weaponized Ebola, let’s look at some facts, some cover-ups, as well as better understand historically how governments have always had a fatal attraction to a variety of deadly bioweapons…

Oct 19 07:13

Hope During the Ebola Outbreak

Oct 19 07:12

General: US Troops Who Contract Ebola Will Be Quarantined in Liberia

If any American soldiers in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified.

Oct 19 07:08

FDA actively blocking fast Ebola detection technology in America

Most people don't know that there is an Ebola screening machine; it is currently available to the U.S military, and the military is using it now. So why aren't U.S. hospitals using it? Because government guidelines prevent hospitals from doing so.

Oct 19 07:06

Obamacare ‘bronze’ plan premiums expected to jump 14% in 2015

Obamacare “bronze” plan owners may be in for a shock next year. Investors predict the cheapest healthcare offering under the Affordable Care Act could jump nearly 14 percent in price.

In an analysis of expected rates for the biggest 15 cities in the nation, including Washington, D.C., Investor’s Business Daily reported Friday that the cost for the plan could increase by an average of 13.9 percent for 40-year-old non-smokers earning 225 percent of the poverty level.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now you know why Obama isn't officially announcing the 2015 Obamacare prices until after the election!

Oct 19 07:04

Public Health Expert Explains How to Prevent a Panic About Ebola: Tell the Truth!

I categorically reject the idea that you can’t tell people you “don’t know” … because you’re afraid you’ll scare them.

There is a complete [scientific] literature on risk communications that says people are never frightened if you tell them you don’t know, but “this is what I’m doing to learn”. Or [if you tell them] “this is something, and it might be very scary.”

The literature shows – over and over again – there are 2 things that will turn them to be very concerned … if not scared.

One is if you tell them with certainty “A”, and then you tell them with certainty “B”, and then A and B don’t happen … or they happen in a way you didn’t tell them. Then they wonder about your credibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is exactly what is happening now. It is not the Ebola that has people scared but the obvious mismanagement by the government!

Oct 18 16:24

Mutant Ebola warning: Leading U.S. scientist warns deadly virus is already changing to become more contagious

Now U.S. scientist Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease believes the current Ebola outbreak may be caused by an infection that spreads more easily than it did before.

Dr Jahrling explained that his team, who are working in the epicentre of the crisis in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, are seeing that the viral loads in Ebola patients are much higher than they are used to seeing.

He told Vox.com: 'We are using tests now that weren't using in the past, but there seems to be a belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what we have seen before. If true, that's a very different bug.

'I have a field team in Monrovia. They are running [tests]. They are telling me that viral loads are coming up very quickly and really high, higher than they are used to seeing.

'It may be that the virus burns hotter and quicker.'

Oct 18 16:20

Top Ebola Expert: This Strain Is Much Worse Than We’ve Ever Seen Before

The head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota – Dr. Michael Osterholm – is a a prominent public health scientist and a nationally recognized biosecurity expert.

Dr. Osterholm just gave a talk shown on C-Span explaining that a top Ebola virologist has found that the current strain of Ebola appears to be much worse than any strain seen before … and that the current virus may be more likely to spread through aerosols than strains which scientists have previously encountered.

Oct 18 08:28

Do Newly Released Emails Reveal Conflict of Interest Between the CDC and the ADA?

Over 2000 pages of emails released under a Freedom of Information Act request have uncovered an apparent conflict of interest between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding water fluoridation. The emails also contain an admission by the CDC that those with kidney issues will likely be adversely affected by the substance.

Oct 18 08:27

Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola

Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.

The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.

They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal infection.

Oct 18 08:25

Obama fast-tracks Ebola-zone visas to U.S.

Rep. Edward Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed “deep concern” in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that visas were still being issued to nationals from the three most affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“It is my understanding that approximately 100 applicants for visas are visiting these three U.S. Embassies each day. Of course, once these individuals are issued a visa by the embassy, they are free to travel to the United States,” he said.

“I would strongly encourage the Department of State to immediately institute a temporary suspension of consular services – particularly the issuance of visas – for non-U.S. nationals…. This is a reasonable and immediately implementable containment measure that may help mitigate the risk [of Ebola],” he wrote.

Oct 18 08:11

Senior Republicans criticize Ebola 'czar' choice for lack of medical background

Senior Republicans on Capitol Hill Friday criticized Ron Klain, President Obama’s choice to be “Ebola czar,” as a figurehead with no health background.

“Given the mounting failings in the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak, it is right that the president has sought to task a single individual to coordinate its response, “said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “But I have to ask why the president didn’t pick an individual with a noteworthy infectious disease or public health background?”

Klain, a longtime political hand, served as chief of staff to Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden but has no apparent medical or health care background.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically Obama has declared that it is okay to hire a pilot who does not know how to fly, a captain with no knowledge of navigation, and a bridge builder with no knowledge of engineering. I guess this is acceptable for a President with no knowledge of how to actually run a country!

Oct 18 08:05

Americans Are Much More Concerned about Ebola than Terrorists or War

Oct 18 07:59

Meet Our Ebola Czar: a Bureaucrat with No Medical Experience Who Helped Fuel the Housing Bubble

Oct 18 07:27

White House on Ebola Czar: We Weren’t Looking For An Ebola Expert

After a CNN reporter asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest what experience “Ebola Czar” Ron Klain has with Ebola, Earnest said the White House wasn’t looking for an expert on Ebola.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that right there tells us why the government is in such a mess.

Oct 18 07:26

#StopEbolaStrike: National Strike to Force Obama to Block West African Flights

Infowars.com is calling for a general strike across the United States in response to the federal government’s botched response to the Ebola outbreak and the Obama administration’s refusal to block flights coming in from West Africa.

Countries bordering those in West Africa impacted by the Ebola outbreak have been successful in stopping the spread of the virus by blocking flights, including Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, and yet the Obama administration has refused to do likewise despite innumerable public figures calling on the White House to take action.

Numerous airlines have also restricted flights to Ebola-affected countries and yet the United States remains wide open to potential Ebola patients not only via airports but also via the country’s porous southern border, where hundreds of illegal aliens from Ebola-hit countries have poured across in recent months.

Oct 18 07:25

White House Petition Supporting a General Strike in Response to Obama’s Inaction on Ebola

Alex Jones and Infowars have posted a petition on the White House petition website calling for a nationwide general strike to force the Obama administration and the federal government to get serious about the health of the nation as Ebola spreads.

Only direct action by the American people will force the government to drop its political games and adherence to destructive political correctness and meet the threat of Ebola head on.

Oct 18 07:24

Judicial Watch: Obama to Admit Non-Citizens for Ebola Treatment

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch alleged Friday the Obama administration is formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.

The group, which cited one unidentified source, said the administration would aim to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis, and that it’s not clear who’d pay either for the transportation or treatment.

Oct 18 07:23

With Ebola scare, travel industry hits rough patch

With a series of embarrassing accidents in its wake, the $37.1-billion cruise industry was looking forward to a strong booking season this winter.

Instead, cruise operators are facing the same crisis that has shaken the airline industry: Ebola.

Oct 18 07:18

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe

Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.

Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories.

“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those are registered voters at risk! Texas, Ohio, Arizona, and Kentucky are GOP, so no big deal. But that @#%ing airplane flew to Washington State, California, Colorado, and Florida AND WE NEED THOSE DEMOCRATS ALIVE AND HEALTHY NEXT MONTH!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 18 07:14

Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a 'Ghost Town'

The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital.

People have called to cancel outpatient procedures, and some have even opted not to go to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in emergency situations, ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA reports.

Oct 18 07:13

BEX ALERT - What's more disturbing than Ebola? The outrageous commentary

Ebola isn't transmitted through the air. It is transmitted through direct contact by bodily fluids with an Ebola-infected person showing symptoms of the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN's statement is the real outrageous comment. WHO says Ebola can travel through the air in aerosolized secretions. USAMRIID says Ebola can travel through the air in aerosolized secretions. The Canadian Health Service says Ebola can travel through the air in aerosolized secretions. The US Army training manual says Ebola can travel through the air in aerosolized secretions. The experience during the Reston Virginia outbreak says Ebola can travel through the air in aerosolized secretions. And it has been established that there is asymptomatic contagion in some humans, as well as dogs and pigs. Ebola can survive on contaminated surfaces for days. CDC is still pushing their claim that contagion is possible only through direct contact, yet their standards and protocols clearly came up short in Dallas. I understand that there is a desire to keep the public calm, to keep them flocking to the shopping malls and voting booths, but a certain degree of reality mixed with a touch of erring on the side of caution is justified here. The US response to Ebola is totally reactive right now. They are playing catch-up. And in a race like this there is no second place, only dead last!

Oct 18 07:06

Obama Says Ebola Travel Bans Could Make Things Worse

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the United States. Obama has said he is not philosophically opposed to travel bans, but in his weekly address made it clear that he is not leaning toward them.

Oct 18 07:05

What if Lots of People Have Ebola-Proof Blood?

As Ebola spreads out of control in West Africa, the World Health Organization reports a black market in blood from Ebola survivors. The epidemic is killing up to 70 percent of those who get sick, but the thousands who have survived have blood teeming with antibodies that protect them against infection again.

Oct 17 12:54

WH: No decision yet on Ebola funds

The White House has not decided whether to ask Congress for additional funding to combat Ebola, press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

Oct 17 12:53

Mexico fails to grant access to cruise ship carrying Texas health worker

The cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities failed to grant permission for the ship to dock off the coast of Cozumel, according to a Carnival spokeswoman.

The Carnival Magic had been waiting off the Mexican coast since Friday morning for its scheduled port visit. Mexican authorities still hadn’t given clearance by noon, so the ship continued to its home port of Galveston, Tex., where it was due back on Sunday, according to Carnival.

Oct 17 12:48

Liberals Sign Petition to Bring Ebola Patients into US & House Them

While many have slammed the CDC and the federal government for refusing to impose a flight ban on travelers from West Africa entering the United States, some liberals who signed the petition agreed that it would be “racist” to do so and that Ebola victims should be allowed to roam free across America.

Oct 17 12:45

Dallas hospital hit by Ebola losing patients and money

Two-thirds of the beds sit empty in the Dallas hospital where a patient died recently from Ebola.

Oct 17 12:13

$39,643,352 worth of NIH funding that could have gone to the Ebola vaccine

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.

For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.

Oct 17 11:37

Ebola Scare in Houston After Woman Who Returned From Nigeria Found Dead

The woman’s daughter arrived at the apartment complex at 9100 Mills Road in Cypress last night to check on her mother and found her deceased.

The daughter then informed authorities that her mother had just returned from Nigeria on Saturday, one of the countries in West Africa that has been impacted by Ebola, although there hasn’t been a new case in the country for 21 days.

A Hazmat crew quickly arrived to remove the body last night.

Oct 17 11:01

Carnival ship with isolated hospital worker on board skipping Mexico stop after Ebola concern

A Carnival ship carrying a health care worker who may have handled lab samples from the deceased Ebola-infected man in Dallas is skipping a planned stop in Cozumel Friday.

In a statement, Doral-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Carnival Magic had been waiting off the coast of Cozumel to dock Friday morning, but still had not received clearance by noon. The cruise line decided to send the ship back to its home port in Galveston “to ensure the ship arrives there on time on Sunday morning.”

Oct 17 11:00

Amid Ebola fears, cruise ship quarantines worker, airline contacts travelers

Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled from a U.S. airline to a ship off Belize on Friday, with Frontier Airlines trying to contact hundreds more passengers of a plane linked to an infected nurse, and a cruise liner quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked to the care of a different Dallas Ebola patient.

Oct 17 10:35

Ebola-Infected Nurse Amber Vinson 'Felt Funny' During Her Travels: CDC

Ebola-infected nurse Amber Vinson felt unwell while she was visiting Ohio last weekend, but did not show the typical symptoms of the virus. "There is some indication that she felt funny, that type of thing, during the time she was here," Dr. Chris Braden of the Centers for Disease Control said at a Friday briefing. "She rested for a long time on some days, she said she felt funny. Those types of things but nothing specific." Those details have led health officials to conclude that Vinson may have been sick as early as Oct. 10, when she flew from Dallas to Cleveland to plan for her upcoming wedding. The timing of when she fell ill is important because Ebola patients are only contagious when they are sick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CDC is trying to spin its way out of having missed including Amber on the list of Dallas Hospital workers to be monitored, then goofing again when Amber called the CDC telling them she was ill, and the CDC told her she was okay to fly back to Dallas.

There ius another aspect of the CDC "guidelines" and "protocols" we need to be aware of. We all know about hypochondriacs; people who think they are ill all the time. My paternal grandfather was one of those. We dreaded the arrival of the Reader's Digest because every time there was an article in the series "I am Joe's Kidneys", whatever Joe was suffering from, Grandpa was sure he had it as well. (One month Reader's Digest had "I am Jane's Ovaries" and things got really weird).

But there is an opposite condition called hyperchondria, often called anosognosia, or stoicism in which people who are ill refuse to admit it to themselves. It is these people, who are showing symptoms but refuse to acknowledge it, who will get on airplanes, go shopping, or worse, try to "work it off" by going to the gym. Clearly these people will evade the current CDC protocols.

Oct 17 10:30

Nurses: Michigan not prepared for EbolaKaren Bouffard, The Detroit News 8:09 a.m. EDT October 16, 2014

Nurses in Michigan and nationwide charged Wednesday they are not adequately prepared to care for Ebola patients, lacking both the training and proper equipment to deal with the deadly disease.

The Michigan Nurses Association called on Gov. Rick Snyder for greater leadership, even as state agencies and the Michigan State Police stepped up efforts to prepare for a possible outbreak.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said the administration is pushing the group for details about the complaints because its "statements are very general and broad."

Oct 17 10:17

Obama’s New Ebola ‘Czar’ Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background

Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the Ebola risk, Obama will make Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa. Klain will report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, the White House said.

Klain does not have a medical or a health care background.

Oct 17 10:15

Frontier Airlines notifies 800 passengers they were on the plane that carried Amber Vinson as Ohio health officials monitor 16 people who had contact with her

The CDC and Frontier Airlines have widened their search for people possibly exposed to Ebola by sickened nurse Amber Vinson - including more than 800 passengers who unwittingly flew on a Frontier plane after Vinson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that they are saying that Vinson was probably contagious on the first flight from Dallas to Cleveland, then additional cities served by that particular aircraft over the weekend have to be added to the list, including Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego.

"The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low...." -- President Obama - Sept 16th 2014

Oct 17 09:26

Hawaii Passenger Arrested After Alleged Rape Attempt During Flight

Prior to the incident, Tanouye was heard shouting something incomprehensible and his mother told a flight attendant he suffers from depression and is on medication.

Oct 17 09:00

Strippers quarantined for Ebola scare

Two strippers won't be hitting up the champagne room for the next 21 days because they're in Ebola quarantine.

Texas flop jockeys Axl Goode and Taylor Cole say they sat 3-feet from Ebola patient, nurse Amber Vinson during a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday so they called the CDC.

The buffed out strippers were on hold for 81 minutes before they finally got an official on the line. After that, they were placed on a 21 day voluntary quarantine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What? No pictures of these patients?!? :)

81 minute wait?

Oct 17 08:53

Pilot: ‘Others Have Called in Sick’ to Avoid Potential Ebola Contamination

“There are some crews that are starting to get a little antsy, and others have called in sick to avoid some trips,” said the pilot, speaking on condition of anonymity. “For just one flight from New York to West Africa, three different flight officers canceled and the reserve crew had to be called. Now these guys may have legitimately been sick, they’ll have to deal with that process on their own, but there does seem to be some fallout on the scheduling side because people are refusing to go.”

Oct 17 08:52

Ebola patient went through central TSA checkpoint at Cleveland Hopkins

The Transportation Security Administration is disinfecting all the security checkpoints at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as a precaution because a passenger later identified with the Ebola virus traveled through the airport on Monday.

The Ebola patient who flew from Cleveland to Dallas/Forth Worth went through the central security checkpoint at Hopkins, prompting the TSA to do a disinfectant wipe-down of that screening checkpoint this afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, for all day Tuesday, everyone who went through that TSA checkpoint was potentially exposed to Ebola.

Oct 17 08:49

Ebola Scare at Pentagon After Woman Who Was Recently in Africa Vomits on Tour Bus

The Pentagon is now the latest place to suffer from an Ebola scare.

Arlington News reports that a woman began vomiting while on a tour bus at the Pentagon. Pentagon Force Protection Agency spokesman Chris Layman told Arlington News that Arlington County’s hazmat team was called out when they learned that the woman was recently in Africa.

The hazmat team was called out of “a complete abundance of caution,” Layman told Arlington News.

According to Arlington News, a portion of the Pentagon South parking lot has been cordoned off and that police are telling non-Pentagon employees to avoid the surrounding area.

The woman has been transported to Virginia Hospital Center.

Oct 17 08:48

8 People In Ohio Under Quarantine As Officials Looking For Shoppers At Bridal Store Nurse With Ebola Visited

Eight individuals in northeast Ohio were under quarantine Thursday as health officials broadened the group of people being notified that they may have had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after visiting the area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its investigation to include passengers on Amber Vinson’s flight from Dallas to Cleveland last Friday. Meanwhile, Summit County officials are looking for shoppers who were at an Akron bridal store she visited.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am glad Ohio is taking this more seriously that Obama is.

Oct 17 07:52

Tropical Storm Ana Update

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like I called it correctly on Wednesday's radio show. The predicted storm track is continuing to shift south. (Damn, I'm good!)

For our readers on Oahu I finally found a store that deals with survival/prepper supplies. We just got back from there and it has all the goodies the modern urban paranoid might need. It's called "Be Ready Hawaii"in Waipahu. As far as I can tell this is the only such store on the island.

Oct 17 07:47

Officials move to keep Dallas health workers home

Texas officials moved for the first time Thursday to force health care workers who had contact with a dying Ebola patient to stay home, reversing course after a nurse later diagnosed with the disease flew across the Midwest and deepened anxiety about whether the virus would spread in the U.S.

Seventy-five Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas employees who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan were asked to sign legal documents in which they agreed not go to public places or use mass transit, according to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That NBC news crew made the same promise.

Oct 17 07:46

Dallas Hospital Had the Ebola Screening Machine That the Military Is Using in Africa

The military is using an Ebola screening machine that could have diagnosed the Ebola cases in Texas far faster, but government guidelines prevent hospitals from using it to actually screen for Ebola.

It’s a toaster-sized box called Film Array, produced by a company called BioFire, a subsidiary of bioMérieux and it’s capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence — in under an hour.

Incredibly, it was present at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan walked through the door, complaining of fever and he had just come from Liberia. Duncan was sent home, but even still, FDA guidelines prohibited the hospital from using the machine to screen for Ebola.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government regulation will be the death of us all. FDA is still blocking any tests of non-silver or echinacea against Ebola, and only allowing new treatments by the big pharmaceutical companies to move forward.

Oct 17 07:42

Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

Klain is highly regarded at the White House as a good manager with excellent relationships both in the administration and on Capitol Hill. His supervision of the allocation of funds in the stimulus act -- at the time and incredible and complicated government undertaking -- is respected in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering that stimulus didn't work, I am not reassured!

Oct 17 07:40

Lupica: CDC finally reveals truth by saying it knows little about how Ebola is spread

Under questioning from Congress on how two Dallas nurses contracted Ebola, Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, ‘While we do not yet know exactly how these transmissions occurred ….’ Right there, at last, Frieden said what he should have been saying all along, that he and everybody else only knew what they thought they knew about Ebola.

Oct 17 07:40

Amber Vinson Fiance May Have Ebola; Under Quarantine in Dallas and Works in Lewisville

The fiance of Amber Joy Vinson, the second person to contract the Ebola virus in the United States, is under quarantine in Texas.

No name or age has been given for the fiance, who is in Dallas under self-quarantine, which basically means that he’ll avoid contact with others and alert officials if he shows any symptoms.

The man isn’t showing signs of the virus as of yet but will stay home from work for the next three weeks to play it safe, reported WFAA.

His employer, NationStar Mortgage in Lewisville, says the man called them and admitted that he’d been around Amber leading up to her diagnosis.

Senior management at the company believe everyone is safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amber flew to Cleveland to plan her wedding, so it is a safe assumption the two were "in contact" during that weekend.

Oct 17 07:38

Fresh Ebola fears after a passenger flying from to Nigeria to JFK dies in his seat after vomiting profusely

A 63-year-old American man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely - but it was only a 'cursory' exam by the CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola.

The unnamed passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, but passed away before the plane reached its final destination.

Flight attendants called the CDC, Port Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane in protective gear as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers to remain on board.

The authorities then conducted tests on the body and it was only a short evaluation that suggested he did not have the deadly virus, prompting concerns there are still 'vulnerabilities' at airports.

Oct 17 07:37

WHO Sounds The Alarm On Ebola: 'The Situation Is Deteriorating'

While the US is panicking about three Ebola cases in one month, parts of West Africa are deteriorating rapidly, with little sign that the region is getting the outbreak under control.

Ebola has hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone the hardest because these countries don't have healthcare systems that are equipped to handle the disease.

Nurses at hospitals in these countries are "lightly trained and minimally protected" and Ebola patients are dying "surrounded by pools of infectious waste," according to a report in The New York Times.

Some hospitals don't have access to running water, soap, and clean needles, which are all crucial to controlling and preventing further spread of disease.

Oct 17 07:36

The Ebola Effect Arrives: Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears

Remember when Obama said "Putin was isolated", despite the Russian having the explicit support of the BRIC nations, and thus at least half of the world's population? Well, as irony would always have it with this particular US president, the tables have promptly turned, and paradoxically where ISIS failed to "terrorize" Americans into a state of paralyzed daze, the West African virus has succeeded in isolating none other than America, and as a brand new Reuters poll reveals, nearly half of Americans are so concerned about the Ebola outbreak that they are avoiding international air travel!

In other words, global trade, commerce and simply transit, already declining thanks to the global depression rematerializing now that the Fed's latest placebo round has worn off, are about to slam into a brick wall.

Oct 17 07:34

CDC Fails Again. Are you Surprised? I Bet we Both aren't.

Well, the kiddies have now seen the man behind the curtain at the Great Father Puppet Show. The CDC, at the poker table gambling with human lives, have just showed their hand and guess what? They’ve been bluffing all along. They don’t hold so much as a pair of deuces. Are you surprised? I bet we both aren’t. I am referring to the fact that a second health care worker in Dallas has now tested positive for Ebola, after contact with Duncan, the original carrier. This after CDC engaged in all kinds of decidedly bold braggadocio about how they had this situation under control, they were going to stop Ebola in its tracks, and, yes, there really is a Santa Claus.

Oct 17 07:19

Worst Ebola epidemic in history LIVE UPDATES

13:48 GMT:

UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola, say top officials unaware of severity. (AP)

Oct 17 07:18

Nano-silver in Sierra Leone

“This Works! People are getting better.”

Hon. Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information, Republic of Sierra Leone

Oct 17 07:17

Sierra Leonean minister advocates use of new drug to treat Ebola

Sierra Leone`s Information Minister, Alpha Kanu has said the controversial Ebola treatment solution, Nano Silver, does not need any approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that Sierra Leone was considering using it to treat Ebola patients.
Nano Silver is a natural solution-based treatment therapy. While it is not specifically made for Ebola but its proponents say it slows down the development of the virus. However, those opposed to it say it is unsafe.

Sierra Leone has been awaiting an assessment of a batch of the solution.

Kanu, a chemist by training, has been a fervent supporter of the idea of deploying any treatment that can help alleviate the suffering of infected Ebola patients.

The US FDA is known to be vehemently opposed to the use of the drug which it considers as a fertilizer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet the FDA does approve the use of a patented adaptation of nano-silver as a burn therapy! The FDA is not protecting the public. They are protecting the profits of the big pharmaceutical corporations.

Oct 17 07:12

Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck

Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries - and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.

The developments constitute a modest success in an otherwise bleak situation.

Oct 17 07:07

WAPO - A professor in U.S. is telling Liberians that the Defense Department ‘manufactured’ Ebola

As those military doctors and officials begin what will be a difficult task, among the challenges they face are rumors that spread fear — fear of Ebola, fear of quarantine measures and fear of doctors. Already, several medical workers have been murdered in Guinea — throats slit, bodies dumped in a latrine. Then six Red Cross volunteers were attacked earlier this week while they tried to collect the body of an Ebola victim.

And now, in what may plant further seeds of mistrust and suspicion, a major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university implying the epidemic is the result of bioterrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, among others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which was the policy set forth in National Security Study Memorandum 200 back during the Nixon years.

Oct 17 07:06

Jamaica imposes ban on travelers from Ebola-stricken countries

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

Oct 17 07:05

WikiLeaks: US pushes to extend drug monopolies in secret proposed trade deal

Excerpts from a proposed international trade agreement leaked to the web this week suggest that the United States is pushing for changes that would make it more difficult to get life-saving drugs overseas.

Oct 17 06:49

Ebola outbreak projections for the United States defy CDC's false assurances

After watching the testimony of CDC director Tom Friedan (and others) before a congressional committee today, it is abundantly obvious that no official source is going to tell the truth about the realistic danger of an exploding Ebola outbreak in the United States. Under the leadership of Frieden, the CDC has reached a state of delusional denial that staggers the mind, continuing to insist that Ebola cannot be spread through indirect contact (i.e. via contaminated surfaces).

The droning mantra of the CDC has now become, "We will consider any options that help reduce risk to Americans." Yet somehow those options do not include air travel isolation -- a fundamental tool in halting any pandemic outbreak.

Oct 17 06:31

HUGE FEMA PANDEMIC EXERCISE IN USA IN NOVEMBER

FEMA IS PLANNING TWO HUGE PANDEMIC EXERCISES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FINANCIAL SECTOR IN NOVEMBER

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"PROTECT THE MONEY! FUCK THE PEOPLE! PROTECT THE MONEY!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 17 06:30

John Hagee: Ebola is God's punishment for Obama 'dividing Jerusalem'

Ebola may be part of God's judgment for President Barack Obama's alleged attempts to "divide Jerusalem," said John Hagee, a San Antonio-based pastor and founder of Christians United For Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like I said, everyone is using Ebola to push whatever their own personal agenda is.

Oct 17 06:25

Obama: I Kissed The Ebola Nurses


President Barack Obama boasted that he kissed nurses at the Atlanta hospital where Ebola patients were being treated.

Obama made clear that he is not afraid of Ebola, saying Wednesday, ”I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” Obama said. “In treating one of the patients, they followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with the recent screw-ups I cannot imagine the secret service allowing the President to kiss any nurse who had actually been near the area where the Ebola patients are being treated. This appears to be a repeat of Obama's swim in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, only it was later revealed that the swim had actually taken place in a swimming pool near the edge of the gulf.

Even this story admits Obama kissed the nurses weeks ago before Ebola was even there! What is alarming about this story is that Obama is still looking at Ebola as a public relations issue. His goal is to keep everyone calm, keep them using the airlines, keep them going to the shopping malls, and make sure they show up at those voting booths next month. As a side note, the "nurse" appears to be wearing a patient wrist band and if they are following the standard color codes, this patient is considered at risk for falling, suggesting recovery from an injury to the leg or foot.

Oct 16 19:23

Ebola Goes Global: Air France Quarantines 183 After 4 Cases in Madrid, Moscow Monitors 2 Students

Air France has quarantined a passenger airliner and its 183 passengers at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, following 4 suspected cases there, including 1 passenger on board that flight. Apparently, a Spanish missionary, who returned from Liberia was in contact with Ebola patients, before being rushed to Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital.

Oct 16 15:29

Drexel Study Claims 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola Might Not Be Long Enough

A new Drexel study published in the journal PLOS One suggests 21 days might not be a long enough quarantine period for those who have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

The research, which was conducted by Professor Charles Haas, PhD, and used data from both previous outbreaks and the first nine months of the current outbreak, claims that there is still a .1 to 12% risk of that person developing the virus if they are released from quarantine after 21 days.

“In other words from 0.1 to 12% of the time, an individual case will have a greater incubation time than 21 days,” Haas concludes.

The current WHO guidance on quarantining people for Ebola is 21 days, which is based on the supposed 2-21 day incubation period; however, Haas suggests a broader look at the risk factors and the costs and benefits when setting a quarantine standard.

Oct 16 15:24

Texas Hospital Director 'Deeply Sorry' for 'Mistakes'

An official at the Dallas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola told Congress on Thursday that emergency staff were not trained this summer on how to handle the virus, despite warnings from health officials about the outbreak in West Africa.

The official, Dr. Daniel Varga, apologized to a House committee and said that authorities were still trying to determine exactly how the nurses were infected.

Oct 16 15:23

Obama may call on reserves to deal with Ebola in Africa

President Obama has issued an executive order allowing the Pentagon to call up reserve troops to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa.

Obama notified Congress of his order Thursday. It reads: "I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

The Pentagon is identifying gaps that active-duty troops cannot fill, said a Defense Department official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. Among the specialists that might be tapped: technical engineering, communication systems, logisticians, comptrollers and religious specialists.

All reservists called to duty will be given proper training and medical-threat briefings, the official said.

Oct 16 15:22

White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House resisted the idea and tried to tamp down fear as the pool of Americans being monitored expanded.

Oct 16 14:32

'Assassination' of Public Health Systems Driving Ebola Crisis, Experts Warn

As the official West African death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history nears 5,000, global concerns about the highly infectious disease continue to mount. Analysts and medical providers, from Liberia to the United States, say that in order to address the crisis, the international community must tackle the real culprit: western-driven economic policies defunding public health systems around the world, particularly in the countries hit hardest by the outbreak.

"The neoliberal economic model assassinated public infrastructure," said Emira Woods, a Liberia native and social impact director at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice, in an interview with Common Dreams. "A crisis of the proportion we've seen since the beginning of the Ebola catastrophe shows this model has failed."

Oct 16 14:31

Leaked TPP Chapter Exposes Sweet Deals for Big Pharma and US Bully Tactics

WikiLeaks on Thursday released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights chapter, charging that it will hinder affordable access to medicines globally, increase online surveillance, and impinge on civil liberties while benefiting Big Pharma and other corporate interests.

"Our first impression in reading the document is the extent to which the United States has sought hundreds of changes in intellectual property norms, some small and subtle, others blunt and aggressive, nearly of all of which favor big corporate right holders, and undermine the public’s freedom to use knowledge," declared James Love of Knowledge Ecology International.

The TPP is the world's largest economic trade agreement that will, if it goes into effect, encompass more than 40 percent of the world's GDP. The IP chapter covers topics from pharmaceuticals, patent registrations, and copyright issues to digital rights.

Oct 16 13:31

Cheney won't let ebola or anything stand in the way of defense!!!

“This is not a time for us to rest on our laurels or think we can cut the defense budget and spend all that money on highways or whatever else we might want to spend it on,” he said. “We really need a strong leader, and we need somebody who can step up and remind the world what the United States is capable of and demonstrate the ability and the willingness to do that.”

Oct 16 13:03

Cleveland Area Schools Cancel Classes Over Ebola Concerns

Fearful of Ebola, two schools in suburban Cleveland have canceled classes on Thursday, Q13 Fox reported.

Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School were closed as a precaution because an unnamed middle school staffer reportedly flew on the Frontier Airlines plane that a Dallas nurse previously used, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. Amber Joy Vinson, the second American nurse diagnosed with Ebola, traveled on the same plane the previous evening.

In an email to parents, the school district said the closings were a precautionary measure, WKYC.com reported.

Oct 16 13:02

Ebola: French nurse 'tests negative' in Paris

A nurse who treated an Ebola patient in France was admitted to hospital on Thursday due to concerns she may have contracted the disease. However the latest reports suggest she has tested nagative for the virus.

Oct 16 13:01

Obama Admin Predicted 25% Ebola Threat To U.S… Obama Downplayed

President Obama assured the American public that our country’s Ebola risk was extremely low, even after a federal government-funded study quietly found a nearly 25 percent chance of Ebola reaching the United States in September 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof we are not getting the straight info from this government.

Oct 16 13:00

Ebola in Arkansas? Hospital in Clinton Locked Down Due to Ebola Scare [Update: No Ebola]

Ozark Regional Health in Arkansas was under lockdown on Thursday because of a patient possibly having the Ebola virus.

The hospital in Clinton was checking one patient for the virus due to the patient’s travel history.

The hospital didn’t elaborate whether the patient has traveled to Africa recently, but that’s likely what “travel history” means.

But the hospital later confirmed that the patient does not have Ebola,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what point do we suspect that Ebola cases will stop being reported to protect the airlines, retail, and elections?

Oct 16 12:55

No Ebola - Lubbock hospital official says state won't test; will be released, monitored

Updated 1:55 p.m.: A Lubbock man exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms does not have Ebola and the state will not test him, University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley confirmed Thursday afternoon.

“The patient will be released and monitored by the Lubbock Health Department,” Finley said in a text message.

Updated: 1:40 p.m.: University Medical Center is currently waiting for direction from the Centers for Disease Control to test whether or not a patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms actually has the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I get really nervous abut the CDC, with its recent history of misjudgements, telling hospitals NOT to test patients!

Oct 16 12:41

Government, Officialdom Responsible for Spread of Ebola

The White House has resisted any effort to stem the virus by banning travel from West Africa. Instead, it has ordered what amounts to a facile public relations campaign – instituting “disease surveillance” at airports, an effort experts roundly condemn as not only ineffectual, but ludicrous.

Oct 16 12:29

Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks, "You Don't Want To Know Worst Case"

"We have a worst-case scenario, and you don't even want to know," warns Alessandro Vespignani, a researcher creating simulations of infectious disease outbreaks, but there could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month. The projections only run through October because it’s too difficult to model what will occur if the pace of the outbreak changes but, as Bloomberg reports, Vespignani warns if the outbreak becomes more widespread in other regions, it "would be like a bad science fiction movie."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A far greater percentage of Americans use air travel than do Africans, so the pandemic spread could easily occur much faster here in the US.

Oct 16 12:25

Priest, air passenger among six hospitalised in Spain for Ebola tests

Spanish authorities reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms on Thursday, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight to Madrid and a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia.

Three of the cases were in the capital and the fourth in the Canary Islands, where a health source said two other people were admitted to hospital for precautionary monitoring.

Oct 16 10:47

'Origami' condoms, Michelle Obama gardening games and poop-throwing chimps: NIH spent millions on wacky projects but now complains cuts killed off Ebola vaccine research

The $30 billion U.S. National Institutes of Health blamed tightening federal budgets on Monday for its inability to produce an Ebola vaccine, but a review of its grant-making history in the last 10 years has turned up highly unusual research that redirected precious funds away from more conventional public health projects.

The projects included $2.4 million to develop 'origami' condoms designed with Japanese folding paper in mind, and $939,000 to find out that male fruit flies prefer to romance younger females because the girl-flies' hormone levels drop over time.

Other winners of NIH grants consumed $325,000 to learn that marriages are happier when wives calm down more quickly during arguments with their husbands, and $257,000 to make an online game as a companion to first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden.

The agency also spent $117,000 in taxpayers' grant dollars to discover that most chimpanzees are right-handed.

Oct 16 10:42

CDC's Frieden: U.S. not ruling out Ebola travel ban

A top public health official told a House panel that the Obama administration has not ruled out imposing restrictions on travel to and from West Africa to help protect Americans from Ebola.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barn -> door -> horse.

Oct 16 10:42

As Fear of Ebola Spreads, Ohio and Texas Close Some Schools

Officials at school districts in Texas and Ohio shut schools on Thursday after they learned that two students traveled on the Cleveland-to-Dallas flight with Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse infected with Ebola, and that an employee may have later flown on the same plane.

Oct 16 10:35

Four Years Ago....Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations

The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.

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