by James Buchanan
Thomas Eric Duncan has died from ebola in Dallas, Texas, the first ebola death on US soil. A Yahoo news article reports “The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced… The Liberian citizen, who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas to reunite with a long-lost son and girlfriend, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian since Sept. 28.”
“It wasn’t immediately known what would happen to his body, which could remain contagious for several days. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for the remains to be immediately shrouded in plastic and double-bagged in leak-proof bags at the hospital, then promptly cremated or buried in an airtight casket.”
“Duncan’s death comes four days after his condition was downgraded from serious to critical. Over the weekend, he had begun receiving brincidofovir, an experimental antiviral drug which recently gained emergency approval from the FDA.”
Duncan’s kidneys had failed last week. He had been put on a respirator, and he was unable to talk to his relatives on the telephone for several days. Over the weekend his liver started to fail. The ersatz experimental ebola drug apparently did little if any good. The one effective drug, ZMAPP takes weeks to make just one dose and Duncan was not going to live that long. It was pretty obvious he was going to die.
The liberals at the New York Times however reported in a recent article that there were “Several Positive Signs Reported for Ebola Patient in a Dallas Hospital.” It seems like trying to soften the impact of this ebola case to try to do damage control for Obama is more important for the New York Times than making an accurate report of a situation.
Well, the damage control job just got a whole lot harder because a police sergeant, Michael Monning, who served quarantine papers on the ebola apartment where Duncan was staying, has become seriously ill and is being tested to see if he has ebola.
An article from the Gateway Pundit notes “Crews transported a patient exhibiting ‘signs and symptoms of Ebola’ from a Frisco CareNow to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.”
“’Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case,’ said Wendell Watson, a spokesman with the hospital.”
“The patient was identified as Sgt. Michael Monning, a deputy who accompanied county health officials Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan (ebola Patient Zero) stayed in Dallas.”
“The deputy was ordered to go inside the unit with officials to get a quarantine order signed. No one who went inside the unit that day wore protective gear.”
“According to Christopher Dyer, with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Association, Monning said he was feeling sick to his stomach before his visit to the clinic. Dyer expressed concern for Monning and his family.”
“…Monning was not one of the 48 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials.”
So Sergeant Monning was not considered by the CDC to be among the 48 people most in danger of exposure.
This is highly alarming. It suggests that the CDC does not have a good grasp on what is important when it comes to the spread of ebola. It also suggests that very casual contact that does not involve body fluids can spread ebola from one person to another. The police sergeant may even have gotten ebola from breathing the air in the apartment assuming he tests positive.
An article on the Daily Caller reports “In October 2014, the first patient on American soil infected with the Ebola virus sits in isolation in a Texas hospital, prompting calls for travel restrictions between the United States and Ebola-stricken countries.
“Meanwhile, four years ago, the administration of President Barack Obama moved with virtually no fanfare to abandon a comprehensive set of regulations which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had called essential to preventing international travelers from spreading deadly diseases inside the United States.”
“…Airline lobbyists vehemently opposed the regulations. It would be too expensive, they said.”
I wonder if the airline lobby simply gave Obama a brown bag full of cash in exchange for selling out public safety.
I’m sure a considerable amount of political correctness played a role. Obama doesn’t want to admit that there are dangerous diseases and plagues in the Third World, especially in Africa, that pose an enormous threat to the civilized world, but Obama doesn’t seem to have much interest in keeping the US free of African pandemics, now does he?