Did the “white devil” do this as well?  Gosh, I feel like I’m back in a 1930 movie when I hear that term.  I was in school many over a half century ago and I learned about mutation back then.  It happens.

‘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.

A top scientist worries that Ebola has mutated to become more contagious.

Zero truly is a snake.

President Obama, who seems to show little shame when it comes to shielding us from some of his political calculations. And I don’t mean hot mic moments like Obama’s comments to then-Russian President Medvedev in 2012: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

More and more, the president seems uninterested in even trying to hide the fact that he is making policy moves based on political considerations — in confessing he has to act one way until after the next election, at which point he can act another way. The most obvious example was the administration’s decision to delay immigration action until after the 2014 election — for admittedly political purposes.

As Politico reported, “President Barack Obama will delay plans to issue an executive order on immigration until the end of the year, heeding the warnings of Democratic senators who feared a voter backlash ahead of the November elections.”

Obama isn’t even pretending that he’s decided not to pursue a politically unpopular move, only to coincidentally have a change of heart after the election. He’s explicitly postponing something for political purposes.

The ObamaCare website is also getting in on the action. “Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1,” reports the Washington Times.

Might politics play a role in the timing regarding the naming of a new attorney general? The LA Times notes that “a White House official confirmed Monday that the president would delay the decision. Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.”

It seems that the closer we get to an election, the more the Obama administration tamps down on any negative news. As The Washington Post recently reported, the lead investigator in the Secret Service prostitution scandal claims he was told to “delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election.” Ann Coulter mocked this sort of posture in a Wednesday column under the headline “We’ll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election.”

What Obama’s nakedly political moves say about our screwed-up polity.

This is what teh won calls preparedness.

President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.

Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.

via Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola.

UPDATE:  That’s right, he’s the protocol guy.

Phoenix Air, the medical airline, told ABC News that the man was the group’s medical protocol supervisor and did not wear any protective gear on purpose.

“Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility and it is the protocol supervisor’s job to watch each person carefully and give them verbal directions to insure no close contact protocols are violated,” an airline spokesperson told the network.

I’m really confident that the CDC knows what it’s doing now.

Could this guy be the next Darwin Award Winner?

As news helicopters swarmed over Dallas’ Love Field this evening to watch the second U.S. nurse to contract Ebola board a private plane bound for Atlanta, one lone man stood out from the pack.

Holding a clipboard and directing the transfer, the unidentified man seemed to be the only person on the tarmac without protective clothing, wearing just a button down shirt and trousers. 

Incredibly, despite the extreme precautions taken by everyone else boarding the plane, but it’s unclear if he was on the flight to Atlanta.

While Ebola is not an airborne disease, his presence so close to patient Amber Vinson’s medical team sparked fears after he was seen grabbing a container and hazmat trash bag from one of the workers’ in full-protective gear. 

‘He needs to be put on watch the second the plane lands so he does not infect anyone in Atlanta. This needs to be contained and I one will be ticked of I hear a report next week that he is the next victim!’ Dean Pitts wrote on NBC Dallas’ website.

‘Who’s the idiot with clipboard?’ Disbelief and panic as mystery man WITHOUT a hazmat suit is seen helping 2nd Ebola nurse board her plane to Atlanta, disposing waste and then boarding the jet.

Donors with money, special software for electronic medical records and Ebola make for disastrous bedfellows.  It was only a matter of time…

What really happened?

Here’s what I can tell you for sure: Texas Health contracts with Epic Systems for its electronic medical records system — and the Dallas hospital isn’t the only client that has complained about its costly informationsharing flaws and interoperability failures.

Epic was founded by billionaire Judy Faulkner, a top Obama donor whose company is the dominant EMR player in the U.S. health care market. As I reported last year, Epic employees donated nearly $1 million to political parties and candidates between 1995 and 2012 — 82 percent of it to Democrats. The company’s Top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or leftwing outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corporation (nearly $175,000) and the America’s Families First Action Fund super-PAC ($150,000).

Faulkner, an influential Obama campaign finance bundler, served as an adviser to David Blumenthal. He’s the White House health information technology guru in charge of dispensing the federal electronic medical records subsidies that Faulkner pushed President Obama to adopt.

Faulkner also served on the same committee Blumenthal chaired.

Epic and other large firms lobbied aggressively for nearly $30 billion in federal subsidies for their companies under the 2009 Obama stimulus package. The law penalizes medical providers who fail to comply with the one-size-fits-all mandate. Obama claimed the new rules would cut costs and reduce errors. But health care analysts at the RAND Corporation admitted last year that their cost-savings predictions of $81 billion a year were vastly inflated.

Until recently, health care providers say, the company stubbornly refused to share data with doctors and hospitals using alternative platforms. Now, it charges exorbitant fees to enable the very kind of interoperability the Obama EMR mandate was supposed to ensure.

The president-elect of the American Medical Association, Dr. Steven Stack, told Modern Healthcare magazine that Epic’s software architecture “often leaves out key information and corrupts data in transit.”

Yikes. Imagine if some of that key data had to do with an Ebola carrier’s travel history. Oh, wait.

via Michelle Malkin | » Ebola, electronic medical records, and Epic Systems.

MORE PILE ON:  The nurse should not have flown anywhere.  WTF???   Why is the CDC making stuff up as they go along?   A travel ban for those who treat the high risk patients…special.  Frieden needs to resign right now.

The three changes Dr. Frieden announced on Oct. 14 are:

  1. A manager to oversee infection control “every hour of the day.”
  2. More training for health care workers — “ongoing, refresher, repeat training, including by two nurses from Emory who cared for Ebola patients.”
  3. A limit on the number of staff providing care directly to patients with Ebola “so that they can become more familiar and more systematic in how they put on and take off protective equipment and they can become more comfortable in a healthy way with providing care in the isolation unit.”

UPDATE:

Amber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, flew from her family home in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas just one day before she was hospitalized for the deadly disease.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. 

‘Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers,’ the agency said in a statement.

Everyone who was on board the plane is asked to call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) so that they can be interviewed by CDC doctors to determine who is at risk for possible exposure to Ebola.

If Frieden had any semblance of dignity, he would step away from the microphone and fly down to Dallas to begin caring for those that are coming down with Ebola.  Instead, he follows in zeroes footsteps and blames everyone else for protocol breaks in contamination.  Freiden should resign now.

IMO, we need to stop anyone traveling inbound from those affected countries in Africa immediately.   Stop blaming those at the front line.  Shut the borders down immediately.  The nurses and ER front desk staff are at greatest risk.  At present, 70 or so staff are being monitored.  They took care of Mr. Ebola Duncan.

Nurses at the Dallas hospital where the first patient died of Ebola in the US insisted there were no protocols in place for dealing with the virus – and claimed that no hospital in the country was prepared to deal with the deadly virus.

The director of the National Nurses Union RoseAnn DeMoro directly contradicted the CDC’s initial claim that a breach in protocol lead to the infection of Nina Pham as she treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

She said: ‘Our nurses are not protected, they’re not prepared to handle Ebola or any other pandemics.’

‘The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place and are not in place anywhere in the United States, as far as we can tell.’

‘Nurses are not protected, they’re not prepared to handle Ebola': Angry nursing union says.

Shame on the CDC.   Shame on Frieden who is a stain on his profession.  He’s delusional if believes that  anyone can believe his idiocy speak.


Even the Mayor of Dallas understands that they might be in for a lot more sick people.

Remember those initials.  Found @ zerohedge.

Who is CIDRAP?  “The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP; “SID-wrap”) is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. Founded in 2001, CIDRAP is part of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.”

The full punchline from the CIDRAP report:

We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks.

In other words, airborne. And now the search for the next LAKE, i.e., a public company maker of powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), begins.

Here is the full note: we hope the CDC will take the time to read it.

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