In general, the disease risk of toilet seats is overrated, but you probably can get Ebola from a toilet seat.

The risk is not so much the seat itself as the whole bathroom. But not just any bathroom. The risk would come from a bathroom that an Ebola victim in an infectious phase has recently used.

The field hospitals run by Doctors Without Borders in Africa are laid out so that patients who definitely have Ebola never share toilet facilities with staff members or with patients who are only “possible” cases.

Ebola victims often lose control of their bowels and excrete copious amounts of diarrhea. They also vomit heavily. Those liquids are highly infectious. Touching them and then touching one’s eye or mouth or inside the nose could transmit the disease. Urine also carries some risk, but viral loads in urine are not nearly as high as those in vomit and feces.

For workers in Ebola field hospitals, one of the riskiest acts is touching their boots or shoe covers. The Doctors Without Borders disrobing protocol calls from them to slosh their feet in a bath of chlorinated water and then remove their boots with a bootjack, so as to never touch them with their hands.

In modern buildings, toilets that flush loudly and powerfully are a risk in themselves. The flushing create a mist of droplets that splash onto the face and hands or may contaminate stall surfaces.

Ask Well: Can You Get Ebola From a Toilet Seat?

The Aussies are not having any of this.  Amnesty International can go fly a kite.

Ebola can last on surfaces for almost TWO months, tests reveal.

Research claims certain strains of Ebola can remain on surfaces for 50 days
It survived the longest on glass surfaces stored at 4° (39°F)
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention claims Ebola typically lives on a ‘dry’ surface for hours – including doorknobs and tables
But when stored in moist conditions such in mucus, this is extended
Survival time depends on the surface, and the room temperature
Virus can be killed using household bleach and people must come into direct contact with the sample to risk infection

CDC, where are you?  Still sitting hiding behind the desk?

The tests were initially carried out by researchers from DSTL before the current outbreak, in 2010, but the strain investigated is one of five that is still infecting people globally.

The findings are also quoted in advice from the Public Agency of Health in Canada.

Ebola was discovered in 1976 and is a member of the Filoviridae family.

Nasty virus.


I’m glad that he finally said it outloud.

Charles Barkley has spoken out about a “dirty, dark secret in the black community.”

When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.

“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” he said in an interview on CBS Philadelphia 94 WIP’s “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis.” “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.”

via Charles Barkley: ‘Unintelligent’ black people are ‘brainwashed’ to hold back successful black men.

I remember watching Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson at the drive in.  This seems like a scene written for them.  Kevin Vickers is a hero.  He didn’t hesitate.

Update:  Not good.  Tests positive,.

Ebola NYC

A 33-year-old doctor who just returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa quarantined himself inside a Harlem apartment with a fever — and has now been rushed to Bellevue Hospital, the Daily News has learned.

The drama unfolded shortly before noon on W. 147th St., where FDNY hazardous materials specialists sealed off the apartment as EMS rushed the doctor, clad in an exposure suit, to Bellevue.

He told authorities that he recently got back from Guinea, where he had been treating patients.

Dr. Craig Spencer of Columbia University Medical Center was treating Ebola patients in Guinea and returned home recently.

All on Canadaian terrorism.  Made me want to throw up, how about you?


I am not surprised.  Someone should alert the Ebola Czar and his boss, Teh Won how things are done in the real world.

Rwanda is requiring all visitors from the U.S. and Spain to self-monitor, fill out an extensive questionnaire and report their medical condition for the first 21 days over Ebola fears.

The order by the Rwanda government was posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda yesterday.

It said the Rwandan Ministry of Health had introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements which required anyone who had been in the two countries during the last 22 days to report their medical condition by phone – regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms – for the duration of their visit, or for the first 21 days.

via Rwanda imposes conditions on travellers from AMERICA to keep Ebola out.


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