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Disaster Movie Redux
Ebola Arrives in Dallas

Chilling: Ebola has finally and officially arrived in America. A man in Texas who had recently traveled in West Africa was admitted to a hospital in Texas with symptoms, and represents the first person to have gotten sick while in the United States. (Several patients have been treated in the United States, but they became ill in Africa.) Reuters:

The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and developed symptoms several days after returning to Texas, state officials said. The patient was admitted to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. U.S. health officials and lawmakers have been bracing for the eventuality that a patient would arrive on U.S. shores undetected, testing the preparedness of the nation’s healthcare system.

‘Several days’ is a vague (and terrifying) detail in the story, as the patient is contagious during that period. Ebola is thus far not transmittable through the air, and public health officials have assured us that first world standards of sanitation make outbreaks over here much less likely. After all, a concerted and vigorous effort in Nigeria appears to have halted Ebola in its tracks for now.

Of course, mutations happen, and soothing prognostications can prove to be wrong. We all hope for the best, but it’s difficult at times like these not to feel like you’ve woken up during the opening scenes of some awful disaster movie.

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  • Andrew Allison

    And this is a surprise? What has really been surprising is the insistence by all the usual idiots that it can’t happen here. Given the amount of international travel and the up-to-two-week incubation period of the disease, it was just a matter of time; time which would have been better spent educating the public about how to protect themselves.

  • MarkE

    The President and his public health gurus could have demanded 2 weeks of quarantine from anyone whose travels originated from Sierra Leone or Liberia in the last 3 weeks. These kind of precautions have been known and applied for more than a hundred years. Since this virus has a 50% mortality, it could reduce the population of the US by 150 million in the next year or two. Nevertheless his decision appeared to be “politically correct”.

    • honesttalk

      “There is no doubt in my mind that we will contain it here.” – CDC’s Dr. Frieden. WOW? Is he smart: “No doubt.”
      One question: Why didn’t we try to CONTAIN IT THERE?
      Another question: How many people did “the patient” interact with as he traveled 6,000 miles? Where are they now; in all 50 states interacting with the EV-D68 virus patients whom Obama delivered from Latin America?

      • Corlyss

        “We” can’t contain there because the stone-age natives remain too ignorant to do what is necessary. The pros natter on about lack of infrastructure, but the reality is the problem is the people. I was especially amused by their response that involves killing the aid workers. Let’s see how successful that reaction is. Interestingly I do not recall hearing any mention of what the respective governments have done except fly here to beg for more money for their kleptocracies.

  • honesttalk

    I wonder what was “so important” that the patient had to go to West Africa.
    I realize he was free to go. That was his stupid decision.
    But why does Obama have to add to his list of stupid decisions by allowing him to return without first being isolated?

    • Corlyss

      Well if Doofus had anything to say about the victim returning to the U.S., he probably was quite eager for the guy to go to Texas. LOL If the guy had wanted to go to Ca., Doofus probably would have insisted on quarantine.

  • R. Howell

    “‘Several days’ is a vague (and terrifying) detail in the story, as the patient is contagious during that period.” Where do you get that? Everything I have read says the disease is not contagious before symptoms develop.
    “Ebola is thus far not transmittable through the air” – that is true, in much the same way as Earth has thus far not been invaded by death-ray-wielding space aliens. Why not just say, “Ebola is not transmitted through the air”?

    • rheddles

      Because it could mutate and become transmissible through the air.

  • Jmaci

    Watching parts of the Ebola/U.S.A. news conference yesterday brought to mind all the usual fictional horror scenarios:
    Scene 1: Scientists tell the public we have nothing to worry about from this microbe/radiation leak/strange meteor strike.
    Scene 2: Kindergartners in Ms. Loomis’ class attack her and eat her brain.
    Scene 3: Apocalypse!
    That yesterday’s news conference happened as we were also finding out that one allegedly competent U.S. agency — the Secret Service — can’t even protect the president. And he doesn’t even seem to care!
    We’re doomed.

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