Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens

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Simplerman wrote:

Why do I think this may be a really bad idea.

My condolences to the victim and family, but this is too high a risk.

Aug 01, 2014 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
watcher8 wrote:

I hope this patient is handled with better isolation protocols than the CDC used in the recent botched anthrax scare.

Aug 01, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tamara1990 wrote:

Are they crazy? This will risk the virus spreading in the U.S? How will it be contained then?

Aug 01, 2014 10:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Diana007 wrote:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to these health care workers who put their lives on the line everyday to help others. The least we can do is to provide this country’s best medical care to assist them in their recovery. Blessings to all.

Aug 01, 2014 10:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CDCsucks wrote:

Congratulations to the CDC. i was wondering how the CDC could screw up another situation worse than they did with AIDS and voila-there it is. The CDC is a lousy organization that can barely contain the infections of their own staff let alone deal with anything else. After decades of screwing up vaccinations they propagated nonsense about AIDS then used their own propaganda to say that the actions that everyone know would contain AIDS were discriminatory. Of course, at the same time they failed to support the exact same anti discriminatory laws that would have helped women with breast cancer while not spreading breast cancer but the practices they forced on the public related to AIDS spread it far and wide. Cause ,you know ,gay men need to be protected women with breast cancer can be screwed. The actions they took in 1987, 88 and 89 were those that every health worker knew would make the AIDS epidemic a lot worse and spread the disease wider. By failing to do what was obvious and possible, the CDC killed thousands of Americans by doing things that promoted spread of AIDS and exposed countless other Americans to the disease.Naturally there was something wrong with not allowing gay men to screw every passing dick on the avenue.. Congratulations on actions now that will spread Ebola and that defy common sense! But the CDC is nothing but an organization filed with people with no common sense. They are bringing infected workers back to die of an incurable disorder and sending people to the infected region who don’t have any way to cure the disease. Palliative care can be provided by their own people. The CDC has nothing to offer! So why send workers there only to have to bring them back here to die. A little common sense would go a long way! Maybe the CDC could hire a few poeple with common sense instead of throwing more money away and threatening the health of Americans. The CDC, a dinosaur that eats of a tremendous amount of tax payer dollars bungles everything it does.

Aug 01, 2014 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

Why are more people not speaking out to declare that this is supremely stupid?

It’s like inviting a known murderer into your home!


Aug 01, 2014 11:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Simplerman wrote:

Just a thought, it might be better to take the doctors and gear to Africa…

Yea, why there’s not more outcry on this one is a real head scratcher, but seems our government’s involved so draw your own conclusions.

Aug 01, 2014 12:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
John-L wrote:

This is scary. No public note is available -maybe to avoid alarming?- but it seems to me that this Ebola outbreak is being transmitted among humans by the air. Just like common European flu. In all previous occurrences eradicating the virus was possible by isolating entire villages or regions, while allowing people to die. But this time something is going wrong. It is frightening. If this virus mutation is actually transmitted by air it will be very difficult to keep it inside the regions in Africa where it usually has been confined. One day it will spread through the USA or Europe. When this will happen, nothing we currently know or do will be longer important, as we will enter an apocalyptic era.

I wish we could have sacrificed one or two hundred Africans for the worlds population benefit, also this time as we did on all the previous occurrences. But this time we are already counting 700 people deaths, and the situation is far from being controlled…

Aug 01, 2014 12:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Bad idea. Yes it’s sad he’s sick. But he went to Africa voluntarily. Don’t bring that stuff back here. Doesn’t matter how careful you are with the duct tape…. there is no reason to put an entirely new continent at risk to save one person who took their own risk abroad. Makes no sense.

Aug 01, 2014 1:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jettyman wrote:

The director of the CDC was just interviewed and said that the fear of bringing these two ebola infected people into the country was irrational. This, coming from the guy who was in charge during all of the recent mishandling of lethal pathogens by CDC personnel. He goes on to say that treatment for ebola is a standard regime and that these two patients could receive effective treatment where they are, in Africa. There has never been a case of ebola on this continent, but never mind, we’re going to be careful, and besides, it’s compassionate. Insanity.

Aug 01, 2014 1:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

This is racist. They are only bringing and treating the white doctors here. African disease should stay in Africa. These doctors were doing noble things, but took extreme risks in going there. Keep them out of North America. Too many children here are vulnerable.

Aug 01, 2014 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Why is it so hard to get the real facts on the Ebola outbreak. I just read a series of question and answer regarding Ebola, I wanted to see if it was known how long the virus lives on objects, say for instance a bowel splatter incidence, what I found interesting though not the answer to my question, was regarding a response to fear of air travel, the response given by Skynews’s Alex Crawford was that not all 11 people in close contact with Sawyer were infected. This reply In my mind indicates that in fact at least one person who was in contact with Sawyer has contracted the Ebola virus. No wonder nobody can believe the Media. Nobody tells the truth.

Aug 01, 2014 6:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
annie248 wrote:

They are bringing these two home because they are American citizens. They are coming on a private plane, to a private airport and will not contaminate anyone. They have already been treated with antibodies, one with the experimental “serum” and one with a known survivor’s blood.

The treatment of using a transfusion of a survivor’s blood has worked in the past, they just don’t talk about it. A nurse was cured in a prior outbreak by that method. I’m hoping that they bring Dr. Brantly back and give him the experimental vaccine/treatment. He was offered the sole dose in Africa and he told them to give it to Mrs. Whitebol.

That is the type of person that you want to survive. God bless and I will be praying for them both.

Aug 01, 2014 7:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gurvv wrote:

Wow, there is an extraordinary level of stupid here in these comments. To these posters who think that bringing a quarantined person back is going to expose the country to ebola, do a little research on the transmissibility of the virus instead of screaming “witch, witch, burn the witch!”

Aug 01, 2014 9:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
theovulator wrote:

And if it were to get out and spread?
What would you say then?
There’s no cure, really no treatment, other than to make the patient as comfortable as possible.
And two doctors over there, while wearing hazmat suits, contracted it.

Seems unduly risky to bring them here and expose unnecessarily everyone involved. Why risk it? What’s the upside?

Aug 02, 2014 5:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
theovulator wrote:


And if it were to get out and spread? What would you say then?

There’s no cure, really no treatment, other than to make the patient as comfortable as possible.

And two doctors over there, while wearing hazmat suits, contracted it.

Seems unduly risky to bring them here and expose unnecessarily everyone involved. Why risk it? What’s the upside?

Aug 02, 2014 5:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LenicGB wrote:

@Simplerman – how would you know this is too high a risk? Do you know about and understand the processes and procedures in place to handle this situation?

By what metric have you measured the risk involved? Why would you make such a comment? Have you no mercy for an American citizen who has contracted the disease? If it were you wouldn’t you want your government to show such concern?

Think before you type, it’s not hard.

Aug 02, 2014 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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