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Dr. Jael Ever asks for a complete overhaul of each section’s blog agendas and priorities, to explore needs for new staff. Obviously, all bloggers on this network remain so burdened down with research, little time remains for intelligent writing. My colleagues and I lament that more help is needed.
Maleeke will continue her work on Ebola in Africa, while I must spend my time on new diseases attacking in the U.S. or moving up the coast from other nations on this continent, as well investigations of federal health agencies.
But there are many more medical stories demanding attention. Someone must keep an eye on day-to-day physical needs, necessary medical advice and seemingly incidental problems, that if left untreated, can create serious illnesses.
Thus, added to our staff is Nurse Betty, a nursing school graduate assistant. She will blog now and then on these areas, as well as work with Frank Butterman on dietary warnings about food disasters. Nurse Betty if you please:
Nurse Betty: Thank you so much Dr. Ad Versery. Well, let me organize my notes. So much information on hand. Best to list them: First, Drink Green Tea as often as possible, says Bob Livingston of Personal Liberty Digest. As a habit, it can cut down high blood pressure as much as 45%.
And, let’s see. Oh yes, this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a warning that Listeria disease found in caramel apples is traced to 28 cases and even five deaths. So avoid eating caramel apples.
Robert Roos, editor of CIDRAP News, memos that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tied Listeria in caramel apples from Carnival and Kitchen Cravings brands to “four cases of Listeria, two of which were fatal.”
Roos adds the CDC: “ . . . is recommending avoidance of all commercial caramel apples, including those with toppings such as nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate,” until further notice. In school, we studied the Listeria outbreak in Colorado from cantaloupes, resulting in 147 cases and 33 deaths a few years ago.
And oh yes all reporting sources note a rise of flu cases around the nation during this holiday season. Lisa Schnirring from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) tells nurses and doctors:
“With Christmas holiday days away, the nation’s flu markers are showing spirited rises, with 29 states reporting widespread activity and the disease affecting nearly all regions . . .With the H3N2 virus as the clearly dominant strain . . .9 of the 10 CDC regions see a rise of doctor visits with influenza-like illnesses.”
So wash or sanitize hands often. Avoid people sneezing or coughing. And keep kitchens and bathrooms squeaky clean! Don’t overdo the Christmas shopping, cooking and eating rage. And get plenty of rest. Also my notes say . . . .
Dr. Ad Versery: Thank you Nurse Betty. That’s enough for one day. We’ll hear more from you soon. Let’s all remember what wholesale Christian Bibles recommend on the subject of health and healing:
“Bless The LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless The LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies (Psalm 103: 1 – 3).”
In addition to internet researchers, some physicians now speak out about possible errors in official calculations for protecting the public from Ebola. Health experts, physicians and medical journals add to the list of unknowns about Ebola.
For instance, reporting on this week’s meeting of the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine, in ‘U.S. Scientists Say Uncertainties Loom about Ebola’s Transmission, Other Key Facts,’ Sharon Begley of Reuters warns:
“ . . . virologists believe that Ebola is spread when people . . . contact . . . the virus-laden bodily fluids of those who are already sick and touch their eyes, nose or mouth, allowing the virus to. . . enter the bloodstream. But penetration through intact skin has not been definitively ruled out, said hemorrhagic-fever expert Thomas Ksiarek of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).”
The Extinction Protocol (EP) adds: “Another crucial question is whether the virus can be spread by people who do not show symptoms. For months public health officials in the United States and elsewhere have insisted it cannot. But the possibility of such ‘subclinical transmission’ remains very much open,” said Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah.
EP continues: “Nor do experts know whether the infectious dose of virus depends on how it enters the body, Pavia said. Also unknown is whether the time between exposure to Ebola and the appearance of symptoms depends on which bodily fluids someone contacted. If it does, then someone exposed through, say, saliva rather than blood might incubate the virus for longer than the 21 days officials have repeatedly said is the outer limit of the incubation period.”
Also scientists are not sure which hand cleaners best protect against Ebola. Begley warns: “Scientists do not know whether foam, gas, or liquid decontaminates are most effective for cleaning surfaces that might harbor Ebola.”
“Nor do they know whether it can survive in sewers where, said Paul Lemieux of the National Homeland Security Research Center at the Environmental Protection Agency, rats ‘might pick it up’.” Ugh! Perish the thought.
Erika Check Hayden posits in ‘Many Mysteries Still Surround Ebola’: “To much of the world, the virus behind the devastating Ebola outbreak in Africa seems to have stormed out of nowhere. But Leslie Lobel–– a virologist at Ben-Gurion University in Israel––thinks we should have seen it coming.” Lobel and his team of scientists have been investigating Ebola strains in Africa for years.
Hayden then raises the stakes on Ebola questions: “A pressing question in the present outbreak is how the currently circulating Zaire ebola virus might be changing. Its rapid spread hints that there could be something different about this strain—possibly that it has become easier to pass from one person to another.”
Clearly, whether they want to admit it or not, scientists and physicians are not as sure about this Ebola virus as politicians wish the public to believe. So this blogger must ask again: “Why do people, especially Christians. trust scientists and doctors more than they trust God?” As used Christian Bibles make plain:
Truly, the Church and the world must better understand Christ’s ministry, both when He was on earth and now as He is in heaven: “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses (Matthew 8: 16 – 17).”
Not just Ebola virus! America and the world had best get ready for other attacks from old and new killer diseases assaulting the planet with no let-ups or vaccines in sight, including: Bird flues, West Nine Virus, Cyclospora, MERS, syphillis, measles, illnesses contracted in hospitals, i.e. drug-resistant superbug infections, Teen-striking virus EV-D68, etc. and the ever-looming Chikungunya.
While near-hysteria over possibilities of Ebola outbreak here seems to have wiped it off this nation’s emotional map, virus EV-D68 which centers its attacks on children and teens, continues to soar across this country.
Although the outbreak was first noticed last month in mid-western states, it has now spread throughout the nation and in Canada. At least four recent child-deaths are attributed to EV-D68, and children sickened from it multiplies.
CBS News reports last night: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed nearly 600 cases of Enterovirus D68. Most victims are children, and the virus is in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. The CDC has confirmed 594 cases of Enterovirus D68. It has been detected in specimens from five patients who died, including a 10-year-old girl in Rhode Island.”
Yet these cases have not garnered nearly the same attention as that of African-born Thomas Eric Duncan, who succumbed to death from the Ebola virus this morning in a Dallas hospital. Is that because exotic diseases from Africa appear more threatening than those home-grown in the U.S.?
David M. Morens, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. write in ‘Chikungunya at the Door—Déjà Vu All Over Again?’: “We now face a new threat posed by the unrelated chikungunya virus, which causes a disease clinically similar to dengue in a similar epidemiological pattern, which is transmitted by the same mosquito vectors, and for which we also lack vaccines and specific treatments.”
In ‘Chikungunya Virus in the Americas—What a Vector-borne Pathogen Can Do,’ J. Erin Staples, M.D., Ph.D., and Marc Fischer, M.D., M.P.H. add: “In December 2013, the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere was reported, beginning with autochthonous cases in Saint Martin.
“Since then, local transmission has been reported in 31 countries . . . throughout the Americas, including. . . the United States and its territories (Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) . . . As of August 8, 2014, a total of 576,535 suspected and laboratory-confirmed chikungunya cases had been reported in the Americas, a case count that had nearly doubled over the previous month.
That is a half-million cases of this illness in the U.S. Why has national media concentrated on a disease from Africa when other viruses originate at home? Is it about politics? Or because media earlier ignored thousands of African victims? Is it because the medical industry won’t admit that with its billions of dollars in manpower, education and laboratories it is still not ready for major attacks?
For blog readers who claim Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, a crucial question also looms: Who do you trust more for your healing and health: God or doctors? Don’t say both, they cannot be equal. Do you call on the church for prayer when sick? Does your church believe in God’s power to heal?
When under such attacks, God’s Word in wholesale Christian Bibles commands: “He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily (Nahum 2:1),” i.e. sickness and death is from Satan so man-up and pray!
Every time staff workers sit down to mark up the story on Ebola in the U.S., new questions emerge: 1) Why shifting numbers on number of U.S. patients with the disease; 2) Causes for mistakes in the most recent case in a Dallas hospital; 3) Just who is ‘patient zero’ in U. S.; 4) Why air traffic not stopped from Liberia?; 5) Mainstream media insisting Dallas is ‘first’ case?; 6) Is this a scripted result?, etc.
At least 50 or so of the over 300 Ebola internet and newspaper stories on file at this blog site, state or imply that Thomas Eric Duncan is the first person bringing the Ebola virus to this country from Liberia. But that is simply not true.
Only Susan Heavey of Reuters states plainly in yahoo.com’s ‘Factbox: U.S. Faces Sixth Case of Ebola’: “The United States has seen six cases of the Ebola virus in recent weeks affecting five Americans and a Liberian. Two of the cases surfaced this week, raising concerns about wider spread of the disease, which has killed at least 3,439 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.”
One of the cases she mentions is of course Mr. Duncan’s, but who are the others, and why have they not received as much attention? They include: “An unnamed American who contracted Ebola in West Africa being treated at . . . at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. There have been few. . . details made public about the patient, who returned to the United States by air ambulance on Sept. 9.
And why no public details? Also, “About the same time, the World Health Organization said one of its doctors tested positive for Ebola at a treatment center in Sierra Leone . . . and WHO has not identified the physician.? Again unknown!
While the cases of physician Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, treated at Emory, were rather publicized, the case of Dr. Rick Sacra from Boston was not. He was treated for three weeks at Nebraska Medical Center.
Heavey adds: “Additionally, an American doctor remains under observation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has not been confirmed to have the disease. The physician was exposed while volunteering in Sierra Leone. . . An NIH spokeswoman on Friday declined to give any further updates on the case, citing privacy reasons. The patient was admitted on Sunday [September 28th]. If kept for 21 days, the patient would be released @ Oct. 19.”
Heavey then blithely says: “Another patient was also isolated in Hawaii.” So why has the man in Dallas received so much attention and the media has so well guarded most of the others? Have dozens of people around them been tested and watched? Further, with all of this secrecy can officials please explain:
“Why are airlines flying planes out of Liberia where thousands are sick and dying with Ebola? How can Liberian officials sue Duncan saying he lied about being sick, when they know his hometown overflows with Ebola victims? So why fly anyone out of there? Can officials and airlines answer! Is this about profits?
Is it unreasonable to suggest that these inconsistencies seem to come from a ‘scripted plan’since: 1) U.S. health services hold the patten on Ebola, and stocks of companies testing for Ebola vaccines soaring up 200%; 2) Nurses across the country scream their hospitals are not prepared for Ebola; while 3) U.S. military is equipped with anti-Ebola ‘medication,’ and protective gear?
More in future blogs. This site, as well as worldscollide-culture-Christianity-endoftime.com, begs its readers to triple-down on prayers in these last days. Maybe this Ebola ‘outbreak’ will encourage them to do so. As wholesale Christian sweatshirts implore: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4: 7).”
Again we have more questions than answers about the spread of the Ebola Virus. But here are some factual statements: 1) Responsible organizations greatly distrust World Health Organization (WHO) figures about the actual number of Ebola cases; 2) Communities in affected African countries also distrust their own governments, as well as international accounts about Ebola; 3) The U.S. government has spent millions on Ebola research for 15 years; 4) Accounts on the number of nations exposed to the virus are again misleading, etc.
Why do officials imply Ebola Virus is not spreading? When even this month, Extension Protocol tracks to several countries where the disease has traveled: Rwanda, one suspected case; Nigeria, 13 cases with two deaths; Liberia, where a Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic mission in Liberia dies of the disease and a Spanish priest returned to Spain for special treatment, along with another infected nun; Ghana, one suspected case of dead patient; Benin, two cases in what would be the fifth African country with the disease, etc.
Thus it is known Ebola is in the U.S. & Spain, and it is suspected that it has reached England. Further, in their August 7 post with Julia Belluz of VOX, Extension posits: “There are suspected Ebola cases in Europe, Asia, and North America but none are confirmed. Public health officials are relatively unconcerned about Ebola becoming a big problem in the developed world. That’s because outbreaks persist in countries with poor sanitation and a shortage of resources to contain them, not in resource-rich places like the U.S.” So just let Africans die!
Robert Roos of CIDRAP News writes: “ Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations for the relief group Samaritan’s Purse (SP) said SP’s experts believe the official epidemic case numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO) represent only 25% to 50% of the true numbers.”
So this disease could wipe out thousands or millions of African lives. Mike Adams, health ranger at naturalnews.com says this week in ‘Ebola Vaccine Pioneer Joked About Use of Genetically Engineered Virus to Cull Human Population’:
“Only in the realm of infectious disease bio-weapons and tainted vaccines does someone openly laugh and joke about murdering nearly 2 billion people with a genetically engineered virus. This is much more than a joke, by the way: globalist leaders frequently talk about using vaccines to reduce human population. This is part of their plan for, in their minds, ‘saving the planet’.”
Earlier, in ‘Twenty-one Questions about Ebola: Government Propaganda, Medical Corruption and Bio-weapons Experiments,’ he again asks: “Given that many vaccines accidentally cause the disease they claim to prevent (due to weakened viruses still remaining active in a small number of vaccine vials), isn’t it likely that Ebola vaccines might actually cause Ebola infections in some percentage of those receiving them?” Were such vaccines already in use in Africa?
As the American government has spent millions of dollars testing for Ebola Virus over 15 years, is it not logical that some of these tests may have reached those affected areas? Is this why so many in Africa distrust their governments and doctors from the West? Why is WHO so reluctant get really involved in Ebola treatment in West Africa? While declaring it an ‘International Emergency,’ this world-wide ‘health’ organization says little about sending resources to stop it! They know full well that these small African countries cannot stop it on their own.
As this blog shouts from the housetops: “We Are In The Last Days!” The Book of Revelation foretells of plague deaths, such as this Ebola Virus, by the millions: “ . . . behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, . . . And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with death . . . (Revelation 6: 8).” If Christians are ever going to pray, the time is now!
Because internet and news media stories remain swamped with stories about possible world-wide Ebola virus outbreaks, we thought it best to combine resources for careful consideration of what can be ascertained as “fact.”
Dr. Ad Versery: First, what company actually produced the drug now given to two American Ebola patients now treated in Atlanta hospital. Washington Post reporters Lenny Bernstein and Brady Dennis insist it is Mapp Biopharmaceutical:
“Charles Arntzen, Regents’ professor at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, who has collaborated for the past 15 years with Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the tiny San Diego company that produced the experimental serum given to the two Americans.”
I.B. Wells, IV: But if MAPP produced the drug, why is the: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Defense funding a biotech company in Canada, called Tekmira Pharamaceuticals (TKMR on the stock market) to produce the serum?
Aimee Picchi of Money Watch then writes: “But like everything related to Ebola, the story isn’t all that clear-cut. The company disclosed last month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed the treatment’s trial on hold as it sought to ensure that higher doses are safe, with Tekmira adding that the issue should be cleared up by year-end.” Year’s end? People in Africa die by hundreds! She adds:
“The treatment is considered one of the most advanced medications for Ebola, Vox notes. The company has been awarded a $140 million contract from the Department of Defense to develop the therapy, which protected 100 percent of primates infected with a lethal dose of the virus in an earlier study.”
Ad Versery: Wait Ida, it gets more confusing: “Others are also working on Ebola treatments, with Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg working on an antibody cocktail with San Diego’s Mapp Pharmaceutical, Toronto-based Defyrus Inc. and the U.S. Army. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health told ‘CBS This Morning’ that the agency is hopeful about potential treatments to prevent infection, although he didn’t specify which company or institute is developing it,” she adds.
Wells: Add to that, the ole nemesis Monsanto––you know the kill bees with ‘fertilizers’, plant artificial food company––also shares these ‘investments.’ Mike Adams at Natural News writes: “Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, a company working on an ant-Ebola drug, just received a $ 1.5 million cash infusion from none other than Monsanto. . . The deal is valued at up to $ 86.2 million . . . ! He says Tekmira also got a $ 140 million contract with the U.S. military for Ebola drugs.
Maleekie: Please stop! I can take no more. Do you mean that now some 1,000 people in Africa are dead, and that only a so-called Christian organization, Samaritans Purse, was given the drugs to save two Americans, and none were sent to Africa. Please in The Name of God, tell me what kind of Christianity is that!
Adversary: I understand Maleekie. We had better contact Rev. Repriestly for earnest prayer about these issues. This cannot go on! The world faces an Ebola epidemic where millions could die so that a few companies––financed by the U.S. government––could make money, and that with risking Americans‘ lives too!
Wells: Can we make a wholesale Christian sweatshirt combining Acts 8: 20: “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God [i.e. Life] may be purchased with money,” with 1 Timothy 6: 10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil”? It’d make a great shirt!
In case no one has noticed, earth is being bombarded with various diseases, viruses, and other ill health maladies––Bird Flues, MERS, Chikungunya, etc. The latest is Ebola Virus, attacking Africa’s Atlantic Coast, killing some 700 victims.
While the ‘CDC Downplays Ebola’s Threat to the United States’––as reported by Dennis Thompson––claiming: “The deadly Ebola virus that continues to rage throughout West Africa poses little risk to Americans,” other ‘facts’ emerge:
First, inquisitr.com reveals: ‘Ebola Kits Sent To National Guard Units In All 50 States’: “Ebola bio kits have been deployed to National Guard units in all 50 states, according to a Committee on Armed Services report, [which states] the kits were created in April to address mounting concerns that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus could spread outside of Africa.”
That site quotes Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Executive Officer Carmen J. Spencer: “ . . . the bio systems are rapid, reliable, and provide simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens. Approximately 340 Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) units have reportedly been given to emergency response personnel.”
Second, several posts insists that expected world-wide spread has already begun. In ‘Ebola’s Patient Zero Has Been Identified: Global Transmission Has Begun,” Dave Hodges exposes: “Patrick Sawyer, whose sister died from Ebola, was allowed on two airline flights in Liberia while infected with Ebola.
“Sawyer, had a layover in Ghana then changed planes in Togo and flew to an international travel hub of Lagos, located in Nigeria . . . the site of an Ebola outbreak . . . [Sawyer] died five days after arriving in the city.” Because Sawyer had contact with his sister, He should never have been allowed to board any plane.
Hodges rightfully explains: “A desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer . . . [who] was vomiting and had diarrhea aboard at least one of his flights with some 50 other passengers aboard. . . passengers connected to other flights . . . the virus would expand because nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. . . . the window for tracking down Sawyers . . . contact with the traveling public. . . [He] has tipped the very first dominoes in what could prove to be the worst epidemic in human history.”
Like many internet journalists, Hodges doesn’t trust government officials: “. . . given the fact that we now know that Ebola detection kits have been deployed in all 50 states, it would appear that someone knew about this possibility for sometime. We are either looking at gross negligence or a well-planned conspiracy.”
beforeitsnews.com/health/2014/07 adds: “ . . . provisions are currently underway . . . where even healthy Americans will be subjected to mandatory quarantine in the event of an Ebola pandemic. . .”
For too long believers have depended on medical communities to keep them safe. Such sole dependence is not Scriptural. As wholesale Christian Bibles demand of all believers: “Look unto Me, and be ye saved [healed], all the ends of the earth: for I Am God, and there is none else (Isaiah 45: 22).”
Doctors and nurses are human beings. Many of them have died from Ebola, while trying to heal others. Only God’s power, through authentic ministries in His Son’s Body of healers, can stop to spreads of such world-wide diseases. Unless God-sent revival, resulting from those Christian prayers comes, millions will die!
Lax safety procedures at laboratories ran by the federal government have reached beyond points of explainable human error. CDC Director, Tom Frieden, seems dumbfounded by multiplying misdeeds among his personnel. Congressmen even questioned accuracies of Frieden’s testimony before them this week.
In ‘Poor Oversight Catches Up with High-Security Infectious Agent and Disease Labs,’ Dina Fine Maron of ‘Scientific American’ records reaction to Frieden’s testimony: “. . . he said that his agency wants to reduce the number of laboratories that work with dangerous agents, the number of people who have access to those labs and the number of dangerous pathogens studied.”
To which Rep. Henry Waxman (D–Calif.) responded: “In fact, there is no record of how many high-level BSL-designated labs even exist.” Waxman “was referring to BSL-3 and 4 levels, which deal with biological substances that can cause serious or fatal illness when inhaled.”
Maron explains: “Around the country the number of BSL-3 labs has increased rapidly in the past decade to nearly 1,500 in the U.S., according to 2013 estimates from the Government Accountability Office. CDC, itself, says it has 21 BSL-3 labs. (The agency also has one BSL-4 laboratory.) Other such facilities are located at university, state, local and private labs.”
Obviously, Waxman is right: There is no system of national control over these labs. Nancy Kingsbury, Director of Applied Research at the Government Accountability Office, told Congress at the hearing: “There is a continued lack of national standards for designing, constructing, commissioning and overseeing these labs. One entity should be charged with coming up with such a plan.”
Kara Manke of National Public Radio summarized the problem, while Frieden who only talked about how the nation’s vast system of ‘independent’ labs is suppose to work, never covering how it does in fact work: “It all started in mid-June, when the CDC [learned] that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax. Since then, a number of other security risks in and via national laboratories have come to light:
“Ordinary flu virus was unknowingly contaminated with the deadly virus (sent from a CDC lab); vials of smallpox virus forgotten in a National Institutes of Health storage room; and just this week the FDA [admitted] that forgotten vials of other potential bioterrorism agents were discovered in the same storage room where the smallpox samples turned up.
“These lapses, occurring in some of the nation’s top government-run facilities, left many to wonder whether the CDC, which is charged with protecting the public from natural and man-made health threats, is capable of shielding Americans from the risks posed by its own research.”
Some states, such as Maryland, have designed their own systems for safety in such dangerous labs. Others, such as New York, are now “considering instituting a voluntary moratorium of its own, after last week’s news,” says Maron.
Surely, anyone can see that this nation has not been kept safe by man’s watch care, but by God’s ntervention. City after city, state after state is still kept safe by God’s Loving Grace. As wholesale Christian Bibles premise: “It is of The LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not (Lamentations 3: 22).” So thank Him, and pray for scientists to work on safety.
It is as if the protective training wheels have fallen off the wagons of U.S. government labs assigned to keep this nation safe from infectious diseases. Several mishaps have exposed lab workers and the public to serious illnesses.
Last week, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim: “a CDC lab accidentally contaminated a relatively benign flu sample with a dangerous H5N1 bird flu strain that has killed 386 people since 2003. Fortunately, a United States Agriculture Department laboratory realized that the strain was more dangerous than expected and alerted the C.D.C.”
Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Agency Director, was visibly upset by these multiple accidents: First, because the CDC is known as “the reference laboratory to the world;” and Second, because each of these accidents could have “have killed both staff members and people outside.”
Donald G. McNeil of The New York Times explains: “The anthrax episode took place on June 5 in the agency’s bioterrorism rapid response lab as part of testing a new mass spectrometry method.
“. . . . at least 62 C.D.C. employees may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped to handle them.” Affected employees were offered shots and antibiotics.
The Extinction Protocol adds: “The CDC, which is already under fire for safety mishaps involving live anthrax, said samples of the highly infections H5H1 virus that were sent last March to the Department of Agriculture for research.”
But Frieden is livid because he didn’t learn about that incident until last week. “I’m upset, I’m angry, I’ve lost sleep over it . . .” He has ordered an immediate moratorium on transferring any biological samples between high-level labs until officials have reviewed all their safety protocols.
Dr. Frieden demands that all anthrax and flu labs remain closed until new procedures are imposed. Ferdous Al-Faruque of thehill.com writes that Frieden ordered “appropriate actions” against any worker who knowingly violated safety rules and failed to report breaches. Frieden also created a new position, Director of Laboratory Safety, to be filed by CDC official, Michael Bell.
But that’s not all: “A 1975 image of smallpox. Two of six vials of smallpox stored at the National Institutes of Health since 1954 contained live virus capable of infecting people . . .” Frieden insists: “All the samples will be destroyed as soon as the genomes of the virus in them can be sequenced. The N.I.H. will scour its freezers and storerooms for other dangerous material.”
In his article Henry Fountain reveals: “Until now, the only known samples of the virus were at high-security CDC labs in Atlanta and in Russia.” He quotes Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt: “. . . when smallpox was eradicated, every single research lab in the world was asked to scour their facilities and submit all specimens for accounting and destruction. The fact that these vials were found in a storeroom, seems curious beyond belief.”
Some journalist imply these ‘mistakes’ could be intentional, or from serious underfunding. Both the House and Senate will hold hearings. One thing is for sure, Christians must pray about this. As plus size Christian sweatshirts exclaim: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16).”
Health officials around the world are increasingly alarmed this week by the uncontrollable growth of Ebola virus cases spreading throughout West Africa. When the outbreak began in March, medical officials thought it was under control, but it has doubled back to become the biggest spread of Ebola since 1976.
Yesterday, guardian.com.uk reports: “Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since 3 July, as the deadly virus continues to spread in families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
“In a statement, the UN agency said that the latest figures from health ministries in the three countries showed a total of 844 cases including 518 deaths in the epidemic that began in February.”
map.org. describes Ebola symptoms: “. . . this alarming disease appears with a serious fever and headache. The patients are exhausted all the time and vomit too much. Diarrhea and cough accompanied by bleeding are not seldom and 90% of infected persons die and currently 40% of dead people are health care workers.”
AP reporter, Sarah DiLorenzo, quotes senior officials from Doctors Without Borders that “Ebola in West Africa is totally out of control,” that it is in its second wave, and that more international organizations and governments must send in more health experts to combat the outbreak.
Because the disease is spreading to new areas in Guinea, Sierra Leona and Liberia, leaders from eleven West African countries and their ‘global health partners’ held emergency meetings in Accra, Ghana, to agree on “a basic strategy to battle the disease and agreeing on a list of challenges they need to tackle.”
In a statement after this meeting, WHO says: “ . . . between July 1 and 2, the three countries reported 21 more cases and 14 more deaths, pushing the outbreak total to 779 illnesses, including 481 deaths. Guinea reported 2 deaths, Liberia reported 8 cases and 10 deaths, and Sierra Leone reported 13 cases and 2 deaths.
Officials in various states disagree on the source of the illness. According to AFP News Service, this disease could be spread through what is known as ‘bush meat’: “Late in March, Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie called for her compatriots to stop eating porcupines and agoutis, which look like large river-rats, ‘until we can be sure’ there are no risks.
“Bushmeat is known to be a vector of Ebola, the alarming hemorrhagic fever that has claimed at least 122 lives in Guinea, according to a UN World Health Organization toll on April 17 Liberia, meanwhile, reports 13 deaths.”
But a WHO spokesperson claims: “This means that the two main modes of transmission are home care, people who care for their relative at home, and during funerals, are still ongoing. If we don’t stop the transmission in the several hotspots in the three countries we will not be able to say that we control the outbreak.”
In ‘Deadly Ebola Virus Could Hit Britain,’ Jessica Haworth of the Daily Star writes: “It is feared passengers flying into Paris might carry the disease and could bring it to the UK if they travel on to London using the Eurostar.” She mentions Paris because most of the affect countries remain in French colonial spheres.
Ebola is just one of many diseases foretold in Bible prophecies that would hit earth in these last days: “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed The Name of God, Which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory (Revelation 16: 9).” Yes, it is time for repentance!
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