CDC spreading Ebola panic faster than a Flu virus
Stay calm. All is well. Well, maybe not well, but no need to panic.
While many Legal Insurrection fans may disagree with my assessment of the limited risk that the two American Ebola patients are to our country, my basic point is sound: The uncontrolled entry of people infected with much easier to transmit and more common pathogens should be the main focus of concern.
As my compatriot Bruce Carroll brilliantly noted, the “CDC’s selective information dumps mirrors how the rest of the Obama Administration has been less than transparent.” Furthermore, the only consistent policy approach of the White House is: “”You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
With this in mind, what better way to create fear in order to hide policy disasters and to distract people from the news of worldwide chaos then to focus on a devastating disease that is nearly 100% fatal? Cue Tom Frieden, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ebola’s spread to the United States is “inevitable” due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities said Thursday.
Already one man with dual US-Liberian citizenship has died from Ebola, after becoming sick on a plane from Monrovia to Lagos and exposing as many as seven other people in Nigeria.
More cases of Ebola moving across borders via air travel are expected, as West Africa faces the largest outbreak of the hemorrhagic virus in history, said Tom Frieden, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since the outbreak of the media’s interest in Ebola, how much attention has been given on the current border crisis that recently was the focus of a nationwide protest movement?
Substantially less. Yet, in terms of what type of diseases Americans can contract and how likely they are to become infected, it is the border surge that should be of true concern.
The current border crisis has involved tens of thousands of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally. Some of these individuals have tested positive for illnesses including tuberculosis, chicken pox, and other viruses–despite this, most of them are not immediately deported.
….So, while a prospective legal immigrant who has not been vaccinated for chicken pox would be barred from entering the U.S., unvaccinated individuals who enter the country illegally are being allowed to stay. “The CDC’s own guidelines are clearly being violated with regards to the illegal immigrants currently crossing the border,” Vliet stated.
The CDC website also claims that tuberculosis (TB) is a “disease of public health significance” that “would cause an applicant to fail a medical examination or be inadmissible” to the U.S.
TB has also been identified within the illegal immigrant population; the TB-infected individuals remain in the U.S. and receive subsidized medical treatment.
There were over 500 deaths from tuberculosis in 2010. In fact, this disease is deemed such a public health threat that authorities went on a state-wide hunt to track down a man wandering around California with a suspected case.
Happily, he seems to be contained, at this point:
A man is being held in isolation at a Central California jail on allegations he has refused to submit to an exam to check for tuberculosis.
The Fresno Bee reports that 59-year-old Steven Reyes was scheduled to be arraigned remotely from his Fresno County jail cell Wednesday, but a judge had difficulty hearing him and continued the hearing until Monday. He is facing a misdemeanor charge.
According to court records, Reyes was deemed a sexually violent predator and committed to a state hospital in December. Authorities say he has since shown symptoms of TB disease, the active, contagious form of the illness. But they say he has refused to take a chest X-ray to determine whether he has the condition.
Given the nature of Ebola, I understand the tendency of mainstream media and our current administration to work us up into a fevered pitch. However, based on the toxic legislation that tends to pass during “crisis situations”, I would recommend keeping that we all keep cool head.
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You reasoning is bizarre.
It is certainly true that the crime wave on the southern border is a public health disaster. But we can’t do anything about that. Obama and the Democrats are determined to pack illegals into the country; even criminals and disease vectors – come one, come all. And as long as Obama et al are calling the shots, we’re stuck.
But it hardly follows that because we can’t stop disease from coming in over that border that we shouldn’t stop another disease coming in from Africa.
Look for the threat of outbreak in time for the midterms.
“So, while a prospective legal immigrant who has not been vaccinated for chicken pox would be barred from entering the U.S., unvaccinated individuals who enter the country illegally are being allowed to stay. “The CDC’s own guidelines are clearly being violated with regards to the illegal immigrants currently crossing the border,” Vliet stated.”
Hey, in for a penny, in for a pound, right? Why stop at breaking one law?
“A man is being held in isolation at a Central California jail on allegations he has refused to submit to an exam to check for tuberculosis. … He is facing a misdemeanor charge.”
OK, I understand that TB is a terrible threat to public health, but when refusing to submit to an involuntary exam becomes a criminal charge, there’s a problem. Just sayin’.
If he’d had the misfortune of having a somewhat defective “drug dog” decide there might have once been marijuana in his vehicle, he’d have been hauled off to the local hospital, been digitally probed, given three enemas, an x-ray or two, then general anesthesia and a forced colonoscopy by now.
If cops can force citizens to have x-rays, CAT scans, be involuntarily put under anesthesia, get anal and vaginal probes, and on and on, all in service of the “war on drugs”, I can’t say that a whole lot surprises me anymore.
An ever-growing number of citizens just don’t trust the government. I’d use up all of Mr. Jacobson’s monthly supply of pixels if I tried to list all the reasons they’ve given people not to trust them, even just in the last few years.
Some people are going to think that the government is over-hyping this, some are going to think that they’re covering something up, and lots are not prepared to unquestioningly swallow something as #truefact just “because the government and its experts say it’s so”.
“Question Authority!” placards and bumper stickers should never be out of style, no matter who’s in power.
I certainly agree that everyone should be screaming about TB. It’s clearly a more immediate threat than ebola, and it’s treasonous that TB-infected persons are allowed into the country.
However, the fact that the CDC, AMA and other medical experts aren’t screaming about TB gives me reason to worry about ebola. Our gov’t is working in the interest of someone other than us citizens. This has to stop. Where did the honest folks go?
“Nothing to see here. Move along. Nothing to see!”
— Lt Frank Drebin, CDC Inspector
“While many Legal Insurrection fans may disagree with my assessment of the limited risk that the two American Ebola patients are to our country, my basic point is sound: The uncontrolled entry of people infected with much easier to transmit and more common pathogens should be the main focus of concern.”
You can’t be serious.
Some of us can walk AND chew gum at the same time. It’s kind of like stereo.