Ebola

Liberia monitors over 150 Ebola contacts as virus re-emerges

Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance as it seeks to control a new Ebola outbreak in the capital more than two months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials said. Three Ebola cases emerged in Liberia on Friday. The first of the new patients was a 15-year-old boy called Nathan Gbotoe from Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia. Two other family members have since been confirmed as positive and they are all hospitalized. “We have three confirmed cases and have listed 153 contacts, and we have labeled them as high, medium and low in terms of the risk,” Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis Kateh told Reuters late on Saturday. The West African country has suffered the highest death toll in the worst known Ebola outbreak in history, losing more than 4,800 people. It has twice been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, once in May and again on Sept. 3, only for new cases to emerge. It is not known how Gbotoe was infected and Kateh did not offer any explanation, saying that investigations were ongoing. Cross-border transmission seems unlikely since neighboring Guinea has zero cases while Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free this month after 42 days without a case. In the Duport Road neighborhood of Paynesville, health officials went from house to house on Saturday delivering food and water to neighbors of the infected family, deemed at risk of catching the disease. Unlike in previous months, there were no barriers or soldiers to enforce quarantines. Neighbor Elizabeth Powell said she was more worried about lost income than catching Ebola, which is transmitted through the bodily fluids of the sick. “I am worried about food and my business,” she said. The epidemic has crippled Liberia’s economy and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says it will take two years to recover. The previous resurgence of Ebola in Liberia is thought to have been via sexual transmission since the virus can exist in the semen of male survivors for at least nine months after infection, much longer than its incubation period in blood. It is also theoretically possible for an infected animal to trigger a fresh chain of transmission. The index case in the West African outbreak that has killed around 11,300 people was a child believed to have been infected by a bat.

Definitely something to keep an eye on…

US prepares to withdraw most troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

The United States is preparing to withdraw nearly all of the military troops deployed to West Africa to help with the response to the Ebola outbreak. The White House says the U.S. and other nations have made substantial progress in fighting Ebola in West Africa and says the response is entering a new phase. Of the 2,800 troops that were deployed, the U.S. plans to leave just 100 in place after April 30. About 1,500 of those troops have already returned.

It’s about flippin time!! There was NO reason for Obama to have sent around 3,000 troops to West Africa to deal with the Ebola virus! What he SHOULD have done (but stubbornly refused to do against the advice of, well, everyone) was to stop ALL flights/travel to/from those countries in West Africa until it was contained. Canada did it. Australia did it. But, Obama refused to do that because he is an ideologically-driven moron who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about our national security, or the welfare of Americans. So, he sent the U.S. military to do social work in Africa, instead of to the middle east to fight ISIS, etc. The U.S. military is trained to fight people; NOT viruses. That’s best left to doctors and NON-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Doctors Without Borders, and so on. Anyway, its water under the bridge now. Just glad we’re winding down that expensive mission..

In Australia, Obama Criticizes PM Abbott for Closing Borders Over Ebola

President Obama appeared to criticize Australian prime minister Tony Abbott for closing borders to Austrlia due to concern over Ebola.

Obama is such an idiot…and a national embarrassment.  He goes to a foreign country to lecture one of our closest allies for doing something in THEIR national security interest, because its not what he would have done.  What a self-righteous, arrogant, narcissist…and how rude!  Australian PM Tony Abbott was right for closing his country’s borders due to the Ebola threat!  That’s basic common sense!  Canada has done the same thing.  If only we had a leader that had a fraction of that common sense..

Millions misspent on AIDS relief in Africa, audit finds

Recent audits showing that at least $2.6 million in federal AIDS relief funding to Africa was misspent raises concerns about how effectively nearly $1 billion in taxpayer funds intended to combat Ebola in the region will be used.

What?  Corruption and waste of American dollars by the federal government?  Nahh…  Not possible!  lol  It seems like each time we send foreign aid to some country (a concept I’m, in general, very much opposed to), it seems to disappear and never is used for the purposes its intended for.  Thats because government is inherently corrupt and inefficient.  IF we’re gonna be throwing millions, if not BILLIONS, of hard-earned American tax dollars at another country’s problem (in this case, Ebola), then it had better be used wisely, and every dollar accounted for.  The American people deserve nothing less.

Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over £200 million.

Just fathom the implications of this.  IF this is, in fact happening (and I have no doubt that these Islamic wackos would love to try), then we had better start thinking pro-actively about how to mitigate this potential threat.

Poll: 80% Back Ebola Quarantines

Proving they are paying attention and have much better instincts than their government and elite media overlords, a full 80% of Americans back quarantining American citizens and legal residents after they return from West Africa

The American people get it, despite all of the nonsense being put out there by Obama and his inept, dithering administration.  The people are seeing right through the bs and realizing how much of a fool Obama is, and how much of a failure his policies regarding Ebola have been. Its mind-boggling that we haven’t stopped ALL commercial travel to/from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the rest of the Ebola-ravaged nations in western Africa.  Sure, we can have chartered flights for doctors, diplomats, and so on…subject to quarantine procedures, of course.  But, the fact that we’ve not stopped commercial flights to/from these countries is breathtakingly irresponsible, and stupid.  But, like everything else this idiot of a President does, his decisions are purely based on politics; not common sense.  And, in this case, its racial politics.

White House tries to get states to reverse mandatory Ebola quarantines

The decision by several U.S. states to impose mandatory quarantines for health-care workers returning from West Africa and other Ebola-ravaged regions sparked disagreement this weekend between their governors and the Obama administration, including White House officials concerned about the “unintended consequences” of such drastic measures.

Given Obama’s abysmal failure at, well, EVERYTHING..  And, the fact that his new so-called “Ebola Czar” is just a lawyer and political hack with NO medical experience or training whatsoever…  I’ll side with the wisdom, and common sense of SEVERAL governors who are both Republicans AND Democrats.  Obama is a fool.. Not that that’s news or anything..

Poll: More than 3 in 4 Americans Want Ebola Travel Ban

More than three-quarters of Americans want an Ebola travel ban.

Of course they do.  Its called common sense!  And, I’m right there with that over 75% that think we should institute a travel ban on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and any other African nation experiencing an Ebola outbreak.  That’s just common sense!  Obama, as usual, has no common sense, and is motivated solely by his extreme liberal ideology.  That comes before anything…and explains why he is opposed to travel bans, and wants to shut the clean coal energy industry down, throws BILLIONS and BILLIONS at failed green initiatives like Solyndra, and just authorized over 100,000 Haitians to come to America WITHOUT VISAS or go through ANY type of immigration process!  How insane is that?!?  But, like I said..  Obama is driven solely by his extreme liberal ideology, and in that case (and this case)…the politics of race.  Consider the demographics of Haiti, and these African nations experiencing an Ebola outbreak….and consider who the President is.  It all fits.  But, its not wise..and its not good for America.

When Will Liberals Condemn African Nations’ Racist Travel Bans?

Liberals might look less like ethnicity-obsessed fools if they took a few minutes to breathe deeply, check two or three relevant Google links, and think before yapping.

As we’ve been saying here at The Daily Buzz for a long time now, the true racists in this country are the liberal politicians (mostly Democrat), and the dominantly liberal mainstream media. THEY are the ones who turn every topic/discussion into something about race. If you criticize one of Obama’s positions, policies, or decisions you MUST be a racist. If you think that maybe Officer Wilson in Ferguson, MO was justified (based on the evidence released thus far which shows that Michael Brown was shot in the front; NOT the back..and that Officer Wilson sustained a fractured eye socket, etc…and oh, Brown was seen brazenly bullying a store clerk as he was robbing it just before the shooting) in shooting Michael Brown, then you must be a racist. Based on the FACTUAL information that has been released to the public thus far, ANY reasonable person could come to the conclusion that Officer Wilson was more than justified in shooting Brown. And, the idea of imposing a travel ban on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other African nations affected by the dreadful Ebola virus is just common sense, and something that the federal government should implement immediately. Unfortunately, Obama isn’t listening to such common sense because he is liberal ideologue moron. And, those who criticize that decision are being branded as “racist.” Yet, we’re seeing several African nations imposing such travel bans, and these same liberals aren’t saying boo about it. Hypocrites..