…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Information about Ebola is somewhat confusing, as could be expected. Since there is no cure or even semi-plausible vaccine, there are no money to be made as yet. Mortality rate varies between 25 and 90 percent; the average mortality, according to the World Health Organisation is 50%. Benign Ebola ain’t.
On Tuesday this week the World Health Organization warned, “There could be up to 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of this year as the outbreak spreads. “
WHO, as we know, is a corrupt bureaucracy, the top dog amongst the world’s many incompetent, bloated and overpaid health bureaucracies; and woefully unprepared for any serious outbreak of infectious disease. The WHO is a part of United Nations and is financed by contributions from member states and donors. The 2012–2013 budget expected a total expenditure of $3,959 million. The mankind also gets to celebrate the World Health Day, a World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day, though not World Bird Flu Day. (Perhaps the Chinese objected, or, perhaps it did not occur to Ms Chan, the who chair.) With the World Ebola Month undoubtedly coming up, soon there won’t be any days left in the year to be sick.
We get the predictable moaning by bureaucrats for more money. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health (US), said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US) also complains of the lack of funds, yet, according to Michele Malkin, “at $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000.” Unfortunately, the money are spend on the politically correct crusades such as “Mandatory Motorcycle Helmets Laws”, “Video Games and TV Violence”, “Social norming in the schools” and “Playground Equipment”. Some could argue that video games are infectious, but …
The politicians also can’t let a good crisis to go to waste. The US Left accuses the Right of the panic-mongering beat-up, conveniently ignoring the promise by their hero Obama to send 3,000 soldiers to west Africa, presumably to wage the War on Ebola (WOE). The pseudo-conservative ex-Presidential candidate McCain apparently seriously suggested an appointment of the Ebola Czar. Perhaps had he asked the Golf Czar nicely, one of his nephews could get a job.
Australia’s Left is playing irresponsibly dangerous politics as well –
Labor will increase pressure on the Abbott government to do more to help fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa by publicly calling for the government to deploy medical assistance teams.
Labor’s deputy leader and foreign affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, and health spokeswoman Catherine King will write to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Health Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday to request they immediately make arrangements to deploy Australian personnel to the region…
Mr Abbott told reporters on Sunday his government would not send doctors and nurses to west Africa until it could be “absolutely confident that all of the risks are being properly managed”, adding it would be “irresponsible” for the government to send personnel to the region at this time.
Let’s hope he doesn’t cave in, as is his want. For beside Ebola, there are other risks in Africa: “When Guinean government officials visited the village of Womme in the country’s southeast, they planned to educate people about Ebola and show them how to avoid it — in a region where many still believe the virus doesn’t exist. But it all went disastrously wrong. Villagers responded furiously, pelting the delegation with stones and beating the visitors with clubs, according to Guinean radio. The delegation, which included doctors and journalists, fled into the bush after the attack Tuesday.
The Guinean government said Thursday that eight delegation members had been killed, including several journalists, news agencies reported. There also were reports that 21 people had been injured.
“It’s very sad and hard to believe, but they were killed in cold blood by the villagers,” government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said, according to Agence France-Presse.
A local police officer, Richard Haba, said the villagers believed that Ebola “is nothing more than an invention of white people to kill black people.”
And back in USA: “US authorities are in a desperate race to track down 131 passengers of a domestic flight after it emerged that a Texas nurse with the Ebola virus flew across the Midwest a day before she was diagnosed…
Amber Joy Vinson, 29, was actively engaged in caring for Thomas Eric Duncan in the days before his death on October 8. Records show she inserted catheters, drew blood, and dealt with Mr Duncan’s body fluids. Kent State University in Ohio, where three of Ms Vinson’s relatives work, confirmed she was the latest patient on Wednesday…
The news came as the largest nurses’ union said nurses treating Mr Duncan worked for days without proper protective gear… Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for Mr Duncan, who had diarrhoea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United.”
Luckily, President Obama reassured me: “The main thing everybody needs to focus on is the risks involved remain relatively low, extremely low, for ordinary folks.” What a relief! I am very ordinary and hope to remain so.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, explains Obama’s refusal to prohibit flights originating in Ebola-plagued countries, saying, “A travel ban is not the right answer. It’s simply not feasible to build a wall — virtual or real — around a community, city or country.” Ann Coulter writes, “If Ebola was concentrated in Finland and Norway — certainly Israel! — we’d have had a travel ban on Day One.”
As so often recently, an inevitable question springs up: Is it Obama’s administration incompetence or really a design? Would be a quarantine racist?
The International Monetary Fund has announced plans to provide loans of $127 million to the three worst-affected countries to help them cope with the crisis. If history is any guide the money will be soon where it belongs – in the Swiss banks.
Ending on a positive note – fruit bats are protected in Australia – naturally enough. Have I mentioned that they transmit the disease?
Katie Pavlich: “Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said new Ebola Czar Ron Klain will report to former U.N. ambassador and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
“Mr. Klain will ultimately however report to Ms. Monoco [Homeland Security] and to National Security Advisor Susan Rice in this effort,” Earnest said.
As a reminder, Susan Rice is the woman who went on five Sunday talk shows to lie about a YouTube video being responsible for the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. She is also the same person who said alleged Army deserter and Taliban sympathizer Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.”