A second medical professional from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola. The unnamed individual had cared for the first American Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who became infected during a trip to Liberia to care for a sick relative who also had Ebola.
This report comes as the CDC released startling new numbers, which predict 10,000 new Ebola cases each week by December. At the present time, the virus is spreading to only 1,000 new people each week. If continued efforts do not lead to the containment of Ebola – and there is no indication that they will – these figures suggest that after the first of the year, the world will be plagued by 100,000 new Ebola cases each week. As you can see, these statistics get exponentially worse. There is one troubling reason: the virus has gone airborne.
The CDC has been adamant about the way the Ebola virus is transferred between hosts, relaying that contact of bodily fluids with an infected individual is the only way to contract Ebola. However, scientists have acknowledged a strong chance that the virus has gone airborne. The CDC may have been correct at the start of the outbreak, however, the virus has now had ample time to mutate. With the growing numbers of infected patients, it certainly looks as though this is the case.
Perhaps the most disturbing reality of this disease is it’s fatality rate, which is now hovering at 70%. Though highly contagious, it is not as easy to catch as other modern viruses, such as the flu. The flu, however, does not kill 70% of those who become infected. Luckily, the United States is equipped with the most superior medical facilities and staff in the world. Anyone who contracts Ebola in America has a far better chance of surviving to tell about it than those in West Africa.
Along with top notch hospitals and doctors, the US also has preventative measures which are better than those in West Africa. Though even with these advantages, two health care workers have now tested positive for Ebola. Nina Pham, the first, who is reportedly recovering nicely, was wearing protective gear when she cared for Duncan. Covered by a mask, face shield, gloves and gown, it is hard to imagine how Pham could have made contact with Duncan’s bodily fluids.
It is likely that the Ebola virus has gone airborne and the CDC is not notifying the American public. Such an announcement would surely cause widespread panic, so it appears that the Obama Administration has adopted the old adage, “Ignorance is bliss.”
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