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While the message from the President is 'keep calm and avoid bodily fluids', it appears the commissioners in Dallas are slightly more concerned at the potential for Ebola to escalate:
*DALLAS COMMISSIONERS TO DECLARE LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER TOMORROW: NBC-TV
*DALLAS COUNTY CONSIDERS DECLARING STATE OF DISASTER FROM EBOLA
*DALLAS DISASTER DECLARATION WOULD ACTIVATE EMERGENCY PLAN
While we are not sure where a "state of disaster" ranks relative to a "public health emergency" such as the one in Connecticut, we are certain of one thing - it will mean civil liberties will be reduced as government takes control.
BREAKING>> Emergency Dallas Commissioners Ct. Meeting Set for tomorrow at 2pm to declare Local State of Disaster
— Meredith Land (@MeredithNBC5) October 16, 2014
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Dallas County Commissioners will vote tomorrow to declare a local state of disaster caused by the Ebola virus.
The county “has the potential to suffer widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus,” according to a proposed draft of the declaration.
The county has been preparing contingencies since a Liberian visitor to the U.S. died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct. 8. Two health-care workers involved with the man’s care have tested positive for the virus.
VIDEO: First U.S. Ebola Case Confirmed in Dallas, CDC Says
Approval of the proposed order would implement the county’s emergency management system, according to the declaration.
Dallas County leaders are preparing to request a state disaster declaration because of the Ebola crisis.
The commissioners will meet Thursday to request additional state funding and resources.
The cost to the county for the first Ebola patient alone, Thomas Eric Duncan, was more than $1 million.
There have now been three people diagnosed in Dallas.
The latest, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, is a nurse who had extensive contact with Duncan before his death.
She is also the first Dallas patient to be transferred out of state for specialized treatment.
Sierra Leone’s fields are without farmers. Its crops go un-reaped. In the quarantine areas, feeding is patchy – some get food, others don’t. People then leave the enforced isolation in search of a meal, so Ebola spreads. In three West African countries where many already live a hand-to-mouth existence, the act of eating is increasingly rare.
So how could all the people who spent days in close quarters with a man sickened with Ebola manage to evade illness?
One possible explanation that has rarely been discussed is that people could be infected with Ebola without ever showing symptoms. The phenomenon is called "asymptomatic infection," and it is an unusual but potentially very real feature of the Ebola virus in humans.
No one knows yet whether people with asymptomatic infections are immune to the virus in some or all cases. But if they are, those people could be recruited to help fight the Ebola epidemic by treating patients.
originally posted by: raymundoko
a reply to: TC Mike
Those who are asymptomatic have never been shown to shed the disease.
They can transmit the disease sexually and through contact with blood and fecal matter. This means you have the same chances of catching Ebola from an asymptomatic individual as you do to catch HIV from an HIV positive person.