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Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa.
New quarantine rules considered for aid workers returning to U.S. from Ebola-stricken region
The federal government is considering altering the protocols for doctors and health-care workers who return to the United States from West Africa, authorities said Friday.
....as federal officials consider a possible change, authorities in the New York area announced that they would take more immediate action. Medical personnel returning to New York and New Jersey from the Ebola-riddled countries in West Africa will be automatically quarantined if they had direct contact with an infected person, officials announced Friday.
....The CDC said it sets baseline recommended standards, "but state and local officials have the prerogative to tighten the regimen as they see fit."
The agency also said, "When it comes to the federal standards set by the CDC, we will consider any measures that we believe have the potential to make the American people safer."
...The World Health Organization is not recommending the quarantine of returning aid workers without symptoms, spokeswoman Sona Bari said.
"Health care workers are generally self-monitoring and are aware of the need to report any symptoms, as this patient did," she wrote in an email.
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A health care worker who was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa developed a fever and was being evaluated Friday night.
The woman was the first person quarantined under a new screening system announced earlier Friday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
The potential of aerogenic infection by Ebola virus was established by using a head-only exposure aerosol system. Virus-containing droplets of 0.8-1.2 microns were generated and administered into the respiratory tract of rhesus monkeys via inhalation. Inhalation of viral doses as low as 400 plaque-forming units of virus caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days
Although Ebola virus (EBOV) is transmitted by unprotected physical contact with infected persons, few data exist on which specific bodily fluids are infected or on the risk of fomite transmission. Therefore, we tested various clinical specimens from 26 laboratory-confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, as well as environmental specimens collected from an isolation ward, for the presence of EBOV.
Virus was detected by culture and/or reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction in 16 of 54 clinical specimens (including saliva, stool, semen, breast milk, tears, nasal blood, and a skin swab) and in 2 of 33 environmental specimens.
We conclude that EBOV is shed in a wide variety of bodily fluids during the acute period of illness but that the risk of transmission from fomites in an isolation ward and from convalescent patients is low when currently recommended infection control guidelines for the viral hemorrhagic fevers are followed.
It’s a visible inconsistency that’s threatened to muddle public health messages about Ebola. For example, the White House has shifted into Ebola “crisis mode,” Reuters reported on Tuesday, even while stressing that other Americans should remain calm.
Here’s how to answer those questions, and understand the nuance behind why Ebola’s so scary — but not an imminent threat to most Americans.
With Enough Proximity, Ebola Can Be Contagious
The disease is disturbingly infectious in the sense that an Ebola patient is a significant risk: As the patient’s symptoms worsen, the patient can begin projectile vomiting and experiencing explosive diarrhea — and those fluids have the capability to infect others.
The dried virus can live on doorknobs and countertops for at least several hours, too.
So the reason for the full-body HAZMAT suits? Individuals who end up in close proximity with Ebola patients are at risk for contact with those patients’ fluids. And those suits can end up soiled with blood, vomit, and other substances, adding another layer of danger when people try to take them off, too.
“When you have potentially soiled or contaminated gloves or masks or other things, to remove those without any risk of any contaminated material … [it's] not easy to do right,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said earlier this week.
Simply being breathed on doesn’t appear to infect anyone with Ebola, but droplets expelled by an Ebola patient — say, when the person sneezes — could theoretically transmit the disease.
"...we will consider any measures that we believe have the potential to make the American people suffer."
But the real word was 'safer.'"
Colloidal silver and other Ebola scams: 'Fear opens wallets and closes minds'
In a game of cat and mouse with health and safety officials, Americans profit off panic with modern versions of snake oil treatments, like vitamins branded ‘Ebola-C’
….Whenever there is a crisis, profiteering is rarely far behind. The attorney generals of several states – New York, North Carolina and Florida among them – have issued warnings about scams relating to the disease. “New Yorkers should beware of fundraising solicitations and offers of goods and services related to Ebola,” said New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman. “Scammers are shamefully exploiting this moment of heightened concern about public health to defraud good people.”
Todd Spinelli, a New Yorker, claims to have made $1.4m from a rebranded version of an ordinary vitamin C supplement. His product, “Ebola-C”, makes no claim to medical powers other than those that might be implicit in the name – but that hasn’t stopped Spinelli selling 45,000 units since having the idea at the beginning of October.
Spinelli told the Guardian that he was inspired by an episode of the TV health show Dr Oz, and that he’s planning to sell “Ebola-C shots” as an energy drink. ….
Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards
....The prospect of expanding quarantines also raised questions about balancing the needs for safeguarding public health with protecting civil liberties, legal experts said.
"It's a severe restriction that the use of which should be very much guarded, that people should have a right to an attorney and some type of due process," said attorney Joel Kupferman, executive director of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project. "When they quarantine someone, they should make sure that they are not treated as a criminal."
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a 21-day mandatory quarantine for those who've had direct contact with West Africa Ebola patients.
Illinois' action on Friday follows that of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The two issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers after a physician who returned to New York City a week ago from treating Ebola patients in Guinea fell ill with the virus. Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant in the city after returning home.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the order is a "common sense step" to ensure residents will be protected from potential exposure to the virus.
The order will be implemented by local health departments across the state. Previously, these high-risk individuals were subject to a voluntary quarantine.
No Ebola cases have been reported in Illinois.s
originally posted by: soficrow
a reply to: ~Lucidity
I'm not crowd-sourcing for story ideas or copy - I'm not a professional plying Ebola-fear for position, power or profit - don't need to ATS to feed my ego. Just broke the Ebola story 7 months ago because I thought it was extremely important (about 5 months before the hacks, power-mongers, fear-mongers and profiteers picked up on it).
I still think the Ebola epidemic is important. There are issues here that will affect our lives for generations to come - but no one will see them til they get past their fear and panic, clear their vision and get their heads in gear.