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originally posted by: BABYBULL24
What happened with Ebola?
Does anybody report on it anymore?
Even Fox News shut it down - why?
A doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone is expected to be brought to the United States for treatment on Saturday. The arrival of Dr. Martin Salia to the Nebraska Medical Center will end the US being briefly Ebola-free.
Enlarge / Martin Salia.
A different doctor who worked with Ebola and got infected with the virus while working in West Africa was released from a New York hospital on Tuesday, in what was believed to be the last known case of Ebola in the US. That doctor, Craig Spencer, did not know he was infected when he returned last month to New York—a development that set off a huge debate about quarantines and civil liberties.
Ten people have been treated for Ebola in the US in recent months as the outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 5,000 victims in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
Salia, a 44-year-old general surgeon who lives in Maryland, had been treating patients at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown. The hospital was shut down Tuesday after Salia tested positive for the virus. Salia will be the 10th person in the US to be treated for Ebola.
As Ars' science editor John Timmer explains, Ebola's "initial victims are typically immune cells, like dendritic cells and macrophages. These cells are often the body's first line of defense against pathogens, and they help alert the immune system. Once infected, these immune cells may start to express immune signaling molecules indiscriminately. This can lead to the fever and malaise that are some of the first symptoms of infection."
The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is one of four hospitals in the US that specialize in treating dangerous, infectious diseases.
On Tuesday, a 21-day monitoring period expired for a Maine nurse, Kaci Hickox, who defied quarantine orders in a dispute that highlighted the science, fear, hysteria, and politics surrounding a disease that has no cure but had just arrived to the United States.
For her part, Hickox said her life is now "back to normal."
"I hope that one day we as an American culture can get over this fear and can learn to show compassion instead, and we can continue to listen to the medical experts about Ebola," she said.
Liberian Thomas Duncan was the first and only patient to die in the US from Ebola, on October 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.
**CORRECTION: This piece originally and inadvertently suggested that The Associated Press and other news organizations were in agreement “not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.” I regret this misinterpretation. In fact, AP is in no agreement with other outlets regarding news coverage. AP’s own position is that it will still report some suspected cases of Ebola if they cause enough disruption, even if there’s no confirmation the person has Ebola.
originally posted by: Shana91aus
I was at the doctors yesterday and noticed they had put up an alert for Ebola and a list of symptoms, I had discussed it with my doctor when it was a hot topic and decided to bring the flyer up when I was in with her, she was saying that here in Perth we have had a lot of scares that turned out to be Malaria but only a few were actually reported on and most went under the MSM radar and nothing was heard about all these suspected cases. So obviously it is still around, obviously its not as bad at this point as what some of us predicted, hopefully it stays that way because we couldn't really ask for a better outcome but clearly they are sweeping it under the rug.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: shaneslaughta
I'm happy to be a smart-ass, it was amusing to see the ridiculous fear from everyone in the mega ebola threads recently.
Every sniff of an MSM story created a new thread and it made me glad to see how free of MSM fear I am compared to many members here.
I posted a few times in the doom threads that people were being overly dramatic, and I got the expected response from the paranoid folk, anger, indignation and all the rest of it...yes, amusing, and I chuckle at how those doom mongers who fell for the MSM drama. Ridiculous, as pretty much every fear thread is for us who sit behind keyboards in the developed world.
I often see MSM stories and can't wait to see the OMGZ THE SKY IS FALLING!!! multiple threads posting every tweet and nuance from news stories as a new topic. Keep em coming, I choose to read them for the entertainment factor.
It is always amusing when the MSM drop the story and the drama queens on ATS have nothing to report on lol