Ebola Anyone?

To get started, let’s take a little trip back in time on JB’s personal lifeline that plays into the growing threat of Ebola here in the U.S. of A.

As a High-School lad, I had the enjoyment of getting employment at Ft. Detrick in my hometown of Frederick, Maryland. The base was previously an R&D facility with world-class labs, containment facilities and every other necessary infrastructure for the military’s biological and chemical warfare development. The bio/chem warfare business was shuttered in 1969, just a few years before I was there. I got a good recommendation from a high-school instructor of mine and was accepted into what was first a summer jobs program that later turned into a regular part-time job during my Junior and Senior High School years. I was assigned to the Post Engineer’s office and an Engineering Technician/Draftsmen intern, filling a desperately needed position in the Design Branch.

The base was being converted rapidly into a multi-faceted facility for civilian agencies to conduct medical research using the existing infrastructure with some modifications. My assignment involved researching the numerous buildings on post and updating as needed the blueprints in order for the new lease holders to determine their suitability. Naturally, since my work involved entering many buildings that had been decontaminated due to their previous use, we had to obtain various inoculations for some of the nasty little bugs the military had been playing with. We reported to the base hospital which is actually USAMRIID. Our gentle readers might recall the movie “Outbreak” that featured a team of doctors from this facility attempting to save a small town from an outbreak of a disease that greatly resembled Ebola in it’s symptoms. At the time I learned that the hospital/research center was deeply involved in research of what was then called “Monkey Fever” due to it’s extremely high mortality rate. I’m quite certain that they were just beginning to investigate what would become to be known as Ebola and it’s somewhat nicer cousin, the “Marburg” virus and other hemorrhagic fevers all known commonly as filoviruses, which are single RNA genome strands.

The mandatory read for anyone interested in Ebola and it’s variants are outlined in great detail in the non-fiction book “The Hot Zone” by Author Richard Preston. The book details an actual outbreak of the Ebola virus in Reston, Virginia, fortunately the strain did not cross-species into humans. When I read the book, I was surprised to see some names mentioned at USAMRIID that were actual long-time friends and members of our church back home.

I’m not rambling on here, just providing some background to what has apparently come to pass. Ebola has arrived on our shores, infected humans and from what I’ve been able to gather the one thing most feared by the CDC and USAMRIID is that it could mutate into an airborne vector and jump into humans. Make no mistake about this virus friends, this is so far the nastiest bug the world has ever seen with a mortality rate in the upper 90% range. In contrast, The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 had a mortality rate of 10-20%. Until now it hadn’t broken out into larger population centers because the outbreaks have been limited to remote western African villages and those infected are killed by it so fast that they just haven’t had the time to make it to any larger population centers and hospitals.

Now, on the bright side, by all indications the experimental treatment with the drug ZMapp has been nearly miraculous (but it’s true efficacy is not proven as of yet) against what is apparently a strain of Ebola Zaire (read the Hot Zone for the rest of the variants of the virus). The issue is that we have no facilities capable of producing the drug in quantities that would be needed in an outbreak into the general populace.

Now the good news, like most viruses, outside it’s host, the bug is rather easy to kill. Standard bio-hazard precautions are adequate with some additional measures, solely related to the high mortality rate of the Ebola virus. Most modern hospitals are equipped to deal with highly infectious diseases, but with this nasty bastich which has an incubation period of 8-10 days within (before early symptoms are manifested) the host that makes it a bitch before someone exposed may realize that what they have is more than just the flu or a bad cold, and depending on the individual, many others could be exposed during the period between exposure, however it still appears that direct contact with bodily fluids are the only vectors involved.

Let’s get to the meat of this post. This is a nasty disease and it’s possible that our sworn enemies, ISIS in particular may use the porous southern border to infiltrate infected persons to bring about a general outbreak of the disease, as many of the illegals are now being flown to various parts of the country and L_rd knows how many folks can be exposed.

Is it time to panic…..the answer is no, but a bit of research into this critter is in order for all of us. How to avoid contact with possible carriers and what simple precautions to use to prevent bringing it home to our families, friends and other loved ones.

Stay informed, and keep up the pressure in the upcoming elections for candidates that are fully committed to closing our borders to this potential horrific pestilence.

–Carry On

21 comments

  1. 1
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    ISIS in particular may use the porous southern border to infiltrate infected persons….

    I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be convenient if we could infect ISIS in Iraq/Syria? Might grind their advance to a quick halt.

    Just an idea.

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    The danger is not with illegal immigrants.

    The danger is an asymptomatic carrier coming though the local airport from any one of a dozen places.

    I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be convenient if we could infect ISIS in Iraq/Syria? Might grind their advance to a quick halt.

    And risk wiping out entire civilian populations? It isnt called a “slate wiper” for nothing. We want to fight them..not BECOME THEM.

    How about an emphatic FUCK NO?

  3. 3
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Repeat this every chance you get – to your friends, associates and random persons in the street – OBAMA the EBOLA president, OBAMA/EBOLA, EBOLA/OBAMA and keep linking the two day in and day out. This is going to get nasty before it gets stopped and porous borders and illegal entrants to the country are going to be the prime cause. Maybe just maybe this linking of the two will cause something to be done about border security and travel bans from W Africa, N Africa and the ME.

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Brendan,

    You’re entirely correct on that one, as I recall from the news stories the Dallas Patient Zero lied on his entry questionnaire about his travel destinations. We’re at risk from any number of places as well. How about shipping passengers and crews as well? My thoughts were that this is an opportunity that groups like ISIS could capitalize on to import those asymptomatic carriers easily across the border..

    LCBrendan says:

    The danger is an asymptomatic carrier coming though the local airport from any one of a dozen places.

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Terrapod says:

    Repeat this every chance you get – to your friends, associates and random persons in the street – OBAMA the EBOLA president, OBAMA/EBOLA, EBOLA/OBAMA and keep linking the two day in and day out.

    Absolutely !!!! There are a dozen or more ways that pResident Jug Ears has royally fucked this one up. It’s going to be impossible for him to pull off his normal two-step shuffle and shift the blame once we have a few hundred sick citizens and the medical professionals start chasing down the entry points. It’s a situation that is scaring the hell out of many citizens and platitudes won’t allay their valid fears.
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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    How about shipping passengers and crews as well?

    Jackboot

    Major shipping ports like San Diego, San Francisco…you and I both know how many small and large ships transit those areas every week.

    *shudder*

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    We want to fight them..not BECOME THEM.

    I got news for you Brendan, the only way to fight them and win is to “become” like them. If you think for a second that the islamist threat to the world can be defeated using conventional weapons I would have to consider you misguided in that regard. And that is why I hate them. I hate them because they are going to require that I relinquish my humanity inorder to deal with their inhumanity.

    This is a war for the whole shebang. They are NEVER going to stop. Their religion requires it. The only way they will stop without MEGA violence is for a religious reformation to take place, and that isn’t going to happen. So you go ahead play the “we cant be like them” card. See how that works out.

    Islam is a 7th century “religion” that is incompatible with 21st century civilization. You cannot have modern civilization (real human rights) and Islam. Because the two cannot coexist, one will have to go.

    I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about who has civilization (and the varying degrees of it) in this world, who doesn’t, and why?

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    LC TerribleTroy says:

    LCBrendan says:

    We want to fight them..not BECOME THEM.

    I got news for you Brendan, the only way to fight them and win is to “become” like them. If you think for a second that the islamist threat to the world can be defeated using conventional weapons I would have to consider you misguided in that regard. And that is why I hate them. I hate them because they are going to require that I relinquish my humanity inorder to deal with their inhumanity.

    [snip]

    Agreed. Due to the very nature of Pisslam and what it demands of its minions, the best comparison I can make to Brenden’s comments would be a “surgical strike” against the Japanese Kamikazes of WWII. It was a religion we were dealing with then, exactly as it is now, with basically the same murderous and suicidal beliefs.

    Nuking the goat and sheep molesters is the only way we’ll put a stop to their shenanigans and then THAT will only be a temporary halt until their numbers increase again. It’s a shame Hitler gave genocide such a bad name by trying to wipe out a people who never really harmed anyone. Pisslamists and their so-called “religion” are the group THAT should have been reserved for.

    BTW, Terrible Troy – there’s not a damned thing about war that equates to humanity. The idea is to reduce you enemy to the point they can’t continue and then wipe them off the planet.

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    JonB growls and barks:

    There are a dozen or more ways that pResident Jug Ears has royally fucked this one up

    Are you sure he screwed up?

    This is what Obama and his people *want*.

    They have one goal, and one goal only: Destroy America, at any cost.

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    JonB says:

    This is what Obama and his people *want*.

    Indeed, it’s part of the long-view strategy of the left. A pandemic creates the ideal “never let a good crisis go to waste”. We can only imagine how far the administration will go when the first victims from inside the beltway occur. You can bet that they won’t let Sidwell Friends Academy take a hit, but watch for the response to our other major population centers when it comes. Rahm Emanuel better bend over and grab his ankles because the Cesspool that used to be Chi-Town is the perfect place to start with federal martial law and rampant violation of civil rights. That city will burn when it happens and IMHO it’s only a matter of time.
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    Eric Praline growls and barks:

    Jackboot, any insights into the enterovirus that’s currently sweeping through the schools thanks to Obola’s Dreamers? That epidemic is being swept under the rug, either because of ebola or to save amnesty, and it seems like people should be just as worried about it.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    And risk wiping out entire civilian populations? It isnt called a “slate wiper” for nothing. We want to fight them..not BECOME THEM.

    I’ll have to agree with the rest of the gang here, Brendan. Not necessarily about the Ebola Strategy, it’s too hard to control and we risk it spreads to populations of actual human beings in the west and in Israel, but the principle is true.

    You do not fight a 7th century culture of violence and death with 21st century methods. We’ve tried that for too long now, we even went all in with that “killing them with kindness” philosophy for almost 15 years here towards the end, and it has brought us nothing.

    Oh sure, we’ve dealt them some serious blows, we’ve beaten them back and made them take a break to regroup and lick their wounds, but now they’re back. And it’s not all president Ebola’s fault. He just sped up the process considerably. It would have happened anyways.

    It’s time to go Roman on their arses. As a matter of fact, we should have done that from the beginning.

    In the first few hundred years of the Roman Republic, they fought their neighbors every year. EVERY YEAR (especially the damned Volscians). they won every single battle, most of them decisively, but every single gods-damned year they were back for more.

    Until the Romans razed their cities and made them beg for mercy. THEN it stopped.

    The Punic Wars? Glad you asked. They kicked the Carthaginians arse in the first one, wore them down to the point where they sued for peace, the Carthaginians even gave the Romans more than they’d set out to gain, and then the Carthaginians came back again once they were done licking their wounds. This time, they nearly kicked the Romans’ arses, but eventually Scipio got the best of Hannibal and this time they stayed down. For a while. Then they didn’t. So the Romans razed Carthage to the ground and eliminated them as a political and geographical entity.

    They haven’t been heard from since.

    The Gauls? Caesar beat them so many times it’s hard to keep count and negotiated “peaces” were made every time, but it wasn’t until Vercingetorix himself came crawling to Caesar’s camp, threw down his weapons and begged for peace on his knees that the Gauls knew it was over. And it was.

    Germany 1914-1918? The War to End Wars? 20 year armistice. The Entente might have beaten Germany, but the Germans didn’t see it that way. 1945? Different story. The Germans came to the Allies, not to negotiate, but to ask them to write down their terms so they could agree to them, no conditions.

    All through history it has been the same: A negotiated peace is nothing but an armistice, no matter how generous or brutal the terms.

    An enemy is defeated when HE knows he’s defeated, not simply when he’s lost the ability to fight on. And that goes double for an enemy like the animals we’re facing now.

    That’s going to take some doing. We’ve not only got to convince them that they can’t fight on for now, we’ve got to convince them that it’s an exercise in utter futility for them to even TRY. They have got to know, deep within their bones, that the only possible, not merely the most likely, but the only possible outcome for them, should they choose to take up arms again, is their total, utter and merciless destruction.

    We don’t have to literally destroy them, we just have to make it clear to them that they will be destroyed if they as much as look at us funny and that we will do it if they push us. And the only way to do that is to make an example of some of them. “Proportionate response” and a never-ending willingness to fight on their terms and to back off every time they even pretend to back down themselves is not going to cut it.

    To them, that’s a laughable sign of weakness, not of strength. To them and their diseased culture, that’s an open invitation to attack, then pretend to “surrender” every time we carefully bomb the shit out of a camel after six weeks of deliberation with lawyers and assorted other scum.

    And please, please, we need to stop worrying about “becoming them.” We can start worrying about our immortal souls when we’ve at least reached the level of treatment we gave Japan and Germany in WWII, and they were civilized nations. It’s quite frankly ridiculous to even suggest that we’re “becoming like them” when we’re still letting massive concentrations of their troops go unmolested because we’re afraid we might knock a few bricks out of a nearby mosque in doing so.

    Ask the people of Hamburg, Dresden, Berlin, Hiroshima and Nagasaki if we’ve been “brutal” to the poor hajis and are “becoming like them” yet, then listen to them laugh. Bitterly.
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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Call me cowardly or cautious if you will, but whilst those incidents did happen, that was in a global war. What we want is precision attacks, take out the enemy, hurt them badly…collateral damage is a given in any war..I’d rather that WE minimise the number of civilians that get killed, and maximise the pain we do to the enemy.

    Nukes are useless: its like using a sledgehammer to kill an ant. HAMAS and human shields, anyone?

    Yes we want to wage war, yes we have to fight , probably fight dirty at that, do whats necessary. But killing innocent civilians en masse in HOPES of getting the enemy?

    Futility.

    And self defeating. Example: an enemy commander is in a house…we blow that house into fucking confetti and him with it, and leave the house next door untouched.

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    LCBrendan says:

    Call me cowardly or cautious if you will, but whilst those incidents did happen, that was in a global war. What we want is precision attacks, take out the enemy, hurt them badly…collateral damage is a given in any war..I’d rather that WE minimise the number of civilians that get killed, and maximise the pain we do to the enemy.

    Brendan, while I respect your concerns about unnecessary death and destruction, I have to agree with what the Boss said about how to fight this.

    This IS a global war, look at the mayhem and wars being fought around the world and except for the conflicts in South America and Central America…islam is fighting in every one of them. They are the modern day nazis and imperial Japanese empire and stalinists all rolled into one, with a healthy dose of barbarian horde thrown in. They understand and respect one thing only, overwhelming strength and force. All one needs to do is read the target lists that CinC bobblehead is hitting to realize that we aren’t serious about this plague of ISIS, we’ve been bombing them for some three weeks now and we target a truck here….a towed artillery piece there….a satellite dish on a building over there…..no troop concentrations get clustered, no front lines get napalmed, there are no A10 strafing runs on convoys ala the Highway of Death. They laugh at us, and continue to behead bound captives, because they know we won’t do anything about it.

    I don’t give a rats ass what the rest of the world thinks about us, if we suck so bad as a country then why are so many of their citizens busting their asses to immigrate here? both legally and illegally? Should we wring our hands and tailor our foreign and military policy to what the EU or UN thinks of us? To hell with them, whether they acknowledge it or not we’re fighting and dying and killing the beasts at their doors to preserve their culture and freedoms too…..and if they want to pillory us for that, well…..our soldiers and airmen and sailors shed their blood to give them that right….I hope they use it well.

    We should not concern ourselves about losing our humanity, but we need to go into Beast mode (sorry Marshawn #24) and deal a serious, permanent blow to islams ability to wage war and conquest. Target the radical imams, they aren’t holy men……reduce any wahabbi school or mosque to dust and everyone in it as well, they are a threat due to their acceptance of that…..take away the money, seize all revenue and spend the money on supplying our troops and giving aid to the Kurds and other groups fighting unsupported against this plague…..execute any, ANY, citizen that we capture fighting for them, show their severed heads on TV for a change…..napalm the poppy fields of Afghanistan, kill the taliban cash crop…….make every muslim country a no fly zone, no flights in no flights out or they will be shot down……machine gun every captive at Gitmo, then close it down.

    harsh? yes, uncivilized? yep, but so was bulldozing Japanese soldiers into their caves rather than kill our soldiers rooting them out. It has to be done that way, we as civilized…evolved people need to stop wringing our hands and start sharpening our blades and not be afraid to use them or we are done. We’ve lost enough innocent people to this plague of islam, I really don’t care anymore about their innocents, they only use them as shields anyway.

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    I wonder what “they” would do if they had our capabilities weapon wise? :em03:

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    Example: an enemy commander is in a house…we blow that house into fucking confetti and him with it, and leave the house next door untouched.

    So now the hajis are down one commander, and anybody looking to be his replacement will know that being a haji commander is dangerous to your health. Which they already knew.

    My way: You blow his house AND the neighboring houses to confetti. They’re still down one chief nutjob, they still know that it’s bad for your health to be a haji commander, but now the REST of the city knows that it’s just as bloody unhealthy to have one living next door to you. My point being that it’s going to be extra hard for the next haji commander to find a neighborhood to live in, and it would probably be a really good idea for him to be really secretive about his career, lest some of the neighbors who’d like not to be blown up go tattle to the Ameriki.

    That’s my point.
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC TerribleTroy says:

    I wonder what “they” would do if they had our capabilities weapon wise?

    This.

    “Do unto others before they do unto you. And if you really want to get their attention, do exactly what they’d have done to you, had they had the chance.”
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    lc purple raider growls and barks:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery says:

    We should not concern ourselves about losing our humanity, but we need to go into Beast mode (sorry Marshawn #24) and deal a serious, permanent blow to islams ability to wage war and conquest. Target the radical imams, they aren’t holy men……reduce any wahabbi school or mosque to dust and everyone in it as well, they are a threat due to their acceptance of that…..take away the money, seize all revenue and spend the money on supplying our troops and giving aid to the Kurds and other groups fighting unsupported against this plague…..execute any, ANY, citizen that we capture fighting for them, show their severed heads on TV for a change…..napalm the poppy fields of Afghanistan, kill the taliban cash crop…….make every muslim country a no fly zone, no flights in no flights out or they will be shot down……machine gun every captive at Gitmo, then close it down.

    Exactly!

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    That’s going to take some doing. We’ve not only got to convince them that they can’t fight on for now, we’ve got to convince them that it’s an exercise in utter futility for them to even TRY. They have got to know, deep within their bones, that the only possible, not merely the most likely, but the only possible outcome for them, should they choose to take up arms again, is their total, utter and merciless destruction.

    In full agreement here, I think of it as a strategy extension of MAD. Thank G-d, Ronald Reagan, The Pope and Iron Maggie Thatcher that we never had to execute that part of it but. The obvious difference being is that our enemies have already demonstrated that they are utterly ruthless and can be taken at there word that the war is on. The extermination of the western civilization is their stated goal and only access to WMDs have prevented them thus far from moving even closer to that goal. The one and only fuck-all way to stop them is to push our side of the MAD button. You’ve now earned assured destruction.

    But not this pussified, left-wing, pisslam nutsack licking administration. We’ll sit back and let Eretz Yisrael do exactly what should be done….nuke ‘em to glass and wipe ‘em with windex.

    Fuck a bunch of this “Let’s not be like them business”
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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    That’s going to take some doing. We’ve not only got to convince them that they can’t fight on for now, we’ve got to convince them that it’s an exercise in utter futility for them to even TRY. They have got to know, deep within their bones, that the only possible, not merely the most likely, but the only possible outcome for them, should they choose to take up arms again, is their total, utter and merciless destruction.

    I think of it as a strategy extension of MAD. Thank G-d, Ronald Reagan, The Pope and Iron Maggie Thatcher that we never had to execute that part of it at the time. The obvious difference being is that our enemies have already demonstrated that they are utterly ruthless and can be taken at there word that the war is on. The extermination of the western civilization is their stated goal and only access to WMDs have prevented them thus far from moving even closer to that goal. The one and only fuck-all way to stop them is to push our side of the MAD button. You’ve now earned assured destruction.

    But not this pussified, left-wing, pisslam nutsack licking administration. We’ll sit back and let Eretz Yisrael do exactly what should be done….nuke ‘em to glass and wipe ‘em with windex.

    Fuck a bunch of this “Let’s not be like them business”
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    kmhendu growls and barks:

    This death cult we are dealing with is the most evil and dangerous in history. They might not be aswell armed as our enemies of the past or as sophisticated but we are dealing with our own naivety in this country because of political correctness. Add to this the fact islam is a so called religion and hence our problems. My fear is that it’s goig to take something much worse than 911 before we have the stones to answer this threat with truly overwhelming force and destruction.