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Flu Epidemic: H3N2 Cases And Child Deaths Prompt CDC To Issue Health Alert

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A flu epidemic has been declared by the CDC. H3N2 has swept across 22 states and claimed the lives of at least 15 children. The mutated strain of the flu virus has reportedly caused 2,500 hospitalizations around the United States. H3N2 typically affects young children, people age 65 and older, and teenagers.

H3N2 flu cases are currently centered primarily around the Midwest and the southeastern regions of the nation. Six Tennessee children have died from the flu this year and 442 have been hospitalized from the illness this month alone, according to the department of health in that state. Between October 1 and December 20, the start of the flu season, 15 children have died form the H3N2 flu strain – four in the week leading up to Christmas.

CDC flu epidemic statistics indicate that deaths from pneumonia and the flu have exceeded the “national baseline” and H3N2 is at the “epidemic threshold of 6.8 percent.” The number of states reporting cases of the deadly flu strain has recently increased from 13 to 22. Health officials feel that the flu epidemic has increased because the H3N2 strain mutated and therefore reduced the effectiveness of the pre-prepared vaccine. Approximately 90 percent of flu cases this year had been of the “virulent H3N2 subtype,” according to the Center for Disease Control.

 
 
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Flu epidemic declared by the CDC.

Minnesota has been hard hit by the H3N2 flu epidemic. Health officials in the state are warning parents that the flu strain is “particularly strong.” The H3N2 mutant strain has reportedly been fatal to children free from other apparent underlying heath issues. A total of 50 percent of the public school population was absent during December due to the flu.

The H3N2 flu strain is also reportedly causing more hospitalizations and deaths among senior citizens. “Though we cannot predict what will happen the rest of this flu season, it’s possible we may have a season that’s more severe than most,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden stated during a recent press conference.

Although the CDC has admitted that the existing flu vaccine does not prevent the mutant H3N2 flu strain, health agency officials feel that the vaccine “should” still provide some type of protection against the illness.

The flu is considered one of the leading killers in the United States. During a typical year, approximately 24,000 Americans die from the flu, CDC statistics indicate. About 150 million flu vaccines have been distributed around the country this flu season.

What do you think about the H3N2 flu epidemic?


Three children dead in Minnesota from virulent flu outbreak as CDC admit this season's vaccine is only partially effective against H3 strain

Tragedy: Shannon Zwanziger passed away in early December after contracting the flu

Three children have died in Minnesota from what health officials are warning parents is a particularly virulent strain of seasonal flu.

Seven other children are currently being treated at the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Worringly, the flu has proved fatal to children with no apparent underlying health problems and statistics from the Minnesota Department of Health have revealed that in some parts of the state up to 50 percent of students have been absent in December battling the illness.

Dr. Pritish Tosh of the Mayo Clinic explained that even in healthy children, the virus can cause the body to battle itself, sending white blood cells flooding into the lungs to compensate and lead to fatal consequences.

'The virus can enter the blood stream and then the brain, creating severe respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath and a very high fever,' he said to ABC News.

'If the body's reaction to the virus is too vigorous, this can cause as much damage as the virus itself,' he said.

Indeed, 17-year-old Shannon Zwanziger, a senior at Owatonna High School died at the Mayo Clinic in early December from the flu.

Initially falling ill with a fever and sore throat, Shannon deteriorated at home and her heart stopped beating while she was in her mother's arms after being sick for one week.

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No health issues: According to Shannon's parents, she had no underlying health problems before she got the flu


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Florida boy, 11, dies from rare flu complication as states brace for severe flu season

  • Anthony Garcia of Bradenton complained of a headache and fever in November
  • He was later diagnosed with Influenza A but later had trouble breathing and developed fluid in his lungs
  • Two preschool-age children in Virginia were confirmed dead from the flu Tuesday
  • The flu season is shaping up to be particularly severe in states like Indiana, Pennsylvania and Minnesota

An 11-year-old Florida boy described as healthy and athletic passed away Wednesday following a month of being on life support after his heart stopped due to a rare flu complication.

Officials confirm that Tony Garcia's death is the third confirmed flu-related death in the state during what is shaping up to be a harsh flu season in many states.

Frances Flores told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that her son hadn't been sick in more than two years and was actively involved in athletics, especially baseball and football.

Passed away: An 11-year-old Florida boy described as healthy and athletic died Wednesday following a month of being on life support from coming down with a rare flu complication
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Tony's condition, she said, which began with complaints of a headache in November, deteriorated with shocking swiftness.

The boy developed a fever that weekend and Flores says she gave him a Motrin. After his condition failed to improve, she took him to a pediatrician, who diagnosed him with Influenza A.

He was sent home to rest and recover, but after a night where he had trouble breathing, Flores drove Tony to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

 

There, doctors struggle to identify why he was experiencing such symptoms. They finally settled on a diagnosis of 'necrotizing bronchial pneumonia,' a rare flu-related complication.

Physicians tried to drain the fluid building up in his lungs, but during surgery Tony's heart stopped and he was put on life support before dying about a month later.

'He fought really hard,' his mother said.

In Virginia, two preschool-age children were confirmed to have died Monday. All pediatric deaths are required to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Athlete: Frances Flores said her son hasn't been sick in more than two years and was actively involved in athletics, especially baseball and football
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The 2014-2015 flu season is expected to be harsh in several states, with Minnesota saying the outbreak is the worst in four years.

CBS reports that as of Monday, more than 300 Minnesotans had come down with the flu, up from 22 in 2013, and one church had to postpone its Nativity play.

'Mary was sick, Gabrielle the angel was sick, a couple wisemen, a shepherd or two. We were running out of people,' said Living Hope Evangelical Free Church pastor Lon Bjornrud.

Pennsylvania confirmed its first flu death of the year on Friday when Downingtown West High School senior Andrew Specht died from complications of the flu.

Another resident of Chester County died Friday after being diagnosed with the flu, though officials are waiting until tests confirm the death was caused by the flu. 

In Allegheny County, there were 838 confirmed cases as of December 20, up from about 200 at the same date in 2013. 

'What makes this year a little different is what you might hear about the virus drifting and the current vaccine not being able to handle it,' infectious disease expert John Goldman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Physicians say that the 'drift' occurred because the virus mutated slightly between when the vaccine was crafted and now, lowering its effectiveness to around 50 to 60 percent.

Doctors are still urging the public obtain the vaccine as soon as possible, as even the less-effective shot can make the illness less severe after infection. 


Flu Outbreak Spreading Rapidly in U.S.

Flu season is picking up steam just in time to ruin a lot of people's holidays. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 29 states, primarily in the South and Midwest. That's twice as many states as the previous week.

Most of the patients who have been hospitalized with severe cases of the flu are either very young or the very old. In recent days flu outbreaks have forced schools in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina to close.

So far this season, the virus has killed 11 children.

Describing the pattern of this year's outbreak, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told CBS News, "There's almost like a Christmas tree right in the middle of the country of the hot spots for disease."

Thirteen states reported high levels of influenza-like illnesses, while another six states saw moderate activity.

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Health experts say part of the problem is that this year's vaccine doesn't provide protection for H3N2, the strain of the influenza that's currently making the rounds. This year's vaccine does help protect against H1N1 and one or two strains of influenza B.

Earlier this month the CDC issued a health advisory stating that only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year's vaccine.

"Because the H3N2 is dominating, we probably will see more disease," said Schuchat. "There might be reduced protection as opposed to zero protection," she said.

The flu may hit one gender harder than the other

However, the CDC and other health experts still recommend people go for the vaccine. At a minimum, the vaccine may prevent a more severe case of the flu if you have happen to be one of the unlucky ones this season. The shot will also protect against other strains of the flu that are still floating around.

"The stuff that's circulating out there is different than what they made the vaccine against," said CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. "Though unfortunately, as of today, it's only about 30 percent well-matched."

LaPook added this news shouldn't discourage people from getting a flu shot. Even if the vaccine is less effective than usual, it will still be better than no protection at all. "It's never too late until flu season is over. Flu season sometimes can go into May," he said.

The CDC says anyone who develops symptoms of the flu should contact their doctor immediately. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), two prescription antiviral drugs currently on the market, can actually lessen the time of acute illness by two days if taken early on.

 


Ebola Is Coming Back With a Vengeance

Attkisson asserts that the CDC admits they are not telling the truth about Ebola.

Attkisson asserts that the CDC admits they are not telling the truth about Ebola.

From a Fox News interview on the #MediaBuzz, Sharyl Attkisson said that she has uncovered evidence that Ebola is making an impressive comeback. Actually, comeback may be the wrong term. The proper term is coverup. Here is an excerpt from the Attkisson interview:

“Infectious disease experts remain very concerned about the disease. A lot of the media coverage has gone from overtime to almost nothing since the administration has appointed an Ebola czar. And I don’t think that’s any accident.. I called CDC not long ago and said, How many active cases are being monitored in the United States of Ebola?” And they said, 1,400.” And I said, “Where is that on your website, these updates?” And they said, “We’re not putting it on the web. So I think there’s an effort to control the message and tamp it down. This is public information we have a right to and I think the media should not hype it but cover it.

The Christmas shopping season will be over in a short time. Subsequently, the need to make the country feel safe to go out in public, is almost over from a retail standpoint. This coincides with the announcement  of an Ebola vaccine which will be ready to market in January of 2015.

 

This makes perfect sense since Bill Gates invested over a half a billion dollar in the Global Fund to vaccinate as many as possible with the Ebola vaccine. Of course, the CDC owns the patent on Ebola and any treatment will add to their bottom line. Things are about ready to get very interesting.


Finally, The Truth Emerges About Whooping Cough Vaccine: OBs and Pediatricians, Stand Back With Your Needles

Finally, The Truth Emerges About Whooping Cough Vaccine: OBs and Pediatricians, Stand Back With Your Needles

Just this week, the New York Times published an article stating that the problem of surging whooping cough cases has more to do with flaws in the current vaccines than with parents' resistance. Could the truth about vaccines be going mainstream?

So, you're trying to grow a plant. You take it inside, in a little pot. You feed it fertilizer, put it under lights, and when it starts to wilt, you prop it up with all sorts of sticks and tape, and when one fails, you add more. Eventually it dies.  All it wanted was sun, fresh air, clean water, and the magic of natural soil. I think of this pathetic image when I reflect on the absurdity of our vaccination program. If it were only absurd, and not deadly, my reflections would be just that. Instead, I am here to speak to pregnant women about how to arm themselves with knowledge, to warn them so there are no regrets.

As I have declared, I take pregnancy interventions, epigenetic exposures, and maternal health very, very seriously. After my fellowship-level training in psychiatric treatment of these women, I understand, all too well, how flawed and nearly impossible to achieve, safety data is for pharmaceutical products in pregnancy. Passive reporting systems and industry-maintained registries don't cut it. I'd like to take you on a brief tour of one particular product that your OB may recommend, coerce, or bully you into, and then your child's pediatrician will take the torch and do the same for your tiny baby: the diptheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine, also known as DTaP.

As of 2012, every woman, regardless of any individual considerations or risk/benefit, is recommended the DTaP vaccine after 20 weeks of gestation.

Here's how we got into this situation

Pertussis incidence was waning on its own until a 1980 mandate to vaccinate in 42 states. Since this time, and since the introduction of the seemingly "less dangerous" acellular pertussis vaccine (the whole cell vaccine was so clearly toxic that seizure activity and fevers drove parents away from vaccination, and it still took almost 50 years to change the product) was introduced in 1996, ten years after pharmaceutical companies were granted immunity through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (i.e. ten years after there stopped being any incentive to produce safe vaccines).

Because of subsequent increasing incidence, more and more boosters were added to compensate for "waning immunity" and now children get 6 doses by 6 years old. Another stick thrown under that failing plant was the "cocooning" strategy which recommended that women and household members be vaccinated immediately after birth to "protect" the vulnerable newborn. This practice has been abandoned because of inefficacy and concerns for active spread to these infants. Now, the proposed solution is vaccinating before delivery. Seems to make sense, right? Vaccinate the mom so the antibodies pass to the baby before she's born, and then she'll be protected for a little while until we can start her lifelong vaccination program. The problem is that this idea, quaint as it is, has no basis in evidence and discussions in the literature have repeatedly pointed to this quandary:

"There is a lack of evidence that transplacental maternal antibody induced by Tdap administered during pregnancy will protect infants against pertussis."

"Because no correlate of protection is known for pertussis, it is uncertain whether this increase in antibodies can be considered clinically protective."

And, even from the horse's mouth, the CDC claims:

"In addition, a woman vaccinated with Tdap during pregnancy likely will be protected at time of delivery, and therefore less likely to transmit pertussis to her infant."

Unfortunately, all the "unknowns" and "likely"s and "uncertain"s  and a frank admission that In prelicensure evaluations, the safety of administering a booster dose of Tdap to pregnant women was not studied. do not stop the CDC from their recommendation that:

"women's health-care personnel implement a Tdap vaccination program for pregnant women who previously have not receivedTdap. Health-care personnel should administer Tdap during pregnancy, preferably during the third or late second trimester (after 20 weeks' gestation). If not administered during pregnancy, Tdap should be administered immediately postpartum."

We'd like our herd immunity back

The wisdom of the immune system is such that infection educates the body in ways that we do not completely understand (it's more than just antibody production!), and then passive exposure from infected individuals in the community, serves to continually reeducate and "boost" the potential response that keeps reinfection at bay.

Vaccines don't do this, have never done this, and will never do this. DTaP is a perfect example.

In the case of infants, they would inherit natural antibodies and then pass them onto their newborns for years of protection – by evolutionary design. The assumption that vaccine-induced antibodies that pass through the placenta would pass for protection has never been demonstrated, and, in fact, is just that – an assumption. We have also seen shifts of the burden of disease to more vulnerable populations, and in many cases, this population is the newborn, exactly who we were intending to protect.

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Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050

 

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Infectious bugs are getting stronger and more resistant to drugs. Because of that, a British government-commissioned review released Thursday says these "superbugs" could lead to more than 10 million deaths and a $100 trillion global economic impact by 2050.
 
The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance states about 700,000 people die from antimicrobial resistant bugs each year right now, but that could grow to 10 million - more than the number of people who die from cancer - if action isn't taken.
 
The study started in July and was lead by Jim O'Neill, a former Goldman Sachs chief economist. O'Neill was selected by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
The review looked at three bacteria already showing concerning levels of resistance - Klebsiella pneumonia, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus - and three public health issues in HIV, tuberculosis and malaria for which resistance is already a concern.
 
"Something like this which is going to affect everybody, it could have a devastating impact on international trade and travel and globalization,"Jim O'Neill said via the BBC.
 
After the findings were released, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a call to action saying, "If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine."
 
And much of the blame for these bugs gaining resistance seems to be getting put on an overprescription of drugs.
 
"People who are waiting for joint replacement, transplant surgery, cesarean section, those are high risk operations for infection afterwards. If we don't have antibiotics that work anymore, that's serious stuff. It means we can't do those operations," Dr Hilary Jones told ITV.
 
The review focuses on the world's two most populated countries, India and China, as some of the most egregious offenders of overprescription.
 
O'Neill says a global effort is needed to fight these resistant bugs and is calling for new drugs to be developed.

US military converting transport planes to carry wave of infected Ebola victims to the United States

Ebola(NaturalNews) It seems in the age of Obama that the U.S. military is slowly making the transformation from the planet's most powerful fighting force to one giant charity provider.

As most Americans know, the president has ordered thousands of U.S. troops to Ebola-plagued West Africa, a move that critics have said not only misappropriates American military personnel but also put their lives needlessly at risk -- though so far, no reports of American servicemen or women being sickened by Ebola have surfaced.

Now, it appears as though the U.S. Air Force has been ordered to modify scarce transport planes to be able to transport patients stricken with the deadly virus.

According to a recent report from BusinessWeek, the military will be outfitting an untold number of aircraft with new isolation chambers designed to safely carry as many as a dozen people infected with the virus (transporting those with deadly diseases likely wasn't something that Air Force recruiters thought to bring up with pilots and air crew chiefs when they were enlisting).

"That is a new capability that will be available in the next couple of weeks," Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, head of the Transportation Command, told reporters.

Thousands of U.S. military personnel ordered to the hot zone

The prototype chamber was designed and manufactured by Production Products Manufacturing & Sales Co., which is a closely-held St. Louis-based firm that makes safety and protective outerwear and shelters.

As BusinessWeek further reported:

The U.S. military has deployed 2,900 personnel to Western Africa to set up communications, provide logistics capabilities and build treatment centers and hospitals.

Program documents don't specify whether the system is intended only for the transport of U.S. military personnel or will be available for infected civilians.


President Obama ordered up to 4,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa, to build treatment facilities and, now, apparently, to transport Ebola victims from the plagued region to treatment facilities.

While the spread of the virus has slowed in some regions of the hardest-hit countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Ebola has infected more than 17,500 people since the current outbreak began about 10 months ago. Of those, 6,202 have died as of Dec. 3, according to the World Health Organization. Some reports have suggested that those figures are low, due to often spotty reporting.

In a separate report, the Defense Department said the effort to outfit the planes was initiated through the U.S. Transportation Command, working in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Prior to the current outbreak, Selva, who is head of Transportation Command, or TransCom, said the U.S. military did not have the capacity to transport Ebola patients.

"We have the capacity to isolate a single person and that capacity was designed exclusively to handle a SARS patient," Selva told the Defense Writers' Group, according DoD News.

We wanted to protect our people as well

Reports said that four of the "transport isolation systems" are designed to be carried aboard Boeing C-17 transport aircraft, and one aboard a C-130 plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. On the larger C-17, Selva said as many as eight patients on stretchers could fit in the isolation unit, or 12 who are still able to walk.

DoD News added further:

Over the last 60 days, the command put a requirement on the street for a transportation/isolation module system. That system would load aboard a C-17 or a C-130. The module would isolate the patient, filter the air that moves through the compartment, and would allow access to treat the patient that has a communicable disease that is airborne, or, in the case of Ebola, fluid-borne.

"It accommodates the Ebola issue, but it also accommodates airborne contagions," Selva said.

He added: "Our approach was if we are going to put military members in harm's way, the capacity to move a single patient at a time was insufficient to the mission we were asking our team to do. We put an urgent operational needs statement together and challenged industry and the defense engineering community to come up with an operational solution for it. And in 60 days, they've delivered a solution that looks like it will work."

Sources:

http://www.businessweek.com

http://www.defense.gov

http://www.usatoday.com

http://www.cdc.gov


Ebola: What We Are Not Told

The World Health Organization has issued a bulletin which confirms that Ebola can spread via indirect contact with contaminated surfaces and aerosolized droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.

Unless a massive global response is undertaken, it seems Ebola is going to spiral out of control.

To prevent its spread to the US and other Western countries, Ebola must be stopped in its tracks in west Africa.

Infectious rates and deaths are expected by some to escalate from hundreds to thousands per week in the near future.

But we don’t know the true number of cases, many infected individuals simply do not go for treatment, some suspected of dying from the disease were simply buried without any diagnosis, and there are cases where lab results were not included in databases.

So have the general public been told all the facts on this epidemic?  It would appear the answer is an emphatic NO!

The World Health Organization has issued a bulletin in early October confirming Ebola can spread via indirect contact with contaminated surfaces and aerosolized droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.

“…wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently, could transmit the virus — over a short distance — to another nearby person,”  “This could happen when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing…”

And then this, “The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects.”

However the CDC says it is impossible to become infected “by indirect means,” in other words, by touching a contaminated surface.

Africa is presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

What will happen in cold climate areas where Ebola has already become established? If the Ebola virus thrives in cold temperatures and can spread, doesn’t that ring warning bells??

Watch this video to become informed! 

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On March 23, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea. On August 8, the WHO declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.

A third Sierra Leone doctor has died this week from Ebola, and according to health officials, he was the tenth doctor to contract the deadly disease.

Dr Aiah Solomon Konoyeima died on Nov 6, just one day after Ebola claimed the lives of two other doctors.

Dr Konoyeima, who worked at a children’s hospital in Freetown, the capital, tested positive to Ebola a fortnight ago.

Sierra Leone is seeing the fastest spread of the disease. At least 3,000 cases have appeared there since the outbreak began four months ago.

And it appears that the majority of new cases are coming from people who have visited the capital, Monrovia.

The current outbreak has caused infection in 17,500 people, with around 6,200 fatalities.

The World Health Organisation says the number of Ebola cases is doubling every three weeks and the world’s response needs to be 20 times greater than it is. 

More info:http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/06-october-2014/en/


Have We Reached The ‘Apocalyptic Scenario’ With Antibiotics?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden made headlines last year when he proclaimed that the United States would “soon be in a post-antibiotic era,” meaning we’d be plagued by everyday infections that our drugs could no longer handle.

It appears that age is already on our doorstep.

Newborns in India are now dying at alarming rates from infections that were once curable, The New York Times reported on Thursday. The same deadly “superbugs” are spreading around the globe and have already come to the United States, fueled in part by our country’s overuse of antibiotics on farms and in hospitals.

The problem isn’t just the bacteria — it’s the fact that the drugs we once relied on to kill them no longer work.

Smart Bacteria

Doctors commonly treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. When one drug doesn’t work, they try another. But now, physicians are finding that some of our infections are resistant to even our strongest antibiotics.

The bacteria have, genetically speaking, outsmarted us.

Last year, nearly a quarter of a million Americans died from bacterial infections that didn’t respond to antibiotics. Certain strains of “nightmare bacteria” kill up to half of the patients they infect, and cases are becoming increasingly common across 42 states.

Several diseases that the US has kept in check with antibiotics have developed antibiotic-resistant strains, including gonorrhea, which is sexually transmitted and infects more than 100 million people a year, and tuberculosis, a serious lung infection that’s returned with a vengeance across several continents in recent years.

An ‘Apocalyptic Scenario’

In cases of severe infection, when bacteria are not responding to an initial round of antibiotics, doctors may turn to carbapenems, a stronger, “second-line” class of drugs. But a group of Indian scientists in Mumbai told Nature in 2012 that half of the bacterial samples they had collected from patients with infections were resistant to carbapenems, compared with just 30% of such samples a few years ago.

It’s not just the US and India that are sounding the alarm bells on superbugs — earlier this year, the UK’s chief medical officer Sally Davies said an “apocalyptic scenario” would be upon us this century unless we began taking extreme measures to stop it.

The worst-case-scenario situation would take humanity about a century back in time in terms of deaths from infections, when 1 in 9 skin infections killed and routine surgeries were considered super risky (since any incision left you open and vulnerable to infection).

In India, that scenario may already be unfolding.

Last year, 58,000 newborns there died of bacterial infections that didn’t respond to antibiotics. “While that is still a fraction of the nearly 800,000 newborns who die annually in India,” Gardiner Harris writes in The Times, “Indian pediatricians say that the rising toll of resistant infections could soon swamp efforts to improve India’s abysmal infant death rate.” (India already has one of the highest rates of newborn death in the world.)

“Five years ago, we almost never saw these kinds of infections,” New Delhi neonatologist Neelam Kler told The Times. “Now, close to 100% of the babies referred to us have multi-drug resistant infections. It’s scary.”

The bacteria are likely transferred to newborns from the mother, who comes into contact with them just like everyone else — via the water, animals, and soil in her surroundings. Unlike adults, however, newborns are especially vulnerable to infection since their immune systems haven’t had a chance to develop completely yet.

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The Calm Before the Storm: All Hell Will Break Loose In 2015

Something big is about to happen. So many say that they can feel it in their bones.

A migration to underground hideouts began two years ago in earnest for members of the alphabet soup agency retirees. I knew one of these “refugees” personally and he pointed to 2015 as the time when he anticipated that all hell was going to break loose. I wrote an article about the defection of my FEMA contact, his family and like-minded individuals from FEMA and DHS,  almost two years ago.

Pastor Lindsay Williams recently sent me an email regarding a survival tip for the difficult times ahead. Pastor Williams has been a guest on my show several times and I sent him back an email asking when he would like to come back on my show. He responded that he has stopped doing interviews. His message indicated it is almost time to stop talking and to start preparing for some very dark days.

How do I know?  Some of my very best contacts have told me that it is time to stop warning the people, because it is now time to start hiding from the wrong people. My initial reaction is to not believe them, but there are too many well-placed sources to not take seriously.

Jim Marrs Saw the Warning on the Wall Five Years Ago

In a December 9, 2012 interview on The Common Sense Show, Jim Marrs discussed how approximately 400-500 top level bankers have left their positions and have gone into seclusion. Marrs reminded my listening audience of how the elite have developed seed vaults which only they have access to. Marrs was clearly alluding to the fact that some very bad events are coming and the global elite are aware of it and are moving to meet the threat.  I have firsthand knowledge of four ex-fed officials and their families who have relocated to safety enclaves when doing so was very disruptive to their respective family’s lives. Increasingly, it is looking like some major event(s) is/are coming and persons with insider information are attempting to remove themselves from harm’s way. Jim Marrs will be a guest for three hours (9pm-Midnight Central) on December 7, 2014 to discuss this and other issues.

Another media friend of mine, Paul Martin, of Revolution Radio, has been repeatedly telling me that several key contacts of his from the various alphabet soup agencies as well as the military have, or are, leaving the country in anticipation of what is coming. In the past two weeks, I have had a number of phone calls from media people who are telling me that their sources are repeating the same mantra, or they are just dropping off of  the radar.

“Get ready for 2015″!

We Are In the Calm Before the Storm Period

The late summer and early fall were abuzz with the latest rumors about Ebola. Many of us in the independent media spent countless hours debunking this misinformation being put out by the CDC (e.g the existence of a previous vaccine, the fact that it is airborne, etc.). And just as soon as the Ebola stories peaked in October, somebody in the MSM flipped a switch and virtually all meaningful reporting disappeared from the news. Why?

The reason for Ebola’s disappearance from the media is simple, it was Christmas shopping time. America has become a service economy. Most of the retail shopping for the year happens between Halloween and the end of the year. The financial success tied to Christmas shopping is based upon the fact that people must trust that it is safe to go out in public. If the public perceived that Ebola could be contracted by going out in public, the Christmas shopping season could be stopped in its tracks and globalist corporations would not be able to maximize profits. However, this all about to change.

What Was the Ebola Scare All About?

Many mistakenly believe that the Ebola scare has been mitigated and nothing could be further from the truth. Isn’t it interesting that we never saw a toxicology report about the so-called victims of Ebola? When some of these victims somehow recovered against all odds, these people were kept away from the media. Why?

Many of us have privately concluded that we in the United States were not dealing with traditional Ebola. What we were dealing with in the United States was something designed to give the impression that we were on the verge of an Ebola pandemic in the United States. Why would the CDC go through such an elaborate charade? The answer is really quite simple, the appearance that the U.S. was on the verge of an Ebola pandemic gave rise to governmental preparations that would not raise an eyebrow from an unaware public. And what preparations am I talking about? I am talking about martial llaw preparations which could easily be morphed from a form medical martial law to politically motivated martial law related to not only a pandemic, but to an economic collapse. And believe me, if Ebola or some other dangerous pathogen makes its way into mainstream America, the economy will collapse because people will not be eating out, shopping, attending sporting events and concerts and the service economy as we know it will crumble in a matter of days.

Martial Law Preparations Arising Out of the Ebola Scare

 By this point in the article, some are saying that “OK Dave, name some sources, something concrete that we can wrap our minds around”. And these people are correct in demanding as much concrete information as possible. This is the point in the article where logic and common sense outweigh doubt and cognitive dissonance.  Judge a man by his actions, not by his words. Forget everything you think you know and learned about the Ebola scare of this past summer and fall. Simply consider the actions and implications of the following events:

The United States has detailed procedures to deal with a pandemic outbreak and it carries the force of law. Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states. The authority for carrying out these functions on a daily basis has been delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC utilizes two basic strategies when trying to contain a public outbreak of something as deadly as Ebola and they are Isolation and Quarantine.

Paul Watson opened a lot of eyes with the following statement: ” The source, an office clerk within the LADHS, said that during a policy meeting on the morning of June 18th last month, his supervisor announced that the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services had struck a deal with the government to open up “low cost housing” facilities for homeless people, otherwise known as “FEMA camps.” The source said that his supervisor ordered staff not to use the term “FEMA camps.” One look at who is behind this program should raise the eyebrows of every person. as it is being administered by the Department of Health Services.

“In an effort to respond to the high need for recuperative care services, Housing for Health will open a 38 bed recuperative care site in South LA this summer. The goal of recuperative care is to provide short-term housing with health oversight to homeless DHS patients who are recovering from anacute illness or injury or have conditions that would be exacerbated by living on the street or in shelters. The site was renovated to serve patients with mobility impairments and provides wheelchair accessible community space indoors and in an open-air courtyard. The site will be operated by LAMP Community, a non-profit agency with over 25 years of experience providing services to homeless individuals”.

Can’t talk about FEMA camps? Where there is smoke there is fire.

A memo from the Health and Human Services (HHS) as administered by the Center for Disease speaks about setting up isolation facilities.

Todd Starnes, FOX News contributor and talk show host, has interviewed unidentified sources including doctors, nurses and counselors who say that while working with the new illegal immigrants at the Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX., and he found that these civilian employees are being threatened, by the East German Stasi contingent of the Department of Homeland Security, with prison if they report how bad the health conditions are and how much at risk the American public is being placed under.

Here is an excerpt from the Starnes report:

“We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she (an unidentified nurse) said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”

Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.

“When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”

The Starnes report issued an ominous warning:

“My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps”.

At about the same time, Infowars reported the same kind of observations in Houston, Texas and later in Phoenix, AZ.

Since late May of 2014, the country has been besieged with reports, pictures and videos of UN vehicles in our country.  FOX 5, San Diego, ran

Sightings of these vehicles have been widely reported beginning last Spring.  And this has led some to suspect that an occupation force is being mobilized.

Sightings of these vehicles have been widely reported beginning last Spring. And this has led some to suspect that an occupation force is being mobilized.

a report on Sunday morning, July 6th, in the early morning hours, which detailed sightings of UN vehicles being transported north of San Diego on Interstate 15 headed towards Riverside. The story said that the vehicles were manufactured in the United States and were being transported for shipment overseas. Really? Does this explain why these vehicles are being transported in SEVERAL southern states? Does the manufacturer have a automotive plant in Georgia, California, Texas, etc? Why didn’t we see these reports in Detroit?

The FOX 5 website contains neither a video or a written report of the story. I suspect the story was a trial balloon used to gauge the believability and response to the story without leaving behind much in the way of evidence.

In every case, the vehicles are being transported and not being individually driven. This clearly suggests the prepositioning of military assets for future use. The UN is preparing to seize American guns and have hired personnel to do so.

The references for this first part of this invasion and the second part as well can be found here and here.

 

In October of 2014, I discovered evidence of Human Health Services medical quarantine camps. However, none of these camps had any medical personnel, medical organizations or any evidence of treatment facilities.

During the “Ebola crisis” we learned that in the event of a pandemic, the Secretary of Human Health Services (HHS) would assume operational control of Federal emergency public health and medical response. In the event of a pandemic outbreak the HHS will order the quarantining of Ebola sufferers and the transport of the same to detainment camps. The mass transport of Ebola victims to quarantine camps is referred to as “ambulance services”, and it is a euphemism for transporting sick people to a death camp.

I have found evidence supporting these claims in a federal document entitled  Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF #8) – Public Health and Medical Services Annex.  

This document can be accessed by Googling “ESF #8″ and you will arrive at the following listing and a PDF will appear.

[PDF]Emergency Support Function #8 – Public Health and Medical

www.fema.gov/…/emergency_s…

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Medical Services include responding to medical needs associated with mental health, ….. assistance are executed by ESF #8 in coordination with DHS/FEMA. … primarily for communications, aircraft, and the establishment of base camps.

ESF #8 established the national ambulance contract, which is designed to provide support for evacuating seriously ill or injured patients.

HHS will enlist the VA and Department of Defense assets (e.g. the military) in support of providing “transportation assets, operating and staffing NDMS Federal Coordination Centers, and processing and tracking patient movements from collection points to their final destination reception facilities” (emphasis added).

According to the ESF #8 document, the DOD is the only recognized Federal partner responsible for regulating and tracking patients transported on DOD assets to appropriate treatment facilities (i.e., NDMS hospitals). However, other agencies “may assist with isolation and quarantine measures and with point of distribution operations (mass prophylaxis and vaccination)”.

The ESF #8 document leads to some disturbing revelations.

Look at the participating partners in the “hospital” detainment centers in the EFS #8 document.

 

 Support Agencies:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

Department of Homeland Security

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

General Services Administration

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Postal Service

American Red Cross

No Healthcare Personnel at the HHS/FEMA Detention Camps

In the above list of Ebola detainment centers, I don’t see the CDC or the National Institute of Health listed. Nor do I see any legitimate medical organizations. I don’t even see the presence of any “volunteer” medical organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. Does anyone else find it disturbing that the transport of very sick people will be conducted and the end point is devoid of any medical treatment organizations and/or facilities?

fema box carsThere is not one shred of evidence that these camps are intended to treat or even make comfortable people who will contract Ebola or be exposed to Ebola. The most disturbing thing is that these camps will be death camps for relatively healthy people. If you are a person who is unlucky enough to be discovered to have asthma or merely be temporarily suffering from congestion in one’s lungs from allergies or a simple cold, you could find yourself on one of the Federally approved ambulance services (bus, train, plane) and headed to your final destination. If you doubt this claim, Google Executive Order 13592.

ANY MEDICAL DETENTION CAMP THAT DOES NOT HAVE MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS IS A CONCENTRATION CAMP BY ANY OTHER NAME! THE PREPOSITIONING OF THESE ASSETS FOR USE IN 2015 WAS THE INTENTION OF THE EBOLA SCARE. 

Conclusion

This article listed a small representation of the prepositioning of assets during the Ebola crisis. The prepositioning of martial law assets and concentration camps went largely unnoticed, because most of these developments seemed like reasonable precautions one would find in the midst of an outbreak. Ebola may have “temporarily” disappeared, but the martial law and mass detention plans have not.

In January, the Ebola vaccines will be ready with the first trial centers set up in Knoxville, TN.  Bill Gates did not invest over a half a billion dollars in Ebola vaccines for Ebola to not come back which it will after the Christmas shopping season. The insiders are saying that Ebola, or something as deadly as Ebola, will resurface between mid-January and April. And as you have seen, the flimsiest excuses for detainment and incarceration for Americans have been set into place. We will see mandatory vaccination and medical martial law in 2015.

There is yet another challenge coming our way after the first of the year and that has to do with the world’s arms race and World War III preparations as the new cold war is moving towards a hot war. As many of us noted last summer, we were witnessing the emergency infrastructure shift from peacetime to martial law. Remember the consistent scenario which has been revealed on this site: Medical Martial law followed by military martial law which will culminate in World War III.  We are in the quiet time.  When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2015, we will begin another countdown, the countdown to Armageddon.


Flu Shot Fail: Vaccine Chiefs Forced to Admit it Won’t Work

21st Century Wire says…

Despite numerous feverish attempts by pro-pharma internet gatekeepers to save the flu shot’s sinking reputation, the jury should really be in on this modern day bottle of snake oil… 

Any decent, honest physician will tell you that the the seasonal Flu mutates like mad, and that there are many dozens of different strains making people sick, and when Big Pharma rolls out its annual Flu vaccine – it simply cannot protect you against most of these strains floating around.

“There’s a little bit of a guessing game each year. Sometimes it’s not a good match,” admits Dr. Alicia Fry, a physician with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Influenza Division. 

It’s one big guessing game.

But that’s not the worst of it – the vaccine contain some ingredients which could cause health damage…

1-Flu-shot-big-Pharma-vaccine

Mike Adams Natural News 

The following video from Gary Franchi of NextNewsNetwork reveals the shocking admission by the CDC that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t work.

From the video:

For the first time we can remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are going on the record, saying the flu vaccine won’t work this year. The warning comes just before the busiest part of flu season, in January and February. Unfortunately, there won’t be any refund for any of the patients or insurance companies who spent money on flu shots earlier this fall.

But don’t worry. Just when you thought perhaps the CDC could boost their credibility, they found a way to put a sales pitch on the end of their warning. The CDC says if you do come down with the flu, there’s a cure. It’s just going to cost more money. Money that will end up profiting pharmaceutical giants, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche. CDC officials are urging doctors to prescribe two specific antiviral medications for any patients who come in with flu symptoms.

Just last week, the CDC issued a warning, prompting Americans to take the flu vaccine if they haven’t already. Health officials said they had 160 million flu shots on the shelves and ready to go. But just earlier this week, Italy launched an official investigation after about a dozen people died within 48 hours of getting the flu shot. Their national health agency issued an immediate warning, saying DON’T take the vaccine. Here in America, the CDC isn’t going that far. In fact, they found a way of turning this failed vaccine into a promotion for yet another big pharma drug.

Here’s the news report:


And here’s an original laboratory research report from Natural News earlier this year. 

I personally conducted the ICP-MS heavy metals analysis of these flu vaccines and have the raw count data to prove it.

Mercury particle counts at atomic masses 200, 201 and 202 were through the roof on these laboratory tests.

Don’t you find it astonishing that it takes a private ICP-MS laboratory with no ties to government funding, universities or the FDA to finally test flu vaccines and report the truth? (To my knowledge, Natural News is the only news organization in the world that owns a cutting-edge private mass spectrometry instrument and uses it for scientific research in the public interest…)

Flashback: Flu vaccines laboratory confirmed to contain crazy high concentrations of mercury

Mercury tests conducted on vaccines at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab have revealed a shockingly high level of toxic mercury in an influenza vaccine (flu shot) made by GlaxoSmithKline (lot #9H2GX). Tests conducted via ICP-MS document mercury in the Flulaval vaccine at a shocking 51 parts per million, or over 25,000 times higher than the maximum contaminant level of inorganic mercury in drinking water set by the EPA.(1)

The tests were conducted via ICP-MS using a 4-point mercury calibration curve for accuracy. Even then, the extremely high level of mercury found in this flu shot was higher than anything we’ve ever tested, including tuna and ocean fish which are known for high mercury contamination.

In fact, the concentration of mercury found in this GSK flu shot was 100 times higher than the highest level of mercury we’ve ever tested in contaminated fish. And yet vaccines are injected directly into the body, making them many times more toxic than anything ingested orally. As my previous research into foods has already documented, mercury consumed orally is easily blocked by eating common foods like strawberries or peanut butter, both of which bind with and capture about 90% of dietary mercury.

Here are the actual results of what we found in the influenza vaccine from GSK (lot #9H2GX):

Aluminum: 0.4 ppm Arsenic: zero Cadmium: zero Lead: zero Mercury: 51 ppm

All tests were conducted via calibrated, high-end ICP-MS instrumentation as shown in these lab videos.

Doctors, pharmacists and mainstream media continue to lie about mercury in vaccines As you take in the scientifically-validated fact that mercury exists at very high concentrations in flu vaccines, keep in mind that most doctors, pharmacists and members of the mainstream media continue to stage an elaborate lie that claims mercury has “already been removed from vaccines.”

Never mind the fact that the use of mercury is admitted right on the package containing the vaccine vial. And now, Natural News has scientifically confirmed the mercury content of flu vaccines using high-end laboratory instrumentation. The existence of high mercury in flu shots is irrefutable.

Continue this story at Natural News 

READ MORE VACCINE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Vaccine Files 


CDC prepares for imminent Ebola wave with designation of 35 US hospitals as Ebola treatment centers

U.S. health officials may be preparing for a new wave of Ebola patients in the country after designating 35 American hospitals as treatment centers.

In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that some state officials have identified the hospitals as Ebola treatment centers, and more are expected to be designated as such in the coming weeks.

The statement also said that personnel at the Ebola treatment centers have been assessed to have the trained staff, enough equipment, technical capabilities, overall resources and best training to handle cases of Ebola, while at the same time minimizing risk to healthcare workers.

The announcement comes on the heels of a separate report that said the latest death figures in West Africa, site of the current Ebola outbreak, have risen to around 7,000 since March, when the epidemic began.

What are they NOT telling us?

"As long as Ebola is spreading in West Africa, we must prepare for the possibility of additional cases in the United States," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in the press release. "We are implementing and constantly strengthening multiple levels of protection, including increasing the number of hospitals that have the training and capabilities to manage the complex care of an Ebola patient. These hospitals have worked hard to rigorously assess their capabilities and train their staff."

The CDC said the healthcare centers were chosen due to several criteria, as noted above, and in consultation with local healthcare officials and the administrative teams of each facility. Also, the hospitals were assessed on-site by a Rapid Ebola Preparedness team from the federal health agency. In addition, the CDC has released guidance to states and their healthcare institutions and centers helping them identify and designate Ebola treatment facilities.

The HHS state noted that, because of active monitoring from Ebola-stricken countries, "federal health officials have a clear sense of where travelers from affected countries in West Africa are going and where Ebola treatment centers are most likely to be needed."

"The hospitals on the list supplement the biocontaiment units at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which have treated Ebola patients in this epidemic," FOX News reported.

List of hospitals so far

The 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers so far include:

  • Kaiser Oakland Medical Center; Oakland, Calif.
  • Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center; Sacramento, Calif.
  • University of Calif. Davis Medical Center; Sacramento, Calif.
  • University of Calif. San Francisco Medical Center; San Francisco, Calif.
  • Emory University Hospital; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Chicago, Ill.
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chicago, Ill.
  • Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, Ill.
  • University of Chicago Medical Center; Chicago, Ill.
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baltimore, Md.
  • University of Maryland Medical Center; Baltimore, Md.
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center; Bethesda, Md.
  • Allina Health's Unity Hospital; Fridley, Minn.
  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minn.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital; Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis; Rochester, Minn.
  • Nebraska Medicine; Omaha, Neb.
  • North Shore System LIJ/Glen Cove Hospital; Glen Cove, New York
  • Montefiore Health System; New York City, New York
  • New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital; New York City, New York
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation/HHC Bellevue Hospital Center; New York City, New York
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital; New York City, New York
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pa.
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Galveston, Texas
  • Methodist Hospital System in collaboration with Parkland Hospital System and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Richardson, Texas
  • University of Virginia Medical Center; Charlottesville, Va.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; Richmond, Va.
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin - Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wis.
  • UW Health - University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, and the American Family Children's Hospital, Madison; Madison, Wis.
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Washington, DC
  • Children's National Medical Center; Washington DC
  • George Washington University Hospital; Washington DC

"More than 80 per cent of returning travelers from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa live within 200 miles (320 km) of a designated Ebola treatment center," the CDC said.

Sources:
http://www.sciencetimes.com
http://www.foxnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com


Ebola cases being hidden from public as government stockpiles survivors' blood before epidemic resurgence

EbolaEmory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to begin stockpiling blood plasma from Ebola survivors, leading some observers to question whether the government is merely being prudent or is expecting a widening of the current outbreak inside the U.S.

As reported by Wired, the plasma comes from survivors who were "treated with a pathogen inactivation system that's never been used before in the United States."
Thus far, the news site noted, the U.S. has had remarkable success in treating Ebola infections -- indeed, in curing the disease -- and that is quite possibly due to the experimental plasma treatments.

The plasma is taken from survivors and comes "enriched in antibodies that could help to fight off the disease," Wired reported. But in addition, the plasma also has an ability to carry other diseases, such as malaria, that are extremely common in regions like West Africa, where the current Ebola outbreak originated.

Expecting more infections?

That said, "the new system will kill off any extra contaminants that may be lurking in this potentially [life]-saving serum," reports Wired, further noting:

It's the same one, Cerus Corporation's Intercept system, that will be used in a Gates Foundation-funded study of Ebola treatments in West Africa. The pathogen-killing molecule at the heart of the system is amotosalen, part of a class of three-ringed molecules called psoralens. They're the compounds in lime that cause what some doctors call "Mexican beer dermatitis...."

The report notes that European clinics have long used blood purification technology; and Intercept was first OK'ed some eight years ago. There are other techniques as well, but the Food and Drug Administration has been typically slow in approving the same technology for use in the United States. That is in part due to a lack of demand, Wired reported, but in recent days the agency did approve use of the technique to treat Ebola survivor plasma.

Meanwhile, The New York Times has reported that there is a dearth of quarantines of people coming into the country after visiting the Ebola-ravaged nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Readers may recall that, just days after a New York doctor returned from Guinea and became the city's first Ebola case, the governors of both New York and New Jersey implemented a policy stating that they would begin quarantining all travelers who had been in contact with Ebola patients in the three African countries.

The move drew protests from around the country -- mostly from medical aid organizations but also from the Obama Administration, because the policies went further than federal policies. The White House complained that it would also penalize people who were working to help contain the virus and discourage others from offering to help.

"Absence of quarantines is striking"

That said, since nurse Kaci Hickox flew into the Newark, New Jersey, international airport Oct. 24 and was kept quarantined in a hospital for three days, "no one else has been caught up in the quarantine dragnet at the New York and New Jersey airports," the Times reported, adding:

The absence of quarantines is striking, not only because both governors emphatically defended the policy as a necessary precaution, but also because most people returning from Ebola-stricken countries arrive in the United States through Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports. Several aid organizations have American health care workers in West Africa, a handful of whom return every week. But New York and New Jersey officials say no one coming through the two airports since Ms. Hickox has reported direct contact with Ebola patients.

Obviously, that doesn't wash, though of course officials are justifying the absence of new quarantines.

"I don't think we can speculate on whether or not it's out of the ordinary," Monica Mahaffey, a spokeswoman for the New York State Health Department, told the Times.

Some have said one possible explanation for the dearth of quarantines is that either healthcare workers are delaying their return to the U.S. or they are purposely avoiding the two airports so they don't have to be quarantined for 21 days -- which, of course, could lead to new infections around the country.

Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com
http://www.wired.com
http://www.cnn.com
http://science.naturalnews.com