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  1. Deane Johnson

    The first case among the general population is in Dallas. Now it comes out that a number of school children were exposed. Only time will tell if any of them got the virus.

    "The Ebola patient was visiting a neighborhood where 33 languages are spoken, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said."

    "School District Superintendent Mike Miles said students attending four different Dallas Independent School District schools possibly have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

    "He said the district was informed the five students were in contact with the Ebola patient over the weekend."

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 02:53 PM #
  2. Andrew

    If there was an Ebola vaccine available today, how many people would get a shot? I'll bet there would be lines almost as long as those waiting to buy an iPhone 6.

    Can you imagine the hysteria if the CDC estimated 18,000 deaths from Ebola in the US? That would be...half as many as died from the flu in 2013.

    Flu shots are free for many people. How many people are lining up to get one?

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 04:57 PM #
  3. NoParty

    I wonder when the GOP will start blaming Obama?

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:00 PM #
  4. paulwalker

    Two diseases are making news right now. First, Ebola has indeed arrived in the US, and it obviously has nothing to do with politics, as ease of international transportation has improved. The media, as usual, is blowing this out of proportion. That being said, the Dallas hospital that sent the latest patient home completely blew it.

    More bothersome, is the enterovirus that appears to be causing paralyzation or atleast partial paralyzation in children. I have confidence the CDC will find a stop gap here. Providing the anti-vaccine crowd doesn't put their ignorance in the way.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:14 PM #
  5. Deane Johnson

    It appears that one child has died from the enterovirus.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:20 PM #
  6. Andrew

    If we're going to prevent the spread of Ebola to the US, our hospitals have to stop making incredibly stupid mistakes like this one:

    The guy said he had come from Liberia the first time he visited the hospital. They let him leave anyway. Between the time he first visited and then returned a few days later, one wonders how many people he might have infected.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:35 PM #
  7. Deane Johnson

    The main defense we would have is to be able to control exposure, unlike the more primitive environment in Africa. You're right Andrew, stupidity is going to be our enemy.

    Once a contagious person moves about contaminating people, it will quickly get out of hand. One of the big side effects will be panic.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:39 PM #
  8. paulwalker

    Yes, I mentioned this above, Andrew. But thanks for the link.

    As for the enterovirus, Polio comes to mind. Could this be a new strain? If it is, again, I think the CDC should be able to nip it in the bud with a vaccine.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 06:41 PM #
  9. wb7awl

    Love how the CDC says they are confident that they contain this. The second that hospital sent the patient home, they lost containment.

    Now I see the hospital is trying to say that the info about the patient coming from Liberia was given to a nurse, put was never passed onto the doctors.

    It's the doctor's responsibility to read the chart that was created...end of story.

    It will be interesting to see how that part of the story plays out.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 07:55 PM #
  10. Andrew

    At this point, it's irrelevant who screwed up at that Dallas hospital. The important thing is for hospitals across the US to learn from the mistake.

    The key thing is training: train folks at hospitals across the country on what to look for. All medical personnel should be alert to things that might suggest Ebola infection. If a nurse notes on a chart that a patient came from western African, he should make sure the doctor actually sees it. And he shouldn't be afraid to speak up to make sure no one has missed it.

    Posted on October 1, 2014 - 08:07 PM #