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Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain to coordinate the government’s attempt to combat Ebola signifies that the government’s main concern is to manage pre-election public perceptions, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, called Klain “a brilliant strategist,” who is “known for his ability to manage large, complex operations.” The complex operations included the Solyndra debacle and the dispensing of billions of dollars of “stimulus” funds. There will surely be funds to distribute in Klain’s new position. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)... read more
U.S. Ebola Response Not Up to African Standards
After the Oct 16 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), issued the following statement: “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continues to deny that Ebola virus is a level-4 pathogen that can be safely handled only in a BSL-4 (biosafety-level 4) facility—as was known in the 1970s. Such facilities protect against potentially contaminated air. “Recognizing the severity of the threat, nearly all African nations are barring entry to persons from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. At the hearing, CDC director Thomas Frieden disclaimed knowledge... read more
Ebola Transmitted in Hospital: Do Workers Need Respirators, Asks AAPS
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) suggested that the first Dallas nurse who became infected while caring for the index patient may have “breached protocol” by touching the outer, contaminated surface of her protective equipment. Now that a second worker is infected, spokesmen are noting that the protective equipment leaves the neck exposed. “But what if they got the disease by breathing?” asks the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The CDC website states categorically that you “can’t get Ebola through the air.” Larger particles in aerosols, as generated by a sneeze, travel only a few feet... read more
Protect Americans against Importation of Deadly Diseases Like Ebola, Says AAPS
Protect Americans against Importation of Deadly Diseases Like Ebola, Says AAPS
On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola epidemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that a widespread outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely because of our sophisticated medical and public health infrastructure. However, the system is only as strong as its weakest link, and violation of basic precautions has already necessitated the monitoring of 100 contacts of one patient in Dallas who entered by air from Liberia. Basic public health principles dictate that epidemics need to be contained at the... read more
Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
As CDC director Thomas Frieden said at one point, it was inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S. Now that it has, the CDC expresses confidence that it will be easily contained, but the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) warns against complacency. The Dallas patient presented to the emergency room at a prominent hospital several days before admission, and was sent home, AAPS notes, despite the fact that he arrived by air from a country suffering a raging epidemic. An advisory from the Arizona Health Alert Network that relates to this case states: “As transmission only occurs through... read more
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