Video: How likely is an Ebola outbreak in the US?

posted at 4:01 pm on August 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Very unlikely, according to the CDC, but not impossible either — which is why they have already begun to take precautions about travel and security. The agency today declared a Level 1 alert for the outbreak:

This is the highest level of emergency response at the CDC and, according to an agency spokesperson, it has been activated because of the surge of personnel being sent into the affected countries. The CDC’s emergency operations center is now assisting the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, which specializes in the study and research of Ebola. …

According to the CDC, level 1 is “all hands on deck.” The CDC has only been to level 1 three times in the history of the emergency operations center, which opened in 2003. Previously, it was activated for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009.

The State Department evacuated two American medical workers with the virus last week in elaborate isolation chambers, so the danger won’t be from treating them but from potential travel risks. The CDC has a Level 3 travel alert for West African nations already in place, and airline and airport personnel have been warned to look for travelers displaying any symptoms of illness. Even then, it still takes contact with bodily fluids to transmit the disease, the CDC insists, and only if they are currently symptomatic:

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness.  It is not a water-borne illness.

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Popular Mechanics explained in March why it’s really, really unlikely that Ebola will establish itself in the US (via Mitch Berg):

However, despite its severity, Ebola is an unlikely candidate to cause widespread epidemics. Ebola outbreaks in humans begin with direct contact with an infected animal. In Africa, fruit bats are considered to be natural reservoirs for the disease, but chimps, gorillas, and antelopes are also known to carry the infection. Currently there are no natural reservoirs for Ebola outside of Africa, which means it’s a lot less likely that Ebola could establish itself anywhere else, says epidemiologist Stephen Morse, from Columbia University. 

After the initial transmission from animal to person, the disease spreads from person to person through direct contact with the blood, saliva, and other bodily fluids of infected people. Compared to airborne diseases, which have pandemic potential, the spread of Ebola is slow because it relies on direct contact. And because it kills its victims so quickly, there isn’t much time to spread the disease to others. 

In developed countries, the spread of Ebola can be thwarted by isolating infected patients and wearing protective clothing. “Standard hospital hygiene goes a long way,” says Matthias Borchert, an epidemiologist at Berlin’s Charité University of Medicine. 

In previous cases where Ebola infected people outside of Africa, potential outbreaks were swiftly curtailed. In England in 1976, a laboratory worker accidentally pricked himself with a contaminated needle, but thanks to safety precautions, he was the only person infected and nobody died. In 1994, a Swiss zoologist began feeling ill eight days after performing a necropsy on a dead chimpanzee in the Ivory Coast’s Ta√Ø National Park. When antimalarial drugs and antibiotics didn’t help, the patient was flown back to Switzerland. She recovered 15 days later, after which laboratory tests showed that she had been infected with Ebola. But because the patient was kept in isolation and healthcare workers were careful about wearing masks and gloves, none of the 74 people she came into contact with contracted the disease. 

That certainly explains why the CDC approved the transit of the two infected Americans back to the US, too.

Congress will get briefed today on the CDC’s efforts to develop an effective treatment/vaccine and safeguard against an outbreak in the US, as KGNS in Laredo, Texas reports today:

Thursday, lawmakers hear from the CDC, the State Department, and others [i]ncluding Samaritan’s Purse, the relief organization whose two American ebola patients are in Atlanta being given an experimental treatment.

Wednesday, the CDC upped its alert to level one, signaling a serious health emergency that could last a while.

Meanwhile, a weird dust-up began yesterday when the always-provocative Ann Coulter criticized the two Americans now being treated in the US for going to Africa in the first place. In a Human Events piece headlined “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic’,” Coulter slammed Dr. Kent Brantley for putting his talents in service to poor Africans while poor Americans are still in need:

Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)

There’s little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?

Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first “risk factor” listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola — an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate — is: “Travel to Africa.”

Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore? …

Right there in Texas, near where Dr. Brantly left his wife and children to fly to Liberia and get Ebola, is one of the poorest counties in the nation, Zavala County — where he wouldn’t have risked making his wife a widow and his children fatherless.

But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn’t have been “heroic.” We wouldn’t hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly’s “unusual drive to help the less fortunate” or his membership in the “Gold Humanism Honor Society.” Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away — that’s the ticket.

Today’s Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ’s words: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”

There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.

Erick Erickson at RedState wrote that he was neither angered nor outraged by Coulter, but very much disagreed with her argument (both RedState and Human Events are sister publications to Hot Air within Salem Communications):

Liberals treat prosperity in America as a zero sum game — if there are winners, there must be losers. They are wrong. Christians should not do the same with Christianity — surely a Christian may lose his life, but even then he is a winner. There are no losers except the Devil himself when a Christian goes therefore unto all the nations.

How many Liberians might come to know the Lord because of Dr. Brantly’s sacrifice? How many Americans, in an age of growing hostility to Christians, might see his sacrifice and pick up their own crosses? How many Liberians might grow in affection for the United States through Dr. Brantly’s sacrifice? We may never know the answer to any of these. But history itself shows us many will be saved and many will turn their hearts toward this great country. Christians should be focused on saving souls where the Lord leads them and lends them talent and we should all praise the work of the Holy Spirit in so doing.

Surely Christians in America can spare one man to Africa or even ten. After all, Christians are to save souls, not just American ones. Had Dr. Brantly gone to our southern border and provided his services there, some would attack him there too for helping illegal aliens.

But Dr. Brantly, as do we all, goes where the Holy Spirit leads. I don’t think we should be in the business of questioning the motives or direction of any Christian led by the Lord to any corner of the Earth — particularly when the missionary is prepared to lay down his life for a stranger merely because Christ said, “Go ye therefore . . .”.

Elizabeth Scalia is both angered and outraged:

Others tell me it is “schtick” meant to “make us think” but if that’s what Ann Coulter is serving up with her “charity begins at home” number, she’s doing it badly. Leading people into productive thought shouldn’t involve dragging them through a toxic swamp, where all sorts of rank and dubious detritus may become attached to our thinking. …

And how does she think Americans will be inspired to seek out God? By turning their backs on the needs of people facing horrific realities, and encouraging medical doctors who might help them to move to where the rich people are and preach the gospel to them while cutting their bunions.

That’s the ticket. …

Make no mistake, what Ann Coulter has shown us is her Strange God, the one wrapped up in red-white-and-blue. Coulter’s “patriotism” has been placed before the Creator, who will have no god before him. It stands so profoundly between her and the Creator that she can no longer see anything but the stars and stripes, and the mythical “city on a hill”, which looks like heaven to her, its glowing nimbus all that prevents the world from a thousand years of darkness.

When ideologies become our idols — and they are rampant, virulent idols running through our society, at this point — we lose sight of God, and we begin to lose our souls, too.

Put me in between both. There is nothing wrong with a critiquing eye on the use of resources for any legitimate enterprise, and Coulter has an argument on cost in this particular case. Disdaining Brantley as a “Christian narcissist,” though, is profoundly uncharitable, especially given the situation at hand in West Africa. The history of Christianity is thankfully filled with people who dedicated themselves to corporal acts of mercy in far-off lands to help people while trusting in God’s strength. We have Christianity in the West in large part because both Peter and Paul went abroad to preach the Gospel rather than remain mired in Jerusalem because they had yet to convert, heal, and/or save every single person there. If the Holy Spirit called Dr. Brantley to Liberia to minister to the deathly ill, he’s in good company — and it’s hardly worthy of Coulter’s time and talent to second-guess that call.

 


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Coulter is an idiot. Those who impugn the motives of others reveal their own.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Some say “the doctors know what they are doing, and can deal with Ebola.” Did that doctor in Africa that got infected know what he was doing??

From whatcat yesterday:

Even if that were so, most Ebola carriers don’t travel in private medical planes in an isolation chamber and most people they’ll have contact with won’t be wearing hazmat gear. So what if the guy sitting next to you in First Class has a bit of a flu bug – he’s a nice guy and his talk about his job back in Africa is so interesting.

“The fight against Ebola in West Africa suffered a setback Wednesday. Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the top doctors treating patients, caught the virus, even though he was wearing protective gear.

“Even with the full protective clothing you put on,” Khan has said, “you are at risk.”

anotherJoe on August 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Since John Holdren is Obama’s science advisor, and Holdren is a proponent of population reduction and control … I’d say the chances are good.

darwin on August 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Ebola outbreak? Sure, just like ISIS to hire a few fanatics, get them infected, then sneak across the border that we aren’t protecting.

And Obama wants it: Think of all the freedoms he can curtail with a disease episode! Why, we’d never be let out of emergency status.

Especially if he can contaminate Congress and shut them down “For their own safety!” Of course, without Congress, emergency action must happen….

Vanceone on August 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

This is how you catch Ebola.

Those words uttered by any medical authority should send chills down the spine of any right-thinking individual, because viruses mutate and what we know about Ebola today may be subject to change tomorrow.

gryphon202 on August 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The two infected health workers transported here really do not scare/bother me. They were transported and are being treated under strict quarantine protocols. It is the infected person, currently asymptotic, that enters our country (however they enter) that concerns me. While I am sure health officials will moved quickly to respond, there still may be a problem.

Tinker on August 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Ann Coulter is a vile, disgusting, hedonistic, materialistic narcissist. There’s a reason why she was attracted to Bill Mahr. For her to attempt to critique anyone’s charity or Christianity is laughable.

notropis on August 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Coulter should be ashamed – I live in the DFW area, and Dr. Brantley is a Fort Worth resident and a member of Southside Church of Christ there. He’s gotten a lot of coverage in the local media, and everyone who knows Dr. Brantley speaks about his great faith, and how devoted he is to serving God, and his fellow man.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

People need to stop supporting this woman. She’s a fake “conservative”. She was with Bill Maher, for crying out loud.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Dr. Brantley even initially turned down the the first dose of experimental Ebola serum, asking that it go so someone else. The guy is as selfless an you can get.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Anne Coulter: “Oh sh!t! A story that makes christians look extra-charitable and good. Here I come to save the day!!!!!”

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

“VERY UNLIKELY”

The dangers of Ebola should not be downplayed.

HOW IS EBOLA TRANSMITTED?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

CAN I GET EBOLA FROM CONTAMINATED FOOD OR WATER?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

We do not know all of the ways that Ebola can be transmitted, but, it is known that Ebola can survive outside of the host, in liquid or dried material, for up to 23 days. So, in theory, Ebola could be transmitted through food or water, etc., without someone ever coming in contact with an infected individual.

CAN I GET EBOLA FROM A PERSON WHO IS INFECTED BUT DOESN’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Ebola virus has been isolated from semen 61 days after the onset of illness, and transmission through semen has occurred 7 weeks after clinical recovery.

PATHOGEN SAFETY DATA SHEET – INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES – Ebola virus

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Disdaining Brantley as a “Christian narcissist,” though, is profoundly uncharitable, especially given the situation at hand in West Africa.

Agreed. She was way out of line in that article.

cat_owner on August 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Good Samaritans, or “Christian narcissists”?
============================================

Well Duh,……………..good Samaritans!!!

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Disdaining Brantley as a “Christian narcissist,” though, is profoundly uncharitable, especially given the situation at hand in West Africa.

Agreed. She was way out of line in that article.

cat_owner on August 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

As Coulter goes, I started to view her differently when she started giving Chris Christie french kisses. It dawned on me then, either she was not the rock-ribbed conservative I thought she was, or she was not as intelligent as I thought she was. Either way, she wasn’t what I thought she was.

gryphon202 on August 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

ann coulter’s column was so incredibly offensive to that doctor. does she know him personally? has she talked with him and discussed why he felt the need to do what he did? or did she simply jump to conclusions in order to write a bullcrap opinion column???

Dr. Brantley even initially turned down the the first dose of experimental Ebola serum, asking that it go so someone else. The guy is as selfless an you can get.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

i didn’t know that! that is pretty amazing. funny how coulter criticizes this guy, but is she herself that selfless? probably not.

Sachiko on August 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Disdaining Brantley as a “Christian narcissist,” though, is profoundly uncharitable, especially given the situation at hand in West Africa.

And what would Coulter say if the man was inexplicably cured?

nobar on August 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Coulter laid down with Bill Maher.

That alone disqualifies her from being outraged about ANYTHING.

portlandon on August 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Ann Coulter is a vile, disgusting, hedonistic, materialistic narcissist. There’s a reason why she was attracted to Bill Mahr.

notropis on August 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

She’s a fake “conservative”. She was with Bill Maher, for crying out loud.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

i still can’t get over this. how does one look at bill maher and actually feel anything that slightly resembles an “attraction”… oh and then there’s that personality of his. lol. how do you even. what.

Sachiko on August 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Video: How likely is an Ebola outbreak in the US?

Not to state the obvious, but they are higher since Obama refuses to do his Constitutional duty and secure the border.

DinaRehn on August 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Chandler Parsons is a doctor in the off-season? Who knew?

budfox on August 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

MeanWhile,……………….:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/africa-ebola-outbreak-2014/

Benin
1h
Benin hospital treating Nigerian as suspected case of Ebola, health minister says – @Reuters

Saudi Arabia
3h
Saudi man, returning from trip to Sierra Leone, dies of suspected Ebola virus, Health Ministry says – @AlArabiya_Eng
Read more on alarabiya.net

Madrid, Madrid, ES
11h
Photo: Motorcade transporting Spanish priest with Ebola from airbase to hospital in Madrid – @pablofoleyelias
see original on twitter.com
===========================

Liberia
12h
Spanish priest with Ebola lands in Madrid for treatment, Spain’s government confirms – @AFP

canopfor on August 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Considering our southern border is WIDE OPEN and anyone, terrorist or not, infected or not, murderer or not, carrying a briefcase nuke or not, can walk across anytime they want, I would say it’s pretty damn likely!

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

We’ll find out.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Coulter easily bests AP as Queen of Click Bait.

sentinelrules on August 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Such as:

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border
LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries.
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/08/03/Leaked-CBP-Report-Shows-Entire-World-Exploiting-Open-US-Border

Border Patrol Agent: Federal Government Releasing Murderers Into U.S.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — A Border Patrol agent claims that the federal government is allowing murderers from Central America to be released into the U.S.
Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, agent Chris Cabrera stated that these teenage gang members crossing the border are being released to family members in the U.S.
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/08/07/border-patrol-agent-federal-government-releasing-murderers-into-us/

DinaRehn on August 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

DinaRehn on August 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Indeed. Appreciate the additions.

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

No mention of this??:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ben-carsons-worst-case-scenario-hospital-lab-worker-bribed-1-million-for-ebola-urine/

can_con on August 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Ebola is a bioterrorist’s dream. Imagine if the Rajneeshees had used Ebola, rather than Salmonella.

1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Rajneeshee_bioterror_attack

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

CAN I GET EBOLA FROM CONTAMINATED FOOD OR WATER?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

It is according to the UN. Not that the UN is a terribly credible source, but I think they’re right in this case.

Fenris on August 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I usually like Coulter’s articles and agree with her on more that a majority of what she writes, which I prefer to her television interviews. She provides a unique perspective to many subjects and can be really funny. On this one, she came up very short other than if her goal was to create debate regarding the motives of Christian doctors. If that was it, she has succeeded. I’ll continue to read her, unless she drops of the edge of the earth as did Little Green Footballs!

Deano1952 on August 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Bodily fluids, hmmm? Has anybody considered how much mucus and saliva droplets are sprayed into the air with a sneeze? Last I looked, those are bodily fluids.

As a matter of fact, I read an article in the last couple of days where justsuch an experiment was conducted with monkeys, and it was found that Ebola could be transmitted exactly that way between the unwilling test subjects.

Granted, they weren’t human, but I wouldn’t care to bet my life on the word of the so-called experts.

hachiban on August 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

In order to sell newspapers, or page views, or mouse clocks, or whatever, you need a catastrophic attention getting disease every so often.

AIDS. We’re all going to die of AIDS. Even straight people.
SARS. Show pictures of Asians wearing dust masks.
Mad Cow disease. OhMyGawd don’t eat beef.
Swine Flu epidemic. OhMyGawd don’t eat pork.
Bird Flu. OhMyGawd don’t eat chicken.
Ebola. We’re all gonna die!

Yeah, someday. But not from the disease panic du jour.

28 days until real football. Thank goodness.

Galtian on August 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Ditto the remarks on Coulter. I can hardly believe she used the phrase Christian narcissism. Did Maher or another progressive write this column for her?

She seems to have absolutely no concept of the fact that each Christian has his or her God-given work to do as God leads each in the location and area of influence.

Erickson and Scalia make some excellent points:

How many Liberians might come to know the Lord because of Dr. Brantly’s sacrifice? How many Americans, in an age of growing hostility to Christians, might see his sacrifice and pick up their own crosses? How many Liberians might grow in affection for the United States through Dr. Brantly’s sacrifice? We may never know the answer to any of these. But history itself shows us many will be saved and many will turn their hearts toward this great country. Christians should be focused on saving souls where the Lord leads them and lends them talent and we should all praise the work of the Holy Spirit in so doing.

and

And how does she think Americans will be inspired to seek out God?

INC on August 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Yeah, Ann can shut up any time now.

dkmonroe on August 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Ann Coulter is a hack and just likes to stir up trouble. Does she have a new book coming out, perchance?

cptacek on August 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Good Samaritans, or “Christian narcissists”?

How about both at the same time? They are not mutually exclusive after all.

VorDaj on August 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Well said, Ms. Scalia.

Did Ann Coulter ever write an article about Mother Teresa and her apparent “Christian narcissism”? What’s really bugging Coulter–that the male doctor left his family for this mission or that he contracted the disease?

conservative pilgrim on August 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Galtian on August 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

All of those ailments you list, ‘cept for maybe MadCow, WILL be more prevalent in the U.S. due to our open southern border and the sick people streaming across it.

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The Ebola scare at NYC’s Mt Sinai (AKA “Mt. Cyanide”)Hospital turned out to be another false alarm. Sooner or later some super–contagious flu virus mutation w;ll wreak havoc but never a slow crawler like Ebola.

I predict in three weeks this Ebola scare will not only not be in the headlines, nut like a Super Bowl loser,will be entirely forgotten.

MaiDee on August 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Coulter is an idiot. Those who impugn the motives of others reveal their own.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I never heard about her laying down with Bill Maher. That says everything to me. Goodbye Ann and go away quickly please.

As for government assurances that we won’t get Ebola, this is the same one that said if we liked our insurance plan you could keep it.

Forgive me if I’m skeptical.

itsspideyman on August 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

The Ebola scare at NYC’s Mt Sinai (AKA “Mt. Cyanide”)Hospital turned out to be another false alarm. Sooner or later some super–contagious flu virus mutation w;ll wreak havoc but never a slow crawler like Ebola.

I predict in three weeks this Ebola scare will not only not be in the headlines, but like a Super Bowl loser,will be entirely forgotten.

MaiDee on August 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

DinaRehn on August 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Indeed. Appreciate the additions.

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

You’re welcome.

At least Hot Air isn’t averse to the posting of excerpts and facts like other sites like *Cough* National *Cough* Review *Cough* Online

DinaRehn on August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

28 days until real football. Thank goodness.

Galtian on August 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

That 28 days seems ironic concerning the subject.

TooTall on August 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Coulter has a point. Those difficult Christians are insist on setting an example for others by loving their neighbors at the risk of their own lives.

Coulter may not give these two narcissists Medals of Honor for that, but she is not their judge. Emory is a private Methodist founded University. They are 100% secular today, but they still answer to a Christian conscience.

jimw on August 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

This is bullshit. It’s technically true in the medical terminology because the Ebola virus cannot survive and travel through the air like the Influenza virus, but obviously since:

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person…

So if an infected person sneezes or coughs or otherwise distributes their bodily fluids through the air and those fluids land on an exposed part of your body susceptible to the virus, obviously you can become infected.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

What’s a couple of million to dear old Ann anyway? As far as I’m aware Dr Brantly was already in Africa when the outbreak occurred. He did not deliberately leave the US to put himself in harm’s way. Ann is the antithesis of the good Samaritan.

paulbriggs on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I love a good mob pile-on.

Nomennovum on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

The Ebola scare at NYC’s Mt Sinai (AKA “Mt. Cyanide”)Hospital turned out to be another false alarm. Sooner or later some super–contagious flu virus mutation w;ll wreak havoc but never a slow crawler like Ebola.

I predict in three weeks this Ebola scare will not only not be in the headlines, nut like a Super Bowl loser,will be entirely forgotten.

MaiDee on August 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Depends what else happens. Since it can’t be blamed on the rich, or white people, or Republicans or the TEA Party or the Jews, you may be right.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Is the possibility getting vetted by global warming scientists?

Oil Can on August 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Ed,

Even defending a portion of Coulter’s unhinged, despicable rant is inadvisable here. There is a reason the word “indefensible” exists. It’s for these cases.

Rusty Nail on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

First people should stop assuming virus can mutate with a snap of the fingers, that is not how genetics or biology works. Previous studies of other Ebola outbreaks show that it remains fairly consistent over the course of the outbreak, with most of the mutations occurring when the virus is in whatever animal it calls it’s host reservoir (fruit bat being the theory).

The study from a couple years wherein pigs were shown to infect monkeys via the air involved Reston Ebola, which comes from the Philippines. Reston does not cause hemorrhagic fever in humans, lab workers and pig farmers alike were later shown to have antibodies without ever having been sick. Additionally, infections in pigs had especially heavy concentrations in the lung tissue which suggest why it could be airborne.

The current outbreak in Guinea involves the Ebola (Zaire)species, found in Central Africa which is 40% different from Reston at the Nucleotide. It has never been airborne in any outbreak or in research being spread by body fluids. Should you open your mouth and let a patient sneeze in it? NO!!! But if you are in a adjacent room should you be worried about catching it? Nope, because it is not airborne.

Trying to take US Medical conditions and compare them to West African health care is just plain silly. A lot of places Doctors without Borders and Samaritans purse are essentially field conditions way out in the middle of no where. You are not able to throw away gloves, hazard suits into biological hazard waste bins to be incinerated since supplies are short. You are overworked, have a lot of very sick people to care for, and are closely working with them in a hazard suit in very hot and humid conditions. And as always people make mistakes, and might still catch it in the rush.

Seriously, how exactly are you worrying about immigrants from among the poorest countries in Africa carrying Ebola crossing the southern border? Flying to Mexico/Guatemala etc is the equivalent of 6 years of income, and guess what, you have to take a connecting flight via the US anyway to get there. The odd 70 immigrants the border patrol catches a year stow away in ships bound to Panama, and then slowly make the long haul to the border over a period of months. Not to mention they would show sickness by the time they got to port and would be in no shape to travel anywhere.

And for perspective, 1600 suspected cases in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, which combined have a population of 22 Million people.
Worry about the obvious problems, not the far-fetched ones. Keep screening the airports and do more to stop it at its source.

clover_dave on August 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

A week ago, we were carpetbombed with the Kevin Bacon routine, which, coming from the people who are importing disease-ridden unfortunates from all over the world and who tell us unemployment is 6.1%, set off fire alarms everywhere.

Now, it’s no problem.

Why am I not convinced?

CAN EBOLA BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air

Wanna bet your life on it?

PS Coulter hasn’t been right since her father died.

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.

Ann, if there is a Christian narcissist in this story, it’s you.

If

you are indeed a (foul-mouthed, immodest-dressing, insult-hurling) Christian.

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Coulter should be ashamed – I live in the DFW area, and Dr. Brantley is a Fort Worth resident and a member of Southside Church of Christ there. He’s gotten a lot of coverage in the local media, and everyone who knows Dr. Brantley speaks about his great faith, and how devoted he is to serving God, and his fellow man.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Agreed. She fell to Debbie Schlussel’s level with her rant.

jim56 on August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.

Ann, if there is a Christian narcissist in this story, it’s you.

If you are indeed a (foul-mouthed, immodest-dressing, incessantly insult-hurling) Christian.

That’s how my 5:47 post should look.

itsnotaboutme, the Preview tab is your friend.

:)

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM

CAN EBOLA BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air

Wanna bet your life on it?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Disease spread pattern indicates Ebola can be airborne

http://www.naturalnews.com/046274_ebola_world_health_officials_panic.html#ixzz39kI6WUgR

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Many of you who thought I was so heartless about saying it’s not the US government’s responsibility to stop the persecution of Christians in Iraq.

So is it the US government’s job to help with the Ebola outbreak and to get the two missionaries back to the US? Samaritan’s Purse (and apparently one Republican) thinks so:

“A humanitarian organization battling Ebola in Africa pleaded for help for more than a month before the well-publicized infections of two Americans finally prompted a response from the U.S. government, an administrator with Samaritan’s Purse told a congressional subcommittee on Thursday.

“In mid-June, I began speaking privately to U.S. officials that the disease was spiraling out of control and more needed to be done immediately,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of the North Carolina-based Christian missionary organization. “That the world would allow two relief agencies to shoulder this burden along with the overwhelmed Ministries of Health in these countries testifies to the lack of serious attention the epidemic was given.”

Once missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in Liberia, Isaacs called Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on July 28. Isaacs relayed to Wolf, who has previously visited the relief organization in Africa, how bleak the situation had become.

Wolf said he immediately phoned the White House, State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Department of Homeland Security “trying to understand just what, if anything, the U.S. was doing both to help contain the outbreak in Africa and prevent the spread of Ebola to the U.S.”

http://news.yahoo.com/relief-workers-question-cdcs-slow-response-to-ebola-crisis-195713979.html

jim56 on August 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I agree with Coulter that this doctor’s pride was a deadly sin in this case. Either they are not being straight with us how transmissible this disease is, or the doctor broke protocol and became infected through his negligence. Either way, bringing the doctor and the nurse back to the U.S. increased the likelihood of ebola establishing itself in the U.S. They were known to be infected, and there is no cure.

For those who say we have to treat them, Coulter is again right. It cost $2 million to fly both the doctor and the nurse back to the U.S. The responsible, humane and cost-effective thing would have been to send a medical boat to treat them. There is nothing about this decision that makes any logical sense.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

CAN EBOLA BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

Wanna bet your life on it?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Disease spread pattern indicates Ebola can be airborne

http://www.naturalnews.com/046274_ebola_world_health_officials_panic.html#ixzz39kI6WUgR

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Not to mention that once someone infected coughs or sneezes on something, it can be passed along like any other kind of virus.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Very unlikely, according to the CDC, but not impossible either

First off, it’s hard to take the CDC seriously anymore. Remind me again, how many vials of anthrax, small-pox, deadly microbes do they have sitting around mixed in with piles of dirty laundry in their closets? We give the CDC a lot of respect but… how much of their message is directed by politicians and bureaucrats rather than actual doctors? I’m sure the loads of red-tape ain’t helping to get a clear message either.

Even then, it still takes contact with bodily fluids to transmit the disease, the CDC insists, and only if they are currently symptomatic:

Second, has no disease ever mutated and gone airborne before? How do we know it won’t suddenly get that much worse? On top of that, how much do we really know about Ebola considering how deadly it really is? Feels like we’re assuming it’s only contagious when you’re showing symptoms, feels like we’re assuming it’s only through bodily fluids… etc etc We have loads of doctors getting sick who are taking precautions, can we explain every one? Do we fully understand how it spread to humans in the first place?

Third, I mean we’ve got a collapsed border with dangerous diseases coming through. Who is to say an Ebola epidemic won’t be possible when you’ve got other possible epidemics running their course first – are our hospitals which are fewer in number with Obamacare going to be able to handle all this stuff? You go into one of those you have a chance of getting an incurable staph infection, this is where ebola and TB people are going to go if they find themselves under symptoms? And how many people showing signs of either will now be heading to the US under the illusion we’ve got super-cures?

Too many questions, too many assumptions and the people we’re trusting is the Government – I think a little paranoia is warranted.

Ukiah on August 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Michael Fumento (anti-hysteric for the past few decades):

http://nypost.com/2014/08/05/why-ebolas-nothing-to-worry-about/

via

http://pragertopia.com/2014/08/06/dennis-prager-radio-show-20140806-hr-1/

Ann Coulter, she’s usually right, if undiplomatic, but can’t stand with her on this one.

hatespam on August 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I agree with Coulter that this doctor’s pride was a deadly sin in this case.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

It’s highly ironic that the perpetually self-promoting professional insult hurler Coulter would call someone else a Christian Narcissist.

It’s even more interesting that God would give her (& ezspirit, too) the ability to read someone’s motives, apparently from hundreds of miles away.

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Hundreds, if not thousands, of SciFi novels and movies indicate that the CDC is dead wrong! It will get out! It will spread!! We’re all going to die!!!!

Hopefully, that is sarcasm.

Hucklebuck on August 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

http://pragertopia.com/2014/08/06/dennis-prager-radio-show-20140806-hr-1/

Ann Coulter, she’s usually right, if undiplomatic, but can’t stand with her on this one.

hatespam on August 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Subscriber-only content at pragertopia. :(

“Undiplomatic.”

You’re being very diplomatic. :)

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

It’s even more interesting that God would give her (& ezspirit, too) the ability to read someone’s motives, apparently from hundreds of miles away.

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Actions speak louder than words. God called him to risk his life to tend to the sick, but once he got sick, it’s all, “Get me back to the white man’s world! I can’t take this death all around me any more!”

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Imagine if Jesus pissed Himself after the first nail went in. “Forgive them Father… OUCH. Oh, God, it hurts! Never mind, I’m coming back to heaven. This was all a bad idea.”

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Those who impugn the motives of others reveal their own.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Amen brother.

Seamus on August 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Those who bring incurable, lethal diseases into countries where it is virtually nonexistent needlessly and selfishly risk the lives of 330 million people. Rather defeats the purpose of their mission, which is to treat it, not spread it. Especially when there’s a 50%-90% chance they’re going to die, anyway.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

What’s a couple of million to dear old Ann anyway? As far as I’m aware Dr Brantly was already in Africa when the outbreak occurred. He did not deliberately leave the US to put himself in harm’s way. Ann is the antithesis of the good Samaritan.

paulbriggs on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

The Good Samaritan parable was about the second most important commandment after love your God with all your heart and soul. It was “love your neighbor as you would love yourself”. The Golden Rule is an essential part of practically every religion on the planet and a principle that is translatable without religion as well.

It was when the expert in law asked “who is my neighbor?” that Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan.

It should also be noted that in Jesus’ time a Samaritan was a pariah and hated by Jews at the time. Samaritan’s Purse as an organization has also an allegorical foundation, to give kindness even to those who would hate you.

And yes Ann, they would help even you.

itsspideyman on August 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Actions speak louder than words. God called him to risk his life to tend to the sick, but once he got sick, it’s all, “Get me back to the white man’s world! I can’t take this death all around me any more!”

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

You don’t know anything about Dr. Brantley, or the details of his return to the US. Stop while you’re ahead.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Coulter rocks

The Notorious G.O.P on August 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM

As far as I’m aware Dr Brantly was already in Africa when the outbreak occurred. He did not deliberately leave the US to put himself in harm’s way.

paulbriggs on August 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Well, this isn’t exactly accurate. Brantly volunteered to go to Africa, to treat Ebola patients, in March of 2013 – he went there specifically for this. This was before the current, widespread outbreak, which began in March of this year, but, Ebola has been an ongoing problem in many African nations for many years. Brantly DID knowingly put himself in harm’s way.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

You don’t know anything about Dr. Brantley, or the details of his return to the US. Stop while you’re ahead.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

You’re right, there’s a lot we don’t know about the details of Dr. Brantley’s return like who signed off on that decision and how he was walking without help across the tarmac.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Tom Frieden, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the US who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere,” Frieden told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

“We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens and others who go from these three countries — or from Lagos if it doesn’t get it under control — and are here with symptoms,” he said.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Those who bring incurable, lethal diseases into countries where it is virtually nonexistent needlessly and selfishly risk the lives of 330 million people. Rather defeats the purpose of their mission, which is to treat it, not spread it. Especially when there’s a 50%-90% chance they’re going to die, anyway.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

These are the facts.

tetriskid on August 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

I agree with Coulter that this doctor’s pride was a deadly sin in this case. Either they are not being straight with us how transmissible this disease is, or the doctor broke protocol and became infected through his negligence. Either way, bringing the doctor and the nurse back to the U.S. increased the likelihood of ebola establishing itself in the U.S. They were known to be infected, and there is no cure.

For those who say we have to treat them, Coulter is again right. It cost $2 million to fly both the doctor and the nurse back to the U.S. The responsible, humane and cost-effective thing would have been to send a medical boat to treat them. There is nothing about this decision that makes any logical sense.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Only a fool deems to know the motives of another.

Coulter is a fool.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Coulter is an idiot. Those who impugn the motives of others reveal their own.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I used to think she had been unfairly characterized as mean, hateful, and full of evil intent.

Now I know those folks were right all along.

s1im on August 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

You’re right, there’s a lot we don’t know about the details of Dr. Brantley’s return like who signed off on that decision and how he was walking without help across the tarmac.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Then tell us, oh prescient one. Since you and Anne know his very motives, there must be nothing hidden from you.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Well, this isn’t exactly accurate. Brantly volunteered to go to Africa, to treat Ebola patients, in March of 2013 – he went there specifically for this. This was before the current, widespread outbreak, which began in March of this year, but, Ebola has been an ongoing problem in many African nations for many years. Brantly DID knowingly put himself in harm’s way.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Soldiers also knowingly put themselves in harms way.

It’s called sacrifice.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Imagine if Jesus pissed Himself after the first nail went in. “Forgive them Father… OUCH. Oh, God, it hurts! Never mind, I’m coming back to heaven. This was all a bad idea.”

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

So you also know that this doctor was called to die over there?

You’re more omniscient then any of us knew.

It’s easy to criticize this man’s sacrifice and reaction in the face of death when you’ve made no sacrifice. The only thing you’ve ever sacrificed is your integrity by posting ridiculous things on the internet.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

CAN I GET EBOLA FROM CONTAMINATED FOOD OR WATER?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

No wonder they can’t control it. If you can catch it from touching a glove with infected body fluids on it, you can catch it from eating a piece of pie with infected body fluids on it. Never mind the fact they are saying the outbreak came from eating infected bats…aka FOOD!

God help us if it gets here.

DickBurns on August 7, 2014 at 8:13 PM

By next March Ebola will be infecting birds, where it will mix with other deadly viruses and then spread back to humans and become a global contagion.

By next July we’ll all be dead of Bird Ebola Flu.

DarkCurrent on August 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Soldiers also knowingly put themselves in harms way.

It’s called sacrifice.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I have no problem with Brantly’s “sacrifice” – but, no one, NO ONE should be put in danger because of his personal sacrifice. It is shocking that Brantly would return, or would be allowed to the United States, while he is infected. There is no reason that he could not have been treated in Africa. Brantly’s personal “sacrifice” should be his, and his alone.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

So you also know that this doctor was called to die over there?

You’re more omniscient then any of us knew.

It’s easy to criticize this man’s sacrifice and reaction in the face of death when you’ve made no sacrifice. The only thing you’ve ever sacrificed is your integrity by posting ridiculous things on the internet.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

That’s a risk that he took, and the omniscient Lord gave him ebola. That was his cross alone to bear.

Easy for you to sit back and feel all high and mighty yourself when others point out the shocking lack of common sense displayed by bringing Brantley back. Now I know how Christians get mixed up with socialists. They expect other people to make sacrifices for them.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

So you also know that this doctor was called to die over there?

You’re more omniscient then any of us knew.

It’s easy to criticize this man’s sacrifice and reaction in the face of death when you’ve made no sacrifice. The only thing you’ve ever sacrificed is your integrity by posting ridiculous things on the internet.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

That’s a risk that he took, and the omniscient Lord gave him ebola. That was his cross alone to bear.

Easy for you to sit back and feel all high and mighty yourself when others point out the shocking lack of common sense displayed by bringing Brantley back. Now I know how Christians get mixed up with socialists. They expect other people to make sacrifices for them.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Of course, having him and the nurse treated near the CDC will likely give specialists much more insight into the disease than the world has ever had before. That would be a good thing for the entire world.

jim56 on August 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

jim56 on August 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I would trust the CDC more if they followed biolevel safety 4 precautions. Let’s see. We have a doctor contract ebola from lapses in protocol, and CDC responds by breaking protocol. Emory University Hospital does not even come close to the level of security that ebola requires. How do they plan to study it? By seeing how it spreads in a country with a higher standard of hygiene than West Africa?

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

To give you an idea of how this would look if the CDC was behaving responsibly:

Ebola is classified by the CDC as a Category A Bioterrorism Agent

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus

It is also on the Select Agent and Toxins list and so subject to especially strict government regulations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Select_agent

http://www.selectagents.gov/Select%20Agents%20and%20Toxins%20List.html

http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/bmbl.pdf

That means, Ebola patient Brantly must be transported in special facilities and treated in a maximum containment facility, a biosafety level 4 facility designed for work with Risk Group 4 microorganisms and with special security features.

These features include the isolation of the laboratory from environment and general traffic, a room sealable for decontamination, inward airflow, controlled ventilating system, HEPA filtered air exhaust, double-door entry, airlock, airlock with shower, effluent treatment, autoclave on site and in laboratory room, double ended, biological safety cabinets etc etc

These measures have been put in place in the hospital in Germany which is set to receive treat Ebola patients.

http://www.bild.de/regional/hamburg/ebola/behandlung-von-ebola-patient-immer-unwahrscheinlicher-37022750.bild.html

http://www.bild.de/news/inland/ebola/so-gefaehrlich-ist-das-ebola-virus-deutschland-37013526.bild.html

Patients in the University Clinic Hamburg Eppendorf are to be kept in an hermetically sealed special isolation unit, according to Dr Stefan Schmiedel. No gas, no liquid, no particles will be able to penetrate outside. There is a three-stage airlock system to prevent any air with any Ebola particles getting outside to the public. The medical personnel wear the special biosafety level 4 suits with their own breathing system and positive pressure. These suits will be burned at the end of every visit by a nurse or doctor to the patient. Special measures are also in place to sterilize everything inside the room, every spoon, cut and plate used by the patient.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

That’s a risk that he took, and the omniscient Lord gave him ebola. That was his cross alone to bear.

Easy for you to sit back and feel all high and mighty yourself when others point out the shocking lack of common sense displayed by bringing Brantley back. Now I know how Christians get mixed up with socialists. They expect other people to make sacrifices for them.

ezspirit on August 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

And the Lord also provided transport back to the US for treatment. See how that works?

The idea that he should die there because he got the disease is stupid.

Would you rather the African people, who happen to be mostly black, die as well? Or is that what this is really all about? It’s OK for black people in Africa to die, along with those who help them? No wonder people think Republicans are racist.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 11:30 PM

I have no problem with Brantly’s “sacrifice” – but, no one, NO ONE should be put in danger because of his personal sacrifice. It is shocking that Brantly would return, or would be allowed to the United States, while he is infected. There is no reason that he could not have been treated in Africa. Brantly’s personal “sacrifice” should be his, and his alone.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Why is it that you think people shouldn’t be put in danger?

Where does this attitude come from that the people in Africa aren’t worth saving or helping?

The folks in the conservative/republican camp are beyond pathetic on this issue.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Ed, thanks for addressing Coulter’s, um… (is “screed” too strong of a word?)…opinions.

The folks in the conservative/republican camp are beyond pathetic on this issue.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Not all of us, just the isolationist atheists. And cessationists. People who don’t believe God sometimes commands us to go and serve in other places, and/or don’t believe that we should be serving in other places.

Cheshire_Kat on August 8, 2014 at 2:16 AM

As heavy-handed as Coulter’s criticism is, beneath the rhetoric there is a larger and relevant point.

I have noticed that many churches have “missions trips” to foreign countries, and it seems relatively easy to get volunteers for these events but seldom do we go downtown to evangelize our own communities.

The real work of the Gospel isn’t medical work in foreign countries, as noble as that is. The real work is healing of souls, and right now this country’s soul is pretty ill.

Cleombrotus on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

And the Lord also provided transport back to the US for treatment. See how that works?

The idea that he should die there because he got the disease is stupid.

Would you rather the African people, who happen to be mostly black, die as well? Or is that what this is really all about? It’s OK for black people in Africa to die, along with those who help them? No wonder people think Republicans are racist.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Bringing him back was not the Lord’s doing. The path to hell is paved with good intentions.

The idea that he would die there is also stupid. Once you get the disease, your odds with this strain are 60%-90% that you will die NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. There is no cure for it!

They gave him an experimental serum, which seemed to be helping. They could have done that in Africa, even on a medical ship… there are plenty of them like the Mercy which is stationed there, and made a lot more serum for the $2 million this all cost when all is said and done.

Again, nobody is criticizing his mission, just his selfishness in breaking containment. Ebola doesn’t care what color you are. Obviously.

ezspirit on August 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

How likely is an Ebola outbreak in the US? … Very unlikely, according to the CDC, but not impossible either — which is why they have already begun to take precautions about travel and security.

What a load of BS! This is the same CDC that claimed AIDS was everyman’s disease (a lie) and they have done nothing to step in at Mexican border to stop diseased people from entering the country. Anything the CDC is doing is all for show so they can ask congress for more money.

earlgrey on August 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM