On June 4, 2019 the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Global Health held a hearing on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has infected more than 2,020 people with a death toll of over 1,300. The witnesses at the hearing were USAID Acting Assistant Administrator, Tim Ziever, and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. (The entire hearing is embedded within the article)
The one hour 23 minute hearing offered an update on the U.S. government response efforts, Ebola vaccine availability, including that they are running out, lessons learned from previous outbreaks, and some additional statistics and facts we haven't seen widely reported.
Some key points made between the two witnesses include the differences between the previous Ebola outbreaks and this latest one which was officially declared an emergency in August 2018, but actually started over a year ago, according to Ziever.
One of those disturbing differences is that the average outbreak length from previous years was just four months, compared to this one that has lasted over a year, despite the "official" date being August 2018, and Ziever is very clear in saying the situation is "worsening" and Ebola cases will "continue to rise."
One key quote that caught my attention was when Ziever asserted "The scope of this bio-security threat is changing, and the risk of the virus leaping the border to other countries is very high."
That in conjunction with the CDC Director's testimony later in the hearing where he said the risk to the U.S. from the approximate 43 people a day from the Congo that travel to the United States is very low, should the virus cross the borders into other countries, as Ziever asserted it likely would, then that risk rises considerably.
The 43 people traveling to the U.S. a day from that part of the world, are those traveling legally and can be set up in a system where they "self-monitor" for the first symptom of Ebola, a fever," in case they were still in the incubation period when first evaluated entering the country, but recent reports from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows us the dangers are those coming illegally.
May 31, 2019:
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a large group of 116 individuals Thursday.
“Large groups present a unique challenge for the men and women of the Del Rio Sector,” said Chief Raul Ortiz. “This large group from Africa further demonstrates the complexity and severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”
Agents performing line watch operations apprehended the group after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. around 10:30 p.m.
This is the first large group apprehended in the Del Rio Sector and the first large group of people from Africa – including nationals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo - apprehended on the Southwest border this year.
Agents have encountered 182 large groups of more than 100 individuals across the Southwest border so far this fiscal year.
C-Span video of the hearing below (using the scroll bar, viewers can skip over listening the congress men and women babbling and just listen to the two experts)
While we share the concern indicated by one of the congresswomen about the "self-monitoring" and reporting, due to some incubation periods lasting up to 20+ days, and whether the people in question would "self-report" early enough as to prevent an outbreak here in the U.S., we find it extremely troubling that one expert seems so confident that the virus will, indeed, leap the borders, with the other saying once that happens the risk internationally increases, the fact that U.S. custom officials are already catching nations from those areas entering the country illegally.
How many have entered already without getting caught?
Another aspect of their testimony is concerning as well, one of the gentlemen insists that hospitals across the U.S. are equipped to deal with proper procedures should Ebola be identified, but we also heard that during the 2014 outbreak, which nurses across the nation contradicted clearly, and it was found that 80 percent "say their hospital has not provided policy for admission of potential infected patients."
Several weeks ago, National Nurses United began surveying registered nurses across the U.S. about emergency preparedness. Most of the nurses are telling NNU that their hospital is not prepared for the Ebola virus.
In updated preliminary results from nearly 700 RNs at over 250 hospitals in 31 states released Friday:
• 80 percent say their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola
• 87 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions
• One-third say their hospital has insufficient supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) and fluid resistant/impermeable gowns
• Nearly 40 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use, less than 10 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in place
• More than 60 percent say their hospital fails to reduce the number of patients they must care for to accommodate caring for an “isolation” patient
By November 2014, "Tens of thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus." (Source - Reuters)
So between our borders not being secure, and knowing that nationals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo have already been detained after entering the U.S., along with hospitals not being adequately prepared to deal with Ebola patients, never mind a possible outbreak, there are those with legitimate concerns.
EBOLA AS A DEPOPULATION TOOL
A flashback to 2006, detailed by Natural News in 2016, reminds us that Professor Erik Pianka gave an acceptance speech at the 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, and proposed that an airborne version of the Ebola virus could wipe out more than 90 percent of the population, which he thought would be good for the planet.
Pianka is far from alone as to thinking the planet needs a 90 percent reduction of population, as quotes from others show that the "elite" are big depopulation proponents.
While WHO has listed this outbreak as the Zaire strain, the differences in infectiousness, death rate, and the inability to contain the virus in the average four month time frame, indicates this may be more virulent and could very well spiral out of control once it "leaps the border.'
BOTTOM LINE - BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
Whether the DRC Ebola outbreak is the Zaire strain, a mutated strain or something created for the purpose of "planetary genocide" (Thanks, SQ), either way it might not hurt to pick up a couple of cases of disposable face masks used in hospitals..... just in case.
If the Ebola virus leaps the DRC borders as Ziever seems sure it will, then the likelihood of an international outbreaks increases exponentially. Should it make to the United States, the best thing everyone could do is to hunker down, stay away from crowded places, and use up those stores of emergency survival foods.
Better safe than sorry!
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