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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Ebola Update By Bam Bam

M.D. Creekmore
The Survivalist Blog

Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark. In the last 48 hours the President has issued an executive order updating the list of quarantinable diseases for which persons can be detained and quarantined. [1] The order specifies that persons suffering pneumonia-like symptoms may be quarantined.

Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. This subsection does not apply to influenza. [1]
The state of New York conducted the state’s largest no-notice emergency response exercise testing for the states ability to respond to a biological attack.

Today, the Health Department is conducting the largest no-notice emergency response exercise in New York City history that will test our ability to respond to the release of a biological agent. Called RAMPEx, which stands for Rapid Activation for Mass Prophylaxis Exercise, the exercise involves notifying and deploying over 1,500 staff from more than a dozen City agencies and setting up 30 temporary locations that would be used to rapidly dispense life-saving medication in the event of an emergency. The majority of participants in today’s exercise were given no notice, meaning most participants were not informed of the day or time of the exercise, in order to better test and simulate a real emergency and response. [2]

Although government officials and media reports insist Ebola is not airborne, the Center for Disease Control has issued a report specifying protocol for airline personnel dealing with suspected cases of Ebola. [3] The report recommends that airline personnel provide the sick person with a facemask “to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.” [3]

The same report issues guidance for airline cleaning crews. Of particular importance is the recommendation to wipe down all surfaces commonly touched by passengers—because the Ebola virus can live for days on surfaces and anyone touching contaminated surfaces can become infected. [4] Cleaning crews are cautioned against using compressed air because doing so “might spread infectious material through the air.” [3] 

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