EBOLA AND OTHER DEADLY AGENTS

Ebola

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the “Ebola outbreak of 2014 was a global wake-up call regarding the ongoing threat of emerging infectious diseases. After a slow initial response by the global community, including the U.S. government, the U.S. mounted what has become the largest effort by a single donor government to respond to Ebola. This includes an emergency appropriation of $5.4 billion by Congress as part of its final FY 2015 spending package, a funding amount significantly larger than previous emergency response efforts to address emerging infectious disease outbreaks such as SARS and avian influenza. Since this funding was designated by Congress as an emergency funding measure, it did not count toward existing budget caps on discretionary spending”.

Examination of reports by the CDC and various information outlets indicate only two people during the crisis contracted Ebola in the United States. Both were nurses and both recovered.

Another nine people contracted the disease outside the US and traveled into the country; only two did not recover.

So we spent ~ $ 500,000,000 per US case.

Zika

In the opinion of the RATIO/NAL Observer, the Zika virus could turn out to be more problematic in the US than Ebola.

  • As of August 31, 2016, the CDC reports 35 cases of locally acquired Zika (versus 2 Ebola infections) and another 2686 travel related cases (versus 9 Ebola cases)
  • The major method of infection is via Aedes aegypti species mosquitos. (See note below) *
  • The virus is also passed through sex, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time.
  • An infected pregnant woman can pass the Zika virus to her fetus anytime during the pregnancy up to and including around the time of birth, which makes it a multi—generational agent.
  • As we know, Zika is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
  • Additionally, we are learning that Zika has been linked to a rare adult condition that can result in paralysis and death. (Guillain-Barre syndrome).
  • Recently researchers report evidence that certain neural progenitor adult brain cells that are necessary for learning and memory might also be subject Zika attack.

Another Deadly Agent

During the major Ebola outbreak of 2014, More than 23,200 people in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization, making this the biggest outbreak on record. More than 9,300 people have died according to the WHO.

Last year, 2015, 11,774 Islamic terrorist attacks were recorded internationally. The attacks caused 28,323 deaths, upwards of 35,000 injuries, and 12,100 kidnaps for the purpose of hostage or slavery. Jihadism is also a multi-generational deadly agent.

While there were no domestic deaths from Ebola, the Jihadists were more “successful”:

  • 1991 Islamic terrorists attempted to bring down the World Trade Center in New York for the first time. Although unsuccessful, 6 people were killed and another 1040 were injured.
  • In October of 2000 17 US sailors were killed and 39 injured during a Jihadist bomb attack on the USS Cole.
  • The second attempt to bring down the World Trade Center in September of 2001 was successful. The 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the WTC, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt on AA flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, PA killed 2,996 and injured more than 6,000.
  • Since the 9/11 attacks another 139 have been killed and 387 injured including this year’s deadly attack on an Orlando FL nightclub.

Grand total 3,158 killed and 7,466 injured by Islamic Extremism. The RATIO/NAL Observer believes that not all deadly agents are pathogenic microorganisms.

*While writing this blog, a colleague reminded me that a half a century or so ago, our tax dollars were wasted fighting the Aedes aegypti species mosquito under the impassioned direction of Louisiana Senator Russell Long, the son of the infamous LA Senator Huey Long. The rational was to eliminate Yellow Fever by spraying/dumping massive amounts of DDT even though there had been no cases in 50 years. There is still no Yellow Fever but Aedes aegypti are still abundant in S. FL

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