Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Roulette: US protocols are the weakest in the world

On October 16, 2014, international relief group Samaritan's Purse expressed their extreme concern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedures in treating Ebola. Vice President Ken Isaacs told The Hill that American standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa. “We’re not comfortable with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] procedures,” he said.

For example, when Samaritan's Purse health workers treat Ebola patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy.

In contrast, U.S. hospitals, such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola so far, were told by the CDC that medical professionals don't have to hose down their gear or be concerned about leaving their skin exposed in dealing with Ebola patients.

“If you slip, and you touch your skin … you’re going to get Ebola … Can we trust CDC? They said they were going to stop it in its tracks, but I don’t know," said Isaacs.

Bulgarian child rapist finally deported from the US after two decades

On October 14, 2014 Romeo Mihov Ruskov, 48 was deported from the U.S. back to his native Bulgaria by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE). Ruskov brutally raped a minor in Bulgaria in 1993, illegally entered the U.S. in 1995 and managed to hide from justice for nearly two decades. His case exemplifies the inexcusable shortcomings of our lax immigration system.

Ruskov was removed from Chicago via commercial aircraft, arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria on Oct. 15, 2014. He is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice (an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities in the country concerned). Ruskov was convicted for gang raping a minor in Bulgaria, using threats and force. For this heinous crime, Ruskov was sentenced to four years in prison. An appellate decision issued by the Bulgarian Pazardzhik District Court on Nov. 8, 2012 upheld the conviction and sentence.

After committing the rape in 1993, Ruskov escaped justice by flying to Mexico City. Once there, he paid a smuggler (a “coyote”) $3,000 to help him illegally cross the U.S./Mexico border via the state of Texas in 1995. Ruskov was captured by the U.S. Border Patrol and placed in deportation proceedings.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Second health worker in US contracts Ebola, CDC fails to accept responsibility

On October 15, 2014, another female hospital worker in Dallas, Texas has tested positive for Ebola, after treating Ebola’s ‘Patient Zero,’ Thomas Eric Duncan. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to obfuscate the facts, while failing to acknowledge that its guidelines are grossly inadequate, providing only minimum level of protection.

Ebola is highly infectious. At the peak of illness, an Ebola patient can have 10 billion viral particles in one-fifth of a teaspoon of blood, making it more contagious than hepatitis A, B and C, as well as H.I.V.Researchers can study bubonic plague at level 3, but Ebola and other transmissible and incurable virusesmust be quarantined at Biosafety level 4. Protective gear recommended by the CDC provides only level 2 of protection – grossly inadequate for protecting health workers and other patients.

On October 14, 2014, Sudanese Ebola patient died in German hospital. He was the third Ebola patient to arrive in Germany in recent weeks, and the first to die. None of the medical workers in Germany have tested positive for Ebola. What are they doing differently? Treating Ebola the way medical professionals and researchers know it has to be treated: at the highest level of Biosafety: BSL-4.

ISIS recruits Western teens, justifies sex slavery

In the new edition of its digital magazine, ISIS attempts to justify kidnapping non-Muslim women and turning them into sex slaves. The article, "The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour," claims that forcing women to become concubines and sex slaves is acceptable in the days leading up to the Judgment Day.

CNN reports that the rationalization for a return to slavery coincided with the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on crimes committed by ISIS, which describes the Islamic State’s brutality towards their captives. A litany of horrific crimes includes forced marriage, sexual assault and slavery, with children amongst the victims.

The twisted publication of the group's English-language digital magazine called "Dabiq" threatens, “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women." ISIS claims that “enslaving the families of the [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet, and thereby apostatizing from Islam."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CDC protocol insufficient, medical worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola

On October 12, 2014, a female hospital worker in Dallas, Texas has tested positive for Ebola, after helping treat Thomas Eric Duncan. The worker was wearing a gown, gloves, mask and other protective gear, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety protocols.

Biosafety Level 4 or BSL-4 is “supermax”, the highest level of protection, which is required when working with dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of infection with a life-threatening disease that is frequently fatal, for which there are no vaccines or treatments, or related agents with unknown risk of transmission. Ebola clearly meets these criteria. 

The exact mode of transmission is currently unknown and there is no cure for the disease, which takes lives of up to 90% of its victims. In addition to being present in body fluids, Ebola is also present on a patient’s skin after symptoms develop and remains in semen for months after patient’s recovery.

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, claimed that the safety protocols must have been “breached.” The real issue at hand is that current CDC protocols are grossly insufficient. They provide a level-two protection, while the only safe way of dealing with Ebola requires wearing a level-four biological security full-body suit and taking misty chemical showers with proper disinfectants.

D.C. police officer was moonlighting as a pimp

On October 9, 2014 Linwood Barnhill, 48, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of pandering minors for prostitution and one count of possession of child pornography. His short sentence was secured by the plea agreement.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer coddled the disgraced police officer, telling him: “You have served this community so well … It is sad for me to have to sentence you today. I hope you recover.”

Robot that kills Ebola and Enterovirus D68 showcased at IDWeek 2014

A 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying robot is being featured at IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia from October 8 to 12, 2014. IDWeek is a combined meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

This futuristic-looking machine, known as TRU-D SmartUVC, emanates UVC light at a particular frequency known to kill Ebola particles.

The study, entitled, "Sensitivity to Ultraviolet Radiation of Lassa, vaccinia and Ebola viruses Dried on Surfaces," found that Ebola virus is vulnerable to UVC light emitted from low-pressure mercury UVC bulbs. UVC light works to eliminate Ebola and other deadly pathogens, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterovirus D68, by scrambling DNA of these organisms and thereby compromising their ability to reproduce and spread.

Fort Hood soldiers charged after attempted alien smuggling on September 11

On October 9, 2014, the seven-count indictment was unsealed against three Fort Hood soldiers for smuggling, transporting and harboring illegal aliens. It charges active-duty U.S. Army soldiers Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, Brandon Troy Robbins, 20, and Christopher David Wix, 21.

The indictment was unsealed upon the arrests of Rodriguez, Robbins and Wix at Fort Hood in Texas. All three soldiers are privates, serving in the 1st Cavalry Division's 215th Brigade Support Battalion. Eric Alexander Rodriguez is an ammunition specialist, Christopher David Wix is an automated logistical specialist and Brandon Troy Robbins is a vehicle transport operator.

They are facing criminal charges for one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens, and six counts of transporting aliens.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Outside of this suit, no one is safe around Ebola

On October 8, 2014, Liberian visitor Thomas Eric Duncan had succumbed to the Ebola virus and passed away at the hospital in Dallas, Texas. Medical professionals involved in treating him are at risk for contracting the disease. A World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned that more Ebola cases can be expected among medical staff. This includes developed countries with modern health care systems.

Health staff at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain protested over the hospital’s safety failures on Tuesday, since their protective clothing does not have level-four biological security, which is fully waterproof and includes an independent breathing apparatus. The European Commission has asked Spain to explain how Ms. Romero could have become infected. She was one of about 30 medical staff treating the missionaries. Nurse Romero had twice entered the room where priest Viejo had been treated, to be directly involved in his care and to disinfect the room after his death. She was wearing protective gear both times, including two sets of overalls, gloves and goggles. Nurse Teresa Romero contracted Ebola after treating priests Manuel Garcia Viejo and Miguel Pajares, after they were repatriated to Spain from West Africa. Both missionaries died of Ebola. One of them contracted the virus in Liberia and the other one was infected in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kent Brantly also contracted Ebola in spite of wearing full-body protective gear.

ICE smartphone app helps locate child predators and rescue their victims

On October 7, 2014 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that Operation Predator app is now available for Android smartphones. It’s also available in Spanish for both Apple and Android versions. The Spanish language versions of the app are built-in to the iOS and Android applications. Users who already have the iOS version should update the app or download it fresh from the Apple Store or iTunes.

The award-winning Operation Predator app is the first U.S. federal law enforcement app, designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and suspected child predators. It allows users to receive alerts about child predators, share the information via email and social media tools and provide information to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) by calling or submitting an online tip. It also showcases news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators, as well as other resources related to child exploitation.

Ebola sufferers are encouraged to come to America

On October 4, 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials rushed to the temporarily quarantined United Airlines flight from Brussels at Newark Airport, after a passenger from Ebola-ravaged Liberia exhibited signs of the deadly virus. The man, who had been vomiting on the flight, along with his young daughter, were fitted with surgical masks and walked off the airplane by CDC personnel in white hazmat uniforms. There was a 90-minute wait before the passenger was removed off the airplane.

The remaining passengers aboard the United Airlines flight 998 were held aboard the aircraft for about two hours. They were later questioned and released. The passenger and his daughter were also released. Officials said that they do not show signs of Ebola and therefore will not be tested for the deadly virus.

Liberian citizens, awaiting the arrival of their fellow countrymen, conveyed the prevailing attitude: “Better here than in Africa… Because they are coming from Africa, and America is a better place to be” if you have Ebola. “All the people brought here are cured from Ebola but there they die. America is a great country.”