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DALLAS — Health officials are closely monitoring a possible second Ebola patient who had close contact with the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S., the director of Dallas County’s health department said Wednesday.
All who have been in close contact with the man officially diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in a morning interview with WFAA-TV.
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained. [Video]
Last August I was particularly comforted by health officials’ assurances in the media that the virus could not be contracted by simply being in, say, an airplane with someone who is infected. While showing footage of medical staff in FULL HAZMAT GEAR transporting a patient.
This is the Atlanta footage from August 5, when Samaritan’s Purse brought in their second patient:
I am not being alarmist, and I hate these Alex Jones-type videos designed to panic people who’ve watched way too much Jerry Springer in their lives. The disease probably is difficult to catch. But I also hate the PC narrative the CDC and other health officials resort to whenever incidents like this occur.
We’ve been here before.
In the early 1980s, Air Canada flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas entered the US from West Africa and trotted his little bottom into every gay bathhouse he could find between New York and San Francisco, spreading the HIV virus.
Since that time, we’ve been informed that Dugas was not “Patient Zero” as was originally suspected, because AIDS is not a “gay disease.”
And indeed cases of the disease did predate Dugas in the U.S., as early as 1959.
But of course Dugas was Patient Zero because before Dugas, in 25 years, the disease had not spread into the population.
And, in the U.S., AIDS was without question a gay disease.
Gaëtan Dugas’ Hot Bottom Bathhouse Marathon was a direct cause of the blitzkrieg AIDS pandemic within mere months of his landing in New York City.
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We’ve known the Ebola virus could jump the Atlantic for 20 years. Wolfgang Petersen made a really bad movie about it with Dustin Hoffman, for Pete’s sake.
So why when this latest outbreak occurred in West Africa, did not the US government shutdown all but essential travel between the US and Ebola-stricken countries?
The short answer is political correctness: We wouldn’t want to offend any West Africans in the country on vacation; we do after all live in a global village.
So instead, Barack Obama sends 3,000 GIs to Liberia to play Peace Corp., the dream assignment of every combat-trained soldier.
I think it’s safe to say that Ebola is an African disease. It originated in Africa, and has been contained in Africa, but fortunately for us a hedonistic gay Canadian didn’t contract it first.
So we’ve been lucky in that regard. What kind of world would it be without Perez Hilton?
But it has now arrived.
Okay, we should not panic that a case of Ebola has shown up in the Southwest, or that others may have been exposed. But neither should we with any great confidence accept assertions by health officials that this disease cannot go airborne.
They themselves are obviously not convinced.
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