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Ebola: Dallas Judge Mocks The Virus As America Gets Paranoid

by | 6th, October 2014

 

n this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, Ebola patients lie outside Port Loko District Hospital in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. Port Loko is one of three districts recently quarantined by the government (AP Photo/Tanya Bindra)

 

 

EBOLA has arrived in the US. How are they handling things?

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins drove a  family  exposed to ebola to their new home. He never did get changed:

“On Friday, while hazmat experts were working inside the apartment wearing Tyvek bio-hazard suits, Jenkins again was seen going in and out of the apartment while not even wearing a mask or gloves.”

Did you meet with the infected , America’s first Ebola patient, who has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan?

“We are working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts and will soon have an official contact tracing number that will be lower,” Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient’s home. The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection.”​

A young man prepares to leave an apartment in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed last week. The family living there has been confined under armed guard while being monitored by health officials. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

 

But it’s ok:

Ebola is not spread by water or directly by food, nor is it transmitted by air like respiratory illnesses such as measles and chickenpox. Coughing and sneezing aren’t common symptoms of Ebola, but if a symptomatic patient coughs or sneezes, and the saliva or mucous comes in contact with another person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.

Medical workers pictured in hoods and respirators are wearing those items for precautionary purposes and not out of necessity, Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chief of communicable disease epidemiology & immunization of public health in Seattle and King County, Wash., told FoxNews.com. Face masks are part of infectious disease control protocols, to avoid splashes and droplets, but masks that filter air are necessary for airborne illnesses, which Ebola is not.

When someone recovers from Ebola, they can no longer spread that specific species of the virus, according to the CDC. People who recover from Ebola develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years, research shows.

Nonetheless, Ebola has been found in semen for up to three months after the person recovers. The CDC advises that those who become infected abstain from sex or use condoms for three months after they recover.

Ebola can live outside of the body on surfaces like countertops or doorknobs, for example for several hours. In bodily fluids like blood, on the other hand, the virus can survive outside of the body for several days at room temperature.

 

John Schiff, owner of the Reuseum surplus store in Boise, Idaho, poses for a photo with a computer showing his company's "Obtanium" eBay store, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Schiff says he has had a spike in sales of surgical masks on his site, which he attributes to public concern over the Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)

Luckily:

A Dallas apartment where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States had stayed is finally getting a thorough cleaning, days after the diagnosis left four people quarantined there with soiled towels and sweat-stained sheets from the Ebola patient.

After some delays, the first of three phases in cleaning the apartment began Friday afternoon. By around 5:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. ET), the effort was continuing but at least the sheets and towels had been moved out. Crews also worked

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