CDC’s Idea for Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Updated Nov. 19, 2020LanguagesPrint

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

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More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.

As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Travel

Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand. These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination? Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases.
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

It’s important to talk with the people you live with and your family and friends about the risks of traveling for Thanksgiving.

If you do travel

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Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

Wear a mask

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  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

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Wash your hands

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  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Attending a Gathering

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Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

If you choose to attend a gathering, make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps if attending a Thanksgiving gathering:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

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Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. These steps include:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you

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  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

Watch television and play games with people in your household

  • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
  • Find a fun game to play.

Shopping

  • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
  • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
  • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others and wear a mask.

Other Activities

  • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
  • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.
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More Information

Stupid Question of the Day… If we have only had 4 Ebola patients in the US, and only 1 of the 4 died, why the hell would we need “Ebola Preparedness Emergency Departments” at our hospitals????

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/f1d375

Now Available: Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Videos

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 02/17/2015 01:18 PM EST
Now Available: Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Videos


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CDC and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and collaborated with numerous professional organizations to develop an Ebola Preparedness Training for emergency department personnel. Titled “Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines,” the training package consists of four video modules that supplement CDC’s recommended three-step strategy — identify, isolate and inform — for managing possible Ebola patients.

The modules showcase important planning processes, provider-patient communication techniques and cross-discipline teamwork principles that can be used to successfully handle several emerging diseases.
The four video modules are available as a YouTube playlist: Ebola Emergency Department Preparedness

Considerations for Preparedness – This module focuses on preparedness considerations for Ebola and how to engage a multi-disciplinary team to prepare your institution.

Screening Patients for Ebola Risk Factors and Symptoms – This module provides guidance for developing plans and procedures for screening all patients for relevant travel history, risk factors for Ebola, and signs and symptoms that might be consistent with Ebola.

Isolation of a Patient with Ebola Risk Factors and Symptoms – This module provides guidance for developing plans and procedures for safely implementing appropriate isolation precautions for a patient under investigation for Ebola.

Evaluate and Briefly Manage Patients: Ebola Assessment Hospitals – This module for Ebola Assessment Hospitals covers the basic concepts for evaluating and briefly managing a patient under investigation for Ebola.
The Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Modules are available on CDC’s Ebola Website.

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Fox News’s Attkisson asserts that the CDC admits they are not telling the truth about Ebola.

Are Yall Ready for the Vaccine That CDC and Bill Gates Wants You to Get? The same Bill Gates that stated they could thin out the population using vaccines?

Attkisson asserts that the CDC admits they are not telling the truth about Ebola.
http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2014/12/ebola-is-coming-back-with-a-vengeance-2558690.html

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From a Fox News interview on the #MediaBuzz, Sharyl Attkisson said that she has uncovered evidence that Ebola is making an impressive comeback. Actually, comeback may be the wrong term. The proper term is coverup. Here is an excerpt from the Attkisson interview:

“Infectious disease experts remain very concerned about the disease. A lot of the media coverage has gone from overtime to almost nothing since the administration has appointed an Ebola czar. And I don’t think that’s any accident.. I called CDC not long ago and said, How many active cases are being monitored in the United States of Ebola?” And they said, 1,400.” And I said, “Where is that on your website, these updates?” And they said, “We’re not putting it on the web. So I think there’s an effort to control the message and tamp it down. This is public information we have a right to and I think the media should not hype it but cover it.

The Christmas shopping season will be over in a short time. Subsequently, the need to make the country feel safe to go out in public, is almost over from a retail standpoint. This coincides with the announcement of an Ebola vaccine which will be ready to market in January of 2015.

This makes perfect sense since Bill Gates invested over a half a billion dollar in the Global Fund to vaccinate as many as possible with the Ebola vaccine. Of course, the CDC owns the patent on Ebola and any treatment will add to their bottom line. Things are about ready to get very interesting.

According to FOX News, The CDC Hiding the amount of Americans With Ebola, and Being Watched for Ebola!

Attkisson: CDC Hiding Numbers of Possible Ebola Cases in US
12/21/2014, 1:58:57 PM · by Rockitz · 18 replies
Breitbart.com ^ | 21 December 2014 | Pam Key
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/pravdapress/index
Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson said the CDC is not putting out the current information on how many potential cases of Ebola they are currently tracking in the Untied States. Attkisson said, “I called CDC not long ago and I said how many cases are being monitored in the United States and they said 1,400. I said, ‘Where are these updates on your website? ‘ They said they’re not putting it on the web.

Another “Just In” From AlertsUSA…The Not So Good News That Is Must Know

I wonder what other Georgians think of this BS?

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Are There Ebola Cases in Mexico?


Nov 17, 2014

On Nov 17, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:
11/17 – Susp Ebola in Mexico. Air amb under USGOV contract to evac Ebola patients currently en-route to Guadalajara, then back to Atlanta. MORE: http://bit.ly/su1117a

What You Need To Know
AlertsUSA is calling subscriber attention to an unfolding situation in Mexico.

As most are aware, the U.S. State Department has a sole source contract with Phoenix Air Group of Cartersville, GA to provide specialized air ambulance medical evacuation services for those infected with unique and highly contagious pathogens, including Ebola. At the present time, Phoenix Air Group is the singular organization worldwide operating aircraft with an Aeromedical Biological Containment Shelter (ABCS) which allows medical personnel to enter the containment vessel in-flight to attend to the patient. The latest reports indicate the company has only TWO such aircraft.

Over the last several months, Phoenix Air Group has evacuated a large number of individuals infected with Ebola from West Africa to the United States. These individuals include medical missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the first reported cases treated in the U.S., as well as Dr. Martin Salia who arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center over the weekend from Sierra Leone and who died this morning.

EBOLA EVAC PLANE HEADED TO MEXICO

At the time of the preparation of this report, the same plane used to transport Dr. Salia (tail number N163PA) is currently en route from its home base in Cartersville, GA to Housten, TX, then to Guadalajara, Mexico, then back to Fulton County Airport near Atlanta, GA (home of Emory University).

The flight plan and current position of the aircraft can be viewed HERE. You can also jump to this page via http://www.EbolaReady.com .

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU?

The implications of a possible Ebola outbreak in Mexico are extraordinary.

As reported within Threat Journal in October, 4-star Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, issued dire warnings about Ebola and the impact of an outbreak in the Caribbean or Central America:

“It will make the 68,000 unaccompanied minors look like a small problem.”

“If Ebola breaks out in Haiti or in Central America, I think it is literally ‘Katie bar the door’ in terms of the mass migration … into the United States.”

‘By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the CDC. That’s horrific. And there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”

“The nightmare scenario, I think, is right around the corner.”

While unspoken, General Kelly’s comments call to the forefront the dangerous trifecta combination of poor public health capabilities in Mexico, Central and S. America, the severely weakened U.S. border control situation and the growing number of individuals currently surging North in an attempt to take advantage of President Obama’s promised amnesty actions.

Given the tense political environment surrounding amnesty, it is highly unlikely that mainstream news organizations will touch reporting on this developing situation.

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments in Mexico as well as the ongoing spread of this virus elsewhere and will immediately notify service subscribers of major changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant.

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Between Nov 4-5, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:
11/5 – The Ebola threat is not over. Obama Admin seeking $6B in emerg funds to boost Strategic Nat’l Stockpile readiness for domestic outbreak + overseas efforts.

11/4 – A major national nursing strike is taking shape for next Tues/Wed over insufficient protocols, training & protective gear for handling Ebola cases.

What You Need To Know
Twice this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding the latest moves on the part of the U.S. government and the private sector in relation to the ongoing Ebola crisis.

AMERICA’S NURSES TO STRIKE OVER EBOLA PREPS

On Tuesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an upcoming nurses strike scheduled for Nov. 11-12th in at least 14 states to press demands for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals, as well additional training and the provision of optimal personal protective equipment.

What independent nurses and nurse’s unions nationwide are demanding are optimal personal protective equipment including full-body hazmat suits meeting top standards for the prevention of blood and viral penetration, as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved powered air purifying respirators. They are also demanding that all facilities provide rigorous training for health workers who might encounter an Ebola patient, including practice donning and doffing hazmat suits which is where some of the greatest risk of infection can occur.

CDC CHANGES EBOLA CASE DEFINITION AND RISK FACTORS

Late last week, the CDC quietly changed their Ebola Case Definition, replacing the specification of a fever above 101.5 with the simple phrase “elevated body temperature”. The differences in this definition are dramatic when considering the topic of quarantines.

OLD EBOLA CASE DEFINITION (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A person who has both consistent signs or symptoms and risk factors as follows

Clinical criteria, which includes fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage;
AND
Epidemiologic risk factors within the past 21 days before the onset of symptoms, such as contact with blood or other body fluids or human remains of a patient known to have or suspected to have EVD; residence in—or travel to—an area where EVD transmission is active*; or direct handling of bats or non-human primates from disease-endemic areas.

NEW EBOLA CASE DEFINITION (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A person who has both consistent signs or symptoms and risk factors as follows:

Elevated body temperature or subjective fever or symptoms, including severe headache, fatigue, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage;
AND
An epidemiologic risk factor within the 21 days before the onset of symptoms.

Perhaps more importantly, the CDC also added new risk factors to their Ebola Case Definition, including being in the same room for a brief period of time with an individual who was merely symptomatic, which would suggest potential for infection via respiratory means without actually saying the dreaded word “airborne”, as well as brief contact, such as a simple hand shake, with an individual in the early stages of the disease.

OLD EBOLA RISK FACTORS (LINK)

Person Under Investigation (PUI)

A low risk exposure includes any of the following

Household contact with an EVD patient
Other close contact with EVD patients in health care facilities or community settings. Close contact is defined as

being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) of an EVD patient or within the patient’s room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., health care personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., standard, droplet, and contact precautions; see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations)
having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.
Brief interactions, such as walking by a person or moving through a hospital, do not constitute close contact

NEW EBOLA RISK FACTORS (LINK)

Low (but not zero) risk includes any of the following:

Having been in a country with widespread Ebola virus transmission within the past 21 days and having had no known exposures
Having brief direct contact (e.g., shaking hands) while not wearing appropriate PPE, with a person with Ebola while the person was in the early stage of disease
Brief proximity, such as being in the same room for a brief period of time, with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic
In countries without widespread Ebola virus transmission: direct contact while using appropriate PPE with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic
Traveled on an aircraft with a person with Ebola while the person was symptomatic.

Here again, this is all very different than the standard line still being fed to the American public by politicians and public health personalities that there is nothing to worry about and that you have to come into contact with bodily fluids.

OBAMA ADMiN SEEKS 6 BILLION FOR EBOLA PREPAREDNESS

Perhaps in response to the looming nursing strike, as well as the CDC’s changing view on potential risk factors, this week the Obama Administration announced it would be seeking an additional $6 BILLION dollars in emergency funding to fortify domestic Ebola preparedness efforts as well as overseas operations.

According to White House documents, a sizeable portion of the request would boost domestic readiness by funding 50 Ebola treatment centers across the U.S., providing protective equipment and training to healthcare workers, increased monitoring of travelers entering the homeland from abroad and to fortify supplies within the Strategic National Stockpile.

FIVE U.S. MILITARY BASES DESIGNATED AS QUARINTINE SITES

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, has signed off on a plan to use five U.S. military bases as locations for the quarantine and monitoring of U.S. forces serving in Ebola-affected countries as well as outbreak areas in the U.S.. The bases selected are Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

UNIFORMED SERVICE MEMBERS TREATING EBOLA PATIENTS

Despite Obama administration assurances that no U.S. forces serving in West Africa will be treating Ebola patients, it turns out that this is not quite the case. It is being reported this week that in fact 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) will be treating local healthcare workers who become infected.

PHSCC is the federal uniformed service of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, consists of only commissioned officers and has no enlisted or warrant officer ranks. While regarded as noncombatants, they can be detailed to a service branch of the armed forces by the President. Members of the PHSCC wear the same uniforms as the U.S. Navy with special corps insignia and hold ranks equivalent to those of naval officers.

Additionally, the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland has deployed two mobile testing labs to Liberia to support Operation United Assistance. Both labs, operated by naval officers, provide Ebola diagnostic services for local hospitals.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MAINSTREAM EBOLA COVERAGE?

On Tues of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were sent a special update discussing the dramatic drop off in news stories and media reports on the topic of Ebola and the near nationwide halt in reports of suspected cases.

Readers will recall that on October 21, AlertsUSA subscribers received the following SMS message on their mobile devices:

10/21 – FLASH: CDC insider tells AlertsUSA that U.S. hospitals being advised to NOT publicly report suspected / confirmed Ebola cases using privacy laws as shield.

Early this week we were informed by other sources in Washington that the Obama Administration was hard at work attempting to tamp down mainstream reporting on the topic. This was followed by a single line appearing in a Forbes magazine article:

“The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.”

(While the statement has since been retracted, considering the information from other sources and the fact that most other mainstream outlets, as if in unison, have dramatically cut back reporting on the topic, the retraction is at the very least highly suspect.)

And there you have it.

1.) Control the source of the news (hospitals and health departments)

2.) Control the propagation of the news (news outlets and wire services)

It should come as no surprise that these efforts were undertaken in the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

Despite this blackout of sorts, AlertsUSA receives a steady stream of information from other sources nationally and globally. Before anything is reported to you, we always seek secondary and tertiary confirmation so as to maintain accuracy. As AlertsUSA subscribers are well aware, we deal in black and white facts. No gray matter. No rumors. That said, healthcare workers, public health professionals and members of the armed services have privately informed us of numerous additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. or involving U.S. citizens. But without solid confirmation upon which we can stake the reputation of the company, we can not send this information out as an alert message. The blowback could be significant.

In a strange twist of irony, what do most members of the general public consider solid confirmation? A hyperlink to a story by mainstream news outlets or wire services who regularly lie and twist facts about most other topics OR who agree to not publish stories at the request of politicians or for political expedience. Go figure…

Given this environment, AlertsUSA has established a web-based resource listing some of these tips, but which are marked out as UNCONFIRMED. No details will ever be publicly revealed alluding to the sources of the information, but if it is listed, you can expect that it meets a certain threshold of validity. This list can be found on the EbolaReady.com website.

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KEEP THE TOPIC ON YOUR RADAR

In summary, we urge readers to not grow complacent because mainstream coverage has dropped off. We are now at the start of flu season and the government is going to great lengths to make Ebola a non-story while scrambling behind the scene to prepare a stronger domestic response. This should speak volumes to anyone paying attention.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

1. If Ebola is not a threat, why the overriding effort to stamp out reporting?

2. If Ebola is not a threat, why have more soldiers been deployed to West Africa than to Iraq to face the growing threat from the Islamic State?

3. If Ebola is not a threat, why is the government suddenly establishing 50 Ebola treatment centers around the country?

4. If Ebola is not a threat, why is the government outfitting and/or retrofitting many VA medical centers to accommodate Ebola patients? (Here are just a few examples: See this, this,and this)

OTHER RESOURCES

For 14 of the past 15 weeks, AlertsUSA and Threat Journal have been warning of the progression of the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the danger posed to the continental U.S., and documenting the overall developments and response (See 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14). A wealth of information is available within those past issues.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments with the spread of this virus and will immediately notify service subscribers of major changes in its spread to different regions, important notices and warnings by government agencies or any other major changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant

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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK BUT
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER

11/6 – DHS warns industry of dangerous Russian malware inserted into software used to control key critical infrastructure, incl power grids & municipal water systems.

11/6 – Pentagon to announce deployment of more U.S. forces to Baltic states and Poland in resp to incr threatening Russian military activity and aerial incursions.

11/5 – Pres. Obama to seek Congressional approval for expanded military role against Islamic State. DoD sources say poss combat role for US soldiers. Developing..

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* Know Instantly If Ebola is Detected in Your
Child’s School District.
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* 24/7/365 Monitoring. No Hype. Just the Bad Stuff
* Issued Hours and Days before the MSM.
* On your Cell Phone, Tablet or Email.
* We Give The Clear Truth, Unlike the MSM.
* Over a Decade in Operation!

We are NOT part of the government.
In fact, they are our customers!

“I’m an RN. AlertsUSA keeps me up to the minute with the most pertinent developments in anything nuclear, biological, or chemical that may threaten health either immediately or down the road. Often, as with the emerging “bird flu” virus, I receive such advance notice I have time to include the information into the in-service training I give other nurses.”

Susan Y.

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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Central African
Republic 1/30/2014
Burkina Faso 10/31/2014
Worldwide Caution 10/10/2014
Potential Implications
for Travel Because
of Ebola 10/24/2014

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Ezekiel 33:3 – “Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.”

Hillary Clinton signed a pact… saying she agreed there are no problems with Japanese food… So we are not sampling this material as it comes into the country, because our government has made a decision to downplay it.

Emergency radiation testing used at Democrat and Republican conventions after Fukushima; Also for Obama Inauguration — Seafood, meat, vegetables, milk, water checked for nuclear waste, while top officials agree to publicly downplay crisis — 80% of milk samples by Orlando, FL had ‘significant’ Cs-137
Published: November 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET
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New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Aug. 2012 (emphasis added): The Wadsworth Center, which has already tested milk samples in preparation for the upcoming national political conventions, has now been asked to test additional samples of other foods from the sites during the conventions. In August and September, during the conventions… labs will test water, lettuce, orange juice and shrimp for radiological contamination. The labs will also be testing for… radiation in various meat products… These surveillance activities are part of the Food Emergency Response Network‘s (FERN) ongoing preparations for the Republican Convention… and the Democratic Convention… The labs will be testing for… iodine-131 [Half life = 8 days], cesium-137 and other… sources of radiation. Should any contaminants be identified… laboratories across the nation could be called on to test large quantities of samples… Wadsworth’s initial role in the role in the political convention preparation exercises was to measure evidence of radioactive isotopes Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 in milk prior to the conventions.

Florida Milk

NY Dept. of Health & Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Apr 30, 2014: New York State is located over 10,000 km from [Fukushima]… Yet even at this distance, our laboratory easily identified 131I and 134, 137Cs [and] was among the laboratories which received an assignment to protect food during the Democratic and Republican political conventions in the U.S. in 2012… the laboratory tested 20 milk samples from Florida. Phase II consisted of radiological food testing at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa… as well as the Democratic National Convention… [We] tested 33 samples of lettuce and meat… In addition, the laboratory was involved in radiological testing of food for the Presidential Inauguration in January, 2013… for fission products of interest: 103,106Ru, 131I, and 134,137Cs… 137Cs [was detected] in 9 out of 20 milk samples from Florida… These levels… do not pose any significant health hazard… The contribution from 137Cs in Florida milk is significant… The presence of cesium in Florida milk was found to be a remnant from nuclear fallout following atmospheric testing [Note that Florida had the highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan].

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen interview by SolarIMG: I know someone very highly placed in the State Dept., and the US government has come up with a decision… at the highest levels… to downplay Fukushima… Hillary Clinton signed a pact… saying she agreed there are no problems with Japanese food… So we are not sampling this material as it comes into the country, because our government has made a decision to downplay it.

See also: Forbes: Biophysicist casts critical light on gov’t assurances that Americans were never at risk from Fukushima fallout — I watched officials attempt to minimize public alarm

Published: November 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET
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Dr. Richard Amerling Warns Government Incapable of Protecting Citizenry

DOCTOR’S ORDERS
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, IGNORE THE CDC
Exclusive: Dr. Richard Amerling warns government incapable of protecting citizenry

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/if-you-want-to-live-ignore-the-cdc/
Published: 9 hours ago

By Richard Amerling, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

I almost feel sorry for Tom Frieden, director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So many of his pronouncements have been eviscerated by events within hours or days. He has become a punchline and should resign for the good of the country.

Unfortunately, the Ebola crisis is no joke. Two Dallas nurses (who are special people in my book) have now become infected after taking care of an Ebola-infected patient who illegally flew to the U.S. when he knew he had been heavily exposed to the deadly virus.

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To maintain, as does Dr. Frieden, that stopping travel to the U.S. from the few countries where Ebola is running rampant would somehow harm us is illogical to the point of absurdity. And it is now clear to every other sentient being that Ebola is far more contagious, and deadly, than AIDS, to which Dr. Frieden compared Ebola. The latest nugget is that Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola, called the CDC numerous times before boarding her flight from Cleveland back to Dallas and was told it was OK for her to fly because her fever did not quite reach the protocolized threshold!

Michelle Malkin describes how the CDC has been diverted from its original role into one of political “transformation.” Rather than fight disease, the CDC now pushes for mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, and studies playground accidents, video games and violence, and “social norming” in schools! No wonder it can’t handle Ebola.

This perversion of an organization is par for the Obama golf course. It resembles the transformation of NASA into a Muslim outreach group, or sending our military men and women to fight Ebola in Liberia. This latter is an outrageous abuse of our already beaten-down military. There should be generals resigning over this suicide mission.

Last week, Dan Henninger wrote in the Wall Street Journal about “Killer Bureaucracies”: “Ebola, the Secret Service, Veterans Affairs, Obamacare’s rollout, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Behind all these names are federal bureaucracies that are supposed to protect people or help them. Instead they have been putting individuals at risk, or worse.”

It should be clear to all by now that federal bureaucracies are either too corrupt, politicized, or incompetent to fulfill their core missions. I recently learned a new acronym: POSIWID. The Purpose of Something Is What It Does. This is a useful heuristic to cut through the mission statements, and so-called good intentions of people and organizations. The purpose of bureaucracies is to continually expand their payroll, budgets, and missions to the point of becoming massive, inefficient, and deadly. The federal government is institutionally incapable of protecting the citizenry.

We will have to take care of ourselves if we want to survive. Waiting for more CDC directives and guidelines is worse than counterproductive. There were apparently many lapses in “protocol” in Dallas, including sending the infected patient’s blood samples to the lab through the hospital’s pneumatic tube system.

Individual hospitals must act now to train personnel to deal with Ebola patients. Specialized referral hospitals can and will be set up, but all hospitals must be prepared for an Ebola admission. Appropriate protective gear and respirators must be on hand, and staff trained in how to use them. The issue of waste disposal is critical and must be addressed now.

But we shouldn’t need to deal with Ebola in the U.S. The importation of this dread disease must be stopped at the border.

In the absence of a federal ban on travel from affected countries, airlines should independently refuse to fly anyone who recently visited a region where the disease is endemic. Airlines can and do perform separate screening prior to travel to the U.S. Failing to do this places their crew and passengers at risk of infection. British Airways and Air France have already instituted travel bans.

And we must insist on securing our southern border. This is perhaps the greatest failure of the federal government and places the entire country in jeopardy.

Richard Amerling, M.D., is an associate professor of clinical medicine and a renowned academic nephrologist at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Amerling studied medicine at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, graduating cum laude in 1981. He completed a medical residency at the New York Hospital Queens and a nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written and lectured extensively on health-care issues and is president-elect of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Amerling is the author of the “Physicians’ Declaration of Independence” and is a seasoned speaker and on-air contributor.

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Marburg Virus Hitting Kenya! Be Safe!

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2014-10-12 03:52:31 – Biological Hazard – Kenya

!!! WARNING !!!

EDIS Code: BH-20141012-45602-KEN
Date&Time: 2014-10-12 03:52:31 [UTC]
Continent: Africa
Country: Kenya
State/Prov.: ,
Location: The area was not defined,
City:
Number of infected people: 2

Description:
Kenya said Saturday that adequate measures have been put in place, with health facilities and ports of entry being on high alert, to check possible outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in the country. Nicholas Muraguri, director of medical services in the country’s health ministry, urged citizens to be vigilant and avoid contact with anyone who has travelled from Uganda after a Ugandan man died from the haemorrhagic fever, Xinhua reported. “Kenyan health workers have been provided with a case definition and instructions on screening all persons who have travelled to Kampala or have had contact with someone from Uganda if they present Marburg-like syndrome,” said Muraguri in a statement issued in Nairobi. He also confirmed that two suspected cases of the fatal virus were reported to the health ministry, which turned out to be negative. “Two suspected cases of Marburg have been reported to the Disease Outbreak Response Team. These were a man and a woman who had travelled from Uganda and developed fever and other symptoms that are similar to Marburg disease,” Muraguri said. He said the blood samples of the two, however, were found to be negative for both Marburg and Ebola viruses, adding that they were treated for other infections and discharged. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola haemorrhagic fever. The illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly, with severe headache and severe malaise. As with Ebola, the family and health personnel in contact with infected patients are particularly at risk of contamination. Muraguri cautioned the public to avoid those who have complaints of fever, headache and other malaria-like symptoms as they could be exposed to Marburg disease. He appealed for maintenance of personal hygiene such as washing hands with soap as many times a day as possible as a sure way of remaining healthy and keeping the highly infectious virus at bay. The incubation period of the disease that manifests as a viral haemorrhagic fever is between two and 21 days.

The name of Hazard: Marburg virus (MARV)
Species: Human
Status: Suspected

Posted:2014-10-12 03:52:31 [UTC]