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Ebola, Etc: ‘Listen, Don’t Mention The War!’… – #AmericasGotDisease

17 October 2014 @ 07:42

…’I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.’

—Basil Fawlty, The Germans

-From the New York Post, Shawn Cohen, Jamie Schram and Laura Italiano reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to MyFoxDC via Drudge]:

City officials are so jittery about causing widespread Ebola panic that 911 dispatchers have been forbidden from dropping any “E”-bombs over the radios, The Post has learned.

An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use more vague terms when discussing the deadly disease, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.

“At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” according to the advisory, which was obtained by The Post.

Dispatchers instead must use the code letters “F/T,” as in Fever/Travel, to indicate that a 911 caller has a fever and a history of travel to West Africa. “Engine XXX, utilize Universal Precautions — you are responding to a Fever/Travel incident,” dispatchers are now ordered to say.

A source said the directive is meant to minimize fear of a citywide outbreak, since the emergency radio channels are closely monitored by civilian hobbyists and members of the media.

“Just like you can’t say bomb on an airplane, we can’t say ‘Ebola,’ ” said the source. “Back in the ’80s and ’90s, taking universal precautions meant someone has AIDS. And we weren’t allowed to say AIDS either.”

Basil Fawlty: [to a nurse] Don’t touch me! I don’t know where you’ve been!

-Related: Also from the New York Post, Philip Messing and Laura Italiano reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Drudge]:

A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit on Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.

Rep. Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol that the handling of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.

Between 70 and 100 passengers a day arrive at JFK from the Ebola epicenter countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, King noted, and they have access to public restrooms and mingle with other travelers before their first screening.

The unnamed passenger, age 63, had boarded an Arik Air plane Wednesday night out of Lagos, Nigeria, which has had 19 Ebola cases this year though no new cases in the past month.

He was vomiting in his seat and died sometime before the plane landed around 6 a.m., the source said. The crew contacted the CDC, whose officials boarded the plane as about 145 worried passengers remained on board, a federal law-enforcement source said.

“The door [to the terminal] was left open, which a lot of the first responders found alarming,” said the source.

“The CDC went on the plane, examined the dead body and said the person did not have Ebola,” King told The Post. “It was, what I was told, a cursory examination. The Port Authority cops and personnel from Customs and Border Protection were there . . . Their concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks.”

The CDC declined to comment on the passenger.

Basil Fawlty: Ah, wonderful! WUNDERBAR! Ahh! …And may I welcome your war… your war… you wall… you all… you all, and hope that your stay will be a happy one. Now, would you like to eat first, or would you like a drink before the war… AHH! Er… trespassers will be tied up with piano wire… SORRY, SORRY!

-We’re in the very best of hands [do they even have sanitizer?].

  1. 17 October 2014 @ 10:30 10:30

    Look up how badly the CDC has fucked up in handling freaking LYME DISEASE over the past 30 years or so and how many MILLIONS of Americans, including yours truly, are permanently debilitated with chronic illness resulting from widespread internal damage caused by a lingering disease which is easy to catch and only curable during the very early stages when it is most likely to go undiagnosed and untreated while the CDC still maintains the lie that it is “hard to catch and easy to treat” and then tell me how much confidence we should have that these same asshats can handle Ebola, or the Enterovirus from invaders that is now killing little American school children, or any other serious and dangerous pathogens.
    It’s not paranoia when they really are likely to get you killed or maimed through their epic fuckery.
    The CDC are incompetent, and may God have mercy on us if they defer to the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) for guidance, because the IDSA had been lining their pockets on the backs of the sick, disabled, and dying, (again, made ill through government failure to take proper medical actions) for DECADES.
    Sorry for the rant & cursing but I’ve been laid low from the illnesses, that are ruining my life which could have been avoided entirely if the government and medical community had not been so fucking careless, for the last couple of weeks and it pisses me the hell off.

  2. 17 October 2014 @ 10:54 10:54

    Reblogged this on Femininican and commented:
    There they go with that magical thinking again. If they don’t say the words then the things don’t exist, huh?
    Don’t you dare call Ebola “Ebola”, brought to you by the same people who forbid the use of the words “islamic terrorism” to describe islamic terrorism. Now shut the hell up and pretend that everything is fine or it’s gulag for you, thought criminal!

    • 18 October 2014 @ 00:46 00:46

      Notice, Mare, how they refuse to call it ‘Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever’ and, instead call it a virus.

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    17 October 2014 @ 20:04 20:04

    I’ve got a lot more faith in Nigeria’s ability to handle this than I do our govt. As Maetenloch at AoSHQ put it.
    “The Obama Administration: Less competent than Nigeria.”

    “At this point I’m not even sure they could pull off even a simple email scam if the fate of the entire US depended on it.”

    Here is one of the links from the ONT.


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