Via The Salt Lake Tribune: Even as authorities are still advising residents in Flint, Mich., not to drink or bathe in the city’s tap water, leaving thousands to rely on bottled water to survive, some of the state’s prominent political voices think Flint’s water crisis may be exaggerated.
Foremost among them is Oakland County Republican Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who voiced skepticism about the severity of the crisis during an appearance before the Detroit Economic Club luncheon Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I don’t think we should say or use words anymore like ‘Flint’s been poisoned,’ ” Patterson told reporters. “Because I don’t think that’s accurate. I’ve been using words like ‘Flint’s been poisoned,’ and I won’t use that anymore because I think the jury is out,” he added. Continue reading
You remember the scenes from relentless news broadcasts, bodies littering the streets of Liberia, the sick contorted and dying.
At that time, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, deploying nearly 3,000 troops in an effort to stem the urgent Ebola “epidemic.”
Now flash forward to today and the costly treatment facilities sit largely unused. Only 28 Ebola patients have been treated at the 11 treatment units built by the United States military, American officials now say. Continue reading
John Boehner’s former bartender, Michael Robert Hoyt, has been indicted for threatening to poison the Speaker to death by spiking his drink, or shooting him to death.
Hoyt, 44, was indicted on January 7, for threatening to murder the Republican Speaker of the House in October of last year, according to the FBI. Hoyt cooked up the idea while working at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. The club, in which Boehner is a member, calls itself, “one of the most prestigious full-service private clubs in Cincinnati.”
Hoyt told officers that Boehner had been “mean to him at the country club,” but also claimed to somehow be Jesus Christ, and accused Boehner as being responsible for the deadly Ebola virus: Continue reading
Fort Sam Houston is currently on lockdown Sunday evening for an unknown reasons.
The lockdown began around 5:30 p.m. and the cause for the lockdown has not been divulged.
All traffic has been halted from entering and exiting the post. Continue reading
The surgeon flown to Nebraska after being diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone – has died, hospital officials said Monday.
Dr. Martin Salia, 44, is the second person to die of Ebola in the United States after Thomas Eric Duncan.
Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Continue reading
While we have been told that the Ebola disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, a study, citing tons of research, concludes it can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions.
The tests, conducted by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus can live on samples stored on glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days.
The left-hand charts plot survival rates of Zaire strain of Ebola (Zebov) and Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv) on glass (a) and plastic (b) at 4° (39°F) over 14 days. Continue reading
Chris Christie was forced to fold on his decision to quarantine Nurse Kaci Hickox who was being kept in a tent in a hospital parking lot over Ebola.
A title wave of White House pressure effectively reversed Christie’s mandatory 21-day quarantine.
The state-defying u-turn came after Obama successfully lobbied Christie’s New York counterpart, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to relax their quarantine rules. Continue reading
A 5-year-old boy recently returning to NYC from Guinea was rushed into hospital isolation with symptoms consistent with Ebola.
The boy was fitted in a tiny protective suit and taken by HAZ MAT to Bellevue Hospital Center on Sunday night and immediately placed in isolation.
The boy’s family, who lived in the home with him, were immediately ordered quarantined in their apartment. Continue reading
Kaci Hickox, the nurse held in quarantine over Ebola is planning to file a federal lawsuit to challenge her confinement as a violation of her civil rights.
Hickox broke the news via her lawyer on Sunday.
Norman Siegel, a well-known civil rights lawyer, said that Kaci Hickox’s confinement after she returned from West Africa raised “serious constitutional and civil liberties issues,” given that she remains asymptomatic and has not tested positive for Ebola. Continue reading
Kaci Hickox, the nurse who landed in quarantine in New Jersey upon arriving back home from treating Ebola patients, is speaking out against the hellish living conditions she’s endured throughout her time in isolation.
“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Kaci Hickox told media Sunday. Continue reading