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Old 10-16-2014, 04:39 PM   #76
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Dietrich - the amount of weasel-wording and double-speaking has grown past the ability for us to measure accurately. The data set is bad.
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5 new cases every hour in Sierra Leone.

Source, The Guardian. Read it at the library.
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Here's a two word 'calculation' that cover it all:

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Obama authorizes reservists for Ebola fight in West Africa

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
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President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Obama said reservists could be called up to active duty for humanitarian aid operations "related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa," according to an executive order released by the White House.

The US military has said it plans a force of 3,200 troops in Liberia and Senegal to provide logistical and engineering support in the international fight against the deadly virus, but said it has approval to expand the mission to nearly 4,000 if needed.

There are now more than 500 active-duty troops in Liberia and Senegal for the mission.
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/-...z/-/index.html
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Headline is a bit misleading, it sounds like they will eventually be sent to unidentified US military hospitals.

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GENERAL: US TROOPS WHO CONTRACT EBOLA WILL BE QUARANTINED IN LIBERIA

by EDWIN MORA 18 Oct 2014, 12:58 PM PDT

If any American soldiers in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified.

“If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols,” Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, said on October 16 while briefing reporters in the Pentagon by telephone from Liberia. “People would be attending to them in the appropriate PPE [personal protective equipment]."

"As of today, no one has shown those symptoms. ... I’ve been here 30 days as of today,” he added. "And so they would be quarantined and then we would synchronize and work those actions so they would go back to the appropriate medical facility.”
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US set up Ebola bases in Spain

20 OCTOBER 2014 02:30 PM

Spain has agreed to allow the US to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A Defence Ministry statement said the deal permits US armed forces to use the air base at Moron de la Frontera, near Seville, and the naval station at Rota on Spain's Atlantic coast to transport personnel and materials to and from Africa.

The agreement would also permit U.S. forces to use the bases against IS militants.
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This is kinda long. It attempts to summarize 6 weeks of US armed forces in Africa. I find it VERY discouraging. There doesn't seem to be any good or even neutral news. Perhaps that's because its still fairly early in the operation?

Pentagon Dispatches From West Africa Paint Stark Portrait of Ebola Epicenter

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebo...center-n233621

Corruption, distrust of outsiders that has led to murder and a thriving black market in blood are adding to the chaos at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and challenging efforts to stop the disease at its source, according to a series of daily U.S. military dispatches reviewed by NBC News.

Six weeks’ worth of summaries of the crisis by officers assigned to Operation United Assistance, the Pentagon’s aid program, document problems like the loss of front-line medical workers and increasing concerns about the food supply and civil unrest in the hardest hit region.

The unclassified reports reviewed by NBC News, dating from mid-September through this week, paint a stark picture of the many challenges facing authorities at Ground Zero of the epidemic. Each contains maps showing the spread of the disease, fresh intelligence and news -- even weather reports and analysis of how it might affect the delivery of assistance.

While the reports indicate progress is being made in the effort to check Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, they repeatedly state that distrust of national governments among villagers in affected areas is hindering the effort. Aid workers and members of the news media are regularly intimidated, and, in at least one case, a group of health-care workers and reporters were killed in Guinea, according to a Sept. 19 report.

Press reports (indicate) many locals have the rationale that a diagnosis will result in certain death or being taken away from their families. The onset of civil unrest is sure to increase as fear spreads and the international community endures roadblocks in bringing awareness to the population."
Locals say they aren’t going to adhere to quarantine because they believe Ebola is caused by witchcraft,” he said. “… In cases like that, all the science is fundamentally irrelevant.” Another report, dated Oct. 18, indicates that burial teams dispatched by the governments to safely dispose of the bodies of Ebola victims also have been subjected to intimidation -- and fallen into corruption schemes.

"Traditional burial practices – including washing and dressing the body for burial, touching the body at the funeral, and communal meals at funerals – expose individuals to the virus and have facilitated the transmission of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,” it said.

"Reports have surfaced in Liberia of burial management teams accepting bribes to leave bodies in communities or provide certificates stating the dead did not die from Ebola, and therefore could be buried traditionally. Families reportedly can get dispensations for proper burials, even for Ebola victims, but this requires political connections."

Other reports by the Pentagon team note that while many countries have sent doctors and other medical experts to the region, rural clinics often lack "low-level" local medical staff, many of whom have already died from the virus. Without such staff, other international assistance is "useless," an analyst wrote in an Oct. 10 report. The analyst added that overcrowding and long waits at clinics is leading many with Ebola to forgo medical treatment, likely resulting in an undercount of the number of victims.

A report from Sept. 18 noted that at one Sierra Leone hospital, 38 staff have died and those remaining hadn't been paid in two weeks. Reports on Oct. 10 and 11 noted that even in the capital cities of Monrovia in Liberia and Conakry in Guinea, clinics were facing possible shutdowns, either because of workers walking off the job or the rising death toll among health care professionals.

Growing concerns about the food supply have surfaced more

Another noted that the three countries lack “a coherent plan for orphaned children," whose numbers are rising with the death of their parents, particularly mothers. The lack of such a plan, it said, will like to lead to more looting and violence across the region. Garrett, the global health expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that in their totality, the reports make clear that authorities have not yet turned the corner in controlling the Ebola epidemic.

“We are still in ascendancy on this thing,” she said. “There is no slowdown.”
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Graft, corruption on a massive scale, tribal warlord b.s. and outright ignorance, are endemic in that area, as much as malaria, malnutrition and despair.

The few who rise above that and break the cycle to become teachers, doctors, nurses and return to help their communities, are too few and too often, the first to lose their lives in any sort of health or political crisis.
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It's beyond discouraging. The implications for the rest of the world are frightening.

Nobody over there appears prepared to believe anybody about anything - except perhaps their parents or the nearest tribal elder... if he's not known to be too corrupt!

The military, (theirs), hasn't been trusted in a long time. I can see even less trust for foreign military people, no matter what they're allegedly there doing.

When it comes to belief versus knowledge, for most & most of the time, belief wins out. That is going to be an extremely difficult part of this battle.

One matter of special concern to me - if officials can be bribed that eaisly, why on earth is anyone counting on EXIT health checks from the affected nations? I'm sure a slight fever can be ignored if you slide some greenbacks into a checker's hands.
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If this keeps on growing, at some point, allowing anyone out who wants out and into isolation for some long time period and then moved to new countries will be all anyone can offer and sealing the boarders with actual shoot to kill orders for the rest.

Then only the survivors will remain. And that's how it used to be long, long ago.....
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Quarantine in Africa would be a joke with the corruption as wide spread as it is. People are poor and corruption is a way of life.

Africans will do what their faith healing elders tell them to do, not what westerners say is safe.
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Ruh Roh. We have a little international incident brewing.

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Army major general, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip

(CNN) -- Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.
The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.
William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.
There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.
http://us.cnn.com/2014/10/27/politic...ola/index.html
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Joint Chiefs call for quarantine of troops returning from Ebola zone

Published October 27, 2014FoxNews.com

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have recommended that all U.S. troops returning from West Africa undergo a mandatory 21-day quarantine, senior Defense officials told Fox News -- even as the White House fights those very policies in New York and New Jersey.

The recommendation has fallen in the lap of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He is deliberating, and no final decision has been made.

"Secretary Hagel has a big problem," one senior U.S. official told Fox News.

If the Pentagon does decide on a 21-day quarantine for all returning personnel, it would represent a major shift in its Ebola response policy. And it presumably would put them at odds with the White House.

"The Obama administration is going to war with New York and New Jersey, but its own military is recommending the same thing," a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

The current plan is only to quarantine those individuals who may come in contact with infected patients.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014...om-ebola-zone/
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Martin Dempsey: U.S. troops’ Ebola deployment could last 18 months

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2014

U.S. troops may spend up to 18 months on Ebola-related deployments in West Africa — mostly to provide comfort to sufferers and serve as a stabilizing force for the governments, said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Gen. Dempsey said the military troops aren’t providing direct care, Newsmax reported.

“[They’re only] stabilizing the environment and giving confidence to the health care workers that if they do come down with the disease, they’ll be cared for,” he said in the Newsmax report.

“We think we’re making some progress in Liberia,” Gen. Dempsey said, Newsmax reported. “Sierra Leone is not trending favorably, and nor is Guinea.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...#ixzz3IO5YsGjX
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Scaling back.

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Pentagon reduces troops needed to treat Ebola in Africa

Patricia Kime, Military Times 6:49 a.m. EST November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of troops needed to support U.S. military efforts to help contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will be less than first estimated, about 3,000 service members instead of the initial 4,000, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

Speaking with Pentagon reporters via Skype from the Liberian capital of Monrovia, Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, 101st Airborne Division commander, said U.S. responders initially underestimated the resources already in Liberia and personnel with the U.S. Agency for International Development also had made more progress in the response than expected.
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I'm increasingly inclined to think that much of what's needed is in place. But... corruption, lack of co-ordination, 'planning fatigue' - those may be contributing somewhat to the ongoing scale of problems.

Imagine if they had the capability to rapidly react to new situations with fast deployment teams able to rely on dependable transportation over roads that actually are there... etc?
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Have you ever seen some of the roads in Africa? Ruts as deep as the Grand Canyon to a van which goes down it sideways if at all, or pushed.

Though the rainy season is over?
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Yes, I think they are coming out of the rainy season. Hopefully that helps moving things/people from one place to another.
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Columbus-based National Guard unit gets Ebola assignment in west Africa

By Earl Rinehart
The Columbus Dispatch • Tuesday November 18, 2014 6:27 AM


A group of 130 soldiers from a Columbus-based National Guard unit will deploy next spring to western Africa to help combat the region’s Ebola outbreak.

The 16th Engineer Brigade will be the first Ohio Guard unit sent to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Department of Defense said yesterday. The U.S. mission assists civilian-led humanitarian efforts to stop the outbreak of the virus.

The engineers would oversee the construction of Ebola treatment clinics in affected countries. There are no plans for them to directly aid victims of the virus, according to the Ohio Army National Guard.

The soldiers probably would train in the U.S. for a short period before going overseas to replace troops already in Africa.

“The soldiers of the 16th Engineer Brigade have the skill sets and track record to perform their work to the highest standards,” said Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, Ohio adjutant general.
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Fort Carson: 160 troops deployed to Africa in Ebola crisis response

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About 160 troops from Colorado Springs' Fort Carson deployed late last week to west Africa in support of the military's response to the Ebola crisis, the base said on Monday.

The engineers from the 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, will help construct facilities and bolster efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The base said the troops will not be treating patients.

"The engineers will be part of a total Army effort that includes units from the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard," the base said in a news release. "The soldiers will be deployed for 9 months to one year."
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Default Huh? New hospital doesn't seem to have any patients ?

New hospital doesn't seem to have any patients.

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Liberia: New U.S. 25-Bed Field Hospital for Health Care Workers Opened Nov, 5th.

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac to dedicate a newly constructed 25-bed field hospital to be used solely for the treatment of health care workers who may become infected by the Ebola virus disease. The construction of the field hospital was financed by the American Government and implemented jointly by the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

According to an Executive Mansion release, the dedication of the facility took place in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County on Wednesday, November 5, 2015. Speaking during the ceremony, President Sirleaf described the United States of America as a partner who recognizes and responds to the needs of the Liberian people and that the fruit of the partnership reaches out to the people it is meant to benefit.
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Inside one of the patient wings of a new critical care hospital being built by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Public Health Service in Harbel, Liberia.

/ Notice how high off the floor those beds are ?

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Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 8:48 p.m. EST November 22, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — A cluster of American uniformed officers gathered in the sticky heat this week to say a prayer for a dead Liberian nurse, the first loss to Ebola at the only U.S. government-operated clinic in West Africa.

The 34-year-old nurse's death Wednesday hit the American staff hard at the clinic charged with caring for health care workers sickened by Ebola.

"She was one of us. She was a health care provider just like all of us," said Russ Bowman, 53, of Albuquerque, a lead physician here. "This is what this unit is for — to provide care to folks ... providing care for the people of Liberia. We're here to back them up. And we weren't able to save her. And that's a tragedy."

The nurse — whose name was not made available — was unconscious and already failing when she arrived by ambulance the night before.

"It's a shame she wasn't here a lot earlier," said Jennifer Malia, 41, of Laytonsville, Md., a lab medical technician. "I believe we really could have helped and maybe had a different outcome."

Her arrival at such a late stage of the disease raises concerns that the new clinic, which opened Nov. 7, is not being adequately publicized by Liberian health officials. Four Liberian health workers with Ebola are being treated there. All are improving.
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Was it the US boots on the ground that has made Liberia a success story, while Guinea and Sierra Leonne still simmer away? You be the judge.

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2015-02-26 19:41

Monrovia - The United States staged a military ceremony on Thursday to end its five-month Ebola mission in Liberia, with the west African nation in recovery from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

A force that at one point reached 2 800 has been gradually scaled back since the epidemic began to recede, and the Pentagon has announced that "nearly all" troops will be gone by the end of April.

"The importance of the progress we see today means more than just the reduction in the number of new or suspected cases of Ebola," said mission commander Major General Gary Volesky.

"This progress is also about Liberians being able to get back to a normal way of life."
http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/US...beria-20150226
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