by Barbara Loe Fisher
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In the Digital Age, infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola 1
are brought into our lives through our smart phones, tablets and laptops and we can easily access and quickly analyze the information we receive. As Americans get smarter and more savvy about how to sort through the kind of fear-based rhetoric that sells newspapers, we are able to better assess exactly what is going on with Ebola 2 3
in Africa and the U.S. and ask good questions about what we are seeing.4 5
Inquiring minds want to know the truth about why Ebola hemorrhagic fever has landed on American soil. Unfortunately, Congress 6
and officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),7
Departments of Defense (DOD) 8 9
and Homeland Security 10
are having a hard time coming up with answers that do not raise more questions. 11
Let’s review the brief timeline of what is being billed as “The Worst Ebola Outbreak Ever,” 12
that has prompted top US public health officials to warn that Ebola could become as widespread as HIV/AIDS 13
while pharmaceutical companies partnering with federal agencies are scrambling to fast track experimental Ebola vaccines to market. 14 15 16 17
Here is how a localized Ebola outbreak has been turned into a global public health emergency:
In the spring of 2014, the African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone report a surge in cases of Ebola, a highly contagious viral infection that starts with symptoms of fever, headache, muscle and stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, bruising and, in severe cases, progresses to bleeding from the nose, mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Between 25 and 90% of Ebola cases end in death and the current Africa-based outbreak is averaging a 40 to 50% case fatality rate. 18 19
In June and July, missionary workers in Africa repeatedly contact US health officials, warning that there is urgent need for an immediate response to the spread of Ebola. 20
By August 2, an American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia is flown from Liberia to Atlanta for treatment with an experimental drug (ZMapp) 21 22 and shows signs of improvement within 24 hours, eventually fully recovering.
Ten days later, the World Health Organization approves use of fast tracked experimental drugs and vaccines in humans after declaring Ebola an “international public health emergency.” 23
Eight days later, Liberian security forces violently clash with citizens trying to break out of a government-imposed quarantine that left panicked residents in a poor neighborhood without food or other supplies. 24
On September 2, NIH announces upcoming clinical trials using an experimental genetically engineered viral vectored vaccine co-developed by NIH and GlaxoSmithKline that will by-pass normal FDA licensing regulations for demonstrating safety and effectiveness. 25
Three days later, a third US missionary doctor working in Liberia is diagnosed with Ebola and flown to Nebraska for treatment, 26 as deaths in Africa reach 2,100 people out of about 4,000 thought to have been infected.
On September 16, the U.S. announces that Ebola is a national and global security threat and that at least 3,000 American military personnel will be sent to the capitol of Liberia to establish a regional military command and control center. 27 28
Two days later, the United Nations Security Council adopts a U.S.- developed resolution calling for a lifting of travel and border restrictions on citizens living in African nations where Ebola is widespread so that everyone can travel freely between countries, including into the U.S. 29
On September 20, a Liberian citizen infected with Ebola flies from Liberia to Texas and exposes family members after a Dallas hospital misdiagnoses his symptoms on Sept. 26 and sends him home. When he is diagnosed with Ebola two days later, public health officials fail to immediately employ appropriate infection control measures and children and adults in Dallas are put at risk for Ebola infection. 30
Ten days later, CDC officials hold a press conference and insist that the only way a person can transmit Ebola is when there is a fever and other symptoms of illness and the only way a person can become infected with Ebola is to have direct contact with body fluids of an infected person but that under no circumstances is Ebola airborne. Americans are assured that there will be no Ebola epidemic in this country because CDC officials are “stopping this in its tracks.“ 31
On October 2, a Missouri microbiologist and emergency trauma physician checks in at Atlanta’s airport wearing a Hazmat uniform with protective goggles, boots and gloves and a sign on his back declaring that “The CDC is Lying” to protest non-existent infection control measures at airports and what he called a “sugar-coating of the risk of transmission” of Ebola, predicting the deadly infectious disease will consume every African nation and become epidemic in America. 32
On October 8, top disease control and Ebola infection experts publicly admit that scientists are not sure how Ebola is transmitted, admitting there is a possibility that Ebola could be transmitted through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and that an asymptomatic person without a fever may be able to infect others. The scientists also express concern that Ebola screening at airports targeting people with fevers could be ineffective because symptoms can be masked by taking Tylenol and other fever-reducing medications. 33
The next day, the House Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approves nearly $1 billion dollars in funding for the U.S. to “lead the international response to the Ebola outbreak.” 34
That same day, the first NIH-developed experimental Ebola vaccine starts being tested on humans in several African nations 35
while a U.S. public opinion poll reveals that the majority of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from Liberia and other countries where Ebola is rampant. By a 2 to 1 margin, Americans oppose sending American soldiers to those countries and 50% of Americans suspect there will be an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. 36
So here is what inquiring minds want to know:
- Why did U.S. health officials in Atlanta and on the ground in Africa ignore the exploding Ebola epidemic last spring?
- Why did U.S. government officials fly American aid workers infected with Ebola to the U.S. rather than treating them with experimental drugs at hospitals in Africa?
- Why did the U.S. government press the United Nations to adopt a resolution calling for no restrictions on international travel from Liberia and other Ebola-stricken countries?
- Why did the Centers for Disease Control, supposedly the world’s leading infection control agency, fail to immediately assist Texas health officials when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed on US soil to guarantee that, at a minimum, the kind of infection control measures used in most nursing homes in America would be carried out?
- Why has the Director of the CDC repeatedly stated that the only way a person can transmit Ebola is if they have a fever and said that people cannot get Ebola unless they have direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person - but that under no circumstances is Ebola airborne - when he knows, or should know, those statements could be false? 37 38 39 40 41 42
- And why are experimental Ebola vaccines being fast tracked into human trials and promoted as the final solution rather than ramping up testing and production of the experimental ZMapp drug that has already saved the lives of several Ebola infected Americans?
A logical conclusion is that some people in industry, government and the World Health Organization did not want the Ebola outbreak to be confined to several nations in Africa because that would fail to create a lucrative global market 43 44
for mandated use of fast tracked Ebola vaccines by every one of the seven billion human beings living on this planet.
Will there be an Ebola outbreak in America?45 46 47 48 49
Ask the CDC, WHO, DOD, NIH and Congress.
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.
Centers for Disease Control. CDC Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Low Risk Exposures (“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 (a) being within approximate 3 feet of an EVD patient or within the patient’s room or care area for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.”
) CDC Website
Sept. 5, 2014.
by Theresa Wrangham, Executive Director
NVIC has launched new online forums to give the public more access to vaccine information and make it easier to share personal vaccine experiences with others. While we continue to keep NVIC’s state vaccine law pages current and update information on the vaccines and diseases pages, we have also added a few new webpages to our website.
Legislators Often Unaware of Vaccine Failure
Like many parents living in states where the well- organized Pharma-Medical Trade lobby is attacking vaccine exemptions, I was active during this year’s legislative session in my home state of Colorado to protect the personal belief vaccine exemption. What became apparent during my many trips to the state Capitol to meet with Colorado legislators is that they were largely unaware that vaccines pose three specific risks; a risk of injury or death; a risk of failure to prevent disease; and also a risk for live virus vaccines to cause vaccine strain virus infection.
One of the major reasons why the personal belief exemption was protected in Colorado this year was that families used the NVIC Advocacy Portal
and actively participated in educating legislators
about the failure of the pertussis vaccine to prevent recent outbreaks of B. pertussis (whooping cough). The proposed legislation misled legislators by omitting information from the CDC and Colorado’s own vaccine targeted surveillance data, which showed that the majority of children who got pertussis were up to date on their vaccinations. Families in Colorado succeeded in not only educated their legislators, but defeated proposed mandatory vaccine education designed to restrict a parent’s ability to file and obtain a personal belief vaccine exemption.
Vaccine Failure Stories are Important
Some attenuated live virus vaccines like the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and varicella zoster (chickenpox) vaccines can cause vaccine strain viral infection in the vaccinated person or a close contact of the vaccinated person. There are published reports of vaccine strain infections after live virus vaccines have been administrated to children and adults for smallpox, polio (oral), measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, influenza (nasal spray), chickenpox (varicella zoster) and shingles (herpes zoster) vaccines.
Because of recent B. pertussis vaccine failures, NVIC has created a Vaccine Failure Wall on NVIC.org. It is an online forum for people to publicly report a vaccination’s failure to work as advertised, such as:
- A vaccination that failed to prevent the disease the vaccine was supposed to prevent; or
- In the case of a live virus vaccine, a vaccination that caused a vaccine strain virus infection in the vaccinated person or the vaccinated person transmitted a vaccine strain infection to someone else that made them sick.
If you or someone you know has experienced a vaccine failure, please share your experience with others and help NVIC communicate important information about vaccination to the public. Publicly sharing these experiences will also help protect the human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination.
NVIC Launches Pinterest Boards
Many of our supporters love Pinterest and it wasn’t lost on us how many of you have been making wonderful pins all on your own! Thank you for your enthusiasm in helping NVIC reach the public with accurate, valuable vaccine information. We are joining in and have launched two Pinterest boards that we hope you will share with your family and friends.
Flu, Vaccine Product Inserts, School Vaccine Laws…OH MY!
Ok, it doesn’t roll off your tongue like Dorothy’s lions, tigers and bears line, but don’t you sometimes feel like you are in the land of OZ when it comes to getting truthful information about vaccines?
With the annual push by public officials for everyone to get their flu shot underway, our Influenza & Flu Shots
board was a no brainer. It is a great place to start finding well-anchored information you can trust to make vaccine decisions for yourself and your family that you can also share with your friends. If you want to learn about what is in flu shots, how influenza is spread, or how to find vaccine product inserts - this is your Pinterest board!
It’s no surprise that one of NVIC’s most popular webpage is the U.S. state vaccine law exemption map. Now it is yours for the pinning along with other school related pins we hope you find helpful. Check it out on our Vaccine Laws & Policies
We have just begun, so we hope you will join NVIC on Pinterest and start pinning! Our handle is NVICYourChoice
. Happy pinning!