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"About 18,700 people die in this country each year from drug-resistant staph infections, according to a federal study released Tuesday — more deaths than the United States sees from AIDS annually."

More deaths than Ebola me thinks!- AOD

Just to remind everyone, all hospitals in the United States that are licensed by the state and/or certified by the Federal Government for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs are required to have an approved infection control program, including a 'contact isolation' procedure (applicable to Ebola among many other disease-causing organisms e.g. MRSA.) Such infection control procedures are reviewed at least on every licensing and certification inspection which occurs routinely at least one or more times each year. Whether or not each hospital follows its own procedures is dependent upon staff compliance, but the approved procedures should be there.

Fear sells!

OK pretty blonds selling fear really sells.

I've got an Ebola joke for you........., never mind.

You probably won't get it.


If proper protocols are followed, Ebola simply isn't transmittable enough to be a serious epidemic threat for a country with even Second World-quality health infrastructure. It would need to mutate into an airborne strain for that to happen and that seems quite unlikely from the nature of the virus. I'm not worried about it. The fact that it got out of control this time in West Africa is mostly because of the weak health infrastructure in that part of the world.

Now, if you want a threat, antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a big one and we have nobody but ourselves to blame for that.

Influenza is an even bigger one: it would not take much mutation for a 1918-like Spanish Flu epidemic to take out a few percent of the world population. Even absent such a virulsent mutation, flu kills many thousands of people each year and not just the elderly and already ill.

If you want to scare yourself with a disease, there are far better candidates than Ebola.

Open caskets with people parading by, patting and kissing the corpse doesn't happen in the USA?

Are you kidding yourself?

"Open caskets with people parading by, patting and kissing the corpse doesn't happen in the USA?"

I doubt there'd even be a corpse if it was an Ebola victim. The protocol calls for cremation.

According to the Washington Post story linked below, African rituals often require family members to handle and wash recently dead, unembalmed corpses, including the corpses of Ebola victims. Ebola is maximally contagious at the point when it overwhelms the host - i.e., right after death.

Add to this the fact that many African victims of Ebola die at home, cared for by their family, and you can see why the disease can spread quickly there.

Incidentally, I think open-casket viewings are creepy, and I don't know why this peculiar practice continues. But I'm quite sure we will not have any open caskets for Ebola victims.

Anyone for Bird Flu?

This reminds me of the Y2K panic, anyone remember that? The first morning of 2000, while everyone else was pretty much sleeping it off, I met a nice woman walking her dog and she laughingly said to me, thank goodness we're still here. Oh yeah, and remember when we are all supposed to cover up our windows for some reason?

I guess the real danger is the boy-who-cried-wolf effect.

If you want a real threat,bring back the draft.

Killer bees a few years back for Arizona were presented by the media as a great threat to human threat.

"Incidentally, I think open caskets are creepy, and I don't know why this peculiar habit continues".

Well I'm about to "creep" you out even more Michael.

When I was 13, my paternal grandfather died. During his illness, my mum nursed him at home. After he died my mum asked me in to help lay him out.

As a psychiatric nurse we also partially prepared a body for the morgue. So I am used to dealing with those who have passed.

In our family we always bring a body home, and the person will usually lie with an open casket in the lounge. My eldest sister and I also go to the funeral home and dress them to bring home.

I do want to say, having the person home allows time to grieve. You can sit around laugh, reminisce, etc. It is highly cathartic, and helps with the grieving process.

I understand that for many, they like to remember a person as they were, and it is not always possible. But I am very glad of how I was brought up, and I made sure my children had the same experience.

When my youngest was five a family member died and I picked her up from school to drive down and organize the funeral. On the way I talked to her in a very natural way about what to expect as he was at the house. And she asked me questions like- what would he look like, and would he feel cold etc. When we got there, she wandered over to have a peak and then happily trotted off. Later as we were busy, I got a friend to play with her, and at one stage they raced in the door almost landing on him. That one - a year later on having to attend another funeral, yelled out " yippie", she though they were great fun.

Our family also includes Maori relatives, they believe you accord a person the same respect when dead or alive. You don't turn your back on them,or leave them alone and a person stays to sleep beside them. So I was asked to sleep in the room with my deceased grandmother.

I do find when dressing a body, particularly family, such a peace comes over you, it's palpable in the room. It's a very beautiful experience.
Lyn. X.

Lynn, I agree you shouldn't turn your back on dead people. That's the mistake people in horror movies are always making.

Here's a long, detailed, and incisive critique of Obama's PC policy wrt Ebola. It suggests using recovered and immune Ebola patients as nurses in Africa.

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