Mismanaged Pathways Spreading Ebola Virus
World leaders and health officials are losing more credibility by the hour on the Ebola virus outbreak. The global response to the outbreak has been underwhelming and questionable. Instead of managing pathways, they are creating new ones every day.
Most of the attention surrounding Ebola has centered on its spread in West Africa, and now in the U.S. At least four individuals in Europe are being closely monitored after a nurse, tested positive for the viral disease. A nurse in Dallas also tested positive for Ebola. These are new footprints that did not exist one week ago. How many new pathways will mismanagement create this week?
Stopping an epidemic such as the Ebola virus is like stopping an avalanche. Don’t give it an inch. We’ve already given it a mile. Creating new pathways with the response plan is a bad idea.
Health officials and elected leaders have left the door open to the virus around the world. If all pathways are not closed immediately, we have no chance of ever putting the disease back in the box. If we don’t take more aggressive and comprehensive measures now, we are creating a nightmare that is more like “Pandora’s Lunchbox.” The disease is an immediate threat to our food, water and blood supplies. It’s also a threat to our currency and overall economy. To help empower more citizens as guardians of these pathways, here is a list of immediate issues to consider as we race to contain the Ebola virus:
The Truth: This is not an issue for misinformation. We know that this disease has been transmitted without direct patient contact. Direct contact with bodily fluids is more accurate. Now, we need to admit where such indirect contact with bodily fluids is possible.
Sewage Disposal: The bodily fluids of Ebola victims are contagious. You don’t have to actually touch the patient to expose yourself. Most bodily fluids of patients will end up in the municipal sewage system. Unfortunately, that means that the disease is recycled back into our environment in the form of biosolids and reclaimed sewage water. Those sewage byproducts, from billions of people—including those with Ebola—are dumped on our crops, parks, and golf courses in the form of biosolids and irrigation water. Millions of tons are dumped into our rivers and oceans every day. Farmers, ranchers and fishermen are pulling our food from these toxic waste dumps. In some cases, such as Wichita Falls, Texas, the city is pumping reclaimed sewage water right back into the aquifer that holds its drinking water.
Disease such as Alzheimer’s are spreading like lighting because of the pathogens in sewage that cannot be neutralized. There is no evidence that the Ebola virus is 100 percent neutralized by sewage treatment and that current disposal practices will not spread the disease to people who work in these environments or those who are dependent on these watersheds for survival.
Even if the hospitals have segregated sewage for these patients, these patients used toilets at home or in the community before ever reaching the hospital. The victim in Dallas this week was obviously infectious long before he was admitted to the hospital. His sewage had to go somewhere. What about the sewage of people under “observation.” The virus is likely incubating and multiplying in the Dallas sewage system now.
When an infected nurse in Dallas checked herself into a hospital, care workers tested her for Ebola and arrived at a positive diagnosis.
How the nurse actually caught Ebola is still unknown, however. Experts say that infection should not have occurred at all, since the hospital is supposedly equipped with all the proper tools for protection. This particular strain, in other words, must have the ability to transmit in other ways.
“It will be crucial to find out what went wrong in this case so necessary measures can be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” stated Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, noting that containment and control measures should have been an effective safeguard against the Ebola virus.