Part of our core mission? Exposing the Left's blatant hypocrisy. Help us continue the fight and support the 2024 Patriots' Day Campaign now.

October 2, 2014

‘In the Unlikely Event Ebola Does Reach Our Shores…’

Ebola has come to America, and as many as 80 have been exposed.

Ebola has come to America. A Liberian national named Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the virus in September while still in Liberia. When he became symptomatic, he went to a Dallas hospital, telling them he was visiting from Liberia. That information was not passed along, however, and they sent him home with an antibiotic prescription. Now, there is a second possible Ebola patient who came in close contact with Duncan, and as many as 80 people may have been exposed. Duncan remains at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in serious condition.

Duncan left Liberia on Sept. 19, arriving in Dallas the next day. He reported feeling sick on Sept. 24 and sought treatment on Sept. 26. He wasn’t admitted to the hospital until Sept. 28, however, when he was critically ill. Duncan never should have been allowed into the country in the first place.

According to The New York Times, “Officials said Wednesday that they believed Mr. Duncan came into contact with 12 to 18 people when he was experiencing active symptoms and when the disease was contagious, and that the daily monitoring of those people had not yet shown them to be infected.” That includes five children from four schools, as well as three paramedics.

The World Health Organization estimates more than 7,100 people in West Africa have contracted Ebola, and more than 3,300 have died – 1,800 in Liberia alone. That’s more than all other Ebola outbreaks since 1976 combined. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1.4 million people could become infected by January unless it’s stopped.

The White House announced Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions, which is nigh inexplicable. The State Department banned flights to Israel in July as a political stunt, but isn’t bothering to prevent another Ebola carrier from entering the U.S. now. Some 13,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the three nations affected – have visas to enter the U.S.

Yet CDC has assured Americans that the risk of epidemic here is low. “We’re stopping it in its tracks in this country,” says CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. “There’s all the difference in the world between the U.S. and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading.”

Preventative measures and treatment are indeed far superior in the U.S., and while Ebola is deadly in each of its variant forms – it is much like AIDS or HIV – transmission requires substantial direct contact with an infected person. It is not airborne, nor is it spread through casual contact. This common strain of Ebola was first identified in 1976 and is a very stable virus with no record of mutation, making it more virulent.

That said, there is no cure. And given that in the last few months the CDC’s stellar status was tarnished by reports that its personnel were careless with some deadly pathogens – including anthrax, avian flu and smallpox – it’s understandable many Americans question CDC’s assessment of the Ebola risk.

Indeed, Dr. Jesse Goodman, a former top scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, warns, “It is quite appropriate to be concerned on many fronts. … [S]everal people were exposed before the individual was placed in isolation, and it is quite possible that one or more of his contacts will be infected.”

On the other hand, Barack Obama said recently, “The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low … [even] [i]n the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores.” Yes, and we could keep our doctor and our insurance, too. In honor of Obama’s evaluation of “chances,” we believe the CDC should designate the American outbreak, “O'bola.”

For the record, Ebola is not caused by climate change. Nor is it a plot by whites to kill blacks, as Louis Farrakhan insists.

So what should you do?

We’ve learned how to restrain the spread of these diseases because of our notable early detection of outbreaks and well-rehearsed preventive measures to contain and isolate the infected. Early detection and containment is critical when dealing with bacterial and viral infections.

While the CDC’s risk assessment regarding the threat of an Ebola epidemic in the U.S. is correct, we recommend you review their Ebola fact sheet, as well as The Patriot Post’s resources for Two Step Individual Readiness Plan for sheltering in place. Keep an eye on the situation.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.