Ronald R. Cherry
October 14, 2014
Inadequate Ebola protocol
By Ronald R. Cherry

We are now being told by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, that secondary transmission of the deadly Ebola virus to a nurse in Dallas Texas was due to a breach of the CDC protocol. The protocol is supposed to protect people from acquiring the deadly infection via direct contact with the body or body fluids of an Ebola victim.

"At some point there was a breach in protocol." Dr. Thomas Frieden

Clearly the CDC Ebola "protocol" is inadequate. The "protocol" doesn't work. Either the virus is so virulent that the "protocol" is ineffective against direct contact with the body or body fluids of an Ebola victim, even while "protected" with gloves, gowns, masks, etc., or, more likely, the "protocol" ignores the significant probability that Ebola is transmitted in certain circumstances by airborne means – as contaminated microscopic droplet nuclei. This should come as no surprise for everyone not drinking the CDC Kool- Aid, because in the confined spaces of hospital rooms, where the Ebola victim is vomiting, having diarrhea, flushing the toilet, coughing and sneezing, we should expect production of infectious microscopic airborne particles.

"The potential for transmission via inhalation of aerosols, therefore, cannot be ruled out by the observed risk factors or our knowledge of the infection process. Many body fluids, such as vomit, diarrhea, blood, and saliva, are capable of creating inhalable aerosol particles in the immediate vicinity of an infected person. Cough was identified among some cases in a 1995 outbreak in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and coughs are known to emit viruses in respirable particles. The act of vomiting produces an aerosol and has been implicated in airborne transmission of gastrointestinal viruses. Regarding diarrhea, even when contained by toilets, toilet flushing emits a pathogen-laden aerosol that disperses in the air... Being at first skeptical that Ebola virus could be an aerosol-transmissible disease, we are now persuaded by a review of experimental and epidemiologic data that this might be an important feature of disease transmission, particularly in healthcare settings... We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks... We strongly urge the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to seek funds for the purchase and transport of PAPRs [powered air-purifying respirators] to all healthcare workers currently fighting the battle against Ebola throughout Africa – and beyond." Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

We are also told by Dr. Frieden that:

"We have the ability to prevent the spread of Ebola by caring safely for patients," Dr. Thomas Frieden

In the absence of widely available effective treatment, such as ZMapp, I don't believe it will be possible to safely care for Ebola patients or prevent its spread in any American hospital not equipped with BL4 containment capability. Our doctors, nurses, orderlies and other health workers are not vaccinated against Ebola, so we are vulnerable to Ebola, and when healthcare workers become infected they themselves quickly become a threat to everyone around them, and are no longer able to care for the normal influx of other patients. I am worried that we will not be able to prevent an Ebola epidemic in the United States, because the mode of transmission is far more efficient (dangerous) than the CDC says, so much so that we could experience an exponential increase. CDC-level protective measures against direct contact with the body or body fluids of Ebola victims are not sufficient to prevent transmission, either because those protective measures are essentially impossible to follow day in and day out at the local hospital, or because there is an airborne mode of transmission which defeats CDC-level protective measures, or both.

All unvaccinated Americans (over 300 million people) are at risk for Ebola. One must wonder if the highest levels of American government and military have already received Ebola vaccination, possibly via the bio-weapon / bio-defense laboratory at Fort Derrick, and are thereby positioned above the fray, a vaccine not commercially available – that might explain the lack of common sense coming from our National government. My friends and fellow Americans, something must change quickly in our government, or we are in deep trouble. I pray it is not too late.

© Ronald R. Cherry

 

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Ronald R. Cherry

Ronald R. Cherry, MD, is a board-certified specialist in lung disease who is in the full-time practice of medicine in Sweetwater, Tennessee... (more)

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