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Saturday, February 24, 2018


Ebola is likely to erupt again because healed victims still carry the residue of the deadly virus in their system and also through the systematical inducing by the US government

Ebola is likely to erupt again because healed victims still carry the residue of the deadly virus in their system and also through the systematical inducing by the US government

Trump vs. “disease X”- The administration is setting up the US to botch a pandemic response


The World Health Organization recently released a list of eight diseases most likely to spark a public health emergency. Some we know, like the hemorrhagic fevers Ebola, Lassa, and Marburg, which can cause their victims to bleed out from their gums and eyes.

But further down on the WHO list was a threat ominously described as “disease X.” The X stands for an unknown: a pathogen lurking out there, currently being harbored in animals, with the potential to make the dangerous leap into humans and spread suffering and death around the globe.

While disease X may sound like something that makes you want to run and hug a stuffed animal, it’s exactly the thing public health officials are bracing for. “We don’t know where the next threat will come from,” former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told Vox. “But we are certain there will be a next time.”

What’s really worrying right now is that we’re not ready for the “next time.” Current proposals from the Trump White House would slash funding for foreign aid and US public health agencies. And that is expected to have a ripple effect around the world.

In the best of times, predicting the next outbreak is a fool’s game: No one could have seen H1N1, a.k.a. “swine flu,” emerging from Mexico or Ebola turning up in West Africa. But these are not the best of times.

While it’s true that America has long been underprepared for a pandemic, the risks right now appear to be especially high. Many signs point to the US retreating from supporting the global and public health efforts that can prevent epidemics like Lassa fever (which has, since January, been linked with 913 suspected cases and 73 deaths in Nigeria) or the unknown disease X. Here’s why.

America has played a major role in stopping pandemics globally — but many signs point to the US retreating

It’s not an exaggeration to say that with each passing day, the threat that one of those outbreaks turns into a pandemic increases. As humans travel and urbanize in ever greater volumes, mingling in unprecedented ways with the animals that harbor disease, we help viruses, bacteria, and fungi spread around the world with greater effectiveness and speed.

Countries can’t isolate themselves from the flow of diseases across borders, and fighting and preventing pandemics requires cross-border collaboration and cooperation. They need to share information transparently about outbreaks within their borders. They need to agree on plans to prevent and fight those outbreaks.

Historically, America has been a global leader in this regard. The US government has the single largest footprint of any country in global health when it comes to money contributed. Poorer countries rely on the world’s wealthiest for both financial backing and technical expertise to do everything from building disease surveillance networks to identifying and containing outbreaks.

This work is carried out directly by USAID, the CDC, and the Department of Defense, as well as by the WHO, to which the US is the largest country donor (and to which the CDC sends its experts).

In the past decade, the WHO has declared four global health emergencies. Two of them occurred within the space of two years: the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and the Zika epidemic in 2016.

But these are far from the only threats the WHO has been dealing with. All told, the WHO’s executive director, Peter Salama, told Vox, “Over the course of the last five years, we responded to 1,000 outbreaks.”

And US government officials, many of them from the CDC, have helped the WHO fight these outbreaks — from Ebola all over Africa to plague in Madagascar. “This is a daily working together,” said Salama.

But that collaboration is under threat right now, both financially and conceptually.

Most notably, the Trump administration proposed in its fiscal year 2019 budget to cut funding for the CDC by 20 percent, from $7.2 billion to $5.7 billion. If passed by Congress, that would bring the CDC back to its lowest level of funding since 2003.

“To go back to 2003 is really quite disturbing,” said John Auerbach, president, and CEO of the public health nonprofit the Trust for America’s Health. “That was before we’ve seen the likelihood of what we used to consider very unusual emergencies — like significant weather emergencies and novel viruses creating epidemics that have now become almost routine.”

There’s also no sign that the $1 billion pot of money Congress gave USAID and the CDC in 2015 to fight Ebola in West Africa — and help poorer countries around the world build up their disease detection and prevention systems — is going to be replenished after it’s slated to run out in 2019.

That has already prompted these agencies to plan a retreat from 39 of the 49 foreign countries they’re working in, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post reported. 

This work abroad, as Ed Yong reported at the Atlantic, has involved critical pandemic prevention efforts, like training disease detectives in Liberia, cutting outbreak response times in Cameroon, and building emergency operations centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“There is a growing worry about a fiscal cliff of funding [at the CDC], with no clear signal that more will come,” said Jennifer Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “There’s a question mark about the CDC’s ability going forward to keep the efforts up that are needed due to preparedness, let alone any [outbreak] response, around the world.”

Kates noted that while the 2019 budget called for a $51 million increase to the CDC for global health security over 2017 levels, that came in the context of the overall CDC budget slashing and cuts to other global health line items.

“America First” doesn’t work during pandemics

More broadly, the Trump administration has repeatedly signaled that it’s not interested in supporting international development and foreign aid. In its most recent budget proposal, for the fiscal year 2019, the administration also proposed slashing funding for the State Department and USAID by a quarter.

This “America First” worldview does not bode well for necessary international collaboration in global health, as Bill Gates wrote in his recent annual letter.

“My view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more than withdrawing does,” Gates said. Foreign aid, he added, makes “Americans more secure by making poor countries more stable and stopping disease outbreaks before they become pandemics.”

There’s also the question of public health leadership in the US right now. With a number of embarrassing fiascos among the Trump appointees in charge of public health, the US has felt rudderless from a health leadership perspective, Donald McNeil Jr. pointed out recently at the New

York Times:

[Trump’s] first secretary for Health and Human Services, Tom Price, resigned in disgrace last September after it was revealed that he spent $400,000 chartering private jets at taxpayer expense. 

The president’s choice for C.D.C. director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned in January after reports that she had recently bought stock in a tobacco company. That capped months of recusing herself from various official duties because she owned shares in biotech and health-information companies.

Frieden is bracing for what happens next. “Obviously, who they appoint as the next CDC director is an important bellwether of their commitment to public health,” he said. “But it’s not a good sign that they proposed [a] more than 20 percent cut to the CDC’s budget; that would bring the CDC back to the lowest level since 2003.”

The looming-health-disaster money scramble

Putting aside the Trump administration’s fumbling on public health leadership, its “America First” mentality, and its proposed funding cuts — there’s a larger structural problem that is greater than the president or any administration.

“The bigger issue is the ability of governments and organizations to put money into preparedness,” Kates summed up. And no recent administration has addressed this.

Source: by  Julia Belluz


Julia Belluz is Vox's senior health correspondent focused on medicine, science, and public health. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the 2016 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking in 2017, the American Society of Nutrition Journalism Award, and several Canadian National Magazine Awards.

Therefore we assume Julia knows what she is talking about. But does she know our research and publications?  If she knows, then she should have realized how criminal American presidents, WHO, CDC, FDA and all those international institutes acted in the last century.

The US presidents, Hitler and Nazi criminals developed all those mentioned diseases like Aids, Ebola and later, without Hitler they created Zika virus. So of course, they know when an outbreak will occur because they are inducing such horrific diseases themselves.

And now on  February 23, 2018, the World Health Organization released a list of eight diseases most likely to spark a public health emergency like the hemorrhagic fevers Ebola, Lassa, and Marburg, which can cause their victims to bleed out from their gums and eyes. And they describe such an outbreak as “disease X.” How stupid and hypocrite can you be?

What’s really worrying right now is that we’re not ready for the “next time.” Current proposals from the Trump White House would slash funding for foreign aid and US public health agencies because it doesn't fit with the mass depopulation in Africa, their own African-Americans, Latino's and third world countries.

They all know exactly that Aids, Ebola and Zika are already created long before their first appearances and can be used anytime they like. Yes, when it goes wrong the World Health Organization admits mishandling Ebola outbreaks in West and East Africa, saying it failed to recognize the risks of the disease in the fragile states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

How hypocrite can you be when you know the application of vaccination programs with contaminated vaccines and genetically engineered microbes and insects and the development of Ebola in Reston, Forth Detrick, Belgrade, Rostok, Marburg, and Frankfurt. We can provide you with tens of thousands of scientific papers to prove it.

“Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall,” says a draft, an internal document obtained by the Associated Press. Experts should have realized that the conventional way of containing an Ebola outbreak would not work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems. 

But where is the media to write about our empiric findings written by thousands of scientists in magazines like the Lancet? And when you built walls in regions with porous borders you use airplanes to spread it has happened in the Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi.

"Clinicians had never managed cases," the World Health Organization reported. "No laboratory had ever diagnosed a patient specimen. No government had ever witnessed the social and economic upheaval that can accompany an outbreak of these diseases. In fact, populations could not understand what hit them or why because these diseases appear from out of the blue.

And this all is in contrast with East Africa, which has had plenty of experience dealing with Ebola outbreaks over several decades. In Uganda, for example, as soon as an Ebola case is identified, public health officials overwhelm all streams of media with messages about how to stay safe.

People won't leave their houses out of fear of infection, and they immediately report suspected cases to surveillance officials. It's one of the reasons Uganda has successfully stamped out about half a dozen Ebola outbreaks.

We're long overdue for a catastrophic flu pandemic, a certain Hoffman added. “Our luck will run out.” Yes, Hoffman luck will run out because Donald Trump and his comrades know exactly when to stop inserting money for saving poor Africans.

And yes, they know exactly how to deal with the emerging of diseases in East Africa because it is their testing ground with sufficient African guinea pigs who can be used as “Human Rats”.

Oh... Ehh.., Julia Belluz?

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Ebola is likely to erupt again because healed victims still carry the residue of the deadly virus in their system and also through the systematical inducing by the US government

Ebola is a bio-weapon virus manufactured by the US government and will always remain a threat to the world

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