Reports from conservative news outlets banned on social media platforms by liberal controllers indicate that a migrant facility in San Antonio, Texas, is sheltering thousands of illegal aliens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Ebola is currently an epidemic.
You won’t hear anything but denials from U.S. health officials that newcomers from DRC pose any possible threat whatsoever – present or future.
Honest and up-to-date reports about the potential for Ebola infection within the continental United States have been dismissed as “baseless rumors” by Buzzfeed and other mainstream news (MSN) outlets.
Yet, two facts are clear:
- An Infowars reporting crew captured video of African migrants arriving in vans all day long at an overflow facility in San Antonio before the asylum seekers are bussed to an official immigration processing facility.
- Ebola is epidemic in one region of DRC right now, although reportedly on the decline.
J. Owen Shroyer of Infowars, which claims to be the most banned news network in the world –and probably is – had to retreat from the San Antonio holding facility to a safe distance down the sidewalk after being yelled at, cursed, harassed and physically ejected by angry facility staff there.
Dr. Colleen Bridger, a San Antonio Assistant City Manager, came outside the migrant holding facility to speak directly with Shroyer. Bridger explained why she is not worried about Ebola entering the U.S. along with recent arrivals from DRC where Ebola is epidemic:
“Because Ebola’s incubation period is 21 days and these folks have been walking from Central America to the border for the last six months so there is absolutely zero risk that any of these individuals have Ebola.”
Dr. Bridger, who supervises San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District and Department of Human Services, told Shroyer that “we’ve not had anybody from the DRC come to us with symptoms that even remotely would make you worry about Ebola.”
Dr. Bridger also said that the federal government has claimed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffers are vetting these African migrants with background checks and medical screenings before receiving Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) court paperwork.
Despite government assurances that DRC migrants are Ebola-free and there is no “there” there, it is important that everyone understand some basic facts about this third-world country disease which was named after the Ebola River, located near one of the villages in the DRC where the disease first appeared.
Ebola (a type of hemorrhagic fever virus) enters an animal’s body only after direct contact with another infected animal’s symptomatic skin or bodily fluids (blood, saliva, sweat, tears, mucus, vomit, feces, breast milk, urine, and semen) or by touching things that have been contaminated with these fluids.
Humans contract Ebola from infected bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, and other humans. Once inside a living body, the deadly virus kills cells and actually explodes some of them. The virus interferes with blood’s ability to clot which, in turn, leads to internal bleeding as blood leaks from small blood vessels inside the body. Other effects of the Ebola virus include inflammation and tissue damage.
Ebola is a serious killer which made its first appearance in 1976 when two separate outbreaks were reported in Africa. The mortality rate ranges between 41% and 90%.
Ebola first presents with symptoms that look like those of influenza (flu) or another common disease:
- High fever
- Joint and muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- No appetite
Ebola then causes internal bleeding (hemorrhaging) as well as bleeding from the eyes, ears, and nose. Vomiting or coughing up blood, bloody diarrhea, and a rash are also known signs of an Ebola infection.
Because Ebola is virtually unknown in developed countries, unsuspecting doctors often mistake it for cholera or malaria.
Due to the long incubation period – it takes three weeks for the first symptoms to appear – diagnosis can be a problem. By the time the disease has been identified positively, the infected person may have infected countless others. People confirmed to have Ebola are immediately quarantined to prevent direct contact with humans and other susceptible animals.
Fortunately, Ebola is not spread through air, water or food. However, people who administer care to Ebola patients or who handle the body of someone who has died from the lethal virus often become the next victims.
Only the symptoms of Ebola can be treated. There is no cure for Ebola available today. Doctors administer vital fluids and electrolytes, oxygen, blood pressure medication, blood transfusions, and treatment for other infections to manage the contagion.
No preventative vaccine exists today but scientists are testing an experimental serum that kills cells infected by the Ebola virus.
Experts say humans can best prevent an Ebola infection by avoiding:
- Places with reported Ebola cases
- Direct contact with anyone from places where Ebola cases have been reported
- Contact with animals known to carry the Ebola virus
Will Ebola penetrate the United States border patrol and migrant screenings in 2019? Only time will tell.