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August 8, 2014 - 8:01 pm

With Ebola raging through West Africa, how long would it take for the deadly virus to arrive in the United States?  According to flight timetables, about 12 hours.  Here are four direct flights from Ebola hotspots straight into the USA.

1. United 143 Lagos to Houston

This flight arrives at 5 in the morning from Lagos, Nigeria, a place where Belmont Club had this frightening account of the intersection of corruption and disease. It involved an Ebola victim, upon learning he was infected, urinating on health care workers in a rage. They too ultimately died. The amazing part of the story is how corrupt officials tried to spring the patient free because of his connections.

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2. Delta 55 Lagos to Atlanta

If instead of Star Alliance, you prefer SkyTeam when travelling from an Ebola hotspot to the United States, Delta 55 arrives in Atlanta at 5 a.m.

3. Arik Air 107

Arik Air provides the authentic Nigerian airline experience. It is scheduled to arrive into New York’s JFK at 4:31 a.m., but rarely does so on time.

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4. Delta 478 from Liberia to New York

Delta offers Boeing 767 service straight from the heart of the Ebola outbreak — Roberts International Airport in Liberia. The Delta flight stops over at an airport in Ghana, where other victims of Ebola transited. Ghana is also home to the fruit bat, which is a reservoir for the Ebola virus. Delta service from Liberia was scheduled to end later this month before the Ebola outbreak.

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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One should never "need to panic", but running even a tiny risk of importing Ebola from the wretched part of Africa is just plain stupid. The esteemed head of our Centers for Disease Control says, "Not to worry, it is hard to transmit," while WHO says it is an international emergency.
No one asks the obvious question: How did an American MD and nurse, who know how to shield themselves from bodily fluids, catch this virus? And a corollary question: This virus was previously limited to East Africa (Uganda); how did it get hundreds of miles away, to Sierra Leone and Liberia???
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It's so nice knowing that we're getting our ebola via same-day expedited delivery. No more waiting around for our deadly viruses. This is the 21st century, after all.
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This is some scary stuff. The primary purpose of border security and immigration policy is disease control. Remember that scene in Godfather II when young Antonio Andolini arrives at Ellis Island and is quaranteened? Yeah, he had some infectious disease that needed to be treated before he was allowed in the general population. That's the way immigration policy was back in the day, because people understood the danger of infectious diseases and how quickly they can spread.

Influenza, the Spanish flu, killed over 50 million people in a matter of months, mostly the young and elderly, in the 1920s. The reason it spread so rapidly and killed so many people was because of ease of transportation.

Think about it. A plane, a train, a bus, a schoolroom, it only takes one infected person to infect dozens. And all of these people then go home or to work or school, and infect dozens more, who then go home or to work or school, and infect even dozens more. This is how diseases spread. It doesn't take long before thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of people are sick and dying. And the young and the elderly will be stricken the worst.

Modern medicine cannot keep up with this sort of scenario. It takes months, years to develop a vaccine or a treatment. To this day, influenza kills thousands of people in this country every year, despite there being a flu shot.

And yet now this federal government is allowing diseased immigrants free acces and transporting them all over the country. Forget Ebola, think about diseases that were eradicated in this country decades ago--polio, tuberculosis, cholera, whooping cough, the list goes on. Already, hospitals are seeing patients with diseases that never existed in this country before. And how are they supposed to treat these patients? For some of these diseases--multiple drug resistant tuberculsis, for example--there is no treatment, no vaccine, no cure. And the federal government just says, oh yeah, let them in and spread them all around the country. Are you kidding me? We're one illegal alien away from an epidemic. And what with transportation being what it is today, one illegal alien away from a pandemic.

School starts in a couple of weeks. Just wait until Jack and Jill come down the hill with a disease that infects the entire family, who then spread the disease to all their coworkers and fellow students. And millions of people start dying, mostly the young and the elderly. Hospitals, heck the entire health care industry, can't deal with a problem like that. So, the result is millions dead, the transformation of America into a dead country.

Personally, I think Obama and his ilk, all of his supporters, should be arrested and tried and convicted of treason. A firing squad seems like a suitable punishment to me.

This is serious business here. We are talking about border security and disease control here. And that is nothing to mess with. Is it going to take dying children and grandparents for the American people figure it out?
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Delta and United are rotating their Ebola planes throughout their long haul fleet. The Ebola virus can live on a surface for several days. How well are they disinfecting those planes? I think never. I'm staying off of Delta and United until they quit this craziness.
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Excellent take on the ebola thing right here on PJM: http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/08/09/minority-report/
19 weeks ago
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This site is refusing to accept my further posts.
19 weeks ago
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What site?
19 weeks ago
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PC is also a transmissible disease, primarily airborne and often fatal after a long period of insanity.
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Americans have died and will yet die from ODs of political correctness.
19 weeks ago
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It's so nice knowing that we're getting our ebola via same-day expedited delivery. No more waiting around for our deadly viruses. This is the 21st century, after all.
19 weeks ago
19 weeks ago Link To Comment
This is some scary stuff. The primary purpose of border security and immigration policy is disease control. Remember that scene in Godfather II when young Antonio Andolini arrives at Ellis Island and is quaranteened? Yeah, he had some infectious disease that needed to be treated before he was allowed in the general population. That's the way immigration policy was back in the day, because people understood the danger of infectious diseases and how quickly they can spread.

Influenza, the Spanish flu, killed over 50 million people in a matter of months, mostly the young and elderly, in the 1920s. The reason it spread so rapidly and killed so many people was because of ease of transportation.

Think about it. A plane, a train, a bus, a schoolroom, it only takes one infected person to infect dozens. And all of these people then go home or to work or school, and infect dozens more, who then go home or to work or school, and infect even dozens more. This is how diseases spread. It doesn't take long before thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of people are sick and dying. And the young and the elderly will be stricken the worst.

Modern medicine cannot keep up with this sort of scenario. It takes months, years to develop a vaccine or a treatment. To this day, influenza kills thousands of people in this country every year, despite there being a flu shot.

And yet now this federal government is allowing diseased immigrants free acces and transporting them all over the country. Forget Ebola, think about diseases that were eradicated in this country decades ago--polio, tuberculosis, cholera, whooping cough, the list goes on. Already, hospitals are seeing patients with diseases that never existed in this country before. And how are they supposed to treat these patients? For some of these diseases--multiple drug resistant tuberculsis, for example--there is no treatment, no vaccine, no cure. And the federal government just says, oh yeah, let them in and spread them all around the country. Are you kidding me? We're one illegal alien away from an epidemic. And what with transportation being what it is today, one illegal alien away from a pandemic.

School starts in a couple of weeks. Just wait until Jack and Jill come down the hill with a disease that infects the entire family, who then spread the disease to all their coworkers and fellow students. And millions of people start dying, mostly the young and the elderly. Hospitals, heck the entire health care industry, can't deal with a problem like that. So, the result is millions dead, the transformation of America into a dead country.

Personally, I think Obama and his ilk, all of his supporters, should be arrested and tried and convicted of treason. A firing squad seems like a suitable punishment to me.

This is serious business here. We are talking about border security and disease control here. And that is nothing to mess with. Is it going to take dying children and grandparents for the American people figure it out?
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And the least we can do is leave our borders open. I understand that at least 71 people from that region have been detained(?) crossing the Mexican border. But, all is well, eh?
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Holy Toledo. This is a disease with a long incubation period, too. FAA where are you? Flying into Tel Aviv is nothing compared to this.
20 weeks ago
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There is a Newsmax article linked in the sidebar that says Asian countries are using methods developed for SARS and bird flu to manage the danger of air travelers bringing in Ebola. It mentions a 21-day incubation period for Ebola.
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Unlike SARS and Bird Flu, Ebola is not spread via sneezing, coughing, or breathing. It is only spread by direct contact with sweat, urine, feces, or vomit. It is a stomach virus, not a lung virus. That does make it easier to contain. On the other hand, its' fatality rate is far higher than most lung virus infections - on the order of 85% in the less-developed world, and perhaps as high as 45% with the best medical treatment available in the world. It is not the plague. While we should be careful, the U.S., even with three or four flights a day to/from an infected area, does not need to panic about the threat.
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One should never "need to panic", but running even a tiny risk of importing Ebola from the wretched part of Africa is just plain stupid. The esteemed head of our Centers for Disease Control says, "Not to worry, it is hard to transmit," while WHO says it is an international emergency.
No one asks the obvious question: How did an American MD and nurse, who know how to shield themselves from bodily fluids, catch this virus? And a corollary question: This virus was previously limited to East Africa (Uganda); how did it get hundreds of miles away, to Sierra Leone and Liberia???
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Actually, plenty of people have asked the obvious question. You just don't listen to the answer: a doc and a nurse working with ebola patients in a hospital that wouldn't pass for an urgent care clinic in the US, with limited supplies and imperfect sanitation, are at much greater risk.
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Look up the 2012 study where pig-to-macaque transmission was documented with no direct contact. This might be an indication that this virus can travel through the air via droplets of mucus from one infected host to an uninfected one.

Try to imagine too just how it is that transmission of this virus has occurred with regard to medical personnel being decked out in hazmat gear, assuming of course that all the necessary infection control protocols were followed.

NTS, this virus spreads far more easily than those that cause AIDS, hepatitis A or C. There is no need for panic but certainly a need for concern. You won't see me on any flight any time soon for many reasons with this (complacency about this disease) added to them.
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Yes, please do: in it you'll find that they didn't see primate to primate transmission. This was amplified by a new paper: http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2014/08/08/new-paper-on-ebola-no-primate-to-primate-transmission-seen/
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Again, there really isn't enough information to sit on our laurels & pretend that ebola spreads from person to person no more easily than HIV or hepatitis A or C. Nice try but no cigar.
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Except that pigs, unlike humans, manifest Ebola primarily as a respiratory illness. Humans manifest primarily as a digestive illness with a few respiratory symptoms. Also, while present in saliva, the viral load is very low like it is with HIV, so the odds of getting it from a random cough or sneeze is also very low meaning again, you are looking at transmission from people you are very close to.

And those medical personnel? Ask yourself how they stay decked out in full hazmat gear in no air conditioning when the environmental conditions they are working in are reaching a temperature of 110F ... the answer is that they aren't. They simply can't. Not all the time or they'd be dying of heat stroke. So, this idea that the virus is somehow able to get through full hazmat gear is so much fear-mongering. It's not. It's simply that these workers are in an impossible bind. They can't take the steps they need to take as much as they should, so they are exposed more than they should be. But if they are even try and help ... it can't be helped.
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Yes, I am concerned about these other diseases too, aharris; but the topic at hand here is ebola.
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The doc and nurse undoubtedly didn't use "full hazmat" suits over there. Don't need that to avoid contact with "bodily fluids". It is only the people not working in Africa who have them and wear them while our dear medical leaders "reassure" us about its poor transmissiibility.
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Look up the symptoms in humans. Fever & sore throat. Then the GI symptoms set in. After that, when the virus invades the walls of the blood vessels, internal bleeding sets in.

Review where I stated ".....assuming of course that all the necessary infection control protocols were followed." Of course it has occurred to me that perhaps not all protocols were followed but that's no valid excuse to assume that viral particles cannot travel through the air nestled in droplets of body fluid that land inside of someone's nose or mouth.

Again, not trying to prompt panic here but just voice concern over what I see as a case of too much complacency in a realm where there are more questions than answers. It's only a matter of time before this virus hits our shores outside the protective environment provided by those isolation units at Emory where these 2 infected Americans are being treated (& studied).
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If it were as infectious as you're worried about, there would be nowhere in the world this disease wouldn't be by now. This epidemic began back in late February, early March. It has been ongoing now for approximately seven months. If it were airborne in the way you are thinking, it would have jumped to every nation on earth long ago. There would have been no stopping it.

Ebola worries me. I won't lie. But if you really want to know what lives in my nightmares, go study Spanish Flu and that pandemic and then start studying up an avian flu. You should spend far more time worrying about that. Because for all that Ebola is a nasty, nasty disease, it does not possess the ability to completely overwhelm modern medical facilities and infrastructure. It simply doesn't spread fast enough. The avian flu would be a different matter, and while being far less lethal, it would completely overwhelm our capacity to care for the sick and people would die who needn't die. In short, what you are seeing in Africa (where they really have no medical infrastructure) would happen here.
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Jesus, I'm having flashbacks to Fukushima and the crazies who wanted to nuke the reactor to keep it from blowing up.
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Your case of hyperbole is duly noted.
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