Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Best High Throughput "No Touch" Ebola Fever Thermometer

The latest and greatest "no touch" fever thermometer with the potential highest victim through-put rate is the the VisioFocus made by Tecnimed in Italy. The thermometer directly displays a person's temperature on their forehead as the temperature is being taken.

The beauty of this display feature is that medical personnel do not have to touch or take their eyes off the person being measured. This lack of handling and fumbling with the thermometer means that any group of people being scanned can be more rapidly moved through the queue.

The draw backs to these types of no touch thermometers is that they measure skin temperature and an offset is automatically applied to determine core body temperature (oral, anal, or axial). Environmental conditions can alter heat transfer rates off of the skin, thereby making measurements less accurate.

The thermometer is also able to measure the temperature of household objects, such as baby milk bottles. This capability also allows the device to be rapidly calibrated if the thermometer has undergone a rapid temperature swing, such as from a cold winter day to a warm inside room. The unit displays in both degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Another obvious drawback to the unit is that one can not take one's own temperature without the aide of a mirror to make sure the thermometer is at the right focal distance away from the forehead or eyelid.

For greater insight watch the video.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ALERT! The CDC is NOT Requiring Cremation Or A Chain of Custody For Ebola Infected Bodies

In a surprising turn of events favoring aspiring biological terrorists the CDC is allowing Ebola infected bodies to be buried in hermetically sealed caskets. Use of cremation is optional.

Disposition of Remains:
  • "Remains should be cremated or buried promptly in a hermetically sealed casket. 
  • Once the bagged body is placed in the sealed casket, no additional cleaning is needed unless leakage has occurred. 
  • No PPE is needed when handling the cremated remains or the hermetically sealed closed casket."

The concerning thing about CDC's decision is that a readily field improvised bio-weapon will only be a few feet of dirt away from an aspiring terrorist. Moreover, since the CDC is also not requiring a clear chain of supervised security for the infected dead body, a slightly more enterprising terrorist could readily intercept the Ebola infected bodily fluids even prior to burial.

Edited to add Analysis:

The only way this set of handling requirements for Ebola infected bodies makes sense is if
the CDC expects such a high body count the protecting access to them is pointless


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 17th Photo Of Suspected Irish Ebola Victim Dessie Quinn

This appears to be a photo of Dessie Quinn the suspected Irish Ebola Fatality. The photo was taken Aug 17th. He certainty doesn't look like a guy who is going to die four days later from Ebola.

Compare the photo against this one published by the Irish Mirror

Government Contract Points to Unnatural Ebola Outbreak In West Africa; Seeks Survivors of "Natural" Ebola In The Congo

Yesterday reports surfaced of a possible Ebola outbreak in the Congo, simultaneously the US Government released a contract which specified that they want samples from people in the Congo who have survived a 'NATURAL exposure to Ebola'
"The purpose of this contract is to evaluate samples from individuals who have survived a natural exposure to Ebola virus in order to assess the specific immune responses"

This brings up the obvious question, is there such a thing as an unnatural exposure to Ebola in Africa? After all, the reported exposures are: wild creature infects a person, and then that person infects several others.

It seems the US Government is concerned that there is something UNNATURAL about the West African Ebola outbreak. It does have somewhat different symptoms than previous outbreaks. And, the outbreak has grown faster and farther than all previous outbreaks combined. IF the outbreak is man made, then obviously one source of comparison which might point to that distinction might be made by looking at differences between the current unnatural outbreak in West Africa and the previous natural outbreaks in the Congo.

Its also clear one would want to take such samples from the previous natural Ebola outbreaks in the Congo prior to the region being infected by the unnatural outbreak from West Africa. Given yesterday's the reports that West African Ebola may have spread into the Congo, it makes for a clear indication why that new may have triggered yesterday's contract for blood samples from survivors of "natural" Ebola in the Congo.


Solicitation Number: NIAID-NOI-14C-1688951

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ebola Emergency ZMAPP Production Rates & Costs

Based NIH data, the POTRBLOG team has been able to calculate that Kentucky Bioprocessing has the Rough Order of Magnitude [ROM] emergency capability to produce 97,751 courses of Ebola treatment per month. The lead time to meet this emergency production rate is approximately 5 weeks.

One very concerning bit of information, the ZMAPP treatment has components which are reported to produce one escaped mutant per every twenty non-human primates treated. And, that the escaped mutants do exhibit reversion.

Source and cost data to follow:

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The 1st Sign Your City Was Attacked By An Ebola Bioweapon

The 1st sign that your city has been attacked by an Ebola bioweapon will be the reports of a suspect case with no primary or secondary ties to West Africa. When such a case does happen it does not mean with certainty a bioattack has occurred, but it does mean that things go south very rapidly.

The time line of Ebola's spread means that an attack is possible with in the 9/11/2014 time frame and should be expected. However it does not mean that such an attack is a certainty; it only means a potential attacker with the appropriate skills/knowledge would likely have ready field access to the minimal amount of equipment required to implement such an attack.

Terrorist seeking to maximize the death toll would leave the attack unannounced as to increase victim to subsequent victims spread. Alternatively an unskilled terrorist would likely make the attack public as to spread fear & uncertainty. The former case is likely the most dangerous and the one most likely to result in the Government ordering people to shelter in place. It would potentially be preceded by a period of denial or calming action on the Government's part, for the purpose of buying time to position resources and to control traffic points prior to panic.

The key thing to remember about Ebola is that it can take as little as ONE nanoparticle sized Ebola viron contacting your body to infect you. Using hand sanitizer on exposed skin AFTER exposure is unlikely to prevent Ebola infection (as documented in the 1976 Lab case).

Assuming reports of an Ebola case with no direct ties to West Africa is made public, a wise risk mitigation action would be near fully time use of surgical gloves combined with frequent use of hand sanitizer on those gloves. Note that using hand sanitizer directly on skin could result in skin disruption / drying which could increase the risks of infection with Ebola if exposed.

Prior to such an outbreak and needed use of gloves, the proper use of Hibiclens (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) as a skin lotion could provide prophylactic protection against infection as it continues to invisibly kill enveloped viruses for hours after application. We believe Hibiclens offers a Darwinian advantage to those who know of its existence, use it properly, and have it on hand before it becomes unavailable. We believe Amazon is the most cost effective source for Hibiclens (CHG)

In that regard, a key item to note is that once things become public there will very little time to react in either gathering supplies or reuniting with loved ones before travel restrictions are imposed. Key to have on hand at that point are disposable medical gloves, and hand sanitizer to keep the gloves clean. One should expect protective disposable exam gloves to become unavailable. Currently such gloves are readily available at Sam's Club at half the price available elsewhere.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

South Carolina Is Directing Universities to Examine ALL West African Students & Faculty For Ebola Exposure

The South Carolina Department of Health has released guidance directing Colleges and Universities to examine all West African students and faculty for signs of current or previous Ebola infections.

Wisely the South Carolina health department is seeking to avoid the spread of sexually transmitted Ebola from people who may have been unknowingly exposed and recovered from Ebola.