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By Caroll Lucas
USA, West Africa, Spain — As the Ebola virus rages on in West Africa and spreads its tentacles into Spain and the U.S., modern technology has not come up with a viable cure or vaccine as Ebola raises its horrific pandemic head.
As the early stages of the disease spread in West Africa, the world largely ignored Ebola, comfy in their belief that it could never spread to the civilized world. And if it did, we could handle it.
Update: Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, died 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. His condition earlier had been changed from “serious” to “critical.” His remains will be cremated,
CDC is claiming only 10 persons are at high risk of developing Ebola with a circle of 100 persons who made contact with the infected Duncan. Oh yeah, and a 52-year-old homeless person who rode in the ambulance with the patient. It took them several days to find him; I wonder how many contacts he made? Identification in the homeless community should be a challenge for the CDC. Where are the isolation units? And what about the ambulance that was sent to pick the Dallas patient up? Where was the paramedic’s protection?
The first case of Ebola contacted outside West Africa was reported this week in Spain. The nurse’s assistant who cared for the Spanish Priest who died of Ebola has developed Ebola. Not enough protection in a civilized country?
Now, for the cure. ZMapp, a serum developed by a nine-employee Mapp Biopharmaceutical lab in Santa Barbara had the first success with Ebola. It was administered to Dr. Kent Brantly and Emily Writebol, two volunteers working in Monrovia, Liberia — And they lived. It was also reportedly given to the Spanish priest, and he died. ZMapp supplies have been exhausted and take a long time to process.
TKM-Ebola, developed by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals in Canada, was given to Dr. Richard Sacra, who had been working with SIM in Liberia, in Nebraska. He recovered.
A new drug that has not yet been tested even on animals, Brincidofovir, developed by a North Carolina lab, Chimerix, was given to the Eric Duncan in Dallas after he was reported to be in critical condition.
Then, we have an entry by the “natural drug industry,” Nano Silver, which has been around for some time. They claim that tests run by the U.S. Air Force 711th applied biotechnology human performance wing research lab show that silver was effective in neutralizing hemorrhagic fever virus. Reportedly this has been known since 2008. They say WHO, the World Health Organization, stopped a trial test run with Nano Silver in West Africa and has blocked a shipment of Nano Silver to Sierra Leone by Natural Solutions Foundation which has been returned to the U.S. for the third time.
With Ebola on the march, is this a time to squabble about money and power? Do the lives of these victims mean anything in the big picture? Sure they don’t.