How Ebola Took Off

Posted on Fri 10/17/2014 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

AA - EbolaEbola is a virus transmitted through bodily secretions. Someone with Ebola bleeds from every orifice, suffers extreme Diarrhoea and projectile vomits.

Local West African funeral customs just made things worse:

Some West Africans believe that the day you die is one of the most important days of your life. The final farewell can be a hands-on, affectionate ritual in which the body is washed and dressed, and in some villages carried through the community, where friends and relatives will share a favorite beverage by putting the cup to the lips of the deceased before taking a drink.


A brief study indicated that once a person died, his or her paternal aunt (father’s sister) was called to wash and prepare the body for burial. If the father did not have a sister, an older woman in the victim’s patriline was asked to prepare the body. Generally, the woman removed the clothes from the body, washed the body, and dressed the deceased in a favorite outfit. At the funeral, all family members ritually washed their hands in a common bowl, and during open casket all were welcome to come up to deceased person and give a final touch on the face or elsewhere (called a love touch).

And how slow was the United Nations – again:

The WHO, an arm of the United Nations, is responsible for coordinating international action in a crisis like this, but it has suffered budget cuts, has lost many of its brightest minds and was slow to sound a global alarm on Ebola. Not until Aug. 8, 4 1/2 months into the epidemic, did the organization declare a global emergency.


President Barack Obama is giving misleading assurances – while failing to ensure hospitals have fail-safe procedures for treating victims:

The president stressed that Ebola is not spread as the flu is, by way of sneezes or coughs. The virus is only spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who was infected and is exhibiting symptoms of the virus, which include a fever and vomiting.

In fact:  (from last night’s 7.30 ABC Current Affairs program)

Leigh Sales: So if I were to get on a plane and I was sitting next to somebody or say even just on that plane were somebody who had Ebola, what would be my chance of getting it? Lets say I’ve gotten up and I’ve gone to the bathroom, they’ve maybe also gone to the bathroom, we’ve both touched the overhead bins or whatever – what are my chances of getting it?

Grant Hill-Cawthorne [Sydney Institute of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity]: So, they’re still relatively small. We have no real way of quantifying it in an exact percentage. But from everything that we know, if a person is at the stage when they’re actually producing lots of fluid, so if they’ve got vomiting or diarrhoea, there is obviously the risk that the bathroom could be contaminated or that the local area could be contaminated. In the case of a plane, if you had someone who was producing lots of of bodily fluids, you would want to investigate the people in the same row as them, who used the same bathroom and things like that. So it really depends on what the actual symptoms of that patient are.


The Australian Labor Party’s crazy politicking on Ebola is politically driven and reckless. It seems Labor wants the Government to send over medical teams without being able to guarantee life-saving treatment is available should any become inflected, and without being sure we can protect Australians completely on their return.

Dennis Shanahan:

The ALP’s Tanya Plibersek is using fear of Ebola coming to Australia, compassion about thousands of deaths in west Africa and growing global alarm to differentiate Bill Shorten’s Labor Party from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on national security…

Plibersek is also appeasing large parts of the party, MPs and members, who feel that since the Islamic State threat emerged the Opposition Leader, and his left-wing deputy, have been too close to the Prime Minister on military action in Iraq…

Ebola provides Labor with a chance to criticise the government for not doing enough to help west Africans and to accuse Abbott of not being prepared to handle an emergency in Australia.

And trust the foul Australian Greens Party, as ever, to play the race card:

Tom Iggulden: The Australian Greens are accusing the Government of a cruel political calculation.

Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Party Senator: Because there are no votes in poor, black Africans dying.


Labor’s Tanya Plibersek is exposed in a debate with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on the Today show. Watch here. It is outrageous for Labor to peddle these deceptions.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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