What You Need To Know About Ebola…

Hey guys, here is the link to the a Balloon Juice thread. Check it out and maybe your questions were answered. I hope so.

Ebola, Labwork, Microbiology.

If not, here’s my “What You Need To Know About Ebola” factoid.


What you need to know about Ebola from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/what-need-to-know-ebola.pdf

1)The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. The outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West African. The first “travel-associated case of Ebola in US” was Mr Duncan which was confrimed by CDC. About 1/2 of the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak has died and although the risk of spreading it US is low, hospitals (let’s forget about Presby for a minute) along with the help of the CDC are taking precautions to make sure it doesn’t spread in the US.

2)A person infected with Ebola can’t spread the disease until symptoms appear. Time from exposure to when signs and symptoms appear (incubation period) is 2 to 21 days, but on average, they occur between 8-10 days from exposure. Signs of Ebola: fever (+101.5F), Symptoms of Ebola: severe headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

3)Ebola is spread through <strong>direct contact</strong> (thorough broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat and semen) of a person with Ebola. Also too, objects like needles, that have been contaminated with blood/body fluides of Ebola patiend can also spread the virus.


4)If you someone or someway have to be in contct with a person who is suspected of having Ebola, protect yourself. There is no FDA-Approved vaccine available. Experimental vaccines and treatments are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety and effectiveness. DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. DO NOT touch blood or bodily fluids of people who are sick. DO NOT handle items that may have come in contact with sick person’s blood or body fluids. DO NOT touch the body of a person who has died of Ebola.

My Thoughts on Ebola…

Ok, I’ve been at work all day.


But I’ve been getting pieces and bits on the newest Ebola case.


So I am a Microbiologist. I have worked in hospital labs for the past 10 years and I currently work here in NOLA. I lived in Dallas for 7 years. I worked in the big public hospital for 5-6 years then I worked for a sister hospital to Presby Dallas, and all I’m going to say is Presby Dallas has a reputation.


So when the first case came, I always figured from jump that Presby dropped the ball the first time he came to hospital. The entire team that day, including nurses, PA, MDs etc. failed arm Duncan that day and now that failure ended with his death and chickens are now coming home to roost.



The problem I had with this latest case was that the nurse knowingly travelled even after she absolutely came in contact with the Ebola patient, but now we find out that she actually called the CDC and they told her it was ok to fly??


What I now wonder if she was a buddy to the other nurse? A friend in DFW tells me the protocol at Presby is a buddy system. It should be the same as my current hospital protocol which is also a buddy system. For the laboratory purposes, this means that there is a “clean” tech and a “dirty” tech.


the buddy system is supposed to work where one helps the other when it comes to taking off PPE and also the buddy tech is supposed to be paying attention as the “dirty” tech manipulates the specimen…i.e. they are supposed to be eye balling you and making sure that u aren’t scratching, rubbing head or mopping sweat.


And as you see they are taking the latest case to Emory instead of Presby Dallas and I’m pretty sure I know why.


I honestly am beginning to think the problem is that this is all voluntary. Soon as this guy came through the 2nd time, the CDC probably should have quarantined the whole staff who was going to be working on him and just as they did the family, quarantine them right at the hospital and do not let them leave until a complete negative cycle of 21 days!


I think though that what needs to be understood is that this IS NOT considered to be an outbreak. Because so far the only people who have become infected so far are the two who were in close contact and caring for Patient 0, in this case Mr. Duncan


The thing to do now is CONTAIN the virus so that it doesn’t spread outside of the zero zone in this case Presby Dallas. Hopefully the nurse who travelled wasn’t in the contagious stage and no others become infected, but we won’t know until we know


As to who should be contained? I think they should contain any and everyone who came in contact with Mr. Duncan, particularly the care givers at Presby Dallas. If it means they don’t let them leave the hospital, so be it. The family of Mr. Duncan is still being monitored and will continue doing so. The same should be done for any staff at Presby Dallas.


The problem you have is the free-will of the people quarantined. In other words, you have a case like the MSNBC physician, Nancy Synderman, who left her quarantined cause she was tired of the food they were giving and she wanted some soup! That is a breach of protocol that should not have happened, but how to you stop someone from exercising their free rights?

Cause let’s be clear, the same ones who are outraged now, would be the same one outraged if they were told that they were being monitored and quarantined. How many among us would be happy with that, particularly if we feel fine and don’t think there is a chance that we contracted



How To Get Away With Murder…Or…My Newest Obsession.

Ok, let’s just get right into to. If you haven’t already seen the pilot episode, then stop right here. This will only be for people who have seen it and who want to discuss spoilers, or theories on what’s gonna come ahead during the season.

My goal is to post one of these every Thursday night during the airing of HTGAWM and post comments and tweets and my instant reactions as a sort of liveblog.

So, if ya ready, le’ go…

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Saw Amazing Spiderman 2….

On a pop culture movie note, I saw spider man 2 today.

My review was….meh. I was kinda bored even with the special effects and junk.

I really only saw it because I wanted to see if it followed the comic book plotline.

Spoiler alert….





It follows comic book storyline…



Comic Book Movie Sequels…Second Better Than First

Watching X-Men 2: X-Men United and realizing it really was the best of the original trilogy. Best all around storyline, best use of key character powers and also pretty much action packed and good pace.

Is it just me, but does it seem like the 2nd movie in comic book film trilogies seem to always be the best? Even though the first movies are awesome, there is so much explaining having to be done so that audiences who are not familiar with the comic book lore can be introduced to the characters, that sometimes it loses a lil bit. The one film trilogy that IMHO seems to have started strong is Superman I, but all in all, I’d probably talke Superman II over I (“Kneel Before Zod”!).

So anyone agree? Was X2 better than X1 and X3? Was Superman I better than Superman II, and III/IV? Wasn’t Ironman 2 better than Ironman 1, 2, 3 (actually, I prerfer the original Ironman more than 2 or 3)? Was Spiderman 2 (Toby McGuire Mix) better than Spiderman 1?ImageImageImageImage

Mic Check Ya’ll And Ya Don’t Stop…GRAMMYs RAP Category…


So I’ll admit, I’m NOT on it when it comes to the RAP categories.  I haven’t bought a whole rap album since, IDK, Kanye West’s Late Registration (and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even buy the COMPLETE album).  So aside from the occasional single that I overhear on my pop station or my morning drive into work (when I didn’t live 5 min away).  So I’ll admit, I’m not to up on the rap category, but I have heard all of the nominees for BEST RAP PERFORMANCE and I have at the very least heard a good bit of all the albums nominated for BEST RAP ALBUM.  So take what I say with a grain of salt.  I KNOW nothing…


Nominees are Drake – Started From The Bottom, Eminem – Berserk, Jay Z – Tom Ford, Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank), Mackelmore & Lewis – Thriftshop.

The only song I haven’t actually heard is “Berserk” by Eminem.  Unlike in the past, none of Eminem’s songs have grabbed my attention lately, I kinda like “Monster” with Rihanna, but still, it’s not “Love The Way You Lie”… so…bleh.  I admit, I’ve only heard Kendrick Lamar when I’m changing stations from the Urban Contemporary station to one of the Pop stations.  But I know people LOVE Kendrick Lamar, and I know that the critics LOVE Kendrick Lamar as much as the music fans do.  I won’t even lie, I like the melody/beat for “Tom Ford” since the beginning.  Of all the whole song list of “Magna Carta”, I only really like and remember “Tom Ford”.   “Holy Grail” is just a throw-away joint I think used because Jay z was on JT’s 20/20 album for “Suit and Tie” and feeling like it was a “contractual” obligation than some big time collabo.  Finally, there is “Thriftshop” by Macklemore and Lewis is def a pop hit, and catchy as hell and yes Macklemore is a rapper, but in this field and with these RAP heavyweights, Macklemore just seems as flaky as cotton candy to me and this award should go to a true RAP performing MC, but I can actually see Macklemore winning this one, but my personal pick is “Tom Ford”, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kendrick Lamar.


Nominees: Drake – Nothing Was The Same, Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore & Lewis – The Heist, Kanye West – Yeezus.

I’ll be completely honest here, I could care less who wins this, but I’ll admit to being a little peeved if Macklemore wins this award above Kendrick Lamar or Drake or even Kanye West.  Yes Macklemore had a great year, but the BEST RAP ALBUM …naw, I just don’t see it.  My pic would be one of the three I mentioned, but I totally wouldn’t put it past the Academy to vote for Macklemore for the “message” of his music.

So what say you peeps, who are you looking forward to winning in the RAP categories?  Who are you mad wasn’t nominated, who do you absolutely hope doesn’t win…