Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola Hysteria Hits Syracuse University...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

SYRACUSE, NY (October 16, 2014) – Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago and who is symptom free, was asked by Syracuse University officials today not to come to campus where he was scheduled to participate in a journalism program.

"I just got off the phone with the Dean [Lorraine Branham], and I am pissed off," du Cille told News Photographer magazine this afternoon. "I am disappointed in the level of journalism at Syracuse, and I am angry that they missed a great teaching opportunity. Instead they have decided to jump in with the mass hysteria."

Full article BELOW THE FOLD.

Yep, America approaching full hysteria mode. Ebola, which is not a airborne virus is transmitted in humans through close body contact, see below.


It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

Ebola then spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.

Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.

Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.

People remain infectious as long as their blood and body fluids, including semen and breast milk, contain the virus. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

More on Ebola at Progressive Eruptions.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. While transmission of ebola is difficult, transmission of ebola panic is quite simple. All that is required is visual and/or audio contact with the news media.

  2. Thanks for the cross-post, Les. And yes, Jerry, if anyone is getting their news just from teevee, they're getting hysteria.

    PS> Syracuse University is feeding into that hysteria. The photo journalist has been back from Liberia for 21 days and has no symptoms? There's a difference between being cautious and being paranoid.

    As the non-hysterical reports have repeated, so far, none of the members of Duncan's family who were with him while he was infectious have come down with the disease, and AFAIK, that's been more than 21 days. Does anyone have any other information on this?

    Also, as Ducky's Here reported at my blog, other hospitals in the U.S. have cared for Ebola patients and none of their staff has come down with the disease. The only hospital where staff has been infected is the one in Texas, and that hospital has admitted that protocols to prevent the spread were not in place, and that even when hazmat suits were distributed, they were not properly used.

  3. Drudge Report is making Ebola seem as deadly as Captain Trips. Hope that reference is not so obscure.

    Anyway, I am repeating my request for another news site that is as well laid out and as easy to read as Drudge. I'd love to go there.

  4. According to, nearly 2,000,000 people every year get hospital infections and nearly 100,000 of them die. I really think that that's a bigger problem than Ebola -


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