Coincidentally, CDC Issues “Health Advisory” On Ebola Rapid Test and FDA Approves New Ebola Vaccine

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In an interesting coincidence, the CDC has issued an advisory on the use of an Ebola rapid diagnostic test only 3 days before the announcement of a new FDA-approved Ebola vaccine with a “100% effectiveness” rate.

The health advisory

The CDC has issued a health advisory for the use of a newly approved rapid diagnostic test for Ebola.

Healthcare providers interested in testing for Ebola virus in ill returning travelers should isolate the patient and contact their state or local public health authorities. An assessment of epidemiologic risk factors for Ebola and clinical presentation and history should be made as quickly as possible to ensure patient care is not compromised. CDC is available to provide consultation, technical assistance, and confirmatory testing as necessary. (source)

The advisory stresses that this is only a preliminary test and may not be accurate, with these caveats.:

  1. The RDT should be used only in circumstances where more sensitive molecular testing is not available.
  2. RDTs should be used only in collaboration and consultation with relevant public health authorities to ensure appropriate testing and interpretation of results.
  3. All results (positive and negative) from the OraQuick® Ebola Rapid Antigen Test are presumptive and must be verified through rRT-PCR testing that is available at 69 LRN laboratories located in 49 states and at CDC. Testing at LRN laboratories is coordinated through state or local public health authorities.
  4. Per existing protocols, specimens that test positive by the Ebola virus rRT-PCR assay at an LRN laboratory must be forwarded to CDC for confirmatory testing.
  5. Negative RDT results alone should not be used to rule out Ebola virus infection or to determine the use or type of infection prevention and control precautions when managing a patient with compatible symptoms and epidemiologic risk factors.
  6. The OraQuick® Ebola Rapid Antigen Test may result in false-positive results in patients that have elevated rheumatoid factor levels (2). Additionally, potential cross-reactivity of the test with Ebola vaccines or therapeutics is possible and has not been evaluated, and patients who have received vaccines or therapeutics against Ebola virus may have false positive or other confounding results (2). It is important to consult with public health authorities prior to the use of RDTs and to aid in the interpretation of RDT results.
  7. Facilities that collect and handle specimens from patients with suspected cases of Ebola should ensure adequate biosafety protocols are in place for the handling and disposal of all potentially infectious materials to avoid risk of inadvertent exposure (3). For healthcare providers collecting specimens, appropriate personal protective equipment should be used (4,5). (source)

You may recall that the last time Ebola reached the United States, Patient Zero had been turned away from the hospital without a test for Ebola. His nurses became infected and one even unknowingly went on a cross-country flight while infected.

Protocols during the 2014 scare were slipshod, with people in NYC being told not to worry when a local doctor was positively diagnosed with the illness and eleven people with “potential exposure” to Ebola being sent to hotels. It was only good luck that prevented the 2014 outbreak from becoming more widespread.

Part of the reason for the rapid testing is that several other potentially travel-related diseases share similar preliminary symptoms, particularly malaria, dengue fever, influenza, and typhoid.

The rapid test was developed by OraSure Technologies. It was created for use with patients who display symptoms and epidemiological risk factors of Ebola as well as recently deceased individuals who are suspected to have died from Ebola.

The vaccine

Only 3 days after the health advisory was issued, the FDA and USDA announced that the vaccine “Everbo” had been approved.

“Ebola virus disease is a rare but severe and often deadly disease that knows no borders. Vaccination is essential to help prevent outbreaks and to stop the Ebola virus from spreading when outbreaks do occur,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The FDA’s approval of Ervebo is a major advance in helping to protect against the Zaire ebolavirus as well as advancing U.S. government preparedness efforts. The research approach used to study the effectiveness and safety of this vaccine was precedent-setting during a public health emergency and may help create a model for future studies under similar circumstances. The FDA is committed to continuing our work across the U.S. government and with our international partners to prevent future Ebola outbreaks and mitigate the current outbreak in the DRC, reflecting our nation’s commitment to preparing for and responding to biological threats, like Ebola.”  (source)

While the vaccine was just recently approved by the FDA, it’s been used “studied” in Africa for several years now. The World Health Organization has been using the vaccine on an “investigational” basis in the Congo for more than a year now. The vaccine was also part of a ” study conducted in Guinea during the 2014-2016 outbreak.” As well, other studies were conducted.

In additional studies, antibody responses to Ervebo were assessed in 477 individuals in Liberia, approximately 500 individuals in Sierra Leone and approximately 900 individuals in Canada, Spain and the U.S. The antibody responses among those in the study conducted in Canada, Spain and the U.S. were similar to those among individuals in the studies conducted in Liberia and Sierra Leone. (source)

This vaccine was originally created in Canada by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory. The product was then licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp.  NewLink sold the rights to Merck in 2014. Bloomberg cites the FDA, stating that the vaccine was found to be “100% effective when given at least 10 days in advance of potential exposure.”

Some of the human testing for the vaccine took place in Fort Detrick.

Like the four drugs tested for Ebola treatment, units on Fort Detrick were part of the vaccine’s early development.

The Joint Project Manager for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical (JPM-CBRN) helped provide a test that allowed Merck to test human and non-human primate samples. Comparing the two samples is part of the FDA’s requirements for licensure, according to a press release from JPM-CBRN. (source)

You may recall that Fort Detrick recently had their labs shut down by the CDC after two separate infections showed sloppy handling of germs and viruses, stoking fears something could get out through improperly treated wastewater.

Merck is ramping up production of the vaccine and hopes to make it more widely available in the third quarter of 2020.

A quick refresher on Ebola

Here’s a quick refresher on Ebola courtesy of the World Health Organization. Here’s how it spreads:

Ebola…spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with:

  • Blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola
  • Objects that have been contaminated with body fluids (like blood, feces, vomit) from a person sick with Ebola or the body of a person who died from Ebola

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

Burial ceremonies that involve direct contact with the body of the deceased can also contribute in the transmission of Ebola.

People remain infectious as long as their blood contains the virus. (source)

The incubation period is between 2 and 21 days. The WHO says that a person infected with Ebola is not contagious until they have begun to display symptoms.

Symptoms of EVD can be sudden and include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

This is followed by:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Rash

  • Symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function

  • In some cases, both internal and external bleeding (for example, oozing from the gums, or blood in the stools).

  • Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. (source)

What does this all mean?

It could mean absolutely nothing. It could just be medical advances that seem to be coinciding.

Of course, the last time the CDC began to talk about Ebola making it to the United States, it did. And the federal government recently hired “ebola airport screeners.”

While I certainly wouldn’t advise panic, you might want to check your preps, particularly personal protection gear. The last time around, it became nearly impossible to get masks and Tyvek suits and if you could get them, you paid a premium. Social distancing is the number one way to protect yourself and your family against a virus like Ebola. Here’s more information about prepping for Ebola. This book has an entire section devoted to Ebola and should have a place on every prepper’s shelf. Interestingly, the book is out of stock in paperback, so I’d pick up the Kindle version and pre-order the physical copy if you don’t already have it.

Remember, by the time we hear about something, the government agencies have known about it for a while and kept it to themselves so as not to cause a panic. It could be wise to get ahead of the curve with any preparations you may need to make.

While these recent developments must be purely coincidental, and I’m not suggesting that a widespread outbreak is imminent in the United States, I suggest you pay attention to the patterns that are beginning to emerge.

Hat tip to Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home

About Daisy

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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • We all know the people working at the fed agencies were either prior big pharma employees or future big pharma employees… they just had to wait to get their orders when to approve it. Wonder if the testing done at the fort were on the military and if they gave their approval? O yes your save my name, etc at the bottom does not seem to be working, as the is at least the fifth time I have checked it and till have to put my info back in. O Yes, hope you had a Merry Christmas and may you have a Safe New Year.

  • I’ve seen people wearing face masks and rubber gloves as a matter of course during cold and flu season, so this is a common sense precaution that people won’t think TOO weird. Avoiding crowds is another way to minimize exposure to all sorts of crud.

    While I haven’t heard anything about any OTHER contagious disease outbreaks (except measles), remember that Ebola is just one of many, many diseases that can cross borders quickly. Be ready.

  • is a highly useful global non-government source of knowledge and reporting from a naturopathic / holistic perspective. Here’s its reporting on that new Ebola vaccine:

    Dec 24, 2019: FDA Approves Merck’s New Live Ebola Vaccine Which It Says Can Shed and Cause Immunosuppression

    and in news that you can judge whether or not it’s related:

    Vaccine FAIL: “Whooping cough outbreak closes Texas school despite 100-percent vaccination rate: officials” — Dec 22, 2019


    • “The rVSV-ZEBOV is a live, replication-competent virus, produced with the same African green monkey derived Vero cell line Merck used to create the Rotateq vaccine targeting rotavirus infections. The Vero cell line has been previously identified to carry at least two surreptitious simian endogenous retroviruses whose significant risks to human health have not yet been formally evaluated. ”

      Who knows how many “sv40s” are out there in vaccines. I suppose most vaccines are actually cancer injections, either you die from the cancer(s) they inject you with, or heart disease.

      Also, when they vaccinate you, you _have_ that disease, either dead or comatose but since we’re talking about a thing so tiny that a few live ones or perhaps even mutated may get through production and into the vaccine by intent or not, flying through your bloodstream to every cell in your body.

      And since you have the disease you are contagious. Remember about the poor guy who was holding his baby on his bare chest and got polio from the sweat the baby produced, said baby having been just vaccinated against polio? Or recall the father who got it from changing his vaccinated baby’s diapers?

      Injecting known and unknown pathogens directly into circulatory systems seems like it completely bypasses natural defense mechanisms.

  • Please verify all info given for yourselves before considering it to be the truth it is my belief that it is true and I cannot state that I have not been misled but I would not deliberately lead anyone astray.

    Vaccines are big business for Big Pharma and their subsidiaries; let us also remember that they cannot, by law, be sued for damages caused by their vaccines. This is a recipe for disaster! Whatever happened with Rick Perry,ex governor of Texas and his mandate to have required vaccination of young women and that vaccination being found to cause lasting harm to them. Since the makers cannot be sued for liability is the State of Texas or Rick Perry personally subject to the liability?

    What Perry did was a violation of human rights as enumerated and protected under the Constitution! More and more people are attempting to violate our rights, those rights are ours because of our Creator not man. The Constitution cannot give not take away out rights; the Constitution MAY enumerate some of our rights to make sure that are recognized. the Constitution may only grant privileges as man may only grant and take away privileges; rights stand on their own!

    It looks as though Africa is being used as a laboratory for testing and development of diseases and vaccines, etc.. One of the outbreaks of Ebola came from a strain Ebola for which the CDC holds the patent; that in itself should raise all kinds of questions since the patent means that they created it? Then there is Lyme’s disease which appears to be on the rise. Evidently, it was named for “ground zero” which is near Lyme, Connecticut and in proximity to Plum Island, a bio-warfare research facility that received its Nazi staff as a result of Operation Paperclip around 1946. Lyme’s is a tertiary disease as is also Syphilis, so perhaps Lyme’s is just a weaponized form of Syphilis using ticks as a distribution system? Plum Island is near enough to land so the “visitors” may have led to it getting out of the lab? Hmmm? But if any of you have been or think you have been exposed to Lyme’s please find a doctor who knows the disease, how to recognize it and to properly treat it at all stages; many doctors evidently do NOT know and may have not recognized its true nature and though their patient cured.

    I have heard that the Zika virus was developed in a Military lab. Do you remember the incident in Brazil; it evidently wasn’t the virus that caused the problems but the pesticide that was used to attempt to
    eradicate the mosquitoes [I believe it was a ?glyphosate? that was used that actually caused the problems not the Zeka virus which has supposedly mild symptoms] Perhaps there is a surplus since they attempted to spray Florida with it and they weren’t allowed cooler-heads to do so.
    Think our government wouldn’t do those things?

    I don;t like to think that it would but the Tuskegee group was allowed to suffer from Syphilis in a well documented travesty as part of an experiment.

    It is likely that the soldiers who were vaccinated with an untested vaccine in the 1st Iraq War that that vaccination responsible for their later development of “Gulf-War Syndrome”. If that is so and is known that information has not been made public.

    The list goes on and will continue to go on until the people, themselves put an end to it. It is a job for the people because the servants are in rebellion against their masters, the people!

  • I couldn’t find an email address to contact you privately, and I don’t do social media, so I’ll hope you see this.

    The Ebola vaccine is done to live virus using recombinant DNA techniques. The vaccine creates a live virus that replicates to provide immunity to the person vaccinated. That is not the problem. The problem is that the vaccine virus can spread from person to person.

    What could possibly go wrong……


  • I agree with ‘Big Iron’. This could be another attempt at reducing the population. I believe all of these new diseases are created and then create the vaccine. Either one could kill us off. The Bible said in the last days there would be disease and pestilence. It doesn’t say God would create them. However, nothing happens that God doesn’t allow. We all need Jesus!!!

  • If the vaccine is so effective, why hasn’t it stopped ebola in Africa? And when people were coming across the border, illegally, from infected areas, we were assured that any concerns about transmission were just racism. But I alway thought this would be the eventual outcome as Merck is going to make billions off of this. Furthermore, this will be the fear catalyst to finally get forced vaccinations made the law of the land. They must be defeated.

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