Here’s How This Ebola Outbreak Could Potentially Reach the US

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A new Ebola outbreak is on the radar in the Congo and just over a week ago had reached a city of more than a million people. Well, things likely got a whole lot worse over the weekend when family members of 3 infectious patients with confirmed cases of Ebola broke them out of quarantine and took them to a prayer meeting with at least 50 people. That may seem like it’s a long way from the US but read on.

People at the prayer meeting were definitely exposed, as two of the patients were in the most infectious stages of the disease, with vomiting and diarrhea.

Two of the three escapees are dead and the third was returned to the quarantine center.

The UK Independent interviewed Dr. Jean-Clement Cabrol, emergency medical coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders):

“The escape was organized by the families, with six motorcycles as the patients were very ill and couldn’t walk,” Dr. Cabrol told a news briefing in Geneva after returning from the affected region.

“They were taken to a prayer room with 50 people to pray. They were found at two in the morning, one of them dead and one was dying. So that’s 50-60 contacts right there. The patients were in the active phase of the disease, vomiting.” (source)

It’s not unusual in the Congo for this to happen, according to WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic.

He said that both of the deceased had been given a safe and dignified burial and added that “it was only human” that sick people wanted to be with their families “in what could be the last moments of life”.

“It is very unfortunate that people fled the treatment centre, but it is not unexpected. We had this in previous outbreaks,” he said. (source)

Jasarevic said that this makes it particularly important to engage with the community so they can understand how Ebola spreads and the urgency of getting medical attention.

Tracking down the contacts of the escaped Ebola patients

Now the work begins of tracking down everyone with whom the escaped patients may have been in contact to try and prevent the outbreak from getting out of the city into an even more populated area.

Because Ebola has a 21-day incubation period, an infected person might not realize they have contracted the disease until it’s too late and they’ve exposed uncounted others to it.

Health officials started trying to trace the motorcycle drivers and other people who came into contact with the patients as soon as the escape was reported, Dr. Peter Salama, head of emergency response at the WHO, told Reuters.

“From the moment that they escaped, the health ministry, WHO, and partners have been following very closely every contact,” he said.

All it takes is one sick person to travel down the Congo River and we can have outbreaks seeded in many different locations … that can happen at any moment. It’s very hard to predict,” he said, referring to the river linking the trading hub of Mbandaka to the capital Kinshasa, whose population is 10 million.

More than 600 contacts have been identified so far.

Could this Ebola outbreak spread to Europe and the US?

If a person with Ebola gets to the capital city, that’s when people in other areas really need to begin paying attention. Kinshasa is a major transportation hub.

Software called FLIRT (FLIght Risk Tracker) has determined where the virus could potentially spread from there.

photo credit EcoHealth Alliance

They used flight date from the airports in Mbandaka, Kinshasa, and Brazzaville to predict the places most at risk for infection and found that these cities are the most closely connected to the point of origin.

  • Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
  • Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Paris, France
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo

The countries which are the most connected are:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Gabon
  • Morocco
  • Côte d’Ivoire

It’s not hard to see how easily this outbreak could reach highly populated parts of Europe. And then, it could go anywhere.

Including the United States. EcoHealth Alliance reports:

The analysis ranks the United States 17th on the list, with 0.5 percent of outgoing passengers entering the country. The U.S. cities with the highest percentage (greater than 0.01 percent) of incoming passengers coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo are:

  1. New York (JFK): 0.13% of US-bound passengers coming from the Region of Interest (ROI)
  2. Miami (MIA): 0.11% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  3. Atlanta (ATL): 0.06% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  4. Boston (BOS): 0.05% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  5. Los Angeles (LAX): 0.05% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  6. Detroit (DTW): 0.04% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  7. Washington, D.C. (IAD): 0.02% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  8. Cincinnati (CVG): 0.01% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  9. Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW): 0.01% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  10. Newark (EWR): 0.01% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  11. Chicago (ORD): 0.01% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI
  12. Ft. Lauderdale (FLL): 0.01% of US-bound passengers coming from ROI

It only takes one sick person on any of these flights to result in a global pandemic that could wipe out millions of people.

“While the percentage of overall passengers entering the U.S. from that region is low,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance. “With approximately half a million passengers traveling from the Democratic Republic of Congo each year, the disease requires just one infected traveler to cause a global public health emergency, and this helps us be forewarned and prepared.” (source)

The last time Ebola reached our shores, we got very, very lucky. One patient completely overwhelmed an entire hospital. If there were hundreds or thousands of patients across the country, it wouldn’t take long for things to devolve into absolute chaos. Ebola can have a death rate as high as 90%.

Like I said in the previous article I wrote on this topic, it isn’t time to batten down the hatches but it’s certainly time to be watchful and make sure that you are prepared for the potential of a pandemic. As you can see, it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think that the deadly disease could once again reach the US.

Ebola could easily spread outside the Congo and by the time it does, everyone else will be vying for the same supplies.

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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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  • The proposition that passengers spread Ebola is as absurd as it is unscientific. Again I post the following on a Daisy Luther big mistake regarding Ebola… Hopefully Daisy will research the facts stated below and stop spreading such ridiculous theories. that cover-up the crimes of the chemical/pesticide industry.
    An individual experiencing the symptoms of the Ebola Syndrome exhibits a protein designated VP-35 containing damaged amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins. The degraded proteins are most often a result of enzymes called cysteine proteases and other external influences such as poisoning and long term dehydration by the individual.
    From Wikipedia:
    “Cysteine proteases are enzymes that degrade proteins.”
    A January 2012 abstract published by the Journal of Virology and titled Filoviruses Require Endosomal Cysteine Proteases for Entry but Exhibit Distinct Protease Preferences revealed:
    “endosomal cysteine proteases [negative enzymes] are host factors for Ebola virus.”
    • The use of the word “Entry” in the title and the use of the word “host” in the text of the abstract indicates an inciting event of the Ebola Syndrome is the degrading of the amino acids to create and/or support the VP-35 protein.
    • The words “Entry” and ‘host” exclude the Ebola Virus as the etiology or source of the amino acid breakdown which forms the VP-35 protein.
    • The words “Entry” and ‘”host” indicates a suitable and supportive environment has to exist before the virus is created and travels throughout the individual.
    • The words “Entry” and ‘host” concludes that the amino acids in the proteins of the individual had to have been damaged before the virus appeared in the body.
    The above facts declare that an organism called a virus is not the primary cause for the Ebola Syndrome. At the very least the virus is merely a symptomatic continuation of the cell degradation process and at the very most the virus is a peripheral secondary contributing factor to cellular dysfunction. Since the Ebola Virus does not cause the amino acid breakdown, what influences and factors create the VP-35 protein that also functions as an RNA suppressor?

    — The above facts, realities and questions compel governments, think tanks, foundations, media outlets, health care outlets and private citizens [such as Daisy Luther] to expand the investigation of the Ebola Syndrome to include a thorough assessment of all chemical contaminations in West Africa.

    Full article at

    • Thank you so much for your article! It is very informative and much appreciated to actually get the truth on the Ebola Syndrome! I have been following any news related to the Ebola outbreaks since 2015 and I’ve been reading about how they have been approaching this new outbreak. They’re sending over thousands of vaccines, still experimental I believe, to avoid a repeat of the 2015 disaster. Again, I’m very thankful for your article and a more reasonable approach on how to handle the Ebola Syndrome.

    • I read the entire article at your website and concluded that you are doing exactly what you accuse Daisy of doing. Your article is indeed interesting, but it contains almost as many questions as statements, with the obvious intent of making people think that the questions ARE statements. And both your questions and statements are made to support your THEORY on the cause of Ebola. But a theory is not a fact, and although your theory may eventually be proven to be a fact, there has been little (or no) research yet to prove it, as is frequently mentioned in the article. So where do you get off on insulting Daisy over her “ridiculous theories”? She is merely repeating the current theory of the medical establishment on what causes Ebola. I agree with you that the establishment is probably hiding things, as it always does, but until this is exposed, your theory has no more legitimacy than the establishment’s. So quit knocking Daisy, who is at least trying to be helpful. You, on the other hand, offered nothing but an opinion.

      Your accusation that she’s trying to make money by selling fear is sleazy. If you follow her at all, you’d know that she is presenting her audience with the results of research and experiments that she has done herself in her quest for self-reliance. We can choose whether or not to follow her advice, but we are grateful that she shares it with us and do not begrudge that she sells things to enable her work to continue. And in fact, it appears that you likewise may be selling products through your Tri-Vortex Technology company. Have you offered as much to your “customers” as Daisy has to hers?

      • Well said Tumbleweed! I agree.

        Thank you Daisy for keeping us informed on diseases and pandemics that are active around the world. We live in a time when disease could be spread QUICKLY via travel by airplane.

        We KNOW the establishment HID information about Ebola back in 2014.

        In late 2014, we stopped hearing about Ebola in the news, because that news was SILENCED by the administration.
        The Obama Administration Pressured News Outlets to NOT Report Suspected Ebola Cases.

        Sharyl Attkisson: CDC Is Tracking (and hiding) 1,400 Possible Ebola Cases in US Today – 12/21/14
        Sharyl Attkisson said, “I called CDC not long ago and I said how many cases are being monitored in the United States and they said 1,400. I said, ‘Where are these updates on your website? ‘ They said they’re not putting it on the web.
        This is public information we have a right to know and the media should not hype it, but should cover it.”

        Traveling by plane?
        Ebola Is Now “Aerostable” And Can Remain On Surfaces For 50 Days
        “A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose.”
        “And once someone has coughed or sneezed, the virus can live on a surface for a very long time.”

      • Earlier post disappeared.

        Wells said Tumbleweed! I agree!

        Thank you Daisy for keeping us informed! Diseases and/ pandemics can spread QUICKLY via airplanes.

    • I have to wonder why you seem so intent on belittling someone who is just sounding a warning bell when there is a threat out there. It’s great that you think you have it all figured out, but I went to to check into the site and found some weird pseudo-science.
      The foundation product of Tri-Vortex Technology is the Tri-Vortex Disc. When this disc is placed in contact with a container of liquid such as water, juice, or soup for 1 to 3 minutes, the taste and smell of the liquid is greatly improved. The better taste and smell are indicative of a more coherent molecular structure that allows for better hydration and absorption of the fluid into the body. Proper hydration is the key to optimum health in a truly holistic manner.

      Through the process of Light Particle Assimilation, you can wear your vitamins rather than swallowing them. This is real, not science fiction. The Tri-Vortex Technology Tri-Vibes provide a unique way to effectively and efficiently assimilate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into the body.
      End quote.
      Ah, now I get it. This has nothing to do with Daisy – You’re trying to drive traffic to your site to sell YOUR wares. Nice projection of your motivation onto others.

      • Wow, what a spammer! And it really takes away from the message I’m trying to send, which is just “hey, pay attention.”

        People are unbelievable. Thanks for figuring that guy out, dmwalsh.

        • Thank you, Daisy, for the updates. We do appreciate it very much.

          It’s the stupid, evil debunkers that keep sticking their polluted noses in here. Ignore them. We do.

          We’re very grateful.

  • This is a scarey time we live in. Besides staying home, what do you suggest we stock up on and do to help prevent us from getting ill and contributing to a Pandemic?

    • Deborah,

      Your fear of being infected with Ebola is totally unfounded due the totally unscientific nature of Daisy’s amateur investigation. But then fear is the objective when selling “prepper” ideas and products.

      • Hi, Brian. I’d certainly be delighted to talk with you if you could perhaps be less insulting. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, you can reach me at daisyluther2 at gmail. I’m happy to get the information and to dispense it but you need to remain civil. If you continue to fling insults, however, you’ll be blocked from commenting.

        • I agree with you Daisy. If someone wishes to have a meaningful discussion, then fine. But hurling insults, or name calling is uncalled for. Thumbs up. I will continue to follow your posts, and always try to be respectful with everyone.

  • I don’t air travel because I don’t want to commit treason and be complicit and I don’t know any American that would, but looks like there are millions of Americans that want to be complicit with the communist, AND GET EBOLA as punishment is poetic justice.

  • Daisy,
    Here’s an Ebola article a bit more scientific than shamanistic beliefs (which do have their place in the proper contexts). It is NOT unfounded, but based on scientific and medical research and actual patient care during several outbreaks, and it should scare the sh*t out of everyone, especially the morbidity rate.:

    A few more links on how the Ebola virus VP35 protein really works, by secreting similar copies of itself that basically fool the immune system into chasing the copies down and the VP35 protein takes over the host (human body). – Ebola virus VP35 protein binds double-stranded RNA and inhibits alpha/beta interferon production induced by RIG-I signaling. – The Ebola virus VP35 protein inhibits activation of interferon regulatory factor 3.

    We all need to do a little research, read the scientific literature and weigh the facts in order to make an informed decision regarding our concern with any situation. My opinion (for whatever it is worth) is that Mr. Andersen has done a disservice to the folks who read this blog. And, while enlightening to read alternative opinions, it is essential that people make their decisions based on facts, not opinions.

  • I agree with Tumbleweed and KY Mom. Daisy does us all a great service with her research and articles. Are there inaccuracies? Maybe. But is she ‘fearmongering’ in order to sell her wares? Nope. Is Daisy my only source of information? No, but she IS one of my trusted resources.

    That said, I agree that it is not ‘panic time’ but that this is a topic that should remain on our radar. With the advent of worldwide air travel, there is no telling what can show up anywhere any time. I know someone who lives near an Air Force base, whose community has had a plethora of respiratory diseases manifest since the Gulf War. The basis of many of said allergies and diseases are things that were endemic in those regions, not here in the US.

  • Dr Robert Rowan cured gov officials in Sierra Leon and barely made it out alive when insisting on curing locals with Ozone therepy.

  • Dr Robert Rowan cured gov officials of ebola in Sierra Leon and barely made it out alive when insisting on curing locals with Ozone therepy.

  • For those of you with an alternative point of view, you might want to check out the treatment of Ebola with homeopathy on

    Obviously this comment will engender voluminous “scientific” flapping by trolls and other skeptics, but if the day arrives when you have no other recourse due to delays in vaccine production, availability, etc. the information in this article could be a life saver.

  • After further snooping on the internet, I see that there could be another motive to this ebola scare. It seems that the CDC is, once again, pushing the flu vaccines, big time, and it’s all over the radio as well. Timely, don’t you think?

    I’ll bet they are pushing it on tv commercials as well. Keep your eyes open.’

    Above all, Beware.

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