Ebola to AIDS: What are We Still Missing?
A Study published in Reuters indicates that: AIDS and Ebola Found to Use the Same Mechanism to Spread in the Body
That is however not the same as saying they’re contracted the same way. A subtle yet very important distinction and one that appears might to be lost on the CDC.
The CDC maintains that Ebola “is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.”
Ebola can be spread by blood and sexual fluids, too, as well as through urine, saliva, sweat, feces, and vomit, according to the CDC. The fluids have to come into contact with broken skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose, or mouth, in order to infect another person.Doctors mean something different from the public when they talk about a disease being airborne. To them, it means that the disease-causing germs are so small they can live dry, floating in the air for extended periods, thus capable of traveling from person to person at a distance. When inhaled, airborne germs make their way deep into the lungs.Chickenpox, measles and tuberculosis are airborne diseases. Droplets of mucus and other secretions from the nose, mouth and respiratory tract transmit other diseases, including influenza and smallpox.
When someone coughs, sneezes or, in the case of Ebola, vomits, he releases a spray of secretions into the air. This makes the infection droplet-borne. Some hospital procedures, like placing a breathing tube down a patient’s air passage to help him breathe, may do the same thing.
Droplet-borne germs can travel in these secretions to infect someone a few feet away, often through the eyes, nose or mouth. This may not seem like an important difference, but it has a big impact on how easily a germ spreads. Airborne diseases are far more transmittable than droplet-borne ones.
As someone who has worked in hospitals and covered thousands of cases in the OR over 15 years I have been in on cases where patients were HIV positive and not once have I heard of a healthcare worker or rep contracting AIDS from a patient during a hospital procedure. Once in my career I had a surgeon pull me aside, said he was comfortable doing the case without me and he continued that the patient was HIV positive and did not want anyone in the OR who did not have to be there.
While the Texas healthcare workers may not have trained properly to deal with Ebola (not their fault that falls 100% on the CDC and their under-reaction and lack of help in Texas) they are trained to work with HIV/AIDS and Hep C patients. Needle sticks are among the most common concern for healthcare workers as well as airborne blood splatter. If you’ve spent any time in the OR you’ve been hit with blood.
New York Time: December 7, 1997 Doctor Infected With H.I.V. Blames Her Training by Yale
From SFGate: December 10, 2011 Jab from a needle gave nurse HIV
If HIV/AIDS and Ebola were contracted the exact same way (again, different than spreading the same in the body), don’t we think we would have had heard more than a few stories over the last 10 years of a healthcare worker getting infected with AIDS? Yes, because cases are supposed to be reported to the CDC.
That’s some inconsistent and contradictory language to action from the CDC and a tactic that triggers a Case Study through The Sociopathic Business™. As more (or less) information is released we can build a solid profile. Again, fact based evidence over time will be the best indicator of the future.