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Time Magazine Calls Obama A Coward, Implores Him To Lead

Time Magazine Calls Obama A Coward, Implores Him To Lead



Brian AndersonBy 

Besides being wrong about everything, the biggest slam on Obama is he essentially does nothing. He’ll make a few speeches blaming Republicans for his failings, then whisk off for golf, vacations, and fundraising.

Conservatives have noticed this behavior since the beginning of his first term, but now with his inaction on the border crisis, the liberals are waking up to it, and they’re just as pissed off as the rest of us.

border military guard

Surprisingly, Time Magazine has issued a kick to Obama’s groin with a piece called The Border And Obama, published today. In it, author Joe Klein calls Obama a coward and begs him to do something, anything, presidential. And those are some of the nicer things he says about our Procrastinator-In-Chief.

I almost couldn’t make it to the juicy stuff because this article starts out as a very pro-illegal alien piece that advances the bogus theory that the hoard of Central American children are fleeing war torn lands. But as Klein gets into the fact that religious organizations are taking an active roll in the crisis, he takes Obama to task for doing absolutely nothing.

Barack Obama should see the Catholic Charities mission in McAllen. His job, after all, is to rise above the rancor and, well, lead. You don’t do this by making a speech to a favored audience.

You do it by taking action, setting a personal example. The President has gone to the scene of other human tragedies. He has acknowledged the suffering personally in the past. But not now, and you have to wonder why.

Klein thinks he knows why Obama refuses to address the border crisis:

True political courage is near extinct.

But does the President have courage?

Nowadays politicians are swaddled by their media consultants, who determine whether it is “safe” to be “courageous.”

But acts of courage don’t come with a money-back guarantee. They are courageous because they’re potentially dangerous or, more likely, embarrassing.

Courage’s reward comes subtly, in the form of trust as the public learns that a politician is willing to take risks to tell the truth. Obama is currently wandering about the country, trying to meet average people, but the choreography is more stringent than the Bolshoi’s.

He said he didn’t want to go to the border because it would only be a “photo op” … on the same day his office published a photo of the President and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shooting pool. Who choreographed that?

Klein lists a variety of hands-on actions Obama could take in dealing with the flood of illegal alien children invading our country but doesn’t. The least of which is to go down to the border and see first hand what is going on, something the President has refused to do.

These are precisely the sort of things that Obama doesn’t seem to do anymore. There has been a skein of stories indicating he’s thrown in the towel. He’s so tired of head-banging with Republicans that he has taken refuge in late-night dinners with celebrities and intellectuals.

Klein also says Obama has a distaste for politics and suggests that the president feels it is all beneath him. He issues a warning concerning Obama’s legacy:

If he’s going to accomplish anything in the last two years of his presidency, he’s going to have to change his style, which will be near impossible for a man as entrenched behind his flacks-in-jackets as the President is.

Change his style? How about his ideology? I disagree with a lot of what Klein has written, but he’s right the eff on about Obama being a rhetoric machine with little to no substance. It’s just a shame it took him almost 6 years to figure out Obama loves the fame of the Presidency, but hates the work a president is expected to do.

The deadly history of Ebola outbreaks: Worst Yet

The deadly history of Ebola outbreaks: Worst Yet

CDC image of the Ebola virus.
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has rapidly grown into the largest and deadliest in history, claiming more than 960 lives so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

The death toll is already more than three times higher than any previous Ebola outbreak. Experts say a number of factors have contributed to making this outbreak so much worse than those that came before.

What is the Ebola Virus?

Ebola had never been seen in this region of Africa before, so the first cases were not immediately recognized, and inadequate local health facilities did not have the necessary protective equipment and containment procedures in place. Aid workers say many residents distrust the medical system and avoid going to hospitals, instead staying home and infecting those around them.

“Large hemorrhagic fever virus outbreaks almost [invariably] occur in areas in which the economy and public health system have been decimated from years of civil conflict or failed development,” write Daniel G. Bausch and Lara Schwarz in an article published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Bausch says he observed those conditions first-hand during ten years of research in Guinea.

Pictures and Images of the Ebola Outbreak

Ebola health care workers
Ebola health care workers


In addition, the population in the region is increasingly mobile, making the spread of disease from one village or country to another faster and easier than ever.

Health officials are still trying to determine how the current outbreak got started. The New York Times reported Sunday that the first patient may have been a two-year-old boy who got sick and died in Guinea in December 2013. His mother, sister and grandmother reportedly died soon after, infecting others in the process.

It is unclear how the child might have caught it. The Ebola virus is harbored in fruit bats and can infect humans who come in contact with them in the wild. Bats can also infect monkeys and other animals, which then transmit the disease to humans who hunt them for bush meat. From there, the disease spreads from person to person through contact with bodily fluids, often infecting multiple family members as they care for those who are sick.

Why Did Obama Allow The Deadliest Virus To Be Brought To US?

Ambulance transporting one victim arriving at Emory.
Ambulance transporting one victim arriving at Emory Hospital in US.


Past outbreaks

Since the Ebola virus was first identified almost 40 years ago, the World Health Organization reports 24 previous outbreaks of Ebola and its subtypes.

The first reported outbreaks occurred in 1976. In the central African nation then known as Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 318 people got sick, and 280 of them — 88 percent — died. The outbreak originated in a small village called Yambuku, near the Ebola River for which the virus is named.

The then-mysterious illness raged from one person to another in the remote area, spread through contact with patients’ bodily fluids. The disease was further spread via contaminated needles and syringes in the local hospital. It was finally controlled through village quarantines and improved medical containment and sterilization practices.

That same year, another outbreak occurred in Sudan, affecting 284 people and killing 53 percent of those who got sick (151 people). The disease spread through close personal contact in hospitals and a number of hospital personnel were infected, according to the CDC.

Other serious outbreaks of the virus over the years have resulted in deaths of hundreds more people.

In 1995 there was another outbreak of Ebola in Zaire in which 315 people got sick and 81 percent of them (250 people) died. Again it spread mostly through families and hospitals before being stamped out.

In 2000, 425 people in Uganda contracted the Ebola-Sudan strain of the virus, and 53 percent of them (224 people) died. The CDC reports that in this particular outbreak, a number of cases spread through contact with Ebola victims’ bodies at funerals — a dangerous traditional practice which has also contributed to the spread of the current outbreak.

Ebola flared up again in 2007 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; 264 people contracted it and 71 percent of them (187 people) died.

There have also been numerous smaller incidents ranging from a single illness or two to several dozen cases that were stopped before they spread further.

Fatality rates

Different outbreaks have varied greatly in terms of the fatality rate. In a 2007-2008 outbreak of Ebola-Bundibugyo virus in Uganda, 25 percent of those who got infected died, while in several outbreaks in Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo and nearby Gabon, the fatality rate topped 80 percent.

The current outbreak involves the Ebola-Zaire strain, and the CDC estimates its fatality rate at about 55 to 60 percent.

Dr. Amar Safdar, the director of Division of Infectious Diseases at the NYU Langone Medical Center, says it is not just the type of virus strain that influences the severity of an outbreak, but also who gets the virus.

“It is important who the [human] host is,” Safdar told CBS News, explaining that different communities inhabiting the various geographic regions that get affected by the virus may have different genetic traits and levels of immunity to the virus.

And, interestingly, there is one mutation of Ebola virus called Reston that does not seem to affect humans the way other strains do. Ebola-Reston was first discovered in 1989 in monkeys imported from the Philippines to a lab in Reston, Virginia, for which it was named. While four people who had been exposed to the virus developed antibodies, they didn’t actually get sick. In five other cases of Reston infections that have occurred in monkeys in the U.S., the Philippines and Italy, no humans got sick either. There was also one reported case of Ebola-Reston in pigs in the Philippines in 2008, when six workers from the pig farm and slaughterhouse developed antibodies but did not get sick, the CDC says.

In general, Ebola diagnosis is sporadic, compared with many other dangerous infectious diseases, noted Dr. James Fishback, a pathologist at The University of Kansas Hospital. While Ebola has an alarmingly high death rate, it affects far fewer people than many other deadly diseases.

“I am not worried about Ebola,” he told CBS News, stressing that there are many other diseases that cause far more deaths than Ebola every year, but do not seem to attract as much public attention. For instance, malaria kills about million people a year, he said. Yet few other diseases can compare to the level of fear inspired by Ebola.

ISIS Responds to US Airstrikes with a Message for America

ISIS Responds to US Airstrikes with a Message for America

“Every American Citizen working in any country will be slaughtered if America attack Iraq,”

On Friday morning, the U.S. began conducting airstrikes against the militant group the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and now jihadi websites are saying the leader of the group will be declaring “jihad against America.”

According to TheBlaze, the director of the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI), Steve Salinski, said jihadi websites were lighting up on Friday saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be calling on Muslims around the world to attack the U.S. homeland.

Just before Obama announced the military will be conducting airstrikes against IS, the group released a video saying they would raise “the flag of Allah in the White House,” and called for Obama to send ground troops in to fight them.

“Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones,” Abu Mosa said. “Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

After the first round of strikes were carried out, MEMRI said that Twitter users associated with IS posted messages warning America to back off. Posting with the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS, members of IS said the group had an “appointment in New York,” also saying, “Today Mosul and tomorrow Seattle.”

ISIS Responds to Airstrikes with a Message for America

ISIS Responds to Airstrikes with a Message for America

“Every American Citizen working in any country will be slaughtered if America attack Iraq,” another warned.

Others warned of attacks on our embassies, calling out specific countries they would target.

TheBlaze reports that the vast majority of the messages contained graphic images that couldn’t be reposted, such as decapitated heads, dead U.S. soldiers and pictures showing the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Pentagon wouldn’t confirm whether or not Friday’s airstrikes are the start of a lengthier campaign. However, Obama has said that defending Christians and other minority groups threatened by the radical group is a top priority.

IS has already displaced over 200,000 Christians and other minority groups since it began its reign of terror across Iraq and Syria. They’ve already seized dozens of cities in Iraq and have declared a caliphate in the areas they control, warning minorities they will be killed if they don’t convert to Islam.

According to TheBlaze, a senior defense analyst with the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation called the latest offensive from IS “truly worrying.”

“They are looking for weak spots to go on the offensive and they are picking targets of strategic significance,” James Carafano said. “[These] initiatives suggest [the Islamic State] is looking at both the Syria and Iraq front for new opportunities … that’s dangerous.”

Ebola Epidemic Now An International Health Emergency

Ebola Epidemic Now An International Health Emergency

It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 932 people. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.

What is the Ebola Virus?

The WHO chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, said the announcement is “a clear call for international solidarity” although she acknowledged that many countries would probably not have any Ebola cases.

“Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own,” Chan said at a news conference in Geneva. “I urge the international community to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible.”

Ebola Virus Pictures and Images

The agency had convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the continuing epidemic.

The current outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a suspected cluster in Nigeria. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola.

The impact of the WHO declaration is unclear; the declaration about polio doesn’t yet seem to have slowed the spread of virus.

Other Ebola Virus Stories

“Statements won’t save lives,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders. “For weeks, (we) have been repeating that a massive medical, epidemiological and public health response is desperately needed. … Lives are being lost because the response is too slow.”

“I don’t know what the advantage is of declaring an international emergency,” added Dr. David Heymann, who directed WHO’s response to the SARS outbreak and is now a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“This could bring in more foreign aid but we don’t know that yet,” he said.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already elevated their Ebola response to the highest level and have recommended against traveling to West Africa.

On Friday, American health officials also eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients. Two Americans infected with the deadly virus recently received a different drug never before tested in people and seem to be improving slightly, according to the charity they work for.

Other experts hoped the WHO declaration would send more health workers to West Africa.

“The situation is very critical and different from what we’ve seen before,” said Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief of virology at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “There are so many locations with transmission popping up and we just need more people on the ground.”

WHO did not recommend any travel or trade bans but said people who had close contact with Ebola patients should not travel internationally. For countries with Ebola, WHO issued various recommendations, including exit screening at international airports and border crossings to spot potential cases. It also discouraged mass gatherings.

WHO said countries without Ebola should heighten their surveillance and treat any suspected cases as a health emergency.

This week, two of the worst-hit Ebola countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — brought in troops to enforce quarantines and stop people infected with the disease from traveling. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said no one with a fever would be allowed in or out of the country and warned some civil liberties could be suspended if needed to bring the virus under control.

Chan said while extraordinary measures might be necessary to contain the outbreak, it is important to recognize civil rights.

“We need to respect the dignity of people and inform them why these measures are being taken,” she said.

Video: Israeli Cop Foiled a Suicide Bombing by Diving Into Car

Video: Israeli Cop Foiled a Suicide Bombing by Diving Into Car

There are two instincts, as we all know, that the human body will automatically enter into when faced with a life threatening event – fight or flight. For many, they simply run away, but a truly remarkable “fighter” was recently caught on tape as he dove into a car to ultimately foil what would have been a suicide bombing.

The event reportedly began when the driver pulled up to the checkpoint and was acting suspicious according to Algemeiner. When asked to shut off the car, the driver refused and eventually hit the gas in an attempt to flee.

One officer, however, acted quick and threw the sanctity of his own life to the wind, jumping into the car that was attempting to sped away. He was able to wrestle the keys out of the ignition and away from the driver as the car is seen slowing to a stop in the video.

Watch This Heroic Israeli Cop Foil a Suicide Bombing by Diving Into Car

Furthermore, Algemeiner reports that officers later found several containers filled with gasoline, all rigged up with explosive in the trunk of the car.

Because of this heroic officers actions, who knows how many innocent lives were saved.

How Obama Armed the Islamic Caliphate

How Obama Armed the Islamic Caliphate

‘About 800 weapons wound up in jihadi arms bazaar’

Anti-Gadhafi rebels in Libya

Jihadists in Benghazi are declaring themselves part of an Islamic caliphate just days after tribal warfare forced American diplomatic personnel out of Libya over fears for their safety.

As WND reported Monday, in a repudiation of the premise advanced by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the “Arab Spring” was a democracy movement, Libya has descended into lawless chaos in which various terrorist militia, including al-Qaida, vie for power.

With most of the world focused on foreign crises like the Israel-Hamas conflict and the Russian influence in Ukraine, the State Department quietly announced the withdrawal of U.S. Embassy staff on July 26.

ISIS / ISIL terrorist with bomb
ISIS terrorist with high tech bomb

Barely a week later, the fate of the war-torn country appears even more bleak.

“There has been a rapid deterioration over the past couple of weeks. (Friday) in Benghazi, the Ansar al-Sharia group, which of course was involved in the attacks on our special mission compound in Benghazi, has announced an Islamic Shariah state, a portion of a caliphate.

They have taken over Benghazi and declared Islamic law,” said reporter Ken Timmerman, author of “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi.”

Timmerman said the fighting between radical Islamic groups is steadily intensifying, and the conditions on the ground simply became untenable.

“The country is descending into chaos. I think this was a foreseeable thing. I’ve been talking to people who have been at the U.S. Embassy recently, who have been engaged in the security procedures. They told me this was a disaster waiting to happen,” said Timmerman, who did have a bit of praise for Secretary of State John Kerry while jabbing his predecessor.

“Secretary Kerry at least had the foresight to evacuate the embassy, unlike Hillary Clinton, who left our people out to dry on Sept. 11, 2012,” he said.

According to Timmerman, the rapid unraveling of stability in recent weeks is particularly noticeable and alarming.

“In Tripoli, you still have ongoing fighting. The international airport has been bombed and shelled repeatedly. Aircraft have been destroyed on the ground. Libyans are basically isolated from the rest of the world. The country is going to hell in a hand basket,” he said, noting that all of this was avoidable because there was no need to force Col. Muammar Gadhafi from power in 2011.

“The Obama administration engaged in the sabotage, an undermining of a regime in Libya that was no threat to the United States whatsoever. Gadhafi had given up his weapons of mass destruction. He had destroyed his ties to terrorist groups. He was helping the United States in the war on terror. Was he a nice guy? No, he wasn’t. Were people in political prisons? Yes, they were. Were thousands jailed? No. He was a thug. He was a dictator, but he was not a threat to the United States and, frankly, he wasn’t even a threat to the Libyan people,” Timmerman said.

“We overthrew him, and the result of that was predictable,” he said. “It was getting these Islamist groups, these jihadi groups, who we helped to arm by the way. We helped to arm them, in Benghazi and elsewhere. They took over the country, and since then they’ve been fighting for control.”

Much of “Dark Forces” details how the toppling of Gadhafi led to a massive number of American-made weapons winding up in the hands of the world’s worst actors. Timmerman said the risks posed to the U.S. and its allies may well end up being the most troubling legacy of U.S. involvement in Libya.

“The weapons that we delivered to the Libyan opposition, the anti-Gadhafi forces, leaked into the jihadi networks around the world,” said Timmerman, noting that surface-to-air missiles have been tracked to Sinai, Gaza and even the shooting down of an American helicopter in Afghanistan.

“This is a clear threat to U.S. security interests around the world, and I think it’s something that’s got our officials in the intelligence community and even in the military very worried,” he said.

In his book, Timmerman details how about 2,500 Russian-made surface-to-air missiles disappeared from Libya’s arsenal after Gadhafi was killed. He said what happened next was even more troubling.

“I was able to document in ‘Dark Forces’ that about 800 of them wound up in this jihadi arms bazaar in northern Niger. That’s a country in Africa, just below Libya. They were upgraded with CIA batteries and then traded amongst various jihadi groups and wound up in the Sinai, Gaza and elsewhere. That’s 800 missiles that are out on the loose,” he said.

In early 2011, the so-called Arab Spring was proclaimed as a wave of freedom as protests engulfed nations like Egypt, Libya and, eventually, Syria. With chaos gripping Libya, civil war and an Islamic state raging in Syria and Egypt emerging from a two-year battle with the Muslim Brotherhood, Timmerman said the early evaluations of the Arab Spring are less than rosy.

Timmerman said, “While it may have had some liberal, pro-Western leanings in the beginning, it was quickly dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, quickly dominated by jihadi forces and, in fact, has ushered in an era of darkness across the Arab world.”

Ebola terror in London as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

Ebola terror in London as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

By Rebecca Younger from the Mirror

Staff tell of fears as jet from Africa is quarantined after the death of passenger who was ‘sweating and vomiting’ before she collapsed

Ebola virus picture image passenger dies plane London flight Sierra Leone
Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a flight from Sierra Leone

Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital on Saturday. Tests were carried out to see if the woman had the disease.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone. A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman. Airport workers faced an anxious wait to see if the woman had Ebola. One said: “Everyone’s just ­petrified. We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying.”

Speaking of the horrific moment the passenger collapsed, the shocked staff member added: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.

“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there… emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration. They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine. They took everyone’s details, even the guy who fuels the aircraft.”

The plane carrying the woman came from Freetown in Sierra Leone – a country with the highest number of victims from the disease. It stopped at Banjul in The Gambia before landing in Gatwick at 8.15am on Saturday after a five-hour flight.

Public Health England tried to allay fears of an Ebola ­breakout in Britain.  It said the woman showed no ­symptoms during the flight.

One ­official added: “Public Health England is aware a passenger arriving on a flight from The Gambia that landed at Gatwick airport on Saturday fell ill shortly after disembarking.

“The passenger was taken to hospital and sadly died. In line with standard ­procedures, tests are being undertaken to determine the cause of death. The patient’s symptoms suggest that Ebola is very unlikely but as a precaution this is one of the tests being undertaken. The patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore there is no risk of Ebola being passed on to either flight crew or other passengers.”

“England has world class health care and disease control systems which are active permanently, ­regularly tested and proven to be effective. As such, if the UK does see a case of imported Ebola, this will not result in an outbreak in this country.”

South East Ambulance Service confirmed it had dealt with the sick woman at the airport. Communications chief Janine Compton said: “We attended Gatwick airport at 8.30am on Saturday to attend an adult female patient who was seriously ill.

“She was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where she subsequently died.”

A Gatwick airport spokeswoman added: “A passenger collapsed after disembarking a flight from the Gambia. She was treated by airport medical staff at the scene but died later in hospital. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.”

At around 11pm on Sunday, the Department of Health said that tests for the deadly Ebola virus on the woman who died at Gatwick had proved negative.

There is no cure for Ebola. (Why is there no cure?)

Symptoms in the later stages include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea. At this point the disease is highly contagious.

Victims have a 90% chance of dying, although doctors said in this epidemic the rate is 60%.

The outbreak began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February. It quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed under-resourced health facilities in the West African nations under strain.

Last week, the Ebola crisis was described as out of control by World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan and could be ­“catastrophic”.

At the same time, Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine victims. Liberia also imposed controls.

Ms Chan revealed 60 doctors, nurses and health care workers had now lost their lives trying to save others.

She said: “This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to ­deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption as well as a high risk of spread to other countries.”

Ms Chan met the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. She told them: “This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”

US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

Ebola Ambulance US citizens arrive in US
An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, to Emory University Hospital, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta. Brantly, infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.

ATLANTA (AP) – The first Ebola victim to be brought to the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit Saturday at one of the nation’s best hospitals, where doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won’t escape.

Related: What is the Ebola Virus?

Fear that the outbreak killing more than 700 people in Africa could spread in the U.S. has generated considerable anxiety among some Americans. But infectious disease experts said the public faces zero risk as Emory University Hospital treats a critically ill missionary doctor and a charity worker who were infected in Liberia.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received “nasty emails” and at least 100 calls from people saying “How dare you bring Ebola into the country!?” CDC Director Tom Frieden told The Associated Press Saturday.

Related: Why is there no cure for Ebola?

“I hope that our understandable fear of the unfamiliar does not trump our compassion when ill Americans return to the U.S. for care,” Frieden said.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who will arrive in several days, will be treated in Emory’s isolation unit for infectious diseases, created 12 years ago handle doctors who get sick at the CDC, just up the hill. It is one of about four in the country, equipped with everything necessary to test and treat people exposed to very dangerous viruses.

In 2005, it handled patients with SARS, which unlike Ebola can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

In fact, the nature of Ebola – which is spread by close contact with bodily fluids and blood – means that any modern hospital using standard, rigorous, infection-control measures should be able to handle it.

Ebola containment area
Ebola containment area at Emory

Still, Emory won’t be taking any chances.

“Nothing comes out of this unit until it is non-infectious,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who will be treating the patients. “The bottom line is: We have an inordinate amount of safety associated with the care of this patient. And we do not believe that any health care worker, any other patient or any visitor to our facility is in any way at risk of acquiring this infection.”

Brantly was flown from Africa to Dobbins Air Reserve base outside Atlanta in a small plane equipped to contain infectious diseases, and a small police escort followed his ambulance to the hospital. He climbed out dressed head to toe in white protective clothing, and another person in an identical hazardous materials suit held both of his gloved hands as they walked gingerly inside.

“It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S.,” said his wife, Amber Brantly, who left Africa with their two young children for a wedding in the U.S. days before the doctor fell ill.

“I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital,” her statement said.

Inside the unit, patients are sealed off from anyone who doesn’t wear protective gear.

“Negative air pressure” means air flows in, but can’t escape until filters scrub any germs from patients. All laboratory testing is conducted within the unit, and workers are highly trained in infection control. Glass walls enable staff outside to safely observe patients, and there’s a vestibule where workers suit up before entering. Any gear is safely disposed of or decontaminated.

Family members will be kept outside for now.

The unit “has a plate glass window and communication system, so they’ll be as close as 1-2 inches from each other,” Ribner said.

Dr. Jay Varkey, an infectious disease specialist who will be treating Brantly and Writebol, gave no word Saturday about their condition. Both were described as critically ill after treating Ebola patients at a missionary hospital in Liberia, one of four West African countries hit by the largest outbreak of the virus in history.

There is no proven cure for the virus. It kills an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent of the people it infects, but American doctors in Africa say the mortality rate would be much lower in a functioning health care system.

The virus causes hemorrhagic fever, headaches and weakness that can escalate to vomiting, diarrhea and kidney and liver problems. Some patients bleed internally and externally.

There are experimental treatments, but Brantly had only enough for one person, and insisted that his colleague receive it. His best hope in Africa was the transfusion of blood he received including antibodies from one of his patients, a 14-year-old boy who survived thanks to the doctor.

There was also only room on the plane for one patient at a time. Writebol will follow in several days.

Dr. Philip Brachman, an Emory public health specialist who led the CDC’s disease detectives program for many years, said Friday that since there is no cure, medical workers will try any modern therapy that can be done, such as better monitoring of fluids, electrolytes and vital signs.

“We depend on the body’s defenses to control the virus,” Dr. Ribner said. “We just have to keep the patient alive long enough in order for the body to control this infection.”

Just down the street from the hospital, people dined, shopped and carried on with their lives Saturday. Several interviewed by the AP said the patients are coming to the right place.

“We’ve got the best facilities in the world to deal with this stuff,” said Kevin Whalen, who lives in Decatur, Ga., and has no connection to Emory or the CDC. “With the resources we can throw at it, it’s the best chance this guy has for survival. And it’s probably also the best chance to develop treatments and cures and stuff that we can take back overseas so that it doesn’t come back here.”

No Market For Ebola Vaccines; Scientists Struggle

No Market For Ebola Vaccines; Scientists Struggle

At least four vaccines are being developed to protect people against Ebola, including one that protects monkeys completely against the deadly virus. Several groups are also working on treatments, but one of the most promising is stuck in safety testing.

They might be farther along if not for one problem: money.

Even though Ebola is burning out of control in West Africa, it’s not a huge potential market for a large pharmaceutical company to sink its teeth — and its assets — into developing. That leaves the U.S. government and small, niche biopharmaceutical companies.

“I don’t see why anybody except the U.S. government would get involved in developing these kinds of countermeasures,” said Dr. Sina Bavari of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Maryland. “There is no market in it.”

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Ebola has infected more than 1,200 people and killed close to 700 of them. Among the victims are two U.S. charity workers — a doctor and a hygienistwho were helping patients in Liberia. And the doctor leading the fight in Sierra Leone died from the virus this week.

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An American working for the Liberian government collapsed after he got off a flight in Lagos, Nigeria and died in isolation; Nigerian officials are working to track down at least 59 people who were in contact with him to make sure they were not infected.

Yet the dozens of patients currently being treated for Ebola are getting a bare minimum of care. No specific drug has been shown to help people infected with Ebola, so patients are given saline to replace fluids lost to vomiting and diarrhea; painkillers to reduce fever and to help fight the general misery the virus causes; and antibiotics to prevent what doctors call secondary infections.

“There are at least four vaccines that can protect against Ebola (in monkeys),” says Dr. Thomas Geisbert, whose lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch is working on some of them. “But how do you take this to the next level?”

“There is no market in it.”

Ebola is so unpredictable that it would be very difficult to find enough people at high risk to test it in. Diseases such as influenza and even HIV are common and it’s easy to test large groups of people. Not so with Ebola.

Various labs have been working for decades to come up with drugs and vaccines to fight Ebola and its close cousin Marburg virus. They are both considered potential bioterrorism agents, which is what drives most of the U.S. government’s interest.

One drug started safety trials in people in January, but it got put on hold by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month over concerns about the dose being given to volunteers. It’s made by a Canadian company called Tekmira, with funding from the U.S. government. The drug uses small bits of genetic material called RNA that attach to the virus and target it for destruction by the immune system.

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The company hopes to get back on track by the end of the year. “We are mindful of the need for this important therapeutic in situations such as the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” Dr. Mark Murray, president and CEO of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, said in a statement. “However, TKM-Ebola is currently an unapproved agent and the regulatory framework to support its use in Africa has not been established at this time.”

Further along in human testing is a drug called favipiravir, or T-705. Approved under the brand name Avigan in Japan, it’s being tested for influenza. But early tests in mice suggest it might also work against Ebola. This one would be especially useful because it’s a small molecule — something that could be taken orally, even in pill form. Bavari says USAMRIID is currently testing it against monkeys, animals whose response to Ebola infections is much closer to humans than mice’s are.

The lab is also testing a drug called BCX4430 in animals. A small biotech company called BioCryst is working with USAMRIID to develop that one. It seemed to protect monkeys when given as long as 48 hours after they were infected.

Other drugs are based on monoclonal antibodies, engineered immune system proteins that can home in specifically on a microbe. One collaboration grows them in genetically engineered tobacco plants.

The treatment, called MB-003, provided 100 percent protection to monkeys when given right after exposure to the virus, and helped even after symptoms developed.

There are some promising vaccines, also, says Geisbert. His favorite is made using a virus called vesicular stomatitis virus. It’s genetically engineered to resemble Ebola, and it’s worked well in monkeys. Scientists who have worked with it feel confident it’s effective, Geisbert says. “We would all want it,” he said.

But it uses a “live” virus, which means it can replicate in the body and that could cause side-effects. “Like any live vaccine, you have to worry about safety,” Geisbert said.

Other vaccines have used adenoviruses, which are in the family of viruses that cause the common cold. The trouble with these is that many people already have immunity to adenoviruses because they’ve had colds, and the vaccines may not work in all people.

Then there are vaccines using virus-like particles, an approach that’s worked against other disease. Again, they haven’t been tested in people yet, says Bavari.

“All kinds of questions come up about who do you treat and is it ethical to use it.”

Geisbert says he sometimes wonders whether a bad outbreak like this one doesn’t call for unusual measures, like trying some of the experimental drugs or vaccines.

“All kinds of questions come up about who do you treat and is it ethical to use it,” he said. “My own opinion, regardless of the treatment, is that I would love to see one of the vaccines used to vaccinate first responders, lab workers, the people that are on the front line,” he said.

Other experts say an ongoing outbreak is a poor time to try something that could just make matters worse.

Bavari says he hopes the current outbreak will give drug and vaccine development a little impetus.

“Maybe this outbreak will put some life into this. Maybe people will start asking the tough questions, such as do they work in human beings or not,” he said.