(NaturalNews) More than half of the nation, including D.C., is begging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about how to spot potential cases of Ebola. According to ABC News, the CDC has received nearly 70 requests since late July from states seeking guidance about whether or not to conduct blood tests on suspected Ebola victims.
A color map published by Breitbart reveals that nearly all of the most populated states in the U.S., including California, Texas, Illinois and New York, have inquired with the CDC about what to look for and how to deal with individuals who might have the viral disease. The CDC has reportedly ruled out the vast majority of these without blood tests, but at least 10 cases have warranted further examination.
Reports indicate that hospitals in 27 states have alerted the CDC about at least 68 potential Ebola cases since July 27. Of these, 58 were declared false alarms, and the remaining 10 had their blood sent in for lab testing. Of these 10, seven samples tested negative for Ebola, according to experts, and the remaining three are "pending." The locations of all the suspected cases remain a secret.
As to why the CDC only tested 10 of the 68 cases, an agency spokeswoman told reporters that there is no reason to believe that these cases are actually Ebola, because the patients involved had not traveled to infected areas, even if they had traveled to countries where Ebola is currently spreading. By simply discarding these cases, claims the CDC, the agency can focus on higher priority cases.
"If somebody had traveled to Guinea and came back and had a fever and has never been to a place where Ebola is transmitted, there's no reason to suspect there's Ebola just because Ebola is circulating in Guinea," claimed CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund, as quoted by ABC News.
Ebola-infected doctor returns to UK after trip to Sierra Leone
Meanwhile, Great Britain is reporting its first official case of Ebola in a doctor who recently returned from a trip to Sierra Leone. William Pooley, a 29-year-old healthcare worker, contracted the supposedly low-risk disease while treating infected patients in the West African nation and is now being treated himself in a special isolation unit at Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London.
"We have prepared rigorous plans for this type of situation," stated Professor Sir Bruce Keogh at the hospital, as quoted by The Guardian. "This individual will pose no risk to the public, and only the tiniest risk to those who... come into direct contact with him."
Like similar claims made by officials in the U.S., these empty reassurances have no basis in reality, as the ongoing epidemic proves that Ebola is spreading in ways that were not previously anticipated. Victims are contracting the virus through seemingly distant contact, which suggests that Ebola is spreading via the air, or at least airborne moisture particulates such as those released by coughing or sneezing.
"There are already over 200 health workers who have caught [Ebola] in this outbreak, and 120 have died," wrote one Guardian commenter. "So there is clearly a big risk and it's most likely due to treating and caring for people prior to the condition being diagnosed. ...
"The risk is not from the known infected... It's the unknown infected."