Originally published October 25 2014
NY police throw Ebola medical waste into public trash can
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) As word spreads that a new case of Ebola has appeared in the densely populated concrete jungle of New York City, the deadly virus itself may also be spreading, simply because of poor disposal rules and a lack of containment discipline.
For example, a day after newspapers and news outlets reported that Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, had contracted the disease while volunteering in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders -- where he was treating Ebola patients -- NYPD officers were videotaped throwing potentially infectious Ebola medical waste from Spencer's apartment into a public trash can.
The episode was caught by cameramen working on behalf of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, which reported:
As a demonstration of how well-drilled New York City officials are in how to deal with Ebola, it left a lot to be desired.
Two New York City police officers who attended the Harlem apartment building of [Spencer] were observed afterward dumping their protective gear and caution tape in a garbage bin on the street.
Unclear if NYPD is properly trained
The paper's website went on to report that it was unclear right away whether the two officers had actually been inside Dr. Spencer's apartment. Nevertheless, the display caused a number of New Yorkers to question whether their outerwear should have been placed in a biohazard bag, even if just as a precaution, and disposed of properly.
Needless to say, New Yorkers are more than a little nervous following news that Spencer was not "self-quarantined," as first reported, but rather, he had been out and about around town, using the UBER ride-share app and going bowling in the days immediately leading up to his having symptoms. One report said that he took the subway the day before he tested positive, and visited a tourist site.
"While officials say he had no symptoms at the time of these activities and was therefore almost surely not infectious, many New Yorkers are worried all the same," the Daily Mail reported.
And like federal officials before them, now state and city officials are telling the public that things are under control and that people should trust them because it's not easy to get Ebola.
That was socialist Mayor Bill DeBlasio's claim, anyway, that "Ebola is an extremely difficult disease to get" -- which ignores the reality, of course, that anyone working in and around it has to do so in a complete head-to-toe isolation suit, because Ebola is so hard to get.
He went on to say at the same press conference that all NYC hospitals are "prepared in the event other patients come forward."
But then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was speaking at the same press conference, said at least four people were exposed to Dr. Spencer "during the relevant period" -- his girlfriend, a taxi driver and two other friends. And no one discussed how prepared the NYPD was to handle additional outbreaks.
Meanwhile, there was some good news involving Ebola: Dallas nurse Nina Pham, 26, the first person to contract the disease after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first domestic Ebola patient, has now been cleared of the disease and released from isolation.
In a statement to the press following her release, Pham said she thanked God and her care team, in whom she had placed her trust.
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she said at a podium outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, flanked by her mother and sister, ABC News reported.
"I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate," she said, reading from a prepared statement.
From the NIH clinic, Pham visited President Obama at the Oval Office, where he gave her a hug and praised her recovery.
As for New York City, it is now on the Ebola watch clock.
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