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    Ebola response : Bill Maher, October 17, 2014

    by tla_usa Oct 19, 2014 10:33 AM
    tla_usa tla_usa Nov 15, 2014 5:41 PM Flag

    Extracts from the news report : The Con Artist Hired To Clean Ebola
    via Buzzfeed News dated Nov 15, 2014 -
    When New York City officials needed someone to disinfect the apartment of its first Ebola patient, they found someone who seemed to be made for the job. Sal Pane boasted decades of experience cleaning up extremely dangerous materials, including anthrax in 2001.

    .......But when Pane and his Bio-Recovery crew showed up at Dr. Craig Spencer’s home, they brought a truck bearing permit numbers that belonged to a dead man. Pane had duped the dead man’s grieving sister into selling that truck, she said, as well as the company name. Pane then claimed the dead man’s years cleaning up anthrax sites and other danger zones as his own — despite the fact that the dead man’s family, friends, and former co-workers said they had never known him to work with Pane.

    Soon after Spencer’s apartment was first cleaned, BuzzFeed News reported that Pane — who has referred to himself as the “chief safety officer” of the firm New York City hired to clean up a lethal pathogen— is a convicted felon and former mortgage scammer.

    He uses fake names and makes false claims to inflate his credentials, gains credibility from media interviews in which he speaks of lofty ideals and glittering successes,

    “The risks are high if you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Ian Lipkin, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. “You could become infected and set up a whole new chain of transmission that extends into the community.”

    Well, the consolation is that Pane was not a terrorist, The reality is that a government is unable to stop cons from existing and being effective. So safety plans must take that reality into account. And so: the national stockpiling of critical medicine is a key element. Just my perspective. Go figure,TLA

  • Reply to

    Ebola response : Bill Maher, October 17, 2014

    by tla_usa Oct 19, 2014 10:33 AM
    tla_usa tla_usa Nov 4, 2014 10:45 PM Flag

    via WSJ on Nov 4 2014
    Ebola Crisis Offers Lessons, Warnings on Epidemics, Bill Gates Says
    The [Gates] foundation is considering giving funds to

    Chimerix Inc.

    to help it boost production of brincidofovir, an antiviral drug that has shown potential against Ebola. It has also given funds to GlaxoSmithKline for work on an Ebola vaccine, he said, and is exploring other interventions.

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