Ebola Hysteria Goes Completely Berserk

OMG, we’re all going to die! Keep repeating that to yourself until you actually did. The Ebola hysteria sweeping America has reached truly absurd proportions in Maine, where a school has suspended a teacher for 21 days because she attended a conference in the same city, Dallas, as someone who got the disease.

A teacher at Strong Elementary School was placed on a 21-day paid leave of absence after parents told the school board they were concerned that she might have been exposed to Ebola during a trip to Dallas for an educational conference.

The teacher, who was not named, attended a seminar held by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that is still meeting in Dallas.

“At this time, we have no information to suggest that this staff member has been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to Ebola,” the district wrote in a statement published on its website. “However, the district and the staff member understand the parents’ concerns. Therefore, after several discussions with the staff member, out of an abundance of caution, this staff member has been placed on a paid leave of absence for up to 21 days.”…

The decision to place the teacher on leave was made by the MSAD 58 school board Thursday evening, after parents and community members expressed frustration that they were not notified that the teacher would be traveling to Dallas, where the nation’s first Ebola case was diagnosed.

Those parents and community members really should have been told to turn on their fucking brains. Why stop at the same city? Why not anyone who has traveled to the entire state of Texas? In Mississippi, a bunch of parents pulled their kids from school because the principal went to a wedding in Zambia. That’s nowhere remotely near the Ebola problem, it’s literally thousands of miles away. I think it’s time to remove “home of the brave” from the national anthem. We are the furthest thing from brave, we are cowards who shit our pants any time we’re told to fear something, anything.

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Oh! Goddddd!

    I live in the DFW area!!!!

    Should I avoid myself?

  • John Pieret

    Jebus. The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who lived with him in a small apartment, has been let out of quarantine and taken off the watch list and they are worried about someone who had no known contact with him or anyone else on the watch list?

  • raven

    Why not anyone who has traveled to the entire state of Texas?

    Sure. If we put in travel restrictions from Ebola outbreak areas, Texas is one of them. Works for me. Whatever you do, don’t let Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Steve Stockman, David Barton, Hagee, Jeffress, or Gohmert out!!! The future of the USA depends on it.

    Yeah, the hysteria is overdone. I’ve had to calm one of my relatives down. Twice. No ISIS terrorists are not staggering through the shopping malls spreading Ebola. The nearest Ebola case is 3,000 miles away in a highly secure isolation unit.

  • raven

    Ebola has been the greatest thing for the lunatic fringes since comet Hale-Bopp or the time we elected a Kenyan, Moslem terrorist as president.

    They are all over the place. A lot of it is just routine. FEMA concentration camps, martial law, false flag operation, UN Agenda 21 population reduction program, commies, Moslems.

    The Germ Theory of Disease Deniers are out. Ebola doesn’t really exist because microbes don’t really cause disease.

    Plus the scammers and quacks. Did you know colloidal silver kills the Ebola virus? So does Chlorox bleach and Tide laundry detergent.

  • lldayo

    I watched some of the Dallas Cowboys game yesterday! I better call off work to be safe!

  • cry4turtles

    E Boooo! la!

  • John Pieret

    Matt Dexter of Strong, who has a child in the teacher’s classroom … was the first to raise questions at the board meeting about whether the teacher should come back to school immediately.

    Dexter believes the government has failed to effectively educate people about how Ebola spreads, and worse, downplayed risk factors.

    “I’m really tired of people telling everyone, on the news, starting at the national level, ‘zero risk, low risk,’” he said. “The bottom line is that there is risk.

    Um … people, including the government have been educating the public as how Ebola spreads and the risk factors and the only reason it hasn’t been effective for you is you have your fingers buried knuckle-deep in your ears.

  • colnago80

    This hysteria is being fed by the lamestream media, led by the Fascist News Channel which is trying to use it to stir up animosity against the president.

  • Artor

    Did you know colloidal silver kills the Ebola virus? So does Chlorox bleach and Tide laundry detergent.

    Really? I just drank a pint of each, and I don’t feel so good. I think I got the ebola anyway.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @9…suppository.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I think it’s time to build a border fence around Texas.

  • moarscienceplz

    Anecdotal evidence does suggest there is some factor in Texas that rots brain cells. Austin, however seems to be mostly immune to this effect (except for the immigrants who work in that big pink building in the center of town), so drinking beer while listening to live music may provide protection against brain-rot.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I do not think Tabby (#11) goes far enough.

    I’d take off, nuke the site (Texas) from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure…

  • blf

    moarscienceplz, This particular case of Brainrottus tex was in Maine.

  • peterh

    Chicken Little much?

  • otrame

    Gee, theschwa, thanks.

  • vereverum

    @ raven #3

    Yeah, the hysteria is overdone. I’ve had to calm one of my relatives down. Twice. No ISIS terrorists are not staggering through the shopping malls spreading Ebola.

    Historically there have been reported plague spreaders, poisoners, plague smearers during the plague outbreaks 14c-17c. Some were killed through mob violence; others confessed under torture and were executed.

    We would like to think that today we are above that sort of activity, but the items cited in your next comment and the people Ed writes about daily argue against that.

    The veneer of civilization is very thin.

  • Sastra

    In addition to our inborn human concern with contamination, people in the US were raised on movies and TV shows. And — what happens every time an authority figure reassures the public that there is nothing to worry about? Giant mutant zombi ants start breaking down walls, that’s what.

    We all know the drill. We’ve seen the films. There is no better way of predicting impending chaos and doom than hearing someone say “there’s no cause for alarm.”

  • raven

    Historically there have been reported plague spreaders, poisoners, plague smearers during the plague outbreaks 14c-17c. Some were killed through mob violence; others confessed under torture and were executed.

    That was the Jews during the Black Death plague. They massacred a bunch of them for it.

    It didn’t stop the plague so they gave up on that idea and went on to other fallacies that didn’t work either.

    The same thing is happening in Africa and it is hindering the disease control efforts. It’s witchcraft, it’s a western plot, Ebola doesn’t really exist etc.. We like to think we are more sophisticated than that in the USA. Well, some of us are. Some of us aren’t.

    what happens every time an authority figure reassures the public that there is nothing to worry about? Giant mutant zombi ants start breaking down walls, that’s what.

    We do have the equivalent these days. Only worse. They are called the Tea Party and they make giant mutant zombi ants look like puppies. At least with the mutant ants you can just point a flame thrower at them and that takes care of the problem.

  • kevinalexander

    I once used Googletranslate to learn Wie viel ist dieses hunchen im fenster.

    Jesus, I just found out I’m a Nazi!

  • blf

    Giant mutant zombie ants (possible band name) really are puppies. They make great house pets, as soon as they are potty-trained and provided you keep the drummer outside, with the added bonus of scaring off the Ebloa-infected dāʻesh once they’re finished at the shopping maul.

  • busterggi

    There have been almost as many American deaths in the US from ebola as Newt Gingrich has had wives.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I’m kinda surprised that you haven’t mentioned Rand Paul, the self-certified eye-doctor currently using his pretend medical expertise to incite mindless fear by saying things that REAL medical experts (as in, people who have experience in virology and disease-control) know are blatantly false. This irresponsible overgrown baby is considered a “serious” candidate for President in 2016 — doesn’t he deserve some mention here?

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #23

    Reminds me of the time when Dr. Bill Frist, then Senate Majority Leader, who was a heart transplant specialist , diagnosed Terry Schiavo as not being in a vegetative state from a 30 second video and a conversation with a Dr. William Hammesfahr, a non-board certified neurologist who is on Quackwatch. A neurologist was heard to comment that if Frist was qualified to diagnose neurological disorders, they he was qualified to perform heart transplants, a more lucrative specialty.

  • grumpyoldfart

    If I was that teacher I’d wait the 21 days and then tell the boss that I still had the sniffles; just to see if I could score another 21 days of paid leave.

  • steve84

    Home of the stupid.

  • birgerjohansson

    Since Texas has a lot of NASA infrastructure, there must be at least a dozen smart persons there. Maybe they should be entrusted with the public information effort.

  • birgerjohansson

    lldayo,

    It was only your eyes that got Ebola.

    Leave them at home when you go to work.

    Or, sacrifice a chicken to Asklepios.

  • Nick Gotts

    Talking of giant mutant zombie ants see number 7 in this gallery. What more proof do you need of a benevolent deity?

  • Nick Gotts

    If I was that teacher I’d wait the 21 days and then tell the boss that I still had the sniffles; just to see if I could score another 21 days of paid leave. – grumpyoldfart

    I’m sure you would; but most teachers are actually dedicated to their job, and care deeply about the children they teach.

  • AsqJames

    Every time I see someone make an Ebola-related doom-laden prediction for the US/Europe, I want someone to point them at Nigeria. I want to ask them why they think our health care systems should be less able to contain an outbreak than they are.

    That’s not to look down on Nigeria, it has the one of the largest, wealthiest, most developed economies in Africa, but it doesn’t have the wealth, medical resources, or infrastructure we do. It also has endemic corruption and significant internal strife – Boko Haram is the most extreme and well-known example, but it’s not the only one. Nigeria is also a hell of a lot closer to the 3 countries where Ebola is a real problem, and probably has many more people travelling to & from there.

    And yet, with all these comparative disadvantages, they’ve still managed to stop the mini-outbreak they had there. They had 1 person with the disease enter the country. 20 others (mostly medical staff)were infected, and 8 died. This is far from “good”, but that’s where it stopped.

    The infection rate from the handful of people who travelled (or were brought) to the West after contracting the disease has been dramatically lower. The Texas hospital clearly made mistakes early on for whatever reason, and it looks like there was avoidable contagion there, but as awful as that is for those affected, that is the worst transmission rate of any case treated in the West…and it’s 10% of the Nigerian case.

    If, at our worst, we do 10 times better than a country which the WHO have now declared Ebola free, what exactly is there to panic about?

  • blf

    I’m kinda surprised that you haven’t mentioned Rand Paul, … [t]his irresponsible overgrown baby is considered a “serious” candidate for President in 2016 — doesn’t he deserve some mention here?

    No.