Posts Tagged CDC

Monkeypox mix-up caused by bedbugs.

Human monkeypox lesions

Human monkeypox lesions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mom\\\\\\\’s monkeypox mix-up caused by bedbugs and concerned grandma, son says – HealthPop – CBS News.

Ok, I just read this article and I read it this way: grandma calls the hospital about bug bites.  Hospital calls the CDC.  CDC goes Rambo and quarantines the plane.

Which brings up the legitimate question, who was playing with monkeys?  If monkey pox can only be transmitted by monkey “blood, bodily fluids, or rashes” then when did anyone suspect these children had been wrestling with monkeys?  Wouldn’t that have been a really good question to ask mom before quarantining a plane?  “Ma’am, have your children had intimate contact with a monkey recently?  Sharing food, rubbing bodies, that sort of thing?  Did they perhaps eat raw monkey or drink monkey blood before boarding?”  Now that would be an interview I’d like to see online.  Instead, they didn’t do any interviewing and decided it was monkey pox because children overseas are all obviously monkey pox candidates.

It occurs to me that all I’d need to do these days is mention the word “pox” or even sneeze wrong in an international flight to see myself in quarantine.

So, eerily, when does it all end?  Who monitors the CDC to let them know when they are out of line?  Who watches the Watchmen?  And who makes the next monkey pox call?


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CDC: Prepare For A Zombie Apocalypse Drill.


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Is it just me, or is the world getting stranger than fiction?  Not only are we supposed to prepare for a zombie apocalypse according to the CDC, now we’ll be treated to a zombie apocalypse preparedness drill in Columbus, Ohio.

Yes, that’s right.  In the name of emergency preparedness, people will be dressing up as zombies and going to be “treated” to make them normal again.  Would that be possible, should an actual zombie apocalypse arise?   Wouldn’t they be too busy eating our brains to allow themselves to be detoxified?

I’m glad I was notified of the upcoming drill.  I don’t usually watch the nightly news, and a sudden outbreak of zombies going berserk in Topeka might just push me into a Zombieland type scenario, and nobody wants that.

What are we to make of this tongue-in-cheek style behavior by the very people who are in charge of our emergency preparation?  It isn’t true that I would prepare for a zombie attack in the same way I would prepare for a hurricane.  For one thing, I’d be a LOT more focused on ammunition.  I’d also be getting out of Dodge about as fast as I could go.  So I know they’re getting a lot of attention, but someone might want to check on how that attention is translating into action.  For example, if stores are being depleted of Twinkies, then the message isn’t clear.

Pardon me, I’ve got to go duct tape some things.  It’s just a drill, but you never know.


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