Saturday, November 1, 2014

CONTAGION: The CDC To Purchase Body Bags In Anticipation Of More Ebola Deaths, Issues "Services Sought" Notice For PPE Supplies - As FEMA Conducts Pandemic Training In New York And New Jersey Simulating A Global Virus Outbreak!

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November 1, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- The Centers for Disease Control is looking to purchase body bags and a host of other personal protective equipment in response to the Ebola outbreak as concerns continue to linger about the spread of the virus.

A “sources sought” notice posted on FedBizOpps reveals that, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) is seeking multiple sources of supply for personal protective equipment (PPE) for potential use in the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak response.”

According to an attachment entitled “List of Personal Protective Equipment for Sources Sought Notice,” the federal agency is looking to source suppliers of body bags that can hold 200-250 lbs of weight. The bags must also include, “At least 6 handholds included in the body bag to allow burial team to hand carry it safely.”

The advisory states that the body bags and other equipment are intended to be used both in West Africa and in response to other Ebola outbreaks worldwide.

The CDC is also looking to source surgical face masks, sterile gowns, infectious waste containers, and tarps amongst other PPE supplies. The notice does not specify the quantity of body bags that the CDC is looking to obtain.

In September, the State Department ordered 5,000 body bags to be sent to West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has infected over 13,700 people worldwide, with over 4900 fatalities.

Earlier this month, the CDC instructed funeral homes in the United States to bury Ebola victims in hermetically sealed caskets which must be secure “against the escape of microorganisms” and have valid documentation for being airtight. Last month, the CDC also issued a three page list of recommendations which warned funeral home workers not to carry out autopsies or to embalm corpses.

As we reported yesterday, the U.S. government ordered 250,000 Hazmat suits to be sent to Dallas, location of the first Ebola case in the United States. One company alone has sold over a million Hazmat suits to government agencies worldwide since August.

In an op-ed for Forbes published yesterday, former FDA official Scott Gottlieb M.D. warned that larger and more frequent Ebola outbreaks will inevitably hit American cities in the near future and that the imminent onset of the flu season will make it harder to keep tabs on potential Ebola victims in the United States. - Info Wars.

FEMA conducts pandemic training in NY, NJ -Exercise simulating global outbreak began last year

Talk about timing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is currently in the middle of a two-year pandemic training exercise with New York City and northern New Jersey.

Titled “2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy,” the FEMA training simulates a global pandemic of influenza that spreads from person to person, including in the U.S.

The Obama administration, meanwhile, is under fire for its mishandling of the Ebola crisis, allowing infected people to enter the country and cause widespread panic and political turmoil as officials make claims and promises that turn out to be false.

The FEMA training began last year, before the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed nearly 5,000 people.

An overview of the training includes a list of assumptions such as that the “clinical disease attack rate will likely be 30 percent or higher in the overall population,” utilizing a prediction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FEMA overview, which includes a training schedule, warns that economists, epidemiologists and other experts predict the “effects of a modern-day pandemic will be seen in every industry and government agency at local, regional, national and international levels.”

The overview states: “History teaches us that the impact of a pandemic can be far-reaching. The 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ influenza killed approximately 30,000 people in NYC, 500,000 in the United States and as many as 50-100 million worldwide. Furthermore, it leads to widespread social disruption and economic loss.”

The overview states a pandemic can “threaten all critical infrastructures by its impact on an organization’s human resources causing a loss of essential personnel from the workplace for weeks or months.”

FEMA is preparing for the possibility that 40 to 50 percent of both government and private-sector staff will be absent for periods of about two weeks at the height of a pandemic wave.

A wave is defined by FEMA as a period in which community outbreaks occur across the country. The simulated outbreak assumes multiple waves of the pandemic illness could occur, with each wave lasting two to three months.

Numerous training events and seminars have already been held the past 10 months. On Nov. 13, FEMA is planning a “Pandemic Influenza Wave 1 Full Scale Exercise.”  - WND.

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