Obama Makes Me Sick
At least five children infected with the respiratory illness known enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have died in the U.S. in the past month. The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller. He died at home on September 25. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the cause of death Friday night. But health officials say they have no idea how he contracted the virus. A health official says Eli was “asymptomatic and fine” when he went to bed but died overnight. He had no known preexisting immune weakness.
A 10-year girl Rhode Island girl infected with EV-D68, Emily Otrando, died less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. Three other patients with EV-D68 also died in September.
Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.
CDC list of states with confirmed EV-D68 cases. The EV-D68 outbreak was first recognized after Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri notified CDC on August 19 of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses. Four days later, on August 23, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital notified CDC of a similar increase.
We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa, and we need borders to remain open. And we need to strengthen the medivac capacity. We need countries to contribute for Ebola treatment centers and we need other African countries with the capacity to send responders to join the effort and we need to make sure the health-care workers who go properly trained, properly equipped, and supported in order to prevent additional infections. And as you can see in the next slide, this gives you a sense of who has contributed and what they have contributed, and the fact is the United Kingdom and United States between them have been committed $120 million to the United Nations response. There are smaller countries that have stepped up to the plate. Some quite remarkably. Some smaller countries are contributing way above their population compared to other countries. The fact is more countries can and must step up in order to make the contributions felt. And this chart tells the story. Those are not enough countries to make the difference to be able to deal with this crisis, and we need more nations, every nation has an ability to do something with this challenge. On the next chart will show, as you see we have a shortfall still of some $300 million. The United Nations identified $1 billion in urgent needs which is what it reflected in that pie chart. The World Bank put in 22 percent, the private sector 10 percent. Others have received the tally. It includes the ability to meet the challenge, and we need people to step up now, now is the time for action, not words. And frankly there is not a moment to waste in this effort.
John Heinz Kerry 10/08/2014