Delay in Dallas Ebola Cleanup as Workers Balk at Task

Kevin Sack and Marc Santoraoct, New York Times, October 2, 2014

More than a week after a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola and four days after he was placed in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, the apartment where he was staying with four other people had not been cleaned and the sheets and dirty towels he used while sick remained in the home, health officials acknowledged on Thursday afternoon.

Even as the authorities were reaching out to at least 80 people who may have had contact–either directly or indirectly–with the patient, Thomas E. Duncan, while he was contagious, they were scrambling to find medical workers to safely clean the apartment.

Thomas Duncan

Thomas Duncan

The four family members who are living there are among a handful who have been directed by the authorities to remain in isolation, following what officials said was a failure to comply with an order to stay home. Texas health officials hand-delivered orders to residents of the apartment requiring them not to leave their home and not to allow any visitors inside until their roughly three-week incubation periods have passed.

The orders–known as communicable disease control orders–are permitted under the state’s health code. Violations could result in either criminal prosecution or civil court proceedings.

But even as the orders were being issued, there were concerns about the conditions in the home where they were being ordered to stay.

The woman who was hosting Mr. Duncan told CNN that she had been with him the first time he sought treatment at the hospital and that she had twice told workers there he had been in Liberia. Still they sent him back with only some antibiotics to the apartment, where the woman was staying with one of her children and two nephews.

Over the next two days, Mr. Duncan began sweating profusely and had diarrhea. His sweaty sheets were still on the bed on Thursday morning, the woman said. She put the towels he used in a bag but said she did not know what to do with them.


The Texas health commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, told reporters during an afternoon news conference that health workers should have moved more swiftly to clean the apartment but that they had had trouble finding an outside medical team to do the work. They encountered “a little bit of hesitancy,” he said.


A spokeswoman for the Dallas County health and human services department, Erikka Neroes, said the initial list of 12 to 18 people thought to have direct contact with Mr. Duncan had been expanded to people who had either direct or secondary contact.


The five children who came in contact with Mr. Duncan were being kept home from school, and local officials tried to reassure parents at the four different schools they attended that the facilities were thoroughly cleaned and that children are safe. There were reports that some parents were keeping their children home.


Mr. Duncan remained in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Thursday, in stable but serious condition. Mr. Duncan probably became infected in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on Sept 15, when he helped carry his landlord’s convulsing pregnant daughter to a clinic to be treated for Ebola.

The woman, 19-year-old Marthalene Williams, was turned away from the overcrowded clinic because it did not have room for her and died the next day. The landlord’s son and three neighbors who came in contact with the woman also died soon afterward.

Mr. Duncan went to the airport in Monrovia on Sept. 19 to board a flight to Brussels and then on to the United States. From Brussels, Mr. Duncan flew to Dulles International Airport, near Washington, on Sept. 20 on United Flight 951, and then on to Dallas-Fort Worth on Flight 822, the airline confirmed.

Four days later, on Sept. 24, Mr. Duncan told doctors, he started to get sick. On Sept. 25, he went the emergency room with a fever and nausea.

He was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said; the information that he had traveled from Liberia, one of the nations at the heart of the Ebola epidemic, was overlooked.

He returned to the hospital on Sept. 28, this time sped there in an ambulance and gravely ill.


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  • DaveMed

    From the article:

    The four family members who are living there are among a handful who have been directed by the authorities to remain in isolation, following what officials said was a failure to comply with an order to stay home


    Africans (and a great deal of their cousins in America) have approximately as much understanding of infectious disease as your garden-variety subway rat.

    Although, this could just be sheer irresponsibility at play.

    My guess is that both factors are significant contributors.

    • phorning

      It is both. They have brought all their customs and normal practices regarding hygiene with them to America. He won’t be the last person treated in Dallas.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Great civil service/public service work went into this.

      • R L Buds

        This is the e-mail I just sent to my wife…..

        I just looked at my news page and the first headline was
        “Delay in Dallas Ebola Cleanup as Workers Balk at Task”, I guess they
        don’t want to get it so they’ll just let everyone else get it. Of course the
        “workers” were the only people who can expect reliable employment in
        this country. This will become another example of AA costing lives.

        Her response was “yup…”

  • Guest

    Here’s the answer:

    • phillyguy

      Adolf I said that yesterday , but they deleted my comments , now that everybody knows that this ignorant man who knew he came into contact with people with Ebola who practically snuck into this country,,will be siding with me.. end any and all immigration into this country. our politicians might be forced to do so if there is an outbreak of this deadly disease.

      • KyraNelson

        Don’t hold your breath, There is a much more deadly virus already here,
        which has been incubating since the sixties. It’s called brain-dead leftism. It seeks out and destroys all that is good. It obliterates common sense. I could go on but I’m sure you get it.

  • Luca

    Mr. Duncan knew damn well he stood a good chance of having the virus after his landlord’s daughter, son and three neighbors died of the disease.

    I see no indication that he came here for any other reason than medical tourism.

    • Today’s New York Times says: “Boarding that plane in Monrovia was Mr. Duncan’s best hope of saving his own life.” So you can expect a whole lot more people to follow suit.

      • Periapsis

        Saving his own life, and murdering whites at the same time. From this vile creature’s point of view that must have been a no-brainer.

        • thegodsofeden

          But wait a minute…The Dishonorable Louise Ferret-head recently said that the virus won’t kill the Evil White Man, because the E.W.M. created it to kill the blacks at the genetic level. PS – Very nice photo. Me likes very much. From whence did it come?

          • Periapsis

            I found it while doing a web search on Charon, the ferry man for souls on the river Styx. It seems it will be very busy, and might demand two coins for cleaning up the blood and other excreta from dead Ebola victims instead of one. This is however a picture of the angel of death, also known as the Grim Reaper.

          • thegodsofeden

            Thanks. Think I’ll use it as screen saver.

  • The irresponsible reaction by hospital personnel to not jump on Duncan’s case quickly suggests that nonwhite doctors and PAs were at work there. Getting the nonwhite medical people up to speed is the going to be part of the task of “containing” the disease.

    Real containment requires sealing the borders to those who are coming from or have been to Ebola-infested parts of Africa.

    • Chasmania

      The quarantine boat sailed when they didn’t quarantine all the queers during the HIV breakout in the 80s.

      The only people they are ever going to throw into any sort of isolation now will be white, social conservatives for ‘Hate Think’ .

    • Moenn

      those were my initial thoughts exactly…probably an African American or Hispanic intake nurse who was wondering, when he said he was from Liberia, whether that was a city in Texas, Mississippi or Louisiana…

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    His sweaty sheets were still on the bed on Thursday morning, the woman said. She put the towels he used in a bag but said she did not know what to do with them.

    The apartment building should be burned to the ground with everything in it.

    This is how Ebola Tommy’s vomit was washed off the sidewalk in front of the building.

    You can see the workers had cleared out the area, cordoned it off and were wearing level 3 Hazmat suits as they used a pressure washer to clean off the area of ebola-infected vomit…NOT.

    • Who Me?

      Great move there, genius. Ebola is transmitted by bodily fluids, so re-hydrate the patient’s vomit and wash it off the sidewalk sending it merrily along to infect everything in it’s path…
      Oh and as for “she hadn’t washed the sheets yet”, that may be the CDC’s own fault. Doubt she has a washer and dryer inside the apartment, and she was told not to leave.

      • Sick of it

        Just imagine if they washed those sheets in a public laundromat…

        • Ron Cheaters

          why wouldn’t they burn them in a garbage can? Or cook them in the oven at 375 for 45 minutes, anything but sit there looking at them.

    • Kay

      Which Third World country was this photo taken in??????

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Dallas, Texas, which now has a 10,000 strong colony of Liberians.

        • IstvanIN

          Maybe that number will drop.

          • There’s only a few hundred million more Africans to take their place.

          • saxonsun

            Here on the affluent upper east side of Manhattan, there are African nannies tending white kids. They’re everywhere. And they’re cheap. We have to blame well-to-do whites who hire them.

          • My condolences. I lived in Mid-Manhattan for several years and the antics of the Ruling Class there became too much to stomach. A more viciously tribalistic collection of powerful sociopaths this world has never seen.

        • kikz2

          that’s just the Liberians.. doesn’t take into account Eretrians(sp) and other Africans…….

    • farbeyonddriven

      And now that white t shirt pressure washer guy will carry a chunk of puke home on his shoe to his wife and 12 kids and 17 cousins and away we go.

      • thegodsofeden

        Yeah, then we’ll have to call it the “Frijole” virus.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        He’s just making sure the virus goes airborn.

        Here’s an IDIOT delivering food to the ebola family that is quarantined.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          EBOLA YOLO!!

          • Remember one of the looted stores on the Fergaza Strip was/is called “Yolo Boutique.” They spray painted “Black Owned” on the boards covering their store.

        • thegodsofeden

          He’s part of the Ebola family. One of the nephews I think.

          • LOL…is that their name now…

          • thegodsofeden

            Oh yes it is sir! I live in the D/FW metro area and this morning a radio reporter slipped up and called Mr. Duncan, “Mr. Ebola”. 🙂

    • propagandaoftruth

      These things were invented by Europeans hundreds of years ago.

      • OS-Q

        Those beaks weren’t just there to be scary either, they were stuffed with herbs to keep the smell back.

        • Periapsis

          Here’s the modern day attire for a plague doctor. The masks keeps out the stench of putrefaction that emanates from Ebola victims as well as the virus itself.

    • Periapsis

      I would drop a fuel-air bomb on it, and incinerate everything and everyone in the area. I’m afraid the Hopis and the Book of Revelations will be proven right, the world will be purified, or more accurately disinfected by fire.

  • ncpride

    Well, I’ve read more than one time that the negro race will be the death of the entire planet….

    • Dave

      I, like many people, believe that blacks are the descendants of Cain, and we all know what he did to Abel. Now his descendants may do the same thing on a larger scale.

      • Julius Caesar

        It’s the curse of Ham, I tell ya…

        • thegodsofeden

          If only they would eat ham instead of bats and monkeys…

      • Periapsis

        Indeed, they were cursed by God because of Cain murdering Abel in a fit of envy and rage.

    • Ultimate187

      They’re enabled by whites.

      • ncpride

        A statement I can’t deny. We are our own worst enemy…well, some of us are.

  • John Smith

    Hosting a person with Ebola. LMFAO.

  • farbeyonddriven

    “The landlord’s son and three neighbors who came in contact with the woman also died soon afterward.”

    So our government keeps telling us how hard it is to transmit, yet 4 people plus this guy in America all contracted it from her? I know they are gross people but even I have a hard time seeing these 4 men making out with a dying pregnant girl to get the virus..

    Just how much casual contact could ALL 4 of them had with her?

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Exactly right. From the previous articles I have read on this site, the disease is not easily spread through casual contact. so who’s kidding who here?

    • thegodsofeden

      She was probably sweating profusely.

      • Periapsis

        Inanimate objects infected people were in contact with are all that is necessary for Ebola to infect yet another person. They either caught it from infected bedding or clothing, if not sweat, blood or other bodily fluid. Ebola certainly caused that girl’s baby to abort and that alone could have killed her when it began to putrefy. Surely she was bleeding out of every orifice.

        • thegodsofeden

          No doubt.

  • Apparently, to our open-borders overlords, the inexorable workings of migration and birthrate demographics were not working rapidly enough to erase traditional America.

  • IstvanIN

    He African, you expect more?

  • journey

    This country/planet do not need blacks. Better off overall without them. We can show compassionate in another manner.

  • KyraNelson

    We really need to protect our borders. Instead of Papa Obama giving cradle to grave handouts to young black men, why not employ them WPA style to build border fences?

    • journey

      Blacks consider any work involving labor as slave work. In their eyes, they are too smart and valuable for menial work. Besides, the fence will be worthless unless heavily supervised by whites.

  • IKUredux

    There is no point in discussing blacks, or anyone non-White. We Whites must look out for ourselves. Regardless of what happens, remember, White people come first. Also, remember, as a kind and compassionate White person, helping out the coloreds will lead to your death. Adopt a dog, if you must show compassion. Fellow Whites: our first loyalty, compassion and concern is to ourselves and our fellow Whites. NEVER WAVER! Because La Raza won’t. The Black Panthers won’t. No Siree, the only dumb asses who will waver, will be White people. Come on! We have been so brainwashed, some of us would kill our fellow Whites, rather than the people who are seeking our eradication. Please, please, please, White people, stop volunteering to work in Africa. My God! We Whites are only nine percent of the Earth’s population. So, why in hell are we ninety nine percent of all the volunteers in Africa? Where is Oprah? Yeah, I know, she gives millions to WHITE people who are smart medically, but dumb in everyway else, who are willing to go to Africa. Has in fact, everyone lost their minds? Why the hell does everyone in the world buy into the myth that blacks are equal to Whites? What the hell? Do we suffer from planetary schizophrenia? Uh, yeah. So, where the hell did Beyonce and whomever go for their vacation? Yeah, I don’t know either, but I’ll bet you any money it wasn’t in Africa. I’m not even going to cheat and look at a search engine. What I want to know is this: What the hell do all these coloreds think the world will be like once the Whites are gone? OOh, OOH, OOh, Mr Kotter, I know the answer! Despite the fact that the Africans,Pakis,Indians,Chinese, didn’t really do that much to contribute to what we Whites would deem our Western Civilization, it is obvious, that the Europeans success lies in the ground of the countries they have inhabited for more than a millennia. So abbra caddabra! You move to a White country, presto changeo, you are now White smart!!!! So, the answer is obviously the world will remain the same, without Whites. Because, come on, our juju, along with actually living in Paris, and London, and Berlin, has magically changed we coloreds, into White people! DUH!

    • Ultimate187

      White countries have been giving aid to Africa for decades out of guilt. Whites individually volunteer in Africa to feel good about themselves. All of this caused Africa’s population to explode into the millions, which only made things significantly worse for the continent.

      Sometimes self-righteousness isn’t the answer.

  • rightrightright

    On the British Channel 4 report on this yesterday evening, they omitted entirely any mention of the trip to hospital and back in the company of an Ebola patient. To give the true account would have spoiled the narrative that he was an innocent victim, randomly struck down by a killer disease and with no knowledge of his likely infection when he took that plane out.

    Then, there was the inevitable Blame Whitey reportage, ie Whitey didn’t do enough and isn’t doing enough to bring this plague under control.

    I didn’t watch the BBC version (BBC News is off-the-wall PC) but I expect it to have taken the same line.

    • kikz2

      saw an article earlier today, linked to another, that was in essence.. blaming WT in the UK for their diminished aid……

  • Casper Flannigan

    Which one of the 4 Horsemen is Pestilence? Seems appropriate.

    • Periapsis

      Today that would be a sick black man on a plane out of Africa.

  • Thomas Duncan is a Proud African Warrior.
    We should make him President.

    • model1911

      Or Surgeon General.

  • Robbie Cheney

    This situation appears to have been deliberately mishandled. Duncan was deliberately ‘brought here’. No secret who gave the orders.

    • Periapsis

      Indeed it’s obvious who gave the orders, and in their collective psychopathy they regard anything that brings death, destruction and suffering to whites is a good thing whether or not it also gets visited upon THEM.

  • Robbie Cheney

    I suspect they did.

  • Periapsis

    I am convinced he is a terrorist, because he KNEW what he was doing.

  • Paleoconn

    Why couldn’t this guy fly into the Beltway? Or Hollywood, or the Big Bagel?