“Contact Tracing” or “Contact Surface Infection” – U.S. Journalist Fears His Ebola Infection A Result of Latent Exposure…

Many people have asked how can a cameraman with no direct contact to Ebola patients get infected with the Ebola virus. Here’s the answer from the horses mouth so-to-speak.

Those who are paying attention will note Mr Mukpo is specifically describing aerosolized exposure to the virus.   We have previously explained how Bloodborne Pathogen training day #1, Rule #1, specifically warns about this risk when cleaning OPIM (Other Potentially Infectious Material) such as vomit, urine, feces, saliva and/or blood. 

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(Via ABC News) The American journalist with Ebola who arrived at a Nebraska hospital today believes that he may have gotten infected when he got splashed while spray-washing a vehicle where someone had died from the disease.

Ashoka Mukpo arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center this morning after being flown directly from Liberia.

“He’s strong and his symptoms are not more advanced then when he talked to us before he left which is a relief,” his father Dr. Mitchell Levy said at a news conference today. He said his son has a fever and slight nausea.

“Likely he will go into the next phase where his symptoms will be more severe,” Levy said.

Levy said that his son is “not certain” when he got the disease, but believes that he could have gotten infected by some of the spray back that came when he was using chlorine to disinfect a car.

“It was a vehicle that somebody had died in,” Levy said.

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Mukpo, 33, had been hired as a freelance cameraman by the NBC News crew earlier last week before testing positive for the disease on Thursday.

“He was around the [Ebola] clinic. He was filming inside the clinic,” Levy said.

Levy and his wife, Diana Mukpo, arrived in Omaha Sunday night ahead of their son’s arrival this morning, and they said that he appears to be in good spirits.

Mukpo had spent two years in Liberia working for an NGO before returning to the United States in May. When he told his parents that he felt compelled to return in September, they tried their best to dissuade him.

“I told him I thought he was crazy,” Levy said at the press conference held at the Nebraska Medical Center.

“And I begged him from a mother’s perspective saying ‘Please don’t go.’ But there was nothing I could do. He was determined to go,” Diana Mukpo said.

Levy recalled his son’s reaction being diagnosed with Ebola.

“His first reaction was I’m sorry I put myself in this situation for you guys… But I think, of course he’s of two minds. He has some regrets, but he’s still proud of what he’s doing and I’m sure he’ll go back to doing things just like this,” Levy said.  (read more)

…….Ashoka Mukpo “believes he became exposed when spray washing a vehicle”…

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45 Responses to “Contact Tracing” or “Contact Surface Infection” – U.S. Journalist Fears His Ebola Infection A Result of Latent Exposure…

  1. Hughes Angell says:

    Indeed, the ‘certainty’ with which reporters and even so called experts, like the CDC’s Freidan speak of the manner of which Ebola can be transmitted is counterintuitive. The ‘science’ of viral disease is not fully understood. The proof of that is in our inability to treat and kill the virus.

    If mere ‘contact’ with the blood, sweat, vomit, fecal or other bodily secretions can spread the virus then why cannot an insect that lands upon the same? It maybe less likely because the amount of infected material is less but if a contaminated insect or droplet of saliva lands upon an opening into the body of an uninfected person the virus can enter too and, while it may take more time to manifest itself, once it has done so, the result will be the same.

    Liked by 2 people

    • One does wonder. Malaria is spread through mosquitoes. Mosquitoes… West Nile. Flies also bite a series of humans.

      Next research project unless someboday here can address your inquiry. I’m sure the question is being asked ‘out there’ as well.


    • deqwik2 says:

      I would like to know how much time past between the death & cleaning. That could tell us a lot. They are saying this is a fragile virus outside the body but just exactly how long can it survive


  2. According to the article there are only 4 bio containment units on the U. S.
    Oh, the CDC has everything under controll! Not to worry!


  3. carterzest says:

    Cleaning a car, yeah, thats the ticket,like the poor souls who will clean that Dallas Sewer and get the virus…..



    Liked by 1 person

    • arttart1983 says:

      carterzest ~ & then there was the patient/& his friend that rode in the ambulance RIGHT AFTER Mr. Dallas was taken to the hospital in the ambulance ONLY to be diagnosed his final trip to the hospital by Mr. Dallas that it was Ebola. Health Care Officials spent 2/3 days looking for the friend that rode in the ambulance w/the patient that had an Ebola patient in it right before they got in.

      Then! The Ambulance was finally cleaned! The Ambulance providers claimed there wasn’t enough time to clean the ambulance BEFORE the next patient/his friend got into the ambulance. It’s unlikely ambulance companies are using bleach which is needed to clean up after an Ebola patient at that time of the cleaning, did those cleaning wear hazmat suits/masks/gloves?

      Just like Obama Care/illegal kids/anything else this sorry administration claims, “We got this, trust us” ONLY for the entire lie to unravel before our eyes!


      • yankeeintx says:

        There was a homeless man that rode in the ambulance after Mr. Ebola. They lost track of him. Jenkins said not to worry, he was low-risk. For me, “low-risk” is not the same as “no-risk”, and who knows where he has been wandering for the last couple of days. He has been found now, or at least that is what we are being told.


  4. Lucille says:

    An article from LifeNews re the transportation “experts” hired to clean the “Duncan” apartment. Hopefully they are following proper procedures to destroy any Ebola virus contamination in their vehicles and don’t become infected like Mr. Mukpo:

    “Company That Hauls Aborted Babies From Clinics Contracted to Remove Ebola Contaminants From Apartment”
    by Carole Novielli | Dallas, TX | LifeNews.com | 10/6/14



  5. DarPot says:

    “believes that he may have gotten infected when he got splashed while spray-washing a vehicle”

    So easily spread, and yet idiots in Obama administration still won’t take very prudent step of denying entry into U.S. for those who are coming from or recently (21-days) been in countries infested with Ebola.

    Obama has to be intentionally working to infect Americans with Ebola as part of his plan to destroy America. The supposed brightest guy in room can not claim ignorance with Ebola. Ebola has a very well documented high mortality rate. There is ample evidence that even those taking professional precautions have been infected with Ebola.

    Obama is a Saboteur, a Spy, a Traitor. Democrats are responsible for leaving him in office.

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    • He was using chlorine and the “spray back” likely infected him. As someone stated earlier in the thread, it would be very interesting to find out how much time elapsed between the transportation of the sick person and the cleaning. Was it an hour, a day, several days? My guess is it was longer than an hour – possibly much longer. I guarantee that unless it was immediately following the transport of the sick person, we won’t ever be told. The longer it was, the less credible their claim it is a “fragile” virus that cannot live long outside of the human host.

      Worry not, sheeple – it’s hard to contract and we’ve got it under control. There will be no widespread outbreak here:

      How easy is it to kill the virus from surfaces?

      Relatively easy. In the Ebola-affected countries, health teams are using bleach to disinfect surfaces and bed sheets. But good hospital-grade disinfectants will kill off the virus as well, as will alcohol-based and acetic-acid based cleaners.

      Could someone become infected by touching things the infected person has touched?

      While the possibility exists, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says there is “no epidemiologic evidence of Ebola virus transmission via either the environment or (surfaces) that could become contaminated during patient care.”

      Infectious diseases expert Dr. Neil Rau say says it’s unlikely someone in Canada could become infected by touching a contaminated surface for a few reasons.

      For one, only those who are actively ill are shedding large amounts of the virus. As well, the virus has to more than just touch your hand; it has to enter broken skin, or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, mouth, nose and eyes. The virus would have to transfer from the hand of a highly ill patient, survive on a doorknob, then move to the hand of another person, then to their mucous membranes.

      While it’s all theoretically possible, as Dr. Rau says, “lots of low probability events would need to come together to transmit by these means.”

      Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ebola-how-long-can-it-live-on-a-surface-what-if-it-mutates-1.2041584#ixzz3FRsBtlD9


      • Lulu says:

        If contaminated water splashed into his eyes or mouth, or got into an existing cut or fissure (like dry, chapped and peeling lips.). Of it he got it on hands, then rubbed eyes, etc..

        Bodily fluids are the carriers.


  6. timmypaddy says:

    In Liberia and other west African countries where 95 percent of the population lives within a a dozen miles of the ocean they use the beaches as toilets. It is socially acceptable and even those better off will defecate on the beach due to a lack of sanitation. At low tide they will take care of business and then maybe or maybe not attempt to bury it with sand. The tide comes in and the waters are very, very warm, all year round. The fish and other marine life feed off the waste at high tide and the birds on the next low tied. All this occurs in a climate very hot, wet, and humid. Fish is a main source of food, and the birds leave their waste all over the cities. That’s how the camera man got Ebola and that’s why it spreads along the west African coast the way it does. Stop going number 2 on the beach!


  7. Ivan Awfulitch says:

    Three web sites and explanations you may want to read. It is capable of being airborne. Many doctors and nurses have died after taking CDC minimum precautions, which include gowning up, shoe coverings, gloves, etc. but not respirators or eye coverings. See these links:




  8. justfactsplz says:

    I believe Zero, the patient, has exposed hundreds of people directly and by those people exposing others. The list goes on and on: the people at the Dallas airport (the restrooms, snack bars, baggage claim), everywhere he went after leaving the airport and the home he was staying at before he went to the hospital, the medical clerk who signed him in at the hospital, patients in the waiting room and restrooms if he had to wait to be seen, the nurses, lab technicians, and doctors, the ambulance drivers and anyone who rode in it those three days, everyone he came in contact with at the apartment complex, the three people pictured during the pressure washing of the sidewalks and parking lots, trash collectors before the apartment was put on lockdown, etc. etc. on and on. There will be many more cases stemming just from this one case imo. It is hard to tell where all he went in the days before he went to the hospital the first time.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      …the hospital, the medical clerk who signed him in at the hospital, patients in the waiting room and restrooms if he had to wait to be seen, the nurses, lab technicians, and doctors, the ambulance drivers and anyone who rode in it those three days, …


      • justfactsplz says:

        And here we were thinking they were going to overtake us in other ways. Biological warfare could wipe a lot of us out.


  9. sundance says:

    I’m wondering why they put the guy in Nebraska. Wouldn’t it be better (easier, safer, more efficient etc.) to put him in the room next to the other guy in Dallas?

    There’s probably a good reason for Nebraska, but if I were the CDC guy I’d want to keep all of these peeps essentially central to each other.

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    • moogey says:

      I hate to say this, but these are training sessions. You’ll notice Atlanta, Hawaii (which dropped off media and never saw the results of the Ebola being tested there), Nebraska and Texas.
      If any medical personnel in those hospitals come down with the virus, the government will know that the virus has gone airborne, but we won’t. The above url report is interesting in that it comes from Canada which did tests in 2012 and their tests indicate strongly that there is a strong chance Ebola is transmittable as an airborne virus.
      Tell me,why, was a NBC photographer cleaning out a car that had an Ebola death in it? That makes absolutely no sense. And pressure washing the car, when clean water is scarce? With what little information we have, the story just doesn’t ring true for me .

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    • “I’d want to keep all of these peeps essentially central to each other….” if I were trying to decrease unnecessary exposure.
      Twice as many nurses, doctors, maids, parking lot spray people, etc are exposed.

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    • lovemygirl says:

      The teaching hospitals tend to be the best but why Nebraska indeed. They have good rankings overall but nothing that puts them in the top 10 for this type of thing that I see. Maybe I should look up my college sweetheart and see if she still works there, I don’t think my wife would mind, do you 😉


      • arttart1983 says:

        lovermygirl: WHY Nebraska? Simple!

        Because the hospital is home to the largest of four high-level biocontainment patient care units in the U.S.

        The Nebraska Medical Center says the unit was commissioned in 2005 as a joint project with Nebraska Health and Human Services and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


    • arttart1983 says:

      sundance ~
      Because the hospital is home to the largest of four high-level biocontainment patient care units in the U.S.

      The Nebraska Medical Center says the unit was commissioned in 2005 as a joint project with Nebraska Health and Human Services and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

      “It was designed to provide the first line of treatment for people affected by bio terrorism or extremely infectious naturally occurring diseases,” the center’s website says.


      This hospital previously treated one of the two doctors sucessfully w/Ebola that came back to the US to receive treatment.


      • arttart1983 says:

        The three other high-level biocontainment facilities in the U.S. are:

        1. St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont.
        2. the National Institutes of Health in Maryland

        3. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where two infected patients were treated this summer.

        Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, was treated last month at Nebraska Medical Center. He has since recovered.


    • Lulu says:

      Nebraska facility is one of only four in the country that are set up for ultra-protection isolation (I forget the exact term). Dallas had to be left where he was, in a less protective isolation, because he was too ill to be moved. According to reports….


  10. angie says:

    The Spanish nurse with Ebola was on vacation when she started feeling sick. No one will say where she was. God knows how many people might now be affected or infected. What about the hotel room(s), drinking glasses, bath towels, etc. workers cleaned? How will officials trace everyone she was around on her trip?
    The doctors are trying to figure out how she was exposed to the virus. This was at “Madrid’s Carlos III hospital, which had been specially prepared to treat the disease.”


  11. Does anyone know how long Ebola survives without a host, how many days? I’ve heard a lot of conflicting reports about that little fact and it appears to me that a lot hangs on that answer.


    • angie says:

      “The Ebola virus can live for up to six days on a surface in a perfect environment.” That’s from a CDC spokesman. One sentence later, she says,” “Ebola is a vicious virus inside the body, but it dies very quickly on surfaces,” she said. “It’ s not a hardy virus. It’s a very wimpy virus.”
      Then Friedan says,”CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said that while it’s theoretically possible for someone to catch Ebola by touching a surface that an infected patient sneezed on, for example, past outbreaks have shown that direct contact with a patient’s bodily fluids is the way the virus is spread.”

      So what all of that means to me is that Ebola can survive pretty well in a imperfect environment for at least 6 days. You can catch Ebola from indirect contact and lookout during flu and cold season when people are sneezing and coughing. Cause we all know that with the CDC if their lips are moving, they’re lying or putting out disinformation.


  12. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    The problem with these viruses is that they mutate and the more times they multiply the more likely a change will occur. So even if it wasn’t transmitted by direct contact or airborne yesterday that doesn’t mean can’t be tomorrow or that it isn’t today!


  13. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    “Contact Tracing” or “Contact Surface Infection” – U.S. Journalist Fears His Ebola Infection A Result of Latent Exposure…


  14. waynestrick says:

    It could have been the food he ate, the liquid he drank, the faucet he touched, the doorknob, the light switch, the car door handle, the steering wheel, the toilet flusher…. the remote control is all we have now.


  15. DizzyMissL says:

    This will make your hair curl:


    They know nothing about this virus


  16. arttart1983 says:

    The difference in Mr. Duncan in Dallas being diagnosed w/Ebola:

    1. Mr. Duncan was DIAGNOSED after he entered the facility, then quarantined.
    2. Because Mr. Duncan wasn’t diagnosed correctly, there was no containment of exposure by Mr. Duncan to anyone he contacted.
    3. Mr. Duncan is in dire shape, he has been given yesterday some type of serum that was recently approved by the FDA that is new ONLY AFTER it was reported that Physicians said “it would be counterproductive.” imo, it was to shut the family up since Mr. Mukpo will likely be given 1 of the 6 serums. (ZMapp is depleted).

      Previous Americans/Mr. Mukpo now, directly entered high-level bio-containment facilities.

    4. WHY? imo, it’s because they had already been diagnosed w/Ebola before entering the facilities.

    5. Upon diagnosis, patients were immediately quarantined before getting on private planes to be flown to the specialized facilities during transportation w/those in hazmat suits & upon arrival at the facilities, entered specialized parts of the hospital designed for such virus’ to prevent exposure to the outside hospital.


  17. arttart1983 says:

    ‘American journalist with Ebola being treated with experimental drug’

    On Tuesday, Nebraska Medical Center announced Ashoka Mukpo, 33, is being treated with brincidofovir, made by biopharmaceutical company Chimerix.

    “After looking at the data on this drug, collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and speaking with the patient and his family, we decided this was currently our best option for treatment,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit. “Every patient is somewhat different, and we believe brincidofovir is the best choice.”

    Mukpo is being cared for by a team of 40 at Nebraska Medical Center.


    WHO will pay for the team of 40 persons taking care of Mukpo? NBC? His father/Dr. Levy & his mother Lady Mukpo?


  18. Sharon says:

    First hand report on “airport screenings” for incoming passengers from Liberia. This reporter specifically informed the customs agent that she was a journalist returning from Liberia where she had been covering the ebola outbreak.


    (And a different video regarding the same trip/arrival)

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