Is this a good idea?

Four days ago, one of two U.S. citizens infected with the Ebola virus touched down at Dobbins Air Force base. According to BBC News, Doctor Kent Brantly was flown by a private jet from Libera to Atlanta, Georgia and then driven by ambulance to Emory University Hospital for treatment. ( com/news/world-us-canada-28596416) The only treatment available besides helping him feel more comfortable through pain medication, and keeping him hydrated in the hopes he survives, is an experimental serum that has yet to reach human trials. For all intents and purposes, Ebola is still incurable. He contracted the virus while treating others suffering from the same disease. Officials say they are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger. Are these the same officials who said during the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s that the blood supply was safe or accidentally released anthrax from a secure lab? If they are, perhaps we should be more concerned.
Ebola is typically transmitted by animals (especially fruit bats) and is quite virulent. Symptoms usually occur within two to three weeks and begin with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. They are followed by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. After this, the majority of victims start bleeding both internally and externally. ( Since the disease has symptoms identical to other illnesses it’s difficult to diagnose. The only way to make an exact diagnosis is with a blood test which may take up to 72 hours to get the results. However, even if the virus is detected early, it is still 50 to 90 percent fatal!
The NIH (National Institutes of Health) say the best way to prevent being infected is to, “avoid areas where there is an epidemic…” ( If you are going to be in the presence of infected patients they strongly recommend that you wear,“…a gown, gloves, (goggles), and a mask…” Even if all of these precautions are taken, there is no guarantee that you won’t contract the disease.
Knowing this, is it a good idea to bring such a deadly disease within the United States except for study? If a doctor and another worker, who presumably took the NIH recommended precautions could get infected shouldn’t we be more cautious when trying to help a fellow American? The powers that be should’ve taken Dr. Brantly to a more secure location or in lue of that, at least set up screenings in the Atlanta area? These are not the ravings of a lunatic, just an American who knows the government is far from being all-knowing.


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