Saturday, October 25, 2014

NY/NJ/IL impose health care worker quarantine after NYC doctor and unidentified heallthcare worker at Newark Airport hospitalized for potential Ebola/ WaPo

A quarantine will help stop cases appearing in the US in the near-term, but may mean that fewer medical professionals will volunteer to work in Africa, making control of Africa's epidemic harder, thus making things worse for the US in the long-term.  (Only 0.5% of MSF staff or less have developed Ebola.) From today's WaPO:
...A health-care worker who flew into Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday and had no symptoms at the time would still be quarantined because she had treated Ebola patients in West Africa, Christie said.
The New Jersey Department of Health announced Friday evening that the unidentified woman had “developed a fever and is now in isolation and being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark...”
Finally, today's WaPo includes an article that instead of trying to assuage panic or imply Ebola may come from Russia, is telling the truth:  Michael Gerson's The World is In Denial About Ebola's True Threat.
Oh, and can someone explain why BioRecovery Corp is cleaning out Dr. Spencer's apartment if Ebola can only be transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids?  And why Nurses Pham and Vinson had their property carted away and incinerated? 

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