Friday, October 10, 2014

EBOLA IN AMERICA: UNFOUNDED PARANOIA/HYSTERIA OR JUST PLAIN COMMON SENSE?


This is an article from the Augusta Chronicle. Columbia County is a suburb of Augusta, Georgia and this appears in this morning's Augusta Chronicle:

Coughing man causes Ebola scare in Columbia County

By Doug Stutsman
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 8:33 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 1:05 AM
 
A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.

“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”

The man, who Tucker said is an anesthesiologist, had recently moved to Georgia from Senegal, a country located in West Africa – the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak.
The man’s name was not provided.

“He got his drivers license on Oct. 7 and was at the tag office (Thursday) getting his tag,” Tucker said. “From my understanding, he had lived in Senegal for a while.”

Tucker was notified of the issue between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m., and within a half-hour, public health officials had tracked the man down.

“I followed our protocol and immediately notified public health,” she said. “They located the individual and notified me that he had not had any contact with anyone with Ebola.”

Tucker said the man was not transported to the hospital and tests were not performed.

“No further action was needed,” she said. “They went thru the protocol and established he had not been near any Ebola patients. The protocol is clear and the fact that this man was contacted within 30 minutes of walking out of the tag office shows that we are all taking Ebola very seriously.”
Tucker said she is pleased with the concern of local citizens and hopes the awareness remains heightened.

“I think it’s a very positive sign that citizens in our community have such a high level of concern,” she said. “I urge people to keep doing the same. This is obviously a very serious issue and any suspicion needs to be addressed.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/21/342203465/what-s-the-outlook-for-ebola-survivors-like-dr-brantly

According to NPR, men who survive Ebola retain live viruses in their semen for up to 90 days...

Think through the implications for containment and quarantine here... if men survive they have to remain celibate for 3 months or risk unwittingly passing it on to others.

Now in a promiscuous society a single man could potentially infect dozens of unsuspecting fellow promiscuous people.

It's for this reason that people are being alerted to the fact that Ebola might become the new AIDS. A truly horrifying thought for those who think a short term quarantine is the final safe guard.