Words By Charles N. Lewis Jr. Owner/Agent VIE Realty Group, LLC USN PH3 Combat Photographer Vietnam
I am sorry but I don’t have a high level of confidence in the World Health Organization or the CDC. It seems every few weeks we hear about another case of confirmed Ebola and authorities scrambling to track down everyone the infected person had contact with. The Texas case Mr. Duncan left Liberia and traveled to the US possibly infecting his extended family in Texas, all their contacts and countless others on his flight.
We now know he lied on the affidavit at the Liberian airport stating he had not had contact with an infected person. NBC news reported this morning that a freelance cameraman working with Nancy Snyderman’s crew in Monrovia has contracted the virus; they are being evacuated back to the US.
With the World Health Organization estimating that in West Africa the epidemic could rise to $100,000 case soon. Why is anyone without an extensive medical exam being allowed to leave those countries? Why is the United States allowing anyone from those countries to enter our country? The answer, neither group is taking this outbreak serious enough. They are relying on procedures that have not been proven to work on an outbreak of this magnitude or high casualty rate. This is something new that they’ve never dealt with before, wouldn’t it be wise to limit its scope by containing it within the affected countries of origin!
Since they are not, what are we to do? Pray! I say speak up, if we each contact our elected representative and inform them of our concerns they will know and possibly do more. Without our voices they will continue with their lackluster approach. The next case can be in your neighborhood!