A report out of Washington state reveals that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not ordered the state’s largest international airport to implement additional screening measures to detect possible Ebola cases.
Despite the CDC finally ordering airport employees across the country to begin monitoring passengers, the SeaTac International Airport, which even has its own designated CDC office, has not been ordered to follow new protocols.
Other precautions, such as questionnaire forms designed to pinpoint possible patients, have not been issued to airport staff either.
While the CDC has thus far failed to comment, a spokesman for the airport speaking with KIRO 7 News attempted to quell concern by stating that no direct flights from Africa travel to SeaTac. Regardless, countless connecting flights from Ebola-stricken nations reach the Seattle area on a daily basis.
The decision to not institute such precautions joins the growing list of unconscionable moves from health officials who have continued to downplay the threat posed from Ebola.
Even as Professor Peter Piot, one of the scientists who discovered Ebola, warns that the virus could mutate and cause an “apocalyptic scenario,” CDC Chief Tom Frieden continues to claim that stopping incoming flights would make the situation worse.
“Even if we tried to close the border, it wouldn’t work,” Frieden said. “People have a right to return. People transiting through could come in. And it would backfire, because by isolating these countries, it’ll make it harder to help them, it will spread more there and we’d be more likely to be exposed here.”
President Obama’s decision to deploy 4,000 military soldiers to Africa to allegedly battle the virus has caused a major backlash from top military officials as well.
“At a time when our military has been at war for 13 years, suicide is at an all-time high, [post-traumatic stress disorder] is out of control and families are being destroyed as a result of 13 years of war, the last thing the president should be doing is sending people into West Africa to fight Ebola,” retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin told WND.
Dallas residents witnessed the government’s alleged protocols last week when five employees with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department were ordered into the quarantined apartment without any protective gear whatsoever.
Also that day, Dallas residents learned that Texas health officials had not yet cleaned the quarantined apartment of patient zero despite protocol. An unprotected cleaning crew was later used to pressure wash Ebola-tainted vomit from the sidewalk.
Now, with the passing of Thomas Eric Duncan, Americans will undoubtedly continue to demand that health officials follow proper protocols to stop the virus.