Texas health officials confirmed during a Thursday afternoon conference call that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s apartment has yet to be cleaned despite protocol calling for just that.
Although the CDC has been aware of Duncan’s condition for several days, David Lakey, Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, stated that several “entities” have expressed “hesitancy” in cleaning the home.
The comment draws increased concern given the current state of four of Duncan’s close family members who are currently being quarantined in the apartment. The failure of health officials to quickly sterilize the home makes the likelihood of infection among Duncan’s family that much greater, which could result in a further spread if the four require transport to a medical facility.
A CDC spokeswoman speaking with Infowars confirmed that proper procedure “absolutely” calls for the apartment’s sterilization, but was unable to comment on the government’s failure to do so thus far.
After multiple questions from concerned citizens and the press, Lakey stated that a cleaning company had been contracted to finally begin the sterilization process but did not provide a company name, date or time.
The situation represents yet another misstep following doctors’ fateful decision to dismiss Duncan from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the 26th even after he admitted to spending time in Liberia.
Health officials even failed to notify paramedics, who were exposed to Duncans vomit in their ambulance, after doctors confirmed the Ebola prognosis.
Even more shocking, Texas health officials used unprotected workers to clean up vomit outside of Duncan’s home.
Instead of stopping the virus from making its way to the U.S., CDC officials have continued to rely on a policy of treating Ebola domestically.
Last August, the World Health Organization (WHO) rejected a travel ban to and from Ebola-affected nations on the grounds that the risk of transmission during air travel “remains low,” ignoring the fact that symptoms do not appear until days after the virus enters the body.
“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley said. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”
Anthony Banbury, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, also commented on the government’s mishandling of the situation as well as the possibility of the current Ebola strain going airborne.
“In a career working in these kinds of situations, wars, natural disasters – I have never seen anything as serious or dangerous or high risk as this one,” Banbury said.