A top scientist formerly with the Food and Drug Administration warns the deadly Ebola virus will spread now that it has appeared in Texas.
Dr. Jesse L. Goodman said the public should not panic, although he said the government should prepare for the worst.
“First, it is a tragedy for the patient and family and, as well, a stress to contacts, health care workers and the community at large. Second, it appears several people were exposed before the individual was placed in isolation, and it is quite possible that one or more of his contacts will be infected,” he said.
Goodman said the epidemic must be contained in Africa if the spread of the disease is to be stopped.
“If anyone did not agree before, bringing the epidemic in Africa under control is an absolute emergency and requires a massive effort and global commitment now long overdue. This is a matter not just of preventing death and suffering in Africa, but, as this case brings home to the U.S., of global safety and security,” he added.
Goodman said the case in Dallas, and a second one reported today, will result in the disease spreading.
“While there is an expectation that this case, and likely future ones, can be contained, it is important not to be overconfident and to continuously, now and in the future, reexamine both how the virus is behaving and also the public health and medical response to see what can potentially be improved,” he said.