If I knew that I had been exposed to two people who died of Ebola, and I only cared about my own health, where would I go to get the best possible medical treatment???
Mo. doctor protests CDC by showing up at Atlanta airport in Hazmat gear: ‘CDC is lying’
A microbiologist and emergency trauma physician is taking extreme measures to protect himself from Ebola.
Gil Mobley checked in at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday in a protective jumpsuit, goggles, gloves, boots and overalls to protest what he thinks is a major bungling of the Ebola crisis by the CDC.
He urged passengers to not wait for official recommendations regarding the disease, which has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa.
“The CDC is asleep at the wheel,” Mobley told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, blaming the federal org for “sugar-coating” the risk of transmission in the U.S. “It’s going to be bad, and I want to make sure that this conversation is happening that this could get out of control in the U.S.”
His move comes two days after a man in Texas became the first American diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, and one day after Mobley had a flight from Guatemala, where security only checked him for tobacco or alcohol.
Hospital: ER misdiagnosed Ebola
Dr. Edward Goodman, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, speaks about the nature and treatment of the Ebola virus during a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Dallas. Health officials assured that the recent Ebola case in Dallas is being contained.
Tests designed to detect the virus in the bloodstream are not typically performed on people who don’t yet have symptoms, because tests done too early may miss the diagnosis, Frieden said.
“Even in the initial phases of illness, when they’ve got a fever, the most sensitive tests in the world don’t detect it because there’s so little virus that they have,” he said. “It’s only as they become sicker that they become more infectious.”
Hospitals have been on the lookout: The CDC has received 94 inquiries from states about illnesses that initially were suspected to be Ebola, but after taking travel histories and doing some other work, most were ruled out. Of the 13 people who actually underwent testing, only one — the Dallas patient — tested positive.
From the New York Times:
Thomas E. Duncan, the Liberian man who developed Ebola symptoms in Dallas after flying from Liberia to the United States last month, lied about his history of contact with the disease on an airport questionnaire meant to screen out passengers who might be carrying the virus and is subject to prosecution when he returns, Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority, said Thursday.
When Mr. Duncan flew out of Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on Sept. 19, he answered “no” to a question about whether he had had contact with any person who might have been stricken with Ebola in the past 21 days, the maximum period of incubation for Ebola, Mr. Kesselly said.
“He lied on his form,” Mr. Kesselly said. “If he had answered truthfully, he would have been sent to secondary screening immediately and not allowed to leave.”
Mr. Kesselly said Mr. Duncan would be prosecuted upon his return for lying on the questionnaire.