Created on Monday, 13 October 2014 15:22
The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting relatives and friends in Dallas, was suffering from the virus (he died last week) raised alarm bells throughout the country, prompting government officials and the medical community to check and re-check the multi-faceted preventative “screen” they’ve assembled to defend against the virus.
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a nurse who had “extensive contact” with Duncan in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, the first time it has been contracted by someone inside the United States.