Fears of a global Ebola virus epidemic are spreading and US airports are now on high alert following a report of naturalized American Patrick Stewart having contracted the virus. He boarded a plane from Liberia to Nigeria and eventually died there. This means that it is now possible for infected people to travel.
A total of 20 US airports, including JKF, now have quarantine officers on alert, together with airline personnel. Training was done to spot Ebola symptoms, including severe vomiting, red eyes, diarrhea, internal bleeding and fever.
Passengers that are sick will be met on the ground by the CDC. In the event that Ebola is suspected, patients will be quarantined and transferred to a hospital.
The New York City Health Department issued an official statement in which it urged health care providers to be vigilant. The statement said:
“The Health Department issued a health alert to providers to remind them to immediately report suspected Ebola cases. We are monitoring the situation and are prepared to protect the health of New Yorkers against any infections disease imported into the city.”
Good news comes from the fact that Ebola is difficult to contract. Stephan Monroe, CDC official, declared that even if someone can become infected in Africa and get on a plane towards the US, it is unlikely that the disease will be spread to other passengers.
Ebola only spreads through direct contact with secretions, blood and other fluids of people that are ill.
The problem is that there are not many labs that can test for Ebola and there is no treatment or vaccine.
CDC issued a Level 2 alert for all travelers that land in US from African countries.