Restricting freedoms of at-risk doctors is discouraging others from joining the fight against Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday that a nurse at a Dallas hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola last week, was the first person to become infected with the virus on U. S. soil. The nurse reportedly wore a gown, gloves, a mask and a face shield while caring for the Liberian national at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Many, including CDC Director Tom Frieden, are questioning how the nurse became infected despite wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, which should have shielded her from direct contact with Duncan and his bodily fluids.
There are many new drugs in the pipeline to treat Ebola or vaccinate against it, but they are all in various states of testing.
The Zaire strain of Ebola out of control in West Africa is the most virulent form of the virus and comes from the “heart of darkness” itself. There’s a certain xenophobia to our fear of Ebola.
There is no vaccine to halt the spread of the virus. The only way to stop the transmission of Ebola is to identify and quarantine infected persons. But people aren’t likely to come forward with a deadly, stigmatized infectious disease when there’s an absence of trust.