“Mistakes provide hope for Ebola Eradication” by Dr Dawn Maddalone
No rampant spread of Ebola has occurred among people who had casual contact with Mr Charles Duncan in Texas, even though he was sent out in public while showing symptoms of Ebola. This suggests Ebola is “hard to catch” as the WHO keeps telling us, and that inspires hope. I prefer this type of “proof” because we all know, even experts make mistakes!
Spanish errors also confirm the American mistakes; a nurse was out and about in Madrid with an Ebola induced fever, and once again, no onslaught of new Ebola cases.
On Oct 19, a two year old child, who was bleeding through the nose, traveled on overcrowded public transportation, between the African countries of Guinea and Mali. As of October 26, 2014 the WHO has not reported any new cases linked to the child who tested positive for Ebola, but the incubation period of 21 days has not elapsed.
Sex with a “recovered” Ebola sufferer is a mistake I don’t want to make since semen contains the virus up to seven weeks after the rest of the body is virus free according to Doctors Without Borders. Handling of clothing, bedding, or used condoms containing virus laced semen also seems a risky business.
The evidence available through the media, so far, suggests that coming in contact with people who are in the early stages of the disease, mildly feverish, is much safer, than dealing with people in the vomiting, diarrhea, hemorrhage blood stage, or the deceased. This is very good news. Let’s hope the “learning from our mistakes” phase has quieted some fears by confirming Ebola is “hard to catch.”