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new-logo25Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D.,

Media Pundit & Internal Medicine Physician

              President, Doctors For Disaster Preparedness

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Some 3,000 American soldiers are arriving in Africa to fight an Ebola epidemic that is doubling about every 3 weeks, with the number of infections projected to reach 1.4 million by January. President Obama said: “It will require an ‘air bridge’ to get health workers and medical supplies to areas that are affected.”

Meanwhile, the virus has used the air bridge of a commercial flight to reach Dallas. So far, only the index patient is ill, but 100 contacts are being observed.

Although a large number of experts agree that the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is “vanishingly small,” owing to our “highly sophisticated public health system,” a number of breaches in our invulnerability are already manifest.

The hospital where the patient initially presented failed to follow federal guidelines. He told a nurse that he had been in Liberia and should have been placed in isolation and tested for Ebola immediately. Instead, he was sent home on antibiotics, which are useless for viral infections.
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