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October 3rd, 2014
09:33 PM ET

Web Exclusive: How the U.S. is battling Ebola in Africa

USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg just returned from West Africa and discusses American efforts to fight Ebola there.

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  1. whatifdave

    As I believe our military should build, and they have the equipment, hospitals at all airports where Ebola is present, one patient per room. People who want to fly to Europe or Australia, as well as the U.S. must stay at these hospitals for 21 days, until given all clear to board a flight. Then only healthy passengers would be at any European or Australian airports changing flights as a result. This is true since they have already gone through these health checkpoints. This way people are not spreading a potential disease at these airports while changing flights.
    We should also have this same plan at airports in parts of the world that may have TB or malaria, as well. You must be screened before boarding a plane bound to Europe and Australia as well as the U.S.
    Bags must be kept in storage at these airport hospitals so to prevent the disease from spreading between baggage handlers. I believe they say just 3 hours are needed for Ebola to no longer pose as a danger to people for when it is on surfaces. As for those originating their flights from a European or Australian airport, this is a different matter.
    Local health professionals should set up tables with large screens computers playing videos information on how Ebola and other diseases spread. This may help calm worried passengers, as a result. It could talk about other diseases, which kill thousands of people like the flu. The local nurses of each airport could attend these tables answering questions and they could administer flu shots. If someone originates a flight sick, these health professionals would be already there to survey the situation.
    These are ideas that should be talked that may save many lives.

    October 5, 2014 at 9:33 am |
    • whatifdave

      I guess I was wrong about the 3 hours statement. CNN News, can you interview a health expert on ways, if any, to make bags safe form this disease. Then either do these steps to bags or otherwise restrict passengers from bringing these bags on flight...

      October 5, 2014 at 10:22 am |

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