Is there no limit to what can be blamed on our current administration and presumably President Obama? So now, according to the front-page headline of the Oct. 16 Herald, "Second nurse's diagnosis fuels doubts about Ebola response" written by Tony Pugh of your Washington Bureau, seems to suggest that our current administration is somehow at fault for allowing Ebola to enter the United States, and infecting those nurses.
Let's get real here. President Obama has never claimed to be a medical expert or even a virologist. He wisely assigns those questions to scientists in our medical community -- especially those in the Centers for Disease Control. These are measures not to be made by a politician of whatever stripe or party.
As a plant pathologist I think that I have a better understanding of plant disease epidemiology than the epidemiology of human pathogens. But my choice would be to conduct screening of passengers at their point of entry to airliners bound for airports in the United States, and I am sure that someone in administration or the CDC must have thought about this by now. But enforcement of such a measure would require a bigger government -- does anyone want that?
Bottom line: Let's stop with this fear-mongering nonsense and stick to facts. The United States has the best public health control system available, we can rest assured of our ability to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the United States
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