Thursday, October 9, 2014

Michigan prepares for Ebola after Dallas patient dies

What I feared would happen when I posted the previous Ebola update has occured, the Dallas patient died of the disease.  The reactions to his death have been felt here in Michigan.  WXYZ reports Airports asked to monitor incoming passengers for signs of Ebola

In an earlier video, WXYZ reported that Oakwood Hospital in Romulus could handle up to 50 Ebola cases.  They're serious about this disease and their role in containing.

Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press has much the same story in Metro Airport travelers to face new Ebola measures.
The deadly Ebola virus scare will impact every international passenger arriving on international flights into Detroit Metro Airport and other American airports, the government announced Wednesday.

All passengers will closely be observed for signs of illness and given information about Ebola symptoms as they pass through customs and immigration.

In addition, the temperatures of passengers will be taken by CDC officials as they arrive from West Africa into five airports -- New York's JFK, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, Newark and Atlanta, the White House announced.

The measures to protect the American public took on new urgency Wednesday with the death of Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas.
It looks like the inertia of business as usual that I observed in First Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. has finally given way to appropriate levels of vigilance.

Preparations are also happening on the west side of the state, as WOOD-TV reports in Ebola: Should West Michigan be concerned?

Adam London of the Kent County Health Department says we're not scared about Ebola here in West Michigan, but we are prepared.
Once again, the message from the authorities is "Don't Panic."  One of these days I should post the cover of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in response to these pronouncements.  However, London is right to put this outbreak in perspective by comparing it to the flu.  That reminds me, I need to get my flu shot.

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