The three Dallas Ebola patients are shown. Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, now deceased, nurse Nina Pham, undergoing treatment, and Amber Vinson, also undergoing treatment. Miss Vinson has been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Miss Pham remains in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Dallas County Commissioners plan to legislate an emergency disaster declaration for the county on Thursday.
What we are told is that the pending declaration of emergency is necessary in order to restrict the travel of those exposed to Ebola.
The devil is often in the details. Is this declaration a first step toward martial law? Will freedom of movement be hindered for others? Why not restrict the travel of persons from Africa into the USA while there may still be a chance for real containment of the deadly disease?
But egalitarians are adamant. If Africa has the disease, so must the West. It’s not fair that we’re not equally sharing in the suffering and death. So, let the Africans in to spread death and disease to American citizens. To do otherwise would be racist.
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 • Updated at 11:06 PM CDT
Dallas County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to declare a disaster over “the potential for widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus.”
The declaration could help officials impose new travel restrictions on health care workers who may have cared for the first Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins will sign a control order that will follow the minimum guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blocking those being monitored for Ebola symptoms from using public transportation, including buses and airliners.
It comes after revelations Wednesday that the third Dallas Ebola patient, Amber Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, returned from a trip to Ohio with a slight fever after caring for Duncan, who died at the hospital last week.