Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 10:18 am

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinement for certain people exposed to ebola.

Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it just a political ploy to garner votes from a panicked public? Oh my yes.

 

States Revisiting Ebola Quarantines After Backlash From Medical Community, White House

By: Monday October 27, 2014 6:59 am

After both Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York imposed strict quarantines on Friday for those who came into contact with the Ebola virus, the White House and medical officials pushed for a less rigid policy. The quarantines in New York and New Jersey were imposed after a doctor in New York City, Craig Spencer, tested positive for the Ebola virus after returning from West Africa on a trip with Doctors Without Borders.

Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Care Worker Isolated

By: Friday October 17, 2014 11:10 am

Some hysteria over Ebola was inevitable given how both lethal the disease is and how ignorant most people are about it, but the CDC’s incompetent statements and behavior have exacerbated the public’s natural trepidation. Not that the mainstream media aren’t also doing their best to foment panic. Hopefully the new Ebola czar will at least be able to tamp down fear about Ebola, if not actually institute and enforce the protocols for treating Ebola that the CDC failed to do.

Obama Orders Airstrikes on Ebola (Satire)

By: Friday October 17, 2014 10:06 am

“The time has come to act,” said President Obama today after previously asserting robustly that it was previously not the time to act. “And so, I have ordered airstrikes commencing immediately on ebola. We won’t stop until we have degraded, some other d-word I forgot and ultimately destroyed ebola.”

CDC Approved for Symptomatic Nurse With Ebola To Fly

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 6:47 am

Though the CDC said yesterday Amber Vinson should not have taken a commercial flight, it has now been revealed that Vinson – who had a “low-grade fever” at the time – asked the CDC if she should fly and was told she could. After being cleared by the CDC despite coming into contact with now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan,Vinson took a commercial flight from Cleveland to Dallas and was formally diagnosed with Ebola the next day.

Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola, Nurses Union Says There Were No Protocols

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 12:40 pm

A second US health worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The nurse, Amber Vinson, treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. The first health care worker to be diagnosed, Nurse Nina Pham, also treated Duncan at Texas Presbyterian. That at least two health workers have been infected has raised concerns about more cases and whether local hospitals with no Ebola experience can handle patients with the disease given the extrordinary protocols required to safely treat such patients.

World Health Organization Warns That Ebola Outbreak Could Lead To Failed States, CDC ‘Rethinking’ Strategy

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 9:05 am

With the Ebola virus spreading out of control in West Africa the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a stark warning that the outbreak could so disrupt communities over such wide areas that countries could become failed states. While over 4,000 people have already died, the infection rate is expected to dramatically rise with the WHO predicting that there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week in 2 months.

US Nurse Infected With Ebola May Have Broke Protocol

By: Monday October 13, 2014 11:05 am

Though the Ebola virus is ravaging West Africa with over 4,000 dead, it has so far been limited to two infections and one fatality in the US. But the second person infected after now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan is raising concerns – a nurse treating Duncan. The nurse was supposed to be safe from the disease according to medical guidelines and the assumed nature of the disease – that only coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone infected showing symptoms can lead to infection.

Ebola Cases Break 8,000 As Leaders Say Response Has Failed

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 6:47 am

The world health system, such as it is, has “failed miserably” in its response to the recent Ebola outbreak according to World Bank President Jim Kim. Kim also said that due to those failures the disease will continue to spread throughout the world.

Ebola has already killed over 3,800 people in West Africa. Ebola cases have now surpassed 8,000 with the World Health Organization believing the numbers are likely larger due to under-reporting in countries such as Liberia. The health systems in West Africa are seemingly inadequate to the task at hand.

CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

By: Friday October 3, 2014 6:56 am

Initial estimates of having Ebola exposure entirely contained were overly optimistic as the Center For Disease Control (CDC) now says as many as 100 people came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Duncan is now hospitalized but was sick and symptomatic for days before being admitted where he could have exposed the 100 people now being cited by authorities who had direct or indirect contact with him.

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