Weighing in on Ebola

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Governor's Cuomo and Christie went further than anyone else in government to contain the spread of the virulent and deadly Ebola Virus when they ordered Quarantines for all people entering the United States through Kennedy and Newark Airports if they had direct contact with Ebola patients in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. They are to be commended for taking bold action against a very tough disease.

Unfortunately, until the Federal U.S. Government follows their lead the Disease will continue to make its way into the United States as well as many other countries. The mistakes made in Dallas could easily happen again. The CDC's lax guidelines directly led to the spread of the disease to two nurses and potentially exposed many to the virus by allowing one on a crowded Domestic Flight. The constant refrain that the virus can only be spread by "bodily fluids" is somewhat misleading.

Yes, Ebola is generally spread this way so a simple breath of an infected individual should not infect another. However, if indeed an infected individual vaporizes his or her bodily fluids by, for example, a strong sneeze, projectile vomiting, or even flushing a toilet after having had diarrhea, then it is my contention that the disease can be spread. Dr. Craig Spencer and other health care workers who have been infected are, I believe, examples of this.

Not one reporter at the recent New York City Press Conference asked how it was possible for Dr. Craig Spencer the first New York case of Ebola to have acquired the disease despite working for Doctors without Borders who know more about protection from this disease and how to utilize protective gear than anyone. If he was stuck by a needle, I might understand but no mention of this was ever made. Was he wearing Level 3 protective Gear which is now utilized by one of New York's Ebola Centers at North Shore University Hospital?  Most likely he was wearing level 2 Gear. Could he have touched one of his mucus membranes like his eye or mouth with his fingers after improperly removing his protective gear? Yes, that is possible but my theory of vaporization may indeed be more likely.

The mask he was wearing might not have been adequate. It might have allowed the virus to pass through after vaporization. I am not sure why the Medical Community has not yet spoken about this possibiilty as of yet. I am sure they do not want to panic anyone but I believe it is of Life and Death importance. In any case the Federal Government which has as its primary responsibility to protect the public has failed to do so.

The President did not hesitate to ban flights to Israel during the Hamas Terror War but he has been reluctant to ban flights from infected West African Countries. I understand that infected individuals will find ways to fly from other airports in other countries but it would have been a good start. The Quarantine imposed by Governor's Cuomo and Christie has to be extended to the rest of the U.S. and for that matter the rest of the world.

Implementing Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee's recommendation made on October 13th to obtain a PCR Ebola Blood Test as expensive as it might be ($60-$200) on any individual who may have visited the infected countries is worth doing immediately. Fast tracking a Vaccine against Ebola is a dire necessity.Health Care workers must be given level 3 protective gear if they are dealing with infected patients. Bathrooms at Airports and on airplanes must be sterilized against Ebola frequently. The cost might be staggering to implement all of these measures but the prevention of loss of life will be worth every penny.