Thomas Duncan, 42, a Liberian who has the distinction of being the first U.S. patient with Ebola, is facing charges for lying on a health form when leaving the diseased-ravaged West African nation. He failed to report that he was exposed to Ebola, but it gets worse. The sheets and towels Duncan used are still in the apartment.
There will be a lot of temptation for people who have been exposed to Ebola to come to this country for the care they can receive though there is no evidence that is the case here.
Shortly before Duncan left Liberia, he helped take a pregnant woman in Liberia to a hospital where she died hours later. He reported that to no one.
Reportedly, he told the hospital personnel last Thursday that he left West Africa. He had gone to the hospital when he experienced flu-like symptoms. He was given antibiotics and sent home. On Sunday, he was outside the family’s apartment complex vomiting when he was taken to the hospital.
Eighteen people have been indirectly exposed including several children. The CDC is following a hundred people as an extra precaution.
Duncan came here after 28 hours of flights and layovers.
Ebola can be contracted from bodily fluids including those transmitted by touch. If the stricken person is perspiring, vomiting, sneezing, or emitting any fluid, the person in direct contact can catch Ebola.
Much has been made of a police officer stationed outside the family apartment to make certain they follow the quarantine imposed, however, CNN was outside the apartment today with cameras. They found that Duncan’s bed sheets haven’t been changed and the towels he used are in the apartment.
Sheets used by Duncan are still on the bed and are possibly being used by the family!
Duncan’s partner has been quarantined with the rest of the family, one of them a child and two of them are nephews in their twenties!
Mr. Obama’s refusal to enforce any type of immigration law will encourage people who have been exposed to Ebola to come to the U.S. for the high level of medical care. I am not saying that is the case here but it will be the case.
It is vital that Duncan be charged and a message sent.
Will Mr. Obama prevent such a charge?
Our first response to our first Ebola patient is very troubling.