Obama warns against Ebola hysteria as cruise ship heads back to Texas

Via The Guardian: Obama warns against Ebola hysteria as cruise ship heads back to Texas. Excerpt:

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.
As he did so, a Texas-based cruise ship was reported to be returning to port in Galveston after a woman onboard isolated herself, fearing she could have Ebola.
The woman onboard the Carnival Magic is employed in laboratories at the Dallas hospital which treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man to die of Ebola in the US, who was treated by two nurses who have contracted the disease. The government of Belize reportedly refused to airlift the woman back to the US.
In a statement, Carnival Cruise Lines, citing “an extreme abundance of caution”, said: “The Texas healthcare worker onboard continues to show no symptoms of illness and poses no risk to guests and crew onboard.”
On Friday, the secretary of state, John Kerry, used a speech at the state department to say Ebola could become “a scourge like HIV or polio, that we will end up fighting, all of us, for decades”. The president of Liberia, one of the three west African countries most affected by the outbreak, reportedly telephoned the mayor of Dallas to apologise for the arrival of the disease in his city via one of her citizens.
On Saturday, the charity Oxfam warned that more must be done to prevent Ebola becoming “the disaster of our time”, while the World Health Organisation promised it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough.
The WHO said in a statement that it would not comment on an internal document cited in an Associated Press story on Friday, saying it was a first draft that had not been fact-checked and was “part of an on-going analysis of our response”.
“We cannot divert our limited resources from the urgent response to do a detailed analysis of the past response. That review will come, but only after this outbreak is over,” the organisation said.
In his weekly address, Obama also pushed back against calls for the US to institute a travel ban. Lawmakers have called it a commonsense step to prevent more people with Ebola from entering the US, but Obama said such a ban would only hamper aid efforts and screening measures.
“Trying to seal off an entire region of the world – if that were even possible – could actually make the situation worse,” the president said.

The following two tabs change content below.
Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.