‘The CDC is lying to us!’: Doctor checks in at airport in full protective gear in protest against disease center’s handling of Ebola

A doctor checked in at Atlanta airport in protective goggles, gloves, boots and overalls in a bitter protest at the CDC for ‘sugar-coating’ the true scale of Ebola in the US.

Gil Mobley said he was left horrified yesterday when he was allowed to fly from Guatemala to Atlanta with no interrogation or checks on his equipment.

Enraged, the microbiologist and emergency trauma physician boarded his next flight from Atlanta International Airport wearing a protective white jumpsuit branded with the words ‘CDC is lying!’

 

It comes two days after a man in Texas became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in an American hospital.

And today it emerged a patient in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been placed in isolation with suspected Ebola.

Blasting the CDC for doing nothing to stop the spread, Mobley called on airports and passengers to take their own action instead of waiting for official guidance.

‘Yesterday, I came through international customs at the airport,’ he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘The only question they asked arriving passengers is if they had tobacco or alcohol.’

‘The CDC is asleep at the wheel,’ Mobley said. ‘…It’s going to be bad, and I want to make sure that this conversation is happening that this could get out of control in the United States.’

‘With 10,000 people flying out if west Africa daily its only a matter of time until all corners of the world are exposed,’ Mobley said.

‘There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight,’ said Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health.

‘This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport.’

Up to 100 people were in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient at some point, Texas health officials said today, marking a significant jump from the 18 people that authorities had said may have been exposed to the deadly virus.

Four members of 42-year-old Thomas Eric Duncan’s family have been legally ordered to stay home as a precaution even though they are not showing symptoms, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement on Thursday. Violating the order could result in criminal charges.

The health officials said around 100 people may have come into contact with Mr Duncan. Earlier, they had put the figure at up to 18, including five children.

Some parents have temporarily removed their children from Dallas schools after learning that the five students may have come into contact with the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

es daily. Eventually the clusters will overwhelm even the most advanced countries’ ability to isolate and quarantine all those exposed.

‘The CDC needs to be honest with us.’

A CDC spokesman rebuffed the protest, claiming there was no risk that needed to be investigated.

 

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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.