Western medical practice has to redevelop the sense of alarm that there should be when faced with an Ebola. Just as a patient from a bad auto accident or one having a heart attack triggers a rapid and detailed response, so should one with a potentially contagious illness. It requires more education for medical professionals, and an alertness that is too often lacking. Ho-hum medicine spreads infectious illnesses.
The United States has the opportunity to affect the situation in the next seven days. The U.S. Public Health Service, a uniformed service under the command of the Surgeon General, maintains a number of Rapid Deployment Forces in the United States. These groups of medical professionals are highly trained in the establishment and maintenance of hospitals in disaster zones. All the supplies needed for either a 50 bed or 100 bed hospital are packaged and in storage, waiting to be shipped to a deployed RDF.
Been thinking about the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. The story of Jesus raising him from the death is told in the Gospel of John. Also told in John is his presence at a feats given by Simon the leper just before Passover and his crucifixion.
Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who carried Ebola to Nigeria, has now killed a total of six people. He’s long dead but the aftermath of his choice to fly to Lagos while ill lives on.