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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Obama's New Struggle With Ebola

The Ebola virus has killed over 3,400 people, and over double that number has been infected.  In the United States, there have been earlier reported cases, mainly infected physicians who had caught the virus while treating patients overseas.  The more recent case centered upon a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew into Texas while stricken with the virus.  Currently, President Obama has voiced the concern that countries abroad are not being more proactive with handling the Ebola problem. 

The president believes that foreign nations are leaving the matter alone feeling that it is one which the American government will eventually resolve; and many who are following this story feel that his belief is accurate. However, the U.S. simply cannot handle this problem alone.  Obama has recently stated that he wants agencies to increase their exit screenings for those leaving Ebola-riddled countries.  This will be done by a combination of thermometers (gauging for rising temperatures), questionnaires, and visual inspections of travelers.  Those who are suspected will be detained and evaluated.  Those who have gotten pass these screenings knowingly infected with the virus will be treated, however will possibly face prosecution.

This matter has become more than just a scare; it is now a matter of national security.  Are there drugs that can treat the Ebola virus?  The answer is yes; however, most are experimental.  In the meantime, the U.S. does not want a national epidemic that can affect an entire hospital, school, or small town.  Just when the president thought the drone war in Afghanistan was pressing enough, here comes a war which has proven to be far more invasive.  Similar to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, there is a need for help from those who may not be so giving.

By Brian L. Elliott, The Scarlet Journal
October 7, 2014 8:37PM EDT