US quarantines 81 Ebola suspects
From Guinea, a country of 11 million people, the Ebola Virus Disease has spread to four other West African nations – Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leaone – killing more than 3,000 people in a matter of days punchng reports. The latest destination is Dallas, a major city in Texas, United States, where the first person diagnosed in the country has been quarantined alongside 80 other possible contacts.
The trip made by Thomas Eric Duncan, a former chauffeur, from Liberia to the US on September 20 has now raised controversies on how far the virus can travel and may force countries to rethink the flight restriction policy against countries where the disease has been endemic.
Until September 17 when President Barrack Obama sent 3,000 troops to help with the transportation of medical equipments, the US been sitting on the sidelines.
Speaking at the US Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta, Obama announced a comprehensive plan, which involves the construction of 17 treatment centres with 100 bed facilities each. Some 500 health care workers will also be trained weekly.