Letters: Ebola fear strikes U.S.

An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, to Emory University Hospital, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta. Brantly, infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base. Photo Credit: AP

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I find it very disturbing that the two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa were transported back to the United States ["Don't panic over Ebola," Editorial, Aug. 6]. Caregivers should be commended for their humanitarian efforts, but I fear that the genie may be released from the bottle by human error.

One need look no further than the recent discovery of smallpox vials in an unused storage room in a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland. Whoops!

David Rogers, Fort Salonga

How is it possible for airport officials to make intelligent judgments to quarantine potential Ebola-infected individuals? Ebola symptoms may not appear for 21 days after exposure to the virus.

If direct contact with blood or secretions of an infected person can result in infection, would that not also include mucus? What if an Ebola-infected person sneezes into his hand and then uses a handrail?

It would seem prudent, then, that our country's public health officials take immediate action to curtail travel between the United States and all countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks.

Kathy Rittel, Williston Park

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While my heart goes out to our fellow Americans stricken, and to their families, they chose to go over and work where the danger is rampant. How dare they bring that horrific virus back to our shores?

Bad enough, we are such a small world, anyone sick can fly over, but is it not the job of the Centers for Disease Control to prevent Ebola from coming here? I'm outraged.

Sharon Miller, Coram

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