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Letters: U.S. not protecting against Ebola

Members of Bellevue Hospital staff wear protective clothing

Members of Bellevue Hospital staff wear protective clothing as they demonstrate how they would receive a suspected Ebola patient on Oct. 8, 2014 in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

With cases of Ebola showing up around the world, and airlines taking precautions, my questions are these ["Keeping cops safe," News, Oct. 21]: If someone has been diagnosed three weeks after his or her original flight, how do officials contact all the passengers, where has the aircraft been to, and how many hundreds of people could be exposed after the original flight?

The answer is to not have any flights or connecting flights into our country from affected areas. Don't let those flights come here. This disease will multiply if we don't stop it at the beginning.

Diane Duguid, Deer Park
 

Where is the outrage from Congress and the American public regarding President Barack Obama's decision to send more than 3,000 American troops to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa? What will protect these young people from this contagious disease that has already killed more than 4,000 in Africa?

The possibility exists that these troops would then return to the United States and transmit this disease throughout their bases, and among their family and friends, possibly creating a pandemic similar to the flu outbreak of 1918. That started at an Army base in Kansas and resulted in the deaths of 675,000 Americans.

Rather than restrict air travel to and from these affected countries, our government's response has been to check travelers' temperatures and screen and observe them for signs of illness when they arrive at our airports. This may subject airport personnel to the dangers of being infected. This is not a feasible solution.

Michael Fitzpatrick, Massapequa Park
 

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