CDC issues alarming new Ebola warning for U.S. airlines: ‘Treat any body fluid as though it is infectious’

September 2014HEALTH – The Center for Disease Control has issued new, strict guidelines for airline crews in an attempt to stop Ebola from spreading outside West Africa. Released Friday, the new guidance stresses that flight crews should ‘treat any body fluid as though it is infectious,’ as the out-of-control outbreak claims thousands of lives in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. The warning comes as 3000 U.S. troops start to deploy to the developing nations to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat victims of the gruesome disease. The CDC stressed in its release that, per U.S. law, American airlines and foreign airlines traveling non-stop to or from the country are permitted airlines ‘to deny boarding to air travelers with serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight.’ In July, a sick Nigeria man managed to board a plane in Liberia and took the deadly virus with him to Lagos. Officials moved swiftly to tamp out the spread in Africa’s most populous city after the man passed Ebola to several healthcare workers.
None of his fellow passengers appear to have contracted the disease in-flight. Nonetheless, fears remain that a traveler could potentially facilitate that spread of Ebola beyond the confines of West Africa. Meanwhile, thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army’s top officer said Friday. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S. military commander and a small team has arrived in Liberia to do initial assessments. Before troops are sent in, Odierno says, the Army needs to make sure they are prepared to operate in that environment, which includes health care safety. The military units expected to deploy have not been identified.
Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, the U.S. Army-Africa commander, arrived in Monrovia on Wednesday with a 12-person assessment team, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary. They are conducting site surveys and other planning needed to construct treatment facilities there. Kirby added that some equipment has already arrived, including a forklift and generator, and two more aircraft are expected this weekend with 45 more military troops. The Defense Department has requested up to $1 billion for Ebola response efforts. Kirby said U.S. troops will not be involved in the direct treatment of patients. –Daily Mail
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7 Responses to CDC issues alarming new Ebola warning for U.S. airlines: ‘Treat any body fluid as though it is infectious’

  1. Judy Clarke says:

    For Goodness sake, this is so stupid. You don’t spray the cabins, YOU STOP ALL FLIGHT SERVICES TO AFRICA. The entire country should be in lockdown. I was laughed at when I said this over a month ago. NOW do your homework and see where all the cases are? Stop flights going there full stop. Yes I realise Africe is a gigantic continent – SO IS THE BLOODY WORLD. Those sprays will do nothing. If you don’t stop the flights, it will be spread over the entire globe. Man is so stupid for a supposedly intelligent breed. The almighty dollar and the continuation of regular flights and income that will be the death of mankind = greed and in the end = 1/3rd of humanity will die – its in your bible.

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    • Janice says:

      Judy have been reading your responses. I agree with a lockdown. My kid travels extensively on business & is in China now…scheduled to travel to India in October. Is there a plan to allow 1/3 of humanity to die? Ebola is not at the top of US/European radar screens. No one thought AIDS would go global, either. Why the extrardinary complacency about Ebola?

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  2. nirmalan says:

    Please send me url of CDC warning. I cannot find it on the CDC website…

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  3. Janice says:

    So when do they inform the public that a sneeze contains bodily fluids traveling at 39-100mph?
    Or that sneezes can contain 100,000 particles of bacteria (virus) bodily fluids?
    Or that bodily fluid bacteria (virus) particles can enter ventilation systems?
    Or that it’s been “suggested” all Ebola health care workers wear oxygen pack respirators?
    …And coughs can also disperse bodily fluids?
    When?

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