Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea who arrive in the U.S. at one of the five designated airports will be met with a “CARE” package by customs and border agents the Center For Disease Control announced Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
On Monday Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the ports for about 70 percent of West Africans, initiated post-arrival monitoring for this travelers on Monday, October 27.
State and local health departments will follow up with daily travelers designated “without febrile illness or symptoms consistent with Ebola” for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa, the CDC said.
“Active post-arrival monitoring will begin in the remaining states in the days following. CDC is providing assistance with active post-arrival monitoring to state and local health departments, including information on travelers arriving in their states, and upon request, technical support, consultation and funding.”
The CARE package stands for “Check And Report Ebola.” They are kits provided at airport containing a tracking log with pictorial descriptions of symptoms. The kits also contain a thermometer with direction on how to monitor with it. Contact information and a health advisory infographic in the form of a wallet card is provided.
“Active monitoring establishes daily contact between public health officials and travelers from the affected region,” the CDC stated. “In the event a traveler begins to show symptoms, public health officials will implement an isolation and evaluation plan following appropriate protocols to limit exposure, and direct the individual to a local hospital that has been trained to receive potential Ebola patients.”
When travelers from Western African countries arrive at O’Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington’s Dulles or Atlanta, they are screened for fever and other Ebola symptoms such as “headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, or abnormal bleeding.”
The countries classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as sustaining “widespread transmission” of Ebola include Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Countries exhibiting “localized transmission” included Nigeria (Port Harcourt and Lagos), Spain (Madrid), and the United States (Dallas, Texas). The country of Senegal exhibited a single case in its capital city of Dakar.
In the U.S. three people have been infected and one person has died from the Ebola virus this year. America is also fighting other infectious diseases. Soon after school doors opened this semester doctors and hospitals across the country began receiving massive flare-ups of infectious diseases and severe respiratory illness among children.
Experts have called this outbreak unprecedented. “It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care,” noted Children’s Mercy Hospital’s division director for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Mary Anne Jackson. I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) admitted in a May 29, 2014 press release that “nearly all cases of measles this year have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people. As thousands of illegal immigrants from South and Central America crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border, the CDC acknowledged that 2014 was “the largest number of measles cases in the United States in the first five months of a year since 1994.”
By the end of May, CDC also confessed 97 percent of the measles cases “were associated with importations from at least 18 countries. More than one in seven cases has led to hospitalization.”
From Jan. 1 to Oct. 11, 2014, the CDC said 599 confirmed cases of measles were reported with 18 outbreaks in 22 states. In 2013 and 2012 there were 187 and 55 cases reported respectively for those years.
Measles, respiratory illness, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases remain a primary concern of millions of Americans opposed to the flooding of illegal immigrants into the country. Some of the diseases have been reported to come from the Philippines and Europe, but the unprecedented amount of undocumented aliens can also be a major factor.
Hospitals throughout America are reporting record breaking numbers as their emergency rooms are overwhelmed beyond capacity. The latest figures as of October 20, 2014, show the largest reported cases of these mystery illnesses included over 4,300 children from Children’s Hospital Colorado. In just one day 540 children visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and 340 cases were reported by a Mobile, Alabama children’s hospital. Many hospitals have resorted to cease admitting children temporarily as they determine how to deal with the outbreaks.
Medical labs testing confirm that most of these cases are Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The Obama Administration has been working overtime to keep the reporting and narrative away from blaming the ongoing illegal and undocumented immigrant invasion into the country. An analysis from newspaper and other media reports shows at least eight known deaths from EV-D68 in the U.S. in 2014.