(NaturalNews) Ebola has already arrived in the U.S., but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new warning that the disease could soon re-arrive, this time in New York City. Since the Big Apple is a major point of entry for West Africans, the health agency says new cases could emerge there in the coming weeks.
Always late to the game, the CDC is only just now sounding the alarm about the dangers of continued travel to and from West Africa. In a new report, the agency explains that the risk of Ebola spreading through New York City is high, and that more needs to be done to screen potential Ebola cases to avoid a major outbreak.
“New York City (NYC) is a frequent port of entry for travelers from West Africa, a home to communities of West African immigrants who travel back to their home countries, and a home to health care workers who travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients,” says the report, entitled “Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease — New York City, 2014.”
You can view the report in its entirety here:
CDC pushes for increased local preparedness in NYC
So far, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has identified 88 people arriving from Ebola-afflicted nations whom it suspected of having the disease. All of them have since been cleared, but the CDC is still critical of the response time, noting that many health workers are still too afraid to handle potential Ebola specimens.
The agency says the city needs to screen every incoming patient who presents with a fever-related illness, and conduct a full travel history in order to identify all potential contacts. Local health officials also need to make sure that they have all the necessary gear and training in place to handle any positive Ebola cases that may emerge.
“Critical elements highlighted in this report include the development of clear reporting criteria, building and maintaining relationships and preparedness capacity in the local health care system, and rapid, frequent and responsive communication with the health care community and the public to identify and address concerns,” adds the report.
Written by Ethan A. Huff
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