Ebola Outbreak Essay

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Katie McGuigganEnglish 101-049Solution Essay16 October 2014Over the last few weeks, Ebola has found its way into the United States and has caused one death so far, but it has begun to infect other Americans. Thomas Duncan, a Liberian, flew into the United States carrying Ebola on September 20th and he died shortly after on October 8th. He was treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where the disease spread to one of his nurses. It is still up in the air as to how this nurse contracted the disease, considering she was dressed head to toe in a hazmat suit and was educated on how to handle this situation. Nina Pham, Duncan's' nurse, became the first person in the United States to contract Ebola. She was transferred to the National Institutes of Health Isolation in Maryland. Pham is still being treated and is still in good health.More than 4,000 people have died from Ebola, the majority of them in Western Africa in places such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The question that arises now is why President Obama is still allowing air traffic from Western Africa into the United States. If the United States has the proper tools to stop the spread of this disease, than key personnel should be going to Western Africa to do so. Bringing the disease into the United States is only putting another country in danger.How Many Ebola Patients Are Outside of West Africa?At least 17 cases have been treated outside of West Africa.Green = Recovered Orange = In Treatment Red = DiedFigure 1. This is a map of all of the people who have contracted Ebola outside of West Africa as of October 16th, 2014. (Www.nytimes.com)Thomas Duncan's death came eight days after his diagnosis, which began a country wide scare immediately. Hospital staff around the country began to panic, worrying that they were not prepared for what was in store. Duncan first looked for treatment on September 25th, but he was sent home neither with any answers about why he was sick nor any treatment to cure it. We still are unsure as to why Duncan was sent home, considering his travel history and symptoms. There are many "what ifs" in this situation. What if Duncan had been treated when he entered the hospital on September 25th? We are unsure exactly, but we hope that this tragedy would not have happened had he been treated earlier. According to the Washington Post, Duncan's family feels that Thomas was not treated properly because he is an African man. They feel that the American nurses were only fighting for the whites and not for the blacks. This is a very controversial statement, and it appears that the Presbyterian hospital in Dallas, Texas did everything in their power to try and save Duncan.Over Columbus Day Weekend, I went home for the weekend to Marshfield, Massachusetts. I was informed of a potential case of Ebola in Braintree, Massachusetts. Braintree is about twenty minutes from my home, and only ten minutes away from my aunts and uncles. We all immediately panicked...

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