Len Babin, CPP at LinkedIn:
In 2001 a senior-level bio-terrorist attack simulation was conducted in the US intended to test the response to a covert and widespread smallpox attack. It was designed and delivered by folks from Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies and Analytic Services. One of its main conclusions was that the US could not handle such an outbreak mainly because its resources would be overwhelmed. In the Ebola experience, there was not a resource problem but a readiness problem. If the disease ever did get away, the US (and Canada and Mexico) would be unable to control it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dark_Winter
It is believed that the children were exposed to the deadly disease after sharing classrooms with a Liberian foreign exchange student. The girl had recently arrived in the states to spend a year with an American family after her own parents were displaced by war. She began vomiting excessively two week after her arrival and tested positive for Ebola shortly before the other children began displaying symptoms themselves.
The Drudge Report’s front page photo seen around the world shows Barack Obama seemingly stoned out of his mind as the free world goes to Ebola and a once-loving crowd of Democrats walks out on him WHILE he was giving a speech.
As for U.S. airlines, the procedures in dealing with the Ebola risk are left to the individual carrier, and the Centers for Disease Control has provided guidance via a linked website.
Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might board an international flight each month in West Africa, according to a new study, and potentially spread the deadly virus to other countries.
Fleas collected near Flagstaff have tested positive for the plague, according to officials with the Coconino County Public Health Services District.