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Thu, Feb. 27

Letter: Local nurse is appalled at feds' handling of Ebola


I am a licensed registered nurse in Arizona. I am appalled at our government's lack of willingness to declare Ebola as a health crisis in this country.

We know how quickly it spreads. We know we don't have a readily available cure. And we know many people arrive daily at our international airports. History has shown that politicians are not competent to manage our nation's health.

President Reagan ignored HIV-AIDS because it was apparently only affecting homosexual men - yet how quickly it became a concern when infants were born HIV-positive.

We don't need politicians, media experts, and corporate healthcare administrators making decisions regarding our health. We have public health doctors who specialize in contagious disease - epidemiologists - to guide the health of this nation. We have federally mandated incident training that many of us have completed that specifies a clear chain of command.

I sincerely encourage all concerned citizens to express their desire for responsible management of Ebola at the local, state and national level.

The Public Health Service is not doing enough to protect our country from a deadly disease. The noble doctor who knowingly treated Ebola-infected patients before returning to the U.S. should have been put into a quarantine to

monitor him for the infection before putting the public at risk. 

We put dogs and other animals into quarantine when they travel internationally. We monitor plants for infections that could affect crops.

Kathi Sabot, RN


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