of military operations combating the spread of Ebola—is now underway in West Africa. The CDC estimates that the number of infections could reach 1.4 million by January, so 3,000 of our troops are on the ground hoping to contain it.
Do we, in Wisconsin, have to worry about Ebola?
The Spread of Ebola: What it Takes
Ebola is passed from person to person by direct contact with bodily fluid, so the chances of getting it are slim unless you’re in constant contact with someone who is already exhibiting symptoms.
“Keep in mind, this is something that’s spread through bodily fluids. Once somebody starts to get sick, it means the virus is being excreted in their bodily fluids,” says CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
What Should We Do With American Ebola Patients?
This is where the controversy comes in: first, two doctors contracted Ebola while treating the sick in West Africa and were flown to the States for treatment; second, the first Ebola case in the U.S. was discovered in Dallas in late September.
What should we do with American troops who become casualties in the “war against Ebola?” There are ethical concerns with the whole thing – including the fact that we sent 3,000 service members to conduct Operation United Assistance, putting them at risk for contracting the disease.
If these troops do become infected with the Ebola virus, where will they be treated? In the hospital facilities they’re building? Will they be flown home, bringing more pathogens and putting more American hospital workers at risk?
As a nation with a shoddy record on veterans’ care, are we getting in over our heads by putting our troops at risk?
I’d really like to know what you think. Let me know in the comments!