NIH study shows that airport screening for Ebola is 'ineffective'

You can't get Ebola from sitting next to someone on the bus.  Or can you?  Ebola is not airborne.  Or is it?  Maybe it isn't.

We've been assured that screening incoming passengers from Ebola-stricken countries makes us safer.

That's a load of hogswaggle.

Washington Post:

The Department of Homeland Security last week imposed new travel restrictions for anyone arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, requiring those passengers to come through one of five major U.S. airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

Those travelers now have to submit to temperature checks and questioning. But scientific studies published by the National Institutes of Health have shown that similar protocols were largely ineffective during an outbreak of Swine Flu in 2009, as Government Executive pointed out in an article last week.

A study of screenings at Australia’s Sydney Airport during the Swine Flu pandemic found that fever was detected in 5,845 passengers during the roughly two-month period covered by the analysis. Only three of those individuals ended up having the virus, which is known in the scientific community as H1N1.

Researchers determined that 45 patients who acquired the illness overseas would have “probably passed through the airport” during the roughly two-month period covered in the study. That means the screeners likely missed the vast majority of individuals who arrived at the facility with Swine Flu, despite grabbing thousands of travelers who showed signs of fever.

The report said only 0.5 percent of H1N1 cases in New South Wales, Australia, were detected at the airport, whereas 76 percent were identified in emergency rooms and at general-practice medical centers.

Ultimately, researchers concluded that airport temperature checks were “ineffective in detecting cases of [Swine Flu].” Similarly, a study of fever screening in Japan during the pandemic determined that “reliance on fever alone is unlikely to be feasible as an entry screening measure.”

Might as well hire a shaman to perform a dance to ward off the virus for all the good that airport screening does.

With no word yet of the whereabouts of our "Ebola czar," the CDC continues to blow it.  Earlier, they posted a warning about Ebola being spread in droplets from sneezing.  They have since deleted that page from their website.  And we're supposed to be comfited by these efforts to instill confidence in citizens about the competence and knowledge of the CDC?


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