• WH Nixes Travel Restrictions On Countries With Ebola Outbreaks

    Writing at the Daily Mail, former CNN host Piers Morgan opined yesterday that the Secret Service lapses that cost director Julia Pierson her job are not so much a reflection of that agency’s competence as they are of a president complacent about protecting Americans. As if to prove Morgan right, the White House publicly acknowledged yesterday that it will not impose travel restrictions on countries actively combating Ebola outbreaks, nor will it beef up airport screenings to prevent additional cases of the disease from entering the United States.

    The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” Dr. Earnest assured the White House press corps, noting:

    [The Ebola virus ] is not easily transmitted. It isn’t transmitted through the air like the flu. It is not transmitted through water or food…. The only way that Ebola can be transmitted is from the bodily fluids of an individual who is already showing symptoms.

    Not transmissible through the air, water, or food? Why does that sound so familiar? Oh, yes, it’s because another deadly virus that arrived on these shores from Africa was also transmissible only be means of contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual. That was HIV, the AIDS virus. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, or CDC (yes, the same CDC that is now downplaying the risks associated with Ebola infection) “estimates that 1,144,500 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 180,900 (15.8%) who are unaware of their infection.” Although deaths from the virus are down from late-1980s highs, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that an estimated 1.4 to 1.9 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses worldwide in 2012.

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    Howard Portnoy

    Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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