Airport screening for Ebola-infected individuals goes into effect today.
In light of cries to do something from the terrified public, many governments are instituting such measures, ineffective though they may be.
The incubation period of 2-21 days for Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers makes it difficult to detect them early. Infected individuals may be long past the screeners when they become ill.
Contact with sick individuals will also not be reported, in some cases.
Our best protection is to be alert when dealing with sick persons; asking them appropriate questions about where they have been and what they have been doing prior to their illness. Gowns, gloves, mask and eye shields should be donned for any patient from an endemic area who has bleeding, diarrhea or vomiting.
Influenza vaccination of the public and health care workers should be encouraged beginning immediately. Since hemorrhagic fever patients have a flu-like illness, our ability to detect them will be enhanced if fewer influenza patients are around.