Thomas Eric Duncan, the man identified as having Ebola in Dallas, is accused of lying about knowing he had Ebola before he arrived in the United States, according to Liberian authorities. They say Duncan lied on a health questionnaire asking if they’ve had contact with anyone with Ebola before taking the flight back to Texas.
Liberia is planning to prosecute the man when he returns to Liberia, according to Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Airport Authority. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said his actions were ‘unpardonable’ and hope nobody else gets infected from it.
However, what needs to be verified is if he fully knew he had contact with anyone with Ebola and how deadly the disease is. Most, if not all his symptoms, were reportedly evident after he arrived in Texas, so this would be no slam dunk case if Liberia chooses to continue with their prosecution. Another question arises from this: why hasn’t the United States follow Britain and France by banning flights to and from areas of Africa with Ebola? It’s the most common sense action to take because Duncan wouldn’t have been able to come here and spread Ebola in the first place.
Because Obama hasn’t taken action to ban such flights, Duncan has brought Ebola here and he reportedly had contact with other people, including school-age children, who are now being closely monitored as well. Of course, we’re still superior in healthcare and hygiene compared to the rest of the world, but this is no excuse to allow any chance of Ebola coming here. Obama has said an Ebola outbreak here is very unlikely, but that does not sound good enough. We should make it impossible to bring it here, and banning flights from Ebola nations would be the first step to take.