Sounds like the passenger would have be extremely sick for there to be concern for TSA agents. They are only going so far as to take temperatures, is that correct?
Our office got a notice from DHEC along those lines.
Re TSA - the ones they would be screening would be in the early stages and not that infectious
Any interested resident or health care provider, EMS, etc. can sign up for the state's Health Preparedness Network for the latest information regarding the virus and protection from it here:
That's an excellent resource, Dr. Badmus. Thank you!
By the way I read that Rwanda in Africa is now screening all American visitors for Ebola!
We've got another reader question, this one about shipments coming into the Port of Charleston from West Africa.
While I don't imagine anyone here is an expert of procedure at the port, are shipping containers something to be concerned about?
Viruses need living cells to replicate -
This is definitely a DHEC issue.
I know the DHEC director addresses
Dr. Badmus, has DHEC had any communication with the port regarding precautionary measures?
Sorry, the director addressed this issue last week.
The primary concern is a person coming from the affected region. We are in contact with US Customs and the Harbor Pilots to survey passengers and crew in order to avoid anyone presenting symptoms and travel history from disembarking.
DHEC is definitely monitoring the ships coming into the charleston port that have previously stopped in west Africa.
I can't think of any viruses that would be transmitted in the inanimate cargo
West Nile virus came over with birds and/or mosquitoes
Back to the details of the disease, a reader would like to know a little more about what happens.
One reason is the massive fluid losses that leads to organ shutdown
that's why supportive care reduces the death rate. A little like cholera
Assuming treatment isn't effective, how long does it typically take for a person to succumb to the disease? Sounds like a pretty agonizing experience.
A key point goes back to lack of adequate medical infrastructure in the affected nations. Combined with the points Dr. Ludwig has made, and mortality rates can increase dramatically.
Yes, mortality rate (although small sample size) is very low in US.
Some legislators and many Americans have asked about travel ban. Reader Alec asks if closing our borders would be a smart idea. Would that be effective or overly cautious?
I think it would drive the risks underground. People would finds ways to get here and lie about where they ve been
We support the enhanced screening and monitoring protocols for all incoming air travelers announced today by the CDC.
there are now multiple layers of screening in place
With just a few minutes left in the chat, Drs. Lettau and Badmus, are there any final thoughts you'd like to leave our readers with?
Doesn't the NSA have an Ap to detect where people came from?
I think we need to remember that activities like texting and driving confers a much bigger risk of death in this country than Ebola
That's some good perspective, Dr. Lettau.
And please everyone get a flu shot!
I looked up the stats last week and 700+ people in SC died in car accidents last year. 50+ died from the flu.
We like your readers to know that DHEC has been collaborating with our partners since this summer on robust plans and protocols designed to identify and respond to any potential cases in our state. Interested and concerned residents to check in to our website for the latest information regarding Ebola. www.scdhec.gov
Thanks to both our experts for their perspective.
Thank you all and have a safe, healthy night!
Thanks for having me participate
It was a pleasure, get your flu shot!