HOUSTON, Tx. — Any clue where Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are? Pretty close to hell would be the answer these days.
Ebola has reportedly killed over 3,300 people in West Africa and infected several thousands more since the outbreak began. The virus is spreading, destroying lives and crippling the economies of those countries. The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has activated alarms on this side of the ocean which begs the question: should incoming flights from West Africa be banned?
“I really don’t think that incoming flights should be banned,” says passenger Kyle Martens at George Bush airport, “but there’s also simple tests that you can do for Ebola.”
“I think that should be a judgement for the Centers for Disease Control and our government,” expressed Adelaide Hebert, “not an opinion that I would render.”
American health officials say the situation is under control at home and there’s zero risk of contagion. But how do others feel about it?
“The situation in Africa is very sad,” said Jose Leal.
“I don’t particularly want to go to West Africa,” admitted Dean Rojas, “but other than that, I’m not worried about it.”
“We’re talking about one case in Dallas,” added Kyle Martens. “We’re a population of 300 million in the United States; so, percentage-wise you have such a small chance of it actually affecting you that I really don’t think you need to worry about it.”
The Ebola virus can only be transmitted through blood and bodily fluids and it’s not airborne. However, U.N. experts are warning that if the virus is not contained soon, it could mutate and become a much more dangerous threat.