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Doctor: CDC Must Get Its Story Straight on US Ebola Threat

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 06:39 PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is putting out mixed messages about the threat posed by the Ebola virus to people in the United States, an Atlanta doctor told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

With one published CDC flyer stating that Ebola is not a "significant" risk to Americans, and a new Ebola bulletin to medical professionals declaring that "now is the time to prepare," health officials are "talking out of two sides of their mouth," otolaryngologist and surgeon Elaina George told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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George called the apparent contradiction "disconcerting" and said efforts to avert panic could keep people from "protecting themselves."

"Now is the time to actually protect yourself," said George, laying out a set of what she called "common-sense" preventive measures for the general public in the event that Ebola spreads to U.S. soil.

"Eat properly," she said. "Go to farmer's markets. Eat organic when you can. Take things like zinc, vitamin D3, vitamin C. Really get some quality rest so that you can actually prime your immune system so you can actually survive this."

George endorsed President Barack Obama's plan to send 3,000 troops to western African countries — including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — that are struggling to contain what has become the most deadly Ebola outbreak to date.

But she said the medical mobilization must also be ramped up.

"There's only 250 doctors in Liberia right now left to treat these patients," she said, "so we actually have to have a medical side to [go with] the military side of this commitment."

George said the reasons for dispatching U.S. armed forces to deal with a disease epidemic in Africa are "very complex."

"There really hasn't been a very coordinated effort toward keeping people from traveling outside of affected areas," said George. "And this disease, or this virus, is relentless in infecting people who come in contact."

"But they also need to spend a lot more effort on treating these folks and actually giving them the sanitation — the things that they need so it stops spreading."

The World Health Organization estimated this week that Ebola has infected 5,000 people in western Africa this year, killing 2,500. A WHO assistant director-general, Bruce Aylward, warned of the region going "from a linear increase in cases to almost an exponential increase in cases."

George said that global organizations such as WHO and other countries need to step up their efforts alongside the United States, and that new restrictions on international travel have to be seriously considered.

"The virus seems to be changing; it's causing a lot more people to be infected than ever . . . and we're just playing catch-up," said George. "We need to be a lot more aggressive about everything, and that means quarantining folks. Anybody traveling on an airliner, it's prudent to actually quarantine them for at least 21 days before they're allowed to fly, especially from these infected countries."

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