Reno Becomes Part of National Petri Dish

A passenger from Frontier Airlines flight 1143 flew into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and was checked for Ebola. That is the flight the second nurse diagnosed with the deadly disease was on before being admitted to the hospital.

Officials say the individual does not pose significant risk and was released. What the hell does ‘significant’ mean and are they a risk or not?

“We currently have no reason to expect that this individual poses any risk to the community,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “The individual reported to a health care facility, was screened and released according to CDC directives. The CDC determined that this individual did not pose a significant risk.”

The second nurse shouldn’t have traveled on a commercial flight due to her exposure to the virus before her diagnosis, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. It was later confirmed that the CDC gave the nurse permission to get on the plane because she was showing no symptoms and her temperature hadn’t reach the threshold of 100.4 degrees.

First the CDC said Ebola wouldn’t come here, but it did; said it was hard to get, which it isn’t; said it wouldn’t spread, yet it has; and that they’re prepared for it, they’re not. Somehow — with the CDC involved in Washoe County’s decision making process – I don’t feel very safe.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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