What The Thunder Said, Vol 4 - Page 44

Ebola” (“Treatment”,par. 3) Agonizing over all the uncertainties, the government may feel that banning travel is their only option.

Granted Ebola is an obvious health risk in third world countries, but the United States’ stringen thealth codes remove many common ways of contracting Ebola. In Africa, handling bushmeat, wild animals hunted for food, presents a risk of spillover (“Risk”, par. 2). Primates and bats are some of the few animals known to carry Ebola (“Transmission”, par. 3). The chances of spillover are low in the United States, where eating primates is taboo. Ebola is not generally transferred through food, making the odds of eating Ebola for dinner very low (“Transmission”, par. 3).

In addition to food health codes, the U.S. strictly enforces policies for the disposal of needlesand other medical equipment which may be contaminated with bodily fluids. Since many diseases,including Ebola, can be easily transferred from person to person through sharing needles(“Transmission, par. 2), medical facilities in the U.S. routinely dispose of used syringes. Years of these health regulations have eliminated the chance of infection from a used needle. Moreover, U.S. medical facilities have