We have strict rabies control so why not Ebola control?

Am I the only one to feel that these “heroes/heroines” who go off to West Africa to help Ebola victims should not be permitted to waltz back into the UK with a warm, virtuous glow in their hearts and the Ebola virus somewhere about their person?


Now all the other passengers who were on the same flights as the first victim are put through the stress of worrying whether they may have been infected, through no fault of their own.  And the already stretched resources of the NHS have to be mobilised to care for the infected person.

The UK needs to set up a quarantine centre for such returning heroes, where they must be kept until they can be declared free of infection.  No parent sends a child to school with chickenpox or measles, so why should someone possibly infected with the Ebola virus immediately come back into society? As the parents of the measles-stricken child have to keep that child at home at their own expense, so should those who have exposed themselves to the possibility of Ebola infection pay for their quarantine. Six months in kennels might be a bit much; a few weeks should suffice for those who dash off to help their fellow men in Africa with a singular disregard for the welfare of their fellow citizens in the UK.

6 thoughts on “We have strict rabies control so why not Ebola control?”

  1. Sheona: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea have body temperature-measuring scanners positioned at all airports. Anyone arriving into the country with abnormal body temperatures will be taken aside for additional screening. I suspect China is much the same. There is no question of “human rights”, save for the majority who would be aversely affected should a grave outbreak occur.

    The UK should set up a quarantine centre for patients potentially exposed to/infected by Ebola in Belgium. Keep them there for a month, no more than that. People who knowingly travel to areas facing an outbreak of the virus should receive no great degree of sympathy. After all, they chose that course.

  2. No Sheona – you are not alone. I don’t understand why people arriving from those areas are not automatically quarantined before being allowed to enter British, Australian or, indeed, any other society.

    I would imagine that Singapore would also have the same protection as the countries that Christopher mentions – it certainly did during the Sars crisis.

    Even 17th C London understood the need to isolate possible carriers of the plague – its problem, of course, was that it didn’t know what was carrying the disease… we do 🙂

    It would, naturally, be too much to expect that those countries with Ebola to place some kind of check on the people leaving their countries – after all their ‘rights’ must be protected …

    Again, even the 17th C inhabitants of Eyam knew how to stop the plague spreading:


  3. It now appears that the nurse – a Scot, I’m sorry to say- may have contracted the Ebola virus when she attended a Christmas service without her protective suit. Did she think no virus would be nasty enough to infect people at such a time? I don’t want such a nurse at my bedside.

  4. Could not agree more with you sheona.
    Plus these are people who work for the NHS. Considering the fiasco of the NHS trying to get treatment currently, how come these people can swan off from their regular jobs to do this?
    Who is paying their salary?
    Who is doing their job whilst they are gone?
    I am utterly sick and tired of bloody liberal do-gooders smarming their way round third world countries doing their bit to the detriment of the west generally.
    I am afraid that since the world has become so overpopulated and so full of economic migrants that any that die in situ in their own countries have just one reaction from me these days-
    Good, less turn up in Brum!

    Note on rabies. I have taken dogs back and forth across the pond since the mid 70s (Of course canine migrants are a very different matter!) One used to be able to take them anywhere for 75.00 sterling as accompanied baggage as long as one had the requisite paperwork. Just turn up with dog and correct cage at check out, no problem. Last decade or so this was no longer allowed. Now, one has to ship them on their own weighbill through a freight forwarder, it takes two days! and the bill is stratospheric. It cost us literally thousands to get two back to the USA six years ago. The fuss over the paperwork to get them in the UK was indescribable. You could see that the authorities over there were going through it with a fine toothcomb to try to pick holes so that they could bang them up in 6 months quarantine, took them in excess of 40 minutes. No doubt they get back handers from kennels!!!
    It is a great shame that they do not treat do-gooders and wogs generally with the same assiduous attention to their medical condition. Personally I would far rather sit next to my dogs on a plane than most of the so called human passengers!
    Needless to say I fly extremely rarely, never for so called pleasure, just as a dire necessity to get back to Wales as and when needed.

  5. Read this story in the Daily Mail. It gets a lot worse. 30 of them traveled together to Heathrow and were left to find their own way home by all means of transport available!

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