From the Los Angeles Times:
In a White House press briefing Thursday, spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. was working with the CDC to explore Medevac options for humanitarian aid workers in West Africa who have contracted the disease. While U.S. officials would facilitate the effort, Earnest said, private companies would perform the evacuation.
The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, today told reporters he doubts Ebola will spread in the United States. “That is not in the cards,” he said.
What steps are airlines taking to protect passengers and crew? From the Wall Street Journal:
Meanwhile, international airline and health authorities are considering changes to passenger-screening rules and procedures, as well as possible steps to facilitate air-ambulance services for Ebola victims, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the aviation arm of the United Nations.
Airlines for America, the U.S. trade group, said Wednesday that its members remain in contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”on actions the U.S. government is taking regarding potential health concerns.”
United Continental Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL -1.00% are continuing their flights to and from West Africa.
In Nigeria, evangelical pastors and traditional healers have been warned not to make bogus claims that they can cure or protect against the deadly Ebola virus.
From CAJ News Africa:
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, specifically advised the citizenry to be wary of the activities of alleged fraudsters who were reportedly making spurious claims about their ability to provide cure for the deadly virus.
He called on those who wanted to rip off members of the public to desist from such claims of cure or risk arrest and prosecution.
"Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease," said Ibirogba.
Health authorities in Nigeria are in the process of attempting to track over 30,000 people who may be at risk of contracting Ebola, after it surfaced in Lagos. A Liberian man died in that city last Friday after testing positive for Ebola. After the discovery, the hospital where he was treated was closed.
From Voice of America:
Professor Sunday Omilabu, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, told Reuters the health authorities are now tracing everyone who may have had contact with the victim.
"We’ve been making contacts. We now have information about the manifest. We have information about who and who were around. So, as I’m talking, our teams are in the facility, where they’ve trained the staff, and then they [are] now asking questions about those that were closely in contact with the patient," said Professor Omilabu.
'We're actually looking at contacting over 30,000 people in this very scenario. Because any and everybody that has contacted this person is going to be treated as a suspect,” said Yewande Adeshina, a public health adviser.