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It is evident that the previous Ebola outbreaks of which occurred in remote areas and were quickly contained led a precedent for response to the current situation. However, a simple look into Social Psychology explains this phenomenon. Just via simp

It is evident that the previous Ebola outbreaks of which occurred in remote areas and were quickly contained led a precedent for response to the current situation. However, a simple look into Social Psychology explains this phenomenon. Just via simp

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It is dangerous to rely on determining a 'low grade fever' at or around 99.5, and thus a terrible danger to determine Ebola, and/or the presence of any other infection via the reading of body temperature.

It is dangerous to rely on determining a 'low grade fever' at or around 99.5, and thus a terrible danger to determine Ebola, and/or the presence of any other infection via the reading of body temperature.

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Hi Rik,
I agree that blood work is 'scary and invasive' for most travelers. I never cease to be amazed how many people are still reticent to take the ELISA screening for HIV even when is offered for free at many clinics, and yet those in high risk populations turn down a simple finger prick for a 20 minute screen....

Most experienced International travelers have at one time or another picked up a serious cold or flu on a flight. In an ideal world, it would be the correct and responsible behavior for a passenger coming from an 'at risk' population for Ebola exposure to volunteer for a simple finger prick type screening. However, those with less knowledge or experience with infectious disease are reticent to volunteer for a simple blood test. I do think your idea for a 'fast cheek' swab is
much easier to implement. However, how to get passengers to volunteer the details of their travel histories is inherently problematic. Regardings body temperature accuracy, the inclusion of simple questions which may indicate the traveler may have a lower basal metabolism should be included.

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Julia commented on Ear Thermometer Integrated in Mobil Phones

Electronic thermometers are not that accurate in determining body temperature. Realistically, to get a true reading. Whatever unit used to determine temperature should be repeated for each individual 'screening' repeatedly over several minutes...Just try using a variety of electronic thermometers to see the variances....