Expand CDC Precautions Based Upon Evidence-Based Science: Quarantine, Not a Ban

October 25, 2014 12:43 AM

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All major public health organizations, including the International Red Cross, challenge the scientific merits of a travel ban on African nationals traveling from Ebola-affected countries. It doesn't take a leap to appreciate the political and possibly even xenophobic implications of calling for such a ban shortly before hotly contested midterm races.

The time for politicization must end. We have very little time to avert the predicted 1.4-million-new-cases-by-January scenario, with its attendant risks in an interconnected world, unless we get serious and integrate evidence-based strategies now.

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