Panic will turn disease into terrorist

October 19, 2014 11:50 PM

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Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new Ebola screening at key airports, the chorus of voices calling for much broader action got louder. Though reports of potential new infections were quickly knocked down, they fed growing public concern anyway.

But overreacting might just be the way to spread the disease instead of contain it. It is a lesson we learned long ago. During the 14th century Black Death, Venice and other cities introduced a quarantine, shutting off their waters to ships suspected of carrying the disease, to no effect. Thousands ...

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