Via the New York Times:
A man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane.
He was not ill during the flight, health officials said. Symptoms developed several days after he arrived, and he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
I will give you the next thirty seconds to freak out.
Okay, that’s enough. Calm down. Ebola is not contagious when there are no symptoms, and the patient exhibited none during his flight or for several days after. The only way to contract it is through direct contact with body fluids such as blood or semen. It is not airborne, nor can you catch it by shaking hands with someone who is asymptomatic. In short, it is as communicable as AIDS.
Now comes the infection: the political kind. Count on the Orcosphere to go bananas and of course they will blame President Obama because he said a couple of weeks ago that Ebola coming to the United States was “unlikely.” But the good folks at Fox News will assure you that he said that because either he is hopelessly naive or it’s a secret plot he’s hatched to distract us from Benghazi! or just kill us all because he hates America. (Hint: notice that the patient went to Texas. This proves that President Obama wants to kill Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz, and anyone there who voted against him.)
I am sure we all hope that the patient will have an uneventful and swift recovery. I doubt that the wingnuts will recover as soon as he does.
Footnote: Get the facts on Ebola here.