By Fergus O’Sullivan ,The China Post
President Ma Ying-jeou on Oct. 21 announced further measures to prevent Ebola from entering Taiwan. He is not alone in this, as people and governments around the world are taking precautions to stop the disease from spreading amid media-fueled panic. Some of these measures are more effective than others. In West Africa, the epicenter of the outbreak, whole neighborhoods have been quarantined and medical professionals are working around the clock to save lives. Some of them have not slept for days as they toil in their brutally hot HazMat suits, risking infection in their blood- and sweat-soaked environment. Meanwhile, in Maple Shade, New Jersey, parents kept their children home because Rwandan exchange students were to attend the local high school. ��I don’t feel comfortable sending my daughter to school with people who could be infected with Ebola,�� one parent was quoted as saying by a local news organization. Rwanda is 4,000 kilometers, give or take, from the nearest Ebola hotspot. After a nurse in Spain was diagnosed with Ebola after treating West African victims of the disease a few weeks ago, authorities quickly put her in quarantine and put down her dog as a preventative measure. Though killing her pet may seem unnecessarily cruel, it is standard procedure as animals can carry Ebola. The nurse has meanwhile been declared cured, though she has not yet been told of her dog’s fate.
Panic broke out on a U.S. cruise ship touring the Gulf of Mexico after the news spread that one of the passengers was a lab assistant who had handled a vial containing an Ebola patient’s blood while at work. She told a fellow traveler of this, presumably while chatting over fruity cocktails in the ship’s bar, but had not reckoned on the consequences as passengers descended into mass hysteria fearing they were on a ��death ship.��