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October 23rd, 2014
09:47 PM ET

Is China better than the U.S. at keeping out Ebola?

A case of Ebola has made its way to New York City.

A 33-year-old American physician who returned from working in the Ebola hot zone in West Africa about 10 days ago is now in isolation at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital.

He was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning with a 103-degree fever, nausea, pain and fatigue. Of major concern: an official tells CNN the doctor was out in public last night, taking an Uber cab to a bowling alley in Brooklyn.

The doctor appears to have followed CDC guidelines, which state travelers from West Africa self-monitor for Ebola symptoms, but in this case, after directly treating Ebola patients, should he have been forced to self-quarantine?

The case raises further questions about whether the U.S. is doing enough to stamp out epidemics. Can the U.S., for instance, learn anything from China's draconian measures?

David McKenzie is OutFront in Beijing.


Filed under: China • Ebola • International • News
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. julie Knittel

    We are recieving mixed messages about this disease, Many precautions are taken with an "abundance of caution', including sanitizing and sealing ebola victims residences. If this disease is so hard to contract why does this need to be done?Although it is wonderful that this doctor volunteered his time and expertise to treat ebola patients it is disconcerting that he would not stay away from the public after coming back to the United States.It appears that we can't expect people to isolate themselves voluntarily, it is time to enforce isolation for those in direct contact with ebola patients for whatever period of time the experts decide is appropriate.

    October 24, 2014 at 8:27 am | Reply
  2. marc campbell

    Honestly! Here is a Doctor who handled Ebola, knew the risks, worked in a hospital, and yet did not quarantine himself!? How in the world is Obama and the CDC/NIH going to enforce rules on regular people when a Doctor refuses to? There is no excuse! I would honestly get some different guidance. What they have is not working at all and endangers the general populace. Erin- Good job though!

    October 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply

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