I am Serious,
I have questions...
THe symptoms of Ebola are given as Fever, Headache, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Stomach pains, Unexplained bleeding or bruising, and muscle pain.
People are not contagious until they have symptoms...
SO which symptom is a sign of contagion? is it fever ? If so is it only when the temp exceeds 100.4? or 101? or earlier in the fever curve??
I am also not sure how bad the headache needs to be to be a sign. or what about the stomach pains, how severe do they have to be? I mean is indigestion, heart burn enough??
Can someone be contagious without fever and have mild symptoms as above??
I ask because I can think of a bunch folks who travel that would tell you they have diarrhea, body aches, stomach pains, or even vomiting from just the anxiety and or cramped quarters we are forced to endure when flying..
Seems to me the symptoms are so common and that the severity is not defined that this is an impossible mission. How do we sort it out?
Would seem logical then to isolate people who have traveled recently to Africa, had contact with someone who has and was sick, but this nonsense of screening travelers for fever ( again what temp is the cut off for being contagious?) is just an exercise in futility.
Martin Herman, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
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