Carelessness May Lead to Spread of Disease
Ebola carrier Thomas Eric Duncan – the guy who brought Ebola to Dallas – vomited outside his apartment building.
A WFAA TV Dallas/Fort Worth Channel 8 news chopper took the following photograph showing how workers are cleaning up the vomit:
Notice that the woman on the left wearing sandals is about to step into the run-off.
And here’s another screenshot showing a guy walking through the power-wash runoff:
Couldn’t they be tracking it on the bottom of their shoes as they move around? What about the power-wash guys? Where did they go next?
Here are more screenshots from the scene:
That might be a pretty good way to spread Ebola … especially if experts are right that Ebola spreads through aerosols.
Similarly, the Ebola patient’s sweat-stained sheets have been left on his bed for days without being removed, and soiled towels are still in the apartment – even though his family is still quarantined in the same apartment – because they can’t find workers willing to remove them.
As we noted yesterday, arrogance and carelessness may lead to unnecessary deaths.
Update: WFAA TV Dallas/Fort Worth Channel 8 news says that the Centers for Disease Control ordered the sidewalk to be power-washed:
Apparently, they didn’t tell anyone to use protective suits, or to keep residents or passersby away while power-washing.
And from the casualness of the guys doing the power-washing, it is unlikely that (1) they put any disinfectants in the power-washer or (2) they were even told what they were cleaning.
Heck of a job …