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October 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Ebola: Do more to halt spread

The threat of Ebola has become a reality for us in the U.S. [“Family that hosted Ebola patient confined to home,” Nation & World, Oct. 2]. Doctors and nurses throughout the country are being asked to take detailed travel histories to identify potentially infected patients.

This, while essential, seems completely ineffective like a finger in a leaking dike. Why are we not imposing a 21-day quarantine on all planes coming in from countries with demonstrated outbreaks?

We must also commit to helping those countries further to halt the spread of infection. Tracing hundreds of potential contacts again and again need not happen. Let’s stop the spread before it has a chance to arrive in this country.

Hemant Nayak, Bellevue

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