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October 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Ebola: Why risk infecting the general population by bringing patients here?

Harborview Medical Center’s decision to take in patients with Ebola is another example of our medical community’s arrogance [“American Ebola patients could be airlifted to Harborview,” The Today File, Oct. 6]. To think that they can contain the virus is simply ludicrous.

There is no cure, so why are hospitals so willing to import a disease that hasn’t been present in the United States? Why would they risk putting the population of a major city at risk?  If they are going to bring patients to the U.S. to treat, at least do it at a controlled facility, such as a military base, where they could isolate them from the rest of the population. Look what happened in Spain: The nurse went into the patients room twice in a hazmat suit, and still contacted the disease.

Hospital officials should stop and think before putting the public at risk, or they might be famous for having to treat a city, and not a few isolated patients.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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