Up until a few days ago, Senegal was one of five hot spots with widespread Ebola infections. But, now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that country to be Ebola free because 42 days have passed without another new case.
The way they did it was simple.
They imposed travel bans from all the other countries that have active cases of infection. They even refused outside humanitarian aid. Yet, in this country, we have a CDC Director and a President who claim that travel bans will only cause the spread of the disease. Obviously, Senegal would disagree.
As long as we continue a policy of not restricting travel from contaminated West African countries, we will never be able to say that we, too, are Ebola free.
August 22: Senegal blocks Ebola aid flight, imposes travel curbs: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/22/senegal-blocks-ebola-aid-flight/
October 17: Senegal is free from Ebola, WHO says: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/17/world/africa/senegal-ebola/