Yesterday a man who recently visited West Africa was tested for Ebola in a NYC hospital
. Health officials say it is unlikely he has Ebola. They are probably right, but what if they are wrong. I remember back in the day watching the movie And The Band Played On and the first few minutes of that movie still stick with me. It is a movie about the first AIDS case in the world but the genesis of the virus from Ebola. Anyway, when you watch that movie and see how one, just one person can spread a disease throughout the world almost by himself you realize what a few infected people could do if let loose in NYC. Yes, Ebola is not an air transmitted disease. Either was HIV and it spread like crazy. In the past Ebola has always been something you saw briefly every few years on the news as it killed a few dozen people in some African country. This time though is different. When the numbers start to reach 1,000 and are not confined to a small village that can be easily isolated, think about all the people that each of those 1,000 came into contact with. What about the other 1,000 that have lived and the people they have come into contact with? It does not take long before the multiples get out of hand and also that when the infected people can hop on a plane and be anywhere in the world in a matter of hours that contact group gets larger and harder to track and isolate.