There is actually a segment of canines, that have been potentially exposed to the disease, from the very start of this outbreak, that NO ONE is
looking at and likely won't be anytime soon...
ALL military dogs, working police dogs, the DHS Beagle brigade and contraband detection canines stationed at airports AROUND THE WORLD!
These dogs are on the FRONT LINES, inspecting cargo and passengers whom could be carrying Ebola. In fact these noted, very expensive, working dogs and
their handlers have potentially had the longest period between their first exposure, YET, they CONTINUE to interact with the public on a daily basis
and not ONE government official has thought to examine, euthanize or quarantine these cohort of dogs.
Who is currently caring for the military and police dogs that have screened bags and passengers at the airports? Could these "high value" dogs have
been exposed to Ebola? Possibly, but I doubt they would be euthanized as quickly, but hey, according to government officials, its ok to euthanize "low
value" civilian dogs with FAR LESS exposure potential to the disease.
If government officials had sparedg that Spanish civilian dog, much would have been learned, assuming the right steps were taken.
BUT, make no mistake, the military dog, working police dogs, the DHS Beagle brigade and and contraband detection canines stationed at airports ARE FAR
MORE LIKELY to have been exposed to Ebola at this point and are the REAL potential carriers. FAR more than ANY civilian owned dog, but EVERYONE wants
to focus on dogs that have been exposed to individuals, whom have not always proven to be carriers yet.
People who supported euthanizing these dogs keep asking, "Are you willing to bet your life and your love ones for a dog?". Well, military and police
dogs are already doing that and since they are in the public, both their handlers and administrators, are betting the lives of the general population
without anyone's consent.
I make the above statement solely to point out HYPOCRISY, not to lay out a realistic transmission scenario. FYI, this thought comes from experience I
had working with academic epidemiologists who studied the SARS outbreak a decade ago. My roles was the GIS mapping and yes, working dogs and handlers
exposed at airports were included in the scenarios we mapped.
Also I'll bet my house, that there is one risk the nurse never imagined, not being able to work in the field she studied, ever again. I can guarantee
she will be discriminated against for the rest of her life because she has contracted Ebola (cured or not).
edit on 15-10-2014 by boohoo
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