Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver from Kent, Ohio
posted a letter on Facebook yesterday concerning the
handling of Ebola. Here is what he said:
Dear Centers of Disease Control,
Well…I might as well join the crowd, I guess. I am
not a doctor nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express
last night. Since everyone in the government and
press is firing up all of our friends over the Ebola
cases, I thought that a small town police chief
without a medical degree would offer some leadership
to your organization. Heaven forbid someone in the
government takes a leadership role. Gasp!
By the very name of your organization, you folks
control diseases. I have to ask a question, and risk
sounding argumentative. Here it goes.
You all REALLY could not isolate and control ONE case
of Ebola? It was ONE case on U.S. soil. One!! You are
the Centers for Disease CONTROL!!! Now, local
authorities are being deluged with calls and have to
do your work. That is just fine. We are accustomed to
it. It is typical federal behavior. Pass the problem
downwards, refuse blame and take credit. I have seen
it hundreds of times in my career. No worries. I will
offer some facts for the public, as if it were my job.
Ebola is a disease named for the Ebola River in Africa.
One of the early cases was near the river. It is
transmitted through contact with the body fluids of an
infected person or animal. In an illness situation,
since there is not usually a lot of smooching going on,
we will say do not touch the regurgitation , feces or
blood of one who has the disease.
Outbreaks occur every so often and the disease has
killed a somewhere around 4,000 people since the
discovery in the mid 1970s. As a comparison, about 2,100
people have died from lightning strikes during the same
time period. People doing their own home electric work
accounted for 5,240 deaths in that period. Animals have
killed approximately 9,320 people since the mid 1970s.
So, while I have a healthy respect for death, I am more
likely to be killed by an elephant or reticulated python
than Ebola. Nevertheless, the constant barrage of Ebola
information and your inability to control ONE CASE of
this illness has everyone on edge.
Here is my plan for stopping this nonsense. Use what you
1) Stop flying people here from infected countries. It
sounds simple to me. Oh…LIberia to Dallas flight?
2) Isolate the cases you have and listen to your nurses.
They are the folks who work most closely with patients.
The doctors spend about five seconds with a patient.
They sashay in, look around and then leave. It is an
expensive runway walk, believe me. Nurses are the police
officers of the Ebola world. You all are the congressmen.
3) Stop changing the story. The American people are
suspicious by nature, because we have a 200+ year history
of the government lying and engaging in cover up. You
made that culture, so you have to live with it. Tell us
the truth and stop changing the story. The truth is the
truth. It is non-negotiable.
Carry on….Chief Oliver.
Comments are always welcome.