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To stem the threat from Ebola, close our borders now [Letter]
To stem the threat from Ebola, close our borders now [Letter]

As a medical researcher, I have long thought that the approach taken by the federal Centers for Disease Control to protect citizens from infection with Ebola is grossly inadequate ("Unprepared against Ebola?" Oct. 13). It appears driven by an underestimation of the threat this virus poses, plus an over-estimation of our ability to contain it. Basic tenets of human behavior are also not taken into account. The ability of most people to accurately take and report their temperature is questionable, as is the capacity of monitors to quickly and accurately take (and read) the temperatures of large numbers of people boarding planes. The thermometers may be incorrectly calibrated or...

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