|This photograph was taken in the West African city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and highlights the new Ebola isolation center, a week prior to its opening. Photo Image: CDC, 2014|
|Image Source: CDC|
Nations are reluctant to impose mandatory quarantine for returning health workers and most are asked to self-monitor at home for twenty one days. The risk, if there is one is to the travelling public and family who may be exposed during the twenty one day monitoring period. Generally, mandatory quarantine is highly effective but considered difficult to legally impose in democratic states as it impinges on civil rights. It would be far better to have health workers and other staff, prior to leaving for West Africa and as a condition of a contractual agreement sign a statement agreeing to stay in quarantine in West Africa and receive a health certificate prior to departing to their home countries.
Dr.Jill Bellamy is an internationally recognized expert on biological warfare and defence. She has formerly advised NATO and for the past seventeen years has represented a number of bio-pharmaceutical and government clients working on procurement strategy between NATO MS and Washington DC. Her private government relations consultancy Warfare Technology Analytics is based in the Netherlands. Dr. Bellamy's articles have appeared in the National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times of London, Le Temps, Le Monde and the Jerusalem Post among other publications. She is a CBRN SME with the U.S. Department of Defence, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Information Analysis Center and CEO of Warfare Technology Analytics.