When I read the Chicago Tribune story about an immigrant taken from O’Hare Airport to the Kenosha County Jail and placed in a negative airflow cell, I wondered if McHenry County had a similar capacity.
While the CDC states that ebola is spread just like HIV, that is, it not spread though the air but through bodily fluids, mixed messages are filtering out about whether if one were sneezed on by someone with the disease it would be communicable.
And the infection of the two nurses in Texas, who were wearing protective clothing still has not been explained.
Information I received late last week as a result of a Freedom of Information request indicates that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department is ready to handle airborne diseases.
At least on paper.
There are three “medical isolation cells” in the jail.
There have been recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees from countries where ebola is endemic.
Three from Liberia were admitted who came in late August.
One on August 20th, another on August 25th and a third on August 29th.
In addition, one was incarcerated from Sierra Leone on August 5th.
Obviously they not were infected with ebola or you would have heard about it on the national news.