BANGOR – Maine doctor says America was overreacting for unfounded cause, calling his lecture this evening Ebola, superbugs and the new epidemics of the 21st century.
Although two Americans died and eight more were infected in the U.S., he says more should have been done to let people know their lives were not at risk. “Yea what i’m trying to convey is, is it a science based policy, not a policy based in hysteria and politics is the best way to deal with epidemics”.
Dr. Millard has been working in disease prevention for over 30 years specializing as an epidemiologist even spending five years in Africa. He says how public health officials responded to the Ebola outbreak was incorrect I think the CDC, the Federal Disease Agency was a little too silent and spoke up and said, “Look guys this is not the big one this is not a big epidemic”.
Millard explains American individuals should understand how diseases are contracted. It’s transmitted by direct contact not through the respiratory route and so, calm down a little bit
Some politicians, including Governor LePage and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were adamant about Presque Isle nurse Kaci Hickox self-quarantining herself after treating patients in West Africa and returning to the states, but Dr. Millard claims she was in the right
She was adhering to the national guidelines, the factor that certain Governors, Governor Christie and our Governor be adhering to the national guidelines but she stood right up to them and said look–you guys haven’t taken on a redhead before you might be in trouble here