The following opinion article is from the Cattle DroversNetwork
By Dan Murphy
Ten years ago, a single case of BSE stoked a major media overreaction, a wave of fear among consumers and total overreaction by government authorities. Notice any similarities to Ebola?
You’d think that public health experts — if not the general public — would have learned a little something in a decade-plus.
Based on the mind-numbing lack of preparation and the ham-handed initial response to the threat of Ebola, however, I’d have to say that the media, the government and the medical establishment are still stuck in 2003.
Back then, the crisis that was going to kill thousands of people was BSE, better known as mad cow (what reporter wants to spell, or worse, try to pronounce “bovine spongiform encephalopathy?”). Just by biting into a hamburger, according to the fear mongers then, you were practically signing your own death warrant.
It’s 2014, and now it’s Ebola that’s going to sweep across the country like an unstoppable plague, according to the hyper-charged media, killing uncounted numbers of innocent people whose only crime was to be seated on a plane next to some poor sap carrying the deadly virus.
Simply put, Ebola is the new Mad Cow.
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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork
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