Ebola patient Thomas Duncan was first seen at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sept. 26, but was sent home by the emergency room after being prescribed antibiotics.
According to Bloomberg News, Duncan he told a nurse that he had recently been in West Africa, but was still released. Duncan returned to the hospital days later and has been quarantined ever since.
On the Fox News show “Outnumbered” today, the co-hosts discussed the incident and asked how the nurse could have allowed Duncan to leave, noted Salon.com (video below).
“I think we know that we can’t rely on people for human intelligence,” said co-host Andrea Tantaros. “We can’t, and there’s gonna be breakdowns, because humans are gonna have failures. We saw, because they let him out of this hospital, and he exposed himself to children.”
According to MediaMatters.org, Tantaros then claimed people in Africa sought the help of a "witch doctor."
“In these countries, they do not believe in traditional medical care,” said Tantaros. “So someone could get off a flight and seek treatment from a witch doctor who practices Santeria. This is a bigger fear. We’re hoping they come to the hospitals in the U.S., but they might not!”
RawStory.com notes that Tantaros claimed some people with the Ebola virus may knowingly take airline flights to the U.S. from West Africa and deny their condition.