Travelers at Myrtle Beach Airport concerned about Ebola threat

Travelers at Myrtle Beach Airport concerned about Ebola threat

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Travelers at Myrtle Beach Airport are concerned about the recent Ebola exposure from the Cleveland airport.

According to a recent press release from Myrtle Beach International Airport Spokesman, Kirk Lovell, year to date, The Myrtle Beach International Airport welcomed more than 700,000 passengers. With news of the second nurse contracting Ebola and flying back and forth from Dallas to Cleveland, some travelers fear health experts aren't taking Ebola seriously enough.

"They don't really know how to contain it, it seems," Bob Tolomer said. "When you consider what happened today when this nurse from Dallas went to Cleveland when she wasn't supposed to, flew back to Dallas, ended up with Ebola, and god knows how many people could potentially be affected by that."

While the nurse, Amber Vinson, is now in isolation, travelers are still asking how she contracted Ebola.

"She was wearing protective gear and obviously it didn't protect her," one passenger said.

Waccamaw Hospital had a potential Ebola scare just Wednesday afternoon after an individual came back from South Africa with supposed symptoms. Though deemed safe, the hospital still took severe precautions because, as travelers say, there is so much we still do not know.

"This morning they were talking about, well maybe it could be spread through the air. Some people say no it can't be, then others say it can," Tolomer said.

"It sounds like it can be spread by traveling too. Well, it will be spread through travel," one passenger explained.

When Tolomer heard the latest developments out of Cleveland Wednesday morning, he didn't know which he was more upset with. The nurse, for traveling after taking care of an ebola patient, or others for not putting her in proper lock down. He wonders if they can't control one case, how would they control thousands.

"People are traveling all around...we're letting people into the country, we're not sure where they've been, they could lie on their forms, so I think we need to do a much better job in screening the people coming to the country. If not, at some point, stop the people from coming in," Tolomer suggested.

Some passengers say at this point they will still continue to travel, but they will be extra cautious to where they are traveling and which airports they walk through. 

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