JFK, USA – As cases of the virulent and potentially deadly Ebola virus expand to the west coast of the United States, some are pointing fingers at America’s European allies for imposing travel bans and vaccinations on west African countries battling the deadly virus.
Some experts are wondering if the number of Ebola patients globally is a result of European countries banning direct flights between Senegal and west Africa, and restricting travel to and from countries in west Africa and Guinea.
“We find ourselves in a situation where the viruses are growing around the world in a globalized world. And unfortunately our allies are playing too defensive a role. They have gone the other way,” said Dr. Katharine Crossley, who specializes in infectious diseases and immunology at Yale University.
The Ebola virus is spread through bodily fluids, mainly through saliva, feces, blood, urine, or semen. When it is present in a country or region for a long period of time, it can spread from one person to another.
CNN News contributed to this report.