Descent into post-civilization

This may explain why it is so hard to get diseases under control in Africa:

Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened and Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.

The unusual confinement order was made after the family was “noncompliant” with a request not to leave their apartment, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey said the confinement would help ensure the relatives can be closely watched, including checking them for fevers over the next three weeks.

“We didn’t have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to,” he said.

Several days of food have been delivered to the apartment. The family will not be allowed to receive visitors, officials said.

And so much for the idea that airport questionnaires are an adequate substitute for quarantines and travel bans.