November 4, 2014

U.S. health care providers and the agencies that regulate them and oversee public health concerns are scrambling to ensure pandemic readiness in the face of isolated incidents of Ebola virus disease (EVD) exposure in this country. The unfortunate cases of EVD transmission to two health care workers treating the first patient to be diagnosed with EVD on U.S. soil caused near havoc in the impacted community and beyond. Fortunately, it also provided a learning opportunity for hospitals managing the disease on the front-line. EVD, which is much more straightforward to contain than a disease like SARS, is an extremely rare frequency, but high consequence event. EVD is not the first U.S. pandemic threat, and in recent years, HIV/AIDS, SARS and drug resistant tuberculosis containment efforts all demonstrated how health authorities and providers successfully mobilize to implement effective protocols to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

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