Ebola Scare Should Be the Start to Halting Spread of Other Dangerous Infections


With the announcement that there are no active cases of Ebola in the U.S., one would think the U.S. would finally be free of all the scary news and speculation about the once thought to be incurable disease ability to spread in this country.

West Africa, where Ebola has been epidemic and thousands of lives have been lost, is a good distance away, thousands of miles to be exact

Those who returned to the U.S. from Ebola stricken countries and were infected by Ebola or in quarantine after coming in contact with Ebola victims have all been cleared of the effects according to the Center for Disease Control.

But Ebola is not the only epidemic health officials should be concerned about. If anything, the recent cases of Ebola have exposed the shortcomings in our emergency preparedness when it comes to virulent diseases, whether they are spread person to person or by terrorists.

Nurses across the U.S. are protesting or going on strike over what they say is a lack of adequate safety training and protection for nurses in the wake of the recent Ebola scare.

Saying they are the front line of defense against the spread of diseases like Ebola, nurses are demanding proper training and appropriate wearing apparel to protect them from infection.

We’re sure that the CDC and other public health agencies are drafting plans to help meet the threat of another Ebola outbreak, but in our view they should be taking just as strong steps to protect health care providers and all Americans from other potentially deadly diseases as well.

We want our public health officials to develop a strike force to ensure that all healthcare facilities and health care providers are adequately prepared in the event of an outbreak. They must develop lines of communications and systemic protocols for providing consistent information on procedures, and training on how to meet the threat of any contagions or disease, including resurgent measles, influenza and whooping cough, all of which are much more common in the U.S., and still potentially deadly.

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