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Dallas’s Experience With Ebola Shows U.S. Should Make Long-Term Investments In Health Systems

Dallas News: Dallas knows best the importance of continued funding for Ebola
Laura Hallas, editorial intern at the Dallas Morning News

“…In the U.S., Dallas is ground zero for Ebola. Thomas Eric Duncan flew to Dallas from Liberia in 2014 to marry his fiancée who lived here, and he became the first person in America to [die of] the virus. … Diseases don’t respect borders, and pulling up the drawbridge only puts more Americans at risk for Ebola in the long run. But even more worrisome is how easily we as a country can retreat from pressing global health needs. … [The] Ebola response still has a long way to go. Widespread poverty and weak health systems remain underlying causes of most neglected tropical diseases, including Ebola. These systemic problems sound daunting, but strong public will and U.S. leadership can make a world of difference. … ‘All health is global health’; it’s a public health mantra that succinctly highlights the lessons of Ebola. Americans must continue to fight the deadly virus, but also commit to long-term investments in health systems. If we don’t, then we have forgotten our city’s past…” (6/1).

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