Disease Outbreaks In Conflict Zones Complicate U.S., International Responses, Opinion Piece Says

Washington Post: The U.S. has stopped Ebola before. It may never repeat that success.
Reid Wilson, author and journalist

“… The Liberia [Ebola] triumph seemed like a template on which future responses to public health emergencies could be based. In truth, it was an outlier. … The outbreak today [in DRC] offers a better look at global pandemics to come — ones that begin in regions where international public health workers are unable to move freely to contain the spread of a virus, where the U.S. Army would not be welcomed with open arms. … [I]n many of the sickest nations, … civic institutions are collapsing, and the international and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to propping up health systems are stretched to a breaking point. … In Congo, Afghanistan, and beyond, public health officials worry that the breakdown of institutional authority and the accompanying isolationist turn against national or international institutions will have profound effects that aren’t yet clear. … But one thing is clear: The spread of preventable diseases — Ebola, polio, malaria, measles — is not something the United States will always be able or welcome to fight” (10/24).

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