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Governments, Public Health Community Must Act Now To Contain Ebola

The Hill: If we want to combat Ebola, the time to act is now
William Garvelink, chief compliance officer at the International Medical Corps

“…[S]ome worry that governments may want to wait for the [Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo] to grow larger before actually launching their response. Such hesitancy would be both wrong and potentially dangerous. … With proven direct interests, America must be prepared to do what is needed to help contain the current outbreak at its source, while the U.S. medical community sustains its call for the kind of swift and strong response needed to keep the Democratic Republic of the Congo and all nations — including America — safe. … The good news is that the public health community is far better prepared to fight an Ebola outbreak than it was four years ago. We learned … how the disease spreads, about the importance of tracing patient contacts, of effective screening for those infected with the virus, then isolating those diagnosed with Ebola from the general population for treatment in special facilities. There is an experimental vaccine and promising new treatments. It is time to act” (5/30).

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