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U.S. Health System Prepared For More Ebola Cases, HHS Secretary Says

News outlets report on HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s statement on Thursday that the U.S. health system is prepared to respond to additional Ebola cases should they arise.

The Hill: HHS: There may be more Ebola cases
“More cases of the Ebola virus could be found in the United States, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell warned Thursday. … Federal health officials have cautioned that there is no way to guarantee that Ebola will be kept out of the U.S. Steps taken to prevent victims from entering the country include new screenings at five U.S. airports…” (Ferris, 10/9).

The Hill: HHS secretary: I’m not taking a ‘backseat’ in Ebola response
“The nation’s top health official on Thursday pushed back against a claim that she had taken a ‘backseat’ in the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended her leadership after she was accused of taking a more passive approach to health issues like Ebola, compared to Bush administration officials…” (Ferris, 10/9).

Wall Street Journal: Health Secretary Says U.S. Is Prepared for More Ebola Cases
“…Ms. Burwell, who has been attending meetings at least daily on Ebola for months, said the federal government is working to protect the public and domestic preparedness. ‘We know how to contain — and that is detect, contact tracing, isolation, and treatment,’ said Ms. Burwell…” (Armour et al., 10/9).

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