U.S. Efforts To Contain Domestic Ebola Cases Show Challenges Of Containing Virus

News outlets examine the U.S. response to two nurses diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas after they cared for a Liberian man who died of the disease there last week.

The Atlantic: A Second Nurse and Second Guesses on Ebola
“Senior U.S. officials are growing more worried about an Ebola outbreak that has now infected two health workers in Dallas, including one who traveled on a commercial airliner with a fever a day before being diagnosed with the disease…” (Berman, 10/15).

CQ News: Shifts in Ebola Treatment Strategy Hint at Tough Choices Ahead
“The decision Wednesday to transfer the second health care worker in Texas who preliminarily tested positive for Ebola to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta illustrates the federal government’s reactive and rapidly evolving strategy to prevent the spread of the virus now that it’s within U.S. borders…” (Zanona/Attias, 10/15).

New York Times: With New Ebola Case Confirmed, U.S. Vows Vigilance
“New shortcomings emerged Wednesday in the nation’s response to the Ebola virus after it was revealed that a second nurse was infected with Ebola at a hospital here and that she had traveled on a commercial flight the day before she showed symptoms of the disease…” (Fernandez/Healy, 10/15).

Wall Street Journal: New Push to Check Spread of Ebola
“Concerns grew about containing the spread of Ebola in the U.S. after federal health officials disclosed Wednesday that the second Texas nurse infected with the virus flew from Dallas to Cleveland and back in the days before reporting her symptoms…” (Nicas et al., 10/15).

Washington Post: Ebola, the CDC and why government struggles with unprecedented disasters
“…It’s an unprecedented situation, to be sure, and it’s in the very early stages. But people rely on agencies to be prepared for the unknown. When they’re not, it sometimes leads to the perception that government is failing, which can be especially damaging to agencies such as the CDC that depend on an aura of confident expertise to keep a jittery public calm…” (McCoy, 10/16).

The Hill: CDC: Second Ebola-infected nurse ‘should not have’ traveled (Ferris, 10/15).
The Hill: HHS chief: ‘We could have done much better’ on Ebola (Ferris, 10/15).
Politico: Ebola gaffes fuel quarantine questions (Gerstein, 10/16).
Reuters: U.S. health official allowed new Ebola patient on plane with slight fever (Garza/Wade, 10/16).
ScienceInsider: One more question, Dr. Frieden: 11 things we’d like to know about the new Ebola case (Cohen/Kupferschmidt, 10/15).
Wall Street Journal: In Ebola Cases, New Focus on Power to Control Travel (Palazzolo, 10/15).
Washington Post: Health care worker with Ebola was allowed to fly despite slight fever (Berman et al., 10/15).

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