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U.S. Strains PPE Supplies, Complicating Efforts To Treat Ebola Patients In West Africa

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Buys Up Ebola Gear, Leaving Little for Africa
“…The medical moon suit — which has come to symbolize the Ebola epidemic — is in short supply. … One of the demand spikes isn’t coming from West Africa — but from America. U.S. hospitals and government agencies have strained PPE [personal protective equipment] supplies in some regions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. … The shortage shows how the deep anxiety over Ebola’s arrival in the U.S. has complicated efforts to fight it in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea…” (Hinshaw/Bunge, 11/24).

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