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January 6, 2015

The President’s National Security AgendaCurtailing Ebola, Safeguarding the Future

Author Affiliations
  • 1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • 2US House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • 3Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2015;313(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16572

The Ebola epidemic is projected to affect tens of thousands in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, with immense economic and social costs. Even in the United States, where only 1 patient with Ebola virus disease has died, the disease has spurred public fear, tested the readiness of the public health system, and led to measures such as enhanced border screening and state quarantines. The lesson of Ebola is clear: strong, resilient health systems are needed in Africa to curtail the outbreak at its source and in the United States to ameliorate risks and reassure the public.

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