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.
Gostin LO, Waxman HA, Foege W. The President’s National Security AgendaCurtailing Ebola, Safeguarding the Future. JAMA. 2015;313(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16572