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On Fear, Distrust, and Ebola

Soon after the first US case of Ebola was diagnosed in Dallas, I decided that Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene should have a press conference. With leading infectious disease experts from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, we answered questions from virtually every news outlet in the area for about 45 minutes.

After the health care workers became infected in Dallas, we called the media back for another press conference. It involved the same team, plus Maryland’s governor, Martin O’Malley. Later, after we designated 3 facilities to care for patients with Ebola should federally funded beds not be available, we did it yet again, adding experts from the MedStar Health System, a nonprofit, community-based health system that serves the Baltimore/Washington region.

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