James Carafano --- The Daily Signal
Concerns over the U.S. response to Ebola heightened when medical officials confirmed that a second individual involved with delivering treatment to the original Ebola patient contracted the disease. Getting treatment procedure right is absolutely vital.
It’s critical for reassuring the American people public officials have the ways and means necessary to prevent an outbreak of the deadly disease in the United States. So it’s understandable why Americans are concerned that someone who was supposed to be protected from contagion while providing treatment wasn’t, in fact, protected.
Ebola is a deadly disease and requires a serious, effective response. Americans must have confidence in the response that local, state and federal direct in a public health emergency. The same instruments employed during a public health emergency are used for disaster response and terrorist incidents as well as other public safety emergencies and disease outbreak, epidemic and pandemic response.
As Americans grapple with the news from Dallas of the second healthcare worker infected, there are some vital issues that must be addressed. Understanding how the health workers became infected and preventing disease transmission to health workers is essential to an effective response. Clearly, something went wrong. After all, Ebola patients have been successfully treated in the U.S. before without any of the individuals caring for them becoming infected.