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The President’s National Security Agenda

The President’s National Security Agenda Opinion VIEWPOINT Curtailing Ebola, Safeguarding the Future The Ebola epidemic is projected to affect tens of thou- pacity to respond to all health threats. The US health sys- Lawrence O. Gostin, JD O’Neill Institute for sands in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, with im- tem should not respond by creating a disease silo that National and Global mense economic and social costs. Even in the United focuses solely on Ebola. Instead, sustained and flexible Health Law, States, where only 1 patient with Ebola virus disease has enhancement of the nation’s public health infrastruc- Georgetown University, died,thediseasehasspurredpublicfear,testedthereadi- ture is needed. Washington, DC. ness of the public health system, and led to measures The president’s emergency request has key com- Henry A. Waxman, JD such as enhanced border screening and state quaran- ponents that advance this integrated approach. First, US House of tines. The lesson of Ebola is clear: strong, resilient health recognizing that national interests depend on reduc- Representatives, systems are needed in Africa to curtail the outbreak at ing novel infections at their source, the request would Washington, DC. itssourceandintheUnitedStatestoamelioraterisksand support Ebola treatment facilities, personal protective reassure the public. gear, safe burial teams, social mobilization, and food William Foege, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The President’s National Security Agenda

JAMA , Volume 313 (1) – Jan 6, 2015

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2014.16572
pmid
25412348
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Abstract

Opinion VIEWPOINT Curtailing Ebola, Safeguarding the Future The Ebola epidemic is projected to affect tens of thou- pacity to respond to all health threats. The US health sys- Lawrence O. Gostin, JD O’Neill Institute for sands in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, with im- tem should not respond by creating a disease silo that National and Global mense economic and social costs. Even in the United focuses solely on Ebola. Instead, sustained and flexible Health Law, States, where only 1 patient with Ebola virus disease has enhancement of the nation’s public health infrastruc- Georgetown University, died,thediseasehasspurredpublicfear,testedthereadi- ture is needed. Washington, DC. ness of the public health system, and led to measures The president’s emergency request has key com- Henry A. Waxman, JD such as enhanced border screening and state quaran- ponents that advance this integrated approach. First, US House of tines. The lesson of Ebola is clear: strong, resilient health recognizing that national interests depend on reduc- Representatives, systems are needed in Africa to curtail the outbreak at ing novel infections at their source, the request would Washington, DC. itssourceandintheUnitedStatestoamelioraterisksand support Ebola treatment facilities, personal protective reassure the public. gear, safe burial teams, social mobilization, and food William Foege,

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 6, 2015

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