Lauren F Friedman
August 1, 2014
As the largest-ever outbreak of Ebola rages on in a cluster of West African nations, the planned evacuation of at least one infected American to the United States raises the question: Are we equipped to deal with the disease here?
The answer, in short, is yes — very well. A widespread Ebola outbreak here is “not in the cards,” the CDC director recently told reporters.
That’s partially because the United States has excellent infection control procedures and facilities. Among those facilities is a network of quarantine stations, where the CDC can legally detain anyone who may have been exposed to cholera, diptheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, SARS, new strains of flu, or — relevantly — viral hemmorhagic fevers like Ebola.
Here’s a map showing where those quarantine stations are:
This article was posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:41 am