Public Health Newswire reported: “In a House of Representatives hearing Thursday, U.S. and world health leaders explained that the outbreak can be stopped — in three steps:
- finding active cases,
- responding appropriately and
- preventing future cases.”
“The key to this, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, is “standard infection control, rigorously applied.””
““We do know how to stop Ebola,” Frieden said. “We, with our partners, have stopped every Ebola outbreak to date. I’m confident if we do what works, we will stop this one. The challenge isn’t the strategy, it’s implementation.””
““….. Frieden said that Ebola is not a significant threat to the U.S., mainly because it is not transmitted easily and does not spread from people who are not ill.””
Several speakers at the hearing said that the key to mitigating the virus is to control it at the source — West African nations including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Click here to read the full PHN article “Health leaders: Ebola not threat to US if stopped quickly.”
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Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.
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