Summary of “Is America Ready for a Global Pandemic?”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population will more than double during the next three decades, and urban centers will extend farther into wilderness, bringing large groups of immunologically naive people into contact with the pathogens that skulk in animal reservoirs-Lassa fever from rats, monkeypox from primates and rodents, Ebola from God-knows-what in who-knows-where.
Most of the country is covered by thick forest, crisscrossed by just 1,700 miles of road. Large distances and poor travel infrastructure limited the spread of Ebola outbreaks in years past.
In an otherwise unmarked corridor, this, she says, is the first sign that I am approaching the biocontainment unit-a special facility designed to treat the victims of bioterror attacks, or patients with a deadly infectious disease such as Ebola or sars.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of the best in the country at handling dangerous and unusual diseases, Ron Klain, who was in charge of the Obama administration’s Ebola response, tells me.
Those three hospitals were the only ones ready to take patients when Ebola struck in 2014, but within two months, Klain’s team had raised the number to 50 facilities.
“In a nearby room, dried blood dots the floor around an old operating table, where a sick lab technician once passed Ebola to five other medical staff members, starting a chain of transmission that eventually enveloped Mikolo and many of his friends. The phlebotomist who drew the blood samples that were used to confirm Ebola also still works at the hospital. I watch as he handles a rack of samples with his bare hands.”Ask someone here, ‘Where are the kits that protect you from Ebola?,’‚ÄČ” Donat Kuma-Kuma Kenge, the hospital’s chief coordinator, tells me.
Unfamiliarity with Ebola allowed the virus to spread among the staff of Kikwit’s hospital, just as it did among nurses in Dallas, where an infected patient landed in September 2014.
The largely successful U.S. response to Ebola in 2014 benefited from the special appointment of an “Ebola czar”-Klain-to help coordinate the many agencies that face unclear responsibilities.

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