Is the United States Prepared for Ebola?

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: October 17, 2014

Abstract

The West African Ebola epidemic is a humanitarian crisis and a threat to international security. It is not surprising that isolated cases have emerged in Europe and North America, but a large outbreak in the United States, with its advanced health system, is unlikely. Yet the handling of the first domestically diagnosed Ebola case in Dallas, Texas, raised concerns about national public health preparedness. What were the critical health system vulnerabilities revealed in Dallas, and how can the country respond more effectively to novel diseases in a globalized world?

Keywords: global health, WHO, Ebola, international health regulations, global governance

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Hodge, James G. and Burris, Scott C., Is the United States Prepared for Ebola? (October 17, 2014). JAMA Online, 2014; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2512348

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