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Ebola Isn't a Messaging Problem

October 19, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Much public skepticism about the government's response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video message early last month on stopping the virus, for example, President Obama asserted that "we know how to do it." He was wrong.

The world has learned that dealing with Ebola in remote African villages is a very different challenge from confronting an unfamiliar virus in large cities and modern hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite a rocky beginning, now recognizes that containing Ebola presents unexpected challenges of technique and execution. The White House, for its part, apparently thinks it is a messaging problem.

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Countering the Domestic Ebola Threat

October 13, 2014  •  Forbes

Until recently, the bulk of the Obama administration's efforts in the fight against Ebola have been on the international front. The emergence of a second Ebola case in Dallas — a nurse caring for the first patient — raises important questions of how to prevent a domestic outbreak from turning into an epidemic.

Given the pace of spread in West Africa, a broader U.S. outbreak is almost inevitable. We will see clusters of infection in major Western cities, including the U.S. Our aim must be to keep these clusters small, and to limit secondary spread.

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Stopping Ebola Before It Turns Into a Pandemic

October 3, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Public-health workers will contain the Ebola case—and any secondary spread—diagnosed in Dallas. But the decisive risk to the U.S. will emerge in a few months. If the virus continues to spread in West Africa at its current pace, much larger global outbreaks will become likely.

Should these outbreaks coincide with the cold-weather peak of the flu season—when symptoms of influenza can be confused for the early signs of Ebola—the health-care system's ability to quarantine all the people with suspected Ebola infections, and test them in the required specially equipped labs, could be overwhelmed.

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Ebola's Warning for an Unprepared America

September 17, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

The world is finally mobilizing to wage a muscular fight against Ebola's catastrophic spread through West Africa. President Obama has put the Pentagon in charge of a robust, 3,000-person U.S. relief effort in the stricken areas. This is a positive step, but the world is still dangerously ill-prepared for the fight against pandemic outbreaks.

In the case of Ebola, we were late to the battle and are now focused too narrowly on places like Liberia while failing to see West Africa as one big outbreak. We also remain too dependent on outdated tools and strategies in fighting the virus, and are tethered to an effort not yet scaled to the challenge.

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Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

September 1, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

The Ebola virus, which has already killed more than 1,500 people since the epidemic began earlier this year, is wreaking havoc in West Africa, leaving death, economic hardship, social stigma and civil unrest in its wake.

In response, the Obama administration has stressed that the disease is highly unlikely to spread inside America. Given international travel, we will certainly see cases diagnosed here, and perhaps even experience some isolated clusters of disease. For now, though, the administration's assurances are generally correct: Health-care workers in the U.S. and other advanced Western nations maintain infection controls that can curtail the spread of non-airborne diseases like Ebola.

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