Special Update: Calling on the President to Take Action on Ebola Today
The current Ebola outbreak originated this past March in Guinea, and, with over 3,400 reported deaths, is the largest outbreak ever documented. On October 8, the first patient with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family, passed away at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Since that time, two of the health care workers who treated Mr. Duncan have contracted the virus, despite oversight and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more possible cases are being evaluated. Ironically, it was just days ago that the CDC promised to stop this disease in its track.
Americans have no confidence that the government can accurately identify and track passengers who may have been exposed to Ebola, especially since the CDC has demonstrated that it cannot adequately control the movements of the staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.