What Have States Learned About Ebola?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States Sept. 30. That patient, a man who had traveled to Texas from Liberia, where he was exposed to the virus, died Oct. 8.
Since then, the federal and state governments have worked to develop evidenced-based policies and procedures for the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.
For instance, the federal government now recommends that any diagnosed patients be transferred to facilities especially equipped to treat patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola. On Dec. 2, the White House released a list of 35 such facilities in 12 states and the District of Columbia. [See CSG Infographic.] Other updated information was provided in a fact sheet.
CSG will host an eCademy Tuesday, Dec. 9, featuring Christine Kosmos, director of the CDC’s Division of State and Local Readiness. She will discuss lessons learned about Ebola and states’ responses in the past 60 days. The eCademy also will provide a short overview of differences between state/federal roles and state and federal quarantine authorities.