Does your state have an Ebola treatment center?
A Center for Disease Control announcement today revealed that 38 states do not have Ebola treatment centers. Meanwhile, experts continue to say that additional Ebola cases in the U.S. are definitely possible.
Health and Human Services boasted today that there are 35 Ebola treatment centers in the United States. However, those centers are clustered in a few states leaving most states without a treatment center.
Some states, like Illinois and California, have multiple treatment centers while certain areas of the countries are hundreds of miles from the nearest center.
“As long as Ebola is spreading in West Africa, we must prepare for the possibility of additional cases in the United States,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said today in a press release.
Currently, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. have Ebola treatment facilities. The other 38 states do not.
The colored states below house treatment centers:
While many states lack treatment centers, the number is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, according to the CDC. Though there are no cases currently in the U.S., West Africa’s death toll continues to rise. The CDC says there is a low risk of the outbreak affecting multiple people in the U.S.
In the continued fight against Ebola, “infrastructure” has become a buzz word. The U.S. purports to have it. Western Africa needs it.
USAID recently created the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program EPT-2, a government program to fight contagious diseases like Ebola before they begin. The group will help build the all-important infrastructure in the areas that need it most, mainly in Africa and Asia.
Billions have been spent to beef up infrastructure at home and abroad.
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