The CDC's Ebola Catch-Up Game

August 6, 2014 11:51 PM

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As an extraordinarily secure isolation ward in Atlanta received its second Ebola victim Tuesday, New Yorkers awoke to tabloid headlines screaming about a possible third case of Ebola in America. A patient had presented to Mount Sinai with fever and abdominal pain after recent travel in western Africa. He helped sell a few extra copies before viral testing turned out negative on Wednesday. Some in the conservative fringes are blaming President Obama for bringing this virus in as part of some plot, neglecting the fact a Christian medical missionary organization made the decision. There are plenty of reasonable questions about the decision and the precedents it sets, but panicking about how much Spam to stock in your doomsday prepper bunker isn’t among them.

Last week I asked, “Who invited Ebola to Atlanta?,” and CDC Director Thomas Frieden has now answered: not the CDC, not the State Department, not the United States Military. Frieden told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he didn’t think it was his job as a public health official to decide whether or not th...

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