Robert Hurt: Protecting health, safety in face of Ebola crisis requires more action

October 22, 2014 11:06 AM

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Robert Hurt: Protecting health, safety in face of Ebola crisis requires more action

Over the past several weeks, our office has received numerous calls and emails from constituents who are concerned about the growing threat of the spread of Ebola in the United States and abroad. They are concerned not only because of the seriousness of the disease and how easily it can spread, but also with the failure of the agencies responsible for maintaining the public health to take the proactive steps needed to prepare for a domestic case of the disease. I share my constituents’ concerns and frustrations and hope that additional action will be taken to contain the disease, prevent further incidences, and reestablish the public’s confidence in these agencies ability to keep us safe.

The House has been engaged on the dangers of Ebola since August, holding more than a dozen oversight hearings to assess the situation and the federal response. This past week, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a key hearing at which officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National...

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