While not being adequately prepared the first time is disappointing, the steps taken to be better prepared next time are very important. So, some follow up on Dallas. A little background. The largest municipally owned hospital in the area, Parkland, had previously been cited for poor handling of infectious diseases. Safety
monitors were put in place and new procedures. It is run by UTSW (University of Texas
Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response was established and quickly formed a game
plan for future Ebola and other infectious diseases. A facility similar to the one in Nebraska and the one at Emory University is being set up in Richardson, TX and a secondary one in Galveston. All potential cases will be routed to these facilities. The one in Richardson will be staffed by UTSW doctors with bioscience and biocontainment expertise. They will have their own lab, have ten dedicated rooms plus changing facilities and the nursing staff would come from those trained at Parkland in infectious disease management.
Whether this will work better is to be seen and the best hope is that we don't have to find out. But it would seem that steps were taken quickly to address the shortcomings of the initial Ebola cases in Dallas and throughout the state.
That to me sounds like progress, whether the next disease they encounter is Ebola or something else. I hope my home state of Florida
is as prepared, but if typical we don't learn from others and wait until it hits closer to home.
The CDC certainly learned too.
We all react differently emotionally to things like this. Personally, I feel a bit safer in regards to Ebola in the US than I did a few weeks ago. Nigeria has been successful. Now the hope is we can address the countries still overwhelmed by it.
Meanwhile testing on vaccines has started.