The United States has the opportunity to affect the situation in the next seven days. The U.S. Public Health Service, a uniformed service under the command of the Surgeon General, maintains a number of Rapid Deployment Forces in the United States. These groups of medical professionals are highly trained in the establishment and maintenance of hospitals in disaster zones. All the supplies needed for either a 50 bed or 100 bed hospital are packaged and in storage, waiting to be shipped to a deployed RDF.
Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who carried Ebola to Nigeria, has now killed a total of six people. He’s long dead but the aftermath of his choice to fly to Lagos while ill lives on.
This is some background on the efforts by the U.S. military to combat Ebola. It also includes information about the development of ZMAPP, the experimental treatment being used on some Ebola patients in the current outbreak in West Africa. For more information about the two current Ebola outbreaks, please visit our Ebola resources page.