удивительно, что только после того,как их начали "шевелить" вопросами из разных инстанций, последовали какие-то действия от центра.[удивительные совпадения в датах "рекомендаций"]
“In mid-June, I began speaking privately to U.S. officials that the disease was spiraling out of control and more needed to be done immediately,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of the North Carolina-based Christian missionary organization. “That the world would allow two relief agencies to shoulder this burden along with the overwhelmed Ministries of Health in these countries testifies to the lack of serious attention the epidemic was given.”
Once missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in Liberia, Isaacs called Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on July 28. Isaacs relayed to Wolf, who has previously visited the relief organization in Africa, how bleak the situation had become.
Wolf said he immediately phoned the White House, State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Department of Homeland Security “trying to understand just what, if anything, the U.S. was doing both to help contain the outbreak in Africa and prevent the spread of Ebola to the U.S.”
“I was concerned that no one could tell me who was in charge within the administration on this issue,” Wolf said in a written statement. “No one could explain what actions would be taken to ensure the U.S. was prepared to respond.”
Wolf’s concerns about a lack of response were similar to those in a July 28 letter from Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. The two-page letter cites “existing deficiencies in CDC planning, procedures, and protocols for response to the Ebola virus.”
Specifically, Graham said Samaritan’s Purse was having difficulty finding guidance it needed to get its volunteers back to the U.S. safely. From his letter:
From all we have been able to learn, CDC does not have any existing procedures or protocols for management or reintegration of returning healthcare workers who have potentially been exposed to Ebola.
We also were distressed to learn that CDC has no available registry of medical facilities capable of treating an Ebola patient in the United States.
On the day of Graham’s letter, the public health institute issued a health alert notice to remind U.S. health care workers on how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Three days later, the CDC warned Americans against traveling to Ebola-hit countries. On Wednesday, the agency escalated its emergency plan to a “Level 1” response. The ‘all-hands’ call has only been used twice since its inception in 2003 — for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and H1N1 in 2009.
On Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported that the Obama administration is setting up a special Ebola working group to consider broad “principles of decision-making” for the potential use of experimental drugs to help those infected by the deadly disease in Africa.
Rep. Wolf recognized the progress, but said, “It’s clear the administration is still trying to catch up after being 'asleep at the switch' for so long.”