CDC mock Ebola Treatment Unit (photo credit: Cleopatra Adedeji)
By Emma MacAllister, BSN
The most recent Ebola outbreak all began in West Africa with one 18-month-old boy in the remote village of Meliandou, Guinea. From there the outbreak exploded into a global crisis that claimed over 11,000 lives worldwide and counting. An inability to halt the virus’ spread left health officials alarmed. Yet, in the Fall of last year, experts in the United States were confident in the nation’s health system’s ability to control an outbreak if Ebola crossed our borders. We possessed the ability, resources and technology to effectively treat the ill and stop the virus in its tracks. This attitude proved overoptimistic.
Pictured: Kaci Hickox, nurse at the center of Ebola quarantine controversy (Photo: AP)
As a continuation of the themes explored on the recent Echoes and Evidence post Ebola, Epidemics, and Nursing Care, Penn Nursing‘s Connie Ulrich and Julie Fairman have co-authored a post for Philly.com’s The Public’s Health blog entitled “Ebola quarantines: nurses’ perspective.” Check it out here and follow Dr. Fairman on twitter @fairmanjulie.
By Marian Moser Jones, PhD, MPH
The fall of 1914, much like the fall of 2014, witnessed an urgent call for American nurses and doctors to join humanitarian missions involving diseases across the globe. Unprecedented modern warfare, not an unprecedented epidemic, was the cause of the crisis a hundred years ago.
By Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
The World Health Organization has now estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola a week are projected within two months if more is not done to combat this emerging crisis. Two health care workers have now been diagnosed in the United States, and several other providers have contracted the disease abroad and returned to the US for treatment.