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Effort to prevent panic over Ebola went too far

n their early attempts to prevent panic in the United States, government officials spoke too quickly and with too much assurance when they told Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus crossing the country's borders. Last month, President Obama announced that all the necessary steps had been taken “so that someone with the virus doesn't get on a plane for the United States.” Had the public realized what those precautions consisted of — merely checking travelers' temperatures, even though infected people can remain without a fever for weeks, and asking them whether they had been in close contact with Ebola patients — many Americans probably would have disagreed with the president. It was only a matter of weeks before Obama's words proved inaccurate.

Nor were all U.S. medical facilities as prepared to recognize the signs of Ebola as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believed they were. That was made evident after a Dallas hospital sent Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan home with antibiotics, even though the hospital knew that he had recently arrived from Liberia. On Wednesday, Duncan died.

Now the president and the CDC must consider not only which safety measures to invoke and when, but how to rebuild trust with the American public. -

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Good luck on that last one!