United Nations Calls For $20 Million To Fight Avian Flu In West Africa

July 22, 2015
by Catharine Paul
Homeland Security Today

The global and US response to the Ebola outbreak calls into question whether the world is prepared to face another major pandemic. The Ebola outbreak highlighted serious underlying gaps in the country’s ability to handle severe infectious disease threats and control their spread, according to the 2014 Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report released by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the end of last year.

“Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic improvements in state and local capacity to respond to outbreaks and emergencies,” said TFAH Executive Director Jeffrey Levi. “But we also saw during the recent Ebola outbreak that some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested.”

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