As you may know, two nurses in Dallas have now been diagnosed with Ebola, as thousands more in West Africa have died of the disease. I wanted to provide you with an update on Ebola and how I am working with our local hospitals to ensure we are prepared to isolate, treat, and manage this disease should there be an Ebola patient in the East Bay. First, let’s bust a major myth: Ebola is NOT airborne and can only be contracted through direct contact with bodily fluids.
This week, I convened a meeting with East Bay hospitals administrators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It was an opportunity for our medical professionals to learn more about how to be fully prepared to screen, diagnose, and treat potential Ebola patients. Watch this KRON4 clip about our session:
I am also focused on how we can aggressively fight the disease at the center of the outbreak in West Africa while protecting our citizens from this deadly virus. As a Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I went to Dallas last week to participate in a committee hearing and question government officials on how we can prevent a serious outbreak in the U.S.
One thing I believe we must do is reverse the decline in the budgets of the National Institutions of Health (NIH) and CDC. These cuts affect our ability to detect, prevent, and treat deadly diseases like Ebola. I will continue to fight for sufficient funding so we can fund the research that will lead us to a cure.
As always, it is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress. If you have questions about Ebola or another issue, please contact me through my website or call my East Bay offices at 510-370-3322 or 925-460-5100. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell and Facebook.
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