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Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat, Joint Hearing Before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions United States Senate and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session on Examining Ebola in West Africa, Focusing on a Global Challenge and Public Health Threat, September 16, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the September 156, 2014 hearing on "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," a joint hearing before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions United States Senate and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Tom Harkin: "In March of this year, public health officials reported an outbreak of Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea. Unlike past Ebola outbreaks that have been efficiently and effectively stopped, this outbreak has spread in ways that are potentially catastrophic for the world. Due to the gravity of the situation and the danger it poses not only to the affected region, but also to our country, I have taken the unusual step of calling together this joint hearing of both the authorizing committee I chair and the Appropriations subcommittee, which I also chair. We've come together today to learn all we can so we can work together effectively over the coming weeks to stop this deadly plague. The extent of this epidemic is tragic and it grows more serious with each passing day. The death toll is already far greater than all other previous Ebola outbreaks combined. The World Health Organization estimates that 20,000 people may become infected by December if current control efforts are not strengthened, and we know the fatality rate, the mortality rate, is close to 50 percent, 40 to 50 percent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Beth P. Bell, Anthony S. Fauci, Robin A. Robinson, Kent Brantly, and Ishmael Alfred Charles.

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