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Tevi Troy: World, Not Just US, Needs to Stop Ebola Spread

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 12:13 PM

More than the potential weaponization of the Ebola virus, American Health Policy Institute President Tevi Troy is concerned about the uncontrolled spread of the disease beyond West Africa, he said Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"There's already 2,400 dead in Africa and it may be larger than that," said Troy. "I'm also concerned that the world is a little slow to respond on this one and that we need faster detection systems in order to be able to jump on these things more quickly in the future."

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The 3,000 troops President Barack Obama has deployed to Africa have many resources to help contain the virus.

"The U.S. military is very good at logistics, setting up camps and establishing sanitary conditions and helping provide the support the folks need," Troy said. "Obviously, we want to protect our troops and make sure that they're behind protective gear, but they can help distribute the medicines. A good model of what the U.S. has been able to do in terms of stopping diseases is the PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) program, where we distributed lots of countermeasures to the AIDS virus."

While Troy lauds the U.S. for providing financial assistance — the president has committed upward of $150 million — and manpower, Troy says the problem is worldwide and should be handled accordingly.

"It shouldn't be an all-America issue," he said. "There were some failures on the part of the world, like the World Health Organization. I'd like to see a more international body that could step up in times of these crises. It all doesn't have to be on America's shoulder, but America does have a role to play."

It's a challenging task for the government and the medical community to balance informing the public without scaring them.

"You don't want people panicking in the streets or flooding the emergency rooms if they have a cold that they think may be Ebola," he said. "This is the kind of thing that needs to be handled abroad before it becomes a problem here."

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More than the potential weaponization of the Ebola virus, American Health Policy Institute President Tevi Troy is concerned about the uncontrolled spread of the disease beyond West Africa, he said Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."
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