Both the new cases of Ebola and deaths from Ebola Virus Disease have decreased remarkable since the international community placed a higher priority on the situation in West Africa. However, while the battle against Ebola may have been victorious, the war on Ebola has yet to be won.
Patrice Gordon, NP bottle feeding a young patient in West Africa
History has shown us time and time again that consequences of not permanently eradicating a known threat to be profound. This week the British Medical Journal released a study performed by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Their research showed that less than 40% of the money pledged to fight the war on Ebola had been received. This revelation in conjunction with the United States announcing that they will recall most of their troops sent to Liberia and the Canadians announcing that Operation Sirona, their mission against Ebola in Sierra Leone, will conclude in June has some in the international community wondering if these actions are premature? On the White House Blog, President Obama stated "As we transition into a new phase in this fight, make no mistake -- America is as committed as ever, I am as committed as ever to getting to zero cases of Ebola."
The current policy for US Troops returning from Liberia is to be placed in isolation for 21 days. See CDC guidelines:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/exposure/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-exposure.html. The symbolic timeframe designates US Troops returning from Ebola infected areas in West Africa to be quarantined in Vicenza, Italy before returning to the USA. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that one of the notable military hierarchy isolated in Italy included the commander of the U.S., Army in Africa: Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams.