American Reputation or African Welfare? The proper response to the Ebola epidemic
By Robert DeNunzio
October 14, 2014
Like many international stories, the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa featured prominently in the news during its early stages, and was then relegated to the back pages of newspapers and magazines. The American media ignored the unique and potentially disastrous nature of the epidemic as well as the inadequate response of the United States government, which has failed to take advantage of experimental drugs, and to establish programs to combat future outbreaks. The urgency of the situation has only recently been impressed on American audiences after the death of an Ebola patient in Dallas due to mistakes by American medical staff. The current crisis will not be contained without significant international aid, and remains not only a tragedy for the people of afflicted countries, but also a security risk for the United States.