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Calling in the Military to Fight Ebola

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the President’s commitment of troops to combat the Ebola outbreak and explains the Department of Defense’s widespread role in global health activities.

Ebola Characteristics and Comparisons to Other Infectious Diseases

Ebola virus has a unique set of characteristics that determine how and why its spreads, and how deadly it can be. To better understand Ebola, this infographic compares it to twelve other infectious diseases that continue to represent public health challenges today and offers five key takeaways about the disease.

Kaiser Health Policy News Index: Special Focus On Ebola

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and individual cases in the U.S. and Europe making international headlines, the latest Kaiser Health Policy News Index examines Americans’ attention to the Ebola crisis, awareness of key facts about the disease, and views of the U.S. role in addressing Ebola in Africa and at home.

Data Note: Update On Public Confidence In U.S. Health Institutions To Deal With Ebola

The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that majorities of the public said that if a case of Ebola were diagnosed in their area, they would have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of confidence in state, local, and federal health authorities to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading. Given the evolving news story, we re-surveyed the public from October 17-19 to determine whether confidence in health authorities to prevent the spread of Ebola has changed in light of more recent developments.

Poll: Most Americans Positive About Ebola Response

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman looks at public confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid the response to Ebola in the U.S. based on two Foundation polls taken over the past two weeks.

New Infographic Compares Ebola To Other Infectious Diseases

Ebola virus has a unique set of characteristics that determine how and why its spreads, and how deadly it can be. To better understand Ebola, a new Kaiser Family Foundation infographic compares it to twelve other infectious diseases that continue to represent public health challenges today and offers five key takeaways…

Ebola in West Africa: Four Questions for the U.S. Response Going Forward

As of August 14, 2014, the Ebola virus has infected an estimated 1,975 individuals across four countries in West Africa, leading to 1,069 deaths (including three Americans). The official reported numbers, frightening as they are, likely vastly underestimate the true magnitude of the outbreak. Ebola has severely impacted the daily…

Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million?

In the latest post in the Policy Insights series, Jen Kates and Josh Michaud take a look at several key measures of the Ebola epidemic’s impact and assess future projections of Ebola’s burden in the months to come. Previous columns in the Policy Insights series are also available kff.org.