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U.S. hospitals improved infectious disease preparedness in response to Ebola threat, federal watchdog says

October 22, 2018 / Tina Reed

Preparedness for emerging infectious diseases threats saw a marked improvement at U.S. hospitals after an Ebola outbreak scare in 2014, according to a new report from a federal watchdog agency. The challenge now? Keeping that level of preparedness in the midst of competing priorities. According to the HHS Office of Inspector General, 71% of hospital administrators reported their facilities were unprepared to receive Ebola patients in 2014. But after scrambling to update emergency plans, train staff to care for patients with emerging infectious diseases (EID), purchasing additional supplies and conducting drills, 86% of administrators said their facilities were prepared in 2017.