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Ebola

Sharts-Hopko, Nancy, PhD, RN, FAAN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: March 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 3 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000461791.61044.35
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Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN

Villanova, PA

I write from the perspective of having worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in a developing country in the early 1980s (“Our Ebola Wake-Up Call,” Editorial, December 2014).

Two things frustrate me about the Ebola crisis. One is the reluctance of governments and, especially, the WHO to acknowledge the severity of the problem. The second is how relatively inexpensively Ebola can be managed (using antipyretic medications and oral or IV rehydration).

As the Editorial states, protection from this disease is not complicated. It is a matter of investing in basic resources to protect front-line caregivers.

Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN

Villanova, PA

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