According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the “Ebola outbreak of 2014 was a global wake-up call regarding the ongoing threat of emerging infectious diseases. After a slow initial response by the global community, including the U.S. government, the U.S. mounted what has become the largest effort by a single donor government to respond to Ebola. This includes an emergency appropriation of $5.4 billion by Congress as part of its final FY 2015 spending package, a funding amount significantly larger than previous emergency response efforts to address emerging infectious disease outbreaks such as SARS and avian influenza. Since this funding was designated by Congress as an emergency funding measure, it did not count toward existing budget caps on discretionary spending”.

Examination of reports by the CDC and various information outlets indicate only two people during the crisis contracted Ebola in the United States. Both were nurses and both recovered.

Another nine people contracted the disease outside the US and traveled into the country; only two did not recover.

So we spent ~ $ 500,000,000 per US case. Continue reading