Medical errors can have serious consequences for patients, including serious injury and death. When it comes to fighting the potential threat of Ebola in the United States, though, medical error could have a much more wide-spread negative impact, potentially affecting large segments of the population, if the virus spreads unchecked.
Though some public health officials say the risk of Ebola spreading to significant numbers of Americans is small, others have raised more alarm. So far, several Americans have been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Healthcare workers returning from service in West Africa, of course, are most at risk of becoming sick. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control will reportedly be announcing new guidelines for the care of healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa.