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More on why the U.S. was unprepared for Ebola
More on why the U.S. was unprepared for Ebola

As we reported Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) engaged in some pointless and uninformed ruminations about the government's response to the Ebola virus. But Ebola is one of those public events that expands exponentially in its consequences, public attention, news coverage and political opportunism -- all of it happening simultaneously -- so we've learned more since McCain's TV appearance about the factors in the American response. Here they are, in a nutshell: political posturing and budget cuts. The chart above, from Scientific American, shows the budget trend line of just one element of U.S. infectious disease preparedness. It shows that funding for a Centers for...

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