Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and DAVID B. CARUSO
Oct. 25, 2014 9:57 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.
The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.
“The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Preparedness isn’t something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf.”