Tom Borelli

Graham criticizes the CDC for “significant gaps in existing CDC procedures and protocols,” especially with how to return possibly exposed workers to the U.S.

Graham also notes the lack of “existing quarantines or travel restrictions, these gaps could pose an imminent danger to our healthcare system.”

In a revealing interview with CNN Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Frieden admitted that the decision to allow the transport of the infected doctor from Liberia did not come from the government. He also added the CDC did not exercise its authority to block the transport of the infected Americans.

Obviously, these Americans need to be treated with the best possible medical care, but that does not mean they must be treated in the U.S. The reality is there is no special treatment that can only occur in the U.S. that can’t happen elsewhere.

Knowingly allowing Ebola patients into the U.S. presents an unnecessary risk. Clearly, the safest strategy would not involve transporting patients thousands of miles through various modes of transportation and placement in a U.S. hospital.

Dr. Ben Carson also questioned the wisdom of bringing the infected patients to the U.S. On Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Carson said, “Our policies should be directed against [the] worst-case scenario, not [the] best-case scenario when we're talking about the health and well-being of the population of the United States.”

The Ebola epidemic is not the only example of failures at the CDC. The bureaucracy has been plagued with accidents related to its handling of infectious agents.

That’s right, the CDC, whose business is to handle the most dangerous bacterial and viral agents has, on multiple occasions, made mistakes with pathogens including anthrax and the flu virus.

Making matters worse, CDC only discovered a serious accident after investigating another lab error. The previously unknown incident involved the shipping of a disease-producing strain of the H5N1 influenza virus that was mistakenly cross-contaminated with a less pathogenic strain of avian influenza to a United States Department of Agriculture lab.

In light of these mishaps, the CDC temporarily closed the influenza lab and stopped shipping infectious agents to other labs.

The initial incident occurred when about 60 employees were possibly exposed to inadequately inactivatedsamples of anthrax that were sent from the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory.

An internal CDC review documented a total of five incidents where infectious agents were improperly shipped to other labs.

In truth, it’s not really surprising to observe problems at the CDC when you consider Frieden’s prior post as head of NYC’s Health Department. While working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Frieden led Bloomberg’s war on trans-fats and promoted a soda tax to combat obesity.

The CDC is a classic case of a mismanaged agency that has lost its focus on its primary mission to combat infectious diseases.

Too bad we don’t have a vaccine to prevent the epidemic growth of government bureaucracies.


Tom Borelli

Tom Borelli, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with FreedomWorks.

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