New Funding Announced for US Ebola Preparedness

The Obama administration on Friday announced around $200 million in new funding to increase Ebola preparedness in the United States.

The Department of Health and Human Services is giving grants to states to help set up 10 regional Ebola treatment centers, as well as hospitals in every state that can safely care for an Ebola patient until he or she is transferred. Combined with other funds, the move brings the total for local Ebola preparedness to around $340 million.

The first U.S. patient to have Ebola arrived in Dallas last year, and the U.S. response was at times shaky. Two nurses at the Dallas hospital caring for him contracted the disease. The patient died.