House panel calls Ebola hearing

Greg Nash

Top federal health officials will testify about the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis at a hearing later this month, lawmakers announced Friday.

A panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will meet Oct. 16 to examine the federal response to Ebola. It will be the fourth time that lawmakers meet to discuss the virus.

{mosads}Witnesses will include the two officials who have largely managed the first Ebola infection since it was confirmed in the U.S. this week: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Tom Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci.

“As the Ebola outbreak becomes a growing public health concern here in the US, the Energy and Commerce Committee is reviewing all aspects of the federal response,” committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement Friday.

The panel plans to address decisions made by the CDC as well as airline screening procedures by Customs and Border Patrol. A growing number of lawmakers are applying pressure to restrict air travel to the affected countries, though U.S. officials have said the U.S. will keep its borders open and maintain its current screening procedures.

The hearing will be hosted by the committee’s oversight panel, which is led by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who is a medical doctor.

The Texas Legislature has also scheduled a hearing to address the state and federal response to Ebola. The Dallas hospital currently treating the Ebola-infected patient received fierce criticism earlier this week for failing to diagnose the patient upon his initial hospital visit.


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