WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the confirmed case of Ebola in the United States. The committee has been receiving regular, bipartisan briefings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the last several weeks and will hold a hearing on the issue in the coming weeks. Committee leaders recently sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell seeking more information regarding the outbreak and preparedness.
“Given the severity of the outbreak in Africa, perhaps it was only a matter of time for the first case of Ebola to reach our shores. Nevertheless, today’s news should serve as a wake up call. As I have said before, the response to this outbreak must be an all-hands-on-deck effort. This is not just an Africa or United States problem. This is a global problem. The United States has a first-class health care system and we will continue to take every step necessary to contain and prevent the spread of this disease and ensure the public health. But with the increased urgency of a U.S. case, our oversight efforts will play an increasingly important role, as will the efforts of all those involved in fighting the spread of Ebola. The committee looks forward to having a hearing with top administration officials in the coming weeks to ensure we are taking every necessary step and precaution possible.”