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ER docs provide front-line defense: Opposing view
USA Today

Emergency physicians are critical to America’s ability to respond to outbreaks of disease and disasters. This was demonstrated this week when an Ebola patient in Dallas first sought medical care in an emergency department.

It is reminiscent of 2001, when a patient infected with anthrax first came to an emergency department in Virginia complaining of flu-like symptoms: Vigilant emergency staff quickly alerted other hospitals, thus saving lives.