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Published on: October 15, 2014
Be Prepared
The Ebola Crisis as a Crisis of Public Trust

Fear and distrust of government are major problems when it comes to controlling Ebola in West Africa, but the United States has its own problems along these lines as well. America’s public health authorities should look to the civil defense legacy for lessons on preparing for pandemics.

Patrick S. Roberts is an associate professor of public administration and policy at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria, Virginia, campus and the author of Disasters and the American State: How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Public Prepare for the Unexpected (Cambridge, 2013). His website is
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