December 4, 2014
Two months after the first reported case of Ebola in the United States, Americans have had the opportunity to put the limited outbreak in some perspective. Ebola is difficult to contract; procedures for screening, reporting and treatment have been tightened; and widespread outbreaks in the United States remain unlikely. That said, the risk of being affected by Ebola—either directly or indirectly—is a significant concern for businesses across the country, particularly those in the health care, hospitality or travel industries and for those with extensive overseas operations or supply chains. The disease is far from contained in West Africa and could spread to other regions.