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It’s a good thing Ebola is in the United States

It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s a good thing that Ebola has arrived in the United States.

Instead of trying to contain the deadly virus in West Africa, the first person to be infected arrived in Dallas and subsequently died at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. Since that time, there has been much hand-wringing, finger-pointing and consternation about the hows, whys and who-is-to-blame for the arrival of the Ebola virus in America.

It’s a waste of time to blame the government or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The United States has 50 states, over 3,000 counties and more than 5,000 registered hospitals. To think the federal government or the CDC could have every nurse, doctor, technician and staff member up-to-date with the latest protocols and guidelines is just laughable.

But now that Ebola is here, the point has to be made: The ONLY way for a vaccine to be created for a virus many people hadn’t heard of or weren’t aware of — including its special-effects-like symptoms and grisly death — was for the disease to come to our doorstep.

Why? Because drug companies weren’t going to invest millions of dollars in a vaccine that wasn’t needed in America. The dirty secret of drug manufacturers is that they are publicly-owned companies that rely on investors, who want to see profits that come from people who want and purchase drugs HERE in America.

Since two nurses from a Dallas hospital are now infected, drug companies are scrambling to be the first to find a vaccine and profit from a new, lucrative market.

Should everyone panic now that Ebola is here? Absolutely not. But sometimes a little bit of panic goes a long way.