Division of Infectious Diseases

“After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic”

Nebraska is a midwest state with those innate values that, in my limited experience thus far, tends to be against boasting and toward humility. Characteristics often to be proud of, but at times, humbleness verges on being a fault.

The Ebola experience highlights the experience here – UNMC and NMC were ready for Ebola – for a LONG time. Preparedness, drills and money spent “just in case” we ever needed those skills. Guess what? We did. And we were ready.

These experiences have prompted an amazing documentary that you should both watch and share. Infectious diseases are among the most terrifying and deadly diseases known to man. Help us, and the world, be prepared.

The link below connects to the full-length version of the documentary created by NET called “After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic”, which chronicles the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and Nebraska preparedness.  It will also air on NET at the following times:

Wednesday, April 19 at 9pm on NET
Friday, April 21 at 7pm on NET World
Saturday, April 22 at 12am on NET
Saturday, April 22 at 7pm on NET
Sunday, April 23 at 8am on NET World
Sunday, April 23 at 12pm on NET
Monday, April 24 at 7pm on NET World
Wednesday, April 26 at 8am on NET World
Friday, April 28 at 11:30 1pm on NET World
Saturday, April 29 at 12am on NET World
Saturday, April 29 at 7pm on NET World
Wednesday, May 24 at 8pm on NET

http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/news/net-news-after-ebola-nebraska-and-next-pandemic

This post represents personal opinion and was written by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS. It does not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire Division of Infections Diseases, UNMC, NMC or NET as a whole. 

Credit given to: Angela Hewlett, MD and Phil Smith, MD along with the entire Nebraska Biocontainment Unit for their amazing leadership and efforts throughout this ongoing experience.

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