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Ebola: Would having a surgeon general make a difference?




Hazardous material cleaners disinfectant their personal protective equipment after working in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, had been staying.
Hazardous material cleaners disinfectant their personal protective equipment after working in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, had been staying.
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The Ebola crisis highlights the fact that there is currently no surgeon general in office.

Last year, President Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Confirmation of the physician has been approved by a Senate committee but the full chamber has yet to take the issue up.

When it comes to Ebola, would having a confirmed surgeon general make a difference?

Absolutely not, Associated Press medical writer Mike Stobbe argues in Politico Magazine. Stobbe explains why.