Federal agency preparing to deal with new cases of virus
The Centers For Disease Control is set to purchase over 1.4 million surgical gowns in response to concerns about the spread of Ebola, as experts predict the United States could see over one hundred cases by the end of the year.
A notice posted on FedBizOpps reveals that the federal agency is preparing to spend big on personal protective equipment (PPE) to try and deal with an outbreak that scientists have warned could “explode” by mid-December unless urgent action is taken.
We featured the notice on Friday in an article about the CDC also acquiring body bags, although the “sources sought” advisory was subsequently updated to include the exact quantities of PPE gear that the federal agency was looking to purchase.
On top of almost 10,000 body bags, the CDC is set to buy over 1.4 million sterile surgical gowns, a similar quantity of disposable face masks as well as over a million bottles of hand sanitizer.
While the CDC says it is making the purchases “for potential use in the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak response in West Africa as well as any other future responses to outbreaks of contagious diseases worldwide,” top medical experts have predicted that the United States could be hit by as many as 130 Ebola cases by the end of the year.
“As best we can tell right now, it is quite possible that every major city will see at least a handful of cases,” David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University’s medical school, told the Associated Press.
In a related development, the U.S. Army is also looking to obtain Ebola detection kits for “planning purposes,” equipment that has the capability to, “definitively identify the Ebola Zaire Virus in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).”
The “sources sought” notice, issued by the Aberdeen Proving Ground military facility located in Aberdeen, Maryland, has a deadline of November 14.
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