Today’s Infectious Disease News (3/27/19)

Trump Administration Takes More Aggressive Stance Against ACA

The Trump Administration is ramping up its opposition to the Affordable Care Act by arguing that entire law should be ruled unconstitutional. The Justice Department had previously maintained that only the pre-existing conditions section and other consumer protections should be invalidated. The new legal position was submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, where the ruling could decide the fate of the Obama-era healthcare law.

Full Story: Washington Post

Ebola Outbreak Surpasses 1,000 Cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 1,000 people have now been infected with the ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebel group violence in some parts of the country and resistance of populations not accustomed to dealing with aid workers have hindered efforts of WHO and other organizations to quell the outbreak. But the outcomes are much different for those who seek and receive treatment immediately, who are much more likely to survive, and those who wait days to seek treatment, who die at higher rates. Overall, the virus been fatal for 62 percent of infected people.

Full Story: The Hill