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Volume 22, Number 2—February 2016

Initial Costs of Ebola Treatment Centers in the United States

Jocelyn J. Herstein, Paul D. Biddinger, Colleen S. Kraft, Lisa Saiman, Shawn G. Gibbs, Philip W. Smith, Angela L. Hewlett, and John J. LoweComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (J.J. Herstein, J.J. Lowe); Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (P.D. Biddinger); Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (C.S. Kraft); Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA (L. Saiman); Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (S.G. Gibbs); University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha (P.W. Smith, A.L. Hewlett)

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Initial costs in US$ incurred by 45 Ebola treatment centers in the United States*

Cost scale Total costs Construction/
facility modifications PPE supplies Staff training Unit planning Laboratory equipment Non-PPE and nonlaboratory supplies and equipment
Average 1,197,993 420,502 213,347 267,075 176,713 99,106 172,581
Median 1,000,000 202,980 110,000 150,000 82,000 84,000 100,000
High 6,556,457 3,839,000 1,067,573 1,624,639 1,200,000 317,406 560,000
Low 51,500 8,500 10,000 10,000 15,000 0 3,000
Sums† 53,909,701 16,820,080 8,747,240 10,950,072 4,947,966 3,865,124 6,385,513

*PPE, personal protective equipment.
†Summarized data were collected through self-report by individual treatment centers through an electronically administered survey.

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