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Collins Questions CDC Response to Ebola

Maine Sen. Susan Collins was among members of the Senate Appropriations Committee who today questioned leaders of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about the response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and the few cases in the United States that came from Africa.

Collins said the conflicting statements by the agency confused the public and undermined CDC efforts. "From my perspective, it's not surprising that the American public is concerned about whether the response from Washington is the correct response," she said.

Collins said the CDC seemed to spend its time reacting to events and not getting out in front of the developing situation. The committee is considering a multi-billion dollar request for additional aid to the African nations fighting the Ebola outbreak

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.