09/19/2014 04:20 pm ET Updated Sep 19, 2014

'Ebola Would Not Be What It Is Today' If Proper Health Systems Existed, Expert Says

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has been an issue simmering below the surface of American consciousness since it began. Soon, however, that could – and should — change.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has killed nearly 3,000 people, easily the largest outbreak of the disease in recorded history. As health officials from around the world scramble to find an answer for Ebola, Sheila Davis — the chief nursing officer at Partners in Health — said in a HuffPost Live conversation Thursday that a proper health infrastructure in these countries could be a cure-all.

"I think this is evident of a really weakened health system and the goal is that we need to, as well as addressing this crisis, build a strong infrastructure of health," Davis told host Alyona Minkovski. "If we had adequate members of doctors, physicians and health systems, Ebola would not be the crisis that it is today."

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