Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.
The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.
"The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice," Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. "Preparedness isn't something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf."
Ebola came to New York via a doctor who had volunteered to treat patients in Ebola-stricken Guinea. Dr. Craig Spencer alerted his aid agency that he had developed a fever, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center by specially trained emergency workers wearing protective gear.
In Dallas last month, a hospital initially sent home a sick Thomas Eric Duncan, who had traveled from Liberia and who days later would become the nation's first Ebola diagnosis.
A look at differences between the two cases: