The presidentís directive gives the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to ďcontracts performed in Africa in support of USAID's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola.Ē

...if a Company A employee contracts Ebola while working in West Africa, brings the disease back to the United States, is not quarantined and ends up infecting members of the general public, Company A is protected from any lawsuits from these secondary victims. According to the USAID spokesperson, employees of these contracted companies "provide essential services, including medical and non-medical management of Ebola patients."