TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

CDC commits to eliminating Ebola

CDC commits to eliminating Ebola | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, recently unveiled a multimedia report showing the experiences that the CDC’s Ebola responders have had since the Ebola epidemic first started in early 2014 in West Africa.

Since the outbreak began, over 27,000 Ebola cases have been reported, and over 11,000 people have died.

Despite the challenges, the scale and duration of the CDC’s response shows its commitment to ending the outbreak; since 2014, over 1,200 experts from the CDC have traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and neighboring countries. Many of these people have deployed to these regions multiple times, in addition to volunteering for the remaining duration of the outbreak. Countless CDC staff have worked in the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, offering support to labs, hospitals and airports from Georgia.

The report emphasizes the employees’ efforts in traveling remote areas, testing blood samples in challenging conditions, traversing rivers to investigate case contacts, protecting borders by screening and monitoring travelers, educating local communities with Ebola prevention strategies and improving the infection control practices of the hospitals in West Africa.

“The global response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented, and hard work by thousands has helped contain the virus in most of the region,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “We will never forget either those impacted by this terrible epidemic or the heroic public health professionals who responded.”