West Africa still has long way to go to stop Ebola outbreak

West Africa has been hard hit by the current Ebola outbreak.
West Africa has been hard hit by the current Ebola outbreak. | Courtesy of
Although it is making progress in its goal of no new cases of Ebola in West Africa, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still has a long way to go a year after it began its largest international emergency response to date. 

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014. Noting the threat to the rest of the world, the CDC immediately began collaborating with local governments in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, as well as other international partners to bring a stop to the outbreak. 

In addition to testing more than 12,000 blood samples for the virus in its Sierra Leone lab, the CDC worked with local governments to  trace patient contacts; establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; educate people on the best ways to protect themselves and their families; and train more than 23,000 health care workers in West Africa to contain the infection.

“CDC’s critical and sustained response has helped contribute to the important progress seen in West Africa, including the dramatic decrease of new Ebola cases in Liberia during the first part of the year,” Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, said. “But despite these signs of hope, the fight against Ebola is far from over.”

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