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CDC Responds to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

As CDC experts work 24/7 in response to the Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, they support the response in many different capacities. In an effort to get the worst Ebola outbreak in history under control, CDC is not only providing guidance to healthcare professionals but traveling back to West Africa to focus on stopping the spread of the disease.

Read their stories….


Photo: CDC Disease Detective LeishaDuring her previous deployment several months ago, Ebola seemed to be quieting down in the remote part of Liberia where Leisha was posted. There were no new cases in the month she was there, so she and her colleagues got to work, trying to educate people to recognize new cases and prevent spread.



Photo of KelseyCDC disease detective Kelsey recently traveled to villages in the remote region that borders Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the epicenter of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. She helped train community health workers to trace people exposed to Ebola patients, but says she learned more than she taught.



LCDR Greg is an officer in the United States Public Health Service and works as a CDC disease detective Greg is no stranger to risk. Originally trained as a Navy diver, he is now a CDC detective and an officer in the US Public Health Service. He has worked on several potentially dangerous diseases, including Leishmaniasis, H1N1 influenza, MRSA, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. So when the call came to be deployed to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak, he wasn’t concerned.



Photo: CDC Disease detective Rebecca Rebecca is a CDC disease detective and the mother of two young boys, and she is deploying this week to West Africa in support of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. A health communicator who will be working in the field to improve health messaging at the community level, Rebecca is determined to make these 30 days count.



Photo: Ute, a CDC laboratory specialist, works on viruses like Ebola. CDC mobile labs equipped with real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) equipment already are being set up next to West African Ebola treatment centers. And Ute, a CDC expert, heads up the teams going with them.



Photo: CDC Disease Detective Molly stands near the electronic information wall in the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta. Molly is a health communications specialist for CDC, and this week she deployed in support of the Ebola outbreak.



Photo: Dr. Kari is headed to a village to complete a day of contact tracing with the team. Kari is just back from West Africa on a CDC team, where she worked to track down people exposed to one of the world’s most feared pathogens: Ebola virus.



Photo: Monique, a CDC health communications specialist, is excited to deploy in support of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Monique, a CDC health communications specialist, is excited to deploy in support of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.



Photo:CDC Disease Detective Dominique Like many of the CDC staff working on the Ebola outbreak, Dominique is no stranger to stepping up during public health emergencies. When she travelled to West Africa in early July, it marked her fourth deployment with CDC, with three prior deployments to Haiti.



CDC epidemiologist Ben When Ebola began to spread in Liberia, Ben’s background in education and prior Peace Corps experience were much-needed skills. He deployed in July and served on the ground as a health communications specialist.


Ruth C.

Photo: Senior health communications spcialist, RuthRuth is a senior health communications specialist in CDC’s Center for Global Health. She has been working with foreign governments on various public health messages for more than thirty years. Her job has taken her to Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.


Ruth N.

Photo: Epidemic Surveillance Intelligence officer Ruth Dr. Ruth’s primary role as an Epidemic Surveillance Intelligence officer in Sierra Leone will be to support surveillance, data management and contact tracing. But she will rely on her familiarity with African customs while interacting with locals.



Photo: CDC disease detective Meredith Meredith, a CDC disease detective and experienced international traveler, has already completed two month-long postings to West Africa. She was there last spring, when the Ebola outbreak seemed to be winding down – and went back this summer as the outbreak exploded anew. She has seen first-hand what Ebola has done to patients, families, and caregivers.


David Kuhar

Photo: David KuharDr. David Kuhar says his family understands why they haven’t seen much of him in recent months. But while he makes time to see his wife and young boys every night, he admits that after just completing the MERS-Coronavirus outbreak and then starting the Ebola outbreak, it has been challenging.


  • Page last reviewed: September 3, 2014
  • Page last updated: September 3, 2014
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