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Ebola Outbreak - 2014

CDC Surges its Ebola Response

CDC is rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

  • This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The outbreak in West Africa is worsening, but CDC, along with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, is taking active steps to respond to this rapidly changing situation.
  • CDC elevated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to a Level 1 activation, its highest level, because of the significance of the outbreak in West Africa. However, the outbreak does not pose a significant risk to the United States.
  • CDC is surging our response with the current challenges that we are facing. CDC is sending additional CDC disease control specialists into the four countries.

Graphics / Images

  • Photo: Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

    Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
    Photo credit: Frederick A. Murphy

  • Photo: Ebola can easily cross this porous Guinea Liberia border

    Ebola virus is easily able to travel from one country to another. The Moa River, pictured here, is the border between Guinea and Sierra Leone. People travel freely across this border.

  • Photo: Kelsey in front of clinic

    CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Kelsey, standing in front of an Ebola clinic in Guinea.

  • Photo: An Ebola patient’s mattress lies burnt just outside of a village. .

    An Ebola patient’s mattress lies burnt just outside of a village.

  • Photo: Ebola response signage indicates the presence of the World Health Organization (WHO) on site in West Africa, offering aid during the efforts made to control the outbreak’s spread.

    Ebola response signage indicates the presence of the World Health Organization (WHO) on site in West Africa, offering aid during the efforts made to control the outbreak’s spread.

  • Photo:  CDC Disease Detective Rebecca inspects her gear prior to deploying to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

    CDC Disease Detective Rebecca inspects her gear prior to deploying to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

  • Photo:  CDC Disease Detective Rebecca  checks out her newly assigned gear prior to deploying to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

    CDC Disease Detective Rebecca checks out her newly assigned gear prior to deploying to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

  • Infographic:Facts about Ebola

    Facts about Ebola: You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.
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  • Infographic:Facts about Ebola

    Global Health Security: Stopping the Ebola Outbreak Infographic.
    Entire Infographic

  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak
    Entire Infographic

  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak
    Entire Infographic

  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak: When is someone able to spread the disease to others?
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  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Early Symptoms
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  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak: How do you get the Ebola virus?
    Entire Infographic

  • Infographic: 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map.

    2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Outbreak Distribution Map
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Contact Information

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Spokespersons

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Biography

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

The bottom line with Ebola is we know how to stop it: traditional public health. Find patients, isolate and care for them; find their contacts; educate people; and strictly follow infection control in hospitals. Do those things with meticulous care and Ebola goes away.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Inger Damon, MD, PhD

Biography

Inger Damon, MD

We’ve elevated CDC’s response to a Level 1 activation, meaning all hands are on deck to help with this Ebola outbreak. As the Incident Manager of CDC’s response, I can say that we are doing everything in our power to work with our partners to control this outbreak. It has been an extraordinary effort. It will be a long and hard road, but Ebola can and will be stopped with meticulous work.

Inger Damon, MD, PhD - Ebola Response Team Incident Commander

David Kuhar, MD

Biography

David Kuhar, MD

It’s important to emphasize that any U.S. hospital that can isolate a patient in a private room with a bathroom and is following CDC's infection control recommendations is capable of safely caring for a patient with Ebola,” said David Kuhar, MD, team lead of the Healthcare and Worker Safety Team for CDC’s Ebola response.

David Kuhar, MD - Healthcare and Worker Safety Team Lead for the CDC Ebola Response

CAPT Martin Cetron, MD

Biography

CAPT Martin (Marty) Cetron, MD

Our medical and public health officers at the various quarantine stations across the U.S. are ready to take action to limit the introduction and spread of contagious diseases in the United States. These health officers evaluate and assist ill persons at U.S. ports of entry, ensure proper health protocols are met for entry to the United States and recommend measures to be taken to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

CAPT Martin (Marty) Cetron, MD - Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

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