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Ebola Outbreak - 2014

CDC Surges its Ebola Response

CDC’s response to Ebola is the largest international outbreak response in CDC’s history. 

  • Today, CDC has more than 230 staff on the ground in West Africa and in the U.S., supported by hundreds of public health emergency response experts.
  • CDC teams are deployed from the CDC 24/7 Emergency Operations Center (EOC), activated at Level 1, its highest level, because of the significance of this outbreak.
  • Each team is flexibly composed to match talents and expertise with critical needs in the field.

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  • Infographic: Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit when they arrive in the United States.

    Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit when they arrive in the United States.
    More Information on the Ebola CARE Kit

  • Infographic: What is contact tracing? Contact tracing can stop the Ebola outbreak in its tracks

    What is contact tracing? Contact tracing can stop the Ebola outbreak in its tracks
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  • Infographic: CDC Emergency Response Activation levels

    CDC Emergency Response Activation Levels
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  • Photo: CDC developed an introductory training course for U.S. healthcare workers deploying to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in West Africa.

    CDC developed an introductory training course for U.S. healthcare workers deploying to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in West Africa.
    Photo credit: Nahid Bhadelia

  • Photo: CDC’s Safety Training Course for healthcare workers going to West Africa was designed to simulate working conditions in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).

    CDC’s Safety Training Course for healthcare workers going to West Africa was designed to simulate working conditions in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).
    Photo credit: Nahid Bhadelia

  • Photo: CDC’s Safety Training Course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in West Africa have sufficient knowledge to work safely and efficiently.

    CDC’s Safety Training Course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in West Africa have sufficient knowledge to work safely and efficiently.
    Photo credit: Nahid Bhadelia

  • Photo: CDC’s Safety Training Course for U.S. healthcare workers going to West Africa is the first step in preparing clinicians to work in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).

    CDC’s Safety Training Course for U.S. healthcare workers going to West Africa is the first step in preparing clinicians to work in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).
    Photo credit: Nahid Bhadelia

  • 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
    Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

  • Photo: Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts numerous filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically-infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).

    Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts numerous filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically-infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).
    Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

  • Photo: Dr. Jordan Tappero, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares to don goggles before entering the Ebola treatment unit (ETU), ELWA 3.

    Dr. Jordan Tappero, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares to don goggles before entering the Ebola treatment unit (ETU), ELWA 3.

  • Photo: CDC employees examine pre-deployment maps as part of the Ebola response.

    CDC employees examine pre-deployment maps as part of the Ebola response.

  • Photo: Health promotion is a key part of preventing infection in healthcare settings and in the community.

    Health promotion is a key part of preventing infection in healthcare settings and in the community.

  • Photo: New Ebola isolation center being constructed in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    New Ebola isolation center being constructed in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

  • Photo: CDC Director Dr. Frieden is checked for fever on a thermal scanner at Conakry, Guinea airport.

    CDC Director Dr. Frieden is checked for fever on a thermal scanner at Conakry, Guinea airport.

  • Photo: Guinea Red Cross volunteers travel door-to-door sharing information about Ebola. Each Red Cross team has members who can speak 4 different languages.

    Guinea Red Cross volunteers travel door-to-door sharing information about Ebola. Each Red Cross team has members who can speak 4 different languages.

  • Infographic:Facts about Ebola

    Global Health Security: Stopping the Ebola Outbreak Infographic.
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  • Infographic: Disctricts reporting suspect or conformed cases of Ebola Hemorrhagic fever.

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

    West Africa Ebola Outbreak
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  • 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?
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  • 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 sooner the world comes together to help West Africa, the safer we all will be. We know how to stop this outbreak. There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down—the challenge is to scale up the massive response needed to stop this outbreak.

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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