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CDC Ebola Response Update Podcasts

Listen to the PodcastSeptember 24, 2015 CDC Ebola Response Update (3:38)

Ebola Response Update

In this podcast, CDC medical officer Alyson Goodman describes how CDC’s Children’s Health Team worked with partners to help U.S. hospitals prepare for a potential case of Ebola in a child. Created: 9/24/2015 by Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC). Date Released: 9/24/2015. Series Name: CDC Ebola Response Update.


Since 2014, CDC has worked with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers were previously reported in the United States.

  • CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help coordinate technical assistance and disease control activities with partners.
  • Thousands of CDC staff members have provided logistics, staffing, communication, analytics, management, and other support functions for the response. CDC personnel have deployed to West Africa to assist with response efforts, including surveillance, contact tracing, data management, laboratory testing, and health education.
    • CDC experts have been deployed to non-affected border countries to conduct assessments of Ebola preparedness in those countries.
  • CDC recommends that travelers from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone watch their health for fever or other symptoms of Ebola for 21 days after they leave one of these countries. They should contact their state or local health department or seek health care if symptoms develop. For more information for travelers, visit CDC's Travelers' Health Ebola webpage.

CDC Deployment Totals*

as of March 17, 2016
(Updated March 17, 2016)

Location Currently Deployed Completed Deployments
United States 9 920
Affected Countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) 68 2227
Less Affected/Unaffected Countries 1 297
Total 78 3444

* Deployments represent responses to cases and preparedness activities.