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What CDC is Doing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and international partners, is taking active steps to respond to the rapidly changing situation in West Africa. Although the current outbreak does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, CDC is taking precautions at home in addition to its activities abroad.

  • CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help coordinate technical assistance and disease control activities with partners.
  • Hundreds of CDC staff members have provided logistics, staffing, communication, analytics, management, and other support functions for the response. CDC has deployed several teams of public health experts to the West Africa region. CDC staff are deployed to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to assist with response efforts, including surveillance, contact tracing, data management, laboratory testing, and health education.
  • CDC issued a Warning, Level 3 notice for U.S. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and an Alert, Level 2 travel notice to advise enhanced precautions for people traveling to Nigeria.
  • CDC is assisting with exit screening and communication efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes.
  • CDC is working with airlines to address crew and airline staff concerns while ensuring the ability of humanitarian and public health organizations to transport assistance into the affected countries.
  • CDC is also working with airlines, airports, and ministries of health to provide technical assistance for developing exit screening and travel restrictions in the affected areas.
  • CDC is working closely with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other partners at ports of entry (primarily international airports) to use routine processes to identify travelers who show signs of infectious disease. If a sick traveler is identified during or after a flight, CDC will conduct an investigation of exposed travelers and work with the airline, federal partners, and state and local health departments to notify them and take any necessary public health action.
  • CDC is working to prepare U.S. healthcare facilities about how to safely manage a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease. U.S. healthcare workers can find updated infection control guidance on the Information for Health Care Workers page. CDC communicates with healthcare workers on an ongoing basis through Health Alert Network (HAN), Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA), and a variety of existing tools and mechanisms.
  • CDC is working with partners to display Ebola-specific travel messages for electronic monitors and posters at ports of entry to reach travelers from West Africa.