CDC Responds to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
As CDC experts work 24/7 in response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, 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.
CDC Disease detective Erik is one of many Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers who have recently deployed to West Africa. He was prepared for the poor infrastructure, underdeveloped medical systems and even bucket showers. But the emotional impact has been unparalleled for many staffers, including Erik.
Francisco serves as the Chief of Science for the Global Migration Task Force, which is part of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. He and his team within the EOC develop protocols that reduce the risk of travelers with Ebola from entering the United States, or from leaving the country where they were infected.
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.
CDC 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.
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.
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.
Ruth 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.