How NCEZID is Helping in the Ebola Response
Since early spring 2014, teams from NCEZID, along with staff across CDC, have been working to stop the largest Ebola epidemic in history. Close to 300 NCEZID personnel have been deployed to West Africa to assist with response efforts, including surveillance, contact tracing, data management, laboratory testing, and health education. Hundreds of other NCEZID staff have been working in the Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta to provide technical expertise, logistics, staffing, communication, analytics, management, and other support functions for the response. Others have been partnering with US Customs and Border Protection to conduct enhanced entry screening at five US airports, including developing routine processes to identify travelers who show signs of infectious disease. Another important focus for many NCEZID staff has been on preparing US healthcare facilities to safely manage a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease.
The Road to Zero: CDC’s Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic
To commemorate the first year of the response, CDC released a multimedia report documenting the efforts of the agency and its partners in fighting the outbreak, told through the stories and photos of our responders. The website, video, and photobook offer a poignant look at how NCEZID and other CDC staff have contributed to this response over the past year.