Via the US Embassy website in Monrovia: U.S. Agency Expands Efforts Against Ebola in West Africa. Excerpt:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly increasing its efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
CDC’s 24/7 mission is to prevent, detect and stop disease outbreaks wherever they occur and to improve public health both at home and abroad. CDC has contributed to the World Health Organization’s efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since the start of the outbreak in March. CDC now is taking a more active role, and has been invited by WHO to provide leadership on the technical front, CDC said on its website August 6.
CDC said it has activated its Emergency Operations Center to its highest response level.
“The bottom line with Ebola is we know how to stop it: traditional public health. Find patients, isolate and care for them; find their contacts; educate people; and strictly follow infection control in hospitals. Do those things with meticulous care and Ebola goes away,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden.
CDC is rapidly sending more disease-control experts to the four nations reporting cases. CDC announced in early August that 50 more disease-control experts will be in the region within 30 days. Some staff have completed their deployments and are rotating out but overall staff numbers are increasing, CDC said. As of August 4, CDC staff deployments were:
• Guinea: six deployed.
• Liberia: 12 deployed.
• Nigeria: four deployed.
• Sierra Leone: nine deployed
This sustained, agencywide response will continue until the outbreak is under control, an effort expected to take three to six months, CDC said.