For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Contact: CDC Media Relations
CDC versus Ebola: The Road to Zero
CDC responders describe the battle against Ebola in multimedia report
The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa in early 2014 continues today. With more than 27,000 reported Ebola cases and more than 11,000 deaths, the scope has been unprecedented. Equally extraordinary is the scale and duration of the response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Today, CDC is releasing a multimedia reportdescribing the experiences of the agency’s Ebola responders.
Since the outbreak began, CDC has sent more than 1,200 experts in various disciplines to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and surrounding countries. Many deployed more than once and also volunteered to return as long as the epidemic persists. Thousands more CDC staff have worked on the response from the agency’s Atlanta headquarters, as well as in hospitals, labs and airports; other CDC campuses in the U.S., and CDC country offices around world.
“The global response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented, and hard work by thousands has helped contain the virus in most of the region,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We will never forget either those impacted by this terrible epidemic or the heroic public health professionals who responded.”
The report highlights CDC employees’ work testing blood samples in field laboratories, traveling remote trails and rivers to track case contacts, teaching Ebola prevention strategies in local communities, protecting borders by screening and monitoring travelers, and strengthening hospital infection control practices.