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Stopping Ebola by Land, Water and Air

Photo credit: Justin Williams/CDC

Speed is paramount in our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as we continue to be vigilant in the fight to extinguish Ebola. The faster we get to communities with suspected cases, the faster we protect the people there. That gets us closer to stopping this epidemic — and protecting people here in Read More >

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Rapid Detection and Response Are Essential to Stopping Ebola

A doctor adjusts the mask of a fellow health worker.

The recent drop in Ebola cases in Liberia is welcome. Many factors are contributing to this decline, including the adoption of safe burials and the emphasis on quickly getting patients into Ebola treatment units or community care centers and community initiatives to isolate and care for patients and track contacts. One promising development has been Read More >

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Vaccination means protection

“Five Chicago Babies Have Measles.” That headline from just a few days ago brought news none of us hoped we’d hear. Five children so young they could not be vaccinated against measles had become infected with this highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. This is exactly what we are concerned about, when we urge everyone Read More >

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Eight ways Ebola threatens the children of West Africa

Liberian children captured on camera by CDC's Justin Williams in 2014.

Reposted from Fox News, January 16, 2015 While visiting Macenta in rural Guinea, I saw a woman joyously bouncing a young child on her knees, making animated expressions and encouraging and entertaining the child. The woman was a survivor of Ebola, and the child had just been ruled out for the disease – even though Read More >

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CDC Chief: Thank you for helping us protect ourselves and not be afraid.

Photo: Close to 250 people showed up for training

Reposted from Fox News, December 22, 2014 More than 170 of CDC’s top staff are in West Africa focused on stopping the current Ebola epidemic and leaving behind stronger public health systems that will be better able to prevent the next epidemic and protect the people of West Africa, the United States, and the world. Read More >

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