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Category: Ebola

Mabinty Tarawally — 1-1-7 Hotline Responder

Mabinty Tarawally answers calls at the 117 Call Center in Freetown Sierra Leone.

Mabinty Tarawally has worked as a 1-1-7 Call Center responder for almost a year. When she began, the national call center consisted of seven people who handled 100 calls a day in a small room at the World Health Organization’s Sierra Leone country office. Tarawally joined the 1-1-7 Call Center in September 2014, and has Read More >

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Hard But Fulfilling Work in the Fight Against Ebola

CDC staff in Kambia District Office May 27, 2015

The fruit bat dropped silently from the delivery room ceiling and quickly crawled away as the nurse explained how she mixed the 0.5% chlorine solution used to sterilize the medical instruments. It was a normal day of assessing the infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures of peripheral health units (PHUs) in the rural areas of Read More >

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Working collaboratively to support Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone

Despite the hot weather and lack of air conditioning, Ebola responders suit up and are enthusiastic about learning how to put on their personal protective equipment during training session in Sierra Leone.

CDC’s FETP partnerships with African nations continue to be leveraged beyond their national borders and for new and unexpected health threats. Dr. Bao-Ping’s blog posted originally on March 31 is being highlighted again as a reminder of how FETPs support global as well as individual nation’s health security. In late November 2014, during the peak Read More >

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Stopping Ebola by Land, Water and Air

Photo credit: Justin Williams/CDC

This blog was originally posted on Huffington Post on February 18, 2015. 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 Read More >

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Working collaboratively to support Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone

Over 100 public health workers in Sierra Leone participate in a demonstration session on how to use personal protective equipment during the E

In late November 2014, during the peak of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I was deployed to Sierra Leone to support CDC’s Ebola response efforts. Like many of my colleagues, I wasn’t sure what to expect or where to begin, but I knew that we faced immense challenges, and my skills and expertise in Read More >

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Fulfilling the Decade of Vaccines Vision

As 2014 draws to a close, one theme that has been continuously present is the importance of a strong public health infrastructure in a country to effectively protect against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).  Universal access to immunization is the Decade of Vaccines vision, and in order to achieve this, more efforts are needed to build upon the Read More >

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A Day in Liberia — John Logan Town

On the trip back from John Logan Town, we were stopped for nearly two hours while a new bridge was built. I was observing the construction since this was really a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I am not a morning person. In a typical week, it takes a long shower and a cup or two of coffee before I hit my stride. This was not the case for me on October 30th. I sprung out of bed at 5:00am and was ready to start the day’s mission. We were heading Read More >

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Tom Frieden: What I’m Thankful For

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

  This blog was originally posted on on November 20, 2014   This Thanksgiving Day, 170 CDC disease detectives, public health experts, and communication specialists will not be home celebrating with loved ones. They’ll be in West Africa, working to contain the Ebola epidemic. Some of them are deep in remote areas, far from the Read More >

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Preparedness Workshops Help At-Risk Countries Prepare for Ebola

Figure 1: Real time contact tracing system used in Nigeria to track Ebola resposne (September 9, 2014)

  A recent news story in Bloomberg Businessweek proclaims “How to Avert an Ebola Nightmare: Lessons from Nigeria’s Victory.” The article outlines the remarkable achievement of Nigeria’s Ministry of Health with partners, including CDC, to contain the spread of Ebola in that country. Now declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria stands as a Read More >

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CDC Director: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola outbreak


  This blog was originally posted on Fox News on October 9, 2014.   The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States has caused some to call on the United States to ban travel for anyone from the countries in West Africa facing the worst of the Ebola epidemic. That response is understandable. Read More >

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