CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to Ebola. Below, please find resources and guidance that we hope will be useful to you and your organization. Please share with your colleagues and networks.
In this email:
o Ebola Cases and Deaths (West Africa)
o Online Resources
o Summary Key Messages (full Key Messages document attached)
CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden stated in an October 8 press briefing: “Today we are deeply saddened by the death of the patient in Dallas. Despite maximal interventions, we learned today that he passed away and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He is a face that we associate now with Ebola. Since the start of the epidemic, 3,742 patients in West Africa have been documented to have died from the disease. We don't have their faces as prominently in front of us, and we know that even more people have been affected. So we think about this and we remember what a deadly enemy Ebola is and how important it is that we take every step possible to both protect American’s and stop the outbreak at its source in Africa.”
Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports and New Tracking
Program for all People Entering U.S. from Ebola-affected Countries
CDC and the Department of Homeland Security's Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Updated Travel Notices
Ebola Cases and Deaths (West Africa)
As of October 5, 2014*
· Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 8033
· Suspected Case Deaths: 3865
· Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 4461
Updates on cases and deaths can be found on the CDC website.
*Case counts updated in conjunction with World Health Organization updates and are based on
information reported by the Ministries of Health.
General Outbreak Information:
New Or Updated Guidance Documents: (Full range of guidance documents can be found at the CDC Ebola Web site)
CDC Safety Training Course for Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States
Additional Guidance Documents:
Communication Resources (UPDATED)
Outbreak Map (UPDATED)
Digital Press Kit (UPDATED)
CDC Videos on Ebola (UPDATED)
Put CDC content on Ebola on your website that will update automatically.
Add a CDC Ebola Microsite to your web page. The embed code for this microsite is available in CDC’s new syndication site, the Public Health Media Library. Ebola HTML content, images, and other media are being added and also available for syndication from this site. Please contact IMTech@cdc.gov for technical support.
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Outbreak Summary Key Messages
A full key messages document is attached. Also, please note that NEW information has been highlighted in red.
On August 8, WHO declared that the current Ebola outbreak is a Public Health
Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in
o CDC is communicating with U.S. healthcare workers about how to detect and isolate patients who may have Ebola and how they can protect themselves from infection.
o Most of the cases have been reported in three countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
There were a small number of cases in Nigeria that have been linked to a man from Liberia who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria and died from Ebola.
On September 20, WHO reported that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria was contained. No new Ebola cases have been reported in Nigeria since September 5.
In Senegal, one case has been confirmed. No deaths or additional suspected cases have been reported. The case is in a man from Guinea who traveled by road to Senegal.
o The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported cases of Ebola in a remote area of the country. However, WHO received test results showing the Ebola virus strain causing the outbreak in the DRC is different from the strain in the current outbreak in West Africa. These results
confirm that the two outbreaks are unrelated.
Information on the outbreak in DRC can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/drc/2014-august.html.
On October 5, Uganda’s Ministry of Health released a statement confirming a case of Marburg, a fatal illness caused by the Marburg virus, which is related to the Ebola virus. The patient, a man who worked as a radiographer in a health center, did not survive. One contact of the person developed signs and has been isolated for further monitoring.
On September 23, CDC released an MMWR article, “Estimating the Future
Number of Cases in the Ebola Epidemic – Liberia and Sierra Leone, 2014-2015,” which estimated the future number of Ebola cases if current trends continue. The projected numbers were adjusted to account for estimated underreporting of cases.
o Without additional interventions or changes in community behavior, CDC
estimates that by January 20, 2015, there will be a total of approximately
550,000 Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone, or 1.4 million if corrections for underreporting are made.
o Cases in Liberia are currently doubling every 15-20 days, and those in
Sierra Leone and Guinea are doubling every 30-40 days.
o The MMWR is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su63e0923a1.htm, and a Q&A on the report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa-mmwr-
CDC’s response to Ebola is the agency’s largest international outbreak response
o USAID continues to lead the public health component of the United States’ overseas response to the Ebola outbreak, while the Department of Defense, CDC, Department of State, and other departments and agencies are supporting the whole-of-government approach to this national security priority. In the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services, including CDC, is in charge of the strategic effort to fortify the U.S. public health and treatment infrastructure. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are leading the effort to develop and test vaccines and new treatments.
On September 16, President Obama announced additional U.S. government support for the response in West Africa, including significant U.S. military funding and engagement.
o U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will set up a regional command in Monrovia, Liberia, to facilitate the coordination of the response and to expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies, and personnel.
o Additional Ebola treatment units will be established in the affected areas, as well as a site to train up to 500 health workers per week to care for patients.
o The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will deploy 65 health workers to support a state-of-the-art Department of Defense hospital that will be placed in Monrovia to provide care to health workers who become sick.
On September 30, CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the
United States in a person who had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas.
o The patient had no symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States on September 20.
o The patient was admitted to a Dallas hospital on September 28. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at a Texas lab participating in CDC’s Laboratory Response Network. Test results from both laboratories confirmed that the patient had Ebola.
o A CDC team was dispatched to Dallas to assist with the investigation on
o The patient passed away on October 8, 2014.
LINK TO WEST AFRICA EBOLA UPDATE