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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 Announcements
o Ebola Cases and Deaths (West Africa)
o Online Resources
o Summary Key Messages (full Key Messages document attached)

Announcements

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 anfriends.  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 thdisease. 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.”

Read  C DC’s pr ess r el e ase  and the complete press briefing  transcript and  audio.



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.

Read  C DC’s pressrelease  and factsheet on the new screening process.



Updated Travel Notices
CDC has updated travel notices for  Liberia,  Sierra Leone,  Guinea, and  Nigeria. Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations.

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.

Online Resources

General Outbreak Information:


Ebola Virus Disease home page in  English and Spanish



New Or Updated Guidance Documents: (Full range of guidance documents can be found at the CDC Ebola Web site)




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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
West Africa.
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.


     CDCs response to Ebola is the agency’s largest international outbreak response
ever.
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 CDCs  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
September 30.

o The patient passed away on October 8, 2014.

LINK TO WEST AFRICA EBOLA UPDATE

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