CDC ramps up response to West Africa Ebola outbreak - CBS46 News

CDC ramps up response to West Africa Ebola outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta will send a group of 50 disease control officers to West Africa, where the latest strain of the Ebola virus has claimed more lives than at any other point in recorded history.

The CDC team will focus on setting up emergency operations centers to speed up testing, and isolate the people affected by the virus.

"Ebola virus disease is very frightening, it is frankly a dreadful and merciless virus. And the current outbreak is bad," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

"We've been able to stop every outbreak, but it takes meticulous work. It's like fighting a forest fire. If you leave behind even one burning ember, one case undetected, it could re-ignite the epidemic."

Frieden said he is not concerned about the virus spreading in the United States, because the American hospital infrastructure is equipped to be able to identify and quickly isolate infected patients.

"In this country, we're confident we will not have significant spread of Ebola, even if we were to have a patient with Ebola here," said Frieden.

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