Wednesday, September 03, 2014

CDC Ebola Press Briefing: Transcript & Audio

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Yesterday’s dual press conferences (see CDC & WHO Press Briefings On Ebola) will be augmented later this morning by a briefing from a High Level UN delegation (Chan, Fukuda, and Nabarro) in Washington D.C.. 


While we wait on today’s developments the CDC has published the audio and transcript of yesterday’s briefing, along with a press release summarizing Dr. Thomas Frieden’s comments.



Press Briefing Transcript

CDC Telebriefing on the Update on Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:00 p.m. ET




For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

CDC warns Ebola epidemic in West Africa is outpacing current response

CDC Director highlights US government response; calls for vastly increased and accelerated international response in West Africa

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. reported on his visits last week to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Dr. Frieden described a daunting situation and called for speed, flexibility and work on the front lines to take precedence.

The United States has stepped up assistance to the affected countries and to international organizations responding to the outbreak. Multiple U.S. agencies have been involved in the response to the crisis, including the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense (DOD).

Since the CDC ramped up its Ebola response in early July, more than 500 CDC staff members have provided logistics, staffing, communication, analytics, management, and other support functions. As of September 2, roughly 100 U.S. government personnel have been deployed and are working in the affected countries responding to the outbreak, this includes more than 70 CDC staff deployed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone assisting with various vital response efforts such as surveillance, contact tracing, database management, and health education.

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