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..
Press Briefing Transcript
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:00 p.m. ET
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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.