The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to ending the Ebola attacks announced in February 2021 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Guinea (Guinea).
The CDC is working with health ministries and international and local partners in the DRC, Guinea, and border countries to respond to these explosions.
Earlier this month the CDC allocated $ 20 million from the Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund for preparedness and response activities in Ebola -affected and border countries to ensure the continuation of these efforts.
“Even one case of Ebola is very high,” said CDC Ebola Response Incident Manager Joel Montgomery, PhD, CAPT USPHS. “Funds that allow the CDC and its partners to quickly establish response, preparedness, and programs and activity in the aftermath of an outbreak, learn about the virus, and protect the health of Americans and people in all over the world.
The CDC deployed scientific and technical experts in the DRC, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to respond with CDC country office staff. CDC teams provide on-the-ground and / or technical assistance in all aspects of responses, including epidemiology and surveillance, laboratory, infection prevention and control, case management, border health, communication. risk and community engagement, vaccinations, and survivors programs. In countries bordering the affected areas, the CDC is also working to strengthen rapid response capacity. These efforts are built on CDC-assisted capabilities in building on past Ebola attacks in countries.
In addition, the CDC financially supports members of the AFENET external iconCorps of Disease Detectives work in the outbreak area of the DRC, and also have contract staff in the town of Goma.
The CDC will continue to work with the global health community to end its outbreaks and strengthen the capacity of countries to quickly detect and respond to future Ebola cases.