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CDC issues report on its unprecedented response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 10:07:47-04

More than 27,000 have had suspected or proven cases of Ebola in an epidemic that began in 2014 in West Africa.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report detailing the work it has done throughout the past year in response to the unprecedented outbreak. At least nine countries were part of the epidemic, which continues today.

"Not only has this epidemic been unprecedented, but so has the public health response launched by CDC and its partners. Within a week of the initial report of Ebola, CDC had an expert team on the ground in Guinea," the report states. "Over the past year, CDC has sent more than 1,000 employees to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, many of whom have gone more than once.

"Thousands more have worked on the response from the agency’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, other areas in the United States, and other countries around world. CDC hasn’t done this work alone — in every aspect of the response, CDC has collaborated with partners, such as the ministries of health in West Africa, the World Health Organization, CDC Foundation, other parts of the U.S. government, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and other non-profit organizations," the report states.

Click here to see the CDC's report, "The Road to Zero," and learn more about the current state of West Africa's Ebola epidemic.

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