Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Monday that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa can be stopped
“We know how to stop Ebola now,” he said in Washington on Monday.
Frieden said the government-funded CDC was “surging” its response to the outbreak and would send 50 public health employees to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help stop the outbreak within the next 30 days.
He said “tried and true public health mechanism methods would be applied.’’
Frieden said hospital infection control and educating the community in Africa about safe burial practices would also be included.
He said the current outbreak was the worst-ever on record, as it has claimed 728 lives and sickened more than 1,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year.
Frieden rejected fears that sending more CDC employees to fight the outbreak would put more U.S. citizens in harm’s way.
“The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa’’, he said.
He also said he was encouraged by the apparent improvement a US doctor suffering from the Ebola virus was showing. The doctor arrived at an Atlanta hospital after being evacuated from Liberia on Saturday.
Dr Kent Brantly was infected while working for Christian aid organization – Samaritan’s Purse.
Brantly is being treated in a special isolation unit.