CDC Commits More Than 400 Staffers to Fight Ebola
55 are deployed in West Africa now, others are working from the U.S.
Other staffers will help boost infection-control measures at airports and border crossings, the CDC said.
The agency's efforts are being coordinated with U.S. government and international partners "as part of this worldwide emergency response to the Ebola outbreak," Dr. Inger Damon, incident manager for the CDC Ebola response, added in the news release. "Our primary goal is to bring to an end to the suffering of so many as well as develop the public health infrastructure there to help prevent future outbreaks."
The CDC stressed that Ebola "poses very little or no threat to the U.S. community at large." However, agency officials said they're working to boost surveillance efforts in the United States, while providing accurate, up-to-date dissemination of information about Ebola to the general public.
The CDC is also working to ensure that more laboratories across the United States are equipped to diagnose Ebola infection quickly and accurately.
As for U.S. health-care workers, "our health care professionals can safely manage an Ebola patient," CDC infection control expert Dr. David Kuhar said in the agency statement.
"What we recommend to prevent transmission of Ebola in hospital settings is similar to what we recommend for other infectious diseases spread by direct contact and possibly droplets."