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U.S. Taking Action to Address Ebola Epidemic, Prevent Domestic Outbreak

October 10, 2014
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama held a conference call to brief state and local officials on the government response to the Ebola epidemic.
 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden, and Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor, also participated. 
 
Military personnel as well as civilian public health and development agency staff are being dispatched to West Africa to help contain the virus and prevent its spread to the United States. Specifically, the strategy focuses on four key goals:
  1. Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
  2. Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
  3. Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
  4. Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond, including within the United States. 
The White House issued a fact sheet outlining the U.S. response and also directs people to the Centers for Disease Control website for the latest information.


 
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