CDC Raises Ebola Outbreak Response to Highest Alert
(HealthDay News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday raised the level of its response to the West African Ebola outbreak to its highest alert status.
The move, to a "level 1 activation," allows the agency to expand its role in fighting the growing public health crisis, which gained new urgency as cases of the infection began to be reported in populous Nigeria.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has already caused the deaths of more than 900 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
CDC's Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) has compiled clinical resource links, including a transcript to a recent COCA call, "What U.S. Hospitals Need to Know to Prepare for Ebola Virus Disease." During this call, CDC provided updates on the status of the West Africa outbreak, as well as guidance on steps U.S. health care facilities can take to prepare for the possibility of treating patients infected with the Ebola virus disease.