CDC Medical Worker Recaps West Africa Ebola Trip - New York News

CDC Medical Worker Recaps West Africa Ebola Trip

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Nearly 1,000 people have died because of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and there are more than 1,700 reported cases of the virus. That's according to the World Health Organization.

On Friday, WHO declared a global emergency with the Ebola outbreak saying more needs to be done to stop the spread of the virus from impacting other countries.

Most of the impacted areas now are in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria).

CDC staff have deployed crews to some of the hard hit areas to learn more about the epidemic, educate people there and provide updates to scientists and health experts here in the US.

At the Atlanta headquarters, where CDC is located, they have an “Emergency Operations Center.”

The CDC has deployed 30 medical workers in West Africa now and plan to deploy another 20 more.

This week, the CDC raised its activation status to level 1.

That is the highest status and allows the CDC to pull in resources from other divisions.

The CDC has only declared this level twice before: once for Hurricane Katrina, and once for the H1N1 virus.

Mary Choi spent a month in Guinea in May to help understand Ebola and educate others.

“It's a terribly tragic situation. It is unprecedented and this is the largest outbreak in history. And part of the problem is, this was the first time this was in West Africa, and many people in that part of the country don't know about Ebola,” said Choi.

“There is panic all over the world from West Africa that it may escalate to other countries.

The concern is real. But knowing the scope, and the chances of the disease coming to the US is very minimal,” said associate director for Ebola Operations, Martin Vincent.

This week, 2 Americans were brought back from Liberia to be treated for Ebola.

It's the first time anyone has been treated for the virus in the US.

Those patients are in Atlanta's Emory University Hospital including Dr. Kent Brantley and Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol.

Nancy's son, Jeremy, says you can help the family through donations:

http://www.gofundme.com/writebols
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