CDC activates high-level emergency operation center for Ebola outbreak
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:12
The head of the CDC tells U.S. congress the agency has activated the agency's emergency operation center to deal with the Ebola outbreak. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday he has activated the agency's emergency operation center at the highest response level to help respond to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
In testimony at a special congressional hearing on Ebola, CDC Director Dr Thomas Frieden said the CDC has more than 200 staff members in Atlanta working on the outbreak, and will soon have more than 50 disease expert s in West Africa to try to contain the outbreak.
Although Frieden said it is possible that people who have traveled to West Africa might bring the virus back home with them, and even spread it to some healthcare workers and family members, he said, he is "confident there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States."
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