Ebola: CDC Issues Level 1 Alert Over Ongoing Outbreak

Tara Dodrill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Ebola level 1 emergency alert. The highest alert available to the agency has only been used two other times in the history of agency The CDC issued the top emergency alert level in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina and in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza outbreak.

The Ebola outbreak in in West Africa has already killed at least 932 people, the World Health Organization reports. The CDC level 1 alerts is essentially a "all hands on deck" order.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, two American medical workers contracted Ebola while serving offering care to patients in West Africa who had contracted the deadly virus. The doctor and the nurse were transported back to the United States using extreme caution. Multiple Americans have been tested for Ebola exposure in both New York City and Ohio. All the tests came back negative. Following CDC guidelines, the individuals had presented with symptoms typical of Ebola (and other illnesses) and has recently traveled through West Africa.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is on of multiple viral hemorrhagic fevers. Ebola is a severe form of the fever which is often fatal in both humans and primates.

CDC Chief Tom Friedman posted this on Twitter about the Ebola level 1 alert:

"Ops Center moved to level 1 response to given the extension to Nigeria and potential to affect many lives." The highest alert means that increased levels of staff and resources have been devoted to combat the Ebola outbreak.

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