Ebola: CDC Issues Level 1 Alert Over Ongoing Outbreak

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.

Ebola Outbreak CDC Statistics – As of August 4

  • The Guinea Ministry of Health announced a total of 495 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 363 fatal cases. 351 cases across Guinea have been confirmed by laboratory testing to be positive for Ebola virus infection. In Guinea’s capital city, Conakry, 95 suspect cases have been reported to meet the clinical definition for EVD, including 42 fatal cases.
  • The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia and WHO have reported 516 suspect and confirmed EHF cases (including 143 laboratory confirmations) and 282 reported fatalities.
  • The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and WHO reported a cumulative total of 691 suspect and confirmed cases, including 576 laboratory confirmations and 286 reported fatal cases. Cases have been reported from 12 Sierra Leone districts.
  • The Nigerian Ministry of Health and WHO reported 9 suspect and probable cases and 1 fatal probable case.

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