The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a multimedia report entitled, “The Road to Zero,” describing the experiences of CDC responders to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. The report uses video, information graphics, photos, and stories from the field to describe CDC’s efforts, which include tracing contacts, strengthening health care, preventing infections, mobilizing laboratories, and protecting borders in West Africa.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the first in history and the CDC’s largest international outbreak response. Thousands of well trained health professionals are working to end the epidemic in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. CDC and its partners hope to reach zero new cases and prepare affected countries for future outbreaks. The report says that ongoing vigilance and intensity are necessary to protect these countries and prevent more epidemics from occurring. It also emphasizes that having enough health professionals in countries where infectious disease outbreaks are prevalent is the strongest defense in preventing and responding to such threats. Read more