CDC Epidemiologist Reflects On West African Ebola Epidemic, Emphasizes Importance Of Advancing Global Health Security

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John T. Redd, a CDC epidemiologist with the U.S. Public Health Service, reflects on West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, CDC’s efforts to respond to the epidemic, and the importance of advancing global health security. Redd writes, “We don’t know when or where the next epidemic will occur, but these recent experiences reinforce two critical things we do know. One is that when countries can’t respond effectively, outbreaks can quickly cross borders and grow into global epidemics. More critically, stronger public health systems can and do stop the spread of diseases and save lives” (8/7).

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