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CDC, USAID To Send Experts, Funding To Help In DRC Ebola Outbreak Response

The Hill: CDC prepares to join Ebola fight in Africa
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preparing to deploy staffers to several cities and towns deep in the Congolese jungle amid a new Ebola outbreak that has claimed at least two dozen lives…” (Wilson, 5/18).

HuffPost: USAID Donates $1 Million To Fight Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo
“The U.S. is sending $1 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a USAID spokesman told HuffPost Friday. The U.S. funding will join the less than $9 million contributed so far by the World Health Organization’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies, the Wellcome Trust, the U.K., the United Nations, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance…” (Weber, 5/18).

Reuters: Ebola experts from U.S. Centers for Disease Control ready to go to Congo
“…The CDC, which played a major role in responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, already has experts in a field office in Kinshasa, the capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are working with the health ministry there, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said…” (Steenhuysen, 5/18).

Washington Post: U.S. plans to provide several million dollars for Ebola outbreak in Congo
“The United States is planning to provide several million dollars to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, officials said Friday. Details are being finalized, and an announcement is expected early next week. … [T]he U.S. response so far appears to be appropriate for this outbreak, experts say. … USAID is also sending 2,000 personal-protective-equipment kits, laboratory materials for diagnostic testing, and other technical support. … The National Security Council, which last week lost its top official responsible for leading the U.S. response to pandemics and split up the global health security team he oversaw, is managing the overall response in coordination with the CDC and USAID, a spokesperson said” (Sun, 5/18).

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