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HHS Public Health Emergency Blog Series Addresses DRC Ebola Outbreak, Preparedness

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) “ASPR Blog”: Combating and Containing the Ebola Outbreak
In the first post of a two-part series, Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, discusses ASPR’s efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the development of new medical countermeasures; experimental vaccine research, development, and testing; and the deployment of rapid diagnosis tests. Kadlec concludes, “Emerging disease outbreaks, particularly those with the potential to become epidemics, are but an international flight away and are significant global health threats. ASPR will continue to support the medical countermeasures needed to protect health and save lives in the face of Ebola and other 21st century health threats” (3/14).

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) “ASPR Blog”: Preparing for a Potential Domestic Ebola Outbreak
In the second post of a two-part series, Kadlec discusses government efforts to prepare for the possibility of an Ebola case in the U.S., writing, “Ebola is just one of many potential national health security threats our nation faces. We are working with our partners across government and industry to accomplish a single, critical goal: saving lives in an emergency. By making smart investments, establishing strong partnerships, and creating comprehensive plans, we will be better prepared to fight Ebola or other highly infectious diseases and save lives” (3/15).