Tuesday April 28, 2015 - 2pm - NCAR FL2-Main Auditorium
(NCAR Building FL2, 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, Colorado)
The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
On the ground in Sierra Leone, 2014-2015
Dr. C. Ben Beard,
Associate Director for Climate Change, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Chief, Bacterial Diseases Branch
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that began in West Africa in early 2014 was the first outbreak of EVD in West Africa and the largest outbreak of this disease ever. It has been an unprecedented epidemic that to date has resulted in over 25,000 total cases and over 10,000 deaths primarily in three West African countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Thousands of CDC staff members have taken time from their regular jobs over the last year to serve in a wide variety of deployments, including work in West Africa assisting in response efforts that involve surveillance, contact tracing, data management, laboratory testing, and health education. This presentation will discuss the background and current status of the EVD epidemic in Sierra Leone, response efforts, challenges, and successes, together with personal reflections from my own deployment in Sierra Leone during December of 2014 and January 2015.
Ben Beard is Associate Director for Climate Change and Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch of CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he coordinates CDC's programs on Lyme disease, plague, and tularemia. DVBD is part of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, within CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Dr. Beard has a BS degree (1980, Auburn University), an MS degree (1983, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and a PhD degree (1987, University of Florida).
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