CDC Issues Level 1 Emergency Response for Ebola Virus Outbreak

The Ebola Virus outbreak has risen to an alarming rate, and now the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has raised their emergency response to Level 1.  The Level 1 Emergency Response is the highest level at the CDC.  The main reason for the status being raised is because of the amount of workers being sent into the countries currently being affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The CDC is now helping the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases with their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Center specializes in researching and studying Ebola.  So far nearly 250 workers are working on the Ebola response with thirty of them being sent to the affected countries.  More staff members are scheduled to be deployed soon.

With the Ebola virus killing nearly 1000 people so far in West Africa there’s no doubt this outbreak has very serious.  To gauge how serious this is, the CDC has only raised their emergency response to Level 1 twice in the past eleven years before this.  The other two times were Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the H1N1 outbreak of 2009.