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Over the coming weeks and months, many federal workers and military personnel will be involved in the fight to contain, then isolate and eliminate the disease. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders what measures agencies will be taking to protect those workers.
The intelligence community appears to be avoiding becoming too deeply involved in the Ebola crisis to avoid mission creep. Besides, according to U.S. officials, their tool kit doesn't match the heavily scientific and medically- oriented information collection needs of a crisis like this.
The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency's emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center's employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?
The Ebola outbreak in Africa still isn't under control and some countries have asked for help.
The CDC staff working to stem the Ebola outbreak are "overachievers, hyperachievers and superachievers," according to one manager. The agency is taking steps to prepare those employees both physically and mentally for a long crisis.
Pentagon officials say approximately two dozen U.S. military specialists in Liberia may conduct tests on laboratory samples for Ebola, but most of the Pentagon's personnel deployed there are not expected to be in direct contact with the virus.
Three hundred fifty U.S. troops are in Liberia according to the Pentagon. They are ready to begin building a 25-bed field hospital for medical workers infected with Ebola.
The United States is standing up a military command center to fight the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, Liberia. President Barack Obama said Tuesday the command structure is already in place to direct a major U.S. effort to build clinics, circulate supplies and train health care workers. According to the White House, the effort will involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending.
Fort Detrick scientists have discovered a way to completely protect primates from the Zaire-Ebola virus, which kills quickly and has no approved vaccine or therapeutic drug.