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CDC Raises Alert to Highest Level in Response to Ebola Outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday ramped up its response to the expanding Ebola outbreak, a move that frees up hundreds of employees and signals the agency sees the health emergency as a potentially long and serious one.

The CDC's "level 1 activation" is reserved for the most serious public health emergencies, and the agency said the move was appropriate considering the outbreak's "potential to affect many lives." The CDC took a similar move in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and again in 2009 during the bird-flu threat.

The Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed 932 people in the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea. Two American aid workers sickened by the disease were flown back to the U.S. for treatment at a medical facility in Atlanta.

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  1. Obama and the CDC, still manage to take the most statist position and recommend everyone get vaccinated.

    Oh wait, only writers for Reason would do that.

  2. OK, maybe I should reserve my condescension about state-run mandatory vaccination programs for situations where a disease like polio can’t be eradicated because of the confusion between international good faith vaccine programs and their similarity to fake state mandated vaccine programs.

  3. CDC…isn’t that in the United States?

    Or do the following countries have their own CDCs? Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea

    1. They describe their organization this way: “The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services”

      It’s part of our govt but they work in 60+ countries.

      A visit to their website will give you the heebie geebies (sp?)

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