Reinforcing the fight against Ebola in Guinea

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As reinforcement to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is deploying four teams of French-speaking epidemiologists to support surveillance and response in Guinea.

​As reinforcement to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is deploying four teams of French-speaking epidemiologists to support surveillance and response in Guinea. This is done in coordination and close partnership with the Commission and the World Health Organization. Their work will cover four prefectures in Guinea and will support the local government health authorities for the surveillance and response activities at community level, filling this critically important current gap in the most affected areas of Guinea.  

As a scientific and technical agency, ECDC has initially focused on providing evidence and guidance to the European Commission and EU Member States in order to best prepare and respond to any imported Ebola case. This has been done by issuing frequently updated rapid risk assessments, surveillance updates, information to travelers as well as various technical guidance documents. ECDC will continue to provide these updates and deliver technical and scientific support.
 
Thanks to sustained and co-ordinated action amongst the European Commission, EU Member States, and partners Europe is now increasingly well prepared to handle any imported Ebola case. In the affected countries, contributions made by the global community have helped to avoid the worst case scenarios discussed early in the epidemic. Protecting Europe and the world, however, requires a multidimensional approach and the threat of Ebola can only be eliminated by supporting those affected by it in West Africa.
 
 

More information:

 ECDC Ebola outbreak page: Latest updatesEU research efforts at front line of fight against Ebola: EC Press release

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