Rapid Detection and Response Are Essential to Stopping Ebola | Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

February 18, 2015 3:15 PM

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Rapid Detection and Response Are Essential to Stopping Ebola | Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The recent drop in Ebola cases in Liberia is welcome. Many factors are contributing to this decline, including the adoption of safe burials and the emphasis on quickly getting patients into Ebola treatment units or community care centers and community initiatives to isolate and care for patients and track contacts.

One promising development has been Liberia's creation of RITE teams (short for Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola). These teams are slowing the epidemic, and CDC is working closely with governments and partners in Guinea and Sierra Leone to adopt similar rapid response strategies.

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