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African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: Development and U.S. Assistance – IN10268

African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: Development and U.S. Assistance – IN10268 published on

On April 13, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission (AUC), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation supporting the establishment of an African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDCP). Work toward that end had been underway since July 2013, when African leaders, during a summit on key disease response efforts, approved an Ethiopian proposal to establish such a center and tasked the AUC with initiating steps to create it. In 2014, in response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa (see CRS In Focus IF10178, Ebola: 2104 Outbreak in West Africa), the AU fast-tracked these efforts. The AU also countered the outbreak by deploying, with U.S. assistance, more than 800 African public health responders—an effort seen as a model for the kind of actions that the ACDCP may support.

Date of Report: 5/5/2015
Pages: 3
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Ebola: 2014 Outbreak in West Africa – IF00044

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An ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the largest, most persistent ever documented, and the first in West Africa, began in March 2014 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia (the “affected countries”). More people have contracted and died from EVD in this outbreak than in any single prior such outbreak (Figure 1). The case fatality rate, the estimated percentage of infected persons who have died in past outbreaks, has ranged between 41% and 88%. The case fatality rate in the current outbreak is roughly 57%.

Date of Report: August 4, 2014
Number of Pages: 2
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