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Tom Frieden, right,  speaks with Yusif Koroma, an Ebola survivor who is now taking in orphans at a nearby social services center. (CDC photo)

Tom Frieden, right, speaks with Yusif Koroma, an Ebola survivor who is now taking in orphans at a nearby social services center. (CDC photo)

EbolaAtlanta, Ga. — Just back from his trip to West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the epidemic is still spreading in Sierra Leone and that in parts of Monrovia and Conakry the disease is “unabated”.
Frieden said he was encouraged by the international response to the Ebola epidemic there in the last two months and said the 170 CDC workers are in all three affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Although all three countries are working hard to stop the epidemic Frieden said that “improvements in contact tracing are urgently needed.”
The situation in Liberia has improved dramatically, according to Frieden, who said the country now has the upper hand in its battle with the virus. However with its spread in Sierra Leone and Guinea “ this is no time to relax our grip on the response,” Frieden warned.
Stopping the Ebola outbreak is essential in order to protect Americans, Frieden explained. This is why CDC is on the ground,
Frieden praised recent approval of $1.2 billion in funding to strengthen international response and preparedness and the $571 million for domestic preparedness to stop Ebola and improve U.S. response time to health threats like Ebola.

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