For Immediate Release
Friday, February 20, 2015
Contact: CDC Media Relations
Ebola containment strategy succeeding in Liberia
Data reveal dramatic impact of Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy.
The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
The strategy—a rapid, coordinated response to Ebola cases in remote areas—is now being used in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
“Whether it’s traveling by air, jeep, canoe, or walking many miles on foot to find every case of Ebola, the RITE teams are helping Liberia get closer to zero cases than ever before,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s critical that we continue to support these teams – and to expand their work into Sierra Leone and Guinea to help to get the epidemic under control there as well."