Global Pilot Project Demonstrates Disease Containment

Friday, January 31, 2014

U.S. and international public health officials have launched two successful demonstration projects – in Africa and Asia – to show how a quick response to outbreaks can contain infectious diseases. They say this is particularly important in light of two global events that are likely to attract gatherings of millions of people in the coming days.

Chinese are heading home by the millions to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which begins January 31. On February 7, tens of thousands of tourists and athletes will descend on Sochi, Russia, to attend the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.

It will be impossible to avoid infectious disease circulating among the throngs of visitors, according to Tom Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – or CDC – in Atlanta, Georgia. Frieden says public health officials can keep outbreaks from getting out of control with the help of local clinics and modern technology.

Source: Voice of America (link opens in a new window)

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