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2014: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria
*This information courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of January 2, 2015. 

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases are considered to be contained, with no further spread in these countries.

Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries.

For more details, please visit the additional resources below.

Informational Meeting (August 6, 2014) Update
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) conducted an informational meeting on August 6, 2014 in Brooklyn Center regarding the Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa. Information included facts about the Ebola Virus, recommendations for travel precautions to West Africa, and a question and answer session. There has not been a case of Ebola transmission in the U.S. and the risk of Ebola Virus transmission in the U.S. is low. The discussion also included the challenges that West Africa is facing in managing the outbreak and the differences between the health care systems in West Africa and the U.S. MDH also provided fact sheets about the Ebola Virus and Frequently Asked Questions.

Ebola African Task Force
Leaders of the African immigrant community met to design a sustainable framework to coordinate efforts on the Ebola public awareness campaign, as well as to generate resources and supplies to support medical relief efforts in the affected African countries. This strategy builds on initial efforts involving community groups, the cities of Brooklyn Park & Brooklyn Center, the Minnesota Department of Health, Hennepin County, as well as other stakeholders. If you would like to contribute to these community-led efforts, please contact Abdullah Kiatamba, Executive Director, African Immigrant Services (AIS), 7710 Brooklyn Boulevard, Suite 206B, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443. Phone: (612) 388-4767. Email:

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