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Prompt contact tracing disrupts Ebola virus transmission into Senegal

Prompt contact tracing disrupts Ebola virus transmission into Senegal
April 28, 2015

After a confirmed case of Ebola virus in Senegal, the prompt implementation of contact tracing was successfully executed and Senegal was declared Ebola free on Oct. 17, 2014, according to data presented at the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta.

The researchers followed a case of Ebola virus disease reported on Aug. 29 in a Guinean student who had recently arrived in Senegal, to evaluate the effectiveness of contact tracing in interrupting disease transmission. The tracing was performed by a small team of CDC personnel sent to the area following a request for aid from the Senegalese Ministry of Health.

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