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Cost of the Ebola epidemic

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    As of February 28, 2016, there were 28,639 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of Ebola and 11,316 deaths from Ebola during the 2014 epidemic in West Africa. In comparison, there were 2,427 reported cases and 1,597 deaths in all other known cases and outbreaks of Ebola combined.

    $2.2 billion in GDP was lost in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2015, threatening not only macroeconomic stability but also food security, human capital development, and private sector growth.

    To prevent Ebola from crossing borders, travelers leaving West Africa were screened at airports. More than 339,000 people were screened before leaving Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Exit screening helped to identify those at risk for Ebola and prevent disease transmission to other countries. The United States also implemented enhanced entry screening for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali by routing them to designated airports that were able to assess travelers for risk. More than 38,000 travelers entering the United States were screened for Ebola.

    During the height of the response, CDC trained 24,655 healthcare workers in West Africa on infection prevention and control practices.18 In the United States, more than 160 clinical webinars and conference calls were held with professional organization members and more than 6,500 people were trained during live training events throughout the response.19 In addition, Laboratory capacity was expanded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 24 labs able to test for Ebola by the end of 2015.


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