Health and Fitness

Statement by Secretary Burwell on End of Ebola Transmission in Guinea, Dec. 29, 2015

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–December 29, 2015

“Today we mark an important milestone in our fight against Ebola. The World Health Organization has declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Guinea – marking the first time the West Africa region has stopped the original chains of transmission that started the outbreak two years ago. I want to commend the governments, health care workers and people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for fighting back bravely and successfully against the world’s first Ebola epidemic.

“In the U.S., the Obama administration has made significant progress to prepare our country for the next outbreak.

“We built a system to screen passengers entering the United States and monitor those at risk, established a network of 55 Ebola treatment centers, trained hundreds of thousands of health care workers, and made tremendous progress on vaccines and therapeutics. In the end, only two individuals, both health care workers, contracted Ebola in the U.S. and both survived.

“But we know that global health challenges require a global response. That’s why in 2014, the United States and dozens of partner nations launched the Global Health Security Agenda. Today, 50 other nations are working through the GHSA to strengthen our public health capacity and protect our fellow citizens.

“The West Africa Ebola outbreak was an unprecedented challenge in scope, scale and clinical complexity. But thanks to American leadership, and the work of dedicated health care professionals, we can join the people of Guinea in celebrating today’s milestone.”