Infographic by CDC

Since the first report of Ebola in March, the World Health Organization has confirmed 1,603 cases and 887 deaths resulting from the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In light of the ongoing outbreak, called the “largest in history” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the APHA Bookstore has made the Ebola-Marburg virus chapter* of its forthcoming Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (CCDM), 20th Edition, available online as a free download to aid public health workers responding to the disease.

The release of the chapter coincides with efforts by CDC to help bring the outbreak under control. The agency recently hosted a telebriefing and a Twitter chat to answer key questions about the outbreak. They’ve also released a Q&A and an infographic that provide more information and clarification about the virus — resources APHA has also featured on its Get Ready blog.

“I want to underscore that Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population,” said Stephan Monroe, deputy director of CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, during the telebriefing. “Transmission is through direct contact of bodily fluids of an infected person or exposure objects like needles that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. The mortality rate in some outbreaks can be as high as 90 percent, but in this outbreak, it is currently around 60 percent, indicating that some of our early treatment efforts may be having an impact.”

Visit APHA Press for more information on CCDM’s latest edition. The manual is regarded as one of the most widely recognized references on infectious disease and is a must have resource for anyone in the field of public health. APHA is accepting pre-sales online now for its 20th edition, which is currently in production.

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