Ebola Preparedness Information

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 2:15am

Revised November 17, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the Ebola outbreak. While we do not anticipate any imminent or significant impacts to businesses due to the virus, it’s smart to be informed and prepared. Similar to the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, the Chamber will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Africa and developments in the United States.

Below, you will find some basics about the outbreak and resources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help members stay informed as circumstances change.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann M. Beauchesne, vice president for National Security and Emergency Preparedness, abeauchesne@uschamber.com, or Scott Eisner, vice president for African Affairs, SEisner@uschamber.com.

What's New:

What We Know:

  • More than 14,300 cases have been reported.[1]
  • More than 5,100 individuals have died from the disease.[2]
  • Two individuals have died from the disease in the United States.
  • The United States has committed more than $800 million toward fighting the outbreak in West Africa, including $111 million in humanitarian aid.
  • The United States has deployed hundreds of civilian medical, health care, and disaster response experts, as well as several military personnel to help contain the spread of this disease.
  • The U.S. Department of State continues to impose travel restrictions and warnings in the region.  Return travel from countries effected with Ebola is limited to five airports with additional screening procedures.  Some states (New York and New Jersey) have imposed additional quarantine requirements for workers who were in direct contact with Ebola patients.  
  • CDC is enhancing current screening measures for travelers from the region and is expanding its education efforts to identify symptoms early on.
  • The Department of Defense has imposed a 21-day controlled monitoring program for U.S. service members returning from West Africa.  

Additional Information:

Chamber pandemic preparedness booklet, It’s Not Flu as Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide
VIDEO: CDC Director Answers U.S. Chamber Questions
U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Aid Tracker
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC guidelines for airlines
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Defense - Operation United Assistance
White House fact sheet
White House "What You Need to Know"
World Health Organization (WHO)
House Homeland Security Committee field hearing, “Ebola in the Homeland” (October 4)
U.S. Travel Association Ebola Guide