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Director calls CDC staff in Haiti 'inspiring'


Five more agency personnel deploying today

Saying that the "staff responding to the Haiti earthquake continues to uphold CDC’s superb reputation as the premier public health agency," Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the agency's work in the desperate country "an urgent priority."

Woman injured in Haiti's earthquake on January 12, 2010, is evac-
uated by U.S. personnel. (HHS photo)

Frieden issued the statement, Tuesday, in an update to employees agency wide.Those deployed to Haiti, he said, are "resilient in the face of great uncertainty, stark living conditions, and shortages of supplies."

"Your dedication is inspiring," the director said of his staff of 37 epidemiologists, veterinarians, advisers, nurses, physicians and infectious disease specialists already in Haiti. He said five more workers from the agency were scheduled to arrive by today.

The CDC employees join over 250 others deployed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this past weekend. By Monday, HHS says, they had treated over 300 patients for "acute medical problems".

HHS staff in Haiti includes members of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the International Medical Surgical Response Team.

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