Global Health Chronicles

Dr. Barbara Knust

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Sam Robson, here today with Barbara Knust.

Keywords: Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB)

00:00:41 - Early life and education through graduate school

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Partial Transcript: Thank you. Can you tell me when and where you were born?

Keywords: infectious disease; master of public health (MPH); outdoors; travel; veterinary medicine; zoonotic diseases

Subjects: Michigan; New York; University of Minnesota

00:08:33 - Epidemic Intelligence Service in CDC's Viral Special Pathogens Branch

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Partial Transcript: It’s those kind of things that I find to be very interesting.

Keywords: EIS; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); surveillance

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Ebola virus disease; Hantaviruses; Saudi Arabia; immunization; vaccination

00:13:11 - The outbreaks of 2012/What "traditional" Ebola outbreaks look like

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Partial Transcript: But you did go to Uganda again, for the first time I suppose

Keywords: I. Schafer; L. Nyakarahuka; R. Besser; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); burials; coordination; funerals; interviewing; outbreaks; partners

Subjects: Ebola virus disease; Marburg virus disease; Uganda; hantaviruses; meningitis

00:24:55 - Mentors and influencers

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Partial Transcript: In EIS, you ended up staying on at Viral Special Pathogens.

Keywords: J. Kaneene; L. Mansfield; P. Rollin; S. Nichol; S. Wells; U. Stroeher; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB)

00:29:17 - CDC's Ebola response begins in Guinea and Liberia, March and April 2014

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Partial Transcript: So, what are you doing immediately before getting involved in the Ebola epidemic of 2014?

Keywords: A. McCollum; C. Manning; E. Ervin; I. Schafer; Institut Pasteur; MSF; S. Nichol; T. Frieden; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); WHO; case investigation; deployment; epidemiology; recruitment; sit-reps; staffing; testing; trainings

Subjects: Frieden, Tom; Lassa fever; Medecins sans frontieres (Association); World Health Organization

00:39:17 - Ebola worsens in July

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Partial Transcript: But yeah, in the end of April, we were at least optimistic that things were going to be getting better.

Keywords: I. Schafer; S. Pillai; children; community resistance; emergency operations centers (EOCs); news media; pregnancy

Subjects: CDC Emergency Operations Center

00:55:24 - What the work entailed in fall 2014/Communicating how Ebola is transmitted

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Partial Transcript: I know that you were putting teams together, for instance. What are you doing, throughout August?

Keywords: epidemiology; guidance; liaison; subject matter experts (SMEs)

Subjects: Ebola virus disease

01:00:05 - The US president visits CDC

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Partial Transcript: The next big thing--I mean, I guess the next big thing that happened was that the president came to visit.

Keywords: B. Obama; personal protective equipment (PPE)

Subjects: Obama, Barack

01:05:01 - Ebola hits Dallas, Texas/CDC scans Ohio for cases/Ebola arrives in New York

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Partial Transcript: After the president, I was pretty exhausted at that point and I wanted to have a few days off while I had some family visiting.

Keywords: C. Basler; C. Braden; C. McCarty; C. Spencer; K. Hickox; K. Nordlund; M. Choi; M. Karwowski; MSF; P. Rollin; T. Frieden; fear; guilt; quarantine; stigmatization

Subjects: Dallas (Tex.); Frieden, Tom; Medecins sans frontieres (Association); New York (N.Y.); Ohio

01:14:29 - Traveler screening

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Partial Transcript: By the end of October, beginning of November, that was when we really started something that was thought of as maybe unthinkable a few months before, but the process of entry screening

Keywords: advisories; borders; entry screening; fear; flights; monitoring and movement guidance

01:20:45 - The science that became possible when Ebola hit epidemic scale/The origins of CDC's Viral Persistence Study

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Partial Transcript: What else is going on during this time, or what happens next?

Keywords: Household Transmission Study; J. Tappero; Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); WHO; interviewing; protocols; science; sexual transmission; surveys; viral persistence

Subjects: China; Sierra Leone; World Health Organization

01:32:20 - Developing the Viral Persistence Study on a very short timeline

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Partial Transcript: I guess the other thing that was interesting was working on a scientific protocol, which normally

Keywords: Men's Health Screening Program (MHSP); Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS); WHO; counseling; sample collection; semen; sexual transmission; specimen transport; staffing; trainings

Subjects: Liberia; Sierra Leone; World Health Organization

01:40:40 - Preliminary results from Virus Persistence Study

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Partial Transcript: When we got our first results, we were expecting that we would have some people that were positive

Keywords: Men's Health Screening Program (MHSP); Virus Persistence Study (VSP); human rights; survivors; viral persistence

01:45:24 - Social impacts of the Ebola epidemic

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Partial Transcript: Survivors in general have so many challenges.

Keywords: human rights; stigmatization; survivors

01:49:34 - Ebola work at CDC as of April 2016/Some important individuals

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Partial Transcript: Fortunately, we have a number of new additions to the team now. In addition to Beth and Pierre and Craig and me

Keywords: A. Jambai; C. Manning; E. Ervin; F. Sesay; G. Deen; J. Bangura; M. Choi; P. Rollin; T. Massaquoi; capacity building; trainings