CDC Director Frieden endorses Firestone Liberia's method of Ebola treatment

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commended Firestone Liberia, Inc.,  on Tuesday for limiting the spread of Ebola in the country.

"I went to see the Firestone hospital in Liberia at the end of August," Frieden said. "I saw how careful and meticulous the staff is, and how compassionately they care for Ebola patients and their families."

A subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Firestone Liberia has operated a rubber tree farm in the country since 1926. The company provides health care to approximately 5,500 employees, dependents, retirees and other area residents each month.

Between August and September, the Firestone community saw 71 confirmed cases of Ebola. The community average is 0.09 percent, much lower than the 0.23 percent of Ebola cases in surrounding areas during the same period. The Firestone health care facility also had a 32 percent survival rate in its Ebola patients.

The company's response to the Ebola outbreak was to rapidly instigate an incident management system that included isolating Ebola patients early and enforcing infection control guidelines.

"This shows that it's possible to contain Ebola with meticulous attention to detail and care for patients," Frieden said.

In addition to Firestone Liberia's efforts, Bridgestone Americas recently donated $1 million to fight Ebola.

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