Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Tom Frieden On Ebola Outbreak: "It's Even Worse Than I'd Feared"

Via CNN:

"It's even worse than I'd feared", Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa.

"Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country. The sooner the world comes together to help Liberia and West Africans, the safer we will all be".

Frieden spoke to CNN's Nima Elbagir in Monrovia, Liberia, where fear and anger over the largest Ebola outbreak on record has grown as health officials put up quarantines around some of the capital city's poorest areas.

More than 2.600 people have been infected by Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria since the outbreak began in December, according to the World Health Organization.

Nearly 1.500 have died.

The world has never seen an outbreak of the Ebola virus like the one it is currently experiencing, according to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Speaking at a news conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Dr Tom Frieden said: "There is need for urgent action. The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this..... I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going to get worse, before it gets better".

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