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BREAKING: CDC Says Ebola Is "Spiraling Out Of Control," Another American Doctor Infected


“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers For Disease Control, returning from a tour of West Africa countries battling by the Ebola outbreak.

In an interview with CBS This Morning Monday, Frieden said Ebola is “spiraling out of control” in West Africa. “It’s bad now, it’s going to get worse in the very near future.”

So far, there have been more than 3,500 reported cases of Ebola and 1,552 deaths during the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.

The WHO said that the number of Ebola cases could eventually exceed 20,000 — over six times as many as those currently known to doctors.

“There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is rapidly closing,” Frieden said.

During a press briefing Monday on his West Africa trip, Dr. Frieden described the working conditions doctors and aides are facing in the region as “roasting hot.”

“Sweat pours down into your goggles, your eyes,” Dr. Frieden said.

Dr. Frieden said that he met with burial teams whose families and communities would not let them sleep in their homes for fear of exposing the virus.

Dr. Frieden also called the shortage of food and supplies in the region “a big problem.”

.@DrFriedenCDC: For every day we don’t increase our response, it will be more difficult to control #Ebola & outbreak will last longer.

.@DrFriedenCDC: We can hope a vaccine or treatment works out, but we can’t count on it. We can count on basic public health to stop #Ebola.

.@DrFriedenCDC: Help stuck in other countries because flights can’t get in. Getting supplies & people into W. Africa is challenge.

Humbled to visit w/ Sierra Leone’s youngest #Ebola survivor, 21 month old Isata. She’s a fighter, lost both parents.

An American doctor working with SIM USA has tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, the missionary group said today.

SIM USA said the doctor was not treating Ebola patients and immediately isolated himself, SIM said. It is unclear how the doctor contracted the virus.

The doctor whose identity has not been released is the third American to reportedly contract Ebola during the outbreak.

AP / Abbas Dulleh

A man that was hired by the community sprays chemicals to try and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, as local children look on, in Monrovia, Liberia.


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