"Spiraling Out of Control": Ebola Going to Get Worse, CDC Says, Dr. Obama on the Case
The good news on Ebola of course is that Dr. Obama is on the case, calming the fears of not Americans, but Africans:
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The battle against the Ebola epidemic that's stricken four West African countries is "spiraling out of control," the director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday.
"It's bad now and it's going to get worse in the very near future," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told CBS News. "There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now."
The news comes as the missionary organization Doctors Without Borders announced another U.S. doctor serving in Liberia has fallen ill with the virus.
"Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu said at a United Nations forum. "Ebola treatment centers are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered."
The group is joining a chorus of health experts who say it's time for a larger global response to the epidemic.
"Vaccines and treatments may come along, but right now what we have are tried and true methods that we have to scale up," Frieden said. "They have worked in prior outbreaks but we are not getting to scale."
"The epidemic is going faster than we are," he warned. "We need to scale up our response. We can hope for new tools and maybe they'll come, but we can't count on them."