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Ebola has 'Upper Hand' in Outbreak: CDC Director
While officials and health experts have the means to prevent
Ebola from spreading, the deadly virus currently has the "upper
hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West
Africa, according to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Dr. Thomas Frieden made the comments Monday during a visit this
week to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three countries
hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, the
"Lots of hard work is happening, lots of good things are happening," Frieden said during a meeting in Liberia. "But the virus still has the upper hand."
The outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever. The health care
systems in the three countries have been overwhelmed and the virus
continues to spread. However, Frieden believes the outbreak can be
"Ebola doesn't spread by mysterious means, we know how it spreads," he said. "So we have the means to stop it from spreading, but it requires tremendous attention to every detail."
Liberia -- which has the most Ebola cases and deaths -- has
taken some of the most severe actions to contain the virus,
including declaring a state of emergency, sealing off an entire
slum neighborhood in the capital Monrovia, and requiring all top
government officials to remain in the country or return home from
Nigeria has also reported Ebola cases, but authorities there are
confident that they can halt the spread of the virus.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sickened 2,615 people and
killed 1,427 of them, according to the World Health Organization.
The 240 health care workers who have become infected -- half of
whom have died -- is an unprecedented number, according to the
WHO has said the high rate of Ebola infections among health care
workers is due to an inadequate number of staff to treat the large
number of patients, as well as a shortage, and improper use, of
protective gear, the
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