Following reports of new Ebola cases in Senegal and Nigeria, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing a grave assessment of the epidemic’s serious impact across West Africa…and its potential for spreading to other countries.
From CBS News, a sobering report about a dangerous epidemic said to be “spiraling out of control”:
Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.
“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” 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.”
…two have died — a Liberian doctor and a Spanish priest. The priest received only one of three planned doses. The two Americans recovered, as have two Africans who received ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician’s assistant who were expected to be released from a treatment center on Saturday. A British nurse also got the drug, reportedly the two unused doses left over from treating the Spanish priest.
Watch the interview with the head of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, in the video above.
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