It’s the kind of dire warning that’s certain to get the attention of world leaders. And it stands in stark contrast to President Obama’s oddly low-key response to the spread of the deadly virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling the current Ebola outbreak the “most severe acute health emergency in modern times.”
According to a report in The Telegraph, the agency’s Director-General, Margaret Chan, has issued a statement that warns of potential disaster for countries now in the grip of the fast-spreading Ebola outbreak.
She added that new cases of Ebola are now “rising exponentially” in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.
“I have never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure.”
As breitbart.com recently noted, President Obama learned of a second case of Ebola in Dallas, then did what he so often does in the face of crisis…play golf.
Obama made a phone call to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and then “headed out to play golf.”
…a photo opp of Obama on the phone with Burwell that “lasted only 40 seconds.” [CBS News correspondent Mark] Knoller tweeted several photos of Obama wearing a casual windbreaker, sitting at his desk in the Oval Office while speaking on the phone.
Obama also played health expert in a recent video in which he downplayed the risk of exposure to people who might be infected with the often-fatal Ebola virus — a position that seemed to contradict Obama’s own disease experts. Via cnsnews.com:
Speaking in a video message to residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents can avoid the disease, including:”You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.”
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans who travel to the Ebola-stricken nations to “avoid public transportation.”
And just today, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden seemed to change course in calling for “rethinking” the approach to Ebola infection control in light of the most recent confirmed case in Texas.
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