This article appeared in the U.K. online media source wired.co.uk and heightens the need to fight Ebola at its source in west Africa with all the fire-extinguishing power the world’s “have” nations possess: How the world will look if Ebola goes global
The Ebola epidemic could be over by January — or worse than ever
The CDC seems confident, but up to 1.5 million people could be infected
Thanks to Bob for the link to this article from The Verge– a MUST TO READ:
PLEASE LOBBY YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SEND AID TO LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE.
DO NOT BE AN APATHETIC BY-STANDER.
GOD CREATED YOU. DO SOMETHING.
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, warns that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will get worse and spread more.
“Ebola… it’s not just a problem for Africa,
it’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond.”
You can find the whole transcript on this page [press CTRL AND CLICK], but here are some highlights:
“Despite tremendous efforts from the U.S. Government, from CDC, from within countries, the number of cases continues to increase and is now increasing rapidly. I’m afraid over the next few weeks, those numbers are likely to increase further and significantly. There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing. We need action now to scale up the response. We know how to stop Ebola. The challenge is to scale it up to the massive levels needed to stop this outbreak.”
“The number of cases is increasing so quickly that for every day’s delay, it becomes that much harder to stop it. There are three key things that we need. The first is more resources. This is going to take a lot to confront. The second are technical experts in health care and management to help in country. And the third is a global coordinated unified approach because this is not just a program for … West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa, it’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond.”
“In some ways the most upsetting thing I saw is what I didn’t see. I didn’t see enough beds for treatment. So in one facility which had just opened with 35 beds, there were 63 patients, many of them lying on the ground. I didn’t see data coming in from large parts of the country where Ebola might be spreading. I didn’t see the kind of rapid response team that’s needed to stop a single cluster from becoming a large outbreak. I didn’t see the kind of efficient management systems and support and transport and jeeps that are essential for a rapid and effective response.”
“Everything I’ve seen suggests over the next few weeks it’s likely to get worse. We’re likely to see significant increases in cases. Already we have widespread transmission in Liberia. In Sierra Leone, we are seeing strong signs that that will happen in the near future.”