Via the Daily Observer: ‘Ebola to Worsen in Next Two Weeks’. Excerpt:
In direct contradiction to the peception that the Ebola virus is gradually being contained in Liberia as a result of the low number of cases now being reported, the Director of the United States-based Center for Disease Control, Dr. Tom Frieden, has made the alarming warning that the Ebola outbreak in the region is likely to get worse in the next few weeks.
He did not state the basis of his prediction.
Since the outbreak of the virus in the Mano River Union basin, it has claimed more than 1500 lives.
The CDC director’s observation is not good news for the world, most especially the countries afflicted by the virus, whose citizens go through the excruciating Ebola pain on a daily basis.
Dr. Frieden, who recently concluded a tour of affected Ebola countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and returned to the USA, said he expected the number of Ebola cases to accelerate in the next two weeks.
He is, however, urging governments of the affected countries and partners to act now.
"We're likely to see significant increases in cases. Already we have widespread transmissions in Liberia. In Sierra Leone, we're seeing strong signs that that will happen in the near future," he said. He did not say what those signs were.
The US health agency boss made the revelation during a tele-briefing of journalists in the US.
He noted that the outbreak is the first epidemic of Ebola the world has ever known, which indicates that the virus is spreading widely in society and is threatening the stability of affected and neighboring countries.
"The challenge is not knowing what to do, but doing it now," Dr. Frieden said.