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Terça-feira, 02.09.14

Ebola Cases Likely to Increase in Coming Weeks, CDC Director Says

(by Rachael Rettner)



The number of people infected with Ebola in West Africa will likely increase significantly over the next few weeks, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who just returned from the region.


"As bad as the situation is now, everything I've seen suggests that over the next few weeks, it's likely to get worse," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said today (Sept. 2) in a news conference. "We're likely to see significant increases in cases."


The current Ebola outbreak, which is occurring in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, is the largest in history. It has killed at least 1,552 of the more than 3,000 people infected to date, according to the World Health Organization.


Although health officials know how to stop the spread of Ebola, the current response needs to be scaled up in order to end the outbreak, Frieden said. [5 Things You Should Know About Ebola]


"The challenge is that the number of cases is so large, the outbreak is so overwhelming, what it requires now is an overwhelming response," Frieden said. "The virus is moving faster than anyone has anticipated, so that's why we need to move fast."


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