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“Ebola Outbreak Can be Stopped” – U.S Health Official

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Washington DC (dpa/NAN)  Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Monday that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa can be stopped

“We know how to stop Ebola now,” he said in Washington on Monday.

Frieden said the government-funded CDC was “surging” its response to the outbreak and would send 50 public health employees to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help stop the outbreak within the next 30 days.

He said “tried and true public health mechanism methods would be applied.’’

Frieden said hospital infection control and educating the community in Africa about safe burial practices would also be included.

He said the current outbreak was the worst-ever on record, as it has claimed 728 lives and sickened more than 1,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year.

Frieden rejected fears that sending more CDC employees to fight the outbreak would put more U.S. citizens in harm’s way.

“The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa’’, he said.

He also said he was encouraged by the apparent improvement a US doctor suffering from the Ebola virus was showing. The doctor arrived at an Atlanta hospital after being evacuated from Liberia on Saturday.

Dr Kent Brantly was infected while working for Christian aid organization – Samaritan’s Purse.

Brantly is being treated in a special isolation unit.

Frieden said that he couldn’t predict Brantly would survive, but said that a sign of improvement, such as being able to walk out of the ambulance when he arrived was encouraging.

He said fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol, a missionary with the organisation SIM, would be brought to Atlanta in the coming days.

Frieden said Ebola does not easily spread from person to person. It is transmitted through bodily secretions, including vomit, blood or infected stool.

He said as a result, the groups most at risk were medical staff.

The arrival of Brantly and the pending arrival of Writebol have raised concern over Ebola possibly spreading in the U. S.

This was particular in light of a summit between the US and the leaders of some 50 African countries which began on Monday.

The U.S. has taken precautions, and President Barack Obama said participants from countries with the spread were a risk of exposure and they would be screened.

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17 Comments

  1. Kukks

    August 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you Jesus

  2. The Beautiful Eagle

    August 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Lord please let the cure come fast and let thy will be done!!!

  3. benny

    August 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Music to my ears.
    On second thoughts, if these people spend their time and man power coming to our aid while we loot our own resources and lazy around; they deserve to call for a summit in their land and have our leaders troop over. I admit my wrong on the dencia post.
    Isn’t it ironic how gej and other African leaders often have to submit to world leaders who don’t have a quarter of their stolen networth? Africa… smh

    • MsBlossom

      August 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Is this the same “Benny” that I know? …curious

    • benny

      August 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Benny from where?

    • Anonymous

      August 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      “Isn’t it ironic how gej and other African leaders often have to submit to world leaders who don’t have a quarter of their stolen networth? Africa… smh”

      Well said! couldn’t have said it better, Ill-gotten wealth will never be profitable to thief!

  4. Adaobi

    August 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    We thank God.

  5. Sophie

    August 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    NICE ONE

  6. kk

    August 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    THANK YOU JESUSSSSS!!!!!!!

  7. uche

    August 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    How did they miss Nigeria in that list……. . #wailing#

  8. olufunke

    August 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you JESUS.

  9. aisha

    August 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Good news….It can only get better..

  10. Duke Mills

    August 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Africa will never stop to look up to the West for help in every area of their life
    Whether health, terrorism, economic policies, environment, politics ie elections, military et al.
    Africa is always on bended knees!
    So I guess is not out of order for their boss(USA) to call them to his office for a meeting. Thats how the story goes. …..

  11. yets

    August 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    these americans know what they are doing. they have done alot of research and found the cure for ebola after realeasing the virus for a test, not minding the lives lost. or how else would the virus erupt after so many decades? or how else are they to test the cure/ prevention invented without the spread of disease? they are smart. glad they are coming to the rescue of africans.

  12. ade

    August 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I cant believe @yets just blamed the spread of ebola on america…..the stupidest comment on this blog!!! please read and see how ebola came about and not have such a minute mind

  13. ade

    August 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    @yets, o y dont u also say america sent africa the mosquitos that cause malaria and has claimed the lives of many cos they also found the cure, mschew…go and wash your hands!

  14. virginus

    August 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    it is a good news to all Africa America doctor

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