Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a breakfast meeting in Washington with lawmakers and health officials. He pointed out that there are fair chances to control the Ebola outbreak that is raging in West Africa. On top of that, he added that “we are by no means out of the woods.” According to Frieden, it is absolutely necessary to eradicate every single case of this disease. He continued saying that he maintains a fair amount of confidence that the goal of zero cases could be achieved in this epidemic, if the measures enforced are followed as instructed and nothing unpredictable occurs.
CDC’s director stated that, in efforts to battle against this disease, an “amazing” change for better has been seen. In spite of this major improvement, a fragile and difficult recovery awaits. The situation will remain delicate until every case will be eliminated.
Dr. Tom Frieden said that “The largest, biggest risk is that it continues to fester and continues to spread at a low rate, which means it could flare up at any time.”
Then he continued saying that the objective is to go to zero cases and stay there. This situation will require surveillance, monitoring.
World Health Organization has released its latest numbers related to the Ebola epidemic. According to the figures an estimated known cases of 21,171 people infected in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been recorded. Out of this number, 8,371 were killed by this disease.
The director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said that improvements have a different speed rate in the countries touched by the Ebola epidemic. He declared that the number of new recorded cases in Liberia has shrunk from over 30 to at most 10 cases a day. Sierra Leone has a widespread Ebola epidemic too and the cases are found in big numbers all over the country, but the situation seems to ameliorate.
In Guinea the situation remains critical. This is the result of a resistance from community against efforts to fight the disease. A serious issue, apart from the good chances to control Ebola in this region, is the poor health infrastructure that requires some important improvements.
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