It doesn’t look good, scientists said the response to Ebola in the next few months would be crucial.
“The window for controlling this outbreak is closing,” said Adam Kucharski, a research fellow in infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
West Africa is engulfed with the Ebola virus. With no access to basic healthcare, there may be no stopping it's spread any time soon. The CDC said "infected people may reach 1.4 million by January". WHO said "this pandemic could go for years".
The epidemic is crushing healthcare facilities, hospitals and healthcare workers in the affected countries.
MSF President: World faces deadliest Ebola epidemic ever, there's no way to contain it!
Dr Joanne Liu is the current International President of Médecins Sans Frontières(or Doctors Without Borders, MSF).
She has experience with many types of epidemics in her career but she has never seen any thing of this magnitude as you will see in the interview below.
While the world is preoccupied with Islamic State or political games around Ukraine, there’s another threat emerging from the West Africa - where people are dying by hundreds, reaped by the deadliest Ebola epidemic to be ever known to mankind.
Efforts to contain it end in a failure, and the vaccine is nonexistent yet. Are we seeing another pandemic slowly growing up to strike at mankind?
What should be done to stop it? What does it mean to be a doctor in a place where death reigns?
We try to find out this together with the head of the Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Joanne Liu is on Sophie&Co today.
In Liberia, the total number of cases of the Ebola virus is being doubled about every three weeks. Dr. Kevin De Cock, the director of the CDC Center for Global Health, says that unless the outbreak is slowed down, there may be hundreds of thousands of cases by early next year.
Jeffrey Brown interviewed him in Nairobi, Kenya, about possible worst-case scenarios.
CDC says Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by January
The CDC predicts a rise in Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by late January to between 550,000 and 1.4 million. Greatest threat to mankind on the planet today.
WHO: More than 2800 people in west Africa have now died of Ebola
The WHO say the outbreak could 'rumble on' for years if appropriate steps aren't taken immediately.
It is becoming clear this epidemic is spreading faster than the experts can believe and there are no clear cut solutions on the horizon. One of the problems are the healthcare workers are getting infected at such a high rate there are not enough of them to handle the sick.
It doesn't look good, scientists said the response to Ebola in the next few months would be crucial.
"The window for controlling this outbreak is closing," said Adam Kucharski, a research fellow in infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8 NIV
…and there shall be famines, and pestilences …