NEWS Endless Ebola Epidemic? That's The 'Risk We Face Now,' CDC Says

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    Speed. That's key to ending the Ebola epidemic, says the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Dr. Thomas Frieden is visiting West Africa this week to figure out how to reduce the time it takes to find new Ebola cases and isolate them.
    Otherwise, Ebola could become a permanent disease in West Africa.
    "That's exactly the risk we face now. That Ebola will simmer along, become endemic and be a problem for Africa and the world, for years to come," Frieden tells NPR. "That is what I fear most."
    Frieden plans to spend several days in each country where the virus is still out of control — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
    The biggest challenge right now is in Sierra Leone, he says, where the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. New cases continue to rise exponentially. Last week, the country reported nearly 400 cases, or more than three times the number of cases reported by Guinea and Liberia combined.
    Since February, there have been nearly 18,000 reported Ebola cases globally, the World Health Organization says, with more than 6,000 deaths. :eek: :shocked: :andwhat:

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