The world’s leading public health voices are all in agreement that West Africa is losing precious time in the fight against its ongoing Ebola outbreak, and the window is closing on containing the virus in the region.
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“The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined,” Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden said at a press conference this week as he returned from a visit to the affected areas– mostly the nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, though Senegal and Nigeria have both reported instances of Ebola infections. Frieden lamented that “the window is closing” on preventing the outbreak from becoming a full epidemic, and the nations on the front lines severely lack the resources to contain the virus.