CDC Director: Ebola in Africa now an ‘epidemic,’ ‘completely out of control’

posted at 8:41 am on September 2, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Friedman did not return from his visit to West Africa, where the worst outbreak of Ebola in history has spread to five countries and killed at least 1,500 people, with any good news.

Friedman told CNN hosts on Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is currently “completely out of control” and is now an “epidemic.” The CDC director added that “it will get worse in the future and our window of opportunity to turn it around is closing.”

This outbreak has resulted in accelerated research and testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine. Experimenting with a workable vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health. “According to the NIH, the vaccine will also be tested on healthy volunteers in the United Kingdom, Gambia and Mali, once details are finalized with health officials in those countries,” CNN reported.

But while the West seems largely convinced that superior medical technology and detection methods will prevent the disease from spreading to the United States, two experts on viral outbreaks are not so sure.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal opinion pages, former Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and former Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Tevi Troy do not expect the U.S. to escape the consequences of globalization that easily. “Given international travel, we will certainly see cases diagnosed here, and perhaps even experience some isolated clusters of disease,” they write, though noting that a West Africa-style outbreak is highly unlikely in the industrialized world.

They advocated for a major campaign to contain the virus in Africa and to aid those suffering as a result of this historic outbreak. The two experts add that the virus is already mutating fast and will be even more difficult to treat as it continues to evolve.

Could Ebola mutate and become airborne? It would be highly unlikely for a virus to transform in a way that changes its mode of infection. Yet this disease produces a massive level of the Ebola virus in the blood, called viral load, which can lead to excessive mutations. An Aug. 28 article in the journal Science shows that Ebola is already mutating during the current outbreak, in ways that could make it harder to diagnose. So the longer the virus spreads unchecked, the greater the chance of other random mutations that could also make it harder to contain, or to target with a new drug.

The World Health Organization warned last week that, “The Ebola outbreak will affect more than 20,000 people in West Africa and might spread to more countries, indicating a clinical emergency all over the world.”

“It requires worldwide effort costing more than half a billion dollars to overcome the deadly Ebola outbreak,” the group added.


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Oh and by the way, gh, I stand by every single fact in my post and too bad if you don’t like reality.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

gh on September 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

No, what I ran into was a few non scientists with big mouths, big egos and no facts.

The disease did go airborne, that was proven fact and it did jump species.

What part of that do you not understand? The scientists is repeated interviews said these things. Go argue with them, moron.

dogsoldier on September 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-20341423

Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.

In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.

dogsoldier on September 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

more from the same article:

The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.

dogsoldier on September 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

AH_C on September 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

And the lesson to be learned from that is they must solve their own problems, you cannot do it for them. If we really wanted to help them, we would stop giving them aid and advice.

earlgrey on September 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

dogsoldier, I think much of the problem comes from CDC’s insistence on parsing “airborne” to mean aerosol dry particle infection as opposed to droplet infection from sneezes, etc in the immediate 3 foot zone around a sick person.

They consider droplet infection a low probability because few of the previously studied cases had viral particles in saliva. They also actively try to hide that fact to avoid panic, unfortunately. But this outbreak’s patients get bleeding / mucous membranes and blood mixed with sputum in a sneeze will certainly be infective in that close zone. It only takes 1 – 15 viral particles to infect.

Add to that insects (like houseflies) landing on the dead bodies and effluvia and then on your lip or food, the possibilities for infection are endless.

So there you have it.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

@ earlgrey

Unfortunately, that is NOT going to happen in Liberia. Take a weak public health infrastructure made weaker by 90% of the doctors fleeing the country, most of the remaining doctors getting infected and 55% of those dying, poverty, a rebellious population, ineffective government, a recent nurses strike over the lack of equipment since they don’t want to continue dying in droves, an exponentially increasing number of infections and you have the classic out of control disease outbreak.

If the HAVES wish to keep the infected scattering across the globe as they flee the disease and inevitably arriving on their shores, they must come to the aid of this collapsing country. They only have a few weeks before the out of control becomes impossible to control by humans. The disease will then have control and kill millions.

Just multiply the recent introduction of Ebola into Senegal times XXX (it could be any number) to get an idea of the possibilities. A student or 2 decided their chances of a cure were better in Senegal and drove across the Guinea border with their teacher. A few days later in the hospital, it was diagnosed as Ebola. Now the contact tracing & isolation of those exposed begins & I sure hope it works well.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Oh and by the way, gh, I stand by every single fact in my post and too bad if you don’t like reality.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

There is a single case in Senegal, which originated in one of three West African countries where the disease is spreading. If, for you that is an “outbreak”, then there is no point going further.

I posted links from which you can find all the original data for the present outbreak.

There are almost no facts in your posts. Unsupported opinions are not facts.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

dogsoldier on September 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I grew up around science and have done a fair bit. I’m not impressed.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I posted links from which you can find all the original data for the present outbreak.

Well, then, why don’t you go and find out the sources for my facts ? Because you are retarded.

- So, you admit that Ebola spread to Senegal when you claimed it hadn’t ? retarded

- you minimize the continued increase in cases in Nigeria after the Health minister erroneously claimed the outbreak was contained ? retarded

- you merely repeated me when I said the outbreak was out of control > retarded

- you seem to think I mentioned the genetics of Ebola in my original post ? retarded

- you posted links that I have already read ? retarded

Admit it, you are just too retarded to read all the links I could post and clearly are retarded to think that just because I don’t waste my time posting links for the retarded means they are not facts ? retarded

DOOD, you are just retarded, admit it….

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

- So, you admit that Ebola spread to Senegal when you claimed it hadn’t ? retarded

No I did not admit what you assert. I presume the final adjective is self-referential.

As I said before, no point continuing. Look at the WHO data (that’s all CDC has).

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

There is a single case in Senegal, which originated in one of three West African countries where the disease is spreading. If, for you that is an “outbreak”, then there is no point going further.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Here you go, retard. I am helping with your reading comprehension:

outbreak
noun
1. a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption:
the outbreak of war.
2. a sudden and active manifestation:
an outbreak of hives.

No mention of scale required, your retardedship.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

why don’t you go and find out the sources for my facts ?

No. That’s your job, not mine. I read the papers too.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

So you think “science” comes from the dictionary?

LOL

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

No I did not admit what you assert.
gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Figures… what would anybody expect from the retarded

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

So you think “science” comes from the dictionary?

LOL

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

No, retard, LANGUAGE DEFINITIONS come from the dictionary…any high grade moron except you knows that

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

You keep repeating yourself. That’s not very interesting.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

You keep repeating yourself. That’s not very interesting.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

That’s how we must teach the retarded because they are slow and have poor memory and reading comprehension. Retard.

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I’ve read all your links from page one …

gh on September 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Do you understand the words “opinion” and “unsupported”?

gh on September 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Do you want me to explain how to use the ‘quote’ feature? You seem to be having trouble with it.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Try the veal. I’ll be here all week.

gh on September 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Lastly because beating on retards is frowned upon by the PC, I will take the word of the head of the CDC and the area supervisor for MSF over the pronouncements of a retard ANYTIME.

I will no longer beat on the poor retard, thankyouverymuch !!

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Of course, even though it is “out-of-control” we are still shipping infected Americans back here, for some reason.

Is Ebola is targeting blacks disproportionately? Did you hear that, Jackson, Sharpton and Holder?

virgo on September 3, 2014 at 12:23 AM

BioBob on September 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Thank you.

The Canadian study had the pigs separated from the primates by quite a distance and a barrier between them also. It was airborne for a good deal more than three feet.

The CDC have made a serious error for the sake of reducing panic.

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

The CDC have made a serious error for the sake of reducing panic.

dogsoldier on September 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

That’s scarier than the disease itself.

LawfulGood on September 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Can we get a moderator cleanup in this thread? the amount of vitriol and personal attacks is at a very high level. It makes it hard to read when people are constantly fighting and insinuating that their opponents suffer from Downs Syndrome.

On another note: I just really hope that the people who are dead, stay that way. Ebola is bad enough. Leaking and bleeding zombies would make it just so much worse.

wearyman on September 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

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