CDC Director: “We can stop Ebola outbreak.”

An article in The Hill noted: ”Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expressed confidence Sunday that health officials could stop a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.”

“’Ebola’s scary and it’s understandable that with a deadly disease, people are concerned. But the plain truth is that we can stop Ebola. We know how to control it,’ said Frieden on ABC’s “This Week.”” “Hospital infection control, and stopping it at the source in Africa.”

“…Frieden said that it was impossible to “hermetically seal the borders of the U.S. ‘We’re reliant and interdependent with the world for travel, for trade, for economy, for our families and communities,’ he added.”

“Frieden said the CDC was ‘surging’ their response to help officials in Africa contain the problem.”

“Asked about a possible vaccine, he said that such a development was years away.’We would love an Ebola vaccine. It would be very helpful especially to protect health care workers,’ said Frieden.” “But even the best case, it’s a long way away and it’s uncertain.”

Click here to read the full The Hill article ” CDC director: ‘We can stop Ebola’ outbreak” by Meghashyam Mali.

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Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

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