16 Stunning Quotes From Global Health Officials On The Ebola Epidemic

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Ebola continues to spread an an exponential rate.  According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of all Ebola cases have happened in just the last three weeks.  At this point, the official numbers tell us that approximately 3,967 people have gotten the virus in Africa and more than 2,105 people have died. 

That is quite alarming, but the real problem will arise if this disease continues to spread at an exponential pace.  One team of researchers has used computer modeling to project that the number of Ebola cases will reach 10,000 by September 24th if current trends continue.  And if the spread of Ebola does not slow down, we could be dealing with 100,000 cases by December Even the WHO is admitting that the number of cases is likely to grow to 20,000 before too much longer, and global health officials are now starting to use apocalyptic language to describe this outbreak.

For people in the western world that have never seen anything like this other than in the movies, it can be difficult to grasp just how horrible this epidemic truly is.  In the areas of west Africa where Ebola is spreading, fear and panic are everywhere, food shortages are becoming a serious problem and there have been reports of dead bodies rotting in the streets.  People are avoiding hospitals and clinics because of paranoia about the fact that so many health workers have contracted the disease.  According to the World Health Organization, more than 240 health workers have gotten the virus so far and more than 120 of them have perished.

We have never seen anything like this in any of our lifetimes, and the scary part is that this might only be just the beginning.

The following are 16 apocalyptic quotes from global health officials about this horrific Ebola epidemic...

#1 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now."

#2 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: "Riots are breaking out. Isolation centres are overwhelmed. Health workers on the frontline are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers."

#3 David Nabarro, senior United Nations system coordinator for Ebola disease: "This outbreak is moving ahead of efforts to control it."

#4 Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director-general for emergency operations: "This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases."

#5 Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization: "...we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months".

#6 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: "You have a very dangerous virus in three of the countries in the world that are least equipped to deal with it. The scale of this outbreak has just outstripped the resources. That’s why it’s become so big."

#7 Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council: "This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity."

#8 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined."

#9 Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar:  "This is different than every other Ebola situation we've ever had. It's spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast."

#10 Dr. Richard Besser, health and medical editor for ABC News: "Emergency rooms are closed, many hospital wards are as well leaving people who are sick with heart disease, trauma, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, malaria and all the everyday health emergencies with nowhere to go."

#11 Bukar Tijani, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization regional representative for Africa: "Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbours."

#12 Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security: "People are hungry in these communities. They don't know how they are going to get food."

#13 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: "This is for sure the worst situation I've ever seen."

#14 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "I could not possibly overstate the need for an urgent response."

#15 Official WHO statement: "Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

#16 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: "It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets."

Despite all of these warnings, a lot of people in the western world are not too concerned about this epidemic because they have faith that our advanced technology will prevent a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States and Europe.

But I wouldn't be so certain about that.

So far, the most promising experimental Ebola drug seems to be ZMapp.  In clinical trials, it has been doing very well on monkeys.

However, it hasn't turned out to be a silver bullet for humans so far.  Two out of the seven people that have received ZMapp have died, and as CBS News recently explained, current supplies are exhausted and it takes a really long time to make more of this stuff...

ZMapp’s maker, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., of San Diego, has said the small supply of the drug is now exhausted and that it will take several months to make more. The drug is grown in tobacco plants and was developed with U.S. government support.


Kobinger said it takes about a month to make 20 to 40 doses at a Kentucky plant where the drug is being produced. Officials have said they are looking at other facilities and other ways to ramp up production, and Kobinger said there were plans for a clinical trial to test ZMapp in people early next year.

The cold, hard truth is that Ebola is a brutally efficient killer for which we do not have a cure at the moment.

And what makes things even more complicated is that a different strain of Ebola is now spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A treatment that works for one strain of Ebola may not work on another strain.

So let us hope and pray that Ebola does not reach the United States.

If it does, it could potentially spread like wildfire.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



...fear and panic are everywhere, food shortages are becoming a serious problem...

#17 Dr. Regina Benjamin, President Obama's first appointed Surgeon General of the United States of America:  "WHO?  WHO brought lunch?  WHO be grabbin' all the thighs and biscuits?"

Stuck on Zero's picture

#18 Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago:  No big deal.  We lose that many in gang shootings every weekend.


LetThemEatRand's picture

Most Drudge and ZH posters:  No big deal.  Scientists.  What do they know.  Probably got a grant.

AlaricBalth's picture

19. Under the California desert and subsidized by the taxpayers' money, someone had finally invented a chain letter that really worked. A very lethal chain letter.
Stephen King, The Stand

MonsterBox's picture

Runners, report to your nearest FEMA Camp of Salvation. If you don't have it yet, you will...

nmewn's picture

(running through the room with scissors & my hair on fire)

Lookout! Ebola Squirrels!!!

Publicus's picture

Ebola will put an end to scarcity once and for all.

Drunk In Church's picture

Try to look on the brightside.  Ebola isn't that bad.  It beats dying of Alzheimer's.

Keyser's picture

Yeah but I'd rather die in bed with a 25 year old stripper when I'm 95... 

toady's picture

Damn African diseases.

Captain Obvious.'s picture

No. No white men give diseases to everyone else! I learned that at school.

How else did we conquor the world?

trulz4lulz's picture

ANd here I thought it was the White folks being significantly ahead of most the rest of the world on the evolutionary bell curve. Ive always found it amazinf how far behind Africans have been in terms of modern society. I mean, they still havent figured out how to farm. According to Darwinism, they should be extinct by now.

TeamDepends's picture

20)  Dr. Karl-Heinze Baxter, Chief Biological Officer Deutschehospital:  "Speaking philosophically, humans have had a pretty good run.  We survived the Black Plague, the 1919 Flu, a couple World Wars.....  but this is an entirely different animal.  Is it time to grab your ankles?  Yes.  Yes it is."

Sudden Debt's picture

So what your telling me is that I shouldn't have given my parents in law that free vacation trip with the "meet the local" to Nigeria after all?

Spumoni's picture

No, you shouldn't have. That trip was reserved for your in-laws.

Antifaschistische's picture

The World Health Organization has also decided to include "probable" and "suspected" cases and deaths in their statistics.  So, basically anytime someone dies unexpectedly they become a candidate for inclusion into WHO numbers.

Hey, perhaps the WHO numbers are way way under reported.  How would I know.  But perhaps all the "scientists" who make their livings off of government money have an incentive to exagerate.  Do you think doctors are to noble for this?  lol....not today my friends.   Maybe 50 years ago.  Not today.

nmewn's picture

Scientists you say?...lol.


Lemme pick another pus filled scab while I'm at it. It was week before last I bet someone (cougar knows who, I suspect) that by Labor Day ebola deaths would 30k.

No pandemic.

Matt's picture

How about you go test the bodies and give us a real count?

Urban Redneck's picture

People who simply die unexpectedly don't become candidates for inclusion into WHO numbers, otherwise the WHO numbers would have been far higher, as the total count so far is in line with annual deaths from other hemorrhagic fevers active in the region. WHO bases its count on on official numbers reported by the Ministries of Health, which are understaffed and underfunded, and not too keen to go into into field counting and cleaning up every potentially infected corpse. Most of the "scientists" who make their livings off of government money are happily hiding in their ivory towers far from any significant immediate risk of infection, and ability to directly manipulate the MoHs' counts.


In short- a relative few cases of Lassa fever, Yellow fever, or even Malaria could be mixed in the counts (not estimates) forwarded to the WHO, but these numbers would be dwarfed by sick and dead with no access to medical care or MoH bean counters.

Lost Word's picture

WHO didn't have enough money to fight Ebola at the Early stages,

so now it will cost much more to fight Ebola in the middle stages.

But medical personnel exhaustion and deaths and panic are negative indicators

and the region is heading toward self protective isolationism,

yet while medical personnel possible Ebola carriers are rotated in and out of the Ebola region,

but the End stages threat of world wide Ebola pandemic is increasing,

with international travel of Ebola infected persons not yet showing symptoms,

and as the Western world intentionally brings Ebola patients into the Western world.

We Could Have Stopped This Ebola Outbreak  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/05/we_could_have_stopped_t...

Lost Word's picture

But there is hope,

Anti-bodies from Ebola survivors may be the best current treatment for the sick.


TeamDepends's picture

Ebola ebola ebola mm hey!

Ebola Ebola Ebola MM HEY!!!!

This is our new daily encantation we say upon waking.  Does it do any good?  Who knows, but it definitely starts the day with a healthy dose of gallows humor.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

Ever had a shit day, then have something make you smile? I just did.

Thank you, hedgeless!

Alea Iactaest's picture

Ebola: Civilians Barred from Military Hospitals, Lagos Hospitals Reject Patients

Sept. 05 - The [Nigerian] military has secretly ordered its health care workers to stop attending to civilians at its hospitals across the country.

Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ebola-civilians-barred-from-military-hospitals-lagos-hospitals-reject-patients/188221/

Alea Iactaest's picture

Confused about airborne vs. aerosol transmission? Good info here:

Ebola virus may be spread by droplets, but not by an airborne route: what that means

It’s important to pass a message that is correct, but also to ensure distrust does not result from a public reading apparently contradictory literature. Such distrust and real concern have been rampant among a hyperactive #ebola social media. Simple, clear phrases like “ebolaviruses cannot be caught from around a corner” may help uncomplicate the communication lines. [Emphasis added]

Whether propelled by sneezing, coughing, talking, splashing, flushing or some other process, aerosols (an over-arching term) include a range of particle sizes.

Those droplets larger than 5-10 millionths of a meter (a micron [µm], about 1/10 the width of a human hair), fall to the ground within seconds or impact on another surface, without evaporating (see Figure).

The smaller droplets that remain suspended in the air evaporate very quickly (< 1/10 sec in dry air), leaving behind particles consisting of proteins, salts and other things left after the water is removed, including suspended viruses and bacteria.

These leftovers, which may be more like a gel, depending on the humidity, are called droplet nuclei. They can remain airborne for hours and, if unimpeded, travel wherever the wind blows them. Coughs, sneezes and toilet flushes generate both droplets and droplet nuclei.

Droplets smaller than 5-10µm almost always dry fast enough to form droplet nuclei without falling to the ground, and it is usual for scientists to refer to these as being in the airborne size range.

It is only the droplet nuclei that are capable of riding the air currents through a hospital, shopping centre or office building.

Source: http://virologydownunder.blogspot.com/2014/08/ebola-virus-may-be-spread-by-droplets.html


Parrotile's picture

Not entirely true, although technically true.

The sedimentation rate data are all derived from still-air experiments (using such technology as the Andreasen Pipette, for estimation of sedimentation rates of size-dispersed aerosol suspensions - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0032591086800614 ).

In the "real world", the locations you mention all have air currents, and it takes very little energy (i.e. airstream velocity) to maintain suspension of 10 micron particles. In the hustle and bustle of a busy Hospital / Shopping Mall / Indoor Entertainment Area, such particles would easily remain suspended for a very long time (maybe indefinitely), especially since their density (i.e. particle mass) is not that great.

How do we know this to be the case? Simple. Look at the Particle Size Ranges measured by "Cleanroom" Particle counters - e.g. the one we use - the MetOne 3400 http://www.particle.com/met-one-air-particle-counters/portable/met-one-3400 Note the 10 micron range . . . . . Note also that other models sample up to 25 microns.

These are all "airborne" particles, so don't be too reassured by the "no airborne transmission" meme.


Alea Iactaest's picture

Thanks. I'm really just trying to bring some info to ZH before someone starts in (again) with what they "feel" is really happening. With zero evidence and even less training and/or research.

toady's picture

How is the weaponized version transmitted?

California Nightmares's picture

Alea and Parrot...




Some smart motherfuckers, here!

Merci beaucoup.


Urban Redneck's picture

On the bright side- most facilities in West Africa don't have central forced air.

On the no so bright side- they do have toilets, which are very good at aerosolizing the "non-airborne"

Something to consider- they do have plenty of room air conditioners and swamp chillers in West Africa. While the sterilization focus at healthcare facilities *appears* to have been on application of disinfectants to surfaces, surfaces wouldn't necessarily account for some of the more horrific tales of staff decimation, but room air conditioners and swamp chillers can provide a comfortable home for just about any bacteria or virus with both hot and cold parts and a steady supply of moisture, combined with a fan motor which will largely render meaningless the results of any still-air experiments...

But westerners, who have an abundance of central forced air (and an epidemic of MRSA among other things in healthcare facilities), can rest assured that the little HEPA sticker on their air filters will always protect them, despite the fact that many viruses tend to be smaller than the physical openings on the filter membranes. Perhaps they skipped Brownian math and just take the 99 (or whatever percent) figure at face value without stopping to ponder why it is anything other than 100% and what the implications of that

Spumoni's picture

Ultraviolet light. 100% kill rate for bacteria and virus. Used for operating theaters all over the world until 'health concerns' stopped the use of UV on tissue. UV sources are an excellent addition to your survival package - along with some education on how to use it. Very important of course.

SilverRhino's picture

Don't forget about the cleansing effects of ozone.   


An ozone generator does a real number on pathogens and scents.

cougar_w's picture

Airborne is a airborne does, seems to be the best way to think of it. Something to be aware of, the transmissability of ebola remains a very scary wildcard. I still don't have a good feel for it. The Congo thing had me worried for a day or two.

Alea Iactaest's picture

My "feel" comment wasn't directed at you btw. Hope you didn't take it that way. I was thinking about an "airborne" comment from earlier in the week.

cougar_w's picture

Yeah I got that part. No worries.

Everyone knows my "feelings" are special    /s

cougar_w's picture

I've got a lot worse than that to worry about, if I were the type to worry, which I ain't.

Brutlstrudl's picture

Just tell  me where we are on the fucking  hockey stick, OK

California Nightmares's picture

The hockey stick is now so far up our ass, its foot is coming out of our mouth.  

BlindMonkey's picture

That would be an awesome scene for a Canadian slasher flick.

buyingsterling's picture

We won't find the government funds to ramp up the zmapp production. But wer're going to keep paying millions of leeches to do fuck all aside from eating out our substance. 

One And Only's picture

"The world is ending" is always followed by "Give me money and I can fix it"

Although no solutions are ever found corrupt scientitsts pursuaded by politicians and bribery get rich.

The think the last "we can save the world" number I heard was $600 million though I'm sure we're over a billion now.

One And Only's picture

Are the polar bears dead or cities floating away yet? There are so many manufactured crisis' I can't even keep track anymore where one scam ends and the other begins. It's one impregnable chain of corruption.

cougar_w's picture

Well you are certainly hoping and praying that is the case, aren't you?

Kitler's picture

I hear you

So many opportunites to make a killing it's difficult to decide sometimes. I was thinking about getting into climate science research. Banking is pretty much shot anyways and I hear the chicks are easy to nail.