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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buyingsterling's picture

I guess I'm a bit slow.

1. The disease killed the top two researchers in Africa.

2. WHO officials have gotten it.

3. When Sawyer landed in Nigeria they knew he was sick, and took every precaution - space suit central, not bleach and dish gloves, and the head doctor and everyone else who attended him (seven people?) all got it. Now Nigeria has its own outbreak.

4. I see zero attempt to keep anyone with this disease out of any western country (racism?). If Sawyer isn't an immunologist and just someone with family in Britain, and he feels OK in Nigeria and when he lands in Britain.... I don't get it. It's kicking the ass of everyone it comes across, including the best, brightest, and most prepared. Why exactly won't this go global?

trulz4lulz's picture

Through the 6 degrees of seperation I personally know of several Altruists heading to Africa (if they arent there already) not to mention the influx of African students that come here for University studies in America and Canada. Then you have the importation of coffee, chocolate, and certain fruits. As well as the imprtation of Africans through adoption channels. I really dont see how we are going to stop this from getting here without toatlly shutting down Africa and burning it all with fire. Its the only way to be sure. Otherwise, we are just playing a dangerous game of roulette.

Lost Word's picture

See the "Georgia Guidestones" plan for Depopulation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

Author said to be R.C. Christian,

a variation on the name Christian Rosencreutz,

or Christian Rose Cross,

supposed founder of Rosicrucianism,

forerunner of Speculative Freemasonry,

the Jewish-Christian pseudo-religon of the New World Order.

Forerunner of Joseph Smith with the magic spectacles founder of Mormonism

which is a hybrid of Christianity and Speculative Freemasonry.

Kitler's picture

Stay away from people leaking bodily fluids and don't forget to wash your hands when you prepare monkey for dinner

You'll be alright

InsaneAngloWarLord's picture

I am certain NATO could come up with a military solution to this problem if they really wanted to. They can fix anything.

kareninca's picture

So the latest American to be flown back to the U.S. is Dr. Rick Sacra (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-infected-u-s-doctor-rick-sacra-arrives...), the guy who went to Liberia to replace Dr. Kent Brantly.  So how long could he have been there before being infected?  Not very long at all.

He specifically did NOT go back to treat Ebola patients; he went to deliver babies ("Sacra delivered babies at the hospital, and was not involved in the treatment of Ebola patients.")  Well, of course babies and their mothers can have Ebola.  But this guy had to have been using the very best protective stuff available.

If a highly experienced doctor, who went out to replace another doctor who caught Ebola, catches it almost immediately while not treating Ebola patients, this is an extremely communicable disease.  I think that Western medical staff here who deal with it here are laboring under an illusion of safety; whatever safety measures they are presently taking are likely not enough.

cougar_w's picture

Yeah this kind of thing makes my head spin.

Was the mother known to be in the incubation period? Was she showing symptoms? Did we already know ebola can spread during delivery, or is this not typical? Where did she have contact with a known infected? Was anyone a survivor of ebola?  If there is no known infected in her environment then how did she contact ebola?

I'd be all over something like this. I mean tearing down the place all over it. There are just too many unknowns right now and they need to get a handle on it.

kaiserhoff's picture

An infected mother's fetus will get the disease and be spontaneously aborted, usually killing the mother and making one hell of a mess for anyone trying to treat her.  Fort Detrick has known this at least since Reston (early nineties).  It was part of their screening for who could handle this shit. 

The lack of communication among agencies is staggering, and dangerous.

Parrotile's picture

Primate model (reston)? Not always comparable with human (as we found out decades ago via Thalidomide).

Also, which trimester? A late third trimester maternal infection would usally not lead to abortion, rather death in utero. That opens an entirely new level of hazard - the Obs / Gyn people are very keen to do an emergency caesarean to keep mum alive, and if we don't know Mum's exposure history there could be a big risk to everyone, from the Theatre Porters upwards.

kaiserhoff's picture

Actually not a primate model, and nothing to do with Reston.  It was in their protocals for who could go INTO the building at Reston.

Ebola may or may not be new, but hemorragic fever is not.  Lassa and Marburg are variants.  There was one in Bolivia, three in the old Soviet Union...  The Army has lots of experience with this and serves as a joint forces facility.  I'm not a biologist like cougar.  I know just enough to read the papers and the history. 

Fascinating stuff.  Ever wonder who would want to work in an Ebola building in Reston VA?  Answer:  no one.  It was vacant for years, torn down, and replaced by a new building used for...  a DAY CARE CENTER!  Sweet Jesus.

 

kareninca's picture

Childbirth typically involves blood all over the place.  The babies he was delivering were the difficult cases (that's why he went out;there was no-one to deliver the babies whose birth, w/o Western medicine, would kill the mother and/or the kid).  Who would go to a hospital to give birth in Africa, even w/o Ebola?  Only someone desperate; someone who knows that they are in such bad shape that if they do it at home they will die.  With Ebola all over the place, you'd really have to be desperate to go to the hospital to give birth.  So maybe one of the pregnant women was infected.  But who knows, he could have caught it in a million different ways; not even from a patient he was working on.

Good luck with trying to trace the cause; trying to would be a great way to get infected.

debtor of last resort's picture

Insects are doing their job very well. Wonder how many droplets a flie can carry while travelling from sweat to the cookie jar.

RSloane's picture

Did he contract Ebola from a patient that was asymptomatic, or did he contract it from another patient/hospital staff whose symptoms were so mild that full expression of the illness hadn't happened yet? You're right, we all should be all over this one, and I'm hoping the doctors treating him now are going to go over his patient/hospital staff contact list with a fine tooth comb which will trigger more research at the site where he contracted it. Of all the high-profile patients so far, this one has me most frightened.  

Joebloinvestor's picture

You can't get ebola if you kill an Islamic militant.

Lost Word's picture

You can't get Ebola if you live alone on an Island with no visitors.

MsCreant's picture

Monkeyz and Batz, bitchez.

Parrotile's picture

Invest in air defence to ward off any stray fruit bats??

Or make certain it's a "Fruit-Bat Free Zone"!!

Roy T's picture

I was wondering where the Ebola updates were on this site lately.

Alea Iactaest's picture

Fridays and Mondays, generally.

cougar_w's picture

Seems they usually wait until I have some spare cycles so I can rampage at will.

limacon's picture

Border policies act as accelerators of plagues . This has happened before
Ad nauseam , but Greed wins every time .

See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com/2009/04/hadrian-and-critical-plague-mass.html

Moe Hamhead's picture

Is it true, that if you've had it, you are immune to getting it again?

cougar_w's picture

A lot of diseases work that way. Problems start when a disease mutates into something new enough that it can hop over existing immunity. Flu does that every year, as does the common cold. Ebola, maybe less so, but who really knows at this point.

Urban Redneck's picture

That's what makes most of the fruit-batty conspiracy theorists so entertaining- they seem to think some secret cabal has braniacs smart enough to come up with an ebola vaccine, yet dumb enough to think the original vaccine will necessarily still be effective after the chickens come to roost hundreds of thousands of genetic mutations later...

The Chinese and Russians are at least deploying little green men in biohazard suits with whatever their own virologists had on ice... It does raise some interesting questions about the actual origins of certain US and Canadian products...

Damn it, how did that tinfoil hat get on my head...

Lost Word's picture

If a very similar virus again, probably yes,

but if somewhat different, like variations in Flu viruses,

probably uncertain immunity,

until more knowledge is gained by experience.

are we there yet's picture

Yes, but parts of your brain, liver, kidneys, and other organs are destroyed. You may have a weakened immune system to other diseases if you survive.

q99x2's picture

Ya the NWO is experimenting with different strains. They have various forms of ebola that work on different genetic ethnicities but they haven't all been tested in the field yet.

BTFED Buy The Fucking Ebola Dip M'Fers.

You collapse your left lung in.

You puke your right brain out.

You do the hokey eboly

And you shake yourself about.

Lost Word's picture

Probably not enough data on mortality rate for different ethnic groups

infected by the current strain of Ebola virus.

knukles's picture

Knukies 5 Star Sickshit of the Day Award

cougar_w's picture

That just encourages bad poetry.

samsara's picture

Something like system testing in real time. Maybe it will be the vector of three strains that produces a particular set. NATURE did it not us.

Now, how to establish the three in real time? Well, one set started here, one over there. Then Venn diagram it.

StagStopa's picture

thats a little better zh.

startin to get a lil chubby

but we need more death more horror.

NATO "spearhead" heading for east ukie?

 

rollercam's picture

Ok so then this is worse than the swine flu, right?

cougar_w's picture

No. Well -- unless you are travelling in west Africa. But otherwise no.

Oldrepublic's picture

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

I thought that the US military is the world's most efficient killer

suteibu's picture

US leads in volume, not efficiency.  Moar profit.

rwe2late's picture

not so sure about

"efficient',

but prolific or profuse

for certain.

Psquared's picture

Lets see,

Global economic crash

Mass unemployment

Starvation

Militarized police (PLEASE STAY IN YOUR HOMES, YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED)

Ebola

ISIS

Russians

.... hmmmm, of those which one would you rather die from?

cougar_w's picture

Why isn't alcohol poisoning on the list?

One And Only's picture

And sunshine, sunshine causes melanoma and should be avoided at all costs.

SokPOTUS's picture

Deflationary. 

Duc888's picture

 

 

 

We got this covered, we have TSA ball gropers in all airports and our borders are secure.  You people are all alarmists.