16 Stunning Quotes From Global Health Officials On The Ebola Epidemic

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Lost Word's picture

Hopefully all the TSA will get Ebola if it gets to the USA.

lasvegaspersona's picture

As a physician of 40+ years and a ZH commentator for 3+ years I'd just like to echo the experts....this could get real serious real fast. The people in these countries often do not understand the way diseases are transmitted and treated. If they panic they could do things that spread the disease to large urban centers where it could kill millions in a few months.

Once we reach that stage stopping world wide spread would probably be impossible short of drastic inhumane measures. 

The world needs solutions before  facing the day when no one will come out of their houses.

btw Lagos is a city of 20 million....yikes!

kumquatsunite's picture

A doc on Fox News today, interviewed by Cavuto: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/index.html#/v/3769850949...

Scary stuff as he seems to think it's built into the pudding and we should know exactly where every person coming into the US is from, meaning the Real point of origin.

Video title is below:

Sep 05, 2014

Will Ebola spread to America, Europe by air travel?

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez on findings of new study

Parrotile's picture

Former colleague now works with London School of Hygiene & Trop. Medicine.  Whilst our e.mail correspondence is usually about the more mundane stuff (MDR infections usually), of late Ian's been getting rather worked up over "the inability of the Profession to take this seriously" (his words).

Tends to concentrate the mind when he mentions their modelling results, for a SINGLE infectious (but otherwise "healthy") individual using London Underground for the trip to work, then back home, (on ONE day only). Depending on the train routes used, number of changes, etc., our "Ebola Eric" could infect over 10,000 people (ONE day, Home - Work - Home), and that does not include those he could infect at work.

 Then there's this. http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/a-2006-mathematical-model-shows-how-ebola-could-wipe-us-out

Starting to get very serious (for my colleagues and I at least).


headhunt's picture

It is not being taken seriously because in order to do so would require political incorrect things such as actually securing a countries border. Political correctness is killing whole countries by inches, this could kill whole countries in months.

Don't want to be politically incorrect now - what would the leftist wankers say

Lost Word's picture

Not merely Political Correctness,

More like NWO intentional Genocide.

See the "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.

rwe2late's picture

 What is "politically incorrect" is to fund PUBLIC health measures,

(domestically and especially, for some, for Africans & the "poor").

The mental blinders are rooted in the gut beliefs

that PRIVATE medicine will take care of the "problem" (e.g. miracle drugs) and

a crude social "Darwinism".


Add to the mix possible embarrassment that the US bio-war industry is mixed up in this and here we are.

US Bio-warfare researchers present

The research program, occurring in Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea, and Liberia—said to be the epicenter of the 2014 Ebola outbreak—has the announced purpose, among others, of detecting the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons.


dizzyfingers's picture


 Very creepy!   Thanks 4 heads-up. Tulane didn't get the memo?... "Partner" with bioweapons researchers...?

Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone July 23 ·    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=322983307878518&id=281064805403702

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 23rd July 2014, we have 108 cumulative number of survivors, 427 confirmed Ebola cases and 144 Ebola confirmed deaths. 65 patients are currently admitted at the Ebola treatment centers in Kenema and Kailahun.
The Ministry of Health & Sanitization and the World Health Organization have established a dedicated Ebola Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Freetown. The EOC is co-Directed by the Minister of Health, Ms. Miata Kargbo and the WHO Representative for Sierra Leone, Dr. Jacob Mufunda and consists of leaders and partners involved in our fight against Ebola. The EOC will serve as the Sierra Leone National Central Command and Control Center for Outbreak Response activities and meets every day. The EOC members under the leadership of the Honourable Minister of Health and Sanitation unanimously decided at the July 22nd 2014 meeting that the following actions be effected immediately:

• That all new confirmed cases be admitted at the Treatment Center in Kailahun whiles the Ministry and its partners work on relocating the Treatment Center in Kenema out of the Kenema Government Hospital Premise to another location as requested by health workers and the people of Kenema
• The existing patients at the treatment center in Kenema continue to be cared for at that center with enhanced Infection Prevention Control and nursing care
• More health personnel be trained in Infection Prevention Control and nursing care
Tulane University to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak
• Center for Disease Control (CDC) to officially send their findings and recommendations from the assessment of the laboratory and treatment center in Kenema
• The Ministry of Health and Sanitation to proceed with the procurement of three vehicles currently in country for contact tracing and surveillance


reader2010's picture

To save Mother Earth, either more blue whales or more Americans need to die because each of them consume the same amount of engery each day. Your choice. 

Ned Zeppelin's picture

Ebola will burn itself out, and that will be the end of it.

Let's get back to talking about the real virus: Mr. Yellen and his fellow pathogens at the Fed and on Wall Street.

are we there yet's picture

West Africa is very different than the US or EU. Indore plumbing and baiting habits, as well as public transportation, heated temperature with more sweating, crowding and touching patterns. Plus the US an EU have better health care systems able to trace down the infected.

On the positive side I have not received any Nigerian scam letters lately from their sweat shop call centers.


Urban Redneck's picture

West Africa is very different than the US or EU, West Africa does not provide mechanical distribution and aerosolization enhancements to anywhere near the degree that the US or EU do.

Cthonic's picture

Smoothed new case rate (does not include DRC outbreak data):

04 Sep 14 - 75/day

28 Aug 14 - 69/day

22 Aug 14 - 59/day

20 Aug 14 - 54/day

19 Aug 14 - 46/day

15 Aug 14 - 54/day

13 Aug 14 - 40/day

11 Aug 14 - 37/day

08 Aug 14 - 54/day

06 Aug 14 - 55/day

04 Aug 14 - 57/day

02 Aug 14 - 43/day

29 Jul 14 - 38/day

27 Jul 14 - 23/day

23 Jul 14 - 12/day

17 Jul 14 - 10/day

Case Fatality Risk Estimate: 50%

Active Case Growth Rate: 5.4% per day

(4 Sep release contains data through 31 Aug)








repost from earlier thread

AustriAnnie's picture

The numbers get worse when you consider that back in July they were probably able to count a higher percentage of new cases.  The greater the caseload, and the less organized (resource-constrained) the response, the more cases go uncounted.

Another question:

The outbreak in Congo could be worrisome, couldn't it, if it opens up the possibility for the two strains to mix/mutate together?

Having 2 different strains mutating in parallel is one thing -- but I'm curious what happens if they merge in any way.  Is that possible?  Can two strains join together and take on the stronger traits of each? 

Perhaps it is not possible or not statistically probable. But the thought came to mind.

buyingsterling's picture

Good question. Since ebola in any form only pops up every 5-7 years, what are the odds of two unrelated strains popping up simultaneously?

Cthonic's picture

  "what are the odds of two unrelated strains popping up simultaneously?"

Under conditions where the natural reservoir species are flourishing, I wouldn't find it surprising for several different circulating strains to break out, especially in different regions.

Cthonic's picture

 I'm curious what happens if they [could] merge in any way.  Is that possible?

Certain viruses undergo reassortment.  This is where two or more similar viruses infecting a cell simultaneously can give rise to a novel strain.  Ebola Zaire is a negative sense single strand RNA virus.  Other negative sense single strand RNA viruses are known to undergo reassortment at least within their own family, for example, the flu.

SquadronVBF94's picture

The most acute danger is that the Islamist crazies will send in martyrs to deliberately become infected and then put them on planes to "infidel" cities.  If there is a break out from west Africa Boko Hareem or some similar sick fucks will do it.


alexcojones's picture

  "So far, the most promising experimental Ebola drug seems to be ZMapp.  In clinical trials, it has been doing very well on monkeys and as CBS News recently explained, current supplies are exhausted and it takes a really long time to make more of this stuff..."

(A) Why does it take so long to make and (B) do the PTB - like Dick Cheney with his anthrax - already have their ZMap pills?

kumquatsunite's picture

Not sure bout this but...understanding is that ebola is a blood disease. In other words, it is "at once" all through the body, like sepsis, for instance. Much harder to clean out of the blood system than most diseases which are localized in some way. Apparently, they have been catching the giant rats (considered a delicacy in Africa), the bats and monkeys and they find the virus centers in the spleen of the animals. Of course, the spleen is a blood cleansing organ. 

Then you have the problems with the secret societies in places like Sierra Leone where scarification is part of the ritual; a process of cutting the skin and this means blood contact.


Urban Redneck's picture

There is exactly one suspected case of animal-to-person ebola transmission in West Africa, and over two thousand suspected person-to-person cases of ebola transmission in West Africa.

samsara's picture

The first doses goes to the Rockefellers, Rothchilds, et al. Then down the chain for the first 100,000 or so. Yes Chaney is down the somewhere.

Lost Word's picture

Recent story in Scientific American

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


BeerMe's picture

It has already reached the U.S.  They keep flying the infected in.  They will probably have one for every major medical center by the end of the year.   Interestingly, the one at Nebraska Med Center won't be receiving the drug the two in Atlanta received.

The Magus's picture

This is a storm in a teacup. 1800 deaths in, what, 6 months? Not even a mere flesh wound.

There are 600 deaths from malaria every day. Does it ever make the news?


roccman's picture

it's "just" 600 per day

not 600...1200...2400...4800...9600...

if ebola "just" killed 600 per day - it wouldn't make the news as well.

AustriAnnie's picture

"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."

drendebe10's picture

Good doctor, i am a CDC trained epidemiologist. Expecting big bureaucratic health agencies to solve health problems is like going to the Phoenix VA Hospjtal expecting prompt, good care. Better results by washing ur hands & holding ur breath forever.

AustriAnnie's picture

And while big bureaucratic health agencies are not solving the health problems, we will have other big bureaucratic agencies responding to our "safety" and "economic" needs during the crisis.  How they will respond affects food supply, our freedom of movement (curfews in the case of rioting, or mandatory quarantine perhaps), and our right to protect ourselves or help ourselves (laws against hoarding food or first aid supplies, etc).  

Also not to be ignored is what happens if the "markets" get spooked at any point during an epidemic.  If one snowstorm is used as an excuse for poor corporate revenues, imagine what a massive slowdown in econoic activity due to an epidemic would do.  A massive selloff with even the hint of a bank run could cause a market crash.  Likely "fixed" by more big bureacratic agencies escalating war to distract us from the financial and ebola crisis.

It is quite possible that the economic effects and the resulting never-waste-a-crisis all out world war could end up more deadly than the pandemic.  

Always count on TPTB to come up with a cure worse than the disease.  Literally, in this case.

maitrepoulet's picture

For me, the visual evidence of this outbreak just doesn't seem to match the doomsday tone of the experts. You would figure there are more photographic evidence of all the rotting bodies and clashes...I can't imagine that there's not a few intrepid reporters venturing into these regions. Yet I've only seen a few pictures of a few dead in the streets. It just doesn't add up for me at this point.

blabam's picture

Bodies have to be buried immediately so no stockpiles. 

roccman's picture

yeah - i agree

as if these MDs are sounding an alarm of sorts...to those only with ears to hear...

Leraconteur's picture

-That part of Africa has some of the poorest nations in the world.

-Many have cheap, ~2000 era mobile phones, but they don't have minutes and thus cannot make calls, send photos 

-Everyone is freaked out to infinity and won't go near anything or anyplace or anyone even rumoured to be thinking about Ebola, so taking a photo of a rotting, infectious, corpse is low on their priority list

-For obvious reasons reporters from other nations are not rushing to the scene to walk dirt roads with open sewers in both ditches and rotting infectious Ebola corpses laying in the road to take photos. Would you?

-Lastly, there are things that really do happen, without photos, and massive posts to social media sites on the internet. Really. The internet is not reality.

unicorn's picture

head of the World Health Organization: "...we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months".



ptoemmes's picture

Don't anyone give ISIS the idea of immigrating/smuggling infected people into the USA.


Suicide Ebolars.

headhunt's picture

Smuggling? Crap all they have to do is claim they are a member of 'La Raza' and stroll across.

Then take the next plane (with no ID) to NY, LA, Chicago

Parrotile's picture

Well, there was a widely circulated rumour that the Kremlin (via their Foreign Intelligence Service, (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki)) had alerted the US to the presence of "3000 Ebola Martyrs" already in place.

It might be relevant to note that the coverage of this "revelation" was not exactly "mainstream", rather more via websites associated with the "tin foil hat" mindset . . . . .

sleepingbeauty's picture

Here is another quote:

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said it was neither an epidemic, nor unprecedented. <april 1, 2014>



I think WHO terrribly underestimated this one. He was responding to someone from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who said it was unprecedented and an epidemic. Lets order up a serving of crow for Mr. Gregory Hartl.

Old Poor Richard's picture

Wait until Ebola patients start flooding over the sourthern border and without any medical screening they're just placed in with the rest of the detainees at Obama's illegal immigrant resort hotels.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Here's what people should be most worried about:

Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa


August 28, 2014



For starters, the data show that the virus is rapidly accumulating new mutations as it spreads through people. "We've found over 250 mutations that are changing in real time as we're watching," Sabeti says.

While moving through the human population in West Africa, she says, the virus has been collecting mutations about twice as quickly as it did while circulating among animals in the past decade or so.

"The more time you give a virus to mutate and the more human-to-human transmission you see," she says, "the more opportunities you give it to fall upon some [mutation] that could make it more easily transmissible or more pathogenic."

Parrotile's picture

Exactly as expected, and the same as for all other life forms moving into a new territory / host. The "better adapted" are the ones that survive, and whose offspring propagate preferentially.

I'd reasonably expect to see an initial period of significant genetic adjustment, which should then slow down over time as the variant(s) become host-optimised. I suspect that we're still in the "rapid host optimisation" phase, and that we will see significant changes in ease of transmission (should "improve"), and maybe changes in the "window of infectivity", maybe along the lines of lesser initial symptoms, allowing the host to act as a more effective "transmission vector".

All speculation at this stage, but speculation based on lots of published data from similar events.

diesheepledie's picture

Just mother nature's way of saying there are too many Africans. She should repeat this message in Chicago, Detroit, etc ...

Deathstar's picture

Nothing good has ever came out of africa.

Massholio's picture

If you are a believer in Evolution, I agree. +1

SocialismIsCancer's picture

Not even obama, the great savior of the parasite & trash classes???

SocialismIsCancer's picture

Ebola should be spread extensively throughout the disgustingly overpopulated human cesspool called "latin america". That will greatly reduce the invasion of the USA by these excessively numerous human parasites.

acrabbe's picture

As a non-physician but general all around smart guy who has been around the block and seen and read alot of shit i have to say... that you lot are totally fucking stupid. If any of you who have posted on this thread are NOT government shills or paid trolls then you should be ashamed of yourselves. Go and look in the mirror, stare for a good few minutes, then slam your face into the glass. Fucking idiots. Are you seriously falling for this ebola shit?

The rate of transmission doesn't match the disease. The claims of outbreak timeline are not characteristic of epidemic growth or transmission. There has been no real evidence brought forth of any ebola victims, specimens, samples or bodies. Only media stories and agency reports. Not even real media footage. In other words, a scam. You live in Scamville and this is one of the latest.

I shouldn't be surprised. Most of u are in europe and north america. If you were in west africa you would notice that THERE IS NO EBOLA EPIDEMIC. Look at the sources of the above quotes. WHO, Tulane Uni and some NGO's. HELLO??? McFly??? McFLY?????

Stupid motherfucking muppets. This is why planet Earth is so fucked up. Because so many of you are soulless useless eaters. With all the other psyops shit they pull on you that you actually uncover, how can you fall for this? And done so poorly? And why the fuck is ZH promoting this propagandized bullshit? To expose how many of their commenters are braindead machine algorithm e-trolls? If you thought you had a clue, you were mistaken.


No sarcasm.