The head of the Centers for Disease Control in the United States warned this week that the situation in west Africa remains grim following the deaths of more than 1,500 people due to the Ebola virus.
“I wish I didn’t have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told the Associated Press this week upon completion of a trip to Liberia — one of four west African countries where the fatal disease continues to claim lives amidst one of the worst outbreaks ever of its kind.
The situation there “is overwhelming,” Dr. Frieden told National Public Radio in an interview from Monrovia, Liberia earlier this week, where he said the outbreak “really is a crisis and is affecting most if not all the counties in Liberia already.”
“This is very alarming,” he said. “It’s even worse than I’d feared,” he told CNN on Wednesday.