US warns that Ebola could in­fect 1.4 mil­lion

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health of­fi­cials Tues­day laid out worstcase and best-case sce­nar­ios for the Ebola epi­demic in West Africa, warn­ing that the num­ber of in­fected peo­ple could ex­plode to at least 1.4 mil­lion by mid-Jan­uary — or the out­break could be almost over by then, if con­trol ef­forts are ramped up.

The widely vary­ing pro­jec­tions by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion were based on con­di­tions in late Au­gust and do not take into ac­count a re­cent in­ter­na­tional surge in med­i­cal aid for the stricken re­gion. That burst has given health au­thor­i­ties rea­son for some op­ti­mism.

“I’m con­fi­dent the most dire pro­jec­tions are not go­ing to come to pass,” CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden said in re­leas­ing the re­port.

About 5,800 ill­nesses and over 2,800 deaths have been counted since the first cases were re­ported six months ago. But in­ter­na­tional health au­thor­i­ties have warned that the cri­sis is prob­a­bly far worse in re­al­ity, with many corpses and in­fected peo­ple hid­den or un­re­ported.

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