TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

CDC Director Frieden calls for stronger international response to Ebola outbreak

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned on Tuesday that the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is outpacing the global response to it.

Frieden called on the international community to respond to direct requests from health workers fighting the outbreak and presidents from the affected countries.

"The window of opportunity to stop Ebola from spreading widely throughout Africa and becoming a global threat for years to come is closing, but it is not yet closed," Frieden said. "If the world takes the immediate steps, we can still turn this around."

Frieden recently toured West Africa to examine the work being done by both CDC personnel and local residents to combat the outbreak. The director praised the efforts of those on the ground.

"I am particularly impressed with the dedication and heroism of the people of West Africa who care for the sick, spread the word about how to prevent Ebola, clean contaminated areas, bury the dead, and welcome survivors back into their homes and communities," Frieden said.

The CDC stepped up its response to the Ebola outbreak in July, and more than 500 CDC personnel and approximately 100 U.S. government workers are now deployed to fight the disease.

The current Ebola outbreak has killed more people than all previous outbreaks of the disease combined.