#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
#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
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