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October 13th, 2014
12:58 PM ET

Sachs: Ebola is a controllable epidemic

An American nurse has become the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S., raising fear and alarm about the outbreak in the West.

In the Ebola hotzone of West Africa, desperation grows as thousands of people are struck by the deadly virus - including healthcare workers on the front line.

The outbreak may be spreading, but professor and senior United Nations advisor Jeffrey Sachs tells me Ebola can be controlled in 6 months.

"This is a controllable epidemic but the epidemic has so far outrun the control efforts," he says.

"This is logistics, it's equipment, it's basic health protocols, it's diagnostics. All the pieces of a basic control system that need to be rapidly scaled up."

Watch the video to hear his recommended next steps, and what is at stake for Africa and the world if Ebola is not contained.

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  1. jrel

    The gloves that healthcare workers wear to protect themselves may be permeable. Perhaps the microbes of this particular virus are so small that the virus can possibly get through the gloves. Also the toilets in most public places do not have lids. There could be microscopic back splash unseen by the naked eye. it probably would be a good idea to test the gloves and take cultures around the sites where bodily fluids have been disposed of. While flushing the waste products away it also may be a good idea to use a disinfectant or something until further research can be done.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply

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