CDC: Ebola has 'Upper Hand' in Outbreak

CDC: Ebola has 'Upper Hand' in Outbreak
CDC: Ebola has 'Upper Hand' in Outbreak

(HealthDay News) — While officials and health experts have the means to prevent Ebola from spreading, the deadly virus currently has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, according to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thomas Frieden, MD, made the comments Monday during a visit this week to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, the Associated Press reported. "Lots of hard work is happening, lots of good things are happening," Frieden said during a meeting in Liberia. "But the virus still has the upper hand."

The outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever. The health care systems in the three countries have been overwhelmed and the virus continues to spread. However, Frieden believes the outbreak can be contained, the AP reported.

"Ebola doesn't spread by mysterious means, we know how it spreads," he said. "So we have the means to stop it from spreading, but it requires tremendous attention to every detail."

Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2014

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