Originally published October 21 2014
'It's just a matter of time' before Ebola pandemic ravages entire world, says Missouri doctor
by David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Ebola is likely to "consume" every Third World country and then devastate wealthier countries as well, Missouri doctor Gil Mobley has warned. He has accused the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of deliberately concealing the threat that the disease poses to the United States.
"For months, doctors in my community... have been convinced that the United States will be importing [Ebola] clusters regularly," Dr. Mobley said. "Right now, on the continent of... Africa, there are a million people in isolation, in quarantine, because of Ebola, and ten thousand passengers leave west Africa every single day. It's just a matter of time before this disease is carried to every corner of the world."
Cases doubling every three weeksOfficial estimates place the total number of Ebola cases to date at more than 7,400, of which at least 3,431 have been fatal. But experts acknowledge that these numbers are probably significantly underestimated, and the disease continues to spread rapidly.
"It's unfortunately the case that the Ebola crisis is set to get worse before it gets better," said Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children. "Currently, in Sierra Leone and Liberia, infection rates are doubling every three weeks. We have a small window of opportunity to contain the epidemic, which means more treatment beds and critically, more doctors and nurses, on the ground now."
Experts believe that the number of Ebola cases is doubling every 20 to 30 days.
"Ebola is consuming whole communities," said David MacDonald, Oxfam regional director for West Africa. "We are seeing them absolutely torn apart as a result of the disease. Many areas have been forced into quarantine -- the streets are completely deserted. The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work."
U.S. will be overwhelmedWith this type of infection pattern, Dr. Mobley believes that Ebola will inevitably establish itself in the United States. The CDC is aware of this likelihood, he says, but is deliberately downplaying it.
"They said the chance of importing a cluster -- just two weeks ago -- was extremely small, yet we knew that it was a sure thing," Dr. Mobley said. "And the very same day that the President echoed [Director Tom] Frieden's sentiment at the CDC that it's very small, that very same day, they made the misdiagnoses in Dallas and sent this infectious guy home to infect these other people."
The first Ebola diagnosis in the United States took place in late September. A scandal erupted when it was revealed that the man, a Liberian national, had actually sought hospital treatment three days before but had been sent home -- even after telling hospital staff that he had recently arrived from Liberia.
The CDC has since quarantined four people living in the apartment where the man stayed and is monitoring up to 100 people who may have had direct or indirect contact with him and who are considered to be at risk of having contracted Ebola.
Although Dr. Mobley believes that the Dallas case is unlikely to lead to a nationwide outbreak, he insists that the CDC is unprepared to deal with more such cases.
"That disease is going to consume every third world country on the planet, and then we will be importing these clusters on a regular basis," he said. "I have no question that we will be able to stomp out this cluster in Dallas, but what happens when it happens on a weekly basis? Already the Dallas Health Department is overwhelmed; they're flying people to Atlanta. I don't care how advanced any industrialized nation is, there is a threshold where we will outstretch the resources and it becomes uncontrolled."
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