Ebola, West Africa – “We have a closing window of perhaps weeks now before we won’t be able to manage all the cases on the ground” – Ian Norton, WHO

Ebola outbreak worst ever

Mark Colvin reported this story on Friday, September 12, 2014

Interview with Dr Ian Norton, chief of foreign medical teams with the World Health Organisation.

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MARK COLVIN: When you look at the graphs of ebola’s spread in recent weeks, the projection looks exponential. In other words, it’s rising to a degree where it would be pretty much uncontrollable, and that would mean probably spread over a much, much wider geographical area. How possible is it to stop that happening?

IAN NORTON: We have to. We have to stop it spreading beyond the point of no return in this exponential graph. And so we have a window of opportunity now but if we ignore that window then you’re right: we’re into a situation where it will be much more difficult to control and certainly infection rates within the countries affected can escalate and escalate.

To put no fine point on it: we have a closing window of perhaps weeks now before we won’t be able to manage all the cases on the ground in the way that we normally would and already the WHO and the ministries of health of the three most affected countries are thinking of other ways to contain and manage the large numbers.

You’ve already seen it in the way we’ve designed the field hospitals. These are not field hospitals for 20 or 30; they’re field hospitals for hundreds. And that adaption will have to continue as long as we’re struggling to get the resources in to manage.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.