Center for Disease Control director Tom Friedan is “quite confident we will not have a widespread outbreak” of Ebola in the United States, because we have the resources to confront the virus quickly. “We will stop it in its tracks, because we’ve got infection control in hospitals and public health that tracks and isolates people if they get symptoms.”
“In Africa,” though, says Friedan, “the story is different.” American doctors assisted in stopping the rapid spread of the disease in Nigeria, “but that kind of intensive response is hard to marshal everywhere. And I’m quite concerned. The longer this goes on in these three west African countries, the greater the possibility that other countries in Africa are going to have to fight this on their territories as well.”
Earlier in his appearance, Friedan noted that as long as Ebola remains widespread in Africa, the United States will be at risk.