Bill Clinton calls for aggressive response to Ebola outbreak

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Bill Clinton called Saturday for the nations of the world to get more aggressive in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The former president said steps by Western powers like the United States to help infected countries in West Africa treat the deadly disease are a good start, but fall shy of the effort needed to bring the problem under control.

{mosads}”We’re going to have to do whatever it takes to contain the epidemic,” Clinton said Saturday in a press call, according to Reuters. 

“It’s a sprawling, growing thing,” Clinton added. “But at least they’re putting the infrastructure in and have shown a willingness to put some money behind it, and I think it’s a good beginning.”

As of mid-September, there were 5,335 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, resulting in at least 2,622 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone has been the country hardest hit, with 1,513 confirmed cases. Liberia, with 812 confirmed cases, and Guinea, with 750 cases, trail not far behind, according to WHO.

Cases have also been reported in Nigeria and Senegal.

The outbreak has caused some governments to take drastic measure to contain the spread of the deadly virus, with Sierra Leone on Friday instating a three-day lockdown requiring residents to remain in their homes while officials go door to door searching for those infected.

On Tuesday, President Obama warned that the epidemic could ultimately affect hundreds of thousands of people, vowing to bolster the United State’s efforts to confront the disease, including a commitment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel who will train local healthcare workers on the ground.

“Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before,” the president said.


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