"The world is allowing the Ebola outbreak to spin out of control."

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Thu, Sep 4th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the outbreak now spreading to five countries, the director of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Tom Frieden, warns that "the window of opportunity for controlling Ebola is closing," and that the world needs to do "far more" to stop "the first true Ebola epidemic."

The World Health Organization reports that more than 3,000 people have been infected with Ebola in five countries of West Africa — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal — and more than half have died.

Ebola now threatens the peace and security of the countries affected, Frieden says, noting that 70 staff from the CDC are now working in West Africa.

"This is not just a problem for Africa," Frieden said. "This is a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond."

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