Doctor who ‘found’ Ebola: ‘Perfect storm’ fueling outbreak:’Only way to control is through rapid response on massive scale’

Thursday, September 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jerome R. Corsi
Sept. 11, 2014

NEW YORK – The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is a “perfect storm” that requires a massive and immediate international response to prevent it from developing into a global pandemic, warns Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus.

“There are now five affected West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and most recently, Senegal,” Piot warns in an editorial published in Science magazine.

Piot is director and professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He argues the outbreak is the result of dysfunctional health services hampered by decades of war, low public trust in government and Western medicine, traditional beliefs, denials of the existence of the virus and burial practices that include contact with Ebola-infected corpses.

He expresses alarm at the rapid rate at which the Ebola virus is advancing within the affected West African countries, with the threat the virus could expand globally.

“Ebola has killed around 2,000 and infected more than 3,500 with over 40 percent of cases occurring within the past few weeks. The World Health Organization predicts that 20,000 may become infected. This fast pace of Ebola’s spread is a grim reminder that epidemics are on a global level and the only way to get this virus under control is through a rapid response at a massive global scale – much stronger than current efforts.”

Piot is critical of the current international response, and he charges that West African governments and the international community “have been slow to act in a way commensurate to a major threat to health, economies, and societal stability.”

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