(NEW YORK) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory warning against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to the worsening Ebola virus.
The CDC also says it is sending 50 specialists to the West Africa countries impacted.
Two Americans, including a doctor, have been infected with the disease, and Liberia’s lead Ebola doctor died from the virus. As of Thursday, 1,323 are infected, according to the World Health Organization. Of those infected, 729 have died, meaning this outbreak has a fatality rate of approximately 60%.
But according to CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, there should be little concern over next week’s African summit in Washington.
“I don’t think people should be concerned about the visitors from Africa,” Dr. Frieden said. “Remember it’s a big place. We’re talking about three countries, relatively small countries, in west Africa.”
According to Dr. Frieden, getting Ebola under control will take time.
“It’s not gonna be quick and it’s not gonna be easy. It will take at least three to six months to get this outbreak under control even in the best of circumstances,” he said.
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