Fareed speaks with Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, about the threat posed by Ebola. Watch the full discussion this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
The CDC, the Center for Disease Control, has just put out a model, a simulation that says if we continue on our current trajectory, I think it's by the middle of 2015, we could have maybe 1.5 million people affected. Do you think that's true?
Not even by the middle of next year, by the middle of January of 2015. The case load in Liberia doubles every 15 to 20 days. The case load in Sierra Leone doubles every 30 to 40 days. So we're truly watching exponential growth, which is why we need to have an exponential acceleration in our coordinated efforts to combat Ebola, particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as in Guinea.
To build a little bit on what Paul was saying, I think if we look at both historical and contemporary examples, we see that that pace of Ebola case growth doesn't have to be. I mean, Uganda’s had five Ebola outbreaks in the last 14 years, none of which have become epidemics, because there's a strong health care system in place. There's a reason that there's been one isolated case in Senegal and it's been geographically contained in Nigeria, because there are more robust health systems in place.
So certainly our collective hope is that this is a call to action not only to combat Ebola, but to help these countries build their health care systems to better prevent the next Ebola case from becoming an epidemic and to better serve the needs of their populations more broadly.