October 20th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Expert: Some good news on Ebola fight

Fareed speaks with Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who co-discovered the Ebola virus.

You worry about the fact that this could spread in the very large, very congested cities in Africa, for example, in Nigeria. And at that point, this could really spread like lightning.

Well, first of all, the three countries that are affected are being totally destabilized, not only in terms of people who are killed by Ebola, their families, the orphans that now are coming up because the parents die, but the economy has come to a standstill. People are massively dying from other diseases that are normally treatable, like malaria, or women die while giving birth because hospitals are abandoned or are full with Ebola patients.

So that’s a very, very destabilizing factor. And that's going to go in its impact beyond Ebola.

Now the big question will be, will this spread to surrounding countries? The good news is that both Nigeria and Senegal have been able to contain a number important cases. In Senegal, there wasn’t even any secondary case. In Nigeria, there were a number of people who were infected and died, but it has not given rise to an outbreak in Lagos, after all, a city of more than 20 million people, or in Port Harcourt.

So that shows that if you act decisively and early enough, that this can be controlled. This was an avoidable catastrophe.

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  1. Kaali Maa's Boobes

    What's the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead hinddoou in the road?

    The dead dog has skid marks in front of it.

    October 21, 2014 at 10:43 am |
  2. palintwit

    One time I dreamt that I was related to Sarah Palin. When I awoke I was covered in my own sweat and vomit.

    October 21, 2014 at 10:59 am |
  3. Philip

    Is sodomy legal in India too?

    October 21, 2014 at 11:09 am |
    • palintwit

      Sodomy is legal in India only when it involves farm animals.

      October 21, 2014 at 11:13 am |
      • So True

        I think you are mistaking India with Southern States.

        October 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
      • palintwit

        @ So True... the south is a tea party stronghold. They certainly do cherish their autographed copies of Sarah Palin's 'crosshairs' poster.

        October 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
  4. Philip

    It was a serious question. Several people here claim to have Indian roots and so should know the answer. Is sodomy legal in India? If so, did India's High Court decide against the will of India's citizenry and make sodomy legal as in the case of the United States?

    October 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
    • Hannibal

      You don't get to deny rights to our gay citizens because you want to quash your own tendencies. Sorry, jerk.

      October 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        @ Philip,
        Are you discussing this seriously?
        @ Hannibal is right, but it's hard for me to understand anybody's being concerned about "sodomy" in 2014.
        You must be joking.
        Who cares what somebody else does with his body?
        Be serious, already.

        October 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm |
      • Crockett

        @Philip @Joey @Hannibal stop it !!! People see through your charade. Moreover your comments are so childish and perverted. Hope you guys are not predators rekking these forums.

        October 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
      • Hannibal

        No, they're not. Your childish and perverted comments about India are, however. I would invite you to grow up, but alas; that ship sailed long ago.

        October 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
      • Kaali Maa's Boobes

        @Hannibal you are a f ukkin i diot. S ukk moi d ikk.

        October 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
      • Hannibal

        I will decline your offer. Wouldn't want to bother your mother.

        October 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
      • Soffrito

        Hindoos are all mother fukkers. I ncest is hindoo culture.

        October 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
  5. Crockett

    WOW !!!! A million people will be marching in London during the "Kashmir Million March" . Kudos to those participating.
    @Lion of Kashmir(s) where can one donate for this cause?
    @Blue Saffron why does not India hold a plebiscite in Indian Occupied Kashmir? Isn't India a democracy inspite of Soviet roots?

    October 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm |
    • Hannibal

      Change your name and answer yourself now.

      October 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
      • Soffrito

        Seems like you are an expert in mastur bating .

        October 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
      • Hannibal

        Nope. But you seem to think changing your posting name and thinking nobody notices means when you're masturbating, it's not your hand doing it.

        October 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
      • Jesus Moreno

        You must be mouthing your weiner

        October 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
      • Hannibal

        Wiener? How old are you? 6?

        October 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
    • Blue Saffron

      Well, India knows that Kashmiris don't wanna live with hindus. Democracy is a sham in India and a ploy to squeeze aid from western nations.

      October 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
      • Soffrito

        These frikkin hindoos can't stand on their feet and feed themselves. They have to stretch out their begging bowl for chappatis.

        October 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Quel nome.

        October 21, 2014 at 11:08 pm |
    • Jesus Moreno

      Oh Crockett. You seem soooo cute.
      Let's get together. Your place or mine?
      Let me be your first gay boyfriend.

      October 22, 2014 at 7:25 am |
  6. chri§§y

    WTH does sodomy have to do with ebola??? Quit posting your daydreams on a national news forum because its pretty disgusting to read thx.

    October 21, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
    • Kaali Maa's Boobes

      Sodomy is to India what Ebola is to Liberia. Modi just did his cow in. Dr. Pol is monitoring the pregnancy. You can well imagine the byproduct. Another Gandhi look alike. LMFAO

      October 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
      • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

        Mmmmmmm... sodomy

        October 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      @ chrissy,
      Well, actually, with a case of Ebola, that action would be contraindicated, but otherwise you are correct regarding the relevance.

      October 22, 2014 at 6:54 am |
  7. Blue Saffron

    Population attrition is a good thing in countries with exploding uncontrolled population like India. Ebola may be a blessing in disguise for such places to trim down on hindoo dead wood. That is why Modi is scared of the invisible enemy. In this case it maybe a blessing.

    October 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm |
  8. Blue Saffron

    Wonder why ISIS is so quiet in India. Flags have been raised though in New Delhi. Love those black fluttering symbols of freedom. Matches perfectly with the orange duster of India.

    October 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm |
  9. Jesus Moreno

    Ebola is just a bad thing. Wonder what good are the Gates Foundation, Clinton Initiative etc. Are they really doing worthwhile things or infiltrating societies for CIA. Ebola should have been caught way back.

    October 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm |
    • Hannibal

      I wonder what the Kich Britgers Foundation is doing. Are they really doing charitable works or infiltrating giant corporations to secure the medicine/vaccination rights to further line their pockets. Guess.

      October 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm |
    • Hannibal

      L m f a o Koch Brothers. Stupid phone.

      October 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm |
      • Jesus Moreno

        Try shoving it up your a zz. Om Om Om

        October 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm |
      • Hannibal

        I know you know all about things being shoved up your ass from your Tijuana shows, but I'm going to have to decline your how-to instructions for pleasuring yourself.

        October 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
  10. Blue Saffron

    Listen, ISIS \Ebola\ India are piece of the same puzzle and no discussion of one can take place without discussing the other. Get that Fareed? Now go find your roots in India which have been cut by the hindus.

    October 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm |
    • Jesus Moreno

      Fuck off, you posturing piece of shit.

      October 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
      • Blue Saffron

        I forgive you. I understand you are intellectually handicapped and unable to debate issues in a civilized manner. I will not stoop to your level.... yet.

        October 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm |
      • Jesus Moreno

        The only thing that's up for debate is how long you've suffered from Faecal Encephalopathy. You're a deficient little troll.

        October 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
      • Blue Saffron

        What is that? Kama Sutra?

        October 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
      • Jesus Moreno

        You just proved my point, maricon.

        October 22, 2014 at 12:08 am |
  11. banasy©

    The keyboard dysentry continues.

    October 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
  12. Blue Saffron

    This just in. We keep on dropping merchandize for Kurds and ISIS keeps on getting their hands on it. I mean all the equipment ISIS is using was ours at one point. Humvees, tanks, planes and on and on.

    Time to take out some burgundy and cheese.

    October 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm |
  13. Blue Saffron

    I am a Hindu. Please do not steal my name anymore. Leave Hannibal alone too. Hannibal speaks the truth.
    Good bye. I am going to the internet to see pictures of my homeland, India.

    October 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm |
    • Jesus Moreno

      Nobody gives a shit one way or another!

      October 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm |
      • Blue Saffron

        Jesus' last name was not Moreno.
        You address me with respect you little cok suker before I find you and shove my wrist up your fat hairy troll a.s.s.s.
        Understood? Mother fukkrr!
        Jesus Moreno. What a joke. This d-bag keeps changing ITS name.

        October 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm |
      • Jesus Moreno

        Fuck right the hell off, you stupid flower. Who the hell cares what a maricon thinks?

        October 22, 2014 at 12:04 am |
    • Blue Saffron

      Ahhhhh... India ! Why do I know that name?

      Listen, ISIS \ Syria\ India are piece of the same puzzle and no discussion of one can take place without discussion of the other. Get that Fareed? Now go find your roots in India and see for yourself how your ancestors were subjugated and suffocated by India.

      As announced by CNN, ISIS has opened up an office in India to free the muslims of and from the hindu domination and enslavement. Let the fight begin. The seat of the Islamic Caliphate shall be India. We will call it New Cordoba by renaming Mumbai.

      October 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm |
  14. Blue Saffron

    A Christian kisses you
    in a clearing in the most
    secluded woods, with
    just the sound of wind
    rustling through the leaves
    and a few v oyeuristic
    f inches peeping at you.

    Instead, a hindoo raypes you
    in the moving bus of Tata Motors
    just shy of 2 a.m. in the middle
    of a hectic week, with
    passengers grinning
    at you from the other
    side of the aisle,
    because, honestly,
    how could these hindoos not?

    October 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm |
  15. Blue Saffron

    @my troll. Stop stealing my name you az zz hole bi ch. You and Jesus Moreno are a pair of unwanted, an@l blee.ding, Ebola dogs.
    Full off!#

    October 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
  16. zaephrum1986

    My big question is about this reporter who had ebola being released under the premise that he is EBOLA FREE. That is not completely true... it has been shown that he can carry and spread ebola via his sperm which can last up to 3 months. so isnt that kind of misleading.

    October 22, 2014 at 12:01 am |
  17. Philip

    In today's newspaper: "Pentagon orders Colorado Springs Petersen Air Force Base to assemble 30 man team in case of Ebola outbreak". Odd. The Pentagon said nothing when AIDS broke out in America. AIDS kills 1.7 million people each year. Ebola? About 1,600 this year.

    October 22, 2014 at 5:38 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      When AIDS first appeared in America, it was called GRID, and we were told that there was no proof that it was contagious.
      One doctor shared with me his theory that GRID was caused by something in Crisco®.
      I was convinced that GRID was contagious, by an unknown agent. I stopped working out in gyms and bought my own euipment to use at home.

      October 22, 2014 at 6:18 am |
      • banasy©

        Ah, we know so much more now than we did 30 years ago.

        October 22, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • banasy©

      Also in the news, flights from West Africa will only be received in 5 airports in the US:

      Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta
      Newark Liberty

      October 22, 2014 at 11:12 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Two of the five airports would have to serve my city.

        October 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm |
      • banasy©

        I know. And one of them affects mine.
        However, these five are the ones with the most advanced screenings, which is why they were likely chosen.

        October 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Jesus Moreno

    In order for me to commit to a man. He must be tall, dark, and very handsome. I don't have a boyfriend right now. But I am looking.
    Who will be the lucky one??? GAY POWER...Hehehehehe

    October 22, 2014 at 7:19 am |
  19. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey, but it isnt being talked about in the context of ebolo its referenced by race which is just wrong on so many levels! And @ Hannibal and your 247 post i totally agree! The Koch brothers have only 1 goal!

    October 22, 2014 at 11:57 am |
  20. chri§§y

    I share your concern @ Joey. My grandaughter lives 3 miles from Newark Liberty.

    October 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
  21. munibalam

    "To keep US away from the destabilizing factor. Stop the flights!! Put a travel ban! Top US Cities with Foreign Born from Ebola Impacted Countries will have highest risk:


    October 23, 2014 at 4:57 am |
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