Six months to contain Ebola virus: Red Cross

Red Cross said the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed.

By: Associated Press | Beijing | Updated: October 22, 2014 1:29:17 pm
In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes questions about Ebola from lawmakers on Capitol Hill at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in Washington. (Source: AP) In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes questions about Ebola from lawmakers on Capitol Hill at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in Washington. (Source: AP)

A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months.

The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is “good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people.”

Response in monitoring movement of workers who care for Texas patients with Ebola has been inconsistent. Response in monitoring movement of workers who care for Texas patients with Ebola has been inconsistent.

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago. Most of the deaths have been in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The humanitarian network is holding its four-yearly Asia Pacific regional conference in the Chinese capital.

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