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Ebola Epidemic Could Top a Million Victims If Not Contained

Ebola could spread to more than a million people over the next four months if immediate, aggressive, and sustained action isn't taken by the world community, U.S. government officials predicted today. Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa would fall ill with Ebola by late January if the infection rate stays the same as it was in August, according to a projection model released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus, which has been raging out of control since March, has infected at least 5,843 people and has killed 2,803, according to the World Health Organization. The model was released to demonstrate the price of inaction to the world, CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news conference. "Every day counts and will make a difference in our ability to control this," he said. via National Geographic.

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