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CDC Director Urges Action So That "Ebola Is Not The World's Next AIDS"

"In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Thursday of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

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The battle to contain the Ebola outbreak is reminiscent of the challenges public health experts faced with the AIDS epidemic, Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said to UN leaders on Thursday.

"In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," Frieden said at the IMF-World Bank annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Survivors of the Ebola outbreak attend a discharging ceremony at a health clinic in Freetown Oct. 6.

"It’s going to be a long fight," Frieden said. "We have to work now so that it is not the world’s next AIDS."

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A patient is disinfected as he is discharged outside the Island Clinic in Monrovia, Sept. 30, where patients are treated for Ebola.

World leaders discussed the impact and response to the Ebola outbreak a day after the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, died in a hospital in Texas.

The leaders of the three worst-affected West African countries — Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia — were at the meeting.

World Bank president, Jim Kim, criticized the U.S. response to the outbreak.

World bank prez calls counter Ebola steps by countries like the US as "putting a wet towel under the door of a building on fire"

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World bank prez calls counter Ebola steps by countries like the US as "putting a wet towel under the door of a building on fire"

10:37 AM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kim called for countries to spend more money and resources in the fight to save lives.

Spending more now is the smartest thing we can do, saves three four times later in fight against #Ebola – Pres Kim #EbolaResponse

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Spending more now is the smartest thing we can do, saves three four times later in fight against #Ebola – Pres Kim #EbolaResponse

9:35 AM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pres Kim -- we will not be shy in asking countries to fund longer term response to fight #Ebola #EbolaResponse

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Pres Kim -- we will not be shy in asking countries to fund longer term response to fight #Ebola #EbolaResponse

9:07 AM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ebola is not an African problem to be dealt with by Africans, said Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank Group.

@DonaldKaberuka: The idea that #Ebola is somehow an African problem to be dealt w/by Africans has proven to be wrong.

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@DonaldKaberuka: The idea that #Ebola is somehow an African problem to be dealt w/by Africans has proven to be wrong.

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Kim said that Ebola is one of the "most complex epidemics" the world has seen.

Pres Kim – Countries are in the lead, but this is one of most complex epidemics we’ve ever seen, and needs int’l support #EbolaResponse

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Pres Kim – Countries are in the lead, but this is one of most complex epidemics we’ve ever seen, and needs int’l support #EbolaResponse

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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