President of Doctors Without Borders speaks out on Ebola

President of Doctors Without Borders speaks out on Ebola

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - As the Ebola outbreak continues to grow, leaving more than 4,000 people dead, the World Health Organization says one in every 20 deaths is a health care worker.

"Ebola is important. It's devastating to the people of West Africa," said Dr. Deane Marchbein, president of Doctors Without Borders USA.

Marchbein took questions about health issues, and shared her stories about caring for people around the world at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Monday night.

Marchbein says the group has been on the ground treating Ebola since March.

"We're still treating 60% of the diagnosed cases of Ebola. Ebola is a massive focus," said told FOX19 NOW.

Doctors Without Borders treats a spectrum of epidemic, disasters and other major events. Marchbein doesn't see any of those being the case with Ebola in America.

"There may be cases that are identified and there may even be contacts that need to be followed, but we'll get it under control," Marchbein said.

To get it under control in West Africa, the United States has pledged thousands of troops to lend a hand with training, and help build medical facilities. According to Marchbein, that's what sets America apart in the battle to contain the disease that's already spread to more than 8,000 people.

"I think there will be cases of Ebola here. But, what is different from the United States and West Africa is that we have a good health infrastructure," said Marchbein.

Meanwhile, the CDC is urging all U.S. hospitals to "think Ebola" and pay special attention for Ebola symptoms in patients and be ready to isolate a suspected case. CDC officials are working to improve protections for hospital workers, as well.

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