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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unlike anything since the emergence of HIV/Aids, top US medical official Thomas Frieden has said.
The world needed to work fast so it did not become “the next Aids”, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Dr Frieden was addressing a high-level World Bank forum about the crisis.
The outbreak has killed more than 3,860 people, mainly in West Africa, including more than 200 health workers.
On Thursday, a Liberian doctor died of the disease at a treatment centre in Monrovia, health officials said.
Ugandan-born John Taban Dada had been working at the country’s largest hospital, the John F Kennedy Memorial Center, his former colleagues said.
His death brings to four the number of doctors who have died in Liberia since the outbreak.
Earlier this week, a Spanish nurse became the first person to contract the deadly virus outside of West Africa.
“I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been Aids,” Mr Frieden said.