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US health chief warns Liberia Ebola crisis 'will get worse'

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill on July 16, 2014 in Washington, DCThe Ebola epidemic in Liberia is set to get worse and many cases of the deadly disease are not included in the official tally, the head of the US’s top public health body said Wednesday. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going to get worse before it gets better,” Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news conference in Monrovia. Liberia has been hardest-hit by the epidemic now raging through west Africa, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year. The World Health Organization said the “unprecedented” outbreak has killed 1,427 people this year, while some 2,615 people have been infected with the disease.

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