CDC Warning: Ebola Outbreak in Africa is Worse Than Originally Feared

ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser on the frontlines of the epidemic.
2:37 | 08/26/14

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Now we go to the deadly ebola outbreak and a new warning from the head of the CDC warning that the outbreak in Africa is even worse than we feared. ABC's own chief medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser is right there on the front lines of an epidemic. Reporter: Tonight, the head of the CDC, traveling in Liberia, announced the world is losing the fight against ebola. And standing in the pouring rain outside one clinic, we could see why, as we witnessed something truly terrifying. These men, in head-to-toe protective gear, heaving the body of one victim, still highly contagious, into a flatbed truck, piled high with others. Immediately afterwards, spraying him down with bleach. Patients, through the window, watching it all. This is incredible. Seeing a truck cart away 10 bodies of people who died from ebola. I can't imagine what someone is thinking who's arrived there for treatment. It's the Gates of hell going into that treatment ward and knowing that the odds are that you're going to come out in a body bag. So many doctors and nurses themselves have died. Losing those healthcare workers, just devastating. In the ebola zone, even before the outbreak, only one doctor for every 100,000 people. What's your biggest worry now? The loss of lives of health care workers. I'm really concerned about that. Reporter: We saw for ourselves the lack of protective equipment. He's totally covered up going into ebola ward. The final part is putting this hood on. But, they don't have hoods that are ready made so they're making hoods out of other protective equipment. The clinic opened just nine days ago, but it's already overflowing. They're assessed to see could they have ebola and if they are, they're put in isolation. I spoke with the nurses rifking their lives every day. The government estimates up to 75% of deaths have been women in part because they are the primary care givers. Do you worry that you could get ebola? Sometimes it's scary but you have to help out. Reporter: Here amid the darkness, a glimmer of hope, this woman seemingly cured. How do you feel today? I'm okay. Jumping. When can you go home? Now! Reporter: She's one of the lucky few. More than 1400 lives already lost to ebola. With no end in sight. The signs we're seeing here are not good. Ebola seems to be winning this battle. Hopefully the world will send the resources that are so desperately needed. Diane? People with so much fear and so much courage. Thank you, rich, for being there

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