Unfortunately, there’s no punchline when it comes to Ebola. It’s a buzz kill, at best.
“We are behind the wave of disease at the moment, and our entire focus is getting ahead of the wave,” said Dr. Ian Norton with the World Health Organization.
The virus has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa and the WHO says the number of news cases is overwhelming.
“Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” said Dr. Joanne Liu with Doctors Without Borders.
Now the U.S. is stepping in.
The Obama administration is sending some 3,000 troops to the region, along with 1,700 beds in Liberia alone.
“It’s a responsibility we embrace,” President Obama said during a press conference Tuesday. “We’re prepared to take leadership to provide the kinds of capabilities that only America has and mobilize the world in ways only America can do.”
The plan also includes training health care workers — maybe as many as 500 a week.
Aid workers have been hard to come by. Fort Worth Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol got the disease themselves, while Dr. Rick Sacra is still getting treated.
Obama wants to put $88 million toward the fight, which may be a small price to pay as the cost of this deadly disease goes up.