United Nations – — The U.N. special envoy on Ebola said Friday the number of cases is probably doubling every three-to-four weeks and the response needs to be 20 times greater than it was at the beginning of October to control the rapid advance of the deadly virus.

David Nabarro warned the U.N. General Assembly that without the mass mobilization of virtually every country, donor organizations and non-governmental groups to support the affected countries in West Africa, “it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever.”

Nabarro said in his 35 years as a public health doctor dealing with many disease outbreaks and some pandemics he has never encountered a challenge like Ebola because the outbreak has moved from rural areas into towns and cities and is now “affecting a whole region and … impacting on the whole world.”

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed that catching up with “the menacing exponential curve of the virus” demands not only a mobilization inside and outside the affected countries and “a global response in compassion and solidarity,” but a massive scale-up of financial resources, medical staff and equipment.

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