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CDC director: Ebola at risk of becoming 'the world's next AIDS'

A proactive, joint effort is needed to prevent the Ebola pandemic from becoming "the world's next AIDS," the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

"I've been working in public health for 30 years," CDC Director Tom Frieden said. "The only thing like this has been AIDS. And we have to work now so that this is not the world's next AIDS."

Frieden spoke one day after the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Duncan, died. Nearly 4,000 people have now died from Ebola, according to the World Health Organization.