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Worst-Case Ebola Scenario Won't Happen: CDC

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Nov. 19, 2014 -- The worst-case scenario for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not happen, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

So far, there have been more than 14,000 Ebola cases in Africa. But the CDC predicted in September that the number of Ebola cases could reach as many as 1.4 million by mid-January if adequate measures were not taken to control the epidemic, the Associated Press reported.

"We don't think projections from the summer will come to pass." CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said at a U.S. Senate hearing. He did not offer new estimates.

The estimate given by the CDC in September was based on the situation in late August, before there was a significant increase in international medical aid, the AP reported.