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Report: West African elusive Ebola virus going out of control



by Joseph Earnest June 24, 2014   


Newscast Media FREETOWN—Humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders has warned that the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa is now out of control with over 60 outbreak hotspots.

The medical charity NGO, known by its French initials MSF, said on Monday that the scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical distribution, the number of people infected, and the tally of deaths.

The organization also added that it is stretched to the limit in responding to the outbreak that is spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"We have reached our limits," said Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the organization, adding, "Despite the human resources and equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites."

New sites in the countries have been added to the disease's reach, prompting concerns that the disease is quickly spreading to other areas.

In a statement released on the same day, the World Health Organization said at least 337 people have died from Ebola in 2014. Most of the cases and deaths have been reported in Guinea, where 267 have succumbed to the virus.

There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.

The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak that killed 280 people.

It remains one of the world's most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick. Add Comments>>

Source: Press TV










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