WHO says Ebola Outbreak Spreading ‘Faster Than Our Efforts to Control it’

Further spread of virus would be ‘catastrophic,’ agency warns By Max Ocean, Common Dreams – After announcing plans to step up efforts in the fight against the worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that they are at a “turning point in the outbreak response” and must act swiftly to prevent a further spread of the deadly virus. The outbreak—which has mainly affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — has so far infected 1,323 people and killed 729 since it was first identified in March. Addressing the presidents of the three African nations on Friday, general director of the WHO Dr. Margaret Chan described the outbreak as “the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of the disease” as she offered a “frank assessment” of the current crisis. “First,” Chan said, “this outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the...

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