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Friday, 15 August 2014

Ebola Outbreak ‘Vastly Underestimated’: Health Experts


The Ebola outbreak has been “vastly underestimated” and requires containment efforts far greater than those currently being taken, health experts warn.

The outbreak of the virus in West Africa—described as the worst ever—has already killed over 1,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and has infected nearly 2,000.

In a statement issued Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”

The United Nations agency added that it “is coordinating a massive scaling up of the international response, marshalling support from individual countries, disease control agencies, agencies within the United Nations system, and others.”

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See also: Ebola: Panic or Pandemic? – An open source investigation

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