The African Ebola outbreak that keeps getting worse

Monday, April 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

April 7,2014

It began early this year in the forested villages of southeast Guinea. For months, the infected went undiagnosed. It wasn’t until March 23 that the news finally hit the World Health Organization. And by then, Ebola had already claimed 29 lives, the organization reported in a one-paragraph press release.
Since then, the organization has dispatched nine additional updates on a ballooning outbreak that’s received modest notice in the West, but has sent waves of panic across the African continent.
March 24: The outbreak is “rapidly evolving.” 59 dead. 86 confirmed cases.
March 27: The sickness spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. 66 dead. 103 confirmed cases.
March 30: “This is a rapidly changing situation,” WHO reported. 70 dead. 112 confirmed cases.
April 3: Ebola “has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent,” the organization said. 83 dead. 127 confirmed cases.
On Sunday, after the number of dead topped 90 and Mali and Ghana recorded their first suspected cases of the disease, trouble began in remote villages.

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