Ebola virus continues to rage in West Africa

Thursday, April 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

More than 100 people have died from Ebola in the West African countries Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization has said. International aid organizations try to stop the disease from spreading further.

Hilke Fischer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the West Africa Ebola outbreak as one of the “most challenging” incidents the world has ever seen. So far, Guinea has counted close to 160 suspected cases of Ebola; more than 100 people have died from the disease. In neighboring Liberia, there have been 10 fatalities so far, with 21 other infections linked to the disease.

Around 65 percent of those infected don’t survive the virus, said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. There is no vaccine or cure. It’s crucial to quickly detect an infection – also to stop the disease from spreading any further, Jasarevic added.

It’s been three weeks since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa made headlines. The first cases in Guinea’s remote south were reported in February – a few weeks later, the epidemic had reached the capital, Conakry.

It’s the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa which is proving to be a challenge for international aid organizations.

“This time, in Guinea, we have cases reported from several localities inside the country which means that we need to put measures in place not in one place as it was quite often the case but in several locations,” Jasarevic said. It was difficult to come up with enough resources and mobilize partners, he added.

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