WHO airs Ebola challenges as cases climb to 759

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schnirring
Jul 01, 2014

A complex set of factors is fueling West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, including cultural practices, misconceptions about control efforts, and porous borders, and new cases in three countries have pushed the outbreak total to 759 infections with 467 deaths, according to the latest updates from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO statement on the challenges in the battle against Ebola virus disease (EVD) and on new reports of illnesses in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia come on the eve of an urgent 2-day high-level meeting of African health ministers and other stakeholders aimed at devising a new response plan.

Health ministries and their global partners have been battling the outbreak since March, and the groups appeared to have brought it under control in the middle of May. However, case numbers spiked again in late May, and the disease has gained footholds in Sierra Leone and Liberia and has spread to new areas, both rural and urban.
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