Ebola outbreak still a tough challenge but likely contained in Africa

Saturday, July 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Anu Passary
July 5, 2014

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to be a challenge for medical experts as they attempt to contain the killer virus which causes internal and external hemorrhage.

Even though the death toll reached 467 as of June 30, health experts are optimistic that the epidemic can be contained in Africa and will not rear its ugly head in other nations.

“The scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical distribution, people infected and deaths,” says Doctors without Borders, the organization which is treating those infected in West Africa.

Per the World Health Organization (WHO) this is the first time since 1976 when Ebola has affected urban areas as well. The down side to this is that an infected individual may travel to other parts of the globe.

Doctors without Borders have previously warned that Ebola may spread beyond the current 60 locations where patients have been diagnosed with the virus. The outbreak was identified in March this year and people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have been affected.

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