Ebola may expand its deadly reach beyond Africa…””This outbreak is not showing any signs of slowing down,”

Monday, July 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jennifer Lazuta and Angela Waters
July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — The deadly Ebola virus outbreak sweeping West Africa would likely expand farther because it’s killing key medical professionals who are treating patients sick with the disease, health experts say.

“This outbreak is not showing any signs of slowing down,” said Unni Krishnan, a doctor with the British relief agency Plan International, which is active throughout West Africa. “It is gaining more speed in some locations and killing even more people and now is affecting even more countries. It is all quite worrying.”

The Ebola outbreak that started in February has spread across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, killing more than 670 people and infecting more than 1,200 others, including two American doctors and prominent African specialists.

“We need more money, more materials, because we are talking about countries which already have some of the weakest health systems and a lack of resources,” Krishnan said. “They were already stretched to their limits. With this Ebola outbreak, their health systems have been crippled, making it hard for them to contain the spread.”

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