Ebola overwhelming African health services…”We are overwhelmed. The patients keep coming in (huge) numbers.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

September 10, 2014

Health workers say they are overwhelmed by new Ebola cases at the epicentre of an outbreak described as an existential threat to hardest-hit Liberia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which raised the death toll to nearly 2300, has predicted an “exponential increase” in infection across west Africa, and warned that Liberia in particular will face thousands of new cases in the coming weeks.

“We are overwhelmed. The patients keep coming in (huge) numbers. Yesterday we received up to 30 patients,” Sophie Jane, a spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF), said at the aid agency’s Ebola unit in Monrovia.

The WHO upped the death toll on Tuesday to 2296 out of 4293 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. Nearly half of all infections had come in the past 21 days, it said.

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