Ebola Cases Could Reach Startling Number in Just Six Weeks

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

Liz Klimas
Sep. 23, 2014

LONDON (TheBlaze/AP) — With the rate of Ebola cases expected to increase exponentially in West Africa if more efforts to stop the virus spread are not enacted, a World Health Organization official said the outbreak is “going to turn from a disaster into a catastrophe.” The U.N. agency warns the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless more is done to curb the outbreak.

Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. Of those, more than 2,800 have died.

In recent weeks, health officials worldwide have stepped up efforts to provide aid but the virus is still spreading. There aren’t enough hospital beds, health workers or even soap and water in the hardest-hit West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Last week, the U.S. announced it would build more than a dozen medical centers in Liberia and send 3,000 troops to help. Britain and France have also pledged to build treatment centers in Sierra Leone and Guinea and the World Bank and UNICEF have sent more than $1 million worth of supplies to the region.

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