New Study Warns of Thousands More Ebola Cases in W. Africa

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

Lisa Schlein
VOANews.com
September 23, 2014

GENEVA—

A new study warns of tens of thousands of Ebola cases in West Africa in the coming months if swift action is not taken to curb this deadly disease. An article appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine provides new data on the scale and spread of this deadly disease.

The report notes the world was late in reacting to the Ebola epidemic and has a lot of catching up to do to control and reverse the trend of infections.

September 23 marks six months since the World Health Organization was notified of the outbreak in Guinea. But Director of Strategy for WHO and co-author of the study Christopher Dye said the outbreak actually started nine months ago.

“We are now in the third explosive phase of growth of the epidemic. This is exponential increase with hundreds going into thousands of cases per week and if we do not stop the epidemic very soon, this is going to turn from a disaster into a catastrophe… If we do not do anything immediately than the exponential growth that has been forecast will continue so far as we can see and we will have not a few thousand cases, but probably tens of thousands of cases,” said Dye.

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