Ebola spread stabilizing in Guinea as toll nears 3,000: WHO

Thursday, September 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Tom Miles and Umaru Fofana
Thu Sep 25, 2014

(Reuters) – The spread of Ebola seems to have stabilized in Guinea, one of three West African states worst-hit by the disease, but a lack of beds and resistance in affected communities means its advance continues elsewhere, the World Health Organization said.

Underscoring drastic measures being taken to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly virus, Sierra Leone put three more districts — home to over a million people and major mining operations — under indefinite quarantine.

An outbreak that began in a remote corner of Guinea has taken hold of much of neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing nearly 3,000 people in just over six months. Senegal and Nigeria have recorded cases but, for now, contained them.

World leaders and international organizations have warned of a crisis threatening the stability and economies of a string of fragile West African states. But they have also been criticized for doing too little too late.

“The upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most probably also in Liberia,” the WHO said in its latest update on the disease, which has killed about half of those confirmed and suspected to have been infected.

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