Over 700 new Ebola cases confirmed in one week as outbreak explodes

Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Saturday, September 27, 2014

The rate at which Ebola is spreading is rapidly accelerating, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with more than 700 new cases of the deadly disease reported in a single week. Reports indicate that there are now more than 5,800 documented cases of Ebola, along with 2,800 confirmed deaths, in what is being widely proclaimed as the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Earlier data showed that Ebola was infecting about 500 people weekly, suggesting that the infection rate has increased by 40 percent in just three weeks. Based on this trajectory, many experts foresee exponential spread in the coming months, especially if Ebola hops the boundaries of West Africa and goes global.

The United Nations Security Council recently declared the outbreak as a “threat to international peace and security,” calling on all nations to provide resources and other aid in order to contain it. In Sierra Leone, where the outbreak is hitting hardest, residents were told to stay home for three days during a nationwide lockdown aimed at getting things under control.

Lockdowns are ineffective

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