Deadly Ebola virus ‘out of control’ as potential victims remain untreated

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

News.com.au
July 08, 2014

IT’S a deadly virus spreading out of control and doctors fear it may travel further as hundreds of potential victims fail to come forward for help.

The current Ebola outbreak in Guinea has claimed nearly 500 lives as the UN struggles to contain it, and panic sets in across neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The UN has warned the virus, which is spread by exposure to infected bodily fluids and other secretions, has the potential to cross borders unless urgent action is taken to halt the outbreak.

Doctors say a mistrust of Western medicine and difficulty in accessing remote areas means potential sufferers are going untreated.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told the UK Telegraph that at least 1500 people who may have come into contact with infected patients have not be properly traced by authorities.

It is the first time the virus has been seen on the western edge of the African continent, with earlier Ebola outbreaks confined to central nations such as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

MSF said the deadly virus was “out of control” in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and could soon spread beyond West Africa.

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