CDC Says Ebola Virus Could Infect Up to 1.4 Million People
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released a new estimate for the Ebola virus that states cases in West Africa could reach 1.4 million by the end of January if trends continue that way it has been going. According to the Washington Post, researchers say the total number of cases is vastly underreported by a factor of 2.5 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the three hardest-hit countries.
The researchers stated,
The findings in this report underscore the substantial public health challenges posed by the predicted number of future Ebola cases. If conditions continue without scale-up of interventions, cases will continue to double approximately every 20 days, and the number of cases in West Africa will rapidly reach extraordinary levels.
Slowing down the rapid spread of this virus lays solely in keeping the infected patients in medical facilities or Ebola treatment units in order to reduce the risk of transmission.
The latest findings come as the World Health Organization’s official count for the outbreak has surged past 5,800 people infected and 2,800 deaths.
[via Washington Post]